Curriculum and Instruction

Office of Curriculum and Instruction

The Office of Curriculum and Instruction supports school leaders, educators, families and communities in providing high quality curriculum and instruction to Oklahoma students to ensure students are college, career and citizen ready.

The Office of Curriculum and Instruction supports and oversees:

In 2020, the Office of Curriculum and Instruction developed special instructional guidance for schools relaunching instruction during the Covid-19 to support teachers in designing in-person, blended, virtual, and temporarily blended instruction. This guidance continues to provide guidance for enriching teaching and learning opportunities for students.


Advanced Placement, Fine Arts, Health, Physical Education and World Languagues

Early Childhood

Instructional Materials


Professional Learning

Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM)

Oklahoma Excel

Oklahoma Excel, which is part of the Champions of Excellence initiative, is a yearlong professional learning experience open to all PK-12 teachers. Teachers within a district form teams and join a Networked Improvement Communities (NIC) within a specific content area. Members of the NIC engage in continuous improvement cycles in their classrooms to implement and refine high-leverage, evidence-based instructional strategies. Teachers and teacher leaders who participate receive between 45 and 70 hours of job-embedded, sustained, data-driven, classroom-focused professional development.  Participants also have access to on-site instructional coaching, resources, and tools in an effort to bring about lasting improvement in their schools.  

Academic Grants

Academic Grants, overseen by the Office of Curriculum and Instruction provide opportunities to pilot and develop resources and professional learning aimed at improving teaching and learning in Oklahoma classrooms.

Art Tech Project

Art Tech Project is a $5.8 million dollar, 5-year grant designed to restore arts education in Oklahoma schools currently without arts programming. 

Get Fit Project (CDC Grant)

The Get Fit Project is a $1.85 millon dollar, 5-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Healthy Schools Division, designed to improving student health and academic achievement through nutrition, physical activity and the management of chronic conditions in schools. One year supplemental funds providing an additional $333,333 in FY21 and $433,333 in FY22 for Project Switch provide additional resources and professional learning on the CDC's Covid-19 School-Based Guidance and to further support the objectives for the Get Fit Project.

Oklahoma Young Scholars Project (Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Grant)

The Oklahoma Young Scholars Project is a $2.3 million, 5-year U.S. Department of Education grant to identify, serve, and support potentially gifted and already identified gifted and talented students from historically underrepresented populations, students with disabilities, students who are economically disadvantaged, or students who are English language learners. 

Special Projects

Ag in the Classroom

Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom is a program of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, Oklahoma State Department of Education, and the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service. The purpose of Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom is to help familiarize Oklahoma school children with Oklahoma's food and fiber industry by providing resources for Oklahoma teachers.

For more information contact: Office of Curriculum and Instruction, SDE, (405) 521-4287

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Last updated on November 2, 2021