2014 Oklahoma Fund for Teachers Fellows

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Professional Development Grants for Teachers

2014 Oklahoma Fund for Teachers Fellows

BARNSDALL PUBLIC SCHOOLS
April Cole
Barnsdall High
Research through the Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, FL, the destruction of flora and fauna along America's gulf cost as a result of the BP Deepwater oil spill to teach the delicate balances that knit ecosystems together and the role humans play in this system.

BROKEN ARROW PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Johnnie Herring
Highland Park Elementary
Study the educational system along Japan's Golden Route to create literature and tolerance units that emphasize the long-term impact of man-made disasters by comparing and contrasting Hiroshima and the Oklahoma City Bombing.*

Jill Witt
Oliver Middle
Attend a language and cultural immersion program for teachers in Guanajuato, Mexico, to enrich lessons with personal experiences presented in more in depth and varied methods with improved linguistic skills.

Carol Ross
Wolf Creek Elementary
Explore in Ghana connections between the Orff-Schulwerk approach to music education and traditional West African music to create hands-on experiences that facilitate students' respect of different cultures and understanding of music's relation to history and culture.*

CAREER TECHNOLOGY CENTERS
Sherri Gleaves
Francis Tuttle Technology Center
Participate in a workshop produced by Sneak on the Lot in Burbank, CA, to better understand all production phases of the filmmaking process and teach skills/strategies for student success in this industry.

Brandon Tucker
Mid-Del Technology Center
Mirror the Pixar team's creative process behind the animated feature film "Cars" by retracing their Route 66 research/road trip to inspire students' creativity, improve writing skills and emphasize how the creative design process is essential in successful careers.

EDMOND PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Cindi Hodges
Angie Debo Elementary
Attend Duke University's Standing Out in a Standardized World:Differentiation for Gifted Students institute in Durham, NC, to learn about the social/emotional needs of gifted students and hone differentiated curriculum instruction skills to ensure each child reaches their full potential.*

Dianna Clark
Charles Haskell Elementary
Attend Duke University's Standing Out in a Standardized World:Differentiation for Gifted Students institute in Durham, NC, to learn about the social/emotional needs of gifted students and hone differentiated curriculum instruction skills to ensure each child reaches their full potential.*

Lynette Popham
Russell Dougherty Elementary
Attend Duke University's Standing Out in a Standardized World:Differentiation for Gifted Students institute in Durham, NC, to learn about the social/emotional needs of gifted students and hone differentiated curriculum instruction skills to ensure each child reaches their full potential.*

JENKS PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Pamella Garvin
Freshman Academy
Resarch at the Zomi Education Center in Kuala Lumpur the teaching and culture of Zomi students immigrating from the Chin state of Myanmar to improve instruction and communication with a cultural group comprising 40% of the school's English Language Development Program.

Sarah Chimblo, Lisa Kazda, Sophia Quiroz, Lindsey Roskam
Jenks East Elementary
Attend the annual Two-Way Dual Language Conference in Sacramento, CA, to align current curriculum with national standards and enhance lessons on writing, student ethnicity, culture and language development in Spanish and English.

Jessica Dickson
Jenks West Elementary
Visit historical sites, museums and International Baccalaureate schools in London to gain a better understanding of early European exploration and inquiry-based instruction.

LAWTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Stephanie Bowman
Central Middle
Participate in an active learning environment at the International Society for Technology in Education in Atlanta to develop strategies for boosting digital age learning aligned with Common Core State Standards.

Jennifer Knopf, Terry McKelvey, Janie Thompson, DeMarsha Williams
Cleveland Elementary
Attend the "I Teach K" conference in Las Vegas to learn best practices, new technology and intervention ideas for creating a reading program for preK English Language Learners.

LOCUST GROVE PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Nicole Bennett
Locust Grove Middle
Investigate authors of fantasy in the United Kingdom, focusing on Lewis Carroll, J.R.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling, to find inspirations for students to work creatively and expand their reading for pleasure.

MOORE PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Donna Mastalir, Lois Sturch
Bryant Elementary
Attend the Steve Spangler Science in the Rockies workshop and the Xperience STEM National Conference in Denver, CO, to initiate an Invention Fair in which students examine historically significant scientists, mathematicians and engineers and find commonalities with STEM pioneers.

Vic Rook
Central Junior High
Investigate the past, present and future of Silicon Valley to explore the relationship of education and technology as allies in a mission to help students and teachers become successful, well informed, responsible citizens of the digital age.

Susan Pendergraft
Earlywine Elementary
Earn certification from the San Francisco Orff Course in Carmel Valley, CA, to incorporate dancing, singing and playing instruments into music curriculum and develop life-long musicianship and problem solving skills.

OKLAHOMA CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Sarah Carnes
Fillmore Elementary
Research in Bali, Indonesia, aspects of a culture that rewards creative spirit instead of stifling it to acquire insights that will empower bilingual Latino students to find their creative spirit.*

Katie Comtois
Shidler Elementary
Attend a language and cultural immersion school in Oaxaca, Mexico, to improve linguistic skills, demonstrate a commitment to learning about students' Hispanic heritage and cultivate positive rapport among families at school.

Michelle Barnes
Van Buren Elementary
Research in Bali, Indonesia, aspects of a culture that rewards creative spirit instead of stifling it to acquire insights that will empower bilingual Latino students to find their creative spirit.*

OWASSO PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Kelly Benham, Ronda Hatton, Kathy Rutherford, Melissa Waterman
Owasso Eighth Grade Center
Walk in the steps of patriots, pirates, slaves, soldiers and ghosts in Charleston, SC, to study the city's influence on American history and facilitate students' ownership of our country in a way that improves their stewardship of civil rights and duties.

PRIVATE SCHOOLS
Theresa Adams, Therese Iten
St. Pius X Catholic
Join an educational tour of Italy's renown landmarks and museums to push students' understanding of Italy beyond "pizza" and develop an integrated curriculum with special emphasis on language arts.

STILLWATER PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Diana Blair
Highland Park Elementary
Study the educational system along Japan's Golden Route to create literature and tolerance units that emphasize the long-term impact of man-made disasters by comparing and contrasting Hiroshima and the Oklahoma City Bombing.*

Tammy Bright
Stillwater Middle
Study the educational system along Japan's Golden Route to create literature and tolerance units that emphasize the long-term impact of man-made disasters by comparing and contrasting Hiroshima and the Oklahoma City Bombing.*

STROUD PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Tina Livingstone, Amber Neal
Parkview Elementary
Explore Spain and France through the work of their master artists to develop an interdisciplinary project that lures students away from the confines of rural Oklahoma to distant places and interesting ideas found in multiple art mediums and art history.

TULSA PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Liz Haughey
Booker T. Washington High
Tour museums, homes and historic sites across Northeast America to observe how literature and history intertwine to form the American culture and engage AP literature, US government and American history students.*

Becky Atherton Dukes
Carnegie Elementary
Study Renaissance and Impressionist art in France and Italy to create new cross-curricular art units that allow students to reflect on the historical and cultural significance of visual art.

Robin Leach
Edison Preparatory
Join an educational tour of Vienna and Prague studying the development of European art and architecture to educate students on the nexus of history and culture, particularly pertaining to visual arts.*

Amanda Trower
Nathan Hale High
Tour museums, homes and historic sites across Northeast America to observe how literature and history intertwine to form the American culture and engage AP literature, US government and American history students.*

Emily Baker
Robertson Elementary
Explore Aboriginal history and culture in Australia to expose students to commonalities between this indigenous group and Native Americans and highlight similarities in peoples' struggles, hardships and successes.

Leslie Brown
Skelly Elementary
Join an educational tour of Vienna and Prague studying the development of European art and architecture to educate students on the nexus of history and culture, particularly pertaining to visual arts.*

UNION PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Tiffany Robles
McAuliffe Elementary
Participate in the Basics of Guided Reading course at Lesley University in Boston to strengthen current reading and writing workshops with current technology in the classroom.

Kathy Harding
Peters Elementary
Investigate volcanic structures and temperate rain forests of the Pacific Northwest to enrich student awareness of environmental conflicts and support 3-5 grade curriculum on plants/rocks, land/water and ecosystems.

Kathy Dvorak
Thomas Jefferson Elementary
Explore in Ghana connections between the Orff-Schulwerk approach to music education and traditional West African music to create hands-on experiences that facilitate students' respect of different cultures and understanding of music's relation to history and culture.*

WAURIKA PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Tammi McCarter
Waurika Middle
Analyze the political/economic connection and impact of decision making in Vietnam to guide students' consideration of governmental actions and inform a comparison study of other countries in similar circumstances.

YUKON PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Karen Evans
Yukon High
Research the interconnectedness of chemistry and art with renown art restorers and conservation labs in Florence and Rome to develop lessons linking the creativity of art and the qualitative/quantitative aspects of science for all 15 sections of the school's chemistry department.