Claremore Daily Progress

Education

August 12, 2013

Claremore teachers begin school with free supplies

OKLAHOMA CITY —

Fifteen Claremore-area teachers recently attended a teacher-training workshop hosted by the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board, and walked away with hundreds of dollars in free classroom supplies.
Now, they are encouraging other Oklahoma teachers to sign up for the free program. 
OERB workshops instruct teachers how to use one of the OERB’s eight energy and science curricula in their classrooms. The curricula provide teachers from kindergarten through 12th grade hands-on science lessons to educate their students about the oil and natural gas industry. The high school curricula also incorporate Language Arts and Social Studies.
The teachers who attended from Claremore are: Denita Hancock, Kellie Hibbard, Jennifer Kilpatrick, Mary Girty, Emily Irby, Jennifer Bates, Debbie Bonham, Lisa Johnston, Kim Rhine, Elizabeth Wilhite, Shannon Poynot, Jennifer Melton, Karen Lyons, Sarah Woods, and Chris Rader, who teaches in Foyil.
“We wanted to provide Oklahoma teachers with a program that engages their students, while also meeting state curricula standards,” said OERB Education Director Carla Schaeperkoetter. “We used oil and natural gas industry professionals and teamed them up with teachers to write the lessons. This way we know the lessons are not only well designed, but really engage the students in a meaningful way.”
OERB workshops are free of charge, and train teachers in how to appropriately use the curricula in their classrooms. Upon completion of the workshop, teachers go home with a free box of supplies, worth up to $700, a teacher’s guide and are mailed a $50 stipend for attending. Teachers who complete a curriculum also receive a free field trip for their classroom.
“The field trip is a really exciting benefit for the teachers,” said Schaeperkoetter. “Many times they tell us that this is the only field trip their kids get all year. Otherwise they wouldn’t have the resources to take them.”

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