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August 17, 2013

Muskogee teachers begin school year with $700 in free supplies

Two Muskogee teachers recently attended a teacher-training workshop hosted by the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board and walked away with hundreds of dollars in free classroom supplies. Now, they are encouraging other Oklahoma teachers to sign up for the free program, according to a media release.

Jennifer Gray teaches fifth grade science at Hilldale Upper Elementary. She attended the workshop to learn how to implement the “Fossils to Fuel 2” curriculum in her classroom.

“I loved ‘Fossils to Fuel’ and my students looked forward to every activity,” Gray said in a media release. “Therefore, I know we will both love this too.”

Michelle Rowan teaches pre-kindergarten at Early Childhood Center. She was learning the “Little Bits” curriculum at the workshop. She said she believes the workshop was “very informative, and provides quality-made materials,” according to the media release.

OERB workshops instruct teachers how to use one of the OERB’s eight energy and science curricula in their classrooms. The curricula provide teachers hands-on science lessons to educate their students about the oil and natural gas industry. The high school curricula also incorporate language arts and social studies.

“We wanted to provide Oklahoma teachers with a program that engages their students, while also meeting state curricula standards,” OERB Education Director Carla Schaeperkoetter said in the release. “We used oil and natural gas industry professionals and teamed them up with teachers to write the lessons.

This way we know the lessons are not only well designed, but really engage the students in a meaningful way.”

OERB workshops are free and train teachers in how to appropriately use the curricula in their classrooms.

Upon completion of the workshop, teachers receive a free box of supplies worth up to $700, a teacher’s guide, and are mailed a $50 stipend for attending. Teachers who complete a curriculum also receive a free field trip for their classroom.

The OERB is in its 17th year offering these free workshops. The hands-on curricula reach students at all ages and grade levels. The OERB provides the “Little Bits” program for early childhood education, “Fossils to Fuel” and “Fossils to Fuel 2” program for elementary students, a Petro Active program for middle school students and CORE Energy for high school students. Each curriculum uses lab experiments, reading assignments, games and more.

Information: www.oerb.com and click on the “For Educators” tab.

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