Harding Charter Prep Finds Success In Virtual, In-Person Learning


Monday, September 21st 2020, 6:18 pm
By: Karl Torp


OKLAHOMA CITY -

Harding Charter Prep in northeast Oklahoma City feels virtual learning is best when teachers are in the classroom.

Teachers teach virtually for 5 hours of the day from classrooms during 35-minute classes.

They also have two hours each morning dedicated to in-person tutoring.

This year, Harding is seeing record enrollment of 527 students.

One of the art teachers told News 9 her lesson plan is very visual, so she is constantly on her phone and even records herself giving demonstrations.

“I’m videoing it with my phone, upload to her channel and she can watch it and is like ‘okay I got it,’” said teacher Conde Kurrat, who is constantly asking her students on screen to answer questions with thumbs up and down.

“The power of a student to be successful in the classroom is 100% about teacher- student relationships,” said Principal Steven Stefanick.

One of the reasons Harding is seeing more students is because they've moved into a bigger school building on Northeast 101st Street.

Since Harding Charter Prep is a charter school, it can decide when to return to in-person learning.

The principal said that call is made every two weeks.