Oklahoma Teacher Connection Collegiate Grants
Oklahoma Teacher Connection Collegiate Grants are one-year grants that encourage the recruitment, retention and placement efforts of teachers in Oklahoma. In fulfilling OTC goals and objectives, these grants vary in activity and scope, supporting pre-collegiate student visitations to colleges of education, visitations of higher education representatives to K-12 schools, student tutoring and college preparation sessions, conferences and workshops, and professional development for current teachers.
2014-15 OTC Collegiate Grant Partners
Langston University – Reducing Obstacles for Paraprofessionals’ Education and Advancement into Teaching in Tulsa Public Schools promotes the placement of current paraprofessionals and teacher's assistants in Tulsa Public Schools into the teaching profession with yearlong small group seminars and individualized tutoring sessions embedded in college preparation exercises.
Northeastern State University – The Elementary Reading/Early Childhood Literacy Initiative grant allows pre-service teacher tutors to use data-driven instruction to increase reading skills in elementary ELL students at Rocky Mountain Elementary School.
Northeastern State University – Riverhawk Academy for Future Teachers encourages outreach initiatives to attract high school students into the profession of education. During this intense one-day program, the participants will engage in a variety of activities that will help them with a better understanding of what teachers do and to provide experiences related to teaching.
Northeastern State University – The focus of Shortage Areas is recruiting future teachers to specific shortage areas (science, mathematics, special education, English, social studies, early childhood education, elementary education, school counseling, foreign language and physical education/health). High school students will be able to concurrently enroll in the COE Orientation course and receive college credit. They will also be given opportunities (at their high schools, online and on the university campus) to interact with faculty in shortage areas.
Oklahoma City University – Connecting Across Cultures 4.0 will include teacher candidates from universities across the state to participate in a poverty-simulation activity. The Resiliency Project will focus on activities to improve pre-service teachers' knowledge and skills in teaching students and working with their families who live in poverty.
St. Gregory’s University – Connecting STEM With Literacy will provide teachers and teacher education candidates the opportunity to participate in implementing literacy across the curriculum, which will positively impact student learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Teachers and teacher candidates will participate in half-day workshops to become familiar with the construction and programming of robots. Teachers and teacher candidates will participate in and serve as coaches at a workshop with fifth- through eighth-grade students. Students in grades five through eight will work in teams to read and comprehend technical manuals and will then individually write essays and reflective journals regarding what they learned in the process.
University of Central Oklahoma – Future Multicultural Educators focuses on encouraging culturally and linguistically diverse secondary students to consider teaching as a career choice. During the conference, activities will be designed to allow the secondary students to interact with college students and professional educators. The students will become familiar with a college campus and be informed of the aspects relating to the teaching profession.
University of Central Oklahoma – Honoring the Noble Profession: Honoring and Inspiring Teachers is a one-day/afternoon event hosted by UCO. During this event, UCO will host and recognize award-winning educators while showcasing excellence in education through a variety of informative sessions and inspirational speakers. The target audience for this event is future educators, teacher candidates and current teachers.
University of Central Oklahoma – Preparing K-12 Students for College, Career and Teaching Project 2 will include participants of the Leadership, Education and Achievement Program (LEAP), Academic Commitment to Education (ACE) and Future Educators Association (FEA). These participants will visit UCO once a year. During the visit to UCO, the LEAP/ACE/FEA students will learn college success strategies and be encouraged to consider a career in teaching. The ACE classes will be given specific resources that provide the students with information about teaching.
University of Central Oklahoma – Scholarships for Recruiting Masters of Secondary Education Students to Urban Schools focuses on increasing the retention rates for beginning teachers in urban districts. The Urban Teacher Preparation Academy (UTPA) objective is focused on increasing the number of participants in the UTPA program and on recruiting graduate students into the program.
University of Central Oklahoma and the University of Oklahoma – UTPA–Critical Support for Early Career Teachers is a partnership among UCO, OU and the Oklahoma City Public School District (OKCPS). The three guiding principles of UTPA are: (a) enhance the preparation of pre-service teachers to better serve the diverse needs of students; (b) infuse at a deeper level current and emerging technologies into teaching and learning for pre-service candidates, in-service teachers and P-12 students; and (c) provide a richer set of clinical experiences for pre-service and new teachers.
University of Central Oklahoma and the University of Oklahoma – UTPA Internship Experience–A Full Year of Mentoring and Professional Development will work with UCO and OU students who apply to be a part of the Urban Teacher Preparation Academy. Once students are selected, they immediately begin an intensive training program specifically designed to help them become successful with some of the challenges they may face in the urban area.
University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma – Deaf Education Professional Development is a special project that is designed to implement a professional development program for early childhood and elementary educators who work with students who are deaf or hard of hearing. The workshops offered during the program will focus on new research findings in the field. In addition, by the conclusion of the event, a mechanism will be created to share knowledge, skills, and expertise among professionals working with this population of students.The University of Tulsa – Free Reading Clinic for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students is a project to provide children who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH) with quality, evidence-based literacy interventions to improve their reading and writing skill and second, to provide undergraduate deaf education majors and minors with the opportunity to obtain hands-on experience providing literacy instructions to DHH learners