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Why You Should Teach in Putnam City

Benefits

  •     Among the top salaries in the Oklahoma City area
  •     100 percent district-paid contributions to Oklahoma Teachers’ Retirement System
  •     Paid $30,000 life insurance policy
  •     Three days of personal leave each year
  •     $150 in room money for every teacher, every year
  •     Generous sick leave payoff
  •     District salary schedule honors all years of out-of-state services

Teachers who have completed two or more years of teaching in the district have an opportunity to place their children in the district's child development center. Teachers who have a child 6 weeks old to age 4 (not yet in pre-k) can be considered for the program, which is so popular that openings must be filled by lottery. It's estimated the district childcare saves teachers more than $4,000 a year.

Teacher Support

  •     A new teacher academy offering discipline-specific training in classroom management
        lesson planning, instructional strategies and more
  •     A mentoring program for beginning teachers
  •     Monthly professional development and support meetings for all teachers new to the district
  •     Continuous professional development in curriculum, instruction and technology
  •     Curriculum and professional support from subject-area specialists

Students

  •     The fifth-highest number of Academic All-State students among all Oklahoma school districts in the history of the recognition
  •     The state’s fifth-highest number of Oklahoma Academic Scholars all-time
  •     220 National Merit Finalists in the last 28 years
  •     More than $9.3 million in scholarships accepted by our 2018 graduates

Schools

  •     Four district teachers have won the Milken Family National Educator Award, more than any district in Oklahoma
  •     Four out of the last five years Putnam City teachers have been finalists for Oklahoma teacher of the Year
  •     Five of our schools have been named Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education.
  •     We've been recognized by Money magazine as one of the nation’s "100 Top Schools in Towns You Can Afford."
  •     70 district teachers have earned National Board Certification

Technology

  •     Digital content is being created to replace traditional textbooks.
  •     A fiber-optic districtwide computer network that links computers in every classroom
  •     A fiber-optic network that links every school and building
  •     Wireless access districtwide
  •     Technology-rich classrooms
  •     A parent portal to enable parents of middle school and high school students to check grades and attendance
  •     Extensive teacher training for effective use of technology in the classroom
  •     A variety of web-based resources for teachers and students
  •     An employee intranet that provides a single location for information including documents, links, communities, software,
        system status updates, tips, and more.
  •     More than 20,000 iPads districtwide
  •     “Bring Your Own Device” network for student and teacher devices