Members of the Oklahoma Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (OACTE) met with Congressman James Lankford at “Day on the Hill.” In the photo is (from left) John Farris, OACTE President; Congressman James Lankford; Dr. Beverly Warden, professor and chair of the Division of Education at Northwestern Oklahoma State University; J.B. Stewart, National Sorghum Producers Vice Chairman.
Dr. Beverly Warden, professor and chair of the Division of Education at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, recently attended “Day on the Hill” in Washington, D.C.
“Day on the Hill” is a vital advocacy event for American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE). Deans and faculty from across the country gather to meet with their members of Congress and take the opportunity to showcase their programs with their representatives.
Warden and other leaders of Oklahoma Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (OACTE) met with Congressman James Lankford.
“Education is a commonality, and everyone spoke of the importance of education promotion,” Warden said. “The congressman graciously gave us his time and really seemed to listen to our concerns.”
Warden and her peers brought to Lankford’s attention one of the most pressing issues with education in Oklahoma: the Residency Year Program. Due to budget cuts this program has been put on hiatus. Warden said the Residency Year Program is important for first year teachers with alternative certificates because it provides these teachers with mentors from a higher education mentoring team.
“It was rather exciting to be a part of the process,” Warden said. “It was a humbling experience to be in the presence of those who are holding the reins to our country and feel we were actually heard.”
For more information, contact Warden at (580) 327-8450 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted on Mon, July 29, 2013
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