Twelve area middle school math and science teachers recently participated in a two-day beginner TI (Texas Instruments) workshop while 20 teachers participated in a one-day intermediate and advanced training at Kiamichi Technology Center in Poteau. The workshops were designed to help teachers integrate the TI-Nspire Navigator Systems effectively into classroom instruction, which helps students explore, understand and connect the principles of science, math, coding engineering design, and electronics. The trainings were conducted by Texas Instruments Specialists Mike Smith, Sandra Hocutt, Cassie Whitecotton, and Doug Roberts.
“This Texas Instrument technology makes a huge impact in our local classrooms,” said GEAR UP Professional Development Coordinator Brianna Brassfield. “I enjoy hearing teachers collaborate, and see them learn ways to better serve their students.”
The trainings 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 postsecondary 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.