Conference Session Descriptions

2014

 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

 

8:30 am - 9:30 am

 

Opening Session

 

Re-visiting the Bluest Eye and Releasing the Social Imagination

Dr. Seungho Moon, Asst. Professor of Education, Oklahoma State University

Why do some students long for the bluest eye?  Do we see the world differently if we had blue eyes?  In this opening session, Dr. Moon opens up questions about equity by reviewing our historical, collective traumas in the racialized, classed, and gendered society.  The participants review justice issues in CTEEC from the lens of "hegemony" and "social imagination."

 

9:30 am - 10:30 am

 

General Session:  National Legislation Update

Lisa R. Ransom, Nape Director - Public Policy

Join Lisa for the latest public policy updates from Washington, DC.  Learn about the impact on equity issues in federal policy concerning TANF, WIA and Perkins.  This is a great time to ask questions and get the inside track on congressional actions and White House initiatives.

 

10:45am-11:45 am

Break Out Sessions:

 

Create a New Look:  Reaserch-based Innovation in NTO Recruitment

Lynn Reha, Director of Illinois Center for Specialized Professional Support & Kristine Adzovic, Adult Student Connections Coordinator, Kiswaukee College.

WOMENufacturing.  Divas in Motion.  Moonbuggies.  All these titles name activities designed to recruit more women and especially single parents, into nontraditional careers.  This session will describe the outcomes of these and similar projects which have been created at Illinois Community Colleges.  Kristine Adzovic, Adult Student Connections Coordinator, will outline the process for developing special programs that recruit and retain students in nontraditional careers at Kiswaukee College.  Lynn Reha, Director of the Illinois Center for Specialized Professional Support, will illustrate how community colleges are using a mini-award program to spark innovation and increase recruitment into nontraditional careers.

 

Can We Talk?  How Prepared are You for Your Chosen Career

Monica Marsh, Retired,  Butler Technology & Career Development Schools, Hamilton, OH

Generic employability skills are now part of the national agenda in post-compulsory education and training, and communication is, arguably , the most important of these.  Cultural Competency and Oral Communication are two of the skills most highly valued by employers.  Survey after survey of employers' skills needs reveal that they are looking for staff who are able to interact effectively across cultures and races; being able to manage differences and, good at communicating.

 

This session is designed with the belief that we can all improve our speaking and listening, and that developing greater self-awareness is the key to improving our ability in this area.  Participants will be engaged in a range of activities designed to develop and enhance interpersonal skills that will be of benefit to adult learners throughout their lives in their living, learning and working environments.  Attendees will leave with a collection of activities to use with their adult learners.

 

Civil Rights Violations & Race- DOWNLOAD POWERPOINT

Claire Fitzgerald, Attorney, U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimmination based on race, color, or national origin in programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance.  Examples of discrimination covered by Title VI include racial harassment, school segregation, and denial of language services to national-origin-minority students who are limited in the English.  The Title VI regulation prohibits retaliation for filing an OCR complaint or for advocacy for a right protected by Title VI.  An overview of educational entities' responsibilities under this law will be shared.  OCR prefers to provide technical assistance in the enforcement of these laws rather than determining consequences.  Attendees will hear from an experienced offical from OCR who whill share her vast knowledge.

 

 

11:45 am - 1:00 pm - Lunch on Your Own

 

 

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Half Empty vs Half Full:  Rethinking privilege in CTEEC- DOWNLOAD POWERPOINT

Dr Seungho Moon, Assistant Professor of Education, Oklahoma State University

In Career and Technology Education, educators emphasize working for the socially, historically, economically, and racially underprivileged groups.  In this general session, Dr. Moon proposes to challenge our taken-for-grantedness about privilege and underprivilege.  A structural change for a more equitable and just society is urgent and crucial.  Yet, how can educators push further to challenge the label of "underprivileged"?  What strategies can we co-create for looking at the half full rather than the half empty?

 

 

2:00 pm - 2:15 pm - Beverage Break

 

 

2:15 pm - 3:15 pm

Break Out Sessions:

 

Introduction to Technology Accessibility- DOWNLOAD POWERPOINT

Rob Carr, Accessibility Coordinator for Oklahoma ABLE Tech, Oklahoma's Assistive Technology Act Program, Oklahoma State University.

Technology is a powerful tool that we use more and more to bring people into our educational programs and employment settings.  We see technology used in education everywhere from recruitment, to enrollment, to financial aid, and on into the classroom.  In employment, technology is used to advertise jobs, to collect job application, to sign up for benefits, to provide training, and to interact with co-workers.  New technology comes along all the time, often making it easier for people to interact with us without dialing a phone number or coming by an office or classroom.

 

As technology reaches further throughout our organizations, we need to be sure that we don't accidentally put up barriers that keep people with disabilities from taking advantage of what we offer.  In this session we'll talk about people with disabilities and technology in plain language that everyone can understand.  You're likely to leave with a different perception of how people with disabilities use technology and your place in the technology accessibility conversation.

 

Drugs, Brain Damage, and Learning- DOWNLOAD POWERPOINT

John Duncan, Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary and Cultural Studies, Okahoma College of Liberal Studies; Clinical Associate Professor, OU College of Medicine

In this session, participants will learn how both structural and functional brain damage caused by using illicit drugs has a debilitative effect on learning and behavior.  We will examine the effects of methamphetamine, opiods, marihuana, and some of the newer drugs such as K2.  Specifically, the manner in which each of these drugs affects the brain, from changing blood flow to actually genetically changing neurons, causes correlative behavioral and cognitive effects.  These effects are consistent and can be understood as a serious challenge to the educational environment.

 

Title Ix:  Not Just a Sports Issue- DOWNLOAD POWERPOINT

Claire Fitzgerald, Attorney, U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination based on sex in education programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance.  The Title IX regulation describes the conduct that violates Title IX.  Examples of the types of discrimination that are covered under Title IX include sexual harassment; the failure to provide equal opportunity in athletics; discrimination in a school's science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) courses and programs; and discrimination based on pregnancy.  The Title IX regulation is enforced by OCR Title IX prohibits retaliation for filing OCR complaints or for advocating for a right protected by Title IX.  An overview of educational entities' responsibilities under this law will be shared.  OCR prefers to provide technical assistance in the enforcement of this law rather than determining consequesces.  Attendees will hear from an experienced official from OCR who will share her vast knowledge.

 

 

3:15 pm - 3:45 pm - Break With Exhibitors - Drawings For Door Prizes

 

3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

 

Basic Accessiblity, Considerations in Multimedia

Rob Carr, Accessibility Coordinator for Oklahoma ABLE Tech, Oklahoma's Assistive Technology Act Program, Oklahoma State University

Audio and video are great ways to communicate information out through websites and to provide computer-based training materials.  And just as we need to keep accessibliity for people with disabilities in mind with websites and software, we need to keep it in mind when it comes to our digital audio and video.

 

In this session we'll talk about the basics of accessible digital multimedia.  You'll leave with a better understanding of transcription, captioning, and things to factor in when choosing the way that you deliver multimedia to consumers.

 

Effects of Substance Abuse on Learning - Repeat Session- DOWNLOAD POWERPOINT

John Duncan, Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary and Cultural Studies, Oklahoma College of Liberal Studies; Clinical Associate Professor, OU College of Medicine

 

 

Changing a Disablity to an Ability- DOWNLOAD POWERPOINT

Claire Fitzgerald, Attorney, U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights

The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) enforces two laws that prohibit discrimination based on disability.  Section 504 of the Rehabilitation act of 1973 prohibits discrimination based on disability in programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance.  Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 prohibits discrimination based on disability in public entities.  Many students have disabilities that must be accommodated.  An overview of educational entities' responsibilities under these laws will be shared.  OCR prefers to provide technical assistance in the enforcement of these laws rather than determiningg consequences.  Attendees will hear from an experienced official from OCR who will share her vast knowledge.

 

 

 

 

Friday, September 26, 2014

 

8:00 - 9:00 - Continental Breakfast

 

9:00 - 10:00 - Break Out Session

 

Using Economic Insecurity Rates Among Women and Families to Demonstrate the Value of Your Work or Preferred Policies- DOWNLOAD POWERPOINT

Shawn McMahon, Vice president for Policy and Programs, Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW), Washington, DC

This session will explain how "ecomomic insecurity rates" among women and others have changed over the years, and explain the value of using alternative measures of welfare to demonstrate the value of your work or preferred policies.  The session will then show how your state stacks up against other states in training workers for well-paying jobs andproviding work supports.

 

 

Enhancing Support for Special Populations Through Understanding Neurodiversity- DOWNLOAD POWERPOINT

Ann McMahon, Vice President for Science & Education, Pacific Science Center, Seattle, WA

Dr. McMahon will provide an overview of the research on how attachment, scarcity, trauma and response to failure form neurodiverse patterns in the brain.   Participants will be invited to apply the research to create strategies that accommodate neurodiverse learners in their classrooms.  Through an increased understanding of neurodiversity, workshop attendees will be better equipped to support learners to consider, pursue and succeed in both traditional and nontraditional careers.

 

Micromessaging to Teach & Reach Every Student

Tegwin Pulley, Consultant

The NAPE Education Foundation has developed Micromessaging to Reach and Teach Every Student.  A high-quality, research-based, educator professional development program to address gender and culturally based implicit biases that occur in the classroom and that are manifested through "micromessages."  This unique program provides participants with an awareness of the power of micromessages, which include looks, gestures, tone of voice, or the framing of feedback that subtly yet powerfully shape our culture, our classrooms, and the individuals within them.

 

 

10:00 am - 10:30 am - Check Out Break

 

 

10:30 am - 11:30 am - Break Out Session

 

Using Economic Insecurity Rates Among Women and Families to Demonstrate the Value of your Work or Preferred Policies - Repeat Session- DOWNLOAD POWERPOINT

Shawn McMahon, Vice President for Policy and Programs, Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW), Washington, DC

 

 

Enhancing Support for Special Populations Through Understanding Neurodiversity - Repeat Session

Ann McMahon, Vice President for Science & Education, Pacific Science Center, Seattle, WA

 

 

Micormessaging to Teach & Reach Every Student - Repeat Session

Tegwin Pulley, Consultant

 

 

11:35 am - 1:30 pm - Luncheon and Closing Session

 

Ann McMahon, Vice President for Science & Education, Pacific Science Center, Seattle, WA

However we conceptualize and classify what we do, all of us must engage the brains of others in order to help the people we serve.  Modern technology and research have allowed us to peer inside of brains as they work.  This has led to new insights about how nature and nurture combine to shape our neural pathways, which shape our lives.  What patterns are common to us all?  How do special circumstances in the environments of our clients affect the development of their brains, their life patterns, and choices?  How can we use these new findings to optimize how we deliver our services?  Learn key strategies that can be incorporated into all your services to address the neurodiversity of your special populations.