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Director's Weekly Memo 2015-3-2

Open house to showcase digital progress; accreditation training completed; CareerTech making a difference; assessment opportunities being planned; NACTEI Annual Conference information; useful links and my schedule for the week.
Director's Weekly Memo 2015-3-2

CVTech LPN instructor Misti Heston shows nursing student Megan Gable how to administer injections.

If you want to go fast, go alone.
If you want to go far, go together.” African Proverb

Open house to showcase digital progress


The agency is excited to showcase progress on several important digital initiatives at our

Digital Open House
Tuesday, March 31

9 a.m. – noon
ODCTE Printing Plant
1201 N. Western

Several new tools will be unveiled and demonstrations of new equipment and software will be provided:

  • Demonstrations of ctYOU and ctYOUniverse – our digital content delivery systems
  • Demonstrations of the new career development system
  • Demonstrations of new digital presses with customized printing capabilities
  • Overview of online assessment system and new study guides
  • Overview of new online catalog and ordering system
  • Overview of agency branding site and initiative
  • Tours of warehouse with central storage integration

Please join us for this come-and-go event -- and refreshments, of course!

Accreditation training completed

Accreditation training wrapped up Feb. 25. More than 245 people received training on the quality indicators used for the pilot accreditation process. Twenty-six technology centers participated in the training as well as multiple ODCTE staff members. A special thank you to the 10 people in the Performance Improvement and Innovation Team for organizing and facilitating the 26 training sessions. The PIIT Crew has also dedicated time to work individually with schools piloting the accreditation process and meeting the quality indicators for accreditation as established by the State Board of Career and Technology Education.

CareerTech making a difference

Check out the four feature stories at highlighting health care professions, IT programs, business and industry partners and automotive training at Canadian Valley Technology Center. The Oklahoman also highlighted Guthrie FFA, one of the largest FFA chapters in Oklahoma, in a story that tells how members learn agricultural skills, but also learn life and career skills. FFA is one of seven CareerTech student organizations.

Assessment opportunities being planned

Since June, 48 instructors from a variety of CTE programs have attended item-writing workshops sponsored by the Testing Division. Attendees felt the training was useful, increased their knowledge of and comfort with the test development process and provided information and tools to improve the quality of classroom assessments. They asked that we continue this effort by convening instructors to write, review and validate test items. It would provide a worthwhile activity to meet professional development requirements while improving our agency’s competency assessments. We are identifying dates for these sessions. We’re also scheduling spring/summer test reviews for the 2015-16 academic year. Instructors interested in participating in either or both of these activities can contact Caitlin Ellis at 405-743-5196 or .

NACTEI Annual Conference information

The annual National Association of Career and Technical Education Information conference is approaching, and we invite you to come with us to beautiful San Antonio, Texas, in May for the 35th annual conference.
The conference will include a variety of general sessions, concurrent breakout workshops, Perkins 101 sessions tailored for people new to Perkins and a focus on data and accountability compliance and improvement, along with presentations from ACTE and NASDCTEc about the state of CTE and Perkins reauthorization. Staff members from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education will attend.

Register now for NACTEI 2015.

Useful links

Oklahoma Horizon Schedule
For daily news about Oklahoma’s CareerTech System, follow us on Twitter at @okcareertech and find us on Facebook at OKCareerTech.
State Agency Assistance at a Glance

Schedule for the week 3-2

This schedule is subject to change without notice:

Senior leadership
Professional development meeting

T&I Day at the Capitol
Conference call
Oklahoma Works partners meeting
Oklahoma Works team meeting
Southwest regional meeting

Legislative meetings
STEM Day at the Capitol

Tulsa Tech Destinations
NTHS @ Yukon

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act meeting

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