Oklahoma Clinical Alliance meets at Northwestern

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Oklahoma Clinical Alliance meets at Northwestern

 June 7, 2012 

 Education Dept workshop
Dr. Teena Nations (far right) and Jennifer Gambrell (right) of the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation lead a discussion at Northwestern Oklahoma State University among university education faculty members and educators and administrations from northwest Oklahoma school districts.
 Education Dept. workshop
Dr. Beverly Warden, Northwestern professor of education, visits with Martin Adams, Buffalo superintendent, during the workshop.

Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s education faculty, in conjunction with the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation (OCTP), played host this week to the first Oklahoma Clinical Alliance focus group.

Purpose of the meeting was for administrators and educators from P-12 schools in northwest Oklahoma to meet with the Northwestern education faculty to determine how the university can better serve its school districts in a more collaborative way, said Dr. Bo Hannaford, chair of the division of education.

Jennifer Gambrell, OCTP director of educator development, and Dr. Teena Nations, OCTP deputy director, facilitated the day’s event.

“We are excited to partner with OCTP and our local school districts to have an open and honest discussion in how we can better serve our schools in this area,” Hannaford said. “Teacher recruitment, professional development and clinical experiences with the schools were among some of the topics discussed. We felt like we were provided with great ideas and suggestions that can enhance our teacher education program and our relationship with some of the schools in our area. We look forward to more collaboration in the future.

“We appreciate Jennifer and Teena coming to our campus to help facilitate this program,” Hannaford said. “We already are working on some ideas that came from this meeting.”

Approximately 20 educators and administrators from Woodward, Mooreland, Buffalo and Frontier school districts attended the meeting.

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