- All expenses for teacher participants will be paid by the institute and include all the books and materials needed for the institute, copies of which the teacher participants will be able to keep at the conclusion of the institute (for a list of the primary texts see the Course Description page).
All participants will receive a certificate of participation documenting the 32.5 contact hours of instruction time they will receive. (See the Schedule of Activities document link below.) Teacher participants will be able to present this certificate to their professional development coordinator at the district level to receive the professional development credit to which this number of contact hours entitles them.
The curriculum is designed in accordance with key portions of the high school Pass Standards in Geography, Economics, U.S. History, 1850 to Present, Oklahoma History, and World History. (See the Priority Academic Skills by Subject Areas document link below.)
The course content and instructional approaches of the institute are geared towards helping teacher participants generate lesson plans they can use with their students. At the end of the institute each teacher participant will have generated his or her own portfolio of lessons to take home and apply in the classroom.
All teacher participants are eligible for a $250.00 stipend to compensate them for the time they will spend at the institute and to cover any incidental expenses they may incur. Please note that some school districts will not award professional development credit in cases where a stipend is provided, so check with your professional development coordinator before deciding to accept the stipend.
Field Trips to the Museum of the Great Plains and Fort Sill as well as an outing to the Wichita Wildlife Refuge will give teacher participants a feel for the lived dimension of history as it pertains to how this region of the Midwest developed as part of a larger heartland.
Still have questions?
If so, feel free to contact the director of the institute:
Funding for this project has been made possible in part by a generous grant from the Oklahoma Humanities Council. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the course
of the institute do not necessarily represent those of the OHC.