GEAR UP team members attend T3 International Conference


GEAR UP Project Director Linda Morgan and Professional Development Coordinator Debbie Walters recently attended the 25th Annual T3International Conference in Philadelphia, PA.
WILBURTON, OK (May 6, 2013) – Two members of Eastern Oklahoma State College’s GEAR UP team recently attended the Teachers Teaching with Technology (T3) International Conference in Philadelphia, PA. GEAR UP Project Director Linda Morgan and Professional Development Coordinator Debbie Walters attended the T3 International Conference, the largest event for math and science professional development.

The conference featured more than 400 high-energy, interactive sessions, covering the most relevant topics in education, including Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.

The opening general session featured keynote speaker Leland Melvin, NASA Associate Administrator for Education. Melvin is responsible for the development and implementation of the agency’s education programs that strengthen student involvement and public awareness about its scientific goals and missions. He leads the agency in inspiring interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through NASA’s unique mission, workforce, facilities, research and innovations.

Morgan and Walters participated in a special GEAR UP Directors Summit which included GEAR UP leaders from across the nation. The group met for three days of the conference and discussed topics including Sustaining the Change: Challenges and Strategies; Sustainability Starts in Year 1; STEM Education, Common Core, and GEAR UP: To Infinity and Beyond. . .; Tech Talks; and What Is the Impact of GEAR UP on Student Success? The final days of the conference were spent attending professional development workshops with math and science professionals from around the world.

The closing session featured actress and spokeswoman for TI–Nspire™ Technology, Mayim Bialik. “The Big Bang Theory” actress, real–life scientist and author talked about her experience as brand ambassador and spokeswoman for TI–Nspire™ CX math and science learning technology. Bialik earned her B.S. in neuroscience and Hebrew and Jewish studies from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2000, and went on to receive her Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA in 2007, specializing in Obsessive–Compulsive Disorder in adolescents with Prader–Will syndrome.

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