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OCU Student Named DaVinci Scholar

Oklahoma City University student Katie Alsup was named a 2013 DaVinci/Martin Scholar. Alsup will receive an award during the DaVinci Institute’s banquet March 29 at the Oklahoma History Center.

The DaVinci Institute is an organization of leaders in higher education who are committed to nurturing the arts, sciences, humanities and education in Oklahoma. Its scholars program began in 2003.

Alsup, an education and history/political science major, will receive $1,000 for her first year of teaching in Oklahoma.

DaVinci Scholars are chosen based on their willingness to advance their teaching careers in Oklahoma. According to the organization’s criteria, the recipients practice interdisciplinary instructional methods in the classroom, recognize and support the value of multiple intelligences, individual learning styles, and foster creativity and critical thought in students.

Alsup will complete her student teaching session this semester and will begin teaching secondary social studies in the fall. She will graduate in May from the OCU Honors Program.

As a teacher candidate, Alsup pursued her interest in using active learning strategies with secondary students. She has already developed plans to include centers and community-based projects in her future teaching. Last fall she worked with colleagues in history and art education to teach during the intercession at Taft Middle School.

For her DaVinci Scholar consideration, she wrote a five-page proposal for a curriculum project that demonstrated creativity, service learning and community connections. The project was for middle school students and was titled “Location, Location, Location: Mesopotamia’s Contribution to Geography, Agriculture and Society.”