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The University of Central Oklahoma’s Oklahoma A+ Schools advances its mission of helping schools to think, plan and behave more creatively in the 2019-20 academic year with the addition of three new schools to the statewide network.

The University of Central Oklahoma’s Oklahoma A+ Schools (OKA+) advances its mission of helping schools to think, plan and behave more creatively in the 2019-20 academic year with the addition of three new schools to the statewide network.

The new schools are Eisenhower Elementary in Enid, Oklahoma, LeMonde International School in Norman, and Tulsa Legacy Charter Primary Academy in Tulsa, Oklahoma. They join the network of nearly 70 schools representing early childhood education through high school in urban, suburban and rural Oklahoma communities.

“We are pleased to be adding these three new schools to our ever-growing state network. We have established a tradition of excellence with our whole school transformation model which helps schools to think, plan and behave more creatively," said Sandra Kent, executive director of OKA+ Schools.

To be accepted into the OKA+ network, schools commit to a set of eight 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 five-day summer institute in July, which includes arts-integrated teaching methods surrounded by an understanding and application of the A+ Essentials framework.

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.

“Engaging the curious minds of Oklahoma students is our mission. The more schools we add to this network, the more students will have access to an education injected with arts, creativity and innovation,” Kent added.