Eastern's GEAR UP program hosts Common Core workshop for local teachers


WILBURTON, OK (Aug. 7, 2012) – Local teachers and administrators recently participated in a workshop focused on the Common Core State Standards Initiative hosted by Eastern Oklahoma State College’s GEAR UP for Success grant program.

The workshops, which were held in Wilburton and McAlester, were attended by 168 teachers and administrators from Antlers, Bokoshe, Canadian, Clayton, Crowder, Frink Chambers, Haileyville, Hartshorne, Indianola, Keota, LeFlore, McAlester, Moyers, Pittsburg, Red Oak, Spiro, Talihina, Whitesboro and Wilburton public schools.

Susan A. Gendron, a senior fellow with the International Center for Leadership in Education, presented the Common Core workshops. Gendron regularly provides coaching, training and support to state education leaders and their staff on the development of comprehensive assessment systems and 21st century-based technology plans.

The Common Core State Standards define the knowledge and skills students should have within their K-12 education careers so that they will graduate high school able to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing academic college courses and in workforce training programs.

The 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 will receive more than $12.6 million during a seven-year period to help students and educators in 30 partner schools.


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