Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release:
July 14, 2015
host second educational think tank; invite teachers, parents, and
State Sen. Anastasia A.
Pittman has announced the second educational think tank meeting
of the summer will be held Wednesday, July 22nd at the State Capitol.
Community leaders, parents, teachers, homeschool educators, and
other interested groups are invited to discuss and continue to build
and define the vision of the curriculum in Oklahoma schools. The
event, hosted by Sen. Anastasia A. Pittman in partnership with Rep.
George Young and Leonard Benton, will be held at the State Capitol
in Oklahoma City on July 22 in room 419A at 3pm.
Discussion at the July meeting will build primarily on the strategic
planning processes identified at the first meeting, including:
• Identifying the most significant challenges to teaching
and learning, focusing heavily on diverse students;
• Discussing the needs for an Oklahoma curriculum which incorporates
diversity and inclusion; and
• Identifying potential participants to serve on the faith-based
advisory committee, which will be assembled by Superintendent Joy
“These think tank collaborative meetings provide a unique
view into the future of Oklahoma education,” said Pittman,
D-Oklahoma City. “The initial meeting last month brought forth
thoughtful discussion, debate and clarity to many of the educational
issues Oklahoma is facing. I’m optimistic that by working
together in these types of sessions, we can unite and work to ensure
our schools are consistently providing all students with the best
education possible, complete with a curriculum that embraces diversity
and inclusion education.”
Pittman says allowing an open forum to discuss the future of Oklahoma
education has provided a unique opportunity gather ideas from teachers,
home educators, administrators and others with a stake in educating
the state’s youth.
“Aside from the obvious budget constraints the state is currently
facing, there are a multitude of other concerns in state education,
including diversity training, accountability, adequate access to
resources and family involvement in the education process,”
Dr. Belinda Biscoe, Associate Vice-President for Outreach at the
University of Oklahoma has also been instrumental as a driving force
of the educational meetings.
“Senator Anastasia Pittman convened an Educational Think Tank
charged with identifying the most significant challenges to teaching
and learning in Oklahoma, in particular those related to educating
diverse students. In our first meeting we reflected on both strengths
and areas needing improvement in Oklahoma educational practices.
Solutions and a vision for tomorrow focused on educating all Oklahoma
children well and through a lens of equity,” said Dr. Biscoe.
“As this group’s work moves forward, recommendations
will reflect research and best practices. The Educational Think
Tank members also recognize that improving education involves engaging
a myriad of state agencies and partners whose roles are critical
to reform efforts. We hope to work closely with Superintendent Hofmeister
and her team at the Oklahoma State Department of Education to make
an Oklahoma education the best in the nation and world.”
This week, Pittman submitted the request for an interim study on
kindergarten preparedness based on the preliminary findings gathered
in recent months from educators, parents, students and those who
are being considered to serve on the Superintendent’s faith-based
“Anyone with an interest in the future of primary, secondary
and post-secondary education in Oklahoma is encouraged to join us
for the next meeting on July 22 at the Capitol,” said Pittman.
“By proposing strategies and developing recommendations that
reflect an ongoing commitment to improving Oklahoma education, we’re
making an investment in the future of our great state.”
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