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EPIC Charter Schools Overview
Named an Oklahoma Top Workplace in 2018 and 2019, EPIC Charter Schools is Oklahoma’s largest public charter school and largest public school system, serving more than 61,000 students in the 2020-21 school year. With more than 2,100 employees serving students and families in all 77 Oklahoma counties, EPIC provides a free-state accredited and individualized education for each student through a blended-learning model that pairs digital curriculum with regular one-to-one instruction with a fully certified Oklahoma teacher.
Demand for the school is high with the advent of the COVID-19 global pandemic and is growing at a rate faster than any other state public school system.
Additional Culture Details
Culture and cohesion also is reinforced in no less than four professional development days in Oklahoma City throughout the year for all teachers and instructional leaders; annual two-day administrative retreats for all administrators and staff at an Oklahoma venue for the purpose of team building and strategic goal setting; and an annual Faculty & Staff Appreciation banquet and awards ceremony, which this December will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Norman for all faculty and staff and featuring author and motivational speaker Alton Carter, who wrote the award-winning book "The Boy Who Carried Bricks."
Building leadership capacity also is a unique aspect of EPIC's work culture. Being an organization with an annual growth rate of 40 percent, EPIC has engaged in a year-long leadership initiative to build the leadership effectiveness and capacity of its central office administrators and its principals. With 1 in 2 teachers and staff being new to the organization, EPIC's senior leaders recognize the need for a coordinated leadership program tied to best practices and mission-building. Facilitated by GIANT Worldwide (see giantworldwide.com for more information), all supervisors, as well as those they manage, have taken a modified form of the Myers Briggs personality assessment, as well as the 5 Voices assessment. Results are being used to executive coach the organization's senior management and drive content for monthly half-day leadership intensives for all employees who supervise at least one other employee.