Information for you on the OAMCTE Annual Essay Contest – Early March Deadline for Students

Who is eligible to enter the essay contest?

Students must meet all three of the following criteria:
  1. Currently enrolled and attending a Career and Technology Education class or program.
  2. A high school junior or senior.
  3. A member of a minority race.
What are the criteria for writing the essay?
  1. Essay theme is “Why I Chose Career and Technology Education as Part of My Career Pathway”.
  2. Papers should be typed double spaced; font size 12.
  3. Length of essay is 500 words minimum and 700 words maximum.
  4. Include a cover sheet with your name, email address, mailing address, phone number, school name, program name, grade, the name, phone number, and e-mail address of your Career Tech instructor.
  5. Include a color picture with your name printed on the back.  Pictures will not be returned.
  6. Postmarked deadline to submit essay is Friday, March 3, 2017.  No emailed essays will be accepted.

What are the winning categories?

  • First Place     -   $250.00
  • Second Place -   $175.00
  • Third Place   -   $100.00

Where are essays to be sent? 
Mail completed essays to: 
Carolyn Leach
OAMCTE Essay Chair
9017 E. 40th Place
Tulsa, OK 74145

When will winners be notified?

Winning essay writers will be notified by Friday, April 7, 2017

Who to contact if you have questions?

  • Carolyn Leach at (918) 746-8533; leachca@tulsaschools.org or
  • Cliff Harris at (918) 519-4233; mrcliffharris@yahoo.com


10 Years of Blogging

Happy Monday!! Today is the 10th birthday of the Oklahoma CTE Blog and I thought there was not a more appropriate thing to do than say thank you.

I never thought when I started this blog January 9, 2007 that it would last this long, or that I would have that much to say! You have inspired me through allowing me into your classrooms, your schools, by sharing your Tweets and more. Without you I would not have made it this far.

So, a lot of post later (some years more frequent than others) I have made it and I wanted to send a quick thank you to everyone who has read my thoughts. I appreciate you allowing me to have this outlet and hope that there may be something good that has come from it.

Keep up the great work and I will see you around!

Oklahoma Nontraditional Student Institute

I am very excited to be working with NAPE to bring the Oklahoma Nontraditional Student Institute to educators across the state. This should be a great series of professional development events that will help push Oklahoma forward as a leader in nontraditional student success. 
The Oklahoma Department of Careerand Technology Education is partnering with the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity to present the Oklahoma Nontraditional Student Institute. The institute has been developed as part of the state’s failure to meet or exceed the local levels of performance in relation to the nontraditional core indicators. The institute consist of one-day professional development sessions at regional locations, conference calls/webinars and the two-day Oklahoma Nontraditional Student Summit.
The regional workshops will introduce participants to the NAPE-developed Explore Nontraditional Careers Toolkit, and the conference calls/webinars will provide opportunities for continued professional development in the toolkit’s implementation. The summit will serve as the culmination of the institute and will bring all participants together to share experiences and learn from each other. The second day of the summit will feature an afternoon session on how sites can implement the strategies they have learned through the institute into their local Carl Perkins applications for FY18.
You are encouraged to send representatives from Rose State College to the institute. The regional workshops are limited to 30 participants at each site. The workshops will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. ODCTE is covering the cost of registration for sites, and lunch is on your own. 

  • Jan. 26, 2017 – Tulsa Technology Center, Owasso Campus
  • Jan. 27, 2017 – Kiamichi Technology Centers, McAlester Campus 
  • Feb. 16, 2017 – Canadian Valley Technology Center, Chickasha Campus 
  • Feb. 17, 2017 – Northwest Technology Center, Fairview Campus 
  • Feb. 23, 2017 – Moore Norman Technology Center, South Penn Campus 
  • Feb. 24, 2017 – Francis Tuttle Technology Center, Cross Timbers Campus 
The two-day summit will be March 28-29, 2017, at Moore Norman Technology Center, Franklin Road Campus. Participants are expected to participate in one one-day workshop, the conference calls/webinars and the two-day summit. 

More information and registration can be found at http://www.okcareertech.org/about/state-agency/divisions/federal-legislation-assistance/onsi


Welcome to our school, new student

We visited a school that mentioned an interesting (at least to me) policy for their new students.

When a new student comes to the high school one of the orientation stops that they make is with the principal. They get to know each other a bit and they get to talk expectations of the student while they are a member of the school system.

This may be something that you do and everyone else does or it might be a best practice that needs to be shared. Either way I thought the process of sitting down with a student, talking about expectations and welcoming them to their new school was a good one and one that I want to remember if I am ever in that position. 


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