“They taught us how to incorporate social studies into an elementary classroom. They used literature like Dr. Seuss to teach various themes, such as environmental conservation,” Askin said.
“My biggest takeaway was from the differentiation session. They explained how to rearrange lessons to hit all kids, not just the middle group,” Templeman said. “That’s always a challenge for teachers.”
One highlight of the Innovative Learning Institute was the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Supporting K20 Innovative Educators (SKIE) award winner presentation.
Six regional winners from across the state each received a $500 award. Each winner was selected for displaying a record of outstanding application and integration of the K20 Center IDEALS (inquiry, discourse, equity, authenticity, leadership and service). The winners also demonstrated excellence in teaching and the use of technology and modeled instruction that is both engaging and effective.
The regional winners include: Central Region — Vickie Kastl from Santa Fe South High School, Oklahoma City; Northeast Region — Mary Hardesty from Turkey Ford Elementary, Ottawa; Northwest Region — Lori Mayden from Newkirk High School; Southeast Region — Tammy Parks from Howe High School and Howe Middle School; Southwest Region — Kent Hathaway, Mustang Elementary School; and Tulsa Region — Greg James, Oneta Ridge Middle School, Broken Arrow.
Kastl was named the 2013 statewide SKIE award winner and received an additionally $1,500 award and a $2,500 technology grant for Santa Fe South High School.
Kastl has spent 39 years in education as a teacher and the last three as an English 3 teacher. She blends technology and authenticity in her classroom by using everything from Nooks to read on and the Internet to research The American Dream and “Great Gatsby.”
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