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Oklahoma Teacher Connection Collegiate Grants

Overview
2022-23 OTC Collegiate Grant RFP
2021-22 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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2022-23 OTC Collegiate Grants
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2021-22 OTC Collegiate Grant Partners
Cameron UniversityFrom Emergency Certified to Full-Certification: Test Prep and Beyond helps to retain emergency certified teachers in southwest Oklahoma who are preparing for the following professional exams: 1) elementary education, 2) early childhood education, 3) special education and 4) Praxis Performance Assessment for Teachers (PPAT). These workshops support teachers in the process of becoming a teacher and learning classroom management strategies.

East Central University – The aim of Recruiting Tigers to Teach is increasing the number of students who choose an education major by targeting undecided majors in addition to providing support for current pre-service teachers. The project directors will host six seminars and three outreach events to educate, retain and support undergraduate students and individuals seeking alternative and emergency certification.

Northeastern State University – The overarching goal of Athletes to Educators: A Logical Path to Victory is providing outreach initiatives to attract high school student-athletes across Oklahoma to the profession of education and teaching careers. Innovative workshops will be provided to various school districts from the faculty of the Health and Kinesiology Department. These workshops will highlight teaching careers and emphasize to student-athletes who may want to coach or may be undecided as to why it would benefit them to earn a degree in education.  

Oklahoma State University – The focus of Leading/Mentoring to Recruit Students to the FACS Ed Profession is to deliver enrichment experiences through an academy model, which will raise secondary students’ awareness of and commitment to postsecondary education opportunities and careers in the Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) education field. Also, faculty will provide innovative digital and print FACS education career resources for FACS secondary students.

Oral Roberts UniversityORU University-Led Teacher Induction Program for Novice Teachers provides early career teachers with mentoring as they particpate in university-led activities designed to sustain and support their decision to become a classroom teacher. Activities include monthly gatherings with instructional coaching, Saturday workshops and exemplary classroom teacher observations and discussions. The participants will also gain leadership skills and engage in non-evaluative instructional coaching with a professor/mentor.

University of Central Oklahoma Prospective Teachers Academy is providing support and reinforcement of the program goals of Teach and Lead Oklahoma High Schools. Students from across the state will develop knowledge and skills for college success strategies, the career of teaching, and teacher education programs. Family members are also invited to attend the Prospective Teachers Academy and show support for their student. Faculty show key skills, which include navigating college websites, scholarship opportunities, plan(s) of study, leadership and more.

University of Oklahoma – The goal of Supporting Early Educators, through professional development meetings with selected readings, is twofold: 1) explore challenges and successes associated with teaching, especially as early career educators, and 2) build and become part of a community of educators across the district.