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From Monday, April 8, 2013 - Aug. 15, 2014, Robert D. Sommers, state director of the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, began communicating directly with all state CareerTech agency staff members through a Monday Memo. On Aug. 18, 2014 Marcie Mack, interim state director of the state CareerTech agency, continued the tradition.

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Monday Memo 2014-01-13

Monday Memo 2014-01-13

Leadership class begins; ag ed task force says “no” to tech center agricultural education/FFA programs; 2014 National Technology Centers That Work Leaders’ Forum; Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center’s automotive program crowned; FIRST® Robotics 2014 Oklahoma Kickoff; The governor, Bob Funk and others weigh in on workforce preparation; and my schedule for the week.

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Monday Memo 2013-12-09

Monday Memo 2013-12-09

Save the date; Oklahoma team visits digitally -based programs; ACTE a big success; making college and career ready actually mean it; Cooperative Alliance Program getting back on track; Pell Grants based on competence, not hours, getting closer; community tours continue in January; CareerTech visits college of architecture; National Technical Honor Society members meet; U.S. college graduates lag international comparisons; Harvard representative visits Oklahoma; economists predict rebound in Oklahoma job growth in 2014; reminder to follow on twitter; and my schedule for the week.

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Monday Memo 2013-11-25

Monday Memo 2013-11-25

Happy Thanksgiving!; Can You Measure The American Dream?; Creativity Forum highlights CareerTech; Boggs recognized by his national peers; performance-based funding details being developed; Northeast Technology Center students set record AND prove CareerTech; fire certifications established; National Technical Honor Society members meet; Baldrige and schools, a way to advance education; the question of class size; and my schedule for the week.

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Monday Memo 2013-11-18

Monday Memo 2013-11-18

Board approves organizational structure; business plan calls for support of system success and enhancements; work begins on refinement of performance-based funding system; special thanks to Marcie Mack and the data team; Project Lead the Way Counselor Conference; Oklahoma Economic Outlook Conference; new tech center annexations move forward; United Way campaign sets agency record; digital delivery news; Paraprofessional Guide underway; and my schedule for the week

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Monday Memo 2013-11-11

Monday Memo 2013-11-11

Thank you; America Works session a success; State Chamber business survey complete…more to come; reorganization feedback appreciated; Hall of Fame event a huge success; inmates learn life-changing skills; creativity conference coming to Oklahoma City; OBAN brings federal dollars to Oklahoma businesses; comparative data helps Wes Watkins with strategic planning; counselors receive professional development; professionals update crisis communications skills; tech center recognized at quality event; and my schedule for the week.

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 Monday Memo 2013-10-28

Monday Memo 2013-10-28

Department reorganization plan unveiled; organizational plan overview; steps with target completion dates for the reorganization process; feedback and ideas you may have for the reorganization; great conference – consider attending; Creativity Forum coming to Oklahoma City; and my schedule for the week.

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Monday Memo 2013-10-21

Monday Memo 2013-10-21

FCCLA state officer dies in car accident; opportunities in Woodward explored; America Works launches in Connecticut; 2013 CareerTech Hall of Fame banquet; Oklahoma energy producers are leading a national energy revolution; Moore Norman collaborates with Tinker and Boeing on new program; Metro Tech and Elite Protection form symbiotic relationship; tech center superintendents engage in legislative proposal development; state board reviews CareerTech assessment results, business plan, and legislative approaches; United Way auction earns $3,000 for the cause; and my schedule for the week.

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Monday Memo 2013-10-14

Monday Memo 2013-10-14

Great conference – consider attending; 2013 CareerTech Hall of Fame Banquet; State Chamber helps agency gauge business satisfaction; why tough teachers get results; first community tour event a success; new from CIMC: Career Focus STEM Careers Career; a great example of CareerTech and college success; doctors in rural Oklahoma; continued work on the Metro Tech pilot; and my schedule for the week.

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Monday Memo 2013-10-07

Monday Memo 2013-10-07

Community tours start this week; manufacturing experiencing - a rebirth in Oklahoma; United Way – get involved!; performance measures committee advances work; continued work on the Metro Tech trail; Meridian Tech to hold an open house; future doctors of rural Oklahoma; Oklahoma is a designated creativity state; teacher shortage issue being considered; and my schedule for the week.

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Monday Memo 2013-09-23

Monday Memo 2013-09-23

United Way – get involved!; don’t be a Swiss watch maker; assessment quality designations changed for some; Day of Caring a success; fundraiser set for Oct. 7; CareerTech board meets; department earns innovation award; The ROI of Excellence: Investing In Your Future!; College Alliance challenges; Fall Forum set for business and entrepreneurial leaders; an unprecedented partnership on Oklahoma Horizon; and my schedule for the week.

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Monday Memo 2013-09-16

A word on the quote; common school superintendent’s advisory committee; United Way – get involved!; ACT® WorkKeys® incentive curriculum profiles; ag ed leadership moves on tech center pilot; the road less traveled on Oklahoma Horizon; Alternative Fuel Program; teacher shortage issue being discussed;

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Monday Memo 2013-08-26

Monday Memo 2013-08-26

Governor's STEM Summit a success; STEM accounts for 20 percent of workforce; Agricultural Education critical to the modern ag industry; United Way Campaign underway!; Project Lead the Way, part of CareerTech STEM strategy; Law enforcement curriculum developed; agricultural curriculum cross walked to national standards; and my schedule for the week.

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Monday Memo 2013-08-19

Monday Memo 2013-08-19

Major process meetings held; common school engagement; major processes as a new approach; Carver Governance introduced to the state board; performance data being analyzed; bandwidth a challenge for many schools; United Way Campaign gearing up; CareerTech professionals help Moore schools; Biotech success story; National Security Agency conducted site visits in Oklahoma; OK, I’m finally over the golf outing loss. Here are the winners; and my schedule for the week.

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Monday Memo 2013-08-12

Monday Memo 2013-08-12

Organizational assessment team update; the CareerTech renaissance gains momentum among school boards; both-and thinking; creative way to share Sommers’ system overview; org structure team proposals off to the judges; congrats and welcome to Oklahoma, Dawn!; competency-based education emerging in higher education; a $4 million a year teacher; conference twitter questions with answers; and my schedule for the week.

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Monday Memo 2013-08-05

Monday Memo 2013-08-05

Great annual conference; prison based programs result in return on investment; CareerTech helps local companies with FEMA grants; CareerTech helps assure new teacher success; Foundation golf outing draws crowd, raises funds to support CareerTech; OSU IT president warns of higher-ed tipping point; assessment services adds clients; assessment training completed – great results accrued; CareerTech success stories worthy of note; FY2013 a solid year for curriculum and assessment teams; finding alternatives to college; and my schedule for the week.

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Monday Memo 2013-07-29

Monday Memo 2013-07-29

Great video on the importance of CareerTech; 14 teams submit agency organizational design ideas; director’s views; CareerTech Foundation fundraiser – July 31, 2013; digital CareerTech effort moves forward; CareerTech and AP coursework – a combination for success; Vietnamese delegation coming to Oklahoma; CareerTech improves college attendance; national curriculum work centered in Oklahoma; and my schedule for the week.

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Monday Memo 2013-05-13

Monday Memo 2013-05-13

‘Tradition with a vision;’ senior leadership begins work on system profile; conference presentation will be ‘flipped;" CareerTech Foundation fundraiser – don’t miss it!! Also, Northeast Tech Center opens new green technology building; CareerTech success stories; teen entrepreneurs can ‘Start Something Today;’ Tri County professional recognized; and my schedule for the week.

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Monday Memo 2013-05-06

Strategic purposes; core strengths; how higher education partnerships get results; updates from key areas; and get ready for the CareerTech Foundation golf tournament; and my schedule for the week.

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