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Did You Know April 20, 2021

As our semester winds to a close for many of our students, our division looks for ideas we can expound on at Oklahoma Summit or Summer Conference as it’s typically known.  One of the areas of concern we’ve heard a lot about is how to help teachers identify tools to do mental health checks on students, especially when we are in a distance learning environment.  I hear some schools may choose to offer training over distance, even once the pandemic is over.  This article, “Making Mental Health Checks During Remote Learning” shares resources we should all become familiar with.

  1. Did you Know that you can give students access to the Anatomage eBook without them having to be enrolled in any specific class?  It’s called Direct Purchase and it allows students to acquire access to the Anatomage eBook platform without being required to attend a certain class as well as accelerate their learning process by allowing faster access to the platform without waiting on the instructors.  To find out more, click here for a free trial!!
  2. Speaking of Anatomy…. Health Science State-Approved Courses
  3. Adoption of the iCEV Health Science site grants the user unlimited access to ALL courses on the platform. The product is state-approved for 4 courses. Adoption of the product provides the user access to these courses as well as 8 additional courses within the Health Science Cluster.  iCEV offers Anatomy, Health Careers I, Health Careers II, Physiology and if you are looking for a new resource, take a look at their Anatomy course.The lessons in this course are correlated to the National Health Science Standards. The National Health Science Standards provide a clear and consistent understanding of industry and post‐secondary expectations for health science teachers and students. These standards are designed to provide the essential knowledge common across health professions to prepare and increase the number of students that are college and career ready.  For special pricing, look at their website.
  4. The National Center for College and Career Transitions (NC3T) provides coaching, technical assistance, and tools to help community-based leaders plan and implement their college-career pathway systems, supplemented by keynote addresses, workshops, online coursework, though-provoking books, and advocacy.  Read our recent blog!!
  5. Industry tells us over and over that our students need to be able to critically think.  Click on any of the “read” buttons and you’ll see a free pdf download of a teacher’s guide for teaching critical thinking!
  6. Please join Andrea Golden-Pogue and Dr. Thomas Teasdale to learn more about four dementia education courses that will be presented to all Tech Center partners for free.  This meeting is informational in nature and will be offered via Zoom on Friday, April 23, 2021 from 1:30p-2:30p.  Meeting ID: 951 3804 1349 Passcode: 00592407.  No registration is needed; hosted by the Reynolds Section of Geriatric medicine in the College of Medicine and Dept. of Health Promotion Sciences in the Hudson College of Public Health.  The four courses will allow you to Elevate your Health Sciences & Career programs (CNA & LPN) with dementia-specific content  and enhance job options for your graduates likely to encounter elders. You can also learn more about the complimentary Train-the-Trainer Certification Course to be held on may 21, 2021 from 9am-3pm.  For more information, please email
  7. The Power of Positive Summit kicks off this week! It's FREE online, on-demand, April 22-28 featuring speakers such as:  Jon Gordon, Russell Wilson, Ed Mylett, Valorie Burton, Jamie Kern Lima, Sam Acho, Inky Johnson, Jon Acuff, Christine Caine and more. For the past 9 years or so, bestselling author Jon Gordon and I have put on The Power of Positive Summit. It's always tremendous. This year we have 30+ top speakers, authors, celebrities, sports figures, etc. each sharing strategies to help you stay positive, overcome challenges and make a greater impact.  
    The best part (beyond it being FREE and amazing speakers) is that you can access the content on-demand during the summit dates. Every day during the summit we release a few speakers. Once their video is up, you can watch it any time you want through April 28 for free!! And by the way, these videos are usually just 5-15 minutes in length so they are perfect to give you quick actionable takeaways without making you sit for hours (who has time for that right?).  There's nothing to lose by signing up for this. Even if you can watch all the speakers, if you watch just one and get a helpful takeaway it will be worth it. So head over to right now and sign up!
  8. I guess I have a theme going here…..for all you Brene Brown fans out there, I can’t think of a better team than to listen to Simon Sinek (fantastic author and bringer of positive vibes) interview Brene Brown.  The title to this podcast is “A Bit of Optimism”.  I don’t know about you, but I can always afford to have more optimism in my life!  This 53 minute podcast can be heard here!
  9. SAVE THE DATE!!  In response to the need for a Simulation Conference, OHCETA and ODCTE will be working with a  team of Simulation professionals to plan and present the 2021 Simulation Conference which will be held on Wednesday, May 19th, 2021.  It will be a virtual event so there will not be a cost associated!  We will ask all teachers to register for communication purposes and so we can get you a certificate of attendance!!  More information to follow. 
  10. Final Webinar Wednesdays with NCHSE have been posted, and you definitely don’t want to miss this first one!!!!
  11. Final Wednesday Webinars for 2020-2021 School Year  Details:

    April 21, 2021, 4:00 - 5:00 PM (ET)

    April 28, 2021, 4:00 - 5:00 PM (ET) 

    • Using Simulations to Engage and Excite Students in Health Science
      with Mark Hoffman & Noe Macias - NGL | Cengage Consultants   
    • Register 
    May 5, 2021, 4:00 - 5:00 PM (ET)    
    • Five Surprising Facts about Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists: Opportunities for Students and Resources for Educators
      with Judy Blackburn, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • NCHSE FREE Beta Testing is available through June 1, 2021 for students. Our goal is to prepare the new exams and have certificates available for the 2021-22 school year.
  • These new exams are designed as end of course assessment certificates and align to the NCHSE health science curriculum: Foundation of Healthcare Professions, Essentials of Healthcare Practices, Human Structure, Function and Disease A and Human Structure, Function and Disease B. Check out the opportunity here.

  • 2021 National Health Science Conference details will be available May 1. Check out the hybrid and in-person options, registration and hotel information, attendance letter of justification template, call for presenters, along with exhibitor and sponsor opportunities.  

13. The National Career Cluster Framework project is “modernizing” and they need your help!  Please see    below and help out by sharing your thoughts!!

Reasons You Should Submit an Idea to the National Career Clusters Framework Modernization Right Now:
Check out the one minute YouTube promo.

On April 1, Advance CTE launched a crowdsourcing online portal collecting ideas from across the nation on how to transform and modernize the The National Career Clusters Framework. Today, we are asking you to submit your bold, innovative and exciting ideas to help construct a new, modern and enduring Framework.

Why is this important now?  

  • Designing for a Changing Future: The National Career Clusters Framework is a key component in organizing, designing and communicating about CTE. It was launched in 2002 and now requires reconsideration as the world of work has changed dramatically and even more significantly in recent times.
  • Nimble and Adaptable: Updating The Framework will ensure that CTE is reflective and adaptable to the future of work and meeting the current and future needs of learners and the workplace.
  • Learner-Centered: The new Framework must be designed with equity and access in mind, relevant to both secondary and postsecondary CTE, learner-centered, forward-focused, informed by stakeholders, research and data and embraced by states and all its users.
  • Collaboration: The modernization of The Framework needs your ideas! This is your opportunity to have your voice and perspective heard in this important effort. Advance CTE is hoping for submissions from a vast array of stakeholders - educators, industry, learners, leaders, researchers, etc. - from all corners of the country.

Learn more about the crowdsourcing portal here, and submityour ideas. The portal will close May 7. 

NCHSE has served as the health science cluster advisory group for over twenty years. We have continued to sustain and refresh the health science cluster frameworks and its components to include the National Health Science Standards, curriculum resources, a comprehensive certificate program, professional development, and partnerships. Help us spread the word about this opportunity. Health science voices need to be heard as revisions will impact our work and programs nationwide.

Here’s wishing you a wonderful rest of the week!  Be sure to do one thing that challenges you—join a webinar, read an article or visit with co-teachers about best practices—this week.  Imagine your professional growth if you did this EVERY week!!

Lara Morris
State Program Manager
Health Careers Education

Last Modified on Oct 04, 2021
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