OKTOY Blog: Gratitude

“…this is the primary mark of resilient people as they look into their pasts. They seek for things that call for gratitude. They give thanks to people who have made a difference in their lives. Thanks to God for benefits and blessings that they discover are numberless. Thanks in general that one receives the gift of life and thought and beauty and a thousand other things.”- Gordon MacDonald, A Resilient Life

OKTOY Blog: The lessons of leaving my classroom

Jason Proctor in classroomAs OKTOY, I have the unique opportunity to step away from my classroom for a year and travel the state, joining conversations about the amazing profession to which I proudly belong.

Oklahoma's State Board of Education awards new grants to 20 schools for purpose of strengthening reading and literacy

SCORE logo "Systems Changing Oklahoma Reading Expectations"OKLAHOMA CITY (Nov. 19, 2014) — Twenty Oklahoma public schools will soon receive a new grant from the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) to spur innovation in reading and literacy at the elementary level.

Gov. Fallin, Supt. Barresi to host schoolchildren across state for Dec. 2 Christmas tree-lighting

Christmas Tree decorated by studentsOKLAHOMA CITY (Nov. 17, 2014)  — More than 550 schoolchildren from throughout Oklahoma will converge on the state Capitol on Tuesday, Dec. 2, for the lighting of the state Christmas tree. Gov. Mary Fallin and state schools Superintendent Janet Barresi host the annual event.

Snow Schedule for Professional Development

The State Department of Education has made the following changes to its professional development schedule for Monday, Nov. 17, because of weather conditions.

The Kingfisher PASS-Plus academy for English and math teachers and the Town Hall meeting have been canceled because of inclement weather.

Science standards workshops will still take place in Woodward.

LETRS literacy training at Rose State College will start at 11 a.m.




ELEVATE: Educators mean business using CEO-savvy program for school turnaround

Elevate | Oklahoma Schools on the rise logo Elevate | Oklahoma Schools On The Rise
Elevate is a special web series about the great things happening in Oklahoma public schools.

Notice of Rulemaking Intent/Public Comment

On October 15, 2014, Notices of Rulemaking Intent (NRI) were published in the Oklahoma Register notifying the public of proposed amendments to four rules in Title 210 for the State Board of Education. Copies of proposed draft rules and Rule Impact Statements are available at

OKToy Blog: The power of team

The first Saturday of November every year holds a special place in my heart. That’s when high school distance runners gather in many places across the country to compete at state championships. This weekend I took part in such a display and was reminded again that our profession extends beyond textbooks, standards, assessments or trophies.

Teacher pay raise, additional instructional days part of FY16 budget request approved by State Board of Education

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi asked State Board of Education members on Thursday to approve a $2,500 minimum pay raise for teachers and all certified personnel, excluding superintendents in the state. The request was part of the $2.78 billion budget request that will be presented to the Oklahoma Legislature for Fiscal Year 2016.

School districts urged to help parents stay informed on Enterovirus, flu, Ebola

OKLAHOMA CITY (Oct. 17, 2014) – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi is urging school districts to help parents stay informed and ensure their children are keeping healthy habits in light of this year’s outbreak of Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), the arrival of flu season and the climate of concern over the Ebola virus in Texas.


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