Eastern’s GEAR UP teachers attend T3 International Conference in Chicago


WILBURTON, OK (March 22, 2017) – Ten area math and science teachers from Eastern Oklahoma State College GEAR UP partner schools along with four members of Eastern’s GEAR UP team attended the 2017 Teachers Teaching with Technology (T3) International Conference in Chicago, Illinois, as guests of Texas Instruments. The 29th Annual Conference featured over 260 workshops, the largest event for math and science professional development. Attendees found new ideas and proven solutions to sharpen instruction by learning from some of the top educators in the world who are shaping the future of math and science education; improve student understanding by effectively incorporating TI educational technology into classroom instruction; enhance curriculum with new content for STEM and standards–based learning; and empower and inspire students to pursue STEM–related careers.

Partner school teachers were Liz Belcher, Panama; Tim Collier, McAlester; Michelle Cole, McAlester; Keith Craig, Spiro; Marty Darneal, Spiro; Lisa Goddard, Wilburton; Chrissy Guthrie, McAlester; Charles Karch, Bokoshe; Tracy Matthews, Krebs; and Tonya McKnight, Moyers. GEAR UP team members attending the conference were Professional Development Coordinator John Spiegel; Professional Development Assistant Kathy Ramsey; Education Coordinator Dara Self; and Project Director Linda Morgan.

“Since I have started using the Nspire technology in my classroom this year, I have attended every training offered to me by GEAR UP, said Spiro teacher Keith Craig. “It has been exceptional. I have also viewed a couple of Calculus webinars which were also top notch. I do have to say that learning alone, in a vacuum is ok, but I was especially excited when I was informed that I had been given the chance to come to Chicago for a full weekend of training. It was both refreshing and revitalizing to spend the weekend with so many fellow educators from all over the globe who are passionate about their profession and willing to share their knowledge with other teachers.”

The opening general session featured keynote speaker Timothy D. Kanold, an award-winning and dynamic educator, author and consultant. He is the creator and director of Mathematics at Work™, a consulting firm of 31 national and international educational leaders and professional developers.

In addition to attending various workshops, the delegation attended several activities specially designed for GEAR UP. Belcher, Collier, Ramsey, Self, Spiegel and Morgan attended a Pre-Conference STEM Summit. The delegation attended a reception and luncheon for GEAR UP attendees.

“Texas Instruments is such a great business partner for Eastern’s GEAR UP,” said Project Director Linda Morgan. “They do so much to help our teachers and students! We could not have brought 14 people to this outstanding professional development opportunity if it weren’t for Eric Batten and the TI crew. They are the best!”

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

Members of the Eastern Oklahoma State College GEAR UP delegation at the 2017 T3IC are: Front Row: TI Grant Consultant Eric Batten; GEAR UP Education Coordinator Dara Self; Krebs math teacher Tracy Matthews; Wilburton math teacher Lisa Goddard; GEAR UP Project Director Linda Morgan; GEAR UP Assistant to the Professional Development Coordinator Kathy Ramsey; McAlester science teacher Michelle Cole; and GEAR UP Professional Development Coordinator John Spiegel. Back Row: McAlester math teacher Chrissy Guthrie; Bokoshe math teacher Charles Karch; McAlester math teacher Tim Collier; Panama science teacher Liz Belcher; Moyers math teacher Tonya McKnight; Spiro math teacher Keith Craig; and Spiro math teacher Marty Darneal.

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