OKTOY Blog: How do you measure success?

“Trying to do your best, learning about your limits, and then trying to extend them—this is the proper perspective for a leader to have. As teachers and coaches, we should remember that when mere winning is our goal, we are doomed to disappointment and failure. But when our goal is to try to do our best, when our focus is on preparation and sacrifice and effort—instead of on numbers on the scoreboard—we will never lose.” –Coach Mike Krzyzewski, Duke University Basketball

OKTOY Blog: Focus on trust

“The ability to establish, grow, extend and restore trust with all stakeholders - customers, suppliers, investors and employees - is the critical leadership competency in the new global economy." -Stephen M. R. Covey

With countless hours spent behind the wheel traveling our state I have time to reflect and time to learn. When traveling solo I enjoy listening to books on CD. Just last week I completed The Speed of Trust by Stephen M. R. Covey.

In his Speed of Trust work Covey states:

OKTOY Blog: Keep moving forward

In the summer of 2011, a senior athlete on my cross-country and track teams, Ben, really wanted to experience the mountains of Colorado and asked if I would take him.

Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Jason Proctor on the summit of the tallest mountain in Colorado with his student in 2011.

OKTOY Blog: Letting Go

Injuries are not fun. We all can agree on that. As an avid runner, however, dealing with injuries has given me an opportunity to see things from a different perspective.

Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Jason Proctor poses with members of his student track team.

OKTOY Blog: Inauguration Day

Inauguration (n.): A ceremony to mark the beginning of something.

State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister joins other state officers at the 2015 Oklahoma inauguration ceremony

OKTOY Blog: Starting the semester renewed

empty, bright yellow classroomWith the new year comes a new semester and a new start for many students and teachers.  I hope for my peers that the break was a time of relaxation and joy spent with family and friends.  Now we can head back to our classrooms rejuvenated and eager to get back to impacting the lives of students.

TLE January 2015 Newsletter

Topics include:

  • OSDE Makes Recommendations to State Board
  • Visit the Oklahoma SLO/SOO Community of Practice website!
  • Value-Added Training and Implementation Survey-Winter 2015
  • Release date for 2013-2014 VAM reports

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OKTOY Blog: Welcome to the profession

Last Tuesday I was honored to speak to more than 100 graduating teacher candidates at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah. After preparing over the last four years or so, they are eager to get into their new classrooms and touch lives.

ELEVATE: Oklahoma schools increasingly embrace character education

Hilldale Middle School in Muskogee receives national recognition from the Washington D.C.-based Middle School in Muskogee is one of four Oklahoma schools to receive national recognition from the Washington D.C.-based

OKTOY Blog: Overcoming against all odds

I recently finished reading Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, and I am currently reading Good to Great by Jim Collins. The first told the true story of Louis Zamperini’s journey from boyhood to Olympian to a prisoner in World War II Japanese P.O.W. camps and his ultimate release. The second depicts how certain Fortune 500 companies made the leap from mediocre or even poor performers to sustained, great companies.


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