Director's Weekly Memo 2015-7-20
Oklahoma FFA students attend leadership activities
WLC in Washington, D.C., drew 180 FFA members. This year they went two different weeks, June 1-8 and June 14-22.
The agriculture division of the Oklahoma Department of CareerTech received a letter this past week from an individual in North Carolina who came in contact with Oklahoma students while in Washington. “While at the U.S. Capitol we couldn’t help but notice so many FFA members, and while standing in line we chatted with several from Oklahoma. What a fine group of young people, and as a long ago farm girl from Washington state with a father and brother who were FFA members, my heart swelled with pride at this new crop,” she wrote. Oklahoma students represented the FFA and CareerTech very well.
FFA Alumni Camp was also a success again this year, with 1,627 campers (994 female and 663 male) and 300 of Oklahoma’s 355 chapters. The camp drew 850 first-time campers.
Many thanks to the great staff and volunteers that help to make these leadership activities possible for students.
Skills Centers tours continue
I continued my tours of Skills Centers sites last week with visits to Eddie Warrior and Jess Dunn Skills Centers in Taft. Students at Eddie Warrior Skills Center programs have the opportunity to learn transportation, distribution, logistics and manufacturing and business and information technology. At Jess Dunn Skills Center, students are enrolled in a variety of construction trades: plumbing, HVAC and carpentry.
CareerTech instructors provide a specific focus on life skills, KeyTrain/WorkKeys, employability skills and technical skills for specific occupational areas. Their goal is to have students graduate and successfully obtain employment in their fields of study. The graduates receive help finding employment and meeting transitional needs.
Skills Centers programs are more examples of CareerTech’s impact on workforce development. We are pleased to partner with the Department of Corrections to provide education and training.
CSI Workshop early registration deadline approaching
The early bird registration deadline for the Continuous School Improvement Workshop is July 24.
The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education will host the second annual CSI Workshop Aug. 5, the day after Summer Conference, at the Tulsa Cox Convention Center. The workshop will focus on the importance of continuous school improvement and the culture shift necessary to support continuous school improvement.
Bill Daggett, founder and chairman of the International Center for Leadership in Education, will be the keynote speaker. Participants will also have the opportunity to exchange CSI best practices and develop and strengthen networks for continuous school improvement.
The CSI workshop has a separate registration from Summer Conference with a fee of $65 per person. Individuals may register themselves, or schools may secure multiple tickets at one time. There will be no on-site registration. If you want to register now and pay later (using a PO for example), under “Registration,” click “show other payment options” and then choose “pay offline” and follow the prompts.
All CareerTech Summer Conference-designated hotels will honor the conference rate for the CSI conference as well. Workshop attendees needing lodging will simply need to extend their reservation by one day.
The workshop will feature three rounds of concurrent sessions. You can see the agenda and concurrent session descriptions at http://www.okcareertech.org/summer-conference/continuous-school-improvement-workshop. Direct questions to Stephanie Simon or LaMecia Stidham.
Standards available for review
Drafts of new standards in English language arts and math have been posted at http://ok.gov/sde/newstandards.
The new standards were mandated last year by House Bill 3399. The measure tasked the Oklahoma State Department of Education — in collaboration with the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, the State Board of Career and Technology Education and the Oklahoma Department of Commerce — with developing ELA and math standards for implementation by the 2016-17 school year.
Posted with the current versions of the standards are online surveys. Your input is critical to this process as we work to develop academic standards for Oklahoma students.
Oklahoma CareerTech Foundation golf tourney set
• Aug. 2, LaFortune Park Golf Course, 5501 S. Yale, Tulsa.
• Four-person scramble; shotgun start at 8 a.m.
• Foundation provides teacher recruitment and retention scholarships.
• Cost: $90 per player, includes lunch, green fee, cart and two mulligans.
• Handicap: 50 required minimum per team; 25 max per player.
• Prizes: first place/flight, second place team/flight, hole in one, longest drive; flighted based on team participation; $5 per player split the pot (closest to the pin) contest.
• Sponsorships: $1,000 gold, four players; $600 silver, two players; $300 bronze.
• Information and registration: http://www.okcareertech.org/about/foundation/golf-tournament-2015/2015GolfFlyerfillable.pdf.
Schedule for the week 7-20:
This schedule is subject to change without notice:
Assessment feedback report
STEM summit planning
Skills Centers tour
Business partner meeting
Core partners meeting
Success is not accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all love of what you are doing.” – Pele