Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Conference Lets Industry Help Teachers with Lesson Plans

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Conference Lets Industry Help Teachers with Lesson Plans

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OKLAHOMA CITY - The three-day conference that puts teachers and industries together will likely branch out to other cities next year, an organizer said.

Ben Robinson, who oversees the Oklahoma Education and Industry Partnership, said he is eyeing Tulsa and Lawton as additional sites for the event and tripling the number of attendees.

In Oklahoma City this week, 100 educators will sit in workshops and receive lesson plans from the business community. The state's top industries are represented: energy, agriculture, aerospace, transportation, manufacturing and information technology.

Kelly Wardlaw, a technology teacher at Stillwater Junior High, has attended previous iterations of OEIP since 2008. For years, the conference focused solely on the aerospace industry.

"Then as the program grew and began getting more interest, we decided last year to extend it to a multi-day program and incorporate other industries in Oklahoma," she said.

Robinson noted the interest among teachers during the conference's opening program Tuesday. During sign-up in April, more than 200 people applied to the program in just two hours. The 100- teacher limit is based on the conference venue, business tour limitations and the program's grant program to support science, technology, engineering and math classes, also known as STEM.

"If we could do it in three different locations, we could expand it, cover a greater geographic area and have more teachers in there, and get more local industries involved," Robinson said.

As OEIP advances into other regions of the state, local organizers will have to find local businesses to partner with. …

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