Kelly Arrington's Monthly E-Mailing

December 2009 


Congratulations to the following for their outstanding achievements:
-Bea Paul won the National Career and Technology Education Outstanding Educator of the Year.  Bea competed against the best of the best at the National ACTE convention in Nashville and walked away the big winner.   Bea is the job developer at Autry Technology Center.   
-Jil Gaylor, counselor at Tulsa Tech and Wendy Perry, counselor at Moore Norman received their National Board Certification for Counselors this November.  This is a long and arduous process that calls upon demonstrating your knowledge and ability in the many facets involved in counseling. 
-Oklahoma ACTE Guidance Division won the 2009 Membership Award. The award was presented to Oklahoma for achieving a 19% increase in membership this year and having the largest Guidance and Career Development membership of any of the states!
What a way to cap off the year! 

Oklahoma Association of Minorities in Career and Technology Education (OAMCTE)     


The essay theme is "Why I Chose Career and Technology Education as Part of My Career Pathway." Eligible students must meet all three of the following criteria:
1. Currently enrolled and attending a Career and Technology Education class or program.
2. A high school junior or senior.
3. A member of a minority race.
The deadline to apply is Friday, January 15, 2010.  Download the application here

CareerTech Testing Blog

We have a OKCIS blog, a Tech Prep blog, a Hot Jobs blog and a College Readiness blog.  Let me introduce you to CareerTech's Testing Blog.  I forwarded a testing blog to you so you can see the kind of information that is shared with the people on their listserve. I would encourage you to sign up as it provides good information on testing as well as other information.

Go to:  if you would like to sign up for the testing blog.
See sample post below.

The Latest Ways that Kids Cheat on Exams

Posted: 11 Dec 2009 08:58 AM PST

Does your text plan for your mobile device never seem big enough, especially if you have teenage kids? Whether you call them cell phones, mobile devices, smart phones, could 25% of all students be using these devices to cheat?

Lynn O'Shaughnessy on CBS, reports on "The Latest Way that Kids Cheat on Exams." According to the article, "If a student cheats on an exam by texting is it really cheating? Not apparently for millions of teenagers, who typically send and receive 2,272 text messages a month. The cell phone for many students is just as important on test day as a No. 2 pencil and a good night’s sleep.

In a survey conducted by Common Sense Media, one out of three students in grades seven through 12 admit that they have used their cell phones to cheat on tests. What’s more, 65% of all the students surveyed say other kids in their schools are using their cell phones to cheat.

 Here’s how kids who admit to digital cheating pull it off:
  1. They check notes on their phone during exams. (26%).
  2. They text friends for tests answers. (25%).
  3. They hunt for answers on the Internet during tests. (20%).
And isn’t this thoughtful? More than half the cheaters say they text or use their cell phones to call friends to warn them of pop quizzes. Only 16% of students think alerting classmates about a quiz is cheating and only half of students believe that using their cell phone to cheat during tests is a serious offense.

Cell phone cheating prompted the nonprofit Common Sense Media to suggest that schools and parents need to start searching for solutions to this ethical disconnect:
“The results of this poll show the huge need for a national discussion on the concept of digital ethics. Kids have always found ways to cheat in school, but the tools they now have at their disposal are more powerful than ever. Just as they need to be taught the rules of right and wrong in the offline world, kids should have a similar set of guidelines for good online behavior…”

 In the meantime, if phones continue growing smarter, students may some day not have to think at all."

Are you planning on confiscating cell phones now??? J.T.

Website Resource

Are you planning FAFSA workshops for your students and their parents?  The Oklahoma Guaranteed Student Loan Program (OGSLP) knows that talking to parents and students about the FAFSA can be a challenge.  The OGSLPs UCanGo2 program offers free materials specifically designed to simplify your FAFSA education efforts. 
"FAFSA Fundamentals" covers the basics of the financial aid application process and includes a PowerPoint presentation with imbedded speaker notes and a handy Presenters Guide.  These materials provide an overview and essential understanding of the purpose and process of completing and submitting the FAFSA. 

Counselors can download "FAFSA Fundamentals" at
When this page opens, scroll down to "How Financial Aid Works."
Many other materials are available on the OGSLP Web site.  For more information, contact:
Angela O. Caddell, Director for Communications, Financial Education, and Outreach
Oklahoma Guaranteed Student Loan Program  
405-234-4495 (direct)
800-522-8506 (TDD/TRS)
800-970-OKMM (toll-free) 

Regents Mailing

Back in November the Regents mailed out brochures to 8th-12th grade students and their counselors about going to college. Counselors also received a guide to colleges/universities.  Each publication does mention the cooperative alliances.  The publications are on their website and if you have not seen them yet, you can view them at:
Do You Have a Stimulus Plan for College? Oklahoma's Official Guide to Preparing For College
8- 10th graders:
11-12th graders:
The Official Guide to Oklahoma's Colleges and Universities
(Source: Jeremy Zweiacker)  

Videoconferences you may be interested in:

Safe and Health Schools Title IV Videoconferences are listed below.  Call the site to register for one or all as they are free and provide good information/resources for you.  Call Gayle (see below) if you have particular questions.  The trainers are experts in their field and welcome your questions and comments.   
GANG AWARENESS, PREVENTION, AND INTERVENTION Tuesday, January 12, 2010 1:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m.  
QUESTION, PERSUADE, REFER: Suicide Prevention Training Tuesday, February 9, 2010 1:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m.  
CYBER SAFETY: Protecting Youth Online Tuesday, March 2, 2010 1:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m.  
EFFECTS OF PARENTAL DEPLOYMENT AND TRAUMA ON CHILDREN Thursday, April 8, 2010 1:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m.  
Videoconference Sites
Ardmore Ext. (580) 221-3001 132 Bartlesville: (918) 335-2931 Guymon Ext: (580) 338-4340 239 Lawton: (580) 585-4651 McAlester: (918) 423-8181
Norman: (405) 573-3591 Oklahoma City: (405) 522-5110 Stillwater: (405) 533-6357 Tulsa: (918) 746-6262 Woodward: (580) 571-6269  
Gayle R. Jones Director, Title IV Safe and Drug-Free Schools Oklahoma State Department of Education (405) 521-2107 

Other workshops you may be interested in:

The 3rd Annual  Mental Health Prevention and Substance Abuse Conference
Dates and location are as follows: January 27-29, 2010 Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center of Norman, OK, Presented by Okla. Dept. of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
Contact: Candice Sparks
Human Resources Development
OK State Dept. of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services
Ph: 405-522-0095


March 2, 2010-Counselors Conference at South Penn Campus at Moore Norman Technology Center

Kelly Arrington
Guidance Coordinator
Oklahoma Department of CareerTech
1500 West 7th Avenue
Stillwater, OK  74074-4364