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Ahead of the Curve

A deep dive into the higher education sphere explores popular elective classes, the ideal college application, sports and their positive impacts on campuses, and trends in and out of the classroom.

Exploring BlueSTEM

Not your average historic building, an 1876 commanding officer’s domicile is now home to BlueSTEM AgriLearning Center. Enhancing STEM curriculum, the center reimagines and tailors education for its students, partnering with schools and teachers alike. The nonprofit’s director, Ann Marshall, says pupils from Yukon, El Reno and Calumet currently take classes at BlueSTEM, but she hopes to expand into other...

Mautra Staley Jones

Mautra Staley Jones, M.B.A., Ed.D., is a lifelong educator and devoted academic diplomat, serving as Vice President of Institutional Advancement and External Affairs at Langston University, as well as the executive director of the Langston University Foundation. Additionally, Jones speaks on a variety of topics around Oklahoma and serves in leadership positions for numerous businesses and committees, including as...

On the Right Track

Teachers of English as a Second Language are all about helping students launch their futures, but it really helps to know where these students have come from, too. “You’ve got some kids who have had to walk through countries that would just as soon kill them as let them come to the United States,” says educator Cheril Scott, who will...

A Different Kind of Literate

Most of us like to think we are financially literate, but there’s always room to learn. If you think setting up a budget should be your initial course of action, you could already be a step behind. Instead, the first questions to ask yourself are: why do I want a budget, and what do I want it to accomplish...

Jon Parker

As the executive director for the Oklahoma State Department of Education’s Office of School Safety and Security, Jon Parker says that “teaching is an integral part of my core being, and it is ultimately the guiding principle behind what I do.” Before taking the lead at the OSSS, Parker was an educator for 18 years. He’s also worked in...

Weathering the Storm

Meteorology is a pretty broad topic. You can point your barometer toward studies in severe weather, atmosphere, hurricanes, climate change, wind patterns, radar research and development or even different instrumentation. Even better, Oklahoma is one of the best places in the nation to study most of those topics. Kaitlin Frost travels the U.S., speaking to K-12 students about meteorology as...

Broadening Horizons

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 problems on global and regional scales. Model UN...

Plants and Partnerships

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 used for educational purposes, business opportunities, community...

Building a Cohesive Community

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 Oklahoma Charter Schools Act in 2015 brought...