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NSU Sponsors TURN Forum

(Tulsa, OK)--Dr. Phyllis Hudecki, Oklahoma Secretary of Education, and Linda Hasler Reid, former Oklahoma Teacher of the Year will make a special presentation at Hawthorne Elementary School Monday, April 25 from 10-2:30 p.m.

This is part of an open forum sponsored by Northeastern State University’s College of Education Teaching & Urban Reform Network (TURN). TURN is a program designed to collaboratively pair beginning teacher candidates with top performing urban schools in the Tulsa Public School District.

This forum will discuss urban schools and relevant teaching methods to NSU teacher candidates.

Prior to the event, scheduled guests will take a tour of Hawthorne Elementary School before beginning a dialogue and open discussion forum with NSU/TURN fellows. Reid will engage the students from 10-12 p.m. and Dr. Hudecki will arrive at 1:30 p.m.

“It is such an honor for both guests to take time to speak with our teacher candidates about the importance of teaching in urban school environments,” said Dr. Allyson Watson, associate professor of educational foundations and leadership at NSU-Broken Arrow.

“This program focuses on a cadre of caring, committed, and creative individuals who want to teach specifically in urban schools,” said Watson.

This “out of the box” approach to becoming a teacher allows the selected candidates to immerse themselves in college coursework at the urban school site. Watson said teacher candidates join theory with practice and apply knowledge during their initial internship experience.

Hudecki and Reid will discuss topics to students such as the future of urban education, the growth of the Tulsa metropolitan area and the need for effective teachers in urban schools.

“TURN represents a cultural and community connection between NSU and Tulsa Public Schools,” said Watson.

Watson said TURN is an opportunity to provide a rigorous curriculum centered around effective instruction, cultural competence and diversity emphasis in urban schools.

“TURN makes a commitment to select individuals who have the potential to teach creatively and enthusiastically in urban school environments,” said Watson. “We commit to preparing our TURN Fellows with the proper understanding of various urban populations and unique ways of successfully teaching in those settings.”

For more information, please contact Dr. Allyson L. Watson at 918-449-6591. 

Published: 4/22/2011 4:39:32 PM

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