class of 2013

Project descriptions for the Oklahoma GEAR UP Parent Leadership Academy Class of 2013.

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Caney Valley Public Schools

The Caney Valley Parent Leadership Team implemented the "Infinity Project", which focused on improving middle school test scores and overall student achievement by enhancing access to technology. The team purchased new computers and iPads to service 30 students and provided training for all teachers to learn how to use the new equipment. Team members also selected enhanced programs for each core curriculum that can be used on the updated technology.

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Catoosa Public Schools

Catoosa’s project GEAR UP for Math focused on increasing math scores for seventh and eighth graders. The team provided a three-day professional learning workshop focused on instructional strategies for math. They strongly encouraged teachers who attended the three-day training to participate in the GEAR UP Math Institute. Team members worked with school administrators and teachers to create an awareness of the GEAR UP summer institutes Oklahoma State Regents’ summer academies and helped interested students apply and attend.

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Duncan Public Schools

Duncan’s project GEAR UP for college with STEM focused on increasing college readiness benchmarks in science for seventh, eighth and ninth-grade students. The team provided funding for the high school science teacher to attend Project Lead the Way trainings to learn new strategies for teaching rigorous, thought-provoking STEM curriculum. Team members also conducted meetings to educate parents about the academic structure and expectations of the STEM class. The Duncan PLA received additional funding through the Southwest Oklahoma Impact Coalition to purchase supplemental Project Lead the Way software, which helps teachers engage students with hands-on STEM courses.

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Elk City Public Schools

Elk City’s project Math on Wheels focused on increasing college readiness benchmarks in math. The team purchased an iPad lab for junior high students to help increase math scores and allow teachers to incorporate more classroom strategies. Team members also helped middle school, junior high and high school math teachers attend various professional learning workshops to develop methods to enhance their math curriculum. The team conducted several parent information meetings to help create an awareness of school district activities as well as Oklahoma’s Promise workshops to help students complete applications.

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Hobart Public Schools

Hobart’s project focused on improving ACT composite scores. The team contracted with a renowned consultant to provide ACT prep work workshops for 300 Hobart High School students. Team members also worked with the consultant to offer professional learning opportunities for teachers that addressed test prep strategies.

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Kingston Public Schools

Kingston’s project “UPING” the ACT focused on increasing ACT participation and raising composite scores. Team members sponsored an ACT preparation workshop for 10th-grade students enrolled in Algebra II and for all 11th-grade students. They also developed a Parent Leadership Association within their school district to increase parental involvement. The team has also put assessments into place to measure the results and monitor the progress of the EXPLORE, PLAN and ACT tests.

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Little Axe Public Schools

Little Axe’s project LINKs focused on improving high school math scores by enhancing student and parent engagement. Team members utilized their funding to purchase interactive technology and resources to supplement the current curriculum. They also conducted a high school orientation to give parents the opportunity to meet the teachers and become informed of school programs. The parent night also gave parents the chance to ensure their student is on track to graduate and learn more about the steps necessary to prepare for college. The team also developed a LINKs afterschool program for students to have an opportunity to participate in hands-on math activities and projects. The program allows students to see how math is applied in real life experiences.