ORU Receives a Grant to Teach Teachers

OHC 2009The Oklahoma Humanities Council Board awarded a $5,000 grant to ORU to fund a summer institute for Oklahoma teachers focusing on race, culture and gender. The institute will take place July 6, 7 and 8, 2010.

Last year, The Oklahoma Humanities Council Board gave ORU an $8,500 grant to host a summer institute. After receiving great feedback from the past institute, Dr. Mary Alice Tent, professor of English at ORU, applied for a second grant.

This year, the institute will focus on race, culture and gender and how to incorporate these concepts into the classroom without being controversial.

"Our responsibility is to teach without bias or prejudice in our hearts," Trent. "We want our teachers to celebrate what they are already doing to welcome all students. We also want them to see where they can improve in those areas."

This year 16 teachers from 16 Oklahoma schools will be attending. The schools represented include Oklahoma City, Bartlesville, Beggs, Okmulgee, Muskogee, Sand Springs, Tulsa and Broken Arrow.

This event will include a three-part lecture series by Dr. Paul Vickery, professor of history at ORU; Dr. Joann Allen, assistant professor of English at ORU; and Trent. Teachers attending will also take a trip to the Greenwood Cultural Center as well as present a project explaining how to incorporate race, culture and gender into the classroom.

Trent hopes to demonstrate to other teachers how students from different cultures and backgrounds bring something special into the class.

"Basically we are teachers helping teachers, by teaching teachers," said Trent.