Creating Uplifting Classroom Environments

Providing Support for Early-Career Teachers

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.

Classroom Dates

Cohort 1: July 24-25, 2024 and September 5, 2024: Norman, OK

Cohort 2: October 29–30, 2024 and December 5, 2024: Norman, OK

Cohort 3: January 8-9, 2025 and February 5, 2025: Norman, OK

Cohort 4: January 22-23, 2025 and February 27, 2025: Norman, OK

Cohort 5: September 11-12, 2024 and October 3, 2024: Durant, OK

Cohort 6: August 7-8, 2024 and September 23, 2024: Idabel, OK

Cohort 7: October 1-2, 2024 and October 30, 2024: Woodward, OK

Cohort 8: November 6-7, 2024 and January 16, 2025: Bartlesville, 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

Environmental Support
  • Physical Spaces
  • Rules, Procedures, & Interventions
  • Student/Teacher Relationships
Environmental Challenge
  • 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.

Teachers that attended Uplifting Classrooms brought back a new sense of confidence. The workshop provided the teachers with fun and fresh teaching strategies that brought excitement to their lessons. It also provided the teachers the opportunity to network with others across the state.”

– An Administrator

Contact Us

Will Parker, CCOSA

OASSP and OMLEA Executive Director

Glen Abshere, CCOSA

OAESP, Executive Director

Sharon Dean, K20 Center

Associate Director of Leadership