Our History Education Partners
The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence works closely with the following organizations to promote creative teaching and scholarship in early American history. Each of these organizations provides helpful resources and strategies for improving classroom teaching.
• The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and its renowned Teacher Institute in Early American History have partnered with the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence since 1993 to provide teacher training programs and, more recently, Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trips. For information on Oklahoma’s programs for teachers and students, contact Brenda Wheelock at (405) 236-0006 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.• The Oklahoma State Department of Education provides a grant for Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trips. In addition, the Department partners with OFE in promoting Colonial history education events, such as Colonial Day at the Capitol and the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute. For information, contact Kelly Curtright, SDE Director of Social Studies, at (405) 522-3523 or email email@example.com.
• The George Washington Oklahoma Teaching Ambassador Program, sponsored by Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, provides information and resources to Oklahoma teachers and students about American Revolutionary War hero and America’s first president, George Washington. Program Ambassador Jan McClaren, a Claremore-based history teacher, provides teacher training, a blog at www.okgeorgewashington.org and a variety of education programs and classroom resources. Mount Vernon also hosts a George Washington Teacher Institute for Oklahoma educators each summer and recently launched two new educational web sites “George Washington’s World for Kids” and “Martha Washington: A Life.” For information, contact Jan McClaren at (918) 227-4402 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Oklahoma A+ Schools is the state’s only research-based whole school network with a mission of nurturing creativity in every learner. Located on the campus of the University of Central Oklahoma, OK A+ provides schools with ongoing professional development, an intricate network of support, and an active research component conducted by university professors. Spanning the state and growing every year, this network of
60 schools represents every kind of school from early childhood through high school, in urban, suburban and rural Oklahoma. For information, call Jean Hendrickson or Rosalynn Wade at (405) 974-3779 or email email@example.com.
• The Oklahoma History Center partners with the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence in providing historical character interpreters for events like Colonial Day and in hosting educational events and speakers. For information, phone Jason Harris or Benjamin Clark at (405) 522-0785 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The Oklahoma Humanities Council is a generous supporter of history education programs, including Colonial Day at the Capitol. For information, call David Pettyjohn at (405) 235-0280 or email email@example.com.
• The National Society of Colonial Dames, Oklahoma Chapter, is a proud supporter of Colonial Day activities in Oklahoma. Colonial Dames hosts an annual essay contest for high school students, with winners visiting Washington, D.C. for a week of citizenship training. For information, contact Catherine Wootten at (405) 224-2507.
• The Bill of Rights Institute provides professional development training, weekly e-Lessons, primary source activities and lesson plans on the Bill of Rights.
• The Monticello Classroom, sponsored by Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello Estate, offers online learning activities for students, parents and teachers.
• The Gilder Lehrman Institute for American History hosts summer teaching institutes and awards History Teacher of the Year awards in each state.
• Besthistorysites.net provides a collection of the top-rated online resources for colonial American history teachers.