The OKA+ Schools initiative was conceived in North Carolina where it began as a research model sponsored by the Kenan Institute for the Arts. In 1998, the Kirkpatrick Foundation provided support through the DaVinci Institute to identify the countrys most successful education reform models. A joint research team from the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University identified the North Carolina A+ Schools Program as one with great potential for replication, and the Oklahoma A+ Schools initiative was born. In 2003, the University of Central Oklahoma stepped up to provide a permanent home for Oklahoma A+ Schools®.
To learn more about the North Carolina A+ network, the Davinci Insititute, and any of our other partnering organizations please click here.

History of OKA+ Leadership

Executive Directors:


John Clinton


2001 - 2003


Jean Hendrickson


2003 - 2014

Director Emeritus

Sandra Kent


2014 - Present


Program Director:


Rosalynn Wade


2002 - Present




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