Blog


OKTOY Blog: The Power and Influence of a Teacher

To quote Japanese music educator Shinichi Suzuki, “Teaching music is not my main purpose. I want to make good citizens. If children hear fine music from the day of their birth and learn to play it, they develop sensitivity, discipline and endurance. They get a beautiful heart.”

OKTOY Peter Markes poses with students.

OKTOY Blog: Why Music Education? | Beyond the Bubbles

 
“Music is the universal language of mankind.” -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

As we enter national Music in Our Schools Month, the National Association for Music Education is embarking on an exciting campaign called Broader Minded, which carries the slogan, “Students aren’t standardized. Think beyond the bubbles.”

February 26 Educator Currents

Last week's edition of the Educator Currents newsletter is available as a webpage. Learn about two programs in Oklahoma libraries where kids read to dogs; print off a poster about the Reading Sufficiency Act to share with parents; and find a link nominate speakers for this summer's Vision 2020 conference. Please note the deadline for Vision 2020 speaker nominations has been extended to Sunday, March 9.

As always, check out some of the upcoming competitions and professional development opportunities that have come across our desks.

Read it here:

TLE March Newsletter | Student Learning Objectives Approved

The State Board of Education approved the guidelines that district policies must follow in determining the Student Academic Growth (SAG) component of TLE evaluations for teachers and leaders of non-tested grades and subjects (NTGS).  Read the full newsletter

 

 

Time on Tests

By Janet Barresi, State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Thursday, March 13, 2013

I hear from educators and parents throughout the state about “teaching to the test” and time spent on testing. I agree teachers should spend more time teaching and students should spend less time worrying about tests.

But I want to clear up some myths.

State Department of Education Names New Assistant Superintendent Overseeing Assessments


OKLAHOMA CITY (March 18, 2014) — The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) announced today that Lisa Chandler is the agency’s new assistant superintendent in charge of assessments.

Chandler is a longtime state-level education policy leader with experience in the public and private sectors. From 2003 to 2007, she served as director of student assessment for the Texas Education Agency where she helped oversee the implementation of a new assessment system.

OKTOY Blog: The Rally for Education


On March 31, I was invited to serve as the opening speaker for Oklahoma’s historic rally for education at the capitol. This is that speech: 

Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Peter Markes speaks at the March 31 teacher rally.

TLE April Newsletter | Train-the-Trainer Value-Added Model Workshops

 
April is an important month for educational leaders in Oklahoma because the mandatory roster verification process begins. In order to ensure a smooth transition, district superintendents recently participated in Oklahoma State Department of Education’s VAM Briefing videoconference.  Read the full newsletter
 
 
 
 

Bridging the Gap

 
There was a time when a high school diploma was enough to give someone a fighting chance for economic success.

But those days appear to be over.

Pages

Subscribe to Blog
Last updated on December 31, 1969