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Learning from Tragedy

I remember how terribly heartbreaking it was to read the newspapers or watch the newscasts in the wake of the Moore tornado on May 20 of last year. Each new detail seemed more painful than the one before. Then came the devastating news that seven children had lost their lives when the tornado roared through Plaza Towers Elementary School.

Applications for Class 1 of OKMath and OKSci Leadership Now Open

OKMath and OKSci Leadership was piloted by the Oklahoma State Department of Education in 2013-2014 to create and support a dynamic network of Oklahoma Math and Science educators. OKMath and OKSci Leadership selects, challenges, develops and educates Oklahoma math and science educators who have demonstrated an interest in leadership skills related to mathematics and science education.

Edmond North Senior Awarded Edward C. Joullian III Scholarship


Edward C. Joullian III Scholarship Recipient, Kassidy GaryOKLAHOMA CITY (May 27, 2014) – Kassidy Gary, a senior from Edmond North High School, recently received the Oklahoma State Fair’s Edward C. Joullian III Scholarship. Gary’s accomplishment was recognized at the State Board of Education’s May meeting.

Dear Graduate ...

By Janet Barresi, State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Thursday, June 5, 2014

It’s the time of year when high school seniors have become high school graduates. After going through untold reams of paper and countless quizzes, these young men and women have finally donned cap and gown and set their sights on the next chapter of their journey.

We asked a lot of our Oklahoma students, and they delivered. Congratulations to the Class of 2014.

OKTOY blog: On being busy

“I didn’t ask you because I thought you were busy.” I always follow this heartbreaking comment with reassurance that the reason I am busy is for them, the students. Whether I am typing at my computer, reading a journal, organizing the classroom or rearranging some music, it is all for them. At the height of all of these duties, I most look forward to being “busy” with talking to and working with them.

TLE June Newsletter

Topics Include:

  • Impending Deadline for Mandatory Roster Verification for All Districts
  • When is SLO/SOO training?
  • What is the recertification process for school administrators/leaders who evaluate teachers/leaders under TLE law?

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Summer reading academies offer help for struggling readers

OKLAHOMA CITY (June 9, 2014) — For many Oklahoma kids who need help improving their literacy skills, summer break offers an opportunity to slow down and focus on reading. In schools throughout the state, summer reading academies and similar programs are growing in popularity.

Commissioners of the Land Office collect More than $93.6 million for Oklahoma schools

Oklahoma public schools received more than $93.6 million from the Commissioners of the Land Office over the past 12 months, an increase of more than $600,000 from the previous fiscal year.

Each month, the Commissioners of the Land Office, which oversees the Trust, distribute funds to public K-12 schools. The Trust distributed $93,626,718 in fiscal year 2014. That figure is up from a flat $93 million in FY 2013.

Find free summer meal sites for children with online map

OKLAHOMA CITY (June 12, 2014) — The USDA Summer Food Service Program provides nutritious meals to low-income children for free by opening up cafeterias between school years.

All children under the age of 18 who show up at participating sites will be given meals. Many sites, but not all, are schools; some are operated by nonprofits.

The program is administered by the Oklahoma State Department of Education.

OKTOY Blog: Be Organized

I am on my way to Monrovia, Liberia, and during this and many of my travels (this is my 30th country!) I am continually struck with poignant realizations surrounding organization. Namely, I notice the time that disorganized travelers take to pass through security or settle into a seat on the plane.

Peter Markes

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