Innovative Learning Institute

People interested in learning about innovative education and its impact on workforce development and the community are encouraged to attend the University of Oklahoma K20 Center’s Innovative Learning Institute. The one-day conference is an opportunity for people to learn and share with educators who are transforming their schools and districts into high-performing, technology-rich professional learning communities.

The K20 Innovative Learning Institute offers many opportunities for learning and sharing through more than 60 professional development and networking sessions, discussion panels and guest speakers. To help participants focus on a specific area of interest or need, the sessions are organized into strands that significantly impact education.

Each of the six strands – leadership, technology, science, technology, engineering and mathematics [STEM], common core, and workforce development and community engagement – offer breakout sessions featuring experienced educators, industry experts and policy makers.

Oklahoma's Touchstone Energy Cooperatives S.K.I.E. Award 

Oklahoma’s Touchstone Energy cooperatives, in partnership with the University of Oklahoma’s K20 Center and the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education, are recognizing teachers from across the state that effectively transform their teaching and learning using technology.  

Made possible by the co-ops’ $90,000 donation, the Touchstone Energy Supporting K20 Innovative Educators (SKIE) Award will provide six $500 grants to regional winners in the annual competition. Regional winners become eligible for the state-wide award, which garners an additional $1,500 for the teacher and a $1,000 grant for the school at which the winner teaches.

The K20 Center is currently accepting applications at, the deadline apply is September 30. The state-wide winner will be announced at the K20 Innovative Learning Institute - a one-day professional development and networking conference - December 3 at the Embassy Suites in Norman.

To be considered for SKIE Award, teachers—or a team of educators working collaboratively and willing to be considered as a team in the application process—must:

  • Possess a record of outstanding application/integration of the K20 Center IDEALS;
  • Demonstrate excellence in teaching and the use of technology; and
  • Demonstrate instruction that is both engaging and effective for students.

For more information about the application process, contact Dr. Linda Atkinson, Associate Director for K12 Partnerships, 

For more information about the K20 Innovative Learning Institute, visit or contact Tyler Bridges at (405) 325-1267 or