Creating Uplifting Classroom Environments
Providing Support for Early-Career Teachers—Face-to-Face or Virtually
Through a partnership with the Cooperative Council of Oklahoma School Administration (CCOSA), the K20 Center provides research-based professional development for early career teachers. Teachers coming into the profession receive preparatory training that centers on academic subject matter, with a minor focus on strategies to successfully manage the day-to- day operation of a classroom.
This three-day professional development institute is designed to help the early career, traditionally certified, emergency certified, or alternatively certified teacher create a structured classroom environment. Through this professional development, teachers can create an environment in which students are actively engaged in relevant learning to promote higher order thinking skills. The third day of the institute is designed to bring the
teacher and administrator together to plan for continued support throughout the academic school year.
Cohort 1: July 28–29, September 8, 2021: Norman, OK
Cohort 2: August 3–4, September 10, 2021: Bartlesville, OK
Cohort 4: October 26–27, December 7, 2021: Norman, OK
Cohort 4: January 12-13, March 8, 2022: Norman, OK
“This professional development experience impacted my teaching by giving me new strategies to utilize in the classroom. These strategies allowed me more ways to think outside of the box to bring more engagement and positive instruction to my students.”
– A Classroom Teacher
Items Addressed in Classroom
- Physical Spaces
- Rules, Procedures, & Interventions
- Student/Teacher Relationships
- Active Engagement Strategies/ Lesson Design
- Rigorous Lesson Design
- Sustaining Administrative Support
In this three-day professional development institute for teachers and administrators, teachers will attend all three days and administrators will attend the third day. Due to the University of Oklahoma’s COVID-19 policies and to provide a safe working environment for participants and facilitators, the August workshops will be delivered virtually to provide a safe environment for participants and facilitators. If restrictions are relaxed, the October dates might be held face-to-face at the K20 Center.