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Community Support Vital to Success of Public Education

Many know I advocate for quality teachers in the classroom and quality leaders in our districts as a means of achieving academic excellence for our children. Today, I’m going to add another very important component to the mix: community support.

Recently, I had the good fortune to visit two high performing school districts on my Raise the Grade Tour. In addition to the outstanding teachers and educational leaders, they have another characteristic in common which is an impressive level of community support.

State Supt. Barresi Thanks Legislators for Support of Instructional Coaches

State Superintendent Janet Barresi on Tuesday thanked State Senators Clark Jolley, R-Edmond, and Jim Halligan, R-Stillwater, and State Representatives Scott Martin, R-Norman, and Lee Denney, R-Cushing, for their support of the State Department of Education’s REAC3H Coaches.

The 60 professional educators – each assigned to one of 30 regions throughout the state – have been assisting Oklahoma schools with the implementation of new education reforms such as third-grade reading sufficiency and the transition to Oklahoma C3 Academic Standards.

April 3 Educator Currents

Read the latest issue of Educator Currents Newsletter for all Oklahoma educators. It contains items on free AP professional developent, Teacher of the Year Applications, updates to the SDE Website and more. Click here to read the newsletter.

Juanita Kidd, Longtime Oklahoma Educators Hall of Fame Member Dies

Longtime Oklahoma Educators Hall of Fame Member Juanita Kidd died on Wednesday.

“I am saddened by news of the loss of this wonderful Oklahoma education leader,” Superintendent Barresi said. “Juanita Kidd provided many years of service to the children and educators in our state serving multiple roles. She will be missed. My prayers go out to her family.”

Harding Charter, Classen Make Top 50 National High Schools List

Harding Charter Preparatory High School and Classen School of Advanced Studies, both in Oklahoma City, have been named among the top 50 high schools in the nation by TheBestSchools.org.

Harding Charter is No. 23 on the list; Classen is No. 36.

KIPP Principal Tracy McDaniel Honored With Outstanding School Leadership Award

State Superintendent Janet Barresi and the State Board of Education honored Tracy McDaniel, principal at KIPP Reach College Preparatory School, as a Terrel H. Bell Award for Outstanding School Leadership recipient for 2012 by the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program at the Board’s March meeting.

McDaniel was one of only six principals from the 314 Blue Ribbon Schools nationwide to receive this award.

Prudential Spirit of Community Award Winners Recognized

State Superintendent Janet Barresi and State Board of Education members recognized and commended Perrin Duncan, a senior at Edmond North High School, and Mason Harvey, an eighth-grader at Guthrie Junior High School, as 2013 Prudential Spirit of Community Award Winners.

Teaching to the Test

As I meet with teachers from across the state, I hear a common theme. I talk with working groups of teachers here at the state department. I've had the opportunity to visit with past and present teachers of the year. I also have roundtable discussions with teachers at the school districts I visit on my Raise the Grade Together tours. I listen to superintendents in my leadership advisory group. These educators tell me they are frustrated with “teaching to the test.”   Parents and community members often mirror these sentiments. I agree!

Milken Award Winner to be Recognized by State Board of Education, Legislature

Tammera Mittelstet, the 2012 winner of the $25,000 Milken Educator Award, will be recognized by the State Board of Eduction and the State Legislature in separate ceremonies on Thursday, April 25, 2013.

Mittelstet is a Gifted Resource Coordinator at Stillwater’s Highland Park Elementary and Will Rogers Elementary. She was awarded the prize in a surprise ceremony in November by State Superintendent Janet Barresi and Milken Family Foundation Board Member Dr. Thomas Boysen.

State Experiences Second Day of Testing Disruption

The Oklahoma State Department of Education experienced complications with online assessments for grades 6 through 12 throughout the school day on Monday and for the better part of Tuesday.

Testing Company CTB/McGraw Hill reported problems with their servers while uploading student assessment results. Students were reportedly knocked off the system mid-assessment.

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