Path Home News Press Releases 2018 CareerTech educators to hear from Google education evangelist
Jump to navigation

CareerTech educators to hear from Google education evangelist

July 27, 2018

Jaime Casap photo.Google education evangelist Jaime Casap will speak to more than 3,700 CareerTech employees at the 51st annual Oklahoma Career and Technology Education Summer Conference Aug. 1-2 at Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City.

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

“Summer Conference brings together individuals from all of the CareerTech delivery arms: K-12 schools, technology centers, Skills Centers, business and industry services and adult basic education. They are the foundation of excellence in providing training and education so that Oklahoma has the most qualified workforce possible to power our economy. It is exciting to witness the dedication that all our CareerTech staff has for moving our system forward,” said Marcie Mack, Oklahoma CareerTech state director.

At Google, Casap promotes the power and potential of technology and the web as tools to promote inquiry-driven learning models. He works with school systems, educational organizations and leaders focused on building innovation and iteration -- a process of repetition to reach a desired result -- into education policies and practices.

He is an author and serves on boards for organizations focused on education, innovation and equity. He also teaches a 10th-grade communication class at the Phoenix (Arizona) Coding Academy and is an adjunct professor at Arizona State University, where he teaches classes on policy, innovation and leadership.

Oklahoma CareerTech teachers, counselors, administrators and staff members will also 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 almost 90 years, it’s been our mission to provide quality leadership and development opportunities for our wonderful Oklahoma CareerTech educators, and our annual Summer Conference is a prime example,” said Skye McNiel, OkACTE executive director. “Members come away with invaluable new skills, tools and techniques to help them in their careers. In addition, we take the time to honor and recognize excellence among the many outstanding educators that serve our communities all over the state.”

Mack and McNiel will both speak during the conference’s opening general session. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister will present the State Superintendent’s Award for Excellence in CareerTech Education.

The CareerTech System will also honor the Oklahoma CareerTech Teacher of the Year, the Postsecondary Teacher of the Year, the Outstanding New Teacher and the Support Staff Award winner, each of whom will receive a monetary award from Express Employment Professionals. A number of other awards will also be presented, including the Francis Tuttle, Arch Alexander and Gold Star awards.

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 eight spotlight sessions covering school culture, finances, communication, partnerships, farm-to-plate projects, crisis situations, problem-solving and OK Career Guide.

The conference is the major professional development activity for Oklahoma CareerTech teachers, counselors, administrators and staff members.

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 58 campuses, 395 comprehensive school districts, 15 Skills Centers campuses that include three juvenile facilities and 30 adult basic education sites.

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.

Jump to content