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State Board of Education January Meeting Highlights

Presidential Award Winners Honored

Two Oklahoma teachers were recognized by the State Board of Education for receiving the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Annette Huett, who teaches fourth grade at Kelley Elementary in Moore, attended with her principal  Dena Taylor.

Diane Reece, who taught kindergarten at Bokoshe Public School in Leflore County, died of leukemia on Dec. 4. She was 61.

OKTOY Blog: Oklahoma Music Educators Conference


A couple weeks ago I attended the Oklahoma Music Educators Association (OMEA) annual state conference in Tulsa.

I cannot reiterate enough the value of professional development and reconnecting with colleagues. Of course, this year was a little exceptional in the latter category due to the OKTOY recognition (My face was on the cover of the conference magazine. That took a little getting used to!). As I met with each new and old friend, we excitedly talked about the incredible good that we, music teachers, are able to accomplish.

Education Presentation at Jan. 30 House Budget Hearing

This presentation was given this morning (01/30/14) during the House budget hearing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two Oklahoma Students Named U.S. Senate Youth Delegates

Two Oklahoma high school students will travel to Washington D.C. in March as Oklahoma’s delegates to the 52nd Annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP).

Ryan Chapman from Norman North High School in the Norman Public Schools District and Gloria Tso from Bartlesville High School in the Bartlesville Public Schools District are Oklahoma's delegates.

Otuoze Baiye from Bartlesville High School and Javonte Baker from Edmond Santa Fe High School in the Edmond Public Schools district were chosen as alternates.

January 29 Educator Currents

The latest edition of Educator Currents is out. Learn about the success of mentoring programs in Oklahoma, find out how to invite the Oklahoma Teacher of the Year to speak at your school and read about two Oklahoma teachers who recently received a prestigious national honor.

As always, check out some of the upcoming competitions and professional development opportunities we've heard about. Plus, register for upcoming REAC3H Regionals.

Read it here:

Reading to Succeed

As the third-grade reading law takes effect this school year, I have been contacted by a number of parents and teachers worried about the possibility that their child or pupil might be retained.

The question often posed to me is: How can we consider holding back a child from moving on to the next grade?

The question I pose to them is: How can we consider promoting a child who can’t read?

OKTOY Blog: Action


The Oklahoma legislative session recently reconvened, and it is an interesting time to be a teacher.

Last month I attended the Central Oklahoma Parents Legislative Action Committee (PLAC) open meeting, which featured a panel with state senators Clark Jolley and Susan Paddock and state representatives Scott Inman and Scott Martin. While I know entire essays could be devoted to one political issue at a time, my general take away at this critical juncture in education is that we must act.

Enrollment in Oklahoma schools increases sharply in past five years


OKLAHOMA CITY (Feb. 14, 2014) — The number of students enrolled in Oklahoma public schools has increased for the 2013-14 school year. The total enrollment of students attending public schools in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 is 681,578. That is an increase of 8,388 students from 673,190 in 2012-13 enrollment and 27,036 more than in 2009, five years ago.

State Department of Education Seeks $6.5 Million in Supplemental Funding


OKLAHOMA CITY (Feb. 21, 2014) — Due to the sharply rising cost of providing healthcare coverage for school employees, the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) is requesting a supplemental budget appropriation of $6,540,794 to fully fund its Flexible Benefits Allowance (FBA) in the current fiscal year.

The FBA provides funding to districts to cover the cost of insuring full-time staff and support personnel. Based on data certified Jan. 1, school districts have added more than 1,300 employees eligible for state-funded insurance since October 2012.

OKTOY Blog: Joy | 2014 NTOY Program conference

“Don’t lose your sense of Joy!” This is the advice from the 1996 National Teacher of the Year and proclaimed “force-of-nature,” Mary Beth Blegen from Minnesota.

I recently returned from the 2014 NTOY Program Conference. It was the first national meeting of our class of State Teachers of the Year. The memorable theme that came from our last homeroom gathering was that eye-to-eye reminder from Mary Beth about the joy we must find in our roles as teachers.

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