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Teacher Resources

Improving Teacher Quality: Highly Qualified Teachers and Improving Teacher Quality (TQ) State Grant Program
The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (OSRHE), as the designated State Agency for Higher Education (SAHE), manages an annual grant selection for Title II, Part A funds. The funds are awarded to eligible partnerships to support innovative and effective professional development that improves teacher knowledge about content and data-driven decision making in the classroom.

MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching) (external link)
A free and open resource for faculty and students of higher education with links to online learning materials and annotations such as peer reviews and assignments.

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) (external link)
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is a public voice of mathematics education, providing vision, leadership and professional development to support teachers in ensuring equitable mathematics learning of the highest quality for all students.

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) (external link)
The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), founded in 1944 and headquartered in Arlington, Va., is the largest organization in the world committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA's current membership of more than 55,000 includes science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in and committed to science education.

Oklahoma City Zoo Education Department (external link)
Many programs use the zoo as a living classroom to teach science and critical thinking skills.

Oklahoma Council of Teachers of Mathematics (OCTM) (external link)
The members of the Oklahoma Council of Teachers of Mathematics shall promote better teaching of mathematics in the schools of Oklahoma by holding meetings for the presentation and discussion of papers, by conducting surveys and investigations pertinent to its objectives, and encouraging publication and distribution of material designed to improve the teaching of mathematics.

Oklahoma Atlas (external link)
A Web resource for K-12 geography teachers and students.

Oklahoma EPAS
Oklahoma EPAS (OK EPAS) is based on ACT's Educational Planning and Assessment System, an integrated series of assessments and reporting services that supports educators as they help students set and reach goals for life after high school. The components of OK EPAS are EXPLORE, PLAN and the ACT Assessment. EPAS assessments provide information about academic progress at crucial points in a student's educational career - eighth grade, 10th grade, and at the completion of high school. Information provided by EPAS assessments is linked longitudinally to provide an academic information management system. These linkage reports can be used to monitor student progress over time, detect trends and evaluate instructional outcomes in support of school improvement efforts.

Oklahoma Global Education
The focus of global education is the relationship of the world's cultures and systems and the connections of human beings and their common fate, regardless of the national boundaries within which they live. This site explores the various global education initiatives in Oklahoma and beyond.

Oklahoma State Department of Education (external link)
The purpose of professional development is to help all teachers continue their education beyond initial licensing and certification by the state so Oklahoma students are taught by professional educators, who are up-to-date with the latest in brain research and best practices along with changes in policies.

Oklahoma Teacher Shortage Employment Incentive Program (TSEIP)
TSEIP is a legislative program that reimburses eligible student loan expenses or pays an equivalent cash benefit to individuals who graduate from an Oklahoma accredited teacher education program, receive teaching certification in math or science and agree to teach in an Oklahoma public secondary school for at least five years.

Oklahoma Teacher Connection
The Oklahoma Teacher Connection’s mission is to recruit, retain and place teachers throughout Oklahoma’s K-12 schools.

Professional Development Opportunities for Educators

Reading Conference
As the ELL student population continues to grow rapidly within America’s schools, so are the escalating scholastic and social issues these ELL learners face. These concerns are disproportionately outpacing the skill sets teachers need to adequately serve the ELL learners they teach. In an effort to offset these academic disparities, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education — in collaboration with the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Langston University, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, Cameron University, the University of Central Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Commission on Teacher Preparation — hosts an annual Reading Literacy Conference.

Southern Regional Education Board Electronic Campus Initiatives — Educator Information (external link)
Electronic Campus Initiatives is a gateway to information about policy, programming and services supporting the South's “electronic marketplace” for online learning — SREB's Electronic Campus. From initiatives such as the Distance Learning Policy Laboratory, the Adult Learning Campaign and Nurse Educator Project, users can access publications, reports, presentations and other information about online learning and the removal of barriers many learners encounter.

Science Museum Oklahoma (formerly the Omniplex), Oklahoma City (external link)
Oklahoma's premier science museum includes Dome Theater, aviation and space artifacts, hands-on science exhibits, cultural galleries, planetarium, museum store and a café. Satisfy your brain's hunger for knowledge at Science Museum Oklahoma and chomp down on interactive and entertaining science delicacies and much more.

Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program (external link)
Teachers with Stafford Loans may qualify for loan forgiveness if certain eligibility requirements are met. The Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program was created by Congress in 1998 to encourage individuals to enter and continue in the teaching profession in certain designated elementary and secondary schools that serve low-income families.

Teachers-Teachers.com (external link)
In a continuing effort to recruit qualified education personnel for all Oklahoma public school districts, the Oklahoma State Department of Education provides each school district with a free membership to Teachers-Teachers.com. Oklahoma recruiters can use Teachers-Teachers.com to post vacancies as well as search the database for qualified candidates. Teachers can register for a free membership on the site to view job postings, receive email notifications of job openings, view hiring school Web sites and electronically submit applications to prospective employers.

Tulsa Zoo and Living Museum (external link)
The mission of the zoo's Education Department is to help people of all ages develop a better understanding of the natural world. Education programs are conducted on-site and away from the zoo.