This year’s Summer Policy Institute was held August 3-6, 2014 at The University of Tulsa. The event brings together more than 50 highly-qualified undergraduate and graduate students for a four-day learning experience. The Institute is hosted by the staff of OK Policy, a Tulsa-based think-tank guided by core commitments to the fair and adequate funding of public services and the expansion of economic prosperity for all Oklahomans.
Panelists at the Oklahoma Watch-Out forum were Estella Bitson, principal of Hawthorne Elementary School; Dallas Koehn, teacher at Union 9th Grade Center, and Meredith Brown, teacher at Disney Elementary School, all in Tulsa.
Teacher pay and school accountability were among the biggest topics discussed during a community forum Wednesday evening tackling issues facing Oklahoma public-school teachers.
A panel of educators, joined by other teachers and representatives from education and public-policy groups in the audience, talked about the challenges they see in schools and classrooms on a daily basis.
Kindness. Empathy. Compassion. When religious passion is channeled by a true believer, it can be a powerful contributor to the common good. There's a fine line between passion and extremism. That's where religion becomes angry, triumphant. God loves me more than God lives you. The trouble is that we can't always see these things clearly. We rely on the media, but it loves a fight. How can we tell what's true or false?
Here’s an impressionistic sound portrait of wandering through the workshops, exhibit halls, and performances of the 2014 Oklahoma Music Educators Association Conference. This recording was made by Classical 88.7 KWTU on January 16 and 17 at the downtown Tulsa Assembly Center. Heard (in order) are highlights of:
Terri White, Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services commissioner, and Michael Brose, Mental Health Association in Tulsa executive director, were featured guests at “Oklahoma Watch-Out” on Nov. 20, 2013.
This public question-and-answer forum, focusing on mental and emotional health issues, was recorded at the Circle Cinema in Tulsa by Public Radio Tulsa.