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Oklahoma Teacher Connection Collegiate Grants

Overview
2017-18 OTC Collegiate Grant Partners


Overview
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.

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2017-18 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 Calling All Teachers 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.

Northeastern State UniversityGifted Partnership Program with Broken Arrow Public Schools provides outreach initiatives to attract middle school students in the Broken Arrow school district to the profession of education and teaching careers. This grant will include innovative workshops to students enrolled in local school district gifted programs. Faculty from the NSU College of Education, as well as faculty from other colleges within the university community, will conduct visits to at least two Broken Arrow middle schools on a monthly basis.

Oklahoma State UniversityFamily and Consumer Sciences (FACS) for Oklahoma’s Future is a grant project that develops portfolios of developmental experiences that will provide a sustainable model for inspiring increased numbers of secondary students to choose a career in FACS education. Project directors will methodically develop, evaluate and refine interactive and experiential-based learning opportunities. Digital and print resources will be made available to FACS teachers and students, as well as video recordings of outstanding FACS teachers who define their instructional goals as part of the grants projects.

St. Gregory’s UniversityRobotic Edge is a grant program designed to provide teacher education candidates and high school students interested in pursuing a degree in education the opportunity to participate in the use of robotics technology. This technology will be integrated across the curriculum to 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 5-8. One lesson plan will utilize EV3 Lego Robotics kits, and two other lessons will be in shortage areas.

University of Central OklahomaProspective Teacher Connections is a grant program designed to provide opportunities for first- and second-year education majors at UCO and community colleges to engage in activities related to professional practice and to receive support in their journey toward teaching, thereby enhancing retention of students in teacher preparation programs. Monthly meetings, brief demonstrations of teaching resources, strategies by invited guest speakers who are classroom teachers, access to other educational professionals and mentoring are some of the key aspects of this grant project.

University of Central OklahomaTeachers and Leaders Academy III grant project reinforces teacher recruitment efforts in junior high and high schools throughout Oklahoma with approximately 300-400 students through the grant programs Teach Oklahoma, Lead Oklahoma and Educators Rising with this yearlong grant. Two academies will be offered, the Teachers Academy and the Leaders Academy. Other students who are interested in becoming a teacher are also invited to attend.

The University of Tulsa – Advancing Inclusive Mathematics Education: Professional Learning for Early Career Teachers focuses on supporting Oklahoma’s teacher retention efforts by advancing novice teachers’ knowledge, skills and dispositions around inclusive mathematics education and strengthening their implementation of the Oklahoma Academic Standards for math through various activities, professional development and support programs designed to empower teachers in the area of mathematics content and pedagogy.

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