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Oklahoma A+ Schools
By Communities Foundation of Oklahoma / December 11, 2017

Oklahoma A+ Schools Unlocks the Learning in Every Child

Oklahoma A+ Schools, by being in the business of helping schools to think, plan, and behave more creatively, truly changes the lives of Oklahoma children.

Kylie’s story is one example of the impact OKA+ is making. Kylie was a new student who felt behind since 2nd grade. Coming from a broken home, she was moving into a new school and entering an OKA+ classroom below grade level in her reading and math ability. After 5 months of being in her new creative surroundings, Kylie was given a research project on the American Revolution. Her teacher was concerned about her ability to handle the reading levels that would be required to be successful. However, the teacher knew she had to trust the OKA+ process, which allows for creativity and students demonstrating understanding in multiple ways. Kylie’s teacher said, “I was right to do so!  Kylie owned the project and never looked back. She embraced the freedom to use her artistic ability, created a beautiful presentation board, and helped other students succeed as well. Through the process, she also learned to love the poetry of Phillis Wheatley.”

Thanks to the OKA+ model, Kylie improved in math and moved from a 3rd grade reading level to middle 4th grade reading level in five months. Once a failing student, Kylie is now an above average student who found self-confidence, passion, and a desire to do hard things. Her disposition has transformed!

OKA+ Schools provides an academics + arts model of education that is founded on eight essentials.  This is what helps students, like Kylie, succeed. Research has shown that one of the most important factors for student success is having a highly trained teacher facilitating their learning. OKA+ is dedicated to providing quality professional development to schools, so that every student has the opportunity of success

With a donation, OKA+ Schools can continue to train Oklahoma’s teachers and provide access to educational resources with zero cost passed on to schools or districts. The power to adapt, think creatively and change quickly will determine the success of Oklahoma’s future. OKA+ Schools is helping schools to cultivate and impact Oklahoma’s greatest resource, our children. OKA+ Schools wants to thank you for imagining a better education and a better life for every child in Oklahoma.

For 15 years, OKA+ has served 300,000 students and 20,000 educators in rural, urban, and suburban Oklahoma.  Rich or under-resourced; OKA+ Schools advance learning and student success in core subjects in public, private and charter schools.

 

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