Education leaders of the Choctaw Nation have partnered with OSU educators in the Colleges of Education and Arts and Sciences to address two important issues: (1) sustaining and improving young children’s learning through carefully planned and delivered summer learning sessions; (2) sustaining adolescents’ interest in learning, introducing them to college readiness through sustained academic and social experiences through mini-camp experiences at home and on the OSU college campus, and preparation for success in college admission and retention through early preparation. “Improving educational outcomes “ is one of five strategies identified by the Choctaw Nation as a vehicle for transcending high poverty that marks the 10.5 counties of the federally-designated “Promise Zone” in which the Choctaw Nation is located. This collaboration relies equally on the contributions of the education leaders of the Nation and of OSU, and on classroom teachers and school administrators who work with students within the Choctaw Nation, as well as undergraduate and graduate students who will work alongside OSU faculty, school teachers, and administrators to enhance the educational outcomes of the children who reside in the Choctaw Nation.
For over a decade, Mizuni, Inc. has delivered forward-thinking K-12 technology solutions to support innovative education strategies and ease data management burdens. The Choctaw POSSE Program collaborates with the Oklahoma State Educational Research Department and Mizuni to track performance data for students participating in the summer learning program. Using the Mizuni Aspire data management platform, program effectiveness is determined by measuring student growth as they progress through mainstream school systems.