College of Education Outreach
CELEBRATION OF TEACHING
Imagine, one day celebrating the very best in teaching and paying honor to the annually awarded Oklahoma district teachers of the year. Through a grant sponsored by the Oklahoma Regents for Higher Education, Northeastern State hosts a conference with 500 participants from across the state. We bring students from 3rd through 12th grade who have indicated a desire to enter the teaching field in their future and provide breakout sessions with nationally recognized teachers. Additionally, the students hear a keynote from the United States National Teacher of the Year and enjoy a lunch which includes round-table discussions on the importance and benefits of choosing teacher education as a career. We evaluate this event and our responses show significant factors which indicate student's preference or desire to pursue elementary and secondary education is solidified after this conference. Lastly, we emulate best practices by integrating topics of innovation in the breakout sessions. Most of the students who attend are first generation college students and are presented hands on workshops on robotics, kinesthetic learning, team building and technology.
CULTURE AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Cultures are shared though community events such as Kid's World, which NSU has been closely involved with since 2004. Kids' World International Festival is a three days event for families. It takes place in Tulsa every other year and has provided Oklahoma families and schools with a unique place to imagine, discover and share. Sixty exhibitors and vendors ranging from local businesses and educational organizations to ethnic and cultural groups from around the world unite with the singular purpose of providing families and schools a safe, friendly environment to learn about people and cultures from faraway places. NSU's College of Education is involved in virtually all aspects of Kid's World, to include creating curriculum connected to Common Core standards for teachers, planning hands on activities for P-12 students, volunteering for the 3 day event, and logistics connected to the event. Over 100 pre-service teacher candidates volunteer for Kid's World from NSU during the event.
Our programs utilize best practices by incorporating our conceptual framework and identifying ways to invest in the communities our university serves through meaningful experiences and internships that are immersed in global connections and partnerships. Candidates speak personally to visiting scholars, interact with diverse cultures through student exchanges, and connect Common Core curriculum to global topics through lived experiences and personal connections. Our international clinical faculty rate our candidates highly in classroom teaching and values their ability to quickly integrate into a culture quite different from their own. Candidates reflect on their experience and report this reflection as a part of the internship.
Truly, our College of Education faculty has brought us full circle in the sphere of learning!
SKILLS (Seeking Knowledge & Immersive Learning in a Suburban setting) is a unique non-traditional option designed for teacher candidates to have the opportunity to intern on a suburban campus in south Tulsa (Jenks Public Schools) with 1530 students and more than 30 languages represented.
During this option, interns will also have the opportunity to participate in a STEAM lab and experience all the exciting things children are learning through a Community School Approach.
This program provides a field-based clinical experience in a suburban public school. Students are in the classroom for a minimum of 12 full days, once a week, during the semester. Students complete the internship requirement, EDUC 3313, and EDUC 3113 co-currently during the one day per week on-site attendance.
TURN (Teaching & Urban Reform Network) is a unique non-traditional option designed to collaboratively pair beginning teacher candidates with top performing urban schools in Tulsa Public School District.
This option focuses on a cadre of caring, committed, and creative individuals who want to teach specifically in urban schools. This “out of the box” approach to becoming a teacher allows the selected candidates to immerse themselves in college coursework at the urban school site. The teacher candidates join theory with practice and apply knowledge during their initial Pre-Internship I experience.
This program provides a field-based clinical experience in an urban public school located in the Tulsa Metro area. Students are in the classroom for a minimum of 12 full days, once a week, during the semester. Students complete the internship requirement, EDUC 3313, and EDUC 3113 co-currently during the one day per week on-site attendance.
KIPP Tulsa College Preparatory Academy
We host an annual outreach and partnership with the KIPP Tulsa College Preparatory Academy. Each August, we bring 90 students in the current 7th grade class at KIPP to participate in a major outreach opportunity. We pair the students with diverse faculty from across the institution and share programs with them. The students work with volunteers in the Association of Black Collegians, the Japanese Exchange Students and the university liaison for diversity. In addition, the classes focus on math, science, and anthropology to engage them in fields where there is an under-representation of ethnic diversity.
LANGUAGE, CULTURE, AND GLOBAL DIVERSITY
Northeastern State University's eastern horizons were broadened recently by an international cultural exchange between our College of Education (COE), China, and Thailand. Dr. Ron Cambiano led four Northeastern students to Weifang, China. The Education Professor accompanied this group of education-hopefuls to create collaboration between the University in Weifang and NSU. As the trip brought the diversified, global classroom to life, this initiative brought both a promotion of goodwill and best education practices.
Two of the College of Education faculty, Drs. O. Susan Frusher and Rene Cambiano, welcomed an international scholar, Dr. Gig, from Chang-Rai, Thailand to our campus. Frusher and Cambiano worked with Gig to facilitate a study within the COE. Gig spent one month observing their teaching and conducting research on motivation in the classroom. Taking what she learned, she used the study to further implementation of these observations back home in Thailand. Our pre-service teacher candidates were able to engage in critical discussion with Dr. Gig and learn about how culture influence education in Thailand.
READING & LITERACY CENTERS AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Our university (Tahlequah) includes two additional branch campuses (Broken Arrow & Muskogee). We have locations in every major area of need residents, commuters and families. To serve as a resource to the communities where our campuses our housed we have two thriving literacy centers.
Cappi Wadley Literacy Center
On the Tahlequah campus, through a private donation of $1.2 million dollars, we erected the Cappi Wadley Literacy Center. This new facility is equipped with the latest technology, reading materials, teaching tools, parent training room, and small group reading classrooms. The grand opening was this fall semester. The Northeastern State University main Tahlequah campus is located in one of the poorest communities in northeast Oklahoma. The Wadley Literacy Center has already helped several school districts through nightly tutoring offerings and parent resources on parent night. These efforts have been sustainable and we serve as an example for other reading programs across the nation. Many top reading faculty and researchers have visited our centers to see the long term impact that we are creating.
Contact: Dr. Tobi Thompson, Director
Broken Arrow Literacy Clinic
The Broken Arrow Literacy Clinic is on the Broken Arrow campus and is a hub for schools, teachers, and parents. In one year, the Broken Arrow literacy clinic served 367 students of varying diverse backgrounds to improve reading proficiency and receive direct one-to-one instruction with trained reading specialist and pre-service teachers. The Broken Arrow literacy clinic has observation rooms and trained directors to assist with student feedback and teach parenting classes on ways to improve their own children's reading skills at home.
Contact: Dr. Ingrid Massey, Director
Our efforts have resulted in the passion of candidates extended to seek external international placements and diverse settings for employment that previously would not have been considered from their previous experiences with diversity and culture. Our reading centers feature tutoring based on diverse populations, to include those community members, students, and other stakeholders who are not native English speakers.
Recruitment and Retention of Diverse Students, Faculty and Administration
It is our goal to maintain a diverse culture in our college. We do so to build upon the belief that our faculty promotes leadership, skill and ability and research with respect to their area of discipline. We actively seek faculty who represent a broad array of diverse backgrounds including racial and ethnic variations, sexual orientation, and gender equality. Because it is important for us to work to maintain diversity in the student population we ask each faculty member within the college to provide service in local schools for 10 hours per semester. This engagement assists K-12 common education students to see a reality that they too can achieve a positive future.
Recruitment & Retention Newsletters
Robotics - Technology in Education
The College of Education began a pilot robotics initiative in the fall of 2013 in Technology in Education classes. A robotics lab was created on the Tahlequah campus, with plans to expand to Broken Arrow after the pilot semester. During their Technology in Education class, COE teacher candidates experience a robotics unit where critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork and leadership are fostered. Feedback from teacher candidates indicates that they feel better prepared to facilitate these skills in their P-12 students based on these experiences. Students are also given the opportunity to compete at varying levels, and to mentor and interact with elementary, middle, high school, and university students.
Learn more about the Robotics Academy.
Contact: Barbara Fuller, Director
Robotics Lab: 918-444-3799
The internship experiences, immersion in varied cultures and activities, and travel abroad are planned events in each academic year. The impact of a global perspective is reflected in the reflections of candidates on issues facing educators such as bullying, social media, technology, and parent involvement. Through international and global experiences, a wealth of information from a variety of cultures and people is gleaned, helping shape the intent and focus of our candidates in addressing these global concerns facing educators today. Each of these efforts are ongoing and a part of the vision, mission, and strategic plan of the College. We work collaboratively within the College to ensure that our current students and graduates are equipped with the tools to carry out careers with excellence. Dr. Vanessa Anton serves as a leader to provide avenues for collaboration. Evidence of this is the continuous inclusion of an international and global perspective in classes, internships and collaboration with diverse cultures in numerous aspects of the Unit's programs.
TRIBAL HERITAGE AND CROSS-GENERATIONAL CONNECTION
We work diligently with the largest American Indian tribe, the Cherokee Nation. Several faculty members work with the common education components of the Cherokee Nation and provide professional development and service learning through our partnership. We recently adopted a program that will provide a baccalaureate degree in Cherokee Language. This is a unique program and could not have been possible without a formal partnership with tribal leaders. In recognition of the respect we give the Cherokee Elders, many of the seminar course offerings include teaching from members of the tribe. The program director works with secondary majors and is a member of the Cherokee Nation. The cultural component of this program has gained national attention and has been positively received in the community.
World War II Veterans Symposium
To further our work across generations, we launched a five week symposium with World War II veterans. Each week, military veterans gather to share stories, pictures and historical artifacts to our entire branch campus community. The historical teaching event includes pre-service teachers who are majoring in secondary history, community members who hold history close to their hearts, young children from the local elementary schools, and faculty and staff who build the symposium in as a part of their curriculum.