Practice & Policy Lecture Series
Provided by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services
Sequoyah Memorial Office Building, 2400 N. Lincoln Blvd. • Oklahoma City, OK 73105
(405) 521-3646 • Fax (405) 521-6684 • Internet:

​The Practice and Policy Lecture Series has been developed to provide thought-provoking presentations on Oklahoma's emerging policy issues, trends and best practices. The series is sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Human Service of Office of Performance Outcomes & Accountability and the University of Oklahoma Center for Public Management with the goal of providing the best educational opportunities available in a forum that offers participants an opportunity to question, share and learn from each other.

All lectures are free and open to the public.

Practice and Policy Research Quarterly 

Recorded Lectures

Child Care
Child Welfare
Customer Service
Developmental Disabilities
Domestic Violence
Faith-Based and Community Initiatives
Health Care
Marriage and Family
Poverty Solutions


Wednesday, November 28th, noon - 1:00 pm.


Melissa Brevetti, Ph.D.

Director of Clinical Partnerships

Langston University


Dr. Brevetti's Moral Guide to Myths and Realities

Oklahoma History Center

800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive

Oklahoma City, OK 73106


Click here to register.



In summer 2015, Dr. Brevetti published Quest for a Moral Compass, the culmination of a 5-year study of historical virtues and the development (or not) across lifetimes.  Drawing on this research, she will explain the myths and realities of moral development in the 21st century.  What is the new landscape for moral education in a digital world?

One key finding is learning how to provide safe spaces for community members to interact with each other and to explore the push and pull of ideas in order to build moral reasoning skills.

Dr. Brevetti is a scholar in the field of moral development and historical virtues.  After almost two decades in education, she has taught in both private and public schooling, which includes work with special needs, urban, parochial, English language learning, homeless, gifted/talented, and at-risk students.  After teaching several years and designing curriculum in PK-12 contexts, she taught and directed curriculum/policy in Higher Education to prepare international students for advanced and professional degrees in American Universities.  Currently, she is working as the Director of Clinical Partnerships for Langston University, where she connects community resources and facilitates action research projects. Dr. Brevetti published an international research book, Quest for a Moral Compass (2015), a children’s book of Eastern philosophy called Lighting the Path (2018), and her research areas include moral issues and virtue ethics in education, as well as dozens of articles on inclusive and multicultural practices.

She serves on the Planning Committee for the National Conference on Learner-Centered Teaching and elected to the Executive Board of Oklahoma Women in Higher Education and President 2016-2018 and 2018-2020 of the International Society of Key Women Educators (OKC Chapter).  Also, she reviews research and theoretical articles on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Thought and Diversity: A Journal of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.  In 2017, she wrote an ethics curriculum for the NASA grant on extending new opportunities and moral responsibilities.  With her background in curriculum and teaching, she is certified and serves on the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and International AdvancED Accreditation Team of professional educators for on-site reviews of PK-12 school systems.

Dr. Brevetti was selected as the “Outstanding Young Educator Award” for educational excellence and “10 for 10 Making a Difference,” which honored ten Oklahoma women who are making a difference in the world.  Recently, she was selected for the class of 2016 Ten Outstanding Young Americans (TOYA).

Last Updated: November 05, 2018
Provided by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services
Street address: Sequoyah Memorial Office Building, 2400 N. Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Mailing address: P.O. Box 25352, Oklahoma City, OK 73125
(405) 521-3646
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