2018 Fall Conference

What's the deal with STEM?

Prepare children for success while promoting a lifelong curiosity and the skills to predict and test how things work.

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General Information


This is a conference for adults who teach and care for children. This is NOT a conference for children or pets. Please make other arrangements for your children and your pets. If your children or pets are in attendance, you will be asked to leave as a courtesy to the other participants. Your money will not be refunded. The only exception is for service animals.


The ideas presented in the workshop are those of the presenters and NOT necessarily of OCCA or its Board of Directors.


Attire for the conference is casual as many activities require active participation, or moving to the music. Please come dressed APPROPRIATELY with comfortable clothes and footwear in order to get the most out of the experience. For your comfort, please bring a light jacket because the temperature sometimes gets chilly.

Americans With Disabilities Act

If you require special accommodations pursuant to the Americans With Disabilities Act, please notify the OCCA office at 800-580-4181 by September 1, 2018.

Hotel Information

The conference facility is located at the Hard Rock Hotel & Convention Center, 777 W. Cherokee St., Catoosa, OK 74015. We have a block of rooms reserved for our conference at the special rate of $135 for Saturday and Sunday. If you would like to make a room reservation, please call 1-800-760-6700. You may also make reservations via the Internet at www.hardrockasinotulsa.com. Click ONLINE RESERVATION located on the left side of the page, then click GROUP RESERVATION at the top of the page.


Self-parking is available in the parking lot connected to the hotel.

Lunch Options

Lunch on Saturday is on your own from 12:10 - 1:20 pm. there are several eating establishments in the Hard Rock, as well as, within a few miles of the convention center.

  • On property: Wild Potato Buffet, HWY 66 Diner, Champions Grill, Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar, Flip Side, Salsa, Slice.
  • Within a few miles: McDonald’s, Waffle House, Wendy’s, IHOP, Taco Bell, and Taco Bueno.

On-site Registration

Registration is available depending on space. The cost for on-site registration is $90 for members and $100 for nonmembers.

Training Hours

You will receive in your packet your training certificate for 6 or 8 Formal Hours. Verification of the training certificate will be provided on the day of the conference after each class. Remember to bring your CECPD Oklahoma Professional Development Registry (OPDR) ID card. The card will be scanned and your training hours will electronically be added to your training by CECPD.

Keynote Speaker

Curtis Calvin

Curtis CalvinMr. Curtis Calvin is a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma currently residing in Oklahoma City where he serves as the Vice President of Education and Outreach for the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority (OETA). In his current capacity, Mr. Calvin has developed a statewide infrastructure to deliver a wide range of curriculum-based educational support and direct instructional services to the State’s 180,000 students.

Prior to his work with OETA, Mr. Calvin has served the State of Oklahoma in other capacities. For his work in public health, Mr. Calvin earned the Early Champions of Health Outreach (ECHO) Award and a Commendation from Governor Mary Fallin for leading a team in educating the public on the value of early interventional maternal and child health. Additionally, he has held the honor of leading the charge to increase participation in SoonerCare, Oklahoma’s federally funded Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Lastly, Mr. Calvin has served the public as a classroom teacher where he has been recognized for delivering top results for low-income, under-performing students.

Mr. Calvin has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Grambling State University and a Master of Business Administration degree in Marketing Management from Oklahoma City University. To expand his knowledge and ability to better serve the community, Mr. Calvin has also conducted graduate-level studies in Public Administration at the University of Oklahoma and Education Administration at Prairie View A&M University.

Instructions for Registration


Registration packs will be available on the day of the conference beginning at 7:00 am at the registration booth.

  • Conference Registrations can be submitted using one of the following:
    • Completing the registration form(s) and mailing with your check or money order to:
      2018 OCCA Fall Conference, P.O. Box 2485 Oklahoma City, OK 73101-2485
    • You can pay with your credit card or purchase order and fax your completed registration(s) to (405)942-0762
  • Early Bird Registration Special must be postmarked or faxed by September 4, 2018. Member: $60, Non-member: $80.
  • Registrations must be postmarked or faxed by September 4, 2018, or the fee increases to Member: $75, Non-member: $95
  • Each participant must register on a separate form. (The registration form may be reproduced.)
  • Regretfully, conference registration fees are non-refundable.
  • Conference Registrations WILL NOT be taken by phone.
Workshop Choices

Session 2

201** What is involved in obtaining National Accreditation, and how to prepare the Facility and complete all required documentation; How to train and equip teachers in the on-going process.

202** Fun activities for children ages through 6 addressing some fundamental STEM concepts such as doing real science with every day, inexpensive materials, learning about graphs with food, learning how STEM relies on patterns by doing hands-on fun activities and more! STEM should be fun. Let us show you how!

203** When kids connect with music, when it’s grounded in their world, it becomes fun. What starts as a surprising connection can become a spark that ignites their inherent curiosity, giving them the motivation to explore further, and go deeper.

204** STEM Activities, Experiments and Literature for Early Learners 

Session 3

301** Science same as class 202 STEM should be fun. Let us show you how!

302** What is assessment, and how to use the core competency learning areas of cognitive development, language development, physical development, and social-emotional development: How to use the observations and assessments to implement appropriate activities.

303** STEM Activities, Experiments and Literature for Early Learners

304** We will discuss the latest information involving CACFP and DHS and CECPD. New opportunity called Shared Services. You will be invited to ask questions.

Session 4

The class will give resources and materials to promote family engagement and playful learning.


7:00 AM - 8:00 AM  |  Registration 

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM   |  Session 1

Keynote Curtis Calvin & Darrell Strong with OETA |  Playful learning and Family Engagement with Ready to Learn

10:10 AM - 12:10 PM  |  Session 2 

  1. Class 201 Accreditation
  2. Class 202 The (Fun) Stuff STEM is made of!
  3. Class 203 The Magical, Musical STEM Connection
  4. Class 204 STEM Activities, Experiments and Literature for Early Learners

12:10 PM - 1:20 PM  |  Lunch on your own

1:25 PM - 3:25 PM  |  Session 3

  1. Class 301 (Fun) Stuff STEM is Made of!
  2. Class 302 Assessment
  3. Class 303 STEM Activities, Experiments and Literature for Early Learners
  4. Class 304 Be a Director in the know!

3:30 PM - 5:30 PM  |  Session 4

The Corporation for the Public Broadcasting (CPB) has utilized the Ready to Learn grant from the US Department of
Education to develop new resources for low-income communities centered around models of family engagement and playful learning.

The class will give resources and materials to promote family engagement and playful learning.

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