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.
2016-17 OTC Collegiate Grant Partners
Cameron University – Become a Teacher reaches currently employed paraprofessionals throughout southwest Oklahoma through a series of yearlong, small group seminars/workshops that are designed to assist paraprofessionals in completing their college education and/or becoming certified teachers in specific shortage areas in Oklahoma.
Langston University – Finding the Teacher in You emphasizes college engagement, enrollment and teacher education programs to middle and high school students through well-designed initiatives. Participants will be included in breakout sessions, roundtable discussions and college enrollment simulation activities, all held on campus and designed to interest middle and high school students in the importance of a college education and teacher education in Oklahoma.
Northeastern State University – Project Hope supports new professional educators in urban schools and developing preservice teachers with a desire to teach in urban schools and exposes college students to working in urban areas. This is accomplished through various means, such as one-on-one mentoring sessions, discussions about culturally responsive teaching and urban education, and attendance at a conference highlighting benefits and positive aspects of teaching in urban schools.
Northeastern State University – Riverhawk Academy for Future Teachers consists of outreach initiatives to attract high school students to the profession of education and teaching careers. Two academies will be held at two campuses designed to provide these outreach initiatives. Also, a monthly academy will be held for mentoring middle school students. During the two main academies, high school students will share in a variety of activities, such as experiencing a college setting, discovering more about what is means to be a teacher in various scenarios, and learning about scholarship and application procedures for obtaining a teaching degree.
Northwestern Oklahoma State University – Why Teach, through university site visits, will encourage high school students in the Teach Oklahoma classes in Enid and Woodward to choose a career in teaching through immersive educational activities and presentations. Topics discussed will be teacher shortage, diversity in teaching, specifics of teacher preparation programs and subject area shortages. Also included in this grant are visits to the Alva and Enid NWOSU campuses for the participants to visit a teacher education class with current teacher education candidates.
Oklahoma City University – Windows and Mirrors supports and strengthens beginning teachers in Oklahoma City and Putnam City schools through literacy instruction, professional development and workshops focused on creating community and by addressing individual needs of elementary students. OCU teacher candidates will visit each participating teacher’s classroom and will work with small groups of students under the direction of the participating faculty member. Building reciprocal professional partnerships is the foundational work of this grant.
Oral Roberts University – Induction Program will include up to 30 ORU alumni teachers teaching in K-12 private and public schools. The participants will engage in university-led activities designed to increase efficacy in the classroom. Activities will include monthly gatherings with coaching observations and discussions.
St. Gregory’s University – Robotic Edge will focus primarily on providing teacher education candidates and high school students interested in pursuing a degree in education the opportunity to participate in the use of robotics technology across the curriculum. This will positively impact student learning in science, technology, engineering, art + design, and mathematics (STEAM). Teacher education candidates and high school students will participate in workshops and complete lesson plans for students in grades five through eight. One lesson plan will utilize EV3 Lego Robotics kits, and two other lessons will be in shortage areas.
University of Central Oklahoma – Honoring the Noble Profession is a one-day event designed to showcase excellence in education through a variety of informative sessions and inspirational speakers, along with inducting newly certified teachers into the profession, recruiting future teachers and honoring education. Many stakeholders, educators, future educators, teachers and teacher candidates are invited to the event, which will host up to 400 participants. Included in this event will be an interactive panel discussion including National Board Certified Teachers, district teachers of the year, Oklahoma teachers of the year and the national teacher of the year.
University of Central Oklahoma – Navigating Severe Behavior will focus on supporting the expertise and professional development of Oklahoma educators when working with students with severe and disruptive behaviors. Workshop attendees will spend a full day on campus and learn research-based procedures and skills from Dr. Laura Riffel, an expert in the field of classroom management and disruptive behaviors in the classroom. Attendees of this workshop will leave with practical tools to empower them as they work with students to teach them correct, positive and pro-social behaviors in the classroom.
University of Central Oklahoma – Teachers and Leaders Academy will reinforce teacher recruitment efforts in our junior high and high schools with approximately 300-400 students through OTC grant programs, Teach Oklahoma, Lead Oklahoma and Educators Rising. Two academies will be offered through this grant: the Teachers Academy and the Leaders Academy. Other interested students focused on becoming a teacher are also invited to attend. Through concentrated presentations and activities, the academies will develop student knowledge and strategies in learning about the college experience, the career of teaching, teacher education programs and certification requirements, with a special emphasis on the teacher shortage areas.
The University of Tulsa – Advancing Inclusive Practices will focus on advancing novice teachers’ pedagogical skills in reading and mathematics to foster inclusive practices for students with disabilities. Supporting mentorship with novice teachers through workshops about the teaching profession is a twofold objective. Participants will engage in individual readings, attend workshops led by national or local speakers, and engage in core content concepts and professional dialogue.