CHEYENNE, Oklahoma: Last summer, Washita Battlefield National Historic Site selected three Cheyenne Elementary School teachers to serve as Teacher Ranger Teachers (TRTs) at the park. The National Park Service’s Teacher Ranger Teacher Program provides an extended professional development opportunity for educators from K-12 schools to learn about the resources and educational materials available through the National Park Service. TRTs spend between four and six weeks in a National Park Service unit developing a major educational project, gain three graduate credit hours through an online course from Colorado University Denver, and after successful completion of the program receive a stipend of approximately $3,000.

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