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Oklahoma Education Briefs and Commentary

The old Harding High School building on North Shartel Avenue has for many years housed two successful and award-winning public charter schools. This school year, the schools were ordered by officials of the Oklahoma City Public Schools district to vacate the facility this summer. File Photo by Patrick B. McGuigan

Patrick B. McGuigan (Editor’s Note: This is compiled from multiple sources, including The Oklahoman)   Great schools leaving the MidCity area … The City Sentinel is reeling as two successful public charter schools are forced to leave the heart of the community for new locations. This newspaper and the two Harding-site schools have long labored […]

2nd Youth Climate Strike Oklahoma scheduled for May 3

Youth Climate Strike Oklahoma activists Lanah Hinsdale and Luke Kerr.  Facebook photo.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter   OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — On Friday, May 3, dozens of Oklahoma students will go on strike from school to protest what they contend is the government’s failure to take action to stop climate change.  Deer Creek High School seniors Luke Kerr and Lanah Hinsdale are leading the Youth […]

OKC Zoo’s Eye Spy Safari presents a new way to look at conservation education

The Oklahoma City Zoo is partnering with the Dean McGee Eye Institute to offer Eye Spy goers the opportunity to learn how the OKC Zoo is leading the way in local and global conservation efforts and how they can help save wildlife and wild places. Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Oklahoma City Zoo is partnering with the Dean McGee Eye Institute to present the new Eye Spy Safari. Now through the summer, children 11 and under can participate in this interactive activity to learn about Zoo animals and the challenges threatening them. Eye Spy […]

Study says charter schools can deliver more bang for the buck

Mike Brake.  Photo provided.

by Mike Brake Top charter schools can deliver more learning per dollar spent, on average, than regular public schools, according to a new study by a former Oklahoma Secretary of Education. Dr. Robert Sommers, of CF Educational Solutions LLC, studied spending and performance for traditional public schools and public charter schools for fiscal years 2014, […]

Oklahoma City University again awarded Tree Campus USA status

Oklahoma City University was honored with 2018 Tree Campus USA recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management. Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Arbor Day Foundation once again has honored Oklahoma City University with Tree Campus USA recognition for 2018. Tree Campus USA is a national program created in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation that recognizes colleges and universities for effective urban forest management and for engaging […]

Oklahoma History Center to host Black Heritage Film Festival on Feb. 9

During the Black Heritage Film Festival, writer and producer Robert Burch from OETA and ShIronbutterfly Ray of Muskogee’s Bare Bones International Film and Music Festival will lead a discussion for amateur filmmakers on the process of documentary production. Facebook photos

  By Darla Shelden City Sentinel ReporterOKLAHOMA CITY, OK — As part of Black History Month, the Oklahoma Historical Society’s Black Heritage Committee will present an African American film festival and workshop at the Oklahoma History Center on Saturday, February 9, from noon to 5 p.m.The event will feature local filmmakers and films pertaining to […]

From Oklahoma City Public Schools – Final Criteria Data for ‘Pathway to Greatness’

Dr. Sean McDaniell, the new Oklahoma City Public Schools Superintendent, is guiding a “Pathway to Greatness” process aiming to improve local tax-supported schools in the state’s largest district. Photo by Oklahoma City Free Press.

Staff Report On Friday, December 21, Oklahoma City Public Schools (OKCPS) released what a press release called “our final sets of criteria data as we continue our work to redesign our district for the future through our Pathway to Greatness (P2G) Project. Our top priority for our resources must be providing equitable learning opportunities for our students […]

Christ the King and St. Charles bands perform fall concert

Christ the King Catholic School and Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic School presented a fall band concert Thursday (November 29) at the gymnasium at St. Charles parish. Selections covered a range of band and popular tunes, with frequent hints of the coming holiday season. Photos by Patrick B. McGuigan

  Patrick B. McGuigan, The City Sentinel Warr Acres, Oklahoma – From the familiar tune of Wolfgang A. Mozart’s “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” to the dynamic composition “Spirit of the Stallion” (a work developed specifically for advanced elementary bands by Brian Balmages) a robust collection of works were received enthusiastically at a recent concert presentation […]

A Teacher’s Thanksgiving: Art, Education and the Power of Belief

Patrick B. McGuigan,.  File photo

Patrick B. McGuigan For three months in the 2016-17 school year, I worked each day filling in for a wonderful lady who then worked as art teacher at a charter school in Oklahoma City. Her time away on maternity leave afforded me the opportunity to recreate, every single school day, a long-dormant youthful appreciation for […]

Norman teacher receives $25,000 Milken Educator Award

During a surprise school assembly, Madison Elementary kindergarten teacher Hailey Couch was stunned to hear that she had won Oklahoma's 2018-19 Milken Educator Award. Photo courtesy of Milken Family Foundation.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Madison Elementary school teacher, Haley Couch of Norman, Oklahoma, was recently honored (Oct. 23) with a Milken Educator Award.  The honor was presented by Milken Family Foundation co-founder Lowell Milken and Joy Hofmeister, Oklahoma State Superintendent of Public Instruction. During a surprise school assembly, Couch was […]

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