Oklahoma Education and Industry Partnership (OEIP) offers professional development for STEM teachers July 26-28

On July 26-28, the ninth annual Oklahoma Education and Industry Partnership (OEIP) Oklahoma STEM Teachers Grades 5-12 Experience will be held at Rose State College in Midwest City. In the invitation-only program, 100 teachers receive 24 hours of professional development after three days of sessions with industry experts, field trips and workshops. All participants receive a science equipment gift certificate and are eligible to win a $750 grant. 
Funded primarily by contributions from industry organizations, the STEM experience for teachers is part of OEIP and the state’s ongoing efforts to create a career pathways culture that seeks to close the workforce gap between high school graduates and high-paying STEM careers.
The program, which supports the Oklahoma Works initiative, is designed to expose STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) educators to high-value careers in Oklahoma, motivate students to develop and maintain career pathways and provide relevance and rigor to STEM education, training and workforce development.
“Educating our teachers with high-quality, targeted professional development is the best way to ensure our students become college- and career-ready,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister. “Initiatives like the STEM experience for teachers connect classrooms to careers, and we applaud and wholeheartedly support OEIP’s efforts to raise the bar for Oklahoma teachers and schoolchildren.”
During this year’s program, participants will visit Boeing, Chesapeake Energy, Ben E. Keith Co., Macklanburg-Duncan, Dell, the Oklahoma Blood Institute, the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation/University of Central Oklahoma Forensics Science Center. Teachers will also attend workshops from OERB, Ag in the Classroom, Newspapers in Education and a presentation by the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education on career planning tools for students.
For more information, contact Ben Robinson at (405) 812-1292 or sentryonellc@aol.com.
Last updated on August 18, 2016