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Best Practices and Innovations Conference


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This year's conference will be held in conjunction with the ACTE Region II Conference, September 28-29, providing added professional development and networking opportunities.


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ACTE/NCLA members: $395
Non-members: $485
Speaker: $250 

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Keynote Speakers

 Kimo Kippen    Mark Perna   Bryan Albrecht
Kimo Kippen     
VP, Global Workforce
  Mark Perna 
President of TFS™
  Bryan Albrecht 
President Gateway
Technical College


Pre-Conference Workshops


Game-Changing Strategies for Dynamic Enrollment, Retention, and Performance Results, Mark Perna

Get the most out of your Best Practices conference experience by attending an immersive, half-day preconference workshop delivered by dynamic education and workforce experts Mark C. Perna. You’ll discover CTE’s exclusive competitive advantage, action steps to achieve 21st-century technical and employable skills, benefits of earlier career exploration through Education with Purpose®, powerful generational insights.

Plus, experience the Career Tree® to spark ongoing student dialogue and demolish stigmas. You and your team will join thousands of colleagues nationwide who are using these cutting-edge best practices to change the game for CTE — enrolling, retaining, and motivating Generations Y and Z like never before!

Teach Like TED; Lead Like TED, Rachael Mann

How do the communication principles that enable thousands of thought-leaders to influence from the TED stage apply to your role as a leader? An understanding of the role of influence to develop meaningful connections and relationships is critical to creating change and impacting those around you. 

This workshop reveals how the leadership principles and presentation styles found in the most viewed TED Talks can be applied to your role in career and technical education and impact your ability to communicate ideas in a powerful way as you connect with and influence those around you in your district, classrooms, and for advocacy.

What Every Administrator Needs to Know – Drs. John Foster and Clyde Hornberger

Are you Bi-lingual? Can you speak in education and workforce terminology? Administering CTE requires an array of skills including understanding your employment community, building staff trust, board relationships, financing/budgeting, assessing the quality of programs and addressing students’ technical and academic preparation. 

Join us for an engaging discussion on the how to improve your CTE administrative skills and maintain strong technical education programs to grow your local economy. This session will be based on the new ACTE publication CTE Administrative Leadership: 10 Things You Need to Know.

Credential Summit 2018

Please join us at the inaugural Credential Summit on September 25 in beautiful Louisville, Kentucky! ACTE, NOCTI, and Nocti Business Solutions invite you to explore the world of credentials with education and industry experts from across the country at the inaugural Credential Summit. Keynote speakers, expert panelists and presenters will engage participants in the exchange of ideas, best practices, research, and applications relating to credentials. This is one conference you won’t want to miss! Registration includes participation in all sessions, breakfast, lunch and a closing networking reception. Learn more and register today.


FirstBuild: Where Ideas Come to Life 

FirstBuild is a global co-creation community that harnesses the brainpower of the maker movement to change the way major home appliances are conceived, designed and manufactured. A physical state-of-the-art microfactory on the University of Louisville campus and online forum, FirstBuild speeds products from mind to market and enables customization through small batch production, without the costs and risks of traditional mass manufacturing. Click here for more information.

Tour limited to the first 30 registrants.

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Jefferson County Public Schools Site Visit – In Development

This visit will examine the exciting implementation of a wall-to-wall Academy at one of the Jefferson County Public Schools. A member of the Ford Next Generation Learning Network, the schools have built strong business and community connections.

Learn from their process to build their programs, establish vibrant business/industry partnerships and how they’re using a unique RFP process to ensure alignment and relevancy.

This school visit will feature a special facilities tour, discussion with students, faculty and administration along with an opportunity to visit with the school business partners.  Learn more about the Academies of Louisville here

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Welcome to Louisville Dinner


Date: Wednesday September 26 (location TBD)


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Hyatt Regency Louisville   Hyatt Regency Louisville 
Address: 311 S 4th St, Louisville, KY 40202
Phone: (502) 581-1234
Rate: $169 plus 16.07% room and applicable taxes
To make your reservation, please click here or call (888) 421-1442 and mention Best Practices to receive the discounted room rate. Rooms will be available at the group rate until September 4, 2018. Please note that the block of rooms held for this event may sell out before the deadline. Be sure to book your room early! 

Air Travel

United   U.S. 50 States & Canada Customers: Book via your professional travel agency, online or call United Reservations Meetings Desk at 800-426-1122. Mention Meeting code ZF6G and Agreement Code 839419.

Note: For all tickets issued through United Meetings Reservations Desk, there will be a booking service fee per ticket collected. This fee is subject to change without notice. Such service fee is nonrefundable and applies to all itineraries, one-way or round-trip.





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