Superintendent Hofmeister creates advisory councils to provide feedback on education issues



OKLAHOMA CITY (Nov. 10, 2015) – More than 20 advisory councils established by the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) are bringing together representatives from a wide spectrum of fields and arenas — business and industry, nonprofits, the faith-based community, education and other stakeholders — to provide feedback on the major issues facing public education in the state.

The councils are an important way for education’s consumers to communicate with the agency and other leaders of pubic education, said State Chamber of Oklahoma President Fred Morgan, who chairs the Business Advisory Council.

“In order to continue Oklahoma’s economic growth, we need young people graduating high school with the skills necessary to continue their education in college or enter the 21st century workforce,” Morgan said. “I’d like to thank State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister for creating these advisory groups and listening to the concerns of the business community. I look forward to having a seat at the table to provide input on creating an education system that other states will aspire to.”

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister said the councils are critical in her efforts to engage a diversity of voices and perspective in strengthening education

“These advisory councils are a huge step in the right direction,” she said. “By bringing
education stakeholders to the table, we are able to gather continuous feedback and explore various ideas aimed at improving student academic achievement. I am excited to see what these hardworking, dedicated Oklahomans are able to do for public education.” 

Many of the advisory councils already have held initial meetings; all plan to meet two to four times annually.

Brent Kisling, executive director of the Enid Regional Development Alliance, praised the mission of the Business Advisory Council, of which he is a member.

“Workforce development is the No. 1 choke point we have for economic growth in northwest Oklahoma,” he said. “I appreciate Superintendent Hofmeister's efforts to connect the business community and our educational system through her newly appointed Business Council.”

Each advisory council is made up of 20 to 30 individuals from across the state.

One of the largest is the Teacher Advisory Council. A member of this group, Shawnee High School art teacher Kim Paxson, said she views the council as a promise of hope for Oklahoma schoolchildren.

“Superintendent Hofmeister’s Teacher Advisory Council is a vehicle where we as educators can come together, safely voice our concerns and offer suggestions on improvements to implement positive change for both student and teacher success,” said Paxson, who was a finalist in this year’s Oklahoma Teacher of the Year competition.

The current advisory councils include:

  • Business
  • Non-Profit/Wrap-Around Services 
  • Parents
  • Foundations/Funders
  • Teachers
  • Principals
  • Superintendents
  • Education Associations
  • Faith-Based
  • Hispanic
  • African American
  • Native American
  • Counselors
  • Special Education  
  • Charter Schools
  • School Foundations
  • Retired Educators

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Last updated on November 10, 2015