class of 2015

Project descriptions for the Oklahoma GEAR UP Parent Leadership Academy Class of 2015

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Elk City Public Schools

The Elk City Parent Leadership Academy team project, “READ UP” will focus on improving reading scores in the district’s high school. The PLA Team worked with the district to provide a program designed to help students improve their performance and achievement in reading. The program is already in use at lower grade levels in the district and has shown great success. The PLA Team will also coordinate and partner with the 2014 PLA Team on a number of additional school activities. The PLA team raised an additional $3,100 in community donations to support their project.

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Harrah Public Schools

The Harrah Parent Leadership Academy (PLA) team project, “The Panther Path to College” is a year-long project focused on building a college-going culture at the district middle school. The PLA team will work with middle school teachers to provide in-classroom and school activities geared toward encouraging students to see college as the next step in their future. A project highlight is the Professor Exchange Program where middle school students have the opportunity to learn from visiting college professors. The team will also coordinate an Oklahoma’s Promise initiative and a Financial Aid event at the high school. The Harrah PLA Team received an additional $1,200 in funding through local business and private community donations.

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Hobart Public Schools

Hobart’s Parent Leadership Academy team project, “Capturing Kids Hearts for Learning” will strengthen the existing college-going culture in the school district through mentoring and advocacy. Teachers will be trained to implement the Capturing Kids Hearts mentoring and advocacy program as well as partner with the already established Link Crew program to encourage student achievement. The PLA team will also develop and participate in a number of activities for Hobart middle and high school students. The Hobart PLA team received an additional $200 in community donations.

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Luther Public Schools

Project description coming soon!

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McLoud Public Schools

McLoud’s Parent Leadership Academy team project “Positive Parent Partnership (MP3)” is focused on improving mathematic achievement in McLoud Junior High School for 7th and 8th grades. To achieve this goal MP3 will coordinate a math mentoring and tutoring program between the high school and junior high school. Students will have access to math peers once a week to receive assistance in any weak areas. Additionally, MP3 will coordinate an OK Promise enrollment event for the school district during the Rookie Camp in August.

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Stilwell High School

The Stilwell Parent Leadership Academy team project, “Achieving College Today” will help decrease Stilwell’s college remediation rates by better preparing students for the rigors of college curriculum. Grant funds will better equip teacher to deliver high quality classroom instruction. The math and science departments will receive classroom manipulative materials to allow students a better understanding of concepts. The Stilwell PLA team received a $14,000 grant and $3,000 in additional school funding to complete their project.

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Woodward Public Schools

The Woodward Parent Leadership Academy team’s project “GEAR UP for the Real World” focuses on increasing math scores in the district and introduces students to real world careers in the 21st Century. Woodward PLA will meet with school and community stakeholders to share information on math data usage as a way to improve student performance and achievement. Students will participate in the Real World Career Fair, meet professionals and learn how math is integral in their professions.