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Registration is now open for the 2013 OSDE 
VISION 2020 Summer Conference!

The Oklahoma State Department of Education's VISION 2020 conference will be July 9-11 at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City. Online registration for attendees and exhibitors, and proposals to present are now available on our website along with other conference information such as hotel accommodations.

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

Attendee registration is free and includes all professional development sessions at the conference.

This conference will host more than 900 concurrent sessions with dynamic content, nationally recognized keynote speakers and engaging professional development. 

The theme of this year's conference is FocusED, with the emphasis on education.

Proposed Schedule:
Tuesday, July 9

  • Teacher-focused professional development in digital learning; social studies; science; math; English language arts; world languages; counseling and prevention; higher education; alternative education; art; and Advanced Placement.
  • Parent Power Night

Wednesday, July 10

  • Teacher-focused professional development in special education; accountability and assessment; federal programs; data; 21st Century Community Learning Centers; early childhood literacy; TLE; PE and health; Indian affairs, Ag in the Classroom; gifted and talented; and Advanced Placement.

Thursday, July 11

  • Administrator-focused professional development in policy and legal; STEM; accountability and assessment; federal programs; data; digital learning; special education; early childhood literacy; 21st Century Community Learning Centers; TLE; fiscal; school support/school improvement; transportation; and Advanced Placement.  

For general conference information and to register, please visit: 

Please stay posted for updates regarding speakers, professional development sessions and so much more! 

Recommend Best Teachers, Principals

OSDE is looking for the state’s best and brightest educators to engage in professional collaboration and leadership opportunities in a variety of ways at the state level. These educators also may be eligible for future awards and recognition.

Take an opportunity to recommend teachers and/or principals who have demonstrated exceptional educational talent, exemplary educational accomplishments and who are engaging and inspiring. The State Department of Education and other agencies will consider using the input of these educators in our various policy working groups, such as Teacher Leader Effectiveness Evaluations and Oklahoma C3 Academic Standards, including the Common Core. The attached recommendation form (via link below) will need to be completed and returned to the OSDE by Friday, May 31, 2013. Detailed information on where to submit the recommendation is located on page 4 of the attached form.

Updated on the SDE Website

Check out these recent updates to the Oklahoma State Department of Education website:

Test Preparation In-Service Training Presentation

Test Support for Teachers and Administrators

2014 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Application Packet


Parent and Family Resource Page

Advanced Placement Recruiting Idea

On January 31, the State Board of Education approved Advanced Placement Grants to a number of schools.  A provision of the grant is that the school district must offer the AP class and exam for which the grant was written.  

Brian Payne, an AP Art History teacher from Yukon High School, applied and was awarded a First Time Materials and Equipment Grant for $4,828. He chose an interesting way to recruit students to his class. Click here to watch his video.

Brock Prize Symposium Free to OK Educators

The Brock International Prize in Education Symposium, Education for the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities, will be from 1:45 to 4 p.m. March 14 in the student center on the campus of OSU-OKC.The symposium features the 2013 Brock International Prize in Education Laureates Mike Feinberg & Dave Levin, founders of Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP), a nationwide network of schools that serve low-income children. 

This is a FREE event. Click here to registeror make plans to watch live online.

UCO to Offer Gifted ED Specialist Graduate Courses

UCO’s Department of Educational Sciences, Foundations, and Research (ESFR) will offer graduate courses for Oklahoma Gifted Education Specialist (OGES) beginning fall 2013.  All six sequenced courses are fully online.  For more information, please visit the College of Education and Professional Studies webpage for Gifted Education or contact Dr. Linda Rittner at



After gathering district feedback, the REAC3H Network has been restructured to allow more professional development opportunities for all districts.

The state has been organized into eight proposed regions, with Tulsa and Oklahoma City school districts remaining independent because of their size.

The State Department of Education will conduct two professional development opportunities per region each year. The sessions will primarily focus on classroom teaching strategies to help with integrating Oklahoma C3 Standards, which include Common Core in math, English language arts and writing, and state standards of social studies and science. Some sessions also will incorporate art and world languages. 

Educators will leave with practical applications of Common Core in the classroom and more information about new Oklahoma C3 standards. 

SDE also will share information about the Teacher and Leader Effectiveness evaluation system (TLE) and A-F School Report Cards at these sessions.

Attached via the link below is a map showing the proposed eight regions of the state and the school districts belonging to each region.

Professional Development dates that have been set so far are:

Aug. 2 - Mountain View-Gotebo (Region 7)

Aug. 7 - Kiamichi Technology Center in Hugo (Region 5)

Aug. 12 - Guymon High School (Region 1)

Aug. 14 - Bristow Middle School and High School (Region 3)

Aug. 26 - Francis Tuttle Technology Center, Oklahoma City Rockwell Campus (Region 8)

Oct. 25 - Woodward (Region 1)

Jan. 20, 2014 - Pryor High School (Region 4)

Jan. 14 - Bartlesville Performing Arts Center (Region 3)



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Oklahoma School Speed Test Month

Working together and sharing data, we can make a change for Oklahoma students and teachers. More than 25,056 School Speed Tests were run by teachers, IT coordinators and staff from 1,542 schools during Oklahoma School Speed Test Month in February.

Thanks to your data, we can drive projects to prioritize Internet infrastructure upgrades and make the case for increased investment in school Internet access for Oklahoma’s students and teachers.

But we’re not done yet, we have over 250 schools and over 5,000 School Speed Tests to be performed. In the coming weeks, we will be reaching out to teachers and principals at these schools asking them to click a button and run the one-minute test. If you are contacted, please participate.

Help upgrade the Internet for public schools!


Doodle 4 Google

Oklahoma K-12 students can participate in the annual art and design competition Doodle 4 Google. Students are asked to create their own Google Doodle around this year’s theme “My Best Day Ever...” The winning artist’s Doodle will be displayed on the Google homepage for millions to see, and the winner will receive a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 technology grant for their school. 

Submission deadline is March 22.