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Oklahoma Teacher Connection Collegiate Grants

Overview
2018-19 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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2018-19 OTC Collegiate Grant Partners
Cameron University – Become a Teacher assists southwest Oklahomans who are interested in teaching. These workshops explain, assist and advise prospective teachers about the process of becoming a teacher, based on each individual’s unique situation.

Langston University Calling All Teachers: A Day in the Life of a Langston Lion highlights college enrollment and teacher education programs to fifth- through 12th-grade students. Participants develop insight on college admissions and also identify teacher education as a viable career option.

Northwestern Oklahoma State UniversityWhy Teach supports high school students who are in the Teach Oklahoma program in their respective high schools to choose a career in teaching. Students are involved in immersive activities that, in tandem with the Teach Oklahoma curriculum and a concurrent enrollment opportunity, help motivate them to become teachers.

Oral Roberts UniversityTeacher-Led Induction Program for Novice Teachers is a grant project in which participants engage in university-led activities designed to sustain and support their decision to become a classroom teacher. Activities include monthly gatherings with instructional coaching observations, Saturday workshops, and exemplary classroom teacher observations and discussions. The participants also gain leadership skills and engage in nonevaluative instructional coaching with a professor/mentor.

University of Central OklahomaAn Induction Approach to Early Childhood Teacher Retention: Promoting and Supporting Novice Teacher Development focuses retaining early childhood teachers who graduated from UCO's Early Childhood Education Teacher Preparation Program. Project attendees meet four times during the school year for the purpose of professional growth and assistance. The project includes two book studies during the school year. One study focuses on how to best support children who have experienced adverse childhood experiences (ACES) and have trauma that affects them in the classroom. The second study focuses on teaching English Language Learners and enriching strategies to support them in the classroom as a teacher of ELL students. In addition, video clips provide connection with faculty members, and mentorship visits support teacher development.

University of Central OklahomaTeachers and Leaders Academy directives include providing support and reinforcement of the program goals of Teach Oklahoma high schools and Lead Oklahoma. Students from across the state develop knowledge and skills for college success strategies, the career of teaching and teacher education programs. These goals are accomplished through two academies: the Teacher Academy and the Leader Academy. Family members are invited to attend the Teacher Academy and show support for their student. The Leader Academy is specifically designed to help students learn more about the college admission process with a special focus on considering teaching as a career.

University of Central OklahomaUCO Teacher Connection – Year Twoprovides opportunities for education majors, with a special emphasis on first- and second-year students enrolled at UCO. Activities related to professional practice and receiving support in their journey toward teaching occur through monthly meetings. Mentoring is folded in and provided by junior and senior education majors and educational faculty. Finally, opportunities for service-learning projects in area schools are available as well.

University of Oklahoma – Rebuilding Oklahoma's World Language Programs is a grant project with the overarching goal of recruiting high school juniors and seniors as well as early career college students into the teaching profession as world language educators in Oklahoma. This is accomplished partially through Educators Rising modules at various school sites in the metropolitan area. Campus and department visits to university sites that provide world language teacher education programs allow students to meet with faculty and student advisers to learn about the pathway to certification, scholarships, etc. through a brief seminar.

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