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43 Oklahoma Educators Prepare to Teach Computer Science Thanks to The Div & Partnership

The Div is excited to announce the first ever Oklahoma teacher cohort for our Professional Learning Program! Participating teachers receive free computer science curriculum for their school as well as year-round training and support from The Div and community with other CS teachers.

43 middle school and high school educators from all across Oklahoma (including two from Kansas!) will join us for a year-long professional development process that all kicks off next week with a 5-day summer workshop in Houston, where educators will work hands-on with the curriculum and meet other teachers from our region. Throughout the year, they’ll have access to online resources for upcoming units and attend 4 professional development workshops hosted by The Div. They’ll also have the opportunity to participate in community building events with other computer science teachers.

Teachers participating in the program have worked with their school administration to ensure that the computer science course will be offered on the school’s master schedule and have committed to support the recruitment and enrollment of a diverse group of students in their course.

Here’s a look at our state-wide impact in this first year alone.

This is an incredible opportunity for both school districts and Oklahoma students, as computing jobs are now the #1 source of new wages in the United States. With 500,000 current openings, these jobs are in every industry and every state, and they’re projected to grow at twice the rate of all other jobs. Oklahoma alone has 2,590 open computing jobs…3.4 times the average demand rate!

Computer science is foundational knowledge that all students deserve the opportunity to learn. The Div is excited to help improve access for Oklahoma students, including groups that have traditionally been underrepresented.

Teachers selected to participate in this year’s Professional Learning Program are:

CS Discoveries

Adam Carr, Bridge Creek High School
Shelly Cherry, Independence Charter Middle School

Karen Bates, Piedmont Middle School
Eric Boggs, Cheyenne Middle School
Rebbecca Brandon, Choctaw Middle School
Floyd Brown, Duncan Middle School
Jamie Castle, Chisholm Middle School
Suzanne Giddens, Jenks Middle School
Kitty Herbel, Dewitt Waller Middle School
Michelle Nance, Cordell High School
Tammy Parks, Howe ES
Lauren Perrier, All Saints Catholic School
DeeLyn Pool, Shattuck High School
Mary Ryan, Central Middle School
Kimberly Stone, Dibble High School

CS Principles

Susan James, Edmond Santa Fe High School
Pat St. Clair, Edmond Memorial High School

Melissa Bevelhymer, New Lima High School
Brant Breeden, Oklahoma Christian School
Loren Dillingham, Drummond ES & HS
Holly Emig, Oklahoma Christian School
Melissa Evans, Northwest Classen High School
Kimberli Felton, Broken Arrow Freshman Academy
Joseph Ford, Holland Hall
Celena Galbreaith, Ada Junior High School
Shelley Grant, John Marshall High School
Lacey Haines, Drumright High School
Amber Harp, Little Axe High School
Ruth Haynes, Capitol Hill High School
Lori Hower, Ottowa Sr. High School
Scott Makintubee, Central Tech Drumright
Megan O’Brien, Broken Arrow Freshman Academy
Sherri Pankhurst, Cordell High School
Adrian Ramos, Elgin High School
Donnieta Ray, Ada High School
Cassie Ricks, Oklahoma Centennial High School
Heath Roach, Skiatook High School
Jon Robinson, Cheyenne High School
Victor Rook, Moore High School
Tressie Sims, Tyrone High School
Pamela Smith, Jenks High School
Kim Smith, Tulsa Technology Center Riverside
Jill Stevenson, Chanute High School
Lawrence Taylor, U. S. Grant High School
Shawn Vester, Immanuel Lutheran Christian Academy
Jason Webber, Stillwater High School

To apply next year

Applications for the 2017-18 Professional Learning Program are closed. If you would like to expand computer science offerings at your school or district, feel free to email us and start the conversation. You can also sign up here to be notified when next year’s application window opens in January.

How you can help

This training, curriculum and support are all provided to teachers at absolutely no charge to them or their school district. The program is made possible through partnership with and the generous investments of our donors.

Our funding is for a short time only. We need champions to help us grow and sustain this investment in our teachers and students. A single moment can spark interest, fuel passion and change the course of a young person’s life. Please consider a donation to help us expand access to 21st century learning and directly impact education in Oklahoma.

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