Area math and science teachers attend GEAR UP-sponsored Intermediate and Advanced T3 BOOST Math and Science Training in McAlester


WILBURTON, OK (Jan. 11, 2018) – Twenty–six area middle school math and science teachers recently participated in a one-day workshop sponsored by Eastern Oklahoma State College GEAR UP. The workshop was designed to help them integrate technology effectively into instruction. The intermediate/advanced training was conducted by Texas Instruments (TI) Specialists Sandra Hocutt and Cassie Whitecotton.

“This was a great way to begin 2019!” exclaimed GEAR UP Professional Development Coordinator John Spiegel. “We love to hear the teachers collaborating and learning how to better utilize the technology.

In addition to the professional development training, teachers are coached by TI Specialists. The Specialists visit partner schools and provide “just-in-time” guidance for teachers delivering math and science instruction.

The technology, training and coaching is provided by Eastern Oklahoma State College’s 2017 GEAR UP grant. Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a federal initiative to increase the number of low income students who enter and successfully transition into postsecondary education. Eastern is in its second year of the $17 million grant and are serving students, teachers, parents, and administrators in 39 partner schools in southeastern Oklahoma.

Area middle school math and science teachers recently attended a one-day T3 BOOST Math and Science TI training in McAlester. Pictured are (front row, left to right) Taylor Smith, McAlester; Kara Henry, Frink; Ashley Gragg, McAlester; Christie Swanick, Coalgate; Margaret Giles, Haileyville; Shana Grubis, Canadian; Cheyenne Phillips, Krebs; Skylar Bell, Wilburton; Leslie Manion, Atoka; Cassie Whitecotton, TI Specialist; John Spiegel, GEAR UP Professional Development Coordinator; (row 2) Sandra Hocutt, TI Specialist; Maggie Homer, McAlester; Sherry Duncan, Rattan; Donna Baze, Rattan; Chrissy Guthrie, McAlester; Amy Nohelty, McAlester; Lisa Goddard, Wilburton; Amanda Jones, McAlester; Carlton Higgins, Savanna; Paula Galbraith, Eufaula; Jerry Mathews, Buffalo Valley; Angela Ervin, Rattan; Brie Matthews, McAlester; (back row) Kelly Blevins, McAlester; David Ivy, Krebs; Ryan Meadows, Coalgate; Chad Carson, Savanna; and Melinda Dobson, Canadian.

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