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Four Schools Added To UCO-Based OKA+ Schools Network

April 18, 2013

Media Contact:  Courtney Harlin, University Relations Staff Writer, University of Central Oklahoma, 405-974-2121,


The University of Central Oklahoma-based Oklahoma A+ Schools (OKA+) recently added four new member schools to its growing network focused on creativity and innovation for school improvement for the 2013-14 academic year.

The four new schools are Greystone Lower Elementary and Positive Tomorrows in Oklahoma City, as well as Remington Elementary in Tulsa and Cherokee Immersion Charter School in Tahlequah.

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.

“At OKA+ Schools, we want to help schools understand that in order for them to meet the needs of 21st Century learners, they must move beyond the industrial, scripted model of the past. That means injecting creativity and innovation into every classroom,” said OKA+ Executive Director Jean Hendrickson.           

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 over 70 schools represents early childhood education through high school in urban, suburban and rural Oklahoma communities.

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