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National Board Certified Stipends Paid

Bonus monies for National Board certified teachers, school psychologists, speech-language pathologists, and audiologists were distributed to school districts via electronic funds transfer on Wednesday, May 16, 2012.  Notice of allocation has been posted on the SDE website.

Read the National Board Certified Bonus 
o    Allocation Notice (pdf) - searchable by districts
Any certified personnel who did not confirm their eligibility electronically by 4:00 p.m., Friday, May 11, 2012, are not included in this initial payment.  Subsequent payments will be processed and sent to school districts by May 25, 2012. 

If you have additional questions, please contact Bunny Farley at (405) 521-4527.  If you have questions regarding your payment, please contact Office of the Comptroller at (405) 521-3349.
Vision 2020

Register Now

Registration is now open for all attendees for the State Department of Education’s Vision 2020 conference, June 11-15 at the Cox Convention Center in Downtown Oklahoma City.

Parent night will be 6 to 7:45 p.m. June 11. Professional development sessions for teachers and other educators will be Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, June 12-14. Sessions for administrators will be June 14-15.

Admission is free for the conference for those who register before midnight June 5; lunch and keynote speaker sessions may be purchased for $25 per day. Registration after June 5 is $25. 

Vision 2020 offers learning opportunities, professional development and training for everyone from the engaged parent, to the classroom teacher, counselor, librarian, technology instructor, treasurer, central office personnel, principal, school board member, district superintendent, and others. 

Go here to Register or to see a tentative schedule.

Please share this information with your teachers and parents.

Budget Request Update

During these final days of the Legislative session, State Department of Education staff members are continuing to work with House and Senate leadership on the budget request approved by the State Board of Education in December. They have asked for an increase in funding from fiscal year 2012, We urge you to contact your lawmakers to advocate for this budget request on behalf of all students in the state.

TLE Training Update

As you are aware, the SDE has posted a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the TLE training.  This bidding process will close on May 24, 2012.  Once the SDE awards the training bids, a training schedule will be finalized.  The training schedule will be based on the information provided to the SDE through the TLE Selection Survey. While we encourage districts to attend training as a group, there will be flexibility in the training schedule.  This means that there will be multiple training opportunities throughout the summer and throughout the state to ensure that all administrators are trained, assessed, and certified as evaluators prior to the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year.  In addition, the SDE plans to hold a training session early in the fall to accommodate any newly hired administrator or those administrators who were unable to participate in the training during the summer.  If you have any further questions, please contact Alicia Currin-Moore at 405-522-0282 or

Favorite Teacher Stories

During Teacher Appreciation Week, May 7-11, we asked people to tell us about their favorite teachers. We've collected the responses and posted them to our Website. Take a look. And, if you see the name of one of your teachers, make sure to share this link with them.