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.
2015-16 OTC Collegiate Grant Partners
Cameron University – Become a Teacheris a grant project that will work toward assisting currently employed paraprofessionals by providing a series of yearlong, small group workshops designed to prepare paraprofessionals for success in college. Some topics include pathways to becoming a teacher, benefits of becoming a teacher, study skills and goal setting.
Northeastern State University – Making Connections Through the Urban Pipeline is a continuing project with Tulsa Public Schools designed to increase the number of effective teacher professionals committed to working with diverse students in the education field. The project also provides K-12 students from urban school districts exposure to college and provides ongoing, in-depth activities to increase student interest in the teaching profession.
Northeastern State University – Riverhawk Academy for Future Teachers consists of outreach initiatives to attract high school students to the profession of education. During this program, the high school students will participate in a variety of activities that will help them to understand the important roles of teachers and provide rich experiences related to teaching. Some activities include experiencing a college setting, discovering more about teaching and completing scholarship application procedures for obtaining a teaching degree.
Northeastern State University – Teacher Recruitment in Shortage Areaswill recruit local-area community college students, students with undeclared majors at NSU and concurrent high school students into the teaching profession. These objectives will be met through an education orientation course and on-site recruitment at Carl Albert State College.
Oklahoma City University – Connecting Across Cultures 5.0 is an engaging and interactive poverty simulation including a resiliency project activity. Education majors from universities across the state, including classroom teachers, will be given realistic tools to advocate for the students in their classrooms who may struggle with diverse needs from the influence of poverty.
Oklahoma State University, University of Central Oklahoma and University of Oklahoma – Urban Teacher Preparation Academy – Critical Support for Interns and Early Career Teachers strives to provide Oklahoma City Public Schools with highly trained teachers. These initiatives include a yearlong internship with specially trained cooperating teachers and induction support from specially trained mentor teachers. In addition, UTPA interns and early career teachers attend monthly professional development Touchback meetings that focus on issues of concern to teachers in high-need schools.
St. Gregory’s University – STEAM Robotics will focus on teacher education candidates who will work with practicing teachers to integrate multiple subject areas with robotics into inquiry-based lesson designs. The target audience includes students, teacher education candidates and practicing teachers from surrounding area schools who will serve as mentors to the project. Robotic teams will be formed and an overview on careers in engineering will be a part of this interactive and engaging event.
University of Central Oklahoma – Honoring the Noble Profession is a one-day event that encompasses multiple directives including honoring teachers, highlighting the profession of teaching and recruiting future teachers. Students, teacher education candidates and in-service teachers will be invited to this celebration. Other educators and stakeholders will also be invited to participate in the event. Five sessions related to the education profession will be planned for attendees. The National Teacher of the Year will be the keynote speaker at the event.
University of Central Oklahoma – Navigating Severe and Disruptive Behaviors in the Classroom is a one-day workshop of professional development to assist novice and future teachers when working with challenging classroom behaviors. The "Teacheropedia – Everything You Need to be Successful in Your Classroom" 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. Following the workshop, ongoing technical support will be provided for the attendees, as well as free online resources and personal communication.
University of Central Oklahoma – Teachers and Leaders Academy is a grant focused on identifying and recruiting prospective teachers in partnership with existing Oklahoma Teacher Connection programs. Academies will be hosted on the campus of UCO. Another initiative of the grant is the Leaders Academy. The academy is designed to help Lead Oklahoma students think and begin planning for what they need to do to attend college through awareness about college, academics, scholarships and leadership. The goal of this grant is to identify and support both future teachers and future leaders by exposing them to collegiate opportunities through engaging and interactive campus visits.
University of Oklahoma – Building Collaboration Among Oklahoma History Teachers is an interactive workshop that will encourage collaboration and informal mentoring opportunities for history teachers across the state, therefore supporting the retention and recruitment efforts of in-service and pre-service history teachers.
University of Oklahoma – Establishing Foundations: Conference for Future Oklahoma Math Educators is a project designed to focus on the recruitment and retention of secondary math teachers. This grant will consist of a conference to provide opportunities for nonevaluative connections between pre-service math teachers, who desire to teach in middle or high school and in-service professionals currently in the field
University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma – USAO Deaf Education Professional Workshop is a special project designed to implement professional development activities and provide a guest speaker to support those who work with students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Participants will include teachers, early interventionists, educational interpreters, related service providers, paraprofessionals and parents.The University of Tulsa – TU Free Reading Clinic for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students is an interactive reading clinic where undergraduate deaf education majors and minors will have the opportunity to obtain hands-on experience providing language instruction to students who are deaf and hard of hearing. Elementary, middle and high school students who are deaf and hard of hearing will participate in quality, evidence-based language and literacy interventions.