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Director's Weekly Memo 2015-8-17

Oklahoma FFA students make National Convention finals; chat about #OklaEd every Sunday night; continuing teacher academy to be held Sept. 23; PIIT Crew hosts organizational profile webinar; you’re invited to EdCampCTE; Oklahoma Works regional meetings planned; useful links and my schedule for the week.
Director's Weekly Memo 2015-8-17

The joy is in creating, not maintaining.” – Vince Lombardi

Oklahoma FFA students make National Convention finals

More than 30 Oklahoma FFA students will compete as finalists at the 88th National FFA Convention in October.

Fifteen Oklahoma students are Proficiency Award finalists, and 16 are National Agriscience Fair finalists. Two students will also compete as American Star finalists: William Maltbie, Burlington, in Agribusiness, and Gatlin Squires, Kingfisher, in Agriscience.

The Burlington and Elgin FFA chapters will compete as National Model of Excellence finalists and Model of Innovation finalists in Chapter Development, and the Oologah chapter will compete as a Model of Innovation finalist in Student Development.

In addition, 10 Oklahomans will receive the Honorary American FFA Degree, and 15 chapters are National Three Star chapters and 21 are Two Star chapters.

Also, Logan Johns, Morrison, will be Oklahoma’s National Officer Candidate.

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.

Continuing teacher academy to be held Sept. 23

CareerTech Professional Development is presenting the Continuing Teacher Academy for all CareerTech teachers. Sessions will include sharing teaching strategies, learning to use ctYou and Moodle, learning the latest information for CTSOs, developing student engagement strategies, sharing best practices in classroom planning and testing Google knowledge.

Teachers can attend one or all of the sessions:

  • Sept. 23 -- Tulsa Technology Center, Owasso Campus.
  • Nov. 4 -- Tulsa Technology Center, Owasso Campus.
  • Jan. 28 -- Moore Norman Technology Center, South Penn Campus.

For more information about registration, visit

PIIT Crew hosts organizational profile webinar

The ODCTE PIIT Crew will host an organizational profile webinar for technology centers participating in accreditation training.

The webinar will be from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 18. Participants can join the meeting from computers, tablets or smartphones at They can also dial in with a phone at 1-408-650-3123. The access code is 737-750-005.

Limited space is available for live participants, but the webinar will be archived on the Baldrige Accreditation Training Moodle page for future viewing.

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

Oklahoma Works regional meetings planned

Business leaders, education professionals and others will meet in nine Key Economic Network regional meetings to support the Oklahoma Works education and workforce initiative. The State Chamber of Oklahoma is co-hosting the meetings, which will be held across the state.

The dates and locations of the meetings are below. At each event, check-in and registration begins at 2:30 p.m., the program begins at 3 p.m., and a reception will follow at 4:30 p.m.

  • Aug. 25 -- Central Key Economic Network, Oklahoma State University – OKC.
  • Aug. 27 - South Central Key Economic Network, Lawton Fort Sill Convention Center.
  • Sept. 1 - Eastern Key Economic Network, Northeastern State University, Tahlequah.
  • Sept. 15 - Southwest Key Economic Network, Museum of the Western Prairie, Altus.
  • Sept. 17 - Southern Key Economic Network, East Central University, Ada.
  • Sept. 29 - Tulsa Area Key Economic Network, Tulsa Community College.
  • Oct. 26 - East Central Key Economic Network, Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center, Shawnee.
  • Oct. 27 - Northwest Key Economic Network, Woodward Conference Center.
  • Oct. 30 - Northeast Key Economic Network, MidAmerica Expo Center, Chouteau.

For more information about Oklahoma Works, visit

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 8-17:

This schedule is subject to change without notice:

Instructional framework

Senior leadership

Education leaders luncheon

Oklahoma City Community corrections center




Dave Rowland

Stillwater education leader luncheon

OMES shared IT services

CareerTech board meeting

Staff evaluations

CTE summit planning

Caddo Kiowa Tech Center

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