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Secretary of Education to visit Tulsa Public Schools

Updated 4/13/2016


4/15/2016 , 9:10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.


Rogers College High

3909 E. 5 Pl.


Press Office


U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr. will make stops in Las Vegas, Nev.; Tulsa; and Springdale, Ark. this week to promote the importance of a well-rounded education and to discuss the new Every Student Succeeds Act.

ESSA, which was signed into law by President Barack Obama in December, creates the opportunity to ensure a well-rounded education for all students -- an education that not only includes strong numeracy and literacy, but provides all students with access to science, social studies, the arts, physical education and health and the opportunity to learn a second language. The U.S. Department of Education is taking action across a range of areas to support states and districts in ensuring schools provide a rich range of offerings.

On Thursday, April 14, King will visit Las Vegas Academy of the Arts -- a magnet high school in downtown Las Vegas -- to deliver a speech on the importance of a well-rounded education and visit with students engaged in various artistic disciplines. He will then hold a listening session to discuss ESSA.

On Friday, April 15, King will visit Tulsa Public Schools to participate in a roundtable discussion, hosted by the school district, with members of the committee that looked at testing in the district. TPS Superintendent Deborah A. Gist will also join in the discussion.

In the afternoon, King will travel to Springdale, Ark., for a classroom visit at Springdale High School and a roundtable discussion with Computer Science for All supporters and implementers.



Memorial presents 'The Music Man'



4/15/2016 , 7:30 p.m. to


Memorial High

5840 S. Hudson Ave.


Kevin Pearson


The Music Man Memorial High School presents "The Music Man" on April 15-16.

"The Music Man" follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band he vows to organize -- this despite the fact he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain's fall.

Join us for this delightful, family-friendly production!

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. Curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. both nights.

Memorial High School
Call Hall Auditorium
5840 S. Hudson Ave.

See the cast in rehearsal!



Eight TPS teachers named Yale National Fellows

Updated 4/15/2016


4/15/2016 , to


Tulsa Public Schools


Chris Payne


Eight Tulsa Public Schools teachers are among the 63 nationwide public school teachers selected to participate in the Yale National Fellows program. They will participate in national seminars and an Intensive Session as part of the Yale National Initiative to strengthen teaching in public schools.

The eight participants from Tulsa Public Schools are Corrina Sue Christmas, Jackson Elementary; David Wayne Dean, Tulsa MET Junior High; Jo Anne Flory, East Central High School; Patricia Leann Hodge, Central High School; Jessica R. Johnson, Celia Clinton Elementary; Tim Smith, Memorial Junior High; Thomas Teague, Central Junior High; and Krista Baxter Waldron of Phoenix Rising. Christmas, Flory, Hodge, and Waldron are returning fellows. Waldron will serve as a seminar coordinator, providing mentorship and instruction to participants. The eight Tulsa Public Schools fellows will join teachers representing 16 school districts in eight states and the District of Columbia.

The Yale National Initiative seminars provide public school teachers with deeper knowledge of the subjects they teach, and hands-on experience with the Teachers Institute approach to high-quality professional development. Each teacher writes a curriculum unit to teach his or her students about the seminar subject, and to share with other teachers both in their home districts and across the country. The curriculum units implement the academic standards of each teacher's home district and assist the teachers in developing engaging and innovating curriculum content.

The 2016 seminars begin on April 29 and conclude in mid-August, and include a wide range of subject areas such as American Indian history, evolutionary biology, and mathematics.



12 student-athletes sign letters during Spring Signing Day



4/13/2016 , to


Central Junior High

3101 W. Edison St.


Gil Cloud


Twelve Tulsa Public schools student-athletes signed National Letters of Intent to play sports at the college of their choice during spring signing day on April 13.

The students represent five TPS high schools in basketball, soccer, track, cross country and baseball.

The 12 signings bring the total number of Tulsa Public Schools student-athletes with athletics scholarships to 56 so far this school year.

Signers included:

Central High School

  • Michael Harris (Basketball, Northern Oklahoma College)
  • Kyandre Lyons (Track, Butler Community College)
  • Aaliyah Birmingham (Track, Penn State)

Edison Preparatory High School

  • John "Jack" Perdue (Cross Country, Westminster College)
  • Reagan Richins (Soccer, Missouri Southern State University)

Will Rogers College High School

  • Eva Lewis (Basketball, Connors State Community College)
  • Teriyon Thomas (Basketball, Connors State Community College)
  • Corey Black (Basketball, Metropolitan (Kansas City) Community College--Penn Valley)
  • Ulises Esparza (Basketball, Oklahoma Wesleyan University)

Booker T. Washington High School

  • Khodbe Austin-Johnson (Basketball, Northeastern State University)
  • Aiya El-Hasson (Basketball, University Of Arkansas at Pine Bluff)

Webster High School

  • Ryan Green (Baseball, Oklahoma Wesleyan University)

See the list of February's signers here.



TPS technology coach chosen for PBS Digital Innovators Program

Updated 4/12/2016


3/8/2016 , to



1127 S. Columbia Ave.


Drew Robinson


Drew Robinson OKLAHOMA CITY -- On April 12, OETA announced Drew Robinson from Tulsa Public Schools as one of this year's Public Broadcasting ServiceLearningMedia Digital Innovators. The program, which is in its fourth year, recognizes tech-savvy K-12 educators who serve as leaders in the education technology space and incorporate digital media in classrooms. Robinson is one of 52 Lead Digital Innovators in the U.S. and its territories.

"OETA is proud to recognize Ms. Robinson, who was chosen as a Lead Digital Innovator from a pool of talented and innovative educators from across the country that are using technology and digital media in the classroom," said Dan Schiedel, OETA executive director. "Ms. Robinson will represent OETA and all of Oklahoma as she continues to enhance her skills with these one-of-a-kind resources, tools and trainings from PBS LearningMedia."

The 2016 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators will receive year-long professional development opportunities that include virtual trainings, access to premium and exclusive resources from PBS LearningMedia Custom service, a free PBS TeacherLine professional development course, networking opportunities and more. PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators will also receive ongoing support in their community from their local PBS member stations.

In addition, the 52 Lead Digital Innovators will receive an all-expense paid trip to Denver, Colo. to participate in the 2016 PBS LearningMedia Digital Summit and the International Society for Technology in Education conference.

The full list of the 2016 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators is available at

PBS LearningMedia received hundreds of applications from leading teachers throughout the U.S. and its territories. Judges selected the 52 educators from throughout the U.S, its territories and the District of Columbia, as Lead Innovators, representing almost every state and the District of Columbia, a first in the program's history. These educators exemplify excellence in using technology and digital media to support student learning.

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