The K20 Center works to connect individuals or collaborative teams of innovative, entrepreneurial, interdisciplinary scholars who work across traditional fields to solve complex problems facing the 21st century global society. In particular, these scholars seek to address the national crisis in science, technology, engineering and mathematics(STEM) education.
The K20 Center supports interdisciplinary scholarship through:
- An established network of nearly 800 schools;
- Track record of large, successful grants (federal, state, and private);
- University infrastructure and state-of-the-art facilities on research campus;
- Support for testing and commercialization of products; and
- Collaborative research community to exchange ideas.
The K20 Center believes research targeting K-12 schools should:
- Meet the needs of Oklahoma students and K20 network schools;
- Place an emphasis on being educators first and researchers second;
- Address the IDEALS & 10 Practices of High Achieving Schools framework (O’Hair, McLaughlin, & Reitzug, 2000);
- Promote a clear, shared purpose for all students’ learning;
- Focus on being learner-centered and involve authentic, interactive experiences;
- Facilitate shared leadership and decision-making;
- Engage in collaborative activities to achieve the shared purpose;
- Take collective responsibility for student learning;
- Continually study, reflect and analyze best practices using inquiry and discourse;
- Seek fair and just practices to address equity within the school; and
- Serve the needs of the community as well as the school.
Click on the left to view K20 Center research and presentations.