CCOSA Summer Conference

The CCOSA Summer Conference is the premier conference for Oklahoma school administrators at all levels.

Dr. Ruby Payne will be presenting on A Framework for Understanding Poverty during the Thursday keynote address. There will be a variety of break-out sessions throughout the conference. Be sure to check out the exhibit hall!

Please register in advance for the OASA Banquet, ODSS Awards/Retirement Luncheon, and/or OASA, OASSP, OAESP, and ODSS Breakfast meetings.
  • The OASA Awards Banquet will be held on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 from 6:15 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. The cost is $65.00 per person. OASA Retiring Members and OASA District Administrators of the Year and one guest receive a complimentary meal thanks to our sponsors. Click Here to register for the banquet.
  • The ODSS Awards/Retirement Luncheon will be held on Thursday, June 9, 2016 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. The cost is $33.00 per person. ODSS Retiring Members and one guest receive a complimentary meal thanks to our sponsors.
  • The OASSP, OAESP, OASA, and ODSS Business Meeting/Awards Breakfasts will be held on Friday, June 10, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. These breakfasts are free for all who register in advance, but registered guests who do not attend will be charged for the cost of the breakfast, which is $23.97 per person. Retirees are encouraged to bring one guest.
Registration for the CCOSA Summer Pre-Conference is separate from registration for the CCOSA Summer Conference. To register for the CCOSA Summer Pre-Conference on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 Click Here.

If you are interested in exhibiting click here for more information about this and our other conferences.


Ruby PayneRuby K. Payne, Ph.D., is founder of aha! Process and an author, speaker, publisher, and career educator. Recognized internationally, Dr. Payne has traveled extensively since the mid-1990s to present a variety of speeches and workshops based on her foundational work A Framework for Understanding Poverty. She also offers strategies for successfully raising student achievement and overcoming economic class barriers. An expert on the mindsets of economic classes and on crossing socioeconomic lines in education and work, as well as for social change, she has trained hundreds of thousands of educators and other professionals in seminars throughout the world. To date Dr. Payne has worked in the U.S., Canada, India, the United Kingdom, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, China, Slovakia, Trinidad-Tobago, and Ireland.

Dr. Payne’s work stems from more than 30 years of experience in public schools as a high school department head, principal, and central office administrator of staff development. She has written K–12 curricula in all content areas, developed extensive staff development programs for 1,500 staff members, and assisted with the strategic plans of numerous organizations. She is known for helping students from all economic backgrounds achieve academic success and has received numerous awards for her contributions to education and the community. Dr. Payne has written or co-authored more than a dozen books. In 2011, two of her publications were honored; Removing the Mask:Identifying Giftedness in Poverty received a Gold Medal from Independent Publishers for Education; Boys in Poverty: Understanding DropOut received the Distinguished Achievement Award from Association of Educational Publishers for Professional Development—both were co-authored with the late Dr. Paul Slocumb.

She received a bachelor’s degree from Goshen College, Goshen, IN; master’s degree in English literature from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI; and doctorate in educational leadership and policy from Loyola University, Chicago, IL.

A Framework for Understanding Poverty

This initial seminar, based on the book A Framework for Understanding Poverty by Ruby K. Payne, Ph.D., provides an in-depth study of information and issues that will increase the participants’ knowledge and understanding of the poverty culture.

Topics include: how economic class affects behaviors and mindsets, why students from generational poverty often fear being educated, the “hidden rules” within economic classes, discipline interventions that improve behavior, and the eight resources that make a difference in success. Related discussions also include case studies, support systems, the role of language registers, discourse patterns, story structure, and the relationship between eye movement and learning. This seminar is designed for audiences of both elementary-and secondary-level educators with adaptation and application for community, social service and faith community audiences.

Hotel Information:

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Embassy Suites by Hilton
2501 Conference Drive
Norman, OK  73069
Book your room using the group code 'CCO' by May 7, 2016 to receive the group rate.
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Courtyard Marriott Norman
770 Copperfield Drive
Norman, OK  73072
Book your room for CCOSA 2016 by May 17, 2016 for just $99.00 per night, including breakfast. This rate is available June 5-10, 2016
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Hilton Garden Inn
700 Copperfield Drive
Norman, OK  73072
Book your CCOSA Summer Conference Room by May 17, 2016 for rates from $109.00 per night. This rate is available June 7-10, 2016.
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Holiday Inn Express and Suites
2500 Conference Drive
Norman, OK  73016
Book your room by May 24, 2016 for $92.00 per night. This rate is available June 7-9, 2016.
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Sooner Legends Hotel, Bar and Restaurant
1200 24th Avenue Southwest
Norman, OK  73072
Book your room for CCOSA16I by May 25, 2016 for just $83.00 per night. This rate is available June 8-10, 2016.
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CCOSA Summer Conference