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Alexa Brown is an Owasso High School senior and wants to become a teacher. [PHOTO BY MIKE SIMONS, Tulsa World]
Alexa Brown is an Owasso High School senior and wants to become a teacher. [PHOTO BY MIKE SIMONS, Tulsa World]

Good Friday morning. In a state where more than half of all public school students are nonwhite, nearly 86 percent of Oklahoma teachers are white, a rate higher than the national average.

"It can be hard for (nonwhite) students to see themselves becoming a teacher, but we want to change how they see themselves and how they view the teaching profession," said Elon Dancy, associate dean for academic inclusion and community engagement at the University of Oklahoma's Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education.

Dancy is a co-director of the Find Your Future Summer Education Camp the university hosts to get more nonwhite high school students to consider the teaching profession. I wrote about the effort to diversify the teaching profession and the Find Your Future camp last month, which you can read here. 

Retired Oklahoma music teacher featured on CBS Evening News

A retired high school music teacher has been featured on the "CBS Evening News" after his nearly 300 of his students returned to Ponca City to perform a concert in his honor.

Steve Hartman, the CBS correspondent who reports on inspirational stories across the country for his “On the Road” series, recently traveled to Ponca City to interview Robert Moore, who spent 30 years directing one of the greatest high school choral groups in the country: the Ponca City Chorale of Ponca City.

Panhandling teacher returns one year later

Teresa Danks — who was launched to fame after, on a whim, making a sign and panhandling for school supplies —  started panhandling again on the one-year mark from the first time she hit the streets, July 19, 2017, reports the Tulsa World. She has since left her teaching position at Grimes Elementary School. She does not know yet if she will return to teaching.

Lee School renaming process ends

Tulsa Public Schools held its third and final community meeting Thursday surrounding the second Lee School renaming process for the broader TPS community at Wilson Teaching and Learning Academy. It, like the two previous meetings that were held at Lee School, showed the division of opinion on Lee School, reports the Tulsa World

Hofmeister emphasizes building links

Developing connections between teachers, students and the community was the main focus during a talk given by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister at Duncan High School on Wednesday, reports the Lawton Constitution

At the high school for the State Department of Education's "EngageOK on the Road", Hofmeister talked to dozens of educators as part of her "Joy Lunch Club". During the nearly hour-long talk, Hofmeister discussed how the state board  and the instruction division in particular  aims to get students and the public engaged when it comes to providing long-term career paths for high school graduates.

That does it for today's Morning Bell. Have a great weekend and see you on Monday!

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Alexa Brown is an Owasso High School senior  May 9, 2018.  MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World

Alexa Brown is an Owasso High School senior May 9, 2018. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World

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Ben Felder

Ben Felder is an investigative reporter for The Oklahoman. A native of Kansas City, Ben has lived in Oklahoma City since 2010 and covered politics, education and local government for the Oklahoma Gazette before joining The Oklahoman in 2016.... Read more ›

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