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Kelly's January 2017 Monthly Email

Good morning!  Hope you are staying warm – in honor of the weather, what does the snowman have for breakfast……frosted flakes.

Counselors Only Conference-March 2, 2017

8:30 – 9:00 – Registration          Sessions will be from 9:00 – 3:30

Moore Norman Technology Center, South Penn Campus

Address: 13301 S. Pennsylvania, Oklahoma City, OK 73170

Registration link:



DIFFERENT: Proposals were gathered from the field and will be offered as concurrent sessions.  Time frames for the sessions will be 45 minutes so you will have 40 sessions from which to choose!

SAME: No cost to attend the conference, great sessions, great networking, refreshments and lunch is on your own.


Register quickly!  Seating is limited. A waiting list will be developed. If you register and then your plans change, please let us know you will not be attending so those on the wait list can be notified. Thank you!


Weblink for conference information (session descriptions, presenters, etc.) is:

OK Career Guide

Map of OK Career Guide sites– thanks for helping spread the word!  We are developing the spring and summer training sessions schedules and will get information out soon!


CareerTech Counselors Workshops
Tech Center Counselors and student services staff:  We would like to spend time with you and work on different items from the Guidance Team Self Study (GTSS).  Take a look at the agenda below and register for one of the workshops.  It is a dedicated time to hear best practices from other tech centers, network, develop measurable goals, transfer your GTSS from dropbox to Google and more.  Hope to see you there!  Registration can be found at:

Choose ONE date to attend:   Jan. 31                Feb. 23             March 21

CareerTech Counselors Workshop Agenda Topics


OK Dept. of Career Tech, Stillwater, OK

Tuttle Seminar Center


9:00-9:15               Welcome and Introductions                   

9:15-9:30               GTSS–Statewide View

9:30-10:15             GTSS Practitioners Panel            

10:15-10:25           Data Resources                          

10:25-10:35           Break

10:35-11:15           Looking at Your Own GTSS          

11:15-12:30           Lunch – On Your Own

12:30-1:00             SMART Goal Consulting/Planning

1:00-1:45               Highlights of GTSS -- Best Practices

1:45-2:15               GuidanceFest Discussion            

2:15-3:00               Model Advisory Committee           

3:00                       Evaluation and Adjourn

States with the Biggest Bullying Problems: More than 160,000 children are missing school every day in the United States out of fear of being bullied. WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2016’s States with the Biggest Bullying Problems. Learn more.  NOTE: Oklahoma was listed as one of the top five states with the lowest percentage of high school students who missed school out of fear of being bullied.

Value of Career and Technology Education (CTE)

An infographic from ACTE about the value of CTE to use for talking points with other educators, parents, colleagues, etc.


The First Lady’s Free College Support Tool: First Lady Michelle Obama recently launched Up Next, Better Make Room's mobile messaging tool that gives students, parents and school counselors across the country free personalized support on all things college – college search and application, federal student aid, even student loan repayment. To sign up, text the word "COLLEGE" to 44044.

Kelly Arrington
Career and Academic Connections Manager

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