Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Sallisaw Teachers Get STEM Grant

More than 150 educators recently traveled to Northeastern State University in Tahlequah for training in the latest Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) teaching and learning techniques at the Cherokee Nation’s Teachers of Successful Students conference.

For a fifth straight year, the Cherokee Nation funded the June 7-8 conference at no cost to teachers.

To culminate the conference, the Cherokee Nation also awarded a Creative Teaching Grant of $1,000 to 10 teachers to start STEM projects in their classrooms next fall.

In Sallisaw Schools, Christina Magie and Tara Mendiola received a grant for “Building Brains with a Maker’s Space”

Chuck Hoskin Jr., Cherokee Nation Secretary of State, said, “Access to quality training and resources has never been more important for teachers in the state of Oklahoma. We are committed to expanding educational opportunities in northeast Oklahoma. The tribe has assumed an essential role in giving public school teachers better tools to teach our youth, especially in the STEM universe. We greatly appreciate the work of our educators, and the Cherokee Nation will strive to provide the support they deserve.”

Hoskin gave the keynote address at the closing ceremony of the conference.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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