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I Speak R4T/Online Training

I Speak R is for Thursday (R4T) / Online Training

The R is for Thursday (R4T) online training provides foundational information about working with Oklahoma college-bound foster youth/alumni and foster alumni currently in college. It was made possible through Oklahoma professionals who provided their time and expertise, as well as the sponsorship of the OSU Institute for Teaching and Learning Excellence (ITLE).

Oklahoma higher education professionals may earn an I Speak R is for Thursday badge and be designated in the R4T Network Directory as an I Speak R4T Advocate. I Speak R4T Advocates are Oklahoma educators who have completed training and are actively supporting R4T students who are college bound or in college. The I Speak badge provides a visual cue to students that this educator is attuned to the journeys of foster youth/alumni and can help. We hope to “paper” Oklahoma’s higher education system with I Speak badges!

The R4T Network Directory will be continuously updated to reflect those individuals who successfully complete training and remain active. If an R4T student is at a campus or planning to attend a campus that does not have an I Speak R4T Advocate listed, a member of the R4T Leadership Team will work with the student and campus until an I Speak R4T Advocate is in place. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact us at: risforthursday@okstate.edu

Training tracks are available for Oklahoma higher education professionals, higher-education affiliated individuals, supportive adults/community partners, and foster youth (18 and older)/alumni/graduates. Please be aware that training information is specific to Oklahoma.

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Level 1: R4T basic training

This training is designed to provide basic information for Oklahoma higher education professionals of all types (i.e., administrators, faculty, staff, adjuncts, TAs, GRAs, part-time employees, etc.) and other supportive adults to support foster alumni who are college-bound and/or at Oklahoma college campuses.

Cost is $40 per individual and includes access to Level 1 training, Level 1 training updates, and regional/statewide meetings and trainings.

Volume pricing is available to Oklahoma-based higher education institutions paying for groups of employees. All volume pricing must be arranged through emailing risforthursday@okstate.edu.

Volume pricing - Level 1
Number of People
1-5                                                    $40
6-10                                                  $36
11+                                                   $30

Level 2: R4T higher education professionals’ training

Prerequisite: Level 1 training. Oklahoma higher education professionals may enroll in both Levels 1 and 2 at the same time; access to Level 2 training will be provided upon completion of Level 1.

This training is designed to provide additional depth of information on serving/supporting foster alumni college students for fulltime higher education professionals (i.e., administrators, financial aid staff, admissions/recruitment, student conduct offices, orientation, etc.) employed at Oklahoma college campuses. Additional information is related to financial aid, establishing emergency money with foundation and advancement staffs, and similar topics. This level is not appropriate for part-time student/employees, including adjunct faculty, TAs, etc.

Cost is $10 per individual and includes access to Level 2 training, Level 2 training updates, and regional/statewide meetings and trainings. This level will also have access as we build a repository of information on other hidden college student populations.

Volume pricing is available to Oklahoma-based higher education institutions. All volume pricing must be arranged through emailing risforthursday@okstate.edu.

Volume pricing - Level 2
Number of People
1-5                                                    $10
6-10                                                  $8
11+                                                   $5

Level 3: R4T Training

Level 3 is expected to be available beginning fall 2020 and will be delivered through a 12-hour comprehensive graduate-level, scholar-practitioner certificate program on foster alumni and other hidden college student populations. More information will be released as it is available.

R4T Students who were in Foster Care (Foster Alumni)

This training is for former foster youth or adult (age 18) youth still in care who are planning to attend, currently attending, or graduated from an Oklahoma college or university.

Cost of this training track is FREE for foster alumni

As R is for Thursday continues to work toward supporting hidden college student populations, in addition to foster alumni, additional information and access will be made available.

Paying for Training

Individuals may pay for training using a credit card. Higher education institutions paying for groups of employees (i.e. using volume pricing) may use purchase orders or credit cards. Access to the training site will continue after completion until the end of the fiscal year (June 30).