MAY 18, 2005

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Southwestern and Clinton Public Schools join forces to help math & science teachers

Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford and Clinton Public Schools recently received a competitive grant in the amount of $289,461 entitled “Oklahoma Rural Mathematics and Science Partnerships (OK-RMSP) Institutes” from the Oklahoma State Department of Education.

The grant will provide funding for a yearlong program intended to increase content knowledge, update teaching methods, and create standards-based mathematics and science lessons for K-12 teachers in rural western Oklahoma.

The funding is part of No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 monies.

The OK-RMSP Institutes will include a four-week institute this summer, three 2005 fall sessions and three 2006 spring sessions.

According to program director Dr. Brian Campbell of SWOSU, the sessions are designed to give teachers and students direct, hands-on experience and training in mathematics, science, and technology and their application in K-12 education.

“This interactive learning community serves to alleviate the relative isolation of teachers in rural Oklahoma classrooms, and provide rich supplemental learning experiences in areas where formal and informal resources are sparse or school budgets are prohibitive,” Campbell said.

The combination of university and K-12 teaching faculty will connect current mathematics and science content, research, and teaching methods with practical classroom applications and teaching standards.

Up to 40 public school teachers will be eligible to participate in the summer institute and follow-up sessions. Campbell will serve as program director, and Linda Thomas will serve as Clinton Public Schools representative.

For additional information, contact Campbell at 580-774-3118 or by email at brian.campbell@swosu.edu.