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Common Core State Standards workshop hosted at Oklahoma State University

Oklahoma State University Hosts KTA-funded Common Core Workshop

Oklahoma State University

Judy Stoehr engaged her panel of 45 educators.

Oklahoma State University hosted a Common Core State Standards roundtable workshop at no cost to Harding Fine Arts Academy staff as a part of the K-12 Teachers Alliance Teacher Enrichment Endowment.

OSU was an ideal location to bring together Oklahoma City educators with CCSS expert presenter Judy Stoehr to collaborate and learn from one another.

In addition to the 27 Harding teachers, educators throughout Oklahoma City were invited to participate in this shared learning experience that explored the latest development in education standards, implementation and assessment as paid attendees.

Judy Stoehr engaged her panel of 45 educators in a “dynamic, engaging” workshop that provided “several hands-on things [attendees] can immediately take back and implement in the classroom,” according to the teachers in attendance.

Dr. Sherry Rowan, principal of Harding Fine Arts Academy, requested the assistance of KTA through Director Jennifer Norton. Dr. Rowan contacted Jennifer after learning of their innovative Teacher Enrichment Endowment, a program that helps to fund and provide logistical support to budget-strapped schools and districts as they facilitate sustained continuing education for their faculty.

With an eye on the future of education, Dr. Rowan and her staff wanted to examine the complex instructional ramifications of the newly-approved Common Core State Standards assessment system that will be fully implemented by 2014.

We contacted the K-12 Alliance to set this up because my teachers and I really felt that we needed to get a jump on understanding and implementing Common Core," Dr. Rowan said. "We want our students to be ready when the time comes."

Take a look at Judy Stoehr's CCSS presentation.

KTA facilitated funding, communication and promotion of the workshop to benefit educators throughout the area. This outreach afforded other local educators the opportunity to share in this learning experience, but it also gave teachers and administrators a chance to engage with educators outside their own school. It was a tremendous learning opportunity for all.

In the welcoming environment provided by Oklahoma State University, these educators shared instruction ideas, assessment approaches and a fair amount of fun. All in attendance left feeling confident and prepared to face the challenge of reaching Common Core standards moving forward.

The K-12 Teachers Alliance was proud to help fund and support the efforts of Dr. Sherry Rowan, the Harding Fine Arts Academy staff, all attendees and Oklahoma State University.

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