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ORU Professors Participate in National Freedom School Assessment

Freedom School AssessmentOral Roberts University professors Sherri D. Tapp and Mary Lou Miller, both tenured faculty in the Graduate School of Education, were invited to participate in the 2013 National Freedom School Assessment. This initiative is headed by the Children Defense Fund, a non-profit organization that joins the needs of underprivileged children to community resources.

The Freedom School Program has been helping underprivileged children for nine years through the Tulsa Metropolitan Urban League. The program incorporates an exemplary curriculum designed to strengthen children and families in five critical areas: academic enhancement, parent and family commitment, social action and civic engagement, multigenerational servant leadership development and nutrition and physical/mental health.

Each year the school administers a test known as the National Freedom School Assessment, Which evaluates the overall success of the program. Tapp and Miller will be administering the Basic Reading Inventory (BRI) to a minimum of 25 scholars attending the summer Freedom School at William Penn Elementary in north Tulsa.

“We are proud that ORU Professors Tapp and Miller have taken such an active role in promoting excellent education standards in Tulsa,” said Kim Boyd, dean of the College of Education. “The Children’s Defense Fund is a wonderful organization that promotes family values and education as well as physical and mental health. Completing this assessment for the National Freedom School will improve the lives of countless underprivileged children in the area.”