January 24, 2012
Area teachers attend workshop hosted by Cowley
Cowley College and Director of Education, Julie Rhoads, hosted a Kansas Strong Teacher Workshop Saturday, January 21 for 20 teachers from Arkansas City, Caldwell, Winfield and Derby. The Kansas Strong Organization promotes awareness of the energy sources of natural gas and fossil fuels within Kansas.
As part of their awareness campaign, the organization has worked with educators from across the state to develop lesson plans to teach students about natural gas and fossil fuels and how those resources are accessed and used. Through various funding efforts the organization is able to provide free hands-on science workshops for licensed teachers.
In addition, those attending received a free kit of supplies valued at approximately $400 to use in the classroom and were paid a $50 stipend. Teachers expressed gratitude for the resources and indicated they would return for a future workshop.
Rhoads is working with Kansas Strong representative Cathie Thorpe to organize two spring workshops to include those teachers who could not attend the recent event, as well as a sequel workshop for those ready to move on to more advanced lesson plans. Future workshops are being developed for more grade levels and discipline areas outside of science. Workshops will be promoted to schools within a 100 mile radius with the hope of meeting the needs of teachers within smaller school districts.