While most of us might agree that the current climate of education politics is improving, there is still a ways to go and Superintendent Hofmeister has been leading that charge. She recently requested a budget of $3.35 billion for the 2019-2020 school year, which was the largest budget ever requested for common education, aimed on reducing classroom sizes, decreasing the student to counselor ratio statewide, increasing funds to alternative education, a focus on professional development, and more.
Superintendent Hofmeister is Oklahoma’s 14th State Superintendent. She completed her Bachelor’s of Science in Education from Texas Christian University, receiving a certificates in English and elementary education. She served as a public school teacher, then as the CEO of Kumon Math & Reading Centers of South Tulsa. She served on the Oklahoma State Board of Education from January 2012 to April 2013 before running for State Superintendent. She was sworn in on January 12, 2015. In November of 2018, Superintendent Hofmeister was re-elected to a second term and will be sworn in on January 14, 2019.
Below are the questions I prepared to ask Superintendent Hofmeister:
Describe your background in education.
What motivated/encouraged you to run for public office?
Describe what your typical day looks like as Superintendent.
What has surprised you about the position of Superintendent?
What of your first term accomplishments are you most proud of?
What do you hope to accomplish moving forward into your next term? What do you hope to accomplish for teachers? Students?
What do you hope to accomplish in regards to the budget?
Over the years education has had to cut a number of programs (Oklahoma Parents as Teachers, teacher mentorship programs), are there any past programs that you are hoping to bring back?
With a new freshman class of legislatures, what are your plans to educate them on public schools and higher education?
What goals do you have surrounding decreasing the teacher shortage in Oklahoma? How will Oklahoma compete with surrounding states that are willing to pay teachers more?
You have brought in a focus on trauma in our state, how do you hope to prepare educators and schools to mitigate the impact of trauma on students?
The State Department of Education has received a large number of grants in the last year, how do you think this change education in our state?
What do you hope education in Oklahoma looks like in the next four years? Ten years?
What is favorite part of being the State Superintendent of Oklahoma?
2019 is going to bring a few changes to the Passing Notes Podcast. After (almost) a year of episodes I’ve learned a few things and had received great feedback from listeners. Next year look for episodes to be released on Thursday afternoons instead of Friday mornings. Further, every other Thursday during the legislative session (and maybe as needed after that) there will be an episode focused on what is going on at 23rd & Lincoln.
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The Passing Notes Podcast is going to take a quick break from the #TechSeries to talk Advocacy while the whole country is gearing up for important midterm elections. This and the next episode is going to focus on what teachers in the state of Oklahoma need to know to prepare themselves to continue to use their voice in our state to affect change.
All of us will have the opportunity to vote in the midterm election and all of us will have a lengthy ballot. I printed my sample ballot off last weekend and there were races on that thing I didn’t even realize were happening. So here are some resources to help you navigate it all:
Check out the podcast Let’s Pod This – This podcast is hosted by Scott Melson and Andy Moore and is affiliated with the Let’s Fix This organization, a bipartisan group of people who are working to help people engage in Oklahoma state and local politics. They’ve put out several episodes lately focused on the races and state questions that will be on your ballot!
Print your sample ballot here. You will need to put in your name and birthday then the system will generate two options for you, pick one and print off. I used my sample ballot to do the research on each race and filled it out so I don’t have to think about who I want to vote for on election day. I’m just going to take my sample ballot with me to fill out the real thing.
Confirm your voter registration here. While the period to register to vote is over, you can still verify that you know where to go on November 6, in the event that you have moved since the last time you voted or have never voted at your current polling place.
If you have any questions let me know! Our vote is so vital and our voices need to be heard in our state by representation that has taken the time to listen.
For this episode of Passing Notes I interviewed Shari Gateley. Shari is a high school English teacher, Putnam City’s 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year, and was a state finalist for Oklahoma Teacher of the Year. She uses her platform to speak to teachers about everyday advocacy for the profession and for our students. You can find Shari on Twitter @ShariGateley
I am very excited to share with listeners that starting August 10 the Passing Notes podcast is going to get techy! Every other week we will be releasing an episode focused on an aspect of implementing technology in the classroom or school. I talked with excellent educators across the state on topics from gamification to coding! I cannot wait to share with you what I learned from these excellent educators.
I’m so excited to announce that we are now recording at Design Tunnel studio in downtown OKC. Design Tunnel is a marketing and video production company. You can check out their website or connect with them on Twitter @DesignTunnel_OK and Facebook.
First interview at Design Tunnel with Alberto Jiménez Hidalgo. Talking about technology in the Early Childhood Classroom.
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