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University of Oklahoma receives federal grants to support education in region

The U.S. Department of Education awarded two grants totaling $20 million to the University of Oklahoma Outreach, department officials announced last week. The grants establish two centers designed to offer technical support and guidance to state departments of education.
by Silas Allen Published: October 17, 2012
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The centers will help connect education officials in those states with resources, including subject matter experts and information, which pertain to their initiatives, she said.

In many cases, Boni said, that coordination could mean organizing meetings with education officials from multiple states to talk about changes or initiatives each state is adopting.

In other cases, she said, the centers would make sure state education officials have access to the best research regarding education priorities, like making sure students are ready for citizenship, college and careers, improving school leadership and ramping up early childhood education.

Boni said she hopes to see the centers play a major role in states' efforts to overhaul teaching and learning.

“We really want to roll up our sleeves and do the deep, transformational work,” she said. “We have already hit the ground running.”

by Silas Allen
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri.
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We really want to roll up our sleeves and do the deep, transformational work. We have already hit the ground running.”

Belinda

Biscoe Boni

associate vice president of OU Outreach's public and community services division

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