“It works,” said Silvya Kirk, director of secondary teaching and learning for the Midwest City-Del City School District.
“The resources provided are amazing and it definitely makes us more competitive.”
Oklahoma is one of 29 states participating in National Math and Science Initiative programs. Recently, the initiative announced that Carl Albert High School in Midwest City and Eisenhower High School in Lawton had produced a combined 69 percent increase in qualifying scores on advanced placement math, science and English scores — 26 times the rest of the state's average.
Oklahoma teachers from the Mid-Del and Lawton school districts attended the program in Midwest City along with chemistry, biology, physics and environmental sciences teachers from such states as Maryland, Massachusetts, California and Illinois.
Del City High School teacher Renee Bell said hands-on labs, expert lectures and making connections with other teachers are invaluable.
“These are resources and interactions you don't have normally,” she said.
Bell said the emphasis on sciences is important to her and her students.
“I tell my kids all the time that science really touches everything you do,” she said.