Concurrent Session II: 1:15 pm -2:00 pm

Afton Jameson/David Venard|

Brick Room- 1st floor

#adulting was conceptualized from conversations of a few CVTech instructors. The purpose of the program is to fill a skills gap that can’t always be addressed in a classroom setting. CareerTech Education does a fantastic job of skills training and employing students, but what we have found is many of those students do not have the basic life skills to function on the job and in society. In this pilot year, we chose to cover topics such as: voting, insurance, contracts, taxes, how to keep a job, health and wellness, and table etiquette.  We also reserved a special day we entitled, Flight of Skills. On this day, students were able to learn a variety of basic skills, such as:

  • Pet care

  • Online bill paying

  • How to buy a used car

  • How to write a check and keep a register

  • How to use a fire extinguisher

  • Basic IT troubleshooting

  • Addressing an envelope

  • Lighting a pilot light (gas & electric)

  • Removing a broken lightbulb

  • How to successfully iron

  • How to sew on a button

  • How to change a tire

  • How and why should you check the fluids in your vehicle

  • How to protect your vehicles paint

  • What should you do when getting pulled over


Building a Bridge for Undocumented Immigrant Students

Kiamichi Room- 2nd floor

Akash Patel will discuss his time in the United States as an undocumented immigrant, his eventual path to citizenship, and what it was like for both him and his sister to seek educational and professional opportunities as undocumented immigrants. Akash will also discuss what institutions can do to empower immigrants to succeed in their communities and beyond. 


This session’s objectives include:

1. How to be cultivate environments where undocumented immigrants feel comfortable asking for help.
2. How to identify relevant resources for undocumented students.
3. How to advocate for undocumented students in your own classrooms.

Born in London, Akash Patel is the son of Indian immigrants. Akash's family moved from India to England and then to the United States in the early 1990s in search of better opportunities. Akash was less than two years old when he arrived in America, but was not afforded citizenship until the age of 23. Protracted wait times meant that Akash's family lived as undocumented immigrants for 16 years until they could adjust their status.


But Akash's inspiration has always been the struggle and triumph of his sister, Nisha, who aged out of her petition to receive her green card, yet went on to pursue a PhD in microbiology at the University of Oklahoma and is now a Microbiologist in Cambridge, Massachusetts who has collaborated with NASA, the Centers for Disease Control, and the National Institutes of Health.


As a result, Akash founded Aspiring Americans in Oklahoma City to assist other undocumented students in Oklahoma, which has raised over $300,000 in grants, scholarships, and in-kind resources. Aspiring Americans continues to provide valuable scholarships to undocumented students in Oklahoma.


While in law school at the University of Michigan, Akash has worked at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. at the Civil Rights Division in the Educational Opportunities Section, at the Juvenile Justice Clinic at Michigan, and at the law firm of Hogan Lovells through which he volunteered at an immigrant family detention center during the height of the family separation and asylum crisis. Akash will return to Hogan Lovells after he graduates from law school later this year.

Career and Technical Education: Policy and Program Quality Update

Steve DeWitt| ACTE |

Green Country- 2nd floor
The national Association for Career and Technical Education focuses on federal advocacy and professional development to support CTE practitioners. Learn about current federal and national initiatives including Perkins V and discussion about the State of Oklahoma’s planning related to implementation of the new law. The session will also include information on ACTE’s Quality CTE Program of Study Framework and tools and other ACTE resources for CTE practitioners.

Stephen DeWitt is Deputy Executive Director of the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE). Since assuming this role in 2013, DeWitt has led the national organization’s efforts in content development, partnerships and its outreach agenda. He formerly served as Senior Director of Public Policy beginning in 2006 and he remains closely connected to the Association’s work in this area. Stephen is a frequent strategist, spokesperson and representative of ACTE.


Prior to joining ACTE, Mr. DeWitt directed government and public relations for the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and held positions with the State of Florida’s Governor’s office, Florida Department of Education, and APCO Worldwide, a Washington, DC-based public affairs firm. He currently serves on several Boards and advisory committees.


Mr. DeWitt holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida Southern College and resides in Washington, DC.

Claim Your Expertise: A Unique Approach to Adjunct Recruitment

Ashlee Gore| Autry Technology Center |

Great Plains- 2nd floor

What comes first, the instructor or the class? Join our team in a discussion about growing your adjunct pool and expanding your horizons with class offerings. Ashlee and Cara will review their recent cross-departmental project that resulted in a successful recruitment tool for adjuncts.

Our focus was to help individuals "Claim their Expertise". You can do this three ways: (1) publish written materials (2) speak to audiences (3) TEACH. The goal was to explain the importance of teaching to grow your talents. It was a win/win; attendees has an opportunity to take their knowledge to the next level and Autry has the opportunity to offer entire new set of programs. We even experienced a spin-off reward with a new client.


IBC’s and Accountability – A Roadmap for Success

Ruthie Kneupper| Education Service Center, Region 20 |

Sheraton University- Basement


(IBS’s) Industry Based Certifications and your CTE Program of Study - Understand the impact of the new IBC’s listed in the state accountability document and how this impacts career cluster and coherent sequence of courses. Examine the PER list, the accountability list, labor market information (LMI), and local demand to better understand the full picture of what you offer to your students and how to maximize their success.


This session’s objectives include:

  • Understanding Accountability

  • Understanding Labor Market Information

  • Understanding Industry Based Certifications


Medical Marijuana in the Workplace

Adam Childers|  Crowe & Dunlevy |

18th Century- 2nd floor

A discussion regarding the impact of medical marijuana for employers, and the impact that has on educational institutions.  

Adam W. Childers is a director at Crowe & Dunlevy, and serves as co-chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science (1997) and his Juris Doctor degree (2000), both with honors, from the University of Oklahoma. He also attended the Summer Program at the Queens College at Oxford University in Oxford, England.

Adam is currently an Administrative Law Judge at the Oklahoma Department of Labor and a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Order of the Barristers. Adam is also a member of the Oklahoma Academy for State Goals and he is a graduate of Leadership Norman’s 2007 – 2008 class and OKConnect Class 2 (2012). In 2013, he was chair of the Oklahoma Bar Association Labor and Employment Section, after holding the positions of vice-chair in 2012, treasurer in 2011 and secretary in 2010. He also served as a member of the Board of Visitors for the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Oklahoma, the Board of Governors of the Oklahoma County Bar Association Young Lawyers’ Division and the Robert J. Turner Inn of Court.

Since joining Crowe & Dunlevy in 2000, Adam has successfully represented management in cases brought by employees under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, Oklahoma’s Workers’ Compensation laws, the Fair Labor Standards Act, Oklahoma’s non-compete and non-solicitation statutes and Oklahoma’s Open Meeting and Open Records Acts.**

**Past results afford no guarantee of future results. Every case is different and must be judged on its merits.

School Survival Strategies for Active Shooter Situations

Jerry McConnell| Moore Norman Technology Center|
Plaza South- 2nd floor

This presentation demonstrates strategies, based upon real-life experiences of past events that can help schools, faculty members, and students in the event of an active shooter situation. Through hands-on activities, practice, and collaboration participants will gain an understanding of best practices for developing a protection plan to help keep students and faculty safe. This interactive presentation utilizes best practices concerning surviving an active shooter event. It is based upon the Citizen Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) program developed by Texas State University and utilizes the Avoid, Deny, and Defend method. Presenter will share the most current methods on what to do in a crisis, how to prepare mentally for action, and how to identify resources needed in common work areas and classrooms. The training showcases how to develop and implement protection plans for district faculty and students through the use of training videos, learning from what worked in past events, and the importance of having a plan for the recovery process.  This presentation has been successfully presented to over 30 independent school districts, numerous state and national conferences, several churches, and many Native American tribes. In addition, this training is used each year to train new superintendents, principals, school leaders, and teachers throughout the state of Oklahoma.  

This session’s objectives include:

  • Demonstrate general tactics and strategies that schools can immediately implement for  surviving an active shooter situation.

  • Analyze several “what if scenarios” that might happen during an active shooter situation. Presenter will focus on how room layouts, evacuation procedures, and other common sense strategies can be used to minimize harm. 

  • Demonstrate how common items such as textbooks for body armor, doorstops to hinder entry, and other tools can be used to escape a room in a crisis event. 

  • Discuss the importance of developing plans that are current and adapted to meet 

The Oklahoma Economy: Current Conditions and Prospects for Growth


Frontier Room- 2nd floor

The Oklahoma economy enjoyed robust growth in 2018.  But that growth is not expected to repeat in 2019. This session will discuss the short-term challenges to economic growth facing Oklahoma.  In the long-run, the prospect for economic growth looks very different for the state's urban and rural regions.  This session will identify and discuss important long-run socioeconomic and demographic trends and the determinants of economic growth that will shape Oklahoma's economic future.

  1. Participants will understand the global, national, and local challenges shaping the economic forecast for Oklahoma.

  2. Participants will appreciate the basic role of industry and geography in explaining county economic performance in Oklahoma.

  3. Participants will learn the role of geography and amenities in determining the long-run location decisions of people and economic activity.

What's a Stereotype Got to Do With It?

Trista Anderson| Tulsa Technology Center|

Lisa BenjaminTulsa Technology Center |

20th Century- 2nd floor

A discussion of the origins of unconscious bias, stereotyping and how easy it is to perpetuate common stereotypes.  Includes a biological perspective on unconscious bias, a group activity on stereotypes, and tips and tricks to correct unconscious bias.

At the end of the presentation participants will:
1)  Discuss the biological mechanisms that perpetuate unconscious bias.
2)  Identify common stereotypes of different populations and provide an argument against them.
3)  Identify three steps to take to correct unconscious bias.

When: The Science of Perfect Timing

Julie C. Griffin| Central Technology Center

Plaza North- 2nd floor

An interactive session, exploring Dan Pink’s latest book, “When – The Science of perfect Timing.” 

In this session you will learn:
- The human body’s rhythms and cycles of the day
- Your chronotype and what that means
- The best time to do your best work
- The significance of beginnings, midpoints, and endings

Additionally, you will walk away with resources to help you make the most of your time, and allow you to run the day, instead of allowing your day to run you. 

Participant objectives:
1. Identify personal daily cycles of peak, trough, and recovery
2. Identify time frames best suited to analytic work, creative work, and administrative work
3. Gain an understanding of how this knowledge can be used with teams to maintain motivation and complete the task at hand
4. Develop a plan of action to apply what was learned, to make the most of the work day, moving forward


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