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Learn more about GE CONNECT……..


  • Extend GE training beyond the GE Summer Institute experience
  • Stay in touch with your peers, GE Instructors, and GE Instructional Coaches
  • Continue your professional development using an easy online format

What are the Features of GE CONNECT?

GE CONNECT provides...

  • Monthly WEB EVENTS
  • Monthly Instructional Coach Q&A session
  • Master Classes created by GE Instructional Coaches
  • Exclusive Online Collaboration with peers, GE  Instructors and GE Instructional Coaches
  • Access to all past archived Web Events  
  • Support the continuing non-profit mission of Great Expectations

 GE CONNECT WEB EVENTS for 2017-2018

(All WEB EVENTS will be held at 3:30 PM)


August 10, 2017
Topic:  The First 8 Days of School the GE Way
Presenter:  Donna Richey, GE Instructor

Donna Richey began her education career in 1996. She holds a Masters Degree in Education, Curriculum and Instruction from OCU and is a National Board Certified Teacher with 3 years serving as an OEQA Regional Coordinator. Donna has been a GE Instructor for 13 years. When not educating various ages, she enjoys spending a healthy, active lifestyle with her husband Scott and three daughters, running, diving, hiking, swimming or reading together! 

September 14, 2017
Topic: Building a Positive Community of Learners
Presenter: Jana Oder, GE Instructor

Jana Oder is beginning her 21st year in education with 19 of those years being an instructor for Great Expectations.  She spent the first 14 years in public education teaching K-1st grade and then became the director of Grand Central Kids Preschool where she is currently in the 7th year of her DREAM JOB!  She and her husband spend their spare time running their 3 children to their various events, assisting in the Collinsville School District, and being actively involved in their church.

October 12, 2017
Topic: L is for Literacy
Presenter: Dr. Amanda Wilson, GE Instructor

Dr. Amanda Wilson has always loved education and knew she wanted to be a teacher from a very early age. With expertise in early childhood and literacy, Dr. Wilson has taught students spanning from the first grade to the undergraduate classroom and fellow educators. Currently, Dr. Wilson teaches for Oral Roberts University as the Assistant Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education.

November 9, 2017
Topic: Innovative Approaches to Teaching Mathematics
Presenter: Diana Saylak, GE Instructor

Diana Saylak began her career in elementary education in 2004 and has served as an educator, team leader, math instructional coach, professional learning facilitator, and curriculum writer. She currently works in Coppell ISD as the district Elementary Math Instructional Coach and attends Dallas Baptist University where she will complete her doctoral degree in May. She looks forward to completing her dissertation so that she can spend more time in her backyard and playing with her niece, Laynie.

December 7, 2017
Topic: Three Technology Tips that will Revolutionize your Classroom
Presenter: Alyssa Henley, GE Instructor

Alyssa Henley has taught for 11 years. She has her masters in Educational Leadership and currently serves Lawton Public Schools as a Gifted and Talented Facilitator and Education Services Facilitator. Alyssa has been awarded the OETT K20 SKIE Award for technology excellence in the classroom. She is a football coach's wife and has 2 sons.

January 11, 2018
Topic: 21st Century Skills for Today’s Learners
Presenter: Roy Bartnick, GE Instructor

Roy Bartnick has taught for eleven years. He has an MBA, and an Ed.S. in Educational Administrative Leadership, and is currently finishing his PhD in Educational Administration. He was the Oklahoma State Teacher of the Year Rising Star, the Teacher Under the Sea, and a Teacher for Global Classrooms in Senegal Africa.  He and his wife greatly enjoy scuba diving and traveling the world together.

February 15, 2018
Rigor: Making it Work for You
Presenter: Chelsea Blackburn, GE Instructor

Chelsea Blackburn has taught in Edmond Public Schools for 10 years. Her classroom experience includes working with students in 3rd and 4th grade, and she currently is a 6th grade math teacher.  She holds a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership, and was a district finalist for Teacher of the Year in 2015.  A quote that speaks to Chelsea's teaching philosophy is "They may not remember what you teach them, but they will never forget the way you made them feel."  Chelsea lives with her husband and four legged children in Edmond.

March 14, 2018
Topic: Student Engagement Impacting Students’ Future
Presenter: Dr. Jenniffer Callaway, GE Instructor

Jenniffer Callaway, a career educator, has worked with Great Expectations for 15 years. Jenniffer is a  Nationally Board Certified teacher whose career spans teaching students ages 4 - 75 in grades preK - higher education. Jenniffer’s contributions to the field of education include creating award winning curriculum, designing lessons promoting Action Based Learning and helping students who had previously struggled in school succeed academically and complete their goal to graduate high school and attend college.   

April 12, 2018
Topic: Are you including support personnel in your school’s GE Journey?
Presenter: Betty Sheofee

Betty Sheofee’s 30 years of teaching earned her much recognition and many awards.  She holds a Master’s of Education Degree as well as many specialized certifications.  Serving as a Great Expectations Instructional Coach for many years, she is now in the role of GE Consultant.  She has created a curriculum to guide schools to include support personnel in developing a GE “Culture of Respect.”  Betty and her husband, Bill, live in Broken Arrow, OK.  She and Bill enjoy attending the many activities of their three grandchildren.

May 11, 2018
Topic: Effective Use of Music in your Classroom
Presenter: Scott Goodrich

Scott, his wife, and son live and work in Edmond. He has spent the past six years as an elementary music teacher and recently moved into school administration. He believes that he was designed to be an educator and to ignite a passion for lifelong learning in each student by creating a positive, brain friendly, student focused environment. With a year filled of new experiences he is often reminded of a quote from Rear Admiral Grace Hopper who said, “A ship in port is safe, but that’s not what it’s built for.”

June 14, 2018
Presenter: TBA

July 19, 2018
Presenter: TBA

August 2, 2018
Presenter: TBA

September 13, 2018
Presenter: TBA

October 11, 2018
Presenter: TBA

November 8, 2018
Presenter: TBA

December 6, 2018
Presenter: TBA


Three GE Master Classes will be presented during the 2017 – 2018 school year. You will be provided with the URL to view each Master Class. It takes approximately one hour to view the videos, text, and interface with the self-assessments and the discussion board. Participants are then provided with the opportunity to post comments, pictures and videos to share with colleagues. This learning community will continue to provide you with a wide array of innovative and thought provoking ideas. The first Master Class is entitled “The Power of Student Engagement.”


Upon completing your GE CONNECT subscription through PayPal, you will receive an invitation to join a private GE community on Facebook. This will allow you to collaborate daily with GE colleagues, GE Instructors and GE Instructional Coaches.


(All Q & A Sessions with GE Instructional Coaches will be a 3:30 PM)

September 12, 2017
Instructional Coach: ReGina Faquhar

October 3, 2017
Instructional Coach: Kita Asbill

November 7, 2017
Instructional Coach: Betty Flurry

December 5, 2017
Instructional Coach: Donna Bagwell

January 9, 2018
Instructional Coach: Rick Pierce

March 6, 2018
Instructional Coach: Toni Shamley

April 3, 2018
Instructional Coach: Betty Flurry

May 8, 2018
Instructional Coach: ReGina Faquhar

Use the WEB CONFERENCE format to talk with a GE Instructional Coach and ask questions about GE implementation. Even if you do not have questions, you can join to learn from your peers’ questions regarding implementation of the GE 17 Classroom Practices.

Access to all Archived WEB EVENTS and MASTER CLASSES. 

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