Street School Recognized as Top Non-Profit in Oklahoma in 2012
Tulsa, Okla – The Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits held its fifth annual Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence (ONE) Awards on Saturday, April 12, 2012 at the Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa. The event honored outstanding nonprofits throughout the state for their work in one of eight categories. Street School was announced the winner in the education category and awarded $7,500.
“The finalists are selected for recognition on the basis of standards of excellence,” said J. Jerry Dickman, Chairman of the ONE Awards Selection Commission. “They represent some of the best nonprofits in Oklahoma.”
Street School was up against the Tulsa Community College Foundation and the Oklahoma City Community College Foundation in the education category. “When Street School was announced the winner, I couldn’t quit smiling,” said Street School Board President, Lise Inman. “Street School does great work and it’s nice to be recognized for your efforts.”
Lori McGinnis-Madland & Lise Inman showing off ONE Award
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Street School of Tulsa has been named the first recipient of the Oklahoma Award for Outstanding Achievement in Alternative Education presented by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence.
“We are delighted to recognize Street School for its innovative programs and its exceptional record of helping at-risk youth complete high school and prepare for success in society,” said Emily Stratton, executive director of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, a charitable organization that recognizes and encourages academic excellence in Oklahoma’s public schools.
In a letter of recommendation praising Street School’s programs, curriculum and staff, Marvin Jeter III, Tulsa Public School’s assistant superintendent for School Innovations, wrote, “I have been associated with alternative programs in a variety of capacities and levels for approximately 20 years in three states. I have observed few programs that consistently demonstrate the quality of services to students that I have witnessed at Street School.”
Street School faculty members meet regularly to design curricula in six-week thematic units, providing interdisciplinary instruction with real-world applications. Their instruction incorporates the latest research-based strategies for helping non-traditional students learn. Through a partnership with the Tulsa Global Alliance, Street School has become an alternative education model for educators from around the world. Some tours have focused on Street School’s substance abuse program, while others have highlighted the school’s research-based approach to education.
“Street School is able to take students who have not fit in for years in the public school setting and helped them realize their educational dreams,” wrote the parent of a Street School student. ” Street School gives students the confidence to become who they were meant to be.”
Other Awards bestowed upon Street School include:
- 2012 ONE Award in the Educational Category, Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence
- Lorraine McReynolds, Street School program director, 2006 Steven Cowden Advocate Award
- Ryan Henry, Street School science teacher, 2006 Geological Society Earth Science Teacher of the Year
- Ryan Henry, Street School science teacher, 2007 American Association of Petroleum Geologists K-12 Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Natural Resources in the Earth Sciences
- Kim Camp, Street School life skills instructor, 2005 MetLife Foundation Ambassadors in Education Award
- Lori McGinnis, Street School executive director, 2005 Steven Cowden Advocate Award
- National Dropout Prevention Network, 2004 Crystal Star of Excellence Award
- Community Service Council Evergreen Award
- Inasmuch Foundation, Special Recognition
- J.C. Penney’s Golden Rule Award
- Literacy Coalition, Literacy Leader Award
- Oklahoma Assoc. of Youth Services Youth Advocacy and Life Lessons Outstanding Youth Services Program
- Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy, Program Category
- Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Drop Out Prevention Award
- The Optimist Club, Students of the Year Award
- State Department of Education, STAY Program of Excellence Award
On November 1, 2004 in Orlando, Florida, Street School was recognized nationally by the National Dropout Prevention Network with the Crystal Star of Excellence Award 2004 as the one school chosen for excellence in dropout prevention. This is a tremendous accomplishment when you consider the number of alternative programs in the country.