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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 has covered Oklahoma City politics and policy closely since 1990. He is publisher of The City Sentinel newspaper and the founder of CapitolBeatOK, an online news service.  Photo provided.

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 […]

UCO to screen “The Last Defense” examining the case of Julius Jones on Oklahoma’s death row

The Last Defense art

By Darla SheldenCity Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) will host a free public screening of the ABC documentary The Last Defense on Friday, October 26 from 6 – 9 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The event will take place in the Communications Building (#13), Bill Burke Film […]

Education Briefs: Putnam City student named National Merit semi-finalist, City School Board revises school year schedule, Fall Festival supported Harding Charter

Harding Charter Preparatory High School will host its “Annual Fundraising Reception” on Thursday, October 20 at the Hart Building, 726 W. Sheridan Avenue in downtown Oklahoma City. Photo courtesy Keffer-Sharpe Photography

Staff Report   Long Pham of Putnam City High School has been named a National Merit Semifinalist by officials of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, an honor placing him among the nation’s top high school students. More than 1.6 million juniors in nearly 22,000 high schools entered the 2019 Merit Program by taking the 2017 […]

Positive Tomorrows offers training for those working with children living in poverty

The three-hour High Structure – High Love™, training will explain the educational philosophy used at Positive Tomorrows, Oklahoma’s only elementary school specifically serving homeless children.  Photo courtesy Positive Tomorrows

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Positive Tomorrows now offers High Structure – High Love™, a three-hour training program developed specifically for educators and professionals who are working with children living in poverty. This trauma-informed training teaches the educational philosophy High Structure – High Love as it is used at Positive Tomorrows, Oklahoma’s […]

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