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Broadening Horizons

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Most academic clubs don’t set out to solve the world’s problems, but Model United Nations does just that. International diplomacy comes to life when students take on the roles of delegates of UN member states. Participants collaborate in simulations of the General Assembly, Security Council and other working groups to negotiate and solve...

Education’s Changing Landscape

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In the pandemic’s wake, the paradigm of traditional education in Oklahoma is in flux, as institutions plan how to best serve students under ever-evolving health guidelines. The general consensus in higher learning? A blend of in-person and online methods may be the way to go. “To help guide Oklahoma’s universities, colleges and high schools,...

Plants and Partnerships

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Community gardens offer more than a bounty of fruits and vegetables. They also produce a sense of belonging for neighbors, an appreciation of nature for students, and partnerships between civic organizations and groups. Oklahoma has a range of such gardens, from spaces at schools and plots in parks to neighborhood farms. They are...

Building a Cohesive Community

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Whether it’s moving into a new building, maintaining the school grounds or just nurturing strong student-teacher-parent relationships, the story is the same for two highly ranked Oklahoma charter schools: Success comes from mutual involvement by the entire school community. Charter schools have been part of Oklahoma public education since 1999. Amendments to the...

Fae Folk and Chicken-Fried Steak

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In one sense, Vinita embodies enchantment and make-believe, especially with get-away destinations nearby at Grand Lake. However, the Craig County seat is also a common-sense, down-home place. Vinita embraces both – illustrated by a Depression-era cafe with an international following and two Renaissance festivals that take visitors back...

A New Way to Code

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Money is often a pressing concern for those wanting a college education. With the student loan debt crisis continuing to worsen, alternatives to traditional higher education have emerged. Holberton School, a tuition-deferred institution for software engineering, may provide academic outlets for some Oklahomans. The San Francisco-based school, which opens its Tulsa campus in...

Sooner Ties to the Cosmos

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The dual successes of one of America’s most renowned astrophysicists and science fiction writers are due, in part, to his undergraduate days at the University of Oklahoma. Gregory Benford, who graduated Phi Beta Kappa from OU in 1963 with a bachelor’s degree in physics, credits his time in Oklahoma for honing his writing...

Sara Ivey

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A transplant from New Mexico, Sara Ivey fosters a passion for environmental education that has led her to several jobs in our state. After stints at Oklahoma Kids in Environmental Education and the Oklahoma Water Resources Board, Ivey became the education programs and services coordinator for the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality in 2012. We caught up with Ivey...

Private School Guide

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With many quality private schools in Oklahoma, you may find it difficult to choose just one – whether it’s elementary, middle or high school. With Oklahoma Magazine’s Private School Guide, your decision just became easier. Compare and learn the stats of private schools around the state with this guide, which covers important facets of your child’s education, including student/teacher...

High Tech and Common Sense

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We are well into the high-pressure digital age and the interconnected global economy, and those realities have affected education and how students learn. However, some non-technological strategies still prevail as young people navigate their ways out of high school and college and into the workforce. We look at a handful of areas that illustrate these dichotomies – from virtual reality and...