Thirty-three Indianola eighth and ninth grade GEAR UP students recently toured NSU (Northeastern State University) in Tahlequah. Students were greeted by NSU Campus Visit Program Graduate Assistant Bailey Rush and were presented with an overview of NSU. Rush provided students with information about degree programs, financial aid, and tuition rates. NSU has twenty-four graduate programs, sixty undergraduate programs, and the only optometry program in the State of Oklahoma. NSU has the fourth lowest tuition rate in Oklahoma. After the presentation, students toured the rest of campus including the University Center, Riverhawks Wellness Center, Centennial Plaza, Bagley Hall, and the Gregg
Thirty-five Indianola eighth and ninth grade GEAR UP students recently visited SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology in Oklahoma City. The museum is a unique educational experience that focuses on the form and function of the skeletal system. The tour began with an introduction to osteology followed by the difference between extant, which is still existing, and extinct, which is not existing. The students participated in a scavenger hunt designed to help them investigate different specimens in the museum. The exhibits include adaptation, locomotion, classification and diversity of the vertebrate kingdom. Students who attended the trip were: Kaydence Beams, Bethany Box, Brenden
GEAR UP Education Coordinator Brianna Brassfield provided Harry Wong’s “The Effective Teacher” professional development to Indianola teachers recently. The workshop included The Effective Teacher, The First Days of School, and Discipline and Procedures. The presentation included what effective teachers do to cause student achievement. The workshop was provided free to the partner school faculty and administration. In 2017, Eastern received a $17 million GEAR UP grant and is serving over 3,000 students and teachers in 39 area partner schools.
Shown below are photos from recent Professional Development workshops provided by GEAR UP staff at Puterbaugh Middle School and Indianola Public Schools. Puterbaugh Middle School teachers watch a video during the recent Love and Logic professional development workshop presented by GEAR UP Education Coordinator Brianna Brassfield. Brassfield presented Unit 5, Developing Positive Teacher/Student Relationships. The workshop was provided free to the partner school faculty and administration. In 2017, Eastern received a $17 million GEAR UP grant and is serving over 3,000 students and teachers in 39 area partner schools. Eastern’s GEAR UP Education Coordinator Brianna Brassfield shares Love and Logic
Twenty-seven Indianola seventh and eighth grade GEAR UP students recently visited the Oklahoma City Zoo. Students began the day by participating in Animal S.O.S. (Save Our Species), which is only one of 18 educational programs the zoo offers. Abby Hurt, OKC Zoo Educator, discussed with students about endangered species in Oklahoma and around the world as well as ways people can help those animals. Students learned H.I.P.P.O., which stands for Habitat Destruction, Invasive Species, Pollution, Poaching, and Overhunting, all of which have endangered various species throughout the world. “It is so important for us to educate our youth and ignite
The Eastern Oklahoma State College GEAR UP Professional Development team brought Motivational Classroom Management to Indianola Schools recently. Teachers were eager to learn something new and add some excitement to their classrooms. “A lot goes into motivating students,” said GEAR UP Professional Development Coordinator John Spiegel. “We love seeing educators extend and grow their pedagogical outlooks.” Teachers explored different strategies to motivate students, discovered how learning styles affect classroom management, and learned modern motivational tools. They shared their motivational theories, victories and concerns dealing with classroom management with other educators in their district. “It helps with comradery and networking inside
Professional Development Coordinator John Spiegel and Assistant to the Professional Development Coordinator Kathy Ramsey spent several days recently in area schools providing training to their teachers. Topics included Motivational Classroom Management and Poverty in Education (Ruby Payne.) John and Kathy are available throughout the year to provide teacher in-service and training on a broad selection of topics. Frink-Chambers Counselor Donna Curry participates in an exercise during the Motivational Classroom Management workshop presented by GEAR UP Professional Development Coordinator John Spiegel. The workshop was provided by Eastern Oklahoma State College’s GEAR UP grant. The Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate
Twenty-four Indianola 6th and 7th grade GEAR UP students recently visited the Tulsa Air and Space Museum (TASM) in Tulsa, Okla. Students began the morning by watching the Dream to Fly Planetarium show. Dream to Fly is a poetic story about the history of aviation from Leonardo di Vinci’s wish to construct a flying machine to today’s most recent aircraft developments and everything in between, including the Wright brothers’ first aircraft in 1903. “I love every part of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum,” said Bryan Kyle, TASM Assistant Planetarium Director. “Although I am Assistant Planetarium Director, my favorite part