May 10, 2013
Media Contact: Courtney Harlin, University Relations Staff Writer, University of Central Oklahoma, 405-974-2121, firstname.lastname@example.org
UCO OKA+ SCHOOLS INVITES COMMUNITY TO CAPITOL CELEBRATION
University of Central Oklahoma’s Oklahoma A+ Schools (OKA+) program invites the community to celebrate its four new member schools, two new associates and newest demonstration school for the 2013-14 academic year at 4 p.m., May 15 on the second floor rotunda in Oklahoma City’s state Capitol.
The event will feature performances by students from the Millwood Arts Academy followed by the Arts Education Director at the State Department of Education, Glen Henry, and Executive Director of the Oklahoma Arts Council, Kim Baker, who will give the congratulatory remarks. UCO President Don Betz will deliver the keynote address and the ceremony will conclude with a reception at 5:30 p.m.
The four new schools include Greystone Lower Elementary and Positive Tomorrows in Oklahoma City, as well as Remington Elementary in Tulsa and Cherokee Immersion Charter School in Tahlequah.
The legislators who will be presenting the citations to the new schools include Earl Garrison, Mike Brown, Constance Johnson, Randy McDaniel, Al McAffrey, Kay Floyd, Dan Newberry, and Glen Mulready.
Additionally, two new associates – PAMBE Ghana on behalf of La’Angum Learning Center and Louisiana A+ Schools in partnership with George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts – will also be recognized for committing to summer training for their teachers with the program.
Also, OKA+ Schools will recognize Staley Hupfeld Academy at Western Village as the newest demonstration school, a school that goes above and beyond to be a high functioning OKA+ school.
Since its inception in 2002, the OKA+ network has provided the state’s only research-based whole school reform model with creativity in its mission. It supports schools throughout the state that encourage creativity, innovation and critical thinking.
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, the network of over 75 schools represents early childhood education through high school in urban, suburban and rural Oklahoma communities.