OSDE addresses report of single school district forcing attendance at March 30 education rally

The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) took swift action today in response to a report that a single school district had incorrectly notified teachers they would receive professional development credit for attending an education rally at the State Capitol.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister said OSDE officials contacted the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration, the Oklahoma State School Boards Association and the school district in question to make it clear that no teacher can be coerced to attend the March 30 rally.

Supt. Hofmeister names retired Lt. Col. Lance Nelson new OSDE chief of staff

OKLAHOMA CITY (March 27, 2015) - State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister has selected Oklahoma Army National Guard Lt. Col. (Ret) Lance Nelson to serve as chief of staff for the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE). Nelson, whose Army National Guard retirement takes effect April 1, brings more than 30 years of leadership experience to his new post.

Public Notice: ESEA Flexibility Extension Request

Oklahoma’s ESEA Flexibility Extension Request due to the United States Department of Education (USDE) March 31, 2015 is available for public comment.

The OSDE is in the process of amending the current Oklahoma ESEA flexibility waiver. 

OKTOY Blog: A Celebration of Teaching

It should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with education that we are in need of teachers in Oklahoma and across the nation. One of the objectives we all agree is critical attracting and retaining top teaching talent. The question then becomes how do we go about doing that?

A few weeks ago some friends of mine partnered with Northeastern State University (NSU) to address this issue.

FY-2016 Proposed OSDE Budget | March 18, 2015 Presentation

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister today presented the proposed education budget for fiscal year 2016 to the state Senate Committee on Appropriations and House Appropriations and Budget subcommittee on education.

This is a copy of her presentation:

State Board of Education approves plan to develop English, math academic standards

OKLAHOMA CITY (March 12, 2015) — The State Board of Education today unanimously approved a process for the development of academic subject matter standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics. The proposal was submitted by the Oklahoma Academic Standards Setting Steering Committee.

OKTOY Blog: Focus on the teacher (Part 2)

Last week I promised to share a few of the practices that I have found the most effective in furthering my development as a teacher. My goal is to focus on three areas: personal reflection, collaboration and peer coaching.

Collaboration word art

More than $830,000 in AVID grants earned by select Oklahoma schools

OKLAHOMA CITY (March 9, 2015) — The Oklahoma State Department of Education recently awarded grants totaling $837,000 to selected Oklahoma schools for Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID). The program allows schools to teach college-readiness courses, helping close the achievement gap by preparing all students for the demands of college and the workplace.


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