Leadership Institute Opens Application Period for 2011 Academy for Educational Excellence

ENID, Okla. – The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center Leadership Institute announced it is now accepting applications for the 2011 Academy for Educational Excellence, led by renowned scholar Dr. J. Rufus Fears, a three-time OU Professor of the Year and the Heritage Center’s Scholar in Residence.

The Academy offers graduate level course hours and consists of lectures, lessons on Oklahoma’s leadership role models, and excursions to places of regional significance. Throughout the seminar, participants learn to integrate lessons of leadership into their own curriculum.

The Leadership Institute will award 20 scholarships, valued at $500 per participant, to outstanding eligible candidates to cover the costs of tuition, fees and course materials. Each scholarship winner will also receive a $250 stipend for the week.

Scholarships are open to current educators in a K-12 system, graduate education students and persons who have completed a bachelor’s degree in education within the past 18 months and are seeking a first time teaching position. Priority will be given to first-time attendees and to Oklahoma residents.

“Dr. Fears puts you into the middle of the battles and strategies of the leaders who molded our country,” said Susan Avants, former teacher with Enid Public Schools. “What you learn here can motivate your students into life learners.”

Applications for the 2011 Academy are due by 4 p.m. on May 9, 2011. The four day seminar will take place in Enid, OK from May 31 to June 3, 2011.

For more information, or to obtain application materials, please contact Andi Holland at aholland@okhistory.org or (580) 237-1907.

About the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center

The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center is an institutional leader which presents the region’s rich heritage through discovery, learning and inspiring leadership; celebrates and commemorates the spirit of the Cherokee Strip Pioneers and relates that spirit to the present and the future; serves other heritage organizations with the common goal of better understanding the history and culture of the Cherokee Strip; and collects, preserves and presents the history of northwest Oklahoma with emphasis on explaining why history matters. For more information, go towww.csrhc.orgor call (580) 237-1907.

Updated 10-07-2010

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