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Important Offerings for State Educators

At the State Department of Education, we send frequent emails and e-newsletters to communicate important programs to educators throughout the state. I would like to reiterate a few of those offerings in my regular column.

Making Sure Students are Career Ready

Ever asked a kindergartener what they want to be when they grow up?

I love that game. I hear responses such as firefighters, doctors, mommies, teachers; you name it. One little girl told me she wanted to be a doctor, the president and a jeweler; she just wasn’t sure she’d have time to be all three.

The goal of education is to produce young people who are fully prepared for the workforce that awaits them outside of high school or college and to help them become fully engaged, productive citizens.

Preparing for Graduation

Now that we’ve started the New Year, high school seniors and their parents should turn their full attention toward making sure they are prepared for life beyond high school.

2012 in Review

I come to the end of the year with such mixed emotions.

The school shooting in Connecticut is still fresh on everyone’s minds. As we watch the news and see the funerals for these precious students and their teachers and principal, we grieve anew for the enormous loss for these families.

In the Wake of Tragedy

I spent the weekend thinking about how incomprehensible it is that anyone could take the lives of 20 elementary school children, the six adults who tried to protect them and his own mother. I cannot fathom the grief engulfing the Newtown, Connecticut community right now. The stories of heroism by teachers and school personnel are inspiring.  Every day teachers do courageous things for our children. I have no doubt that they and the fallen adults did not have a moment's hesitation in response to this horrifying situation.

Education: A Matter of National Security

At the recent Excellence in Action National Summit on Education Reform, Superintendent Barresi heard a very sobering report from the Council on Foreign Relations task force. This independent, nonpartisan group reports that our failure to educate students in the United States leaves them unprepared to compete with global peers and threatens our country’s ability to thrive in the global marketplace and maintain our role as a world leader -- a threat to our national security.

Making Education Relevant

The State Board of Education met in Frederick last week. Holding meetings in schools reminds board members of how their decisions affect the people they are serving. It gives them a chance to hear firsthand the successes that should be celebrated and the obstacles they should help remove. These visits make their work relevant.

Demystifying the Common Core

David Coleman, new president of College Board, visits Oklahoma to share wisdom on Common Core with local educators.

New Opportunities for Student Involvement in STEM

New opportunities in STEM education include Botball grants and Think Through Math's first annual Oklahoma Math Cup.

Raising the Grade Together

Thursday was a historic day for Oklahoma. State Board of Education members gave their unanimous approval to release the state’s first A-F Report Cards for schools. Now, it is time to get to work and begin Raising the Grade Together.

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