GEAR UP team members attend T3 International Conference in Las Vegas


Professional Development Coordinator Debbie Walters and GEAR UP Project Director Linda Morgan recently attended the 26th Annual T3International Conference in Las Vegas, NV.
WILBURTON, OK (March 13, 2014) – Two members of Eastern’s GEAR UP team recently attended the Teachers Teaching with Technology (T3) International Conference in Las Vegas, NV. The T3 International Conference is the largest event for math and science professional development.

Project Director Linda Morgan and Professional Development Coordinator Debbie Walters attended the conference, which featured more than 350 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 Alan November, a globally renowned advocate for improving the quality of education through technology. A teacher at heart, November’s wit and wisdom confirmed attendees’ thoughts about what’s possible in math and science education and challenged them to rethink many others. November, the senior partner of November Learning, speaks widely on helping educators connect with the solutions to implement emerging reforms in math and science education.

Morgan attended the Administrator Academy while Walters attended various workshops including Engineering in Your Science Classes: Explore STEM Activities; Aggregating Data Using the TI–Nspire Navigator System; Navigating Mathematics with TI–Nspire; Creating Student Ownership of the CCSS Math Practices Using the TI–Nspire Technology; What is Learned in Vegas, Must Leave Vegas!; and Streamline the Standards of CCSS with the TI–Nspire Navigator System. Morgan and Walters attended STEM behind Hollywood; Impacting Secondary Mathematics Instruction with TI–Nspire Technology; and CCSS: Bringing Content and Practice Standards Together. They also attended a TI-sponsored GEAR UP reception on Thursday evening. Morgan also participated in a focus group with GEAR UP Directors.

The closing session featured David Saltzberg, professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the science consultant for the popular TV comedy, “The Big Bang Theory.” His research includes building particle detectors for the Large Hadron Collider at CERN and analysis of its particle-physics data.

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

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