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Making the Connections
Issue: # 8
Fall 2013/ 
Spring 2014
The Oklahoma Teacher Connection 
 A Division of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
A Message From the OTC Director:
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Goldie Thompson,
Director of Teacher Education and the Oklahoma Teacher Connection



As we enter the new year it is important to reflect on the many accomplishments we have made in the field of education.  In this issue of the TeachLink you will get a glimpse at how our efforts continue to flourish as we support educators in our state.  Articles will highlight new trends in education to help improve teaching and learning, including co-teaching models, simulation practices and technology apps that help simplify educational processes.  Additionally, you will have an opportunity to read our special edition of the TeachLINK celebrating about the historical accomplishments of many African American educators in our state. 


Also, in this issue, is a wonderful article spotlighting the Regent's very own Dr. Debbie Blanke, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and a 2013 recipient of the 50 Making a Difference award. These are just a few of the special articles we have available for you!


I would be remiss if I did not also acknowledge that one of our own OTC colleagues has transitioned into a new role.  Saeed Sarani, STEM Curriculum and Professional Development Coordinator, has been with the Oklahoma State Regents for seven years.  We congratulate him and wish him the best as he transitions to the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education.


As always, we appreciate all you do to help Oklahoma flourish in the field of education.  I hope you enjoy this edition of the TeachLink!





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Goldie Thompson 

Direct from the Editor's Desk

 Fresh Beginnings!!!


Change brings freshness!


The 2014 New Year has softened the soil for a brand-new start! In a few months, spring will break ground and close out the 2013-2014 school year, and the soon to be teacher graduates will seek out employment eager to plant themselves within an Oklahoma classroom -  Confident and Prepared!


Before we know it, the cycle of teaching and learning process will begin again; however, as we progress through each cycle, we will pause and tell your story. These are the stories that are emerging from Oklahoma's Colleges of Education.


Deena Thomas, Editor

Teachers are shaping the next generation!




Making the Connections,

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Oklahoma Teacher Connection

Sarani Named the Career - Tech Education's State  STEM Program Manager 

When I began my career in education, I had a vague sense of the many different pieces involved in the education of students. As I have moved from common education to higher education, it has been a great learning opportunity for me to come to understand the multitude of options and the vast amount of resources available to the teaching and learning community. Some of the pieces came together to broaden my perspective of the effort involved to teach and educate the students of Oklahoma and across the nation working with the directors of the grants and other projects at the Regents.  

Saeed Sarani, former OTC STEM Curriculum and Professional Development Coordinator

Although I truly love the work that I have done for the past few years, I am aware that changes need to happen to continue to grow and gain additional knowledge for deeper understanding of the true purpose of the educational process. It is with this in mind, that I accepted the new position.

I wish to thank everyone who has lent me their support, encouragement, and friendship through the past several years. I will not forget the challenges that were faced in my position with the Regents, but I look forward to the challenges ahead.




OSRHE's Academic Affairs

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Dr. Debbie Blanke is caught by surprise

An Influx of Surprises Saturate OSRHE's Administrator with an Abundance of Accolades



She was caught by surprise after a threefold avalanche of accolades erupted, according to the honoree.


Being nominated for the 2013 Journal Record's 50 Making a Difference in Oklahoma sparked a sudden rush of kudos, creating a steady string of recognitions, a spotlight she normally shies away from.  


The first shocking recognition unfolded when she was selected and joined the 2013 Journal Record's line- up of the 50 extraordinary female business and community leaders in Oklahoma.

The higher education policy giant was taken aback, when she found out that a Reach Higher student enrolled in the degree completion program she manages threw her name into the ring for the prestigious Woman of the Year award. This development unveiled the second chain of events, further heightening her notoriety.


Rounding out the third level of distinction materialized when her colleagues at the very agency, where she has dedicated 13 years of her professional career bestowed upon her their award - the Oklahoma State Regent's Higher Education's (OSRHE) 2013 Woman of the Year.


Thinking she was going to attend a regularly scheduled staff meeting, Dr. Debbie Blanke, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, entered a conference room and was jolted by the exponential outbreak of cheers and applause.


Blanke, an exceptional organizer and planner of an array of academic affairs celebrations, was out of sorts when she became the center of attention.


OSRHE's 2013 Woman of the Year was ushered into her own celebration party, crowded with wall to wall peers, praising and shouting words of support for Blanke's accomplishments and for her committed service to Oklahoma's constituents.  


Overcome with joy, attempting to wipe away an unstoppable flow of tears, while trying to hold back her emotion, Blanke muttered in a soft, quiet voice, "I can't believe you guys."


"To have a Reach Higher student feel this program changed her life so much that it should be recognized is a wonderful compliment. To actually be selected as one of the 50 from all the nominations across Oklahoma was incredibly rewarding and humbling," Blanke said.


Kay Byrd, the Reach Higher graduate, who nominated Blanke for the award shared that Dr. Blanke's generous efforts help others byway of educational attainment through the Reach Higher program empowers.


"I nominated Dr. Blanke due to her commitment to educational excellence by developing, supporting, and championing programs such as Reach Higher. To be honest, I was a 40 year old divorced single mom with a bleak future, facing limited job prospects, and a life of underemployment and social assistance. Today, with an Associate's degree and a soon to be Bachelor's degree graduate by 2014, I have unlimited possibilities and employment prospects, along with leadership opportunities that will enable me to be both confident and financially independent," Byrd said.


The Oklahoman reported that the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education will be recognized at the White House in December 2013, for its remediation education efforts made possible by the Complete College America initiative, a degree completion program.   


"As a Complete College America state, Oklahoma has the challenge of encouraging degree completion through multiple initiatives. Reach Higher, Oklahoma's degree completion program is one of those initiatives," Blanke said.


Blanke said she has seen the program evolve from 9 institutions with 37 students enrolled in 2007; however, now to date, there are 23 participating institutions, enrolling over 1000 students statewide, and Oklahoma has gained over 800 graduates from the programs over its 5 years of operation.


Adrienne Proffer, OSRHE Academic Affair Project Coordinator said, "Reach Higher is where Debbie's heart is, and the fact that she can literally see and talk to Reach Higher students and hear their success stories is what fuels her passion for this valuable program."


Blanke stated that the Journal Record's Women of the Year program recognizes women's contributions, which also makes her realize that women need to support and recognize each other's work and encourage recognition.

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Blanke is congratulated by Dr. Linda Mason, OSRHE Grants Coordinator


"There are certainly many women much more deserving of this recognition by the Journal Record than me; I was a fortunate one, lucky enough to have another woman take the initiative to submit my name for recognition," she said.


What is not surprising is that Debbie Blanke works daily helping others recognize their potential, while carving out pathways, so that they too can obtain a degree. 





Cameron University


Technology Apps and Software Mobilize Cameron's Pre-Service Teaching Practice

The use of technology is the norm for Cameron University 's (CU) teacher candidates on the Rogers State University's campus in Claremore.

iPads, flip cameras, and editing software were purchased by a grant made possible by faculty, for the purpose maximizing and mobilizing technological use within their classrooms, an enhancement proven to improve their practice.

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Cameron University pre-teachers test out their ipads.


The integrated use of technology, utilizing Reading Diagnosis and Math Methods apps were amplified support for tutoring their students. Movie making apps were used to film science methods field trips, and a QR Reader app created historical research projects to enhance nonfiction texts for social studies methods.

Cell phones were used to run the Reading Diagnosis app, designed to practice logging times for fluency and running reading records, and the Common Core app was used for planning.

Other favored tech tools included Poll Everywhere, Edmodo, and GroovyGrader, and the Math Methods like the Sushi Monster app.

Applying apps to their practice, CU's pre-service educators videoed themselves during their practicum and student teaching placements, utilizing flip cameras. These videos were reviewed and reflections were written, providing the future teachers with valuable documented feedback, regarding their practice, which will be used for future modifications.

Students also favored mobile technology accessories, and they embraced and incorporated all tool devices into their lesson plans.   The other technology tools students were encouraged to make use of included OGET and OSAT study apps, which are designed to aid students in preparing for state assessments.

Flashcards, Cramberry, myHomework, Evernote, Mental Class, and Mobile Study are additional tech apps and software that were also made available to equip and strengthen CU's educator's future teaching practice.




Northeastern State University

 Northeastern State University Highlights




Dr. Vanessa Anton, Associate Professor/Associate Dean won the Virginia Peter's Higher Education Award this past fall at the Oklahoma Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (OAHPERD) conference , for her preparation of Oklahoma physical education teachers, as well as her active ro

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Vanessa Anton was awarded the Virginia Peter's Higher Education award presented by Dr. Virginia Peters, UCO's professor emeritus

le in state, regional, and national involvement in the field. Anton's award was presented by Dr. Virginia Peters, UCO Professor Emeritus.



Dr. Kathy Hixon, Health and Kinesiology (H & K) faculty member won the OAHPERD's highest award, the Honor Award, this past fall, which is given to OAHPERD members, who have shown prominence in excellent teaching.   Hixon's award was presented by Donna Cobb, UCO Associate Dean of the College of Education, and Dr. Bob Christension, OAHPERD president and OSU faculty member.


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Dr. Kathy Hixon was honored the OAHPERD award.











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Adjunct, Chad Stangl awarded the Recreation Professional of the Year






Chad Stangl, H&K adjunct instructor, won the Recreation Professional of the Year award at the OAHPEFD conference this fall, an annual honor given to the person, who serves as a positive role model. Stangl's award was presented by PAHPERD VP recreation-elect and OSU faculty member, Dr. Tyler Tapps.



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Rob Culie was awarded the Adapted Teacher of the Year

Rob Culie, NSU Health Physical Education (HPE) graduate and Oklahoma School for the Blind teacher from Muskogee won the OAHPERD Adapted Teacher of the Year award.   Karen Allen, NSU HPE faculty, presented the award.


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Dr. Allyson Watson, Dr. Debbie Landry, and Dr. Vanessa Anton received funding for Transforming Clinical Teacher Preparation. The project provides program development and future implementation of video reflection/assessment instruments, targeting student populations that are majoring in Elementary Education.  




Dr. Peggy Lisenbee and her undergraduate research assistant, Calisa Hopkins presented Through Their Eyes Grant at the American Association of Teaching and Curriculum conference in Chicago, Ill., this past October. The face-to-face adaptation, two part course results disclosed blended expectations, perspectives, and technological abilities. Attendees from both courses engaged in interactive and collaborative learning activities, reporting high satisfaction with the coursework.


Dr. Vanessa Anton, NSU Associate Dean of the College of Education, facilitated the topic How the Changing Landscape of Education in Oklahoma is Impacting Physical Education Teacher Education, Health, Recreation/Leisure and Exercise Science Programs.


Presenters included Dr. Pamela Fry, OSU Provost; Dr. Steve Lohman, NWOSU Executive Vice President; Dr. John McArthur, CU President,; and Dexter Marble, USAO Vice President for Academic Affairs, discussed the constant changing landscape of K-12 and Higher Education.


Dr. Kathy Hixon, Dr. Vanessa Anton, Dee Gerlach, and Dr. Tia facilitated Just Flip It: A Roundtable discussion at the OAHPERD convention this past fall at UCO. The conversation explored methods for flipping a secondary and higher education personal health classroom, using a variety of methods, including technology.


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The Arvest bank team joined the first annual College of Education (COE) SNAG Golf fundraiser at the Burnt Cabin Golf course this fall, an event to generate funding for COE students. Participants enjoyed a day of golf, food, and fun, and students built a robot, IronRowdy.


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The International Reading Association (IRA) recently named Dr. Meagan Moreland Social Director for the Concern for Affect in Reading Education, and Dr. Stephan Sargent serves as the treasurer.


The Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC) hosted a special education workshop on the NSU-Broken Arrow campus, covering the topics: individual education plans (IEP's), transition, administration, and American Sign Language, featuring Dr. Lisa Tritchler, Anthony Rothfork, Wendy Pharr, and Dr. Lee Woods.



NSU's Student Council for Exceptional Children First Annual Conference Generates Funding for National   Council of Exceptional Children


Northeastern State University's Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC) hosted its first annual Special Education workshop this past November, serving local teachers, parents of children with disabilities, and teacher candidates.


Proceeds from the SCEC event will go toward the fundraising efforts benefiting the National Council of Exceptional Children (CEC) conference, scheduled to take place in April 2014.


SCEC continues to host monthly dances for disabled children and adults in both Tahlequah and Broken Arrow.


                Early Childhood Demonstration Room is a Playground for Exploratory Learning


NSU's Broken Arrow campus has opened a new Early Childhood demonstration room, where teacher education candidates have the space and the tools to set up a developmentally appropriate theme center for children.


The foundation center is stocked with a variety of materials, containing home a living center complete with a stove, sink, crib, and dress up area. In addition, the demonstration room also houses a block, art, manipulative, and science centers, along with math and language arts activities.


NSU professor, Anita Ede, created a new in-class simulation within the demonstration room, where a social studies elementary pre-service teacher class divided into family units. Each family created a reenactment of the first Land Runs by constructing wagon wheels and wagons, using PVC pipes, a roll duct tape, a large white sheet, and 4 sheets of poster paper with the outline shape of a wagon, transforming their classroom into covered wagons.


In addition, each family was given and asked to follow the directions, which spurred collaboration, and class discussion about potential classroom management challenges, as well as creating a video to be shared with others.


This creative, comprehensive exploratory hub is an ideal authentic classroom environment for teachers and students to explore, create, and learn.  


Northwestern Oklahoma State University

Ranger-Rest & Relax Results Echo Repeat Visits



Northwestern Oklahoma State University (NWOSU) pre-service teachers traded places with the Washington teaching staff in Alva to facilitate an R & R, taking a break service learning project, appropriately tagged as the Ranger-Rest & Relax.


Ranger-Rest & Relax was a fun-filled day of integrating teaching and learning strategies to perform and accomplish the following goals and objectives: to learn the daily responsibilities of in-service teachers; to share time with students; to help develop strong relationships with school partners, and to perform acts of kindness and appreciation for teachers.

Dr. Martie Young, NWOSU's Director of Student Teaching and Field Experience and Student Teachers promotes service learning.


Student teachers took over lunch and recess duties, freeing up the Washington teachers to enjoy a leisurely lunch together, as well as an uninterrupted period for relaxation and socialization with their colleagues.


Everyone involved benefitted by taking time out to unwind. Washington teachers were relieved of various duties, permitting them time to sit back, unwind, and reflect with each other. The children engaged in energized play and academics with enthusiastic student teachers. Finally, pre-service teachers gained on the job, invaluable teaching and learning strategies, while imparting meaningful community service.


"As a student, it was nice to know that we were contributing to our educational peers. We were excited about the opportunity to have this experience in one of our partner schools, but the results were unbelievably rewarding for all involved. We had underestimated how powerful the results would be for such a simple gesture, and that the teachers were so excited to be able to have lunch together and network with their colleagues," student teacher, April Swinnea-Ogg, said.


Ranger-Rest & Relax reviews and results echoed shouts for repeat visits.


Oklahoma Christian University


 OCU Students' Drama-Based Poster Presentation Brings Conservation Issues to Life


Oklahoma Christian University pre-service teachers Cody Summerville and Adam Delph presented Conservation and Its Importance to You: Action Strategies for Teaching Concepts Related to Conservation, a poster session at the Oklahoma Science Teacher Association conference this past November.


The OCU students' poster session focused on the drama-based pedagogical instructional strategies, bringing to life real life conservation issues through the facilitation activities of Constellations, Town Hall Meeting, Crumble, Human Knot, Heads-Up Seven Up, and Relations Web.




Oklahoma Christian University's Pre-Service Teachers Keep Oncology Studies on Track


On each Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30-4:30 p.m., 36 Oklahoma Christian University future educators and a higher education professor can be found lending their support by helping a number of pediatric cancer patients and their siblings stay on track with their school work.


This much needed extra assistance is therapeutic in and of itself and tutoring helps the cancer patients keep up with their studies, while undergoing ProCure Proton cancer therapy, a treatment that oftentimes results in developmental brain delay in children.


The ProCure Proton cancer therapy is controlled by depositing a large amount of radiation directly onto the tumor. The radiation is then stopped and initiated again later, allowing the patients to receive higher doses during the second treatment, which lessens the damage to the nearby healthy tissue.


Oncology pediatric patients also enjoy interactive creative and cultural activities, a curriculum created by OKCU pre-service teachers that benefit the children and their facilitators socially, as well as academically.

Oklahoma City University


        2014 OKTOY, Peter Markes Returns to Oklahoma Alma Mater for SOEA PD


2014 Teacher of the Year, Peter Markes, arrives at his alma mater, Oklahoma City University, to speak at their fall Student Oklahoma Educational Association professional SOEA development day.



Oklahoma State University
                                  London England Student Teaching Experience
                              Cultivates Culturally Diverse Relationships that Bind
Oklahoma State University's (OSU) student teachers have gone internationally viral - a British experience with perks.
This fall, 5 OSU student teachers were granted the grand privilege to take part in the Department of Defense Education Activities (DoDEA) student teaching program. The group traveled 4634.30 miles, landing 9 hours and 30 minutes later in London England, the home of the royal family, just in time to celebrate the Queen's 60th Diamond Jubilee.  
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OSU Dean, Dr. Sissy Carroll, (center) with London England student teachers.
DoDEA schools serve American military personnel, who are stationed on armed force bases located throughout the world.
Other favored DoDEA teaching sites offered by OSU include the Netherlands, Costa Rica, and Japan; however, according OSU Dean, Dr. Pamela "Sissi" Carroll, England remains to be the most popular site.
"The institution has had a long-standing agreement with DoDEA schools in England, largely due to the support and involvement of Associate Dean, Robert Davis. To take part in our international student programs, students have to have strong academic records, demonstrating they can represent themselves, their college and programs of study, OSU, and the United States in a very positive way," Carroll said.
OSU students Micaela Breen, Hannah Brenner, Erin Dick, Kimberly Johnson, and Kali Bell are the 2013 cohort for the Lakenheath Middle School, which is located on the Royal Air Force military base, approximately two hours north of London.
"OSU's College of Education is extremely fortunate to have the support of several alumni as well. These generous donors help support the travel and the additional expenses our students incur when they choose to do their student teaching internationally. Our alumni have a deep belief in the value of international experiences," Carroll said.
A few Cowboy alumni serve on staff at Lakenheath Middle School, a secondary institution recognized in November 2013 by Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, as one of the nation's Blue Ribbon Schools.
OSU's 4 elementary education majors and one secondary English education major teach a range of classes, encompassing a 1st grade, a combined 4-5th grade, a 4th grade class within a special education setting, a 5th grade, and an 8th grade English class.
During the 10 week program, student teachers work very closely with a cooperating teacher, receiving regular evaluative feedback, and when overseas, initial and final observations are conducted by a university supervisor.
In conjunction with their class load, the pre-service teachers prepare a very thorough, comprehensive portfolio, documenting their work, which shows the impact teaching and learning has had on the pupils they teach.
In addition, the other key factor contributing to Lakenheath's student success is committed parental involvement, a military requirement. Another attractive bonus the DoDEA's program offers OSU students is the opportunity to travel to another country.
"Our students learn that the USA is not the center of the universe, even when working in a school with American military connections. They have the convenience of traveling on the weekends, taking full advantage of those opportunities, even though they do it without spending too much money," Carroll said.
During the students' stay in London, they lived on the base in the Feltwell in a dorm. The 5 students shared a space with 4 students from Western Michigan University, an arrangement most of them agreed would garner high ratings on reality TV.
"The nine females joked about being ready to film segments of a reality television show after living on one hall, sharing a kitchen, putting up with sometimes-sketchy email, and living through the stress and joy of doing their student teaching work together," Carroll said.
Despite the steep competition, the DoDEA program has persuaded 3 of the 5 student teachers to apply for positions. Their ultimate goal and hope is to stay and teach on Britain's soil like that of Kali Bell, a master's degree Special Education major. Her goal is twofold, to meet the emotional needs of deployed families, while providing a consistent education in the midst of consist change.
Bell said working on U.S. military bases blends culturally diverse students from across the globe; but despite their different backgrounds, the common thread that links their families together in the midst of change are their relationships.
"Inconsistency and change becomes either normal or numbing for our students. However, I have also seen how the students become a family at school. The support and friendships are much stronger and mean more because they do not take advantage of it. In addition, American students, who are abroad, have a richer understanding of the world around them. They have had a variety of experience, allowing them to grow and be more mindful of others, and that's what I enjoy most about this experience," Bell said.
St. Gregory's University

                                    St. Gregory's University Early Childhood Workshop

                                                  Hones in on Evidence Based Strategies


More than 50 teachers from Cleveland, Comanche, and Pottawattamie counties, as well as higher education faculty and pre-service teachers, attended St. Gregory's (SGU) Department of Education Early Head Start workshop this past summer.


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St. Gregory's University hosts cell phone workshop for in-service teachers.


Allison Jones, a research associate from the Orlena Hawks Puckett Institute in Swannanoa, North Carolina presented Creating Evidence-based Early Literacy Opportunities for Infants, Toddlers, and preschoolers.


Jones' session covered early literacy learning practices that support young children from birth to 6 years of age. Workshop participants were trained and received resources containing materials on early literacy domains, CELL tools, and insight on best practices necessary to create early literacy rich environments conducive to student achievement.


"It was one of the most comprehensive early childhood workshops I have ever attended, referencing early literacy practices," SGU associate professor, Jeannie Hill said.



University of Central Oklahoma

Co-Teaching Model Trains PK-12 Mentor Teachers 


The University of Central Oklahoma Teacher Education Department are currently in the midst of "Re-Visioning" our Teacher Educator Program in an effort to advance candidate preparation through enriched clinical experience. 


Thanks in part to a grant funded by the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation (OCTP), UCO has trained 20 faculty/university supervisors (clinical faculty) during June 2013, as well as 33 P12 school partners, who will be co-teaching with one of our student teachers during fall 2013 and spring 2014. 


Using the co-teaching model, expert and novice teachers collaborate during lesson design, delivery, and assessment, working side-by-side, while dialoguing about the processes at hand.


One of the strategies for enhancing the clinical experience is to utilize co-teaching techniques to train PK-12 mentor teachers. 


In addition, a module is under construction that will allow individuals to access this training material via computer on their own time.  The goal is to eventually have all student teacher mentors trained in these co-teaching techniques. 


UCO expects to have a cadre of more than 250 co-teachers with whom they can partner consistently.



University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma

USAO Co-Teaching Model Impacting Clinical Practice


After two years in the making, the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma's (USAO) Teacher Education program in collaboration with the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation (OCTP) have launched a new partnership approach to the clinical side of teacher preparation - the co-teaching model.


The co-teaching model project was launched this fall, pairing pre-service and in-service teachers, merging a partnership focused on increasing student learning within our state's diverse classrooms.  


The project was ignited in 2011, creating a Task Force Think Tank Work/Learning Day, which resulted in a series of meetings with USAO faculty and representatives from Oklahoma City Public Schools and Minnesota's St. Cloud University.


Associate USAO professor, Dr. Nancy Hector, explained that USAO student teachers would be trained as co-teachers, and elements of the co-teaching model could begin in the earliest clinical experience. She also stated that collaborator, St. Cloud University's, a forerunner in the use of the co-teaching model, data showed sufficient, effective improvement among their diverse learners.


USAO has already implemented future co-teaching training sessions, with plans to include the model in every clinical placemen, effectively impacting teaching and learning among underserved populations.




University of  Oklahoma

Norman Community Spirit Shines Bright with Sooner Reads Program

The Norman community spirit shines bright with the Sooner Reads program, a collaborative effort between the University of Oklahoma's Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education, Norman Public Schools (NPS) and United Way of Norman.

The program places OU teacher education students together with struggling readers and writers in elementary schools within the NPS district. The United Way of Norman has provided funding to purchase educational materials to assist with the tutoring. The goal of the program is to ensure that struggling readers and writers gain the skills necessary to pass the third-grade reading test, given at the end of the school year. According to Oklahoma's Reading Sufficiency Act, students who do not pass the third-grade reading test are not able to move on to the fourth grade.

Currently, 49 teacher education students are tutoring NPS students twice a week for 45 minutes per session at Madison and Reagan elementary schools. According to project coordinator Jiening Ruan, "Our program supplements the classroom instruction the children are already receiving." She added, "We are working to support the classroom teachers to help the children reach their literacy goals."


The elementary students are not the only ones benefitting from the program. The Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education created a new course that targets literacy assessment and instruction for primary grades. The OU students attend class and learn how to teach reading and writing in grades kindergarten through third grade and then apply what they have learned.

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OU pre-service teacher tutors Norman Public School student.

"The class and tutoring experience support each other, and our students are able to see the real-life application of what they are learning in class," said Ruan.

Ruan continued, "So far, the program is working well, and principals and literacy intervention specialists.




Character Education

Announcing and Celebrating Oklahoma's 2014 State Schools of Character

  Hillsdale Middle School

 Sadler Arts Academy




Muskogee's Rougher Alternative Academy Featured in Schools of Character National Magazine


Muskogee, Oklahoma's Rougher Alternative Academy, the state's first and only alternative 2013 National School Character has been featured in the Character Education Partnership's (CEP) Schools of Character, a national magazine.


The Oklahoma Teacher Connection's TeachLINK


The Oklahoma Teacher Connection, a division of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, will electronically publish the TeachLINK E-newsletter twice time a year.


The purpose of the E-Newsletter is to promote, market, and showcase news stories, creative features, curricular highlights, research data, and technological updates, which impact Oklahoma's Colleges of Teacher Education, common education, higher education faculty, students, and communities.


We welcome all comments, opinions, and/or concerns. Please forward your remarks to Deena Thomas at dthomas@osrhe.edu.

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Campus News: Cameron University
Campus News: NSU
Campus News: NWOSU
Campus News: OCU
Campus News: OKCU
Campus News: OSU
Campus News: St. Gregory's University
Campus News: UCO
Campus News: USAO
Campus News: OU
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