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Digital Credentials

Union Public Schools is the first district in the U.S. to issue digital diplomas and transcripts using blockchain technology.

Beginning May 2019, graduating seniors will be digital owners of their diplomas, enabling them to share official high school transcripts instantaneously via a desktop application or mobile app. Prospective colleges, universities, or employers can immediately verify the authenticity of the blockchain diploma by receiving it via text message or email from the student.

“Requesting an official transcript has never been the friendliest process regardless of the institution,” said Todd Borland, Executive Director of Technology at Union Public Schools.  “Blockchain technology is going to empower our students to easily share an official transcript with requesting organizations, and there will be no question as to its authenticity. This is certainly one of the most compelling uses of blockchain that I have seen.” 

Blockchain is a way of storing data in a distributed ledger that allows multiple stakeholders to confidently and securely share access to the same information. Each member of the network must have access privileges, and all validated transactions are permanently recorded. By design, a blockchain is resistant to modification of the data.

A partnership with 3Dream Studios of Tulsa, using Learning Machine technologies helped open the vault of digital diplomas for Union Public Schools.

“I’m excited to see Union Public Schools embracing this proven technology for its students, faculty and staff. This move, already being utilized by Higher Ed institutions such as MIT, will put Union at the forefront of this credentialing technology. They will be considered leaders nationally,” said David Keesee, 3Dream Studios President.

In addition to providing this year’s graduating seniors (Class of 2019) with access to digital diplomas and transcripts, Union will also make digital transcripts available beginning with 9th grade students and others going forward. 

Union Public Schools is the 8th-largest district in Oklahoma with nearly 16,000 students in grades Pre-K through 12. The district’s 19 schools are located in southeast Tulsa and a portion of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, with the mission “To Graduate 100% of Our Students College and Career-Ready.” 

District Announcement

Happy Holidays

Wishing you Joy and Peace at the Holidays and throughout the New Year.

Union Public Schools will be closed for winter break December 23-January 3, 2020. School will resume on Monday, January 6, 2020.

During the winter break, Union offices will be closed December 24-January 2, 2020.

May Joy and Peace be yours throughout the New Year.

Wishing you Joy and Peace at the Holidays and throughout the New Year.  Union Public Schools will be closed for winter break December 23-January 3, 2020. School will resume on Monday, January 6, 2020.  During the winter break, Union offices will be closed December 24-January 2, 2020.  May Joy and Peace be yours throughout the New Year.

Administrative Changes Announced

Scott Pennington named director of new Hope – Guidance – Social and Emotional Learning Department;   Clayton Hucke named interim 7th Grade Principal

Dear Union Parents and Guardians: 

I am excited to announce that Mr. Scott Pennington, principal at the Union 6th & 7th Grade Center, has been asked to lead a new department within Teaching and Learning entitled Hope – Guidance – Social and Emotional Learning. As you know, we are in the second year of our five-year district strategic plan. One of the elements of this plan is Union’s Learning Model that focuses on literacy, cognitive capacity, engagement, and social and emotional learning.

As we continuously evaluate our data, and hear from teachers and our site leaders, there continues to be a dominant narrative that more must be done to address the social and emotional development of our students. Collectively speaking, our teachers continue to do amazing work in providing dynamic learning experiences for our students. It is now time for us to articulate a tiered approach to addressing unwanted student behaviors and student trauma – at all grade levels – while also fostering greater hope and confidence in our students’ lives. The idea is that we will be more proactive in our efforts, providing counseling and guidance to address the social, emotional, and academic needs of our students. I firmly believe this will make a positive difference in our students’ lives and in the learning culture of our buildings.

Mr. Pennington’s work as a special education teacher, assistant principal, and principal make him uniquely qualified to lead in this new position. In addition to this change, I am also pleased to announce that Mr. Clay Hucke, assistant principal at Union High School, has been asked to serve as an interim principal at the Sixth & Seventh Grade Center. Mr. Hucke has done an outstanding job at the high school and he looks forward to serving the students, staff, and parents at this site.

Please join me in congratulating Mr. Pennington and Mr. Hucke. These moves will become effective January 1, 2020.

Respectfully,

Kirt Hartzler, Ed.D.
Superintendent
Union Public Schools

Board of Education Considers Policy Changes

The Board of Education on first reading Monday, November 11, considered various board policy revisions, which may be viewed here. The Board will consider final approval at its next meeting, Monday, December 9. The Board will consider comments from the public. Please send comments to [email protected].

The Board of Education on first reading Monday, November 11, considered various board policy revisions. The Board will consider final approval at its next meeting, Monday, December 9. The Board will consider comments from the public. Please send comments to board@unionps.org.

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