Concurrent Session III: 2:15 pm - 3:00 pm

Building a Bridge for Undocumented Immigrant Students

Akash Patel|

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.

Building Communities of Connection - TTT course

Mark Wilson| Central Technology Center |

Plaza South- 2nd floor

It’s becoming extremely difficult to stay positive in a world that presents us with an unending supply of negative information. I have developed a short program that speaks specifically to HOW we can begin to build a defense against the antagonism that seeps into our daily lives. It’s a short course that anyone with a positive attitude can deliver. It’s also great as a standalone, single delivery piece for a one hour, and equally as powerful as an action generator for next steps and continuing training and education in the leadership arena. Join me as I take you through a condensed version of the program, and then show you how you can use this as a lead generator for further training. 

Session attendees will gain:
• Awareness of how to help clients balance the negative that enters their world, and
• A tool to help them work towards building communities that are more connected and as a result, more positive. 
• The full program for use at your location, including handouts, PowerPoint, and tips for facilitation
• Thoughts for tailoring it to your audience, some ideas for next steps, and building a track for long term client engagement in the areas of leadership and management development.  

A firm believer in breakfast food and that a handshake and your word mean more than any contract, Mark N. Wilson brings more than 30 years of relationship building and customer service expertise from his manufacturing and state government background, to each training experience. Mark is currently an Industrial Coordinator for Central Technology Center as well as a trainer for the John Maxwell team.  Mark uses his humor and empathy to add value to clients while helping them understand that emotion drives the bottom line. Mark is passionate about guiding people to discover their purpose and learning to live a life of significance as they continue their personal growth journeys. 

Differentiating for Success in CTE

Nancy Rodriguez| Education Service Center, Region 20 |

20th Century- 2nd floor


To differentiate instruction in the CTE classroom is to say we believe all kids deserve access to the richest most compelling learning experiences possible.

Our students depend on us to help them construct a solid academic and career and technical education foundation for success in life, and differentiated instruction is a tool that equips us to help them find success, now and in the future.


Differentiated CTE instruction means creating an environment in which every student feels valued, challenged, supported and part of a team working together for success.


This session’s objectives include:

  • Understanding Differentiation

  • Understand the value of teaching to individual learning styles

  • Understand the value of honoring students' strengths

Excellent CTE Programs?  Prove it!

Luann Argersinger|   CTE  Leadership Team for Bryan Independent School District|

Green Country- 2nd floor

If you want to build excellent CTE programs, then you do not want to miss this presentation!   The CTE Leadership team in Bryan ISD from Bryan, Texas, will explain how they defined CTE Excellence and developed a rubric that measures the selected ACTE high quality indicators.  They will share their buy-in process, data collection software, and data dissemination methodology.  They will also explain how the data can be used as a needs assessment and how it is being used to build excellent CTE programs.  This rubric can be implemented in any district that wants to build excellent CTE programs!


Participants will: 

1. Network among peers about the concept of CTE Excellence
2. Participate in identifying potential indicators of excellence in a CTE program as outlined in the ACTE High Quality CTE Framework
3. Walk away with hands-on tools for creating a data driven rubric that  measures the quality of a CTE program 

Health Programs Orientation

Trista Anderson| Tulsa Technology Center |

Plaza North- 2nd floor

Discuss the option of a Health Programs Orientation course.  This course is designed to provide students in programs with a clinical rotation an overview of the program and required documentation prior to the course starting. 

  1. Discuss the programs appropriate for a Health Programs Orientation requirement.

  2. Identify possible information to include in a health programs orientation packet.

  3. Identify appropriate locations in which to hold orientation sessions (FLEX or Face to FAce format). 

New Kid on the Block:  A Rookie's Transition into the world of BIS

Casey Paulk| Tulsa Technology Center |

Frontier Room- 2nd floor

  • Tips for newer industrial coordinator from a new coordinator perspective.  

  • Building relationships.  

  • Researching resources.

  • Who to talk to.  

  • Pricing training.

  • How to bridge past to the present .  

  • Networking tips. 


This session’s objectives include:

  • Generate new leads

  • Maintain and grow current relationships

  • Help decrease pitfalls of transitioning into BIS from full time programs

Pointer Place: Preparing Students for Promising Careers

Danielle Ross| Pointer Place Campus Store |

Kelly Hays| Pointer Place Campus Store

Brick Room- 1st floor

Presenters will share how their vision for an on-campus retail store and cafe’ became a reality. The session will guide participants through the process of opening and operating “Pointer Place,” which provides students with real-world experience in the food, retail, fashion merchandising, screen-printing, and customer service industries.

Presenters will share how they have transformed their FACS curriculum into a career readiness program, providing opportunities for hands-on training and industry certification. Examples will include the school’s screen printing service, which was the first of its kind in the state. Incorporating fashion, retail, marketing, and production, Pointer Place features one-of-a-kind designs crafted entirely by students. Participants render art, and utilize high-tech equipment to print merchandise, ranging from tumblers to t-shirts. Workers are responsible for managing orders/inventory and daily store operations. Presenters will also present their cafe model, exploring food preparation, vendor relations, and adhering to school nutrition guidelines. 

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Participants will:  

  • Explore ways to help to prepare students for career readiness in the FACS classroom

  • Gain new techniques for incorporating hands-on learning through school business operations

  • Walk through the process, from start to finish, of turning a traditional classroom into a student-run business/operation 

  • Explore ways to build new relationships or build upon existing partnerships to foster collaboration between schools and community. 

  • Learn about the requirements for, and value of providing students with opportunities for industry certifications

We Persevered... Now We Lead!

Twyler Earl| Career and Technical Education Equity Council |

18th Century- 2nd floor

The CDC has reported that childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on future violence victimization and perpetration, and lifelong health and opportunity. And, in many cases, ACEs can be prevented, but the reality is these experiences have been "swept under the rug" often.  And, in most cases, the brain does not heal from these experiences and the trauma, instead a new normal is created and re-present themselves in classrooms on college campuses more often than not.


In this session a panel of non-traditional and/or first generation students will share how they have learned how to navigate on a college campus with success despite the odds against them. In addition to sharing their stories, students will be offer insight on who/what/how they not only preserved, but led their peers on campus and in the community-at-large.


In this workshop, participants will learn more about ACEs and the impact in the classroom, from the moderator, and be challenged to create a student-centered classroom that seeks to:

(1) Allow for student choice and autonomy.

(2) Encourage student reflection.

(3) Empower students to create their own brand.

(4) Get the students involved in community-based activities and service-learning projects.

Using STEM Initiatives to Grow Meaningful Partner School Connections

Ashley Fichtner|Gordon Cooper Technology Center |

Sheraton University- Basement

Time and Presence.  Spending time with teachers, students, and administrators AND being present on their campus has been the key to developing positive relationships with partner schools at Gordon Cooper Technology Center.   It takes time to build the foundation for such relationships.   We will share with instructors and administrators specific ways that we have increased our presence on partner school campuses without adding on to their already full list of responsibilities


Session Objectives:

1. How to grow a STEM region. 
2. How to connect teachers, students, and administrators. 
3. Why STEM??

Writing Course Descriptions that Sell

Brendan Marsello| Learning Resources Network (LERN)|

Great Plains- 2nd floor

You have only a few seconds to engage your reader with your course descriptions. Find out what to do, and what not to do. Then take home a best practices checklist of the 11 items for success in boosting registrations with your course descriptions. 

This session’s objectives include:

  • Create compelling course titles

  • Write description that target your audience 

  • Learn to use proven techniques and words that work

  • Learn best practices for editing, guidelines and style 


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