A Look Back

As 2011 comes to a close we want to take a moment and look back at the three most popular post of 2011. Why three, who knows? Perhaps it is becuase everyone else does a top five or top ten list, but hardly anyone does a top three list, so here it is.

Top Three Post of 2011

And the number one post of 2011.......

NTHS Board Presentation

I want to thank you for following along this year. I enjoy the opportunity to share with you and hope that you are learning right along with me. Here is to a great 2012!


Google Reader

I love RSS! I have over 200 websites and feeds that are automatically monitored for me 24/7. These updates are sent to me and aggregated in my feed reader, Google Reader, so that I get the information as quickly as it is put up.

From time to time I am asked how to use a reader or ever what is a reader? This great little video might just help you answer that question for yourself.

By the way, I found this video this morning with my reader!


Programs of Study

Beginning on January 12, just one month away, we will conduct our first meeting in Oklahoma about the Program of Study. The research and development of the Program of Study in Oklahoma is planned to conclude on December 13, 2012.

What is the Program of Study, or POS? Quite simply, we do not know completely yet. What we know is that there are 10 components that make up the POS.

  1. Legislation and Policies
  2. Partnerships
  3. Professional Development
  4. Accountability and Evaluation Systems
  5. College and Career Readiness Standards
  6. Course Sequences 
  7. Credit Transfer Agreements
  8. Guidance Counseling and Academic Advisement
  9. Teaching and Learning Strategies
  10. Technical Skills Assessments
We will use these 10 components to guide the work of the Program of Study Workgroup. Each component will have a meeting centering on it with a sub-committee and discussions will cover what it means to the state and career and technology education.

We will meet on components 1-5 and then convene a Committee of Practitioners. This committee will represent high schools, technology centers and colleges who receive Carl Perkins money. They will come from small, medium, large, rural and urban schools. After components 6-10, we will reconvene again and discuss the components in depth.

After all 10 components have been completed, we will convene the committee as a whole and discuss how each component affects the others and develop a Program of Study that uses the strengths of the system to move CTE forward in Oklahoma.

In the Program of Study, you will see elements of Tech Prep, the Cooperative Alliance Program, Plans of Study, Technology Centers That Work, High Schools That Work and other initiatives across our state. The Program of Study will be aligned with the college and career agenda and will provide improved opportunities for students.

We are excited about the possibilities of the Program of Study in Oklahoma. We will be sharing our findings as we continue along and hope that you will keep up with us.


Cara Goes to Class

Check out this cool video from Meridian Technology Center. I think it is the first, so it will be fun watching Cara as she goes to the different classes.


Viewbook Example

Some of the technology centers are beginning to embed their viewbook on their websites.

This is a great idea that means an up to date copy of your book will always be available for anyone to read, at anytime. If you are collecting parents contact information at your tour, how about sending a follow up email to the parents that evening, just in case the student threw away the vieewbook you gave them.

Great job and I hope to see more embedded viewbooks.


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