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Kelly's August 2012 Email

Archived copy of Kelly's Email for the month of August 2012

Happy August! With the start of the new school year, here is the start of the monthly emails.  You are on this list due to your job duties or you have requested to be on the list.  You can "un-subscribe" at any time -  just let me know.  Otherwise, on with the show!

Summer Conference (SC): We have several of SC Presentations now online.    The link to see the presentations is:http://www.okcareertech.org/educators/career-and-academic-connections/bulletin-board and click on 2012 Summer Conference Information “stickie.”   We have compiled the evaluations and they were very positive.  Thank you for your input as we always use the evaluations to help us with the next summer conference.

Student Services Endorsement Program
Please consider applying for the Student Services Endorsement (SSE) Program.   The Student Services Endorsement Program is designed to rapidly improve upon the existing foundation of skills for those practicing in technology centers in the student services area. You will hear from content experts in all student services areas, visit other technology centers, and meet great people with whom you can build a strong network of friends to contact for information.  It is designed for those who have been in the system 3 years or less but veteran members can also benefit.  The application can be found at: http://www.okcareertech.org/educators/career-and-academic-connections/bulletin-board and click on the SSE “stickie.”

A-F Implementation (attachment)
As you know, your partner schools have gone to a new A-F grading system with different points for different elements.  They are graded on Student Achievement, Student Growth and Whole School Performance.  Whole School Performance is where schools can earn points for CTE involvement. Tommi Leach has developed a one page flyer that outlines the specifics of whole school performance points that I think you will find useful.  It is attached.  More specific information can be found on the SDE website at: http://ok.gov/sde/f-grading-system

CRC Update (attachment)
There are many changes in CRC.   Please read the attachment to familiarize yourself with those changes.  Briefly, we will be moving to add the National Registrar number to our CRC, there will be a cost for CRC wallet cards if the site chooses to distribute those, and assessment sites licensed with ODCTE will be receiving a MOU for CRC recommendations and guidelines.  As always, please contact us if you have questions.

CareerTech Initiatives provides highlights of current system initiatives and partnership activities. The CareerTech Initiative document with updates is now available on the website at this link https://www.okcareertech.org/about/initiatives

OCAS Codes-Just a reminder: You can find OCAS codes for CTE classes on our website at: www.okcareertech.org/educators/ocas-codes



FYI-Following is information on upcoming workshops you may be interested in attending and "save the date" information.    

GuidanceFest 2012

Get your tie-dye shirts, your fringed vest and bell bottoms and join us for GuidanceFest 2012.  Topics covered will include: Programs of Study, A-F implementation and transcripting; SDE legislative update and Social Media for Counselors.

2012 Dates and locations

  • October 23 - Wes Watkins Technology Center, Wetumka
  • October 30 - Central Technology Center, Sapulpa
  • November 1 - Francis Tuttle Technology Center - Reno Campus
  • November 7 - Great Plains Technology Center, Lawton
  • November 9 - Northwest Technology Center, Fairview

Link to register is:  guidancefest">http://www.okcareertech.org/about/initiatives/guidancefest?searchterm=guidancefest

CTEEC Conference

The National CTEEC Conference is on SEPTEMBER 13th AND 14th, 2012 at the beautiful Southern Hills Marriott in Tulsa, OK!  Topics include:

-Equity and Diversity            
-Domestic Violence
-Serving At-Risk Students
-STEM Pathways
-Leadership/Social Policy Awareness
-Ethics/Professional Boundaries
-Mental Health/Substance Abuse
-Improving the Status of Women and Girls
For more information and to register go to: www.cteec.org and click on "conference"

CEUs Available - A 3-hour Ethics session for LPCs will be held on Thursday morning!

Save the Date Oct. 17 WorkKeys/CR101 Users' Conference (Moore/Norman South Penn) No more ice fog, snow or ice storms on conference day! Your evaluations told us and we listened. We have moved the annual WorkKeys/CR101 Users’ Conference from February to October.  Details will follow at a later date.

SAVE the Date - March 4, 2013 Counselors Only Conference at Meridian Convention Center in  Oklahoma City.

CTE Summer Conference - August 1-2, 2013 in Oklahoma City

Oklahoma School Counselor Association Fall Conference
Pre-Conference: Ethics and Supervision, November 15, 2012, 12:30-4:00 (3 CEUs-Ethics/Supervision- available)   Registration:  12:30-1:00
November 16, 2012, 7:30-4:30 (6 CEUs available)    
Registration and Exhibits, 7:30-8:00
MNTC, South Penn Campus, Oklahoma City, OK (Both days will be at this site.)
Dr. Carolyn Stone, nationally recognized expert in the area of school counselor accountability, will be the keynote speaker for OSCA’s first fall conference. Dr. Stone will demonstrate an easy approach to implementing an accountable school counseling program and how to report data to show how counselors effectively impact student success.
[At this point, this information is not on their website.  If you would like to see the information and registration sheet – reply back to me (Kelly)  and I will forward that to you.]
Source: SDE Counselors Listserve

EPAS Workshops

Every year, the Regents (EPAS staff) provide professional development to counselors and other educators over college preparation, ACT, PLAN and EXPLORE.  To see dates for their Fall EPAS workshops and Counselor Retreats and get more information, go to:

College Board Counselor Workshops
In the fall, College Board will be hosting workshops to help counselors prepare their students for college with the latest program developments, tools and resources. This will be an opportunity to network with colleagues, share best practices and more. You can register now — it’s easy and free. There are three workshops in Oklahoma, as well as some workshops in Texas that might be convenient for OK educators (Amarillo, Wichita Falls, Sherman).

In the Fall Counselor Workshops, counselors will

  • Receive a premier copy of our comprehensive resource guide
  • Learn about the National Survey of School Counselors results
  • Learn about Big Future™, a free, comprehensive college planning website for students
  • Learn about new SAT® security enhancements
  • And a lot more

These workshops are free.  In Oklahoma, they will be at:

-Chickasha Tuesday, Sep 18, 2012 University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma

-Oklahoma City Wednesday, Sep 12, 2012 Oklahoma City University

-Tulsa Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012 University of Tulsa

To register go to http://counselorworkshops.collegeboard.org/ This links shows all locations as well.

If you have questions on the College Board Fall Counselor Workshops, please contact:

Jill Schott, Senior Educational Manager, K-12 Services, The College Board
512-541-8963 (phone)

Source: SDE Counselors Listserve

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