NORMAN — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin announced her support for Creative Oklahoma’s initiative to create an Oklahoma Innovation Index in front of a sold-out crowd of 1,200 at the inaugural Oklahoma Creativity Forum 2011.
The Oklahoma Innovation Index will be a public-private partnership led by Creative Oklahoma to establish a measurement of the opportunities for Oklahoma students to engage in innovative work in K-12 schools.
“To succeed in this competitive economy, Oklahoma needs a creative, innovative and highly skilled workforce,” Fallin said. “The roots of innovation start at a young age, which is why I am asking key leaders in the Oklahoma business and education communities to join with Creative Oklahoma and make sure the innovation index accurately assesses opportunities for creativity in our schools.”
Fallin asked members of her administration — Dave Lopez, secretary of commerce, and Phyllis Hudecki, secretary of education — to serve on the steering committee for the innovation index.
“It is important to understand how each school teaches creativity and innovation,” said Susan McCalmont, president of nonprofit Creative Oklahoma. “With the governor’s support, we will work to make the innovation index a valuable tool that furthers Oklahoma’s position as a national leader in educating for innovation, critical thinking and entrepreneurship.”