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 Let us help you with High Quality Professional Development

Over 30 Years Working With At Risk Youth

Educational Teaching Connections trainers are former OTAC staff
with more than 55 years of experience wor
king with schools in Oklahoma and throughout the United States.

Denise Riley

 

In August 2011, Denise retired as the Assistant Director for the Oklahoma Technical Assistance Center (OTAC), an agency that has provided professional development, technical assistance, and evaluation for school districts in the state of Oklahoma since 1972. She has a MS degree from Oklahoma State University in curriculum and instruction and an elementary principal certificate.

Denise has been in education for 38 years serving as a classroom teacher, director/teacher of gifted and talented, creator of outdoor classrooms, teacher trainer, prescriptive teacher, and field coordinator for Oklahoma’s nationally recognized Alternative Education Programs. Her strengths are in data-driven instruction, program development, curriculum, curriculum alignment, systemic change, alternative education and dropout prevention.

Denise has developed and presented webcast on several topics for administrators, community members, and teachers. She has worked with the Oklahoma State Legislators, the State Department of Education in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Tennessee to help create and refine policies and procedures for alternative education, school improvement, and educational reform.  Denise serves on the Board of Directors of the National Alternative Education Association, (NAEA) and is past President of the Okemah School Foundation.

Her desire is to help schools, teachers, and administrators to become the best they can be, while transitioning to 21st century schools where teachers build relationships, and engage students in learning that has both relevance and rigor.

Peggy Reynolds

Peggy Reynolds holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and certification in Speech/Drama, middle school language arts, and middle school math. She has teaching experience with the first through the twelfth grade, in day treatment and alternative education settings.

Before becoming a part of the etc. team, she was a teacher, principal at an alternative school, and field coordinator/professional developer at Oklahoma Technical Assistance Center (OTAC) in Cushing, Oklahoma. She is dedicated to serving at-risk youth.

Her job duties included creating professional development that was data driven and personalized to fit the needs of the school districts. She monitored, trained, and evaluated programs both in-state and out-of-state. Workshops include curriculum alignment, bullying, study skills, EOI reviews, dropout prevention, character education, parent involvement, and multi-cultural education. Audiences have included but are not limited to: professional development committees, entire staffs, career technology centers, community groups, and school board members.

Areas of expertise include:

Program development, with the knowledge and ability to design and promote traditional strategies, as well as, new and innovative teaching strategies that are research–based and student driven.

Developing and implementing developmentally-appropriate instruction using curriculum mapping, a school-wide reading and writing program, and reading and writing across the curriculum with hands-on activities.

Development and coordination of a 600-student leadership conference for the last four years.

Ms. Reynolds would make a positive contribution to your school district and would welcome an opportunity to discuss the goals and direction that your district wants to achieve as we reform schools for the 21st Century.

Susan Parker, M.Ed., Special Education

With over thirty years of educational experience, Susan Parker has had the opportunity to work in a variety of environments:

Learning disabled and “educable mentally handicapped” teacher – Oklahoma City and Glenpool. •Itinerant special education teacher – Tulsa County Schools.

Coordinator – Okmulgee County Special Services Coop (nine districts).

Prescriptive learning disabilities teacher – Child Service Demonstration Center (CSDC).

Project trainer and co-director – Oklahoma Secondary Learning Disabilities, Cushing.

Trainer for thousands of educators in 49 states – Project ADAPT (national model program for LD).

Program & materials developer, coordinator, trainer and professional development – CSDC and Central Tech grants: Project Mainstream, Project ACCESS (school-to-work transition) and Project Grads (dropout prevention).

Coordinator – Metro Tech’s Renew Dropout Recovery Program.

Director – Oklahoma City Public Schools Foundation’s Partners in Education. Recruited, coordinated and trained volunteers; coordinated Stars of Education, Principal for A Day, At Bat For Books and Shared Graces mentoring program.

Field Coordinator – Oklahoma Technical Assistance Center (OTAC). Alternative Education program support throughout Oklahoma. 
State and National webcasts and presentations: Oklahoma and National Vocational Education, National Dropout Prevention Association, alternative education, literacy councils, and civic organizations.

Presentation topics: Bullying, Parental Involvement, grant program awareness, Learning Disabilities Characteristics, Dropout Prevention, Dropout Recovery, Alternative Education, Curriculum Modifications, Inclusion and Mainstreaming, Study Skills, Career Education, Character Education, Tutoring Strategies, Family Education Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA), and Language Experience Approach to Reading.

Susan served as Curator of Education at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, owned a restaurant in Edmond and has served as Co-chair of the Downtown Edmond Arts Festival. She is past-president and newsletter editor of Learning Disabilities Association of Oklahoma, has been involved with alumni of Northwest Classen High School for the past twenty years and currently serves on the Friends of Northwest Classen Foundation Board.

Ready to train administrators, schools, parents, youth services, and communities