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Director's Weekly Memo 2015-8-10

Oklahoma Education and Industry Partnership making connections for STEM; chat about #OklaEd every Sunday night; director attends Macy’s fulfillment center dedication; Oklahoma ArtScience Prize students file provisional patent; 48th Annual Summer Conference concludes; Continuous School Improvement workshop has more than 1,000 attendees; Oklahoma CareerTech Foundation golf tourney raises $11,000 for scholarships; you’re invited to EdCampCTE; useful links and my schedule for the week.
Director's Weekly Memo 2015-8-10

STEM Teachers making connections at Rose State College.

Oklahoma Education and Industry Partnership making connections for STEM

Eighty-one STEM fifth- through 12th-grade teachers participated in the Oklahoma Education and Industry Partnership July 28-30 at Rose State College in Midwest City.

The event focused on aerospace and defense, agriculture and bioscience and energy and included site visits for each industry, along with breakout sessions and discussion groups. Attendees also had the opportunity to talk to senior members of education and industry about how to gain the most from this partnership with industry.

OEIP is a partnership among educators, counselors, administrators, parents, students, industry leaders, government policy makers and members of the economic development community. It focuses on providing relevance and rigor to STEM education, training and workforce development; introducing rewarding STEM careers; closing the knowledge and skills gap; motivating students to develop and maintain career pathways; and providing professional development for Oklahoma educators.

Chat about #OklaEd every Sunday night

Every Sunday, the Oklahoma education community has a chat from 8-9 p.m. If you want to get involved or have ideas to share, check it out. CareerTech has a presence at #OklaEd.

Director attends Macy’s fulfillment center dedication

Gov. Mary Fallin and Macy’s CEO Terry Lundgren were among the speakers at Macy’s Logistics and Operations Tulsa County Fulfillment Center dedication and ribbon-cutting Aug. 6. The facility will employ approximately 1,500 full- and part-time associates year-round when it is fully operational and approximately another 1,000 people for seasonal assistance.

Tulsa Technology Center is a partner in training for the center. Macy’s considered 150 sites across the country for the center, but chose Tulsa County because of its location, environment, community support and proximity to major highways and shipping facilities.

Oklahoma ArtScience Prize students file provisional patent

Oklahoma’s ArtScience Prize winners have filed a provisional patent on their innovative chair that helps people get up and down easier. The team, which represented the state at Le Laboratoire in Cambridge, Mass., included Metro Technology Centers students. Read more about the Oklahoma ArtScience Prize International Afterschool program at Metro Tech at

48th Annual Summer Conference concludes

More than 3,700 Oklahoma CareerTech employees met at the 48th annual Oklahoma Career and Technology Education Summer Conference to discuss ideas and advancements in CareerTech education and to learn what they can do to make the system even better.

The conference was held Aug. 3-4 in partnership with the Oklahoma Association of Career and Technology Education. The conference provided opportunities to share best practices and learn about cutting-edge technology and processes, State Director Marcie Mack said.

Rick Rigsby, president and CEO of Rick Rigsby Communications, spoke in the opening general session and encouraged CareerTech educators and staff members to keep improving.

“Good enough is not good enough when you can be better,” he said. “Better is not better when you can be the best.”

The CareerTech System also honored Oklahoma CareerTech Teacher of the Year Janet Archer of Great Plains Tech Center, Postsecondary Teacher of the Year Gay Simpson of the CareerTech Skills Centers, Outstanding New Teacher Justin Nisbett of Meridian Tech Center and Support Staff Member of the Year Michelle McNutt of Kiamichi Tech Centers. Each received a monetary award from Express Employment Professionals.

Other awards included OkACTE’s highest honor, the Francis Tuttle Award, which went to Tom Thomas of Great Plains Tech Center, and the Arch Alexander Award, which went to Fiona McAlister of Southern Oklahoma Tech Center.

Continuous School Improvement workshop has more than 1,000 attendees

The second annual Continuous School Improvement Workshop, held immediately after Summer Conference, was a huge success. The optional workshop attracted 1,016 extremely dedicated CareerTech educators to share best practices from across the state and hear challenges from Bill Daggett, founder and chairman of the International Center for Leadership in Education.

Oklahoma CareerTech Foundation golf tourney raises $11,000 for scholarships

Ninety-three people played in the CareerTech Foundation Golf Tournament on Aug. 2. Thanks to their participation and the support of 18 generous sponsors, the foundation will be able to award $11,000 in CareerTech teacher scholarships.

You’re invited to EdCampCTE

CareerTech and K-20 teachers and administrators from Oklahoma and the surrounding states will share their knowledge at EdCampCTE at Canadian Valley Technology Center’s Yukon campus Sept. 26.

Unlike traditional conferences that have schedules set months in advance by the people running the conference, EdCamp participants set their own agenda at the start of the event. Instead of listening to one person for an hour, participants will have discussions and hands-on sessions driven by their own interests.

Educators who attend EdCamp can choose to lead sessions on things that matter to them, with an expectation that the people in the room will work together to build understanding by sharing their own knowledge and questions.

EdCampCTE will become an annual event for those interested in career and technology education. This free professional development event for educators by educators is dedicated to joining CareerTech and K-20 education in a one-of-a-kind idea-sharing event.

Registration is limited to 150 people. To learn more and to register, visit Connect with EdCampCTE and join the conversation on Twitter at

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 8-10:

This schedule is subject to change without notice:

Senior leadership

Future CTE Summit planning meeting

Education IT Cabinet

Business Roundtable

Manager’s meeting

Moore-Norman Tech Center

EDI capacity review

Vic Bird

Teacher Development

IRQ divisional meeting

Administrative support meeting

NGA state work group

Innovation is not the result of chance, it’s the result of action. It’s NOT a thing to wait for. It’s a thing to do.” – Phil McKinney
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