Educators converge on Lawton for Great Expectations institute

Nearly 100 teachers from around Oklahoma are in Lawton this week for a Great Expectations regional summer institute hosted by Lawton Public Schools.

Great Expectations is a professional development program that provides teachers with skills needed to inspire students to pursue academic excellence. With a focus on the human quality of teaching and learning, Great Expectations promotes student self esteem, attendance, discipline and parent participation – all of which result in improved academic achievement.

Drawing from many learning theories, this professional development program is grounded in the belief that all students can learn, no matter what labels have been placed on them. Four LPS schools were honored as Great Expectations facilities this spring.

Approximately 65 of those attending sessions at Central Middle School are LPS teachers and staff from Beginnings Academy, Hugh Bish, Brockland, Carriage Hills, Cleveland, Crosby Park, Edison, Eisenhower, Freedom, Pat Henry, Lincoln, Park Lane, Pioneer Park, Washington, Whittier and Woodland Hills elementaries, from Central, Eisenhower and Tomlinson middle schools and Lawton and MacArthur high schools.

Other school districts represented include Altus, Cache, Duncan, Enid, Grandfield, Oklahoma City and Terrell, Texas. The group also includes four Cameron University students and a teacher from Japan.
The Lawton institute continues through Friday.


From left, Whitney Uplinger, Summer Ward, Julie Tompkins and Abby Leonard take part in a Great Expectations exercise Thursday in Lawton. Great Expectations is a professional development program that provides teachers with skills needed to inspire students to pursue academic excellence.


Great Expectations instructor Jenniffer Callaway begins an exercise in team-building.