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Inaugural Teacher In Residence Program

Melinda Tague participates in the AECL Department's first Teacher in Residence Program

STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State University Department of Agricultural Education, Communications and Leadership faculty hosted the inaugural Teacher in Residence Nov. 5-6 on the OSU campus.

Melinda Tague, an agricultural education instructor in Norman, Okla., served as the first OSU agricultural education Teacher in Residence. Tague teaches three agricultural education courses on the Norman High School campus. During her time on the OSU campus, she taught the importance of classroom management and how to keep students engaged.

“Kids demeanors have changed, so it’s good to give these [agricultural education] students a close perspective of what is really going on in the classroom before they get there,” Tague said.

OSU AECL Department Head Rob Terry first proposed the Teacher in Residence Program to the department after experiencing a similar program at California Polytechnic State University.

“This program is made to be mutually beneficial for the students and the Teacher in Residence,” Terry said. “Our department taps into the experiences of an in-service teacher while providing the teacher an opportunity to see the current teaching certifications.”

Terry said he plans to continue the Teacher in Residence Program each semester.

The Teacher in Residence Program was made possible through a grant from Richard Carter, an OSU agricultural education alumnus and a retired faculty member from Iowa State University. The program provides funding for the Teacher in Residence, allowing them to visit the OSU campus for two days and experience a student teacher visit.

The Department of Agricultural Education, Communications and Leadership is one of nine departments within the Oklahoma State University College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. For more information about the Teacher in Residence Program or the Department of Agricultural Education, Communications and Leadership, contact Mandi Robedeaux at 405-744-8036.

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