State Superintendent Hofmeister names first cabinet-level hire

OKLAHOMA CITY (Jan. 22, 2015) – A longtime educator from the Oklahoma City metro is the first person hired to a Cabinet-level leadership position in the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) under state Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister.

Supt. Hofmeister today announced Robyn Miller, Ed.D, will oversee policy research and development, as well as teacher quality initiatives. An official title will be determined after a new leadership structure for the OSDE is finalized in February.

OKTOY Blog: Letting Go

Injuries are not fun. We all can agree on that. As an avid runner, however, dealing with injuries has given me an opportunity to see things from a different perspective.

Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Jason Proctor poses with members of his student track team.

Supt. Hofmeister praises Oklahoma students named to prestigious U.S. Senate Youth Program

OKLAHOMA CITY (Jan. 16, 2015) – Two Oklahoma high school students have been named this year’s state delegates to the prestigious 53rd annual U.S. Senate Youth Program (USSYP).

Mohamed Aly, a junior in the International Baccalaureate program at Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, and John Teague, who attends Mount St. Mary Catholic High School in Oklahoma City, will join 102 other delegates from around the country for an exclusive week this spring in Washington D.C.

OKTOY Blog: Inauguration Day

Inauguration (n.): A ceremony to mark the beginning of something.

State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister joins other state officers at the 2015 Oklahoma inauguration ceremony

Joy Hofmeister sworn in as Oklahoma schools superintendent

Joy Hofmeister at 2015 inaugurationOKLAHOMA CITY (Jan. 12, 2015) — Joy Hofmeister officially became Oklahoma’s 14th superintendent of public instruction today after taking the oath of office in a ceremony at the state Capitol. The oath was administered by state Supreme Court Chief Justice John F. Reif.

OKTOY Blog: Starting the semester renewed

empty, bright yellow classroomWith the new year comes a new semester and a new start for many students and teachers.  I hope for my peers that the break was a time of relaxation and joy spent with family and friends.  Now we can head back to our classrooms rejuvenated and eager to get back to impacting the lives of students.

OKC business donates weather radios to Oklahoma schools

OKLAHOMA CITY (Dec. 18, 2014) — State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi and the State Board of Education will thank Oklahoma City-based Access Midstream today for donating weather radios to every K-12 public school in Oklahoma.

The company last week started mailing the NOAA weather radios, complete with batteries, to schools statewide. By the time they are all distributed, Access Midstream will have sent nearly 1,800 packages.

OKTOY Blog: Welcome to the profession

Last Tuesday I was honored to speak to more than 100 graduating teacher candidates at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah. After preparing over the last four years or so, they are eager to get into their new classrooms and touch lives.

ELEVATE: Oklahoma schools increasingly embrace character education

Hilldale Middle School in Muskogee receives national recognition from the Washington D.C.-based Middle School in Muskogee is one of four Oklahoma schools to receive national recognition from the Washington D.C.-based

OKTOY Blog: Overcoming against all odds

I recently finished reading Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, and I am currently reading Good to Great by Jim Collins. The first told the true story of Louis Zamperini’s journey from boyhood to Olympian to a prisoner in World War II Japanese P.O.W. camps and his ultimate release. The second depicts how certain Fortune 500 companies made the leap from mediocre or even poor performers to sustained, great companies.


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