Concurrent Session I: 10:30 am - 11:00 am

Adaptive Culture: Infusing Innovation into Organization and Curriculum

Cara Jane Evans| Autry Technology Center |

Frontier Room- 2nd floor

Adaptive cultures emphasize experimentation and improvement. More and more it is becoming about how quickly organizations can respond. In order to successfully keep up with client demands, technology and other unexpected changes, organizations must infuse innovation in to their programs, processes and mindsets. This session will address types of innovation, build on intrapreneurship concepts and give examples of exercises to get teams or classes in agile and adaptive frame of mind.

Session Objectives:

  • Recognize opportunities for thinking creatively and enabling innovation

  • Generate innovative solutions through discovery, assessment and group processes

  • Generate an environment for adaptive and agile actions and mindsets

  • Converting ideas into reality (process documentation, replication of innovation)

  • Understand roles of skill, experience, motivation and culture in creative and adaptive endeavors

  • Differentiation between radical, disruptive innovation and incremental, open innovation

BPA Fashion Show

Tammy Balliet| Metro Technology Centers|

Leslie Cooksey| Metro Technology Centers |

Green Country Room- 2nd floor


This session focuses on utilizing a fun event to teach your students professionalism skills. The BPA Fashion Show that we will describe in this session was used as a cross-curricular tool to connect our advisory boards with our students, put our skills we learn in the classroom to practice in real life, and to broaden the student interest in participating in Business Professionals of America. Learn how we took an idea and made it into a huge event for BMITE programs at Metro Tech.


This session’s objectives include:

  • Participants will learn how to teach students networking skills with industry partners and advisory members.

  • Participants will learn skills for creating a project that is cross-curricular.

  • Participants will learn more ways to teach their students 21st century skills with hands on learning.

Building the CTE Pipeline: Elementary through High School Outreach

Millisa Ellefson | Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center

Kasey Franks| Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center                  

Justin Gerry| Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center

Emily Gideon | Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center

Chris Helling | Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center

Brent Casey | Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center

18th Century - 2nd floor

Understanding the national challenges of recruitment and enrollment in CTE programs, EOC Tech Center has forged relationships with its partner schools to help facilitate career awareness and educational pathways, beginning in the second grade, progressing through the tenth grade, leading to increased enrollment in CTE programs. In collaboration with elementary, middle school and high school counselors and administrators, as well as, grade level teacher teams, this replicable model utilizes innovative sequential career development and academic planning programs which include; a) elementary STEM clubs, b) middle school career awareness through the use of a mobile classroom and grade-level activities, and c) high school academic planning and career goal setting through a tenth grade career exploration course. Through these annual activities and programs, EOC Tech reaches thousands of elementary, middle school and high school students helping to ensure enrollment of CTE programs to capacity.

Excellence Awards 101

Roberta Sams| Pontotoc Technology Center|

Kiamichi Room- 2nd floor


Do you know someone who is doing an amazing job in CTE?  Is it you?  This session informational session will provide you with what is expected in a strong application, how to prepare for the various interviews, and an overview of the process itself.  There will also be a Q & A to allow you ample time to get the answers you need.

1.  A better understanding of the awards
2.  Learn the process
2.  What to expect in the interviews
3.  Get your questions answered

Roberta Sams is the OkACTE Awards Chair, serving since 2014.  She represents Oklahoma on the Region IV Awards Committee, has served as Region IV Awards Chair, and represented Region IV on the national level as an awards committee member for VISION.  Roberta has been a classroom teacher in the high school, technology center, and college settings, has held various leadership roles in the Business Division, and has earned several ACTE Awards.  She believes in recognizing excellence and is eager to share her experience with you, concerning the ACTE Excellence Awards.

Flex Lab

Trista Anderson| Tulsa Technology Center

Plaza North - 2nd floor

Discusses the use of FLEX lab format in healthcare training programs at three different tech centers across the state of Oklahoma. Includes information on structure, course offerings, and staffing.

By the end of the presentation the learner will:

  • Understand the FLEX lab format of educational offerings.

  • Understand how a FLEX lab could be implemented at their technology center.

  • Understand course offerings appropriate for the FLEX lab setting.

  • Understand different staffing options for FLEX lab setting.

History of Oklahoma CareerTech

Dr. Tom Friedemann| Francis Tuttle Technology Center

Brick Room - 1st floor


In 1964, Dr. Francis Tuttle was assigned the task of designing Oklahoma’s outstanding Career-Tech system during the Henry Bellmon administration. The system he came up with was so visionary and innovative, that it required an amendment to the Oklahoma Constitution to make it possible. What is so innovate about it? Why is it so good? And who were the key politicians who led the way to make it all happen? It’s an intriguing story that will be shared with you.


Tom Friedemann is superintendent and CEO of the Francis Tuttle Technology Center in Oklahoma City.  Francis Tuttle is a premier provider of career and technology education with an enrollment of nearly 35,000 students.  With its four campuses in Northwest Oklahoma City and Edmond, the school district provides a wide array of programs and services that include traditional career-tech majors, college-prep career academies, alternative education programs for at-risk students, customized training for industry and instruction for adjudicated youth.


Tom joined Francis Tuttle in 1997 after having served 19 years in the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, where he held numerous positions including Curriculum Specialist, State DECA Advisor, State Coordinator for Technology Centers, and Assistant State Director for the agency.  While at the state career-tech department, he was responsible for the development of ten new career-tech centers located throughout Oklahoma.  Prior to that, he served as Assistant Superintendent at Great Plains Technology Center in Lawton, OK.  He began his career as a Marketing Education teacher at Putnam City West High School in Oklahoma City where his DECA chapters continually received state and national honors.


He has authored numerous manuscripts on career-tech education that have been featured in state, national and international publications and is a sought after speaker on career-tech.  He has served as President of the National Council of Local Administrators, the Oklahoma Council of Local Administrators, the Oklahoma Career-Tech Foundation, Inc., the Administration Division of the Oklahoma Association of Career and Technology Education, and the Oklahoma Technology Centers Superintendents’ Association.  He is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma, Leadership Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma Educators’ Leadership Academy, and Duke University’s Executive Education for Government Officials Academy.  Tom has a master’s degree from the University of Central Oklahoma and both bachelor’s and doctoral degrees from the Oklahoma State University, where his dissertation on correctional education was recognized by the graduate college for research excellence and used as justification for expanding Oklahoma’s system of inmate training centers.


For his outstanding contributions to the field of career and technology education, in 2009, Tom received the Arch Alexander Award, presented by the University of Oklahoma which is one of the highest awards given in career and technology education.  In 2012 he was presented with the Distinguished Service Award from the National Council of Local Administrators (NCLA) and in August of 2013 Tom was presented with the Dr. Francis Tuttle Career Excellence Award which is given to individuals whose contributions have been of state and national significance.  It is the highest honor one can receive from CareerTech.  In 2015, he was named one of Oklahoma’s Most Admired CEO’s by The Journal Record.

Innovative and Effective Assessments & Feedback Practices

Sheri Deaton| University of Arkansas |

20th Century  - 2nd floor


Are you finding yourself in the same loop of instruction and assessment and seeking strategies to increase student engagement? Come learn more about the research support and effects of instruction through utilizing formative assessments and effective feedback in the classroom. Participants are encouraged to bring an electronic device and gear up for an interactive session chalked full of valuable resources which can be utilized in any Career and Technical Education classroom.


This session’s objectives include:                                         

  • Reflecting on personal and professional practices in the classroom and their impact on students 

  • Compare and contrast effective and ineffective assessment and feedback practices         

  • Unpack multiple resources for utilizing formative assessment & feedback practices                          


Sheri Deaton is a Career and Technical Education instructor in the College of Education and Health professions at the University of Arkansas.  She is a Nationally Board certified teacher with thirteen years of experience in middle school and high school Family and Consumer Science classrooms. Sheri instructs, mentors, and supervises Career and Technical Education teacher candidates, while also providing content courses for Family and Consumer Science Education students. She serves as parliamentarian for the Arkansas Association of Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences (AATFACS), is a member on the Arkansas FCCLA Alumni Board, and serves on five advisory boards for CTE programs in Northwest Arkansas. Additionally, Sheri volunteers as an annual evaluator for the Arkansas FCCLA STAR events.


Sheri frequently presents research at the Arkansas ACTE conferences, and was awarded the Arkansas ACTE Post-Secondary Teacher of the Year in 2018. Additional awards include: 2018 Curriculum and Instruction Teacher of the Year, University of Arkansas, 2018 AATFACS Post-Secondary Teacher of the Year, 2014-15 Arkansas ACTE Teacher of the Year, and 2014-15 AATFACS Teacher of the Year. Sheri, along with her husband and two children, reside in Northwest Arkansas. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, reading, and running. 


Not Everything is an Email: Creating a Communication Culture

Krista Scammahorn| Moore Norman Technology Center|

Plaza South - 2nd floor

Reading, writing and getting refocused after checking the 180 emails sent and received each day takes the average American 1,048 hours per year. That's 52 percent of your tome at work! Are you drowning in all those message madness? This session will invite you to rethink your workplace email culture. You will consider how your actions and attitudes, along with those of your supervisor, impact the email practices you and your team, and you will gain practical tips to streamline your inbox processes once and for all. 

Session Objectives:

  1. Develop better skills by becoming aware of email efficiency techniques

  2. How to discuss current email culture with your teams to improve communication

  3. Practical tips to use for your email inbox usage

  4. Other communication options to use rather than email

  5. Scripts for different situations

Supporting Adjunct Instructors Through Professional Development

Paula Hanger|  Moore Norman Technology Center |

Susan McGregor| Canadian Valley Technology Center |

Susan Nightingale|  Tulsa Technology Center |

Ann Wheeler|Tulsa Technology Center |

Great Plains - 2nd floor


Adjunct instructors come to us with vast industry experiences and a strong desire to share their knowledge.  How can we build on this foundation to support instructor success and quality instruction? We will look at examples of how a variety of professional development opportunities can be used to support both new and experienced adjunct staff. 



  • Discuss the benefits of providing professional development opportunities for both new and experienced adjunct instructors

  • Describe a variety of formats and methods for providing professional development for adjunct instructors

  • Discuss ways to encourage participation in adjunct professional development

  • Discuss ways to identify the professional development needs of adjunct instructors


Through a Social Justice Lens

Twyler Earl| Career and Technical Education Equity Council|

Sheraton University - Basement


Looking at the unrest and the absence of peace surrounding our country and on our campuses today, there is real need to better understand the root cause from a social justice perspective. We will discuss what social justice is, what it is not, and how the lack of addressing certain issue perpetuate social injustices. This session will engage attendees in discussion and activities to help them better develop a better understanding of social justice issues, gain practical strategies for better serve their students, schools and communities, and discover ways to get involved in advocating for comprehensive programs and activities that provide access, equity, and celebrate diversity.


During this session:

• Attendees will be engaged in discussion and activities to help them develop a better understanding of social justice issues.

• Attendees will gain practical strategies to better serve their students, schools, and communities.

• Discover ways to get involved in advocating for comprehensive programs and activities.


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