Alternative Certification Preparation Conference to be held at Northwestern July 17

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Alternative Certification Preparation Conference to be held at Northwestern July 17

The Division of Education at Northwestern Oklahoma State University will play host to a conference directed toward improving the skills of alternative certified teachers in northwest Oklahoma on July 17 in the Joe J. Struckle Education Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The deadline for enrollment is July 1.

The conference will be open to all educators and will be designed to meet the specific needs of alternatively certified educators in northwest Oklahoma. The conference will address the “Top 10 Qualities of a Great Teacher,” presented by educational experts in various areas.

Guest speakers include: Adria Smith from the Oklahoma Education Association (OEA); Christie Riley and Roxann Clark, both instructors of education at Northwestern.

“This conference will be huge for educators in northwest Oklahoma,” said Dr. Bo Hannaford, School of Professional Studies dean. “Many have to travel to Oklahoma City or Tulsa for professional development, so to have something in our own backyard will be wonderful. Also, any time we can get together to improve our craft, it not only benefits the teachers, but also our students.”

Participants will receive a certificate for professional development.

“Across the country, many are taking jabs at education right now, and Northwestern will always be an institution that will look for opportunities to help our public school partners,” Hannaford said. “We will stand side-by-side to find solutions and to continue to give back to our teachers and students in northwest Oklahoma.”

For more details about the conference, contact Dr. Beverly Warden, Division of Education chair, at (580) 327-8450 or, or Brenna Heaton at to receive an enrollment form.