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Spotlight Sessions

Monday, August 4th, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Tulsa Cox Convention Center

Attendees will have the opportunity to choose one of these dynamic featured sessions that are sure to motivate, educate, and inspire!  Each “Spotlight Session” is 90 minutes to allow more in-depth topic discussion and audience interaction.

Spotlight Session #1
Conference Halls B-G

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Debbie Silver

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Drumming to the Beat of Different Marchers – Engaging All Learners

Based on her best-selling book, Drumming to the Beat of Different Marchers – Finding the Rhythm for Differentiating Learning, Debbie Silver offers her wisdom and humor to answer the question, “How do we engage students from all backgrounds and experiences?”  She demonstrates how to capitalize on student strengths and elicit greater achievement gains and higher motivation among students.  Dr. Silver shares her views on what she considers a non-negotiable in education – that every student deserves a reasonable chance at success.  Participants will leave with new ideas for creative instructional and assessment strategies as well as ideas for preparing 21st century learners.

Spotlight Session #2
Conference Hall A

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Craig Valentine, MBA
Keynote Speaker/Trainer/Author

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The 4 Rs to Remarkable Results through Leadership, Communication, and Change

Do you work with StatusQuoHolics™ These are the people who are addicted to the status quo. You usually hear them say, “That’s the way we’ve always done things around here. Why change?” By now you know this attitude weighs down even the most talented and dedicated teams and keeps them from ever rising to new levels of success. In today’s times, organizations have two options: 1. Change. 2. Die.

If you want to influence the people in your environment into embracing change, taking ownership, and committing to higher levels of excellence through continuous improvement, this is one interactive and motivational program for you can’t afford to miss!

Spotlight Session #3
Tulsa Ballroom B

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Robert D. Sommers, Ph.D.
Oklahoma Secretary of Education and Workforce Development

State Director, Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education

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What the World Expects of Us

CareerTech is a part of the overall educational system.  For too long we have discussed what we are to teach within our system.  Now we must turn to the world to determine what we teach and how we assure our customers, students will be judged as they enter a globally competitive world.  This session will share critical information about the changing world our students will enter or will navigate.  What it takes to create personal and corporate wealth will be discussed.  An overview of the new approach to collaboration is being driven by the Governor in cooperation with the business community will be provided.  Participants will come away with a clear perspective on what they need to do to assure their students succeed.

Spotlight Session #4
Tulsa Ballroom A

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Tom Vander Ark
Author & CEO, Getting Smart

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Getting Smart Blog

The Learning Revolution

In this interactive session, Tom Vander Ark will highlight 10 promising schools, 10 elements of next generation guidance systems, and 10 best practices for work based learning.

Spotlight Session #5
2nd Floor Assembly Hall

A Commitment to Excellence

Organizations everywhere are looking for ways to effectively and efficiently meet their mission and achieve their vision.  Thousands are using the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence, a proven improvement and innovation framework.  Come hear others talk about why and how they began their Baldrige jouney, what challenges they faced, and the benefits they have gained through their experiences.

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