ELEVATE: Learning in the Field

OKLAHOMA CITY (Feb. 15, 2018) - The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) is expanding its teacher externship program and seeking STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) businesses interested in offering paid on-the-job experiences to teachers. The summer program, launched in 2017 at Terracon https://www.terracon.com in Oklahoma City, accepted five teachers from across the state who spent two weeks of their summer learning the ins and outs of the engineering industry.

After externships, teachers return to their classrooms armed with a myriad of future career paths for their students.

"Most surprising is the number of different kinds of fields not only in engineering but other kinds of scientific studies they do here at Terracon that I had no idea could be careers," said Beth Bryan, Edmond middle school teacher.

"I can't wait to share with my students all the opportunities they may have never thought of as careers." 

Terracon regional manager, Phil Wood, said bringing teachers into his business was a no-brainer, and he urges other companies to do the same.

"To get teachers that exposure and to get us the exposure as a business and help the education community - to me, it's a win-win."

The process is simple. The OSDE has an application for interested businesses. The length of the externship and payment to teachers is set by the business.

If your business is interested in offering externships to teachers, contact Robyn Miller, deputy superintendent for educator effectiveness and policy research, at robyn.miller@sde.ok.gov.



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Last updated on February 15, 2018