Author Archives: Rev. Brian O'Brien

About Rev. Brian O'Brien

Priest of the Diocese of Tulsa and President of Bishop Kelley High School in Tulsa, OK.

An excellent, short explanation of the President-Principal model of school governance

With Bishop Kelley High School’s new principal Jim Franz now on the job, the question has come up, “What’s the difference between a president and a principal?” I addressed it in a previous blog post, but just found something better. … Continue reading

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Is School Starting Earlier This Year? No.

It’s a question that comes up every year: “Is school starting earlier this year?” The short answer, at least for Bishop Kelley High School, is “no.” Our first day of school in 2017 is August 15th. Here’s how that compares … Continue reading

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Manners at Bishop Kelley High School

A wise person once said, “The people who really know your character are waiters and clerks.”  One of my favorite things to do every year is to make a presentation to our incoming freshman class on the subject of manners. … Continue reading

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Homeschooling v. Catholic Schools- It’s Not a Competition

“It’s not a competition.” That was my first reaction to an article send to me by a friend with the news that the number of American children who are homeschooled now exceeds the number of children in parochial schools.  The numbers … Continue reading

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Catholic Schools, School Choice, and the NY Times

This morning’s New York Times website includes an opinion piece by author Katherine Stewart entitled “What the ‘Government Schools’ Critics Really Mean.” Stewart makes the case that those who are putting forward arguments in favor of school choice are doing so from … Continue reading

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Personal Financial Literacy at Bishop Kelley

For all the news about the dysfunctional Oklahoma education system, a decision made a few years ago, I believe, will pay off in the long run. For the last several years, the State of Oklahoma has required a course in … Continue reading

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Bishop Kelley Academics Are #1

When I started as President of Bishop Kelley High School back in 2009, we engaged with the Littlefield Agency on a brand study that led to a new mission statement, new logos, and a renewed understanding of who we are and … Continue reading

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