Tulsa's Booker T. Washington, Sadler Arts in Muskogee among four Oklahoma schools with National Blue Ribbon recognition

Originally posted on Tulsa World
Four Oklahoma schools, including one in Tulsa and one in Muskogee, were recognized by the U.S. secretary of education Thursday as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2016, putting them among 329 schools nationwide to receive the award this year. Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, Sadler Arts Academy in Muskogee, L. Mendel Rivers Elementary School in Altus and Northwood Elementary School in Piedmont received the recognition based on “overall academic excellence,” according to a news release. They are among 279 public and 50 private schools that will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 7 and 8.

Booker T. Washington Foundation donates $150,000 to fund teaching positions

Originally posted on Tulsa World
With budget woes leading to districtwide cost cutting, concerned alumni and supporters of one Tulsa public school are stepping in with a $150,000 gift. In a news conference Thursday at the school, the Booker T. Washington Foundation for Excellence announced that it will make a donation in that amount to Booker T. Washington High School specifically to pay for four teaching positions the school is slated to lose going into next school year. BTW was facing the loss of 10 total teacher positions for 2016-17, according to recent district staffing plans. District officials said the reduction would result from either attrition, or teachers being moved to other school sites, as determined by need. Speakers at the news conference on Thursday said those losses, however, would deal a blow to BTW’s ability to maintain its tradition of excellence.

Millennial Activist - Booker T. grad goes to Washington, plans a future in public policy.

Originally Posted on TulsaPeople
It doesn’t take long for Nathan Levit to impress. The recent Booker T. Washington High School graduate has a list of accomplishments long enough to make anyone question how they spent their formative years. Two years in Washington, D.C., as a baby left an impression at an early age. At the time, his father, Ken Levit — now the executive director of the George Kaiser Family Foundation — worked for then-U.S. Sen. David Boren. In his sophomore year in high school, Nathan Levit worked for his first political campaign when Suzanne Schreiber ran for the Tulsa school board in 2014. She won in a landslide. As campaign manager, Levit took charge of social media, engaging volunteers and helping create good strategies.

Strong Inside and Out

Originally Posted on OKMag
If the youth are our future, then the future looks good at Booker T. Washington High School. That’s where you’ll meet the Men of Power – a group of African-American male students committed to academic excellence, community engagement and acting as positive role models to younger students. Spend time with them and you’ll be blown away at their drive to excel. The Men of Power group has been going strong since the fall of 2007, when a group of five students came to their history teacher, Dr. Anthony Marshall, with a very real concern about how young African-American men are viewed by society. They asked Marshall to help them find a way to change the misperceptions many people have.