Five Schools Added to UCO-Based OKA+ Schools Network

April 28, 2014

Media Contact: Lindsay Houts, Staff Writer, UCO University Relations, 405-974-2121, lhouts@uco.edu

FIVE SCHOOLS ADDED TO UCO-BASED OKA+ SCHOOLS NETWORK

The University of Central Oklahoma-based Oklahoma A+ Schools (OKA+) recently added five new member schools to its growing network focused on creativity and innovation for school improvement for the 2014-15 academic year.

The five new schools, Edgemere Elementary and Wheeler Elementary, in Oklahoma City, Lakeview Elementary in Norman, Mustang Horizon Intermediate in Mustang and Robertson Elementary in Tulsa, will be recognized at a celebration from 4 to 5:30 p.m. May 7 at the State Capitol.

To be accepted into the OKA+ network, schools commit to a set of eight A+ Essentials, which they learn about through ongoing professional development provided by professional educators and artists, known as OKA+ Fellows.

The schools will begin their initial OKA+ professional development training at a summer institute, which includes arts-integrated teaching methods surrounded by an understanding and application of the A+ Essentials framework.

"OKA+ Schools strives to help schools think, plan, and behave more creatively so that they can meet the needs of 21st Century Learners. We help them to move beyond the industrial, scripted model of the past, replacing it with one injected with creativity and innovation," said Sandra Kent, executive director of OKA+.

Headquartered on Central’s campus in Edmond, OKA+ is a statewide network of schools that advance a quality, whole school experience to nurture creativity in every learner.

Since its inception in 2002, the OKA+ network has provided the state’s only research-based whole school reform model and 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 more than 70 schools represents early childhood education through high school in urban, suburban and rural Oklahoma communities.

For more information, visit www.aplusok.org or call 405-974-3779.

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