Teacher Overview

Anyone can teach the STARS program. However, for Oklahoma teachers there are opportunities to receive a stipend for implementation of the STARS program.

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Eligible Teacher Categories

The different categories of Oklahoma teachers that can be eligible for stipend:

1. Existing STARS certified teachers

Teachers who have attended a STARS workshop prior to the Spring of 2019, are eligible to receive a stipend at the end of each teaching period for teaching the program in their classrooms and meeting the stipend requirements. The two teaching periods shall span April 16-December 15 and December 16-April 15.

2. Oklahoma teachers who attend a STARS workshop and pass a certification quiz

Teachers who attend a STARS workshop for the first time and pass the certification quiz will be eligible to receive a stipend at the end of each teaching period for teaching the STARS program in their classrooms and meeting the stipend requirements. The two teaching periods shall span April 16-December 15 and December 16-April 15.

3. Oklahoma teachers who complete the STARS online teacher track and pass a certification quiz

Teachers who sign-up and complete the STARS online training and pass the certification quiz, will be eligible to receive a stipend at the end of each teaching period for teaching the STARS program in their classroom and meeting the stipend requirements. The two teaching periods shall span April 16-December 15 and December 16-April 15.

4. All other teachers

All other teachers will have access to the STARS materials and are encouraged to use those educational resources as they see fit. However, these teachers will not be eligible for a stipend.

Stipend Eligibility

The Department awards a $200 stipend to all Oklahoma STARS certified high school teachers who fully implement the STARS program during a teaching period. Teachers are eligible to receive a maximum of 2 stipends per school year. The requirements to receive the stipend are:

  1. Be an Eligible STARS teacher in accordance with categories 1, 2, or 3 above;
  2. Sign up to participate in the STARS program at the beginning of the STARS teaching period;
  3. Incorporate the STARS curriculum during a STARS teaching period, including the stock portfolio analysis, as part of your classroom instruction;
  4. Have students track their stock portfolios for a period of at least 3 weeks;
  5. Have a minimum of 3 participating high school students; and
  6. Provide students with the opportunity to participate in the STARS report contest by writing a STARS report using the Report Requirements.