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Director's Monday Memo

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 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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Monday Memo 2013-04-22

State Board meets; Pioneer Technology Center guarantees graduates; Oklahoma delegation heading to BIO International; marketing materials receive awards; energy and workforce topics on Oklahoma Horizon; technology center students at Speedfest Competition April 19-21; Marla Marsh and Monica Marsh to be keynote speakers; Oklahoma Green Grant; the Padagogy Wheel; OBAN client does well; Perkins Grants due soon; and Stillwater Chamber hosts reception; and my schedule for the week.

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Monday Memo 2013-04-15

Monday Memo 2013-04-15

The Monday Memo is my attempt to share the successes, opportunities, and general happenings impacting the CareerTech system. Please share information you think is noteworthy for statewide distribution. I’m especially interested in information from schools who are serving our very important customers, students and businesses.

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