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April 19, 2010

Friend principal takes learning to new level

— NORMAN – Friend Elementary Principal Tammy Swinburne was recently accepted into the University of Oklahoma’s K20 Center for Educational and Community Renewal’s Leadership program.

The year-long professional development program coaches educators.

They learn how to lead educational change and integrate technology in their schools.

Swinburne, along with 23 other superintendents, district leaders and principals from around the state, began the program with a two-day seminar at the K20 Center for professional development, enhanced with technology training.

Laptops Provided

In addition, each educational leader receives a laptop to begin integrating technology into the learning process.

Throughout the year, participants meet for smaller follow-up sessions, review staff technology assessments, develop action plans for their schools and participate in school networking. After successful completion of the program, schools can apply for K20 Center’s additional leadership development and technology programs that address whole school needs.

The leadership program is the first phase of the K20 Center’s whole school learning philosophy.

Trust Funded

 It is funded by the Oklahoma Educational Technology Trust, with additional funding from the Oklahoma Legislature.

Nearly 1,5000 educational leaders have attended the leadership development program. In 2004, the program was ranked third nationally out of 50 state programs funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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