Hendrickson Selected To Represent Oklahoma At National Education Leaders Institute Alumni Summit

Jean Hendrickson

Dec. 6, 2012

Media Contact:  Courtney Harlin, University Relations Staff Writer, University of Central Oklahoma, (405) 974-2121, cbass4@uco.edu

HENDRICKSON SELECTED TO REPRESENT OKLAHOMA AT NATIONAL EDUCATION LEADERS INSTITUTE ALUMNI SUMMIT

Jean Hendrickson, executive director of the University of Central Oklahoma-based Oklahoma A+ Schools (OKA+), will share her experiences with innovations in education as one of the specially selected participants at the Education Leaders Institute Alumni Summit hosted by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and Illinois Arts Council in Chicago, Ill., Dec. 12-14.

Summit participants will share lessons learned and investigate current challenges in education. They will explore ways to use their networks for collective impact, and how that collective impact might implicate K-12 education policy.

Following the summit, the NEA will distribute a briefing report outlining the results of the teams' discussions. The report will be a resource for guiding the national conversation about improving K-12 learning by advancing the arts as a core element of education.

“Working with the Oklahoma A+ Schools on campus, my job is to be a liaison between the preparation of teachers and their practice in the field. Attending this summit will be an opportunity that will allow us to bring cutting-edge strategies straight into the experiences for pre-service teachers,” said Hendrickson.

“The national connections that will be made at the summit will also assist Central in building the service learning and scholarly pursuit which are components Central strives to do. Getting national visibility for UCO will pave the way for leaders in other states to consider UCO for their students to pursue their own higher learning in an environment that is known for its emphasis on creativity, innovation, and leadership.”

The summit will include eight, two-member state teams selected from among the 29 states that participated in previous NEA institutes, and include state department of education officials, governor's cabinet members, superintendents, district-level school leaders, artists, arts advocates, philanthropists, or business leaders.

Hendrickson will co-represent Oklahoma at the summit with Susan McCalmont, president of Creative Oklahoma, Inc.

“Being selected as one of only eight states invited to participate in this national-level dialogue further illustrates that Oklahoma has a lot to offer in terms of thinking creatively and innovatively. It’s important for us not only to attend, but to build active relationships and networks that will help us sustain the innovations, once we return home,” said Hendrickson.

OKA+ Schools is the state’s only research-based whole school network with a mission of nurturing creativity in every learner. Located on the UCO campus, OKA+ provides schools with ongoing professional development, an intricate network of support, and an active research component conducted by university professors. Spanning the state and growing every year, this network of 70 schools represents every kind of school from early childhood through high school, in urban, suburban and rural Oklahoma.

For more information about OKA+ Schools, visit www.aplusok.org.

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Cutline:  Jean Hendrickson, executive director of the University of Central Oklahoma-based Oklahoma A+ Schools, will share her experiences with innovations in education as one of the specially selected participants at the Education Leaders Institute Alumni Summit hosted by the National Endowment for the Arts and Illinois Arts Council in Chicago, Ill., Dec. 12-14.