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Director's Weekly Memo 2015-9-21

Disability ACES Workshop planned at Oklahoma CareerTech; Adult Basic Education resources outlined; feedback sought for third draft of the Oklahoma Academic Standards; get your CareerTech Hall of Fame tickets before they sell out; manufacturing, construction to be honored in October; military hiring event is Friday; useful links and my schedule for the week.

Disability ACES Workshop planned at Oklahoma CareerTech

Teachers who have students with disabilities in their classes or students who are struggling with coursework or reading and/or writing below grade level may want to attend the Disability ACES Workshop in October at the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education in Stillwater.

The workshop will present information about characteristics, behaviors and social skills of individuals diagnosed with specific learning disability, autism, attention deficit disorder/attention deficit hyperactive, emotional behavior disorder, traumatic brain injury and visual or hearing impairment.

Strand I will be Oct. 5, and Strand II will be Oct. 6. For more information, go to

Adult Basic Education resources outlined

CIMC, with input from Joe Ely, compiled a list of resources for adult basic education and highlighted these resources on a new Web page.

The resources profiled include products developed by CIMC as well as free resources from other organizations. They include Career Focus magazines, a pocket resume, employment skills and adult learning resources, and a career pathways catalog of toolkits.

The Web page provides free samples to download as well as a PDF order form.

Although the resources were compiled for adult basic education, they have merit for meeting all students’ needs in transitioning to their careers. Presentations at a recent conference in Washington, D.C., focused on similar resources.

The new ABE Resources Web page is featured as a tab at and at


Feedback sought for third draft of the Oklahoma Academic Standards

We invite all stakeholders to review and provide comments on the third draft of the Oklahoma Academic Standards in English/language arts and mathematics. The OSDE website has a Standards Feedback Toolkit that includes the Third Draft of the Oklahoma Academic Standards; a feedback form is included and can be completed and submitted online to

The standards are available with vertical progressions and grade by grade. In addition, an overview PowerPoint is available for each content area.

A videoconference for the ELA standards will be from 1-3 p.m. Sept. 22, and a videoconference for the mathematics standards will be from 1-3 p.m. Sept. 24.

Comments are due by Oct. 16. The writing teams will be reviewing all comments along the way as they write the fourth draft of the standards. These standards are for Oklahomans written by Oklahomans.

Get your CareerTech Hall of Fame tickets before they sell out

Five extremely deserving former CareerTech educators will be inducted into the CareerTech Hall of Fame Oct. 21at Francis Tuttle Technology Center’s Rockwell campus.

The 2015 inductees are Phil Berkenbile, Dean Denton, Dale DeWitt, Bea Paul and Gregory Pierce.

Tickets are $60 per person and are available at The ticket deadline is Oct. 1.

The CareerTech Hall of Fame recognizes Oklahomans who have played a vital role in making the Oklahoma CareerTech System what it is today. Induction into the Hall of Fame is the highest honor bestowed by the Oklahoma CareerTech Foundation and recognizes outstanding professional and personal achievements that have brought honor and distinction to the foundation and to CareerTech education in Oklahoma.

The Hall of Fame was established in 1990 to honor those individuals who have made significant contributions to the CareerTech System.

Manufacturing, construction to be honored in October

Oklahoma CareerTech will join others across the country in October to recognize Careers in Construction Month and Manufacturing Day.

Careers in Construction Month is designed to increase awareness for one of our nation’s largest industries. More than 5 million people in the United States and more than 80,000 in Oklahoma work in construction. CareerTech will use “Oklahoma Horizon,” social media and the press to highlight the many CareerTech training and education opportunities that can lead to rewarding careers in construction.

The state agency and technology centers will also participate in Manufacturing Day Oct. 2 through open houses, tours and information about training opportunities that can lead to careers in manufacturing. Forty-one events are set throughout the state in partnership with the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance.

Many CareerTech employees will also participate in the 2015 Oklahoma Conference on Manufacturing Oct. 7 in Norman.


Military hiring event is Friday

Oklahoma Military Connection will host a hiring event from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at Fort Sill Armed Forces Reserve Center for U.S. military veterans, transitioning service members and Guard and Reserve members.

Oklahoma Military Connection is a partnership of the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, the Oklahoma Office of Workforce Development, the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission and the Oklahoma National Guard Employment Coordination Program.

For more information, go to


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

National Center for Research in Career and Technical Education

Lifelong Learning Foundations newsletters

CareerTech Hall of Fame

Share your best practices under announcements on


Schedule for the week 9-21:

Morning chat

Senior leadership

State Chamber

Oklahoma Public School Resource Center

Department of Labor

Tulsa tour

Leadership Oklahoma

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