Twelve area middle school math and science teachers recently participated in a two-day beginner TI (Texas Instruments) workshop while six teachers participated in a one-day intermediate and advanced training at Pansy Kidd Middle School in Poteau. The workshops were sponsored by Eastern Oklahoma State College GEAR UP and was designed to help teachers integrate technology effectively into instruction. The trainings were conducted by Texas Instruments Specialists Mike Smith, Fred Ferneyhough, Sandra Hocutt, and Cassie Whitecotton.
“It’s always a joy to see local teachers passionate about learning new technologies to implement into their instruction,” said GEAR UP Professional Development Coordinator Brianna Brassfield. “These teachers are dedicated men and women who want to learn and share how to enhance their classrooms to better serve their students.”
In addition to the trainings, teachers are coached by TI Specialists throughout the current school year. The Specialists visit partner schools and provide guidance for teachers delivering math and science instruction.
The technology, training and coaching are provided by Eastern Oklahoma State College’s 2017 GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) grant. GEAR UP is a federal initiative to increase the number of low income students who enter and successfully transition into post-secondary education. Eastern is beginning its third year of the $17 million grant, serving students, teachers, parents, and administrators in 39 partner schools in Southeast Oklahoma.
Twenty-eight freshman and sophomore GEAR UP students from Stringtown Public Schools recently participated in an educational field trip that highlighted local historical events and places.