February OKGT Newsletter

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Gifted & Talented

February 2019

In this issue:

Regional GT Professional Learning Opportunities


The Oklahoma State Department of Education is excited to announce free professional learning workshops for the 2018-2019 school year. These workshops are being offered in different regions of the state and are designed to support educators with effective instructional strategies aligned to the Oklahoma Academic Standards. These workshops are perfect for educators looking to identify a new PL Focus or deepen expertise in an existing PL Focus. For more information on PL Focus visit https://sde.ok.gov/professional-learning-focus

To register and view upcoming workshops, please go to https://sde.ok.gov/2018-2019-professional-learning-workshops

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Fund for Teachers

funds for teachers

FUND FOR TEACHERS awards summer fellowship grants to pre-K through 12th-grade teachers to pursue self-designed professional learning. Teachers decide what they want to learn and where they want to learn it. Their odysseys take them all over the world—as scientists, researchers, artists and agents of change—and they return to their classrooms with new ideas that transform student learning and achievement. 

  • Up to $5,000 for an individual teacher, $10,000 for teams
  • Thanks to additional funding from an Oklahoma tribal alliance, Native American teachers are especially encouraged to apply

Applications due by January 31, 2019 


Google Doodle


Let students use their imagination to create a Google Doodle based on what inspires them.

Google is excited to see some amazing doodles this year. Students can work with any materials they want, but all doodles must be entered using the official entry form. Parents and teachers can mail the completed entry form or submit it online. The contest is open for entries until March 18, 2019 8:00pm Pacific Time (PT). 

Read more and then let your students' imaginations run wild!

OAGCT Conference

The annual Oklahoma Association for the Gifted, Creative, and Talented (OAGCT) conference is Friday, February 15, 2019 at The University of Central Oklahoma. All pertinent information can be found on their website at www.oagct.org

Family Resources

parent guides

The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) is excited to share the Oklahoma Family Guides for English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies for Pre-K through 2nd Grade.

The OSDE Family Guides are resources aligned with the Oklahoma Academic Standards and developed specifically for Oklahoma families to complement classroom learning. They illustrate what is expected of students at each grade level in different content areas along with activities families can do at home to further support children's learning experiences.

Classroom Resources


Skype a Scientist matches scientists with classrooms around the world! Scientists will skype into the classroom for 30-60 minute Q and A sessions that can cover the scientist’s expertise or what it’s like to be a scientist. We want to give students the opportunity to get to know a “real scientist”, and this program allows us to reach students from all over the world without having to leave the lab! We have over 2000 scientists ready to chat, and teachers can choose the type of scientist that will fit their classroom. Let’s start a conversation!

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