I refuse to be negative! It is so easy to fall into the rut of “Woe is me” syndrome.
Everyday, the newspapers, administrators, legislators and even communities are voicing negativity about the state of education in Oklahoma. But I REFUSE to be negative! Why?
Because every day, parents, many of whom do not have more than an 8th grade education themselves, drop off their children at our buildings with the expectation that when they pick them up at the end of the day, their children will have one more skill, one more piece of information to help them have a better life. It is a huge responsibility, but my philosophy has always been to use the materials and resources you have available to be creative (and there are plenty of free websites along with our free professional development trainings), and that is where the fun is (necessity is the mother of invention)! Give those darlings not just an education but maybe the one smile or words of encouragement they will have all day. Your role is so powerful--try not to waste it on the “woe is me.”
One of my favorite songs now is "Cheerleader" by OMI:
When I need motivation
My one solution is my queen
'Cause she/he stays strong
She/he is always in my corner
To me, this describes many of our Oklahoma educators who encourage our students to read one more paragraph, do one more problem, retake the ACT one more time, reapply to college. You are their cheerleader, and I thank you!
Oh, I think that I've found myself a cheerleader
She/he is always right there when I need her
Thanks for being there for our Oklahoma students. It does not go unnoticed!
The U.S. District Court, Northern District of Oklahoma, has dismissed the federal claims against Caney Valley Schools and denied the motion for a permanent injunction with respect to the school district’s refusal to allow a senior student to wear an eagle feather in her graduation cap Griffith v. Caney Valley Pub. Schs., 15-CV-273-GKF-FHM (N.D. Okla. 01/05/16).
There are quite a few different projections about next year’s State Aid budget, and some of the projections are relatively positive. We have tried to substantiate any kind of positive news about a guaranteed budget deal that will hold education harmless, but as far as we can tell there is no guarantee that this will happen.
It’s official: summer is here! Hopefully, you are looking forward to some well-deserved downtime with your family and with colleagues. Not being a warm weather fan, I am already looking forward to the fall with its college football and Indian tacos at the Oklahoma State Fair.
As an educator, how do you measure success?