Oklahoma Programs of Study Summit Held

Approximately 140 educators gathered at the South Penn campus of Moore-Norman Technology Center to hear from national and state experts as they spoke on rigorous programs of study.

Robert Shumer, research associate/lecturer from the University of Minnesota, kicked off the summit, sharing a national perspective with attendees and speaking on behalf of the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education. Presenters included ODCTE staff as well as participants from the Oklahoma Programs of Study Institute.

“Oklahoma students must be prepared to participate in a 21st century economy that is fast-paced, technology-driven, knowledge-based and global,” said Becki Foster, associate state director of careers, innovation and academic services for CareerTech. “Oklahoma Rigorous Programs of study will be a critical piece of connecting academic and technical coursework to the world of work.”

The summit is the result of more than a years’ worth of planning, research and development. The Department of CareerTech was an active participant in the National Research Center for Career and Technical Educations’ first National Programs of Study Institute beginning in January 2012. Using the national model, ODCTE developed an Oklahoma Programs of Study Institute to help local institutions move from programs of study to rigorous programs of study.

Caddo-Kiowa Technology Center, Choctaw High School, Claremore High School, Meridian Technology Center, Mid-America Technology Center, Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology, Redlands Community College, Tulsa Community College and Tulsa Public Schools participated in the three-month institute beginning in September 2012.

The summit was developed to help institutions start planning for local Carl Perkins implementation. The participants from the institute presented to their peers what they were doing to move from programs of study to rigorous programs of study on their campuses. Participants were given an introduction to the RPOS framework and given the opportunity to self-evaluate where their schools were in implementation.
ODCTE will continue to provide technical assistance as local schools and consortiums prepare to implement RPOS.

More information on rigorous programs of study can be found here.

(This news item was originally posted at www.okcareertech.org)


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