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Stanley Hupfeld Academy at Western Village named ‘exemplar school’ by Partnership for 21st-Century Learning

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Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – The Partnership for 21st-Century Learning (P21), an organization dedicated to advancing curriculum that fosters student success in 21st-century work and life, has named the Stanley Hupfeld Academy at Western Village, a public charter school in Oklahoma City, a fall 2016-17 exemplar school. P21 awards exemplar status to schools that move […]

Dr. Kent Buchanan named Oklahoma City University provost, engineering degree partnership announced

Provost Kent Buchanan. Photo provided

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – Kent Buchanan, Ph.D., has been named provost and vice president for academic affairs at Oklahoma City University, President Robert Henry announced on December 16. Buchanan has served in the role on an interim basis since July 2015. His appointment follows a national search and a recommendation from the university’s search […]

Kevin Durant Charity Foundation awards Positive Tomorrows $57,000 Gift


Kevin Durant smiles with 2nd and 3rd graders during his first visit to Positive Tomorrows in Dec. 2012. Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter Positive Tomorrows has announced that it has received a $57,000 gift from the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation. This gift will go towards an anonymous $50,000 challenge grant and will complete the purchase of land to build a new facility. A 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation’s […]

Pullmann Potter: Heartland analyst shapes her arguments for pre-school education choice

Joy Pullmann is an education policy fellow at the Heartland Institute in Illinois, editor of The Federalist Online magazine, and author of ‘The Education Invasion: How Common Core Fights Parents for Control of American Kids,’ Encounter Books, forthcoming in January 2017. Photo provided

by Patrick B. McGuigan, editor OKLAHOMA CITY – Joy Pullmann, a widely-published education analyst and the mother of four children, said the primary focus in development of education policy – including and perhaps especially pre-school programs – should be on children, not on systems. This leads her, she explained to an audience in Oklahoma City, […]

Cristo Rey Catholic High School schedules open House December 10

Renee Porter, president Cristo Rey Oklahoma City Catholic High School.  Photo provided.

Staff Report Cristo Rey Oklahoma City Catholic High School will be holding an open house event on Saturday, December 10 from 12:30 to 3 p.m. for potential students and parents interested in learning more about the school and visiting the facility. The Cristo Rey OKC facility is located at 900 N. Portland on the OSU-OKC […]

Oklahoma Hip Hop Festival returns to celebrate musical roots

The second annual Oklahoma Hip Hop Festival, founded by rapper Gregory Jerome, will be held Saturday, November 5, from 11 a.m. to midnight at The Criterion in Oklahoma City.  Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter The City of Oklahoma City has officially declared November as Hip Hop History Month. To celebrate, the second annual Oklahoma Hip Hop Festival will be held Saturday, November 5, from 11 a.m. to midnight at The Criterion, 500 E. Sheridan Avenue. The all-day event will feature performances, film screenings, […]

Harding Charter Prep to host annual scholarship fundraiser

The 2016 Harding Charter Pre annual fundraising reception will honor Austin Vernon (left), Valedictorian of the Class of 2007 and Richard Caram, HCP Founder and Principal, 2003-2007.  Photos provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter Harding Charter Preparatory High School will host its  “Annual Fundraising Reception” on Thursday, October 20, from 7 to 9 p.m. The event will be held at The Hart Building, 726 W. Sheridan Avenue, in downtown Oklahoma City. Celebrating its 11th year, the reception will have many HCP parents, teachers and alum in […]

Dr. Freda Deskin, superintendent and founder of the ASTEC Charter Schools, to receive UCO’s distinguished alumni award

Dr. Freda Deskin.  Photo provided.

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – Freda Deskin, superintendent and founder of ASTEC Charter Schools, will be honored by University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) as a Distinguished Alumni Award on November 4. The recognition will come at a luncheon in the George Nigh University Center on the UCO campus. According to a press release announcing Deskin’s […]

Oklahoma City’s Harding Fine Arts students excel at U.S. Open Karate Tournament

Harding Fine Ars student Emilee Harmon won a first place award in the the 2016 International Sports Karate Association (ISKA) U.S. Open Tournament, held this summer in Orlando, Florida. She and teammates from the public charter school, located in the Central Park neighborhood, sustained Harding Fine Arts’ long-standing tradition of high performance is the ISKA competition. Photo Provided

Staff Report Oklahoma City — What might be a typical martial arts class in any number of private dojos (“place of the way” or training facility) is, perhaps, not so typical for an Oklahoma City school. Oklahoma City’s Harding Fine Arts Academy’s mission is to prepare high school students for college in an academically challenging, […]

Still They Rise: Students honored at Madinah’s Educational Foundation program

At this year’s Madinah Education Foundation and Scholarship awards program in the Capitol Blue room, left to right: moderator Zakiyyah A. Raheem, speaker Valeria Benabdallah, speaker Ameenah Fuller; Award recipients, back row from left: Ieashia Fox, Mekayla Holmes, Benjamen Abdul-Raheem, Gabriel Abdul-Raheem, Tobie Mitchell.  Photo by Omari Harris.

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – The annual scholarship and awards ceremony for Madinah’s Educational Foundation and Scholarship Program (MEd) occurred August 20 at the state Capitol Blue Room. Setting the the tone, moderator Zakiyyah Abdul-Raheem quoted educator Marva Collins: “Excellence is not an act but a habit. The things you do the most are the […]

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