Ability Advisor Newsletter

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Ability Advisor Newsletter


Today is CTE Social Media Day

I love sharing about CTE!

Over on the CareerTech Twitter feed I am going to try to post at least one CTE fact every 30 minutes. I hope I can do it! Check it out to see the Tweets we have done so far.


Little shout outs like "71,000+ middle school through adult students are members of at least 1 of 7 CTSO's Learn-Lead-Succeed" or "Approved CareerTech education courses are counted as credits toward Oklahoma's Promise requirements" will be shared throughout the day.

What is your CTE story? I was in FFA during high school. FFA taught me the leadership skills including parliamentary procedure, team work and public speaking that I use today. I had the opportunity to go to the Washington Leadership Conference, attend multiple National and State FFA Conventions, run for a state office, lead students at FFA Alumni Camp and learn an appreciation for agriculture. It also taught me responsibility through the SAE by raising livestock and getting up at all hours of the night, in the freezing cold to make sure that the new baby lambs got through the night.

I can't wait to hear your story!


CTE Social Media Day

February 17th is CTE Social Media Day.

If you Blog, tell your CTE story. If you Twitter, Tweet about CTE and if you are on Facebook use your status to tell how CTE has impacted your life.

Bottom line, we want to hear your CTE story. It will be fun to read the impact that CTE has across the country and in Oklahoma.

If you are on Twitter you can follow Oklahoma CareerTech at twitter.com/okcareertech

NTHS Banner

The CTSO's have gotten together and working with our Marketing and Communications office developed some really cool banners and materials to promote our students in Career and Technology Education.

This is the banner for the National Technical Honor Society. If you want to see them all, check them out here.

I think these are great banners and they all have a common look and feel, integrated!

What do you think?


NTHS Day at the Capitol

Are you ready for the 15th Annual NTHS Day at the Capitol?

We are excited to announce that Janet Barresi, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, will be the keynote speaker!

On March 3rd, students will get to hear from the Superintendent on the floor of the House Chamber. Students will also have a chance to meet with their legislators during the morning and explore the capitol through tours.

Check out our website for information about NTHS's Day at the Capitol, starting a Chapter or the benefits of membership: www.okcareertech.org/nths


Oklahoma FIRST Social Media

Are you ready for Logomotion? It is coming soon and our bet is you want to stay up to date with all of the information that you can about the Oklahoma FIRST Regional. But how do you do that?

We have a couple of suggestions.

Following Oklahoma F.I.R.S.T. on Facebook?

Follow Oklahoma F.I.R.S.T. on Twitter?

And of course we will post infomration on our website: www.oklahomafirst.org

A great team opportunity was posted today and only those following Oklahoma FIRST through these two new social media channels will know! Hurry and sign up, more opportunities will be coming soon!


Going Paperless

This morning I attended a presentation from Green Country Technology Center and their nursing instructors.

GCTC is working to transition to a paperless classroom where students have access to their instructional materials in a 24 hour setting. Even during the snowstorm of last week, students has access to lectures, notes and text books. They also have access to learning on 3D models of organs like the heart and brain, that before would be just pictures in an 11lb book.

They also talked about the many opportunities avaliable to educators through YouTube, apps and other resources that they have found. They are working with CIMC to develop online curriculum and they are excited about teaching while their students are excited about learning.

What ways are you bringing technology into the classroom?


OAMCTE Essay Contest



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.
3. Length of essay is 500 words minimum and 700 words maximum.
4. Include a cover sheet with your name, address, phone number, school name, program name, grade, and 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 4, 2011. 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
Edison Preparatory School
2906 E. 41st Street
Tulsa, OK 74105

When will winners be notified?

Winning essay writers will be notified by Friday, April 8, 2011

Who to contact if you have questions?

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

ACTE Convention - Atlanta

Are you headed to St Louis for the 2011 ACTE Convention? If you need to count down the hours till the opening session, make use of the countdown widget.


Happy CTE Month!

In celebration of CTE month, we would like to share with you a CTE PSA.


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