TOSS conference set for June 3-4 for teacher development
TAHLEQUAH – The Teachers of Successful Students Institute is hosting its eighth conference June 3-4 at the Chota Conference Center at Cherokee Casino Tahlequah to offer free professional development workshops for public school educators who teach in the Cherokee Nation jurisdiction.
According to a previous Cherokee Phoenix article, the initiative is provided through the tribe’s Motor Vehicle Tax funding so public school teachers can focus on areas where schools receive failing grades from the Oklahoma Department of Education.
The article also stated the conference was to provide professional development in the science, technology, engineering and math areas because those areas were where many schools were receiving failing grades.
At past conferences, workshops have focused on early childhood, elementary, middle school, junior high and high school.
This year TOSS participants are eligible to apply for a Creative Teaching Mini-Grant up to $1,000. Ten mini-grants will be awarded during the last general session on June 4 among attending applicants.
“This is an opportunity to be able to do that project you have been wanting to do but never seem to be able to get funded, obtain needed supplies for a special art project, get that needed set of books for a unit of study, provide your classroom with some technology, set up a small classroom garden, get parts for your robot, take the kids on an educationally based field trip, and much more,” the grant announcement state.
The grant is being offered to those who complete the institute registration and grant application by the April 24 deadline and attend both days of the institute.
For information and the application, visit click here