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CareerTech educators head to Tulsa for 48th annual conference

July 31, 2015

More than 3,500 CareerTech employees will converge on the Tulsa Cox Convention Center Aug. 3-4 for the 48th annual Oklahoma Career and Technology Education Summer Conference.

The conference is held in partnership with the Oklahoma Association of Career and Technology Education.

“This is a great opportunity for our members to take advantage of a myriad of professional development sessions,” said Skye McNiel, newly named executive director of the association. “I also take great pride in being a part of an event that will recognize through our awards program the great work our members perform throughout the state.”

Oklahoma CareerTech teachers, counselors, administrators and staff members will meet with colleagues from across the state to discuss ideas and advancements in CareerTech education and to learn what they can do to make the system even better.

“For CareerTech employees across the state, this conference will provide opportunities to share best practices and learn about cutting-edge technology and processes,” said Marcie Mack, state director of CareerTech. “Not only will participants be inspired by great speakers, they also have the opportunity to network with peers and leaders in every CareerTech field.”

Rick Rigsby, president and CEO of Rick Rigsby Communications, will speak in the opening general session, when the CareerTech System will also honor the Oklahoma CareerTech Teacher of the Year and other system employees. The Teacher of the Year, the Postsecondary Teacher of the Year, the Outstanding New Teacher and the Support Staff Award winner will all also receive a monetary award from Express Employment Professionals.

In addition to division meetings and the CareerTech Expo, where educators can learn about the latest products and services available, conference attendees will have the opportunity to hear experts in five spotlight sessions.

Author Debbie Silver will speak about helping students motivate themselves; artist and technology facilitator Kevin Honeycutt will speak about new tools for educators; author Jim Stovall will speak about achieving potential; artist and author Sam Glenn will speak about attitude; and university professor Corinne Hoisington will speak about creativity and technology in the classroom.

The conference is the major professional development activity for Oklahoma CareerTech teachers, counselors, administrators and staff members. It will be followed by the one-day Continuous School Improvement Workshop, at which Bill Daggett, founder and chairman of the International Center for Leadership in Education, will speak.

The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education provides leadership and resources and assures standards of excellence for a comprehensive statewide system of career and technology education. The system offers programs and services in 29 technology center districts operating on 59 campuses, 393 comprehensive school districts and 13 Skills Centers campuses that include three juvenile facilities.

The agency is governed by the State Board of Career and Technology Education and works closely with the State Department of Education and the State Regents for Higher Education to provide a seamless educational system for all Oklahomans.

Laura Wilson, Writer/Editor

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