“People need to talk, and people need to express themselves,” OKCPS urging parents to join the conversation

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma City Public Schools are looking to the future, and urging parents to join the conversation.

The district is hosting open meetings across the metro, to describe both what they expect from student, and to ask parents how the school should adapt in the years to come.

"I love the school system, I love the children," said Thelma  R. Parks, former OKCPS educator. "I want them to do the best that they can."

Those beliefs were held by all Monday evening, in a packed room at Douglass High School.

"We wanna engage the community in some authentic conversation about what we think is most important for our students, and what they want from our schools," said Rob Neu, OKCPS Superintendent.

'The Great Conversation' will be taking place all week long, at eight different schools, with a series of questions and activities to spark debate.

"People need to talk, and people need to express themselves," said Parks.

School officials explain the mission for the meetings are to:

"Develop a strategic plan for Oklahoma City Public Schoolsin a way that:

  • Clarifies the goal for student learning and achievement;
  • Outlines the roadmap for accomplishing the goal;
  • Embraces the diverse "voices" of internal and external stakeholders;
  • Mobilizes leadership for courageous action at all levels"

From parents to former educators, the crowd was as diverse as the students themselves Monday night.

"I just wanted to be involved in the school system, and kind of see what everyone's saying," said parent, Darci Craighead.

"Even though I've left the school system, I'm still a citizen of this area," said Parks. "I want to be involved, and I'm gonna be involved."

The Great Conversation's schedule is as follows:

Monday March 2, 2015 Tuesday March 3, 2015 Wednesday March 4, 2015 Thursday March 5, 2015
Douglass Mid-High School900 N. Martin Luther King Blvd.&US Grant High School*5016 S. Pennsylvania Capitol Hill High School*500 SW 36th&John Marshall Enterprise12201 N. Portland Star Spencer High School3001 N. Spencer Road&NW Classen High School*2801 NW 27th Southeast High School*5401 S. Shields&Classen SAS1901 N. Ellison


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