Oklahoma teachers, parents to converge at Vision 2020 beginning July 15

Educators, parents and everyone with an interest in Oklahoma schools are invited to the Vision2020 conference Tuesday, July 15, through Thursday, July 17, at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City.

“I’m really looking forward to Vision 2020 this year. It’s such a great opportunity for all kinds of educators from every part of our state to come together, share their knowledge and leave inspired,” said state Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi.

This free annual conference is offering more opportunities than ever with nationally renowned speakers, professional development seminars and special resources for parents. Each day features a morning keynote address as well as a host of breakout sessions.

All general sessions will take place at 9 a.m. each day with keynotes to begin around 9:40 a.m. Lee Roland, principal of a successful high-poverty elementary school in the Putnam City School District, will give the keynote presentation Tuesday morning.

New York Times best-selling author Paul Tough will speak Wednesday about his 20 years of research into successful character traits, the subject of his book How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character.

On Thursday, Scott Barry Kaufman, a psychologist and author of Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined, will give the final keynote on what defines intelligence. Kaufman and Tough will also sign books and lead small Q-and-A sessions after their speeches on their respective days.

After the general session each day, and at 8 a.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, educators can choose from more than 300 breakout sessions on everything from technology to teaching methods. Here’s a tiny sampling:

Elise Foster, author of The Multiplier Effect: Tapping the Genius Inside Our Schools, will lead a breakout session and sign books.
Supt. Barresi will lead an open-topic roundtable discussion for anyone interested in education.
At a breakout on Tuesday, attendees will get to interact with therapy animals as they learn how to use similar programs in schools.

There will also be multiple sessions exploring recent legislation that could affect Oklahoma schools, and several sessions cover the process of writing new state standards for English language arts and mathematics.

Teachers can receive professional development credits for attending Vision, and counselors will be able to earn up to seven continuing education units (CEUs) each.

Everyone is welcome to stick around at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday to network at a come-and-go Tweet-up.

Parents are encouraged to attend any of the sessions, including the general sessions featuring the keynote speakers. Parent Power Night, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, touts panel discussions and resources customized specifically for parents of students.

Aside from the sessions, there will also be a few special presentations at this year’s conference.

The 12 finalists competing to be Oklahoma’s next Teacher of the Year will be revealed during Wednesday’s general session.

All day Thursday, the State Department of Education will offer demonstrations of its new Oklahoma Indian Education Resource, a free database of resources on the culture and history of Oklahoma’s 39 tribes.

An interactive trade show with a range of vendors from publishers to school bus manufacturers will also take place throughout the conference.

Vision 2020 is free and open to the public, but space is limited and registration is required. Registration for the conference and all of its events can be done in one easy, online form.

Register for Vision 2020! Visit www.okvision2020.ok.gov and click the “Register Now for Free!” button. Or visit the registration page directly at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/vision2020-attendee-registration-tickets-104....

Last updated on July 9, 2014