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From Assistant State Superintendent of Federal Programs, Ramona J. Coats

Oklahoma is in the midst of educational change. If you ask anyone working in education policy or practice about the biggest challenge to reform and change, they will often tell you it’s ‘the culture.’ Our attitude toward organizational culture can either make or break efforts for reform and improvement.

As Oklahoma educators, we are all taking an intense look at academic results across the state.  We know there are success stories that should be celebrated and highlighted, and we also know that too many of our children are not experiencing success in their journey through our schools.

Educators across the state are accepting these challenges head on. To help navigate these changes at both the state and federal levels, we've launched this newsletter from the federal programs division at the State Department of Education. Here you'll find deadline dates, news you can use, information about upcoming videoconference opportunities and more.

Eric Hoffer, American philosopher and author, once shared these words of wisdom:
In a time of drastic change, it is the learners who inherit the future.  The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.
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Titles I, IIA, VI and X

The Office of Titles I, IIA, VI and X is excited about the transformational changes in our practices for servicing Oklahoma School Districts. We have begun FY 2013 with a new online grants management system that is coupled with a full professional staff and an upgraded approach to providing knowledge and technical assistance to districts. These changes will help us reach the gold standard of achieving our purpose: to ensure federal funds support supplemental services that will make a difference in every child's academic performance. The use of these funds should provide opportunities and learning experiences that enhance students' educational journey and make them College, Career and Citizenship Ready.

The OSDE welcomes district input so that the Office of Titles I, IIA, VI and X may better facilitate the needs of all districts. We look forward to a great FY 2013 with our school district colleagues!

Gloria Bayouth
Executive Director, Titles I, IIA, VI and X

New in 2013:

Upcoming Training Opportunities:

Grants Management and Expenditure Reporting Site Tutorials:

Nutritional Food

Child Nutrition

Many of you have undoubtedly heard of or read about the Child Nutrition Re-Authorization Act entitled the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. The Act contains provisions for all United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) feeding programs, including the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, and the Summer Food Service Program. School Year 2012-13 marks the most changes so far in the implementation of the Act, including the new meal pattern requirements for lunch.

Find links to important information below regarding the exciting new changes taking place this year. And remember that the Child Nutrition division of the Oklahoma State Department of Education is here to help guide you through these transitions and assist you in making Oklahoma a "healthy, hunger-free" state!

Joanie Hidenbrand
Executive Director, Child Nutrition

New in 2013:
New USDA Reimbursement Rates - Coming Soon!

Upcoming Training Opportunities:
Application Approval/Benefit Issuance/Verification/Meal Counting and Claiming (ABVM) Statewide Workshops - July 17, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 31 and August 1, 2, 7, 8
School Nutrition Association Conference - July 29-30
New Meal Pattern Make-Up Workshops - August 6 (Tulsa) and August 7 (OKC)

Titles IC and IIIA

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Currently, more than one out of four of all children in the United States are from immigrant families, and in most cases these children speak a language other than English at home. In the decade between the 1997-98 and 2008-09 school years, the number of English language learners (ELLs) in public schools increased by 51 percent while the general population of students grew by just 7 percent. Given this increase in ELL students in the U.S., most teachers should expect to have ELLs in their classrooms. Therefore, it is essential that schools accurately identify ELLs, understand their language proficiency in English and design effective language instruction education programs rich in both social and academic language.

In May 2012 The US Department of Education, in conjunction with Synergy Enterprises and edCount, LLC, released the report Language Instruction Educational Programs (LIEPs): A Review of the Foundational Literature. This report is a great resource for districts interested in learning more about how to design an effective program for ELLs. The Office of Titles IC and IIIA is also available to offer support and guidance in helping districts help these students succeed.

Melissa McGavock
Director, Titles IC and IIIA

New in 2013:

Upcoming Training Opportunities:
WIDA 2012 ELD Standards Debut Events - August 9-10 (Madison, WI), September 20-21 (Denver, CO), October 25-26 (Charlotte, NC) and November 8-9 (Boston, MA)
July 2012 Volume 1, Issue 1

First Quarter Calendar

Titles I, IIA, VI and X

1 Submission Deadline for FY12 Claims
24 Submission Deadline for Schoolwide LOI

12 MSP Fall Meeting
14 Title I Report Due
30 Consolidated Application Deadline

Child Nutrition

1 Renewal Application Available
1 Deadline to Implement New Meal Pattern Requirements

2 Direct Certification through WAVE Available

Titles IC and IIIA

9 - 20 Window of Access for ELLs Demographic Validation

Identification of potential ELLs through HLS process and ELP placement testing must be completed within the first 30 days of school.

30 Extended Deadline for Grant Applications

1 Deadline for Migrant Certificates of Eligibility; Certificate of Eligibility Validation; Student Enrollment Dates and Supplemental Program Codes and Start Dates

Videoconference Schedule

Child Nutrition

August 9, 10, 20, 21, 22
August 13, 14, 15

Titles IC and IIIA

August 23
August 28


Titles I, IIA, VI and X
(405) 521-2846

Child Nutrition
(405) 521-3327

Titles IC and IIIA
(405) 521-3196