Teacher Workshops

Oklahoma Educators Evolve!

What is Oklahoma Educators Evolve?

Oklahoma Educators Evolve is a collaborative project undertaken by professional informal science educators and enthusiastic volunteers in the state of Oklahoma. We are students, researchers, educators, museum professionals, and scientists at the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma City Community College. Based on a year of preliminary qualitative research, we have determined that elementary and middle school educators in Oklahoma are not feeling totally comfortable with or ready for the new Oklahoma Academic Standards. We have heard many stories from teachers who have not had any experience teaching science, are not interested in teaching science, are resistant to teaching science, or face other obstacles in scientific understanding and teaching.

With this project, we aim to provide you with a deeper understanding of various scientific concepts, as well as many activities that you can use to easily convey complicated science concepts to your students. Here are our goals:

  • Engage teachers in the life sciences and earth sciences;
  • Talk with teachers about science experiences;
  • Introduce useful Nature of Science concepts to teachers of all subjects;
  • Work with teachers to create OAS-aligned lesson plans, complete with all materials necessary to take the lessons back to their classrooms;
  • Send teachers back to work feeling confident and excited about doing and teaching science in their classrooms.

How will we achieve these goals?

We have secured funding from EPSCOR to bring Oklahoma educators together for an intensive, FREE workshop in hands-on science teaching. We invite all educators to attend the workshop and become more confident as teachers of science. Even if you are not required to teach science in your classroom, there is much to be learned from using real fossils and other objects in your lesson plans.

When are the workshops?

Teacher Conference - January 21, 2017

  • Join us for a teacher conference at the OU Forum building. Teachers will present ways in which they have taught evolution. Participants will outline which fossil casts would be most useful in their classrooms, and the teacher with the most effective plan to teach evolution will win the desired casts. You do not need to compete to attend, and other workshop sessions will be available throughout the day. A hot breakfast and lunch will be included, free of charge.

Science Murder Mystery - February 11th, 2017

  • Bundle up and enjoy a guided winter science hike at Robbers Cave State Park. After our hike, we will all participate in an indoor, science-themed murder mystery dinner workshop at the park lodge.

Fossil Collecting at White Mound, Sulphur OK - March 5th, 2017

  • Learn about Oklahoma's geologic past as we collect fossils at Whitemound in Sulphur Oklahoma. Paleontologists will join us in the field to assist with identification. You will keep all of the fossils that you find!

Fossil Collecting at Lake Texoma and Gainsville OK - March 25th, 2017

  • Our day will begin at OU, where we will meet and caravan to the OU Bio Station and spend the day at a couple Cretaceous ammonite sites. After fossil hunting, workshops will be available at the Bio Station.

How much does it cost to participate in Oklahoma Educators Evolve?

Nothing!  This workshop is absolutely free! You will keep all of the fossils you collect,  as well as all of the materials and supplies we provide for you!  Lunch is provided.

Who may attend Oklahoma Educators Evolve ?

This workshop is free to educators in Oklahoma.  Contact Kristi Carlucci at kristi.l.carlucci@occc.edu if you teach out of state, but would like to attend.

How do I sign up for Oklahoma Educators Evolve?

Click here to register.  We will email you some additional information fossil collecting, along with more workshop details.

I’ve never been fossil collecting, and it sounds complicated…can a newbie like me be successful in the field? 

Absolutely!  We are taking you to a site with plentiful fossils, and easy collecting conditions.

Will I earn professional development hours for attending these workshops?

Yes!  At the completion of the workshop, we will provide you with a certificate showing how many hours of professional development you have earned. 

What if I have more questions?

You can email Kristi Carlucci at Kristi.l.carlucci@occc.edu, or call her at 405-682-1611 x 7205.  You can also email Janessa Doucette at janessa@ou.edu

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