Education articles

Embracing early childhood education

In contrast to previous mandates for bubble-in quick fixes, the administration now endorses collaborative and coordinated efforts emphasizing socio-emotional interventions and diagnostic data so that children read for comprehension by third grade. He now heeds the wisdom of generations of scholars, including Nobel Prize winner James Heckman, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and many

Candidates and early childhood education

While some think early childhood development rests solely on the shoulders of parents, there are ways in which societal factors can hinder early learning. These include lack of access to quality health care and child care as well as exposure to toxic stress and poverty-related trauma. Research shows quality early childhood care and education helps

General Education

Then again, it might not. Levi Collins (Chris Sheffield, Transformers: Dark of the Moon) is a Rushmore-esque high school senior so smart-ass, he has a sidekick. He also has a full college scholarship for tennis, but that’s in danger when he flunks science. In order to save it, he has to attend summer school without

Free-range education

Credit: Brad Gregg Beginning this fall, students kindergarten through 12th grade will have the opportunity to take a class or two online, or never enter a school building at all. Sheli McAdoo, out-going executive director of the district’s secondary education and reform, said she is optimistic about the future of the new program. “We’ll use

‘Education as a common good’

The danger in any kind of reform is that change is not an end in itself; it must actually lead somewhere. Therefore, before Oklahomans embark on serious reform of how we educate our children, we need to have an idea of what we want the end product to look like. In order to do that,

Retiring Arts Council executive stresses economic value of arts education

Consider the experience of Suzanne Tate. The Oklahoma Arts Council’s retiring executive director has witnessed firsthand the impact of arts education in Oklahoma. “(The Arts Council) can’t put arts programs in every single school in the state, so that’s been the challenge,” she said. “There’s so much need, but we don’t have the resources.” Tate,

Youth Art Month stresses importance of art education

Schools from across the state are participating in events such as art shows and contests to emphasize the importance of art education, said Lisa Taulman, Oklahoma Art Educators Association chair and art teacher at Crooked Oak Public Schools. “Art education is important for many reasons,” she said. “Studies have shown that if a student participates

What’s going on at the state Board of Education?

The Board was created by Oklahoma’s Constitution and its powers are found in our state’s laws. I’ve attended some meetings that were dull and a few with heated debate.  But, this last meeting was a doozy and I’d like to tell you about it. By law, the Board is responsible for the hiring, firing, salaries, administration

Rep. Kern clarifies science education bill, denies it endorses religion

Kern told Oklahoma Gazette the release is to respond to concerns she has been hearing that her bill is “anti-evolution.” Both Kern and Sen. Josh Brecheen, R-Coalgate, filed bills before the deadline that address science education. Brecheen’s is SB 554. “Legislation filed by state Rep. Sally Kern would ensure school policies allow for a full

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