Eastern GEAR UP team members and local teachers attend T3 International Conference


Wilburton (Mar. 31, 2015) - Twenty one Eastern Oklahoma State College GEAR UP staff and partner school teachers attended the 2015 Teachers Teaching with Technology (T3) International Conference in Fort Worth, Texas, as guests of Texas Instruments. The 27th Annual Conference featured over 375 workshops, the largest event for math and science professional development. Attendees found new ideas and proven solutions to enhance the curriculum for standards–based learning of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math.)

The opening general session featured keynote speaker Dr. Jo Boaler, the driving force behind a spirited movement to revolutionize math teaching and learning in the United States and beyond. A professor of Mathematics Education at Stanford University, Dr. Boaler has published seven books, appeared in the leading peer reviewed journals in the field and co–founded YouCubed, which provides math education resources for students, parents and teachers.

“This was a wonderful opportunity,” said GEAR UP Project Director Linda Morgan, “for not only our GEAR UP staff, but sixteen of our local math and science teachers to attend the premier international conference and learn from the best in the world. We are so appreciative to Texas Instruments for providing this opportunity.”

The closing session featured Emily Calandrelli, a recent MIT graduate who represents the future of students in the classroom. A co–producer and host of FOX’s “Xploration Outer Space,” Ms. Calandrelli is passionate about promoting scientific literacy and getting students, especially young women, interested in STEM.

In 2011, Eastern received a seven–year, $12.6 million federal GEAR UP grant and is in its fourth year of implementation.

Members of Eastern’s GEAR UP staff attending were Project Director Linda Morgan; Professional Development Coordinator Debbie Walters; Assistant Professional Development Coordinator Stacy Burmeier; Education Coordinators Melissa Juarez and Kamy Patterson. Partner school teachers were Shana Grubis, Canadian; Patti Brannon, Crowder; Angela White, Crowder; Cydney Meglemre, Keota; Billi Hass, McAlester; Amanda Jones, McAlester; Deward Palmer, McCurtain; Tonya McKnight, Moyers; SueAnn Vaughn, Moyers; Liz Belcher, Panama;
William Leaptrot, Panama; Cindy Tobey, Panama; Melissa Darneal, Spiro; Marty Darneal, Spiro; Gordon Bockus, Wilburton; and Lisa Goddard, Wilburton.

Members of the Eastern Oklahoma State College GEAR UP delegate meet for the GEAR UP reception before the conference began.

Kneeling in front—Lisa Goddard, Wilburton; Front row—Sandra Hocutt, TI MathForward Instructor; Tonya McKnight, Moyers; Shana Grubis, Canadian; Cindy Tobey, Panama; Stacy Burmeier, GEAR UP Assistant Professional Development Coordinator; Cydney Meglemre, Keota; Linda Morgan, GEAR UP Project Director; Amanda Jones, McAlester; Billi Hass, McAlester; Back row—Kamy Patterson, GEAR UP Education Coordinator, SueAnn Vaughan, Moyers; Melissa Juarez, GEAR UP Education Coordinator; Deward Palmer, McCurtain; Gordon Bockus, Wilburton; Melissa Darneal, Spiro; Marty Darneal, Spiro; Debbie Walters, GEAR UP Professional Development Coordinator; and Doug Roberts, TI MathForward Instructor

Not pictured–Patti Brannon, Crowder; Angela White, Crowder; Liz Belcher, Panama; William Leaptrot, Panama

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