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Best Practices



Additional information on Best Practices 2016 coming soon!


In the meantime, check out the highlights from Best Practices 2015!

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General Sessions and Keynote Speakers

Thursday, September 24
 Michael Dorn
Executive Director, Safe Havens International 

A leading expert on school safety, Michael Dorn has authored and co-authored 26 books on school safety and keynoted at hundreds of state, national and international conferences from Virginia to Vietnam. His work has taken him to Mexico, Canada, Central America, Europe, South Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Sought out as a neutral, accurate and qualified source, Mr. Dorn has been featured on 20/20, CNN, Good Morning America, MSNBC, ABC World News Tonight and has been interviewed by the BBC, The New York Times, Time Magazine, Tokyo Broadcasting and hundreds of other reputable media organizations. 

      Michael Dorn Portrait
Thursday, September 24
Paul Aiello 

Director of Education, FANUC America Corporation
Leading the company’s Certified Education Training (CERT) segment that provides robotic and automation training to North American universities, community colleges, technical and K-12 schools, Paul Aiello also champions the company’s “Partners with Education” program and provides leadership, professionalism, and commitment to bringing industry, education, and advanced automation together to help correct the current skills gap and build a skilled workforce for the future. Prior to joining FANUC, Mr. Aiello held various sales and distribution roles, combined for more than 28 years of experience in advanced manufacturing.

  Aiello Portrait
Friday, September 25
 Dr. Steve Ritter
Chief Scientist, Carnegie Learning

Steve Ritter has been developing and evaluating educational systems for more than 15 years. He earned his Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University and helped to found Carnegie Learning in 1998. As a postdoctoral associate and research scientist at Carnegie Mellon, Dr. Ritter was instrumental in the development and evaluation of the Cognitive Tutors for mathematics. He is the author of numerous papers on the design, architecture and evaluation of Intelligent Tutoring Systems, and works to identify more effective models for using data to improve the effectiveness of educational software.
 Steve Ritter Portrait
Friday, September 25
Nicholas Wyman
CEO, Institute for Workplace Skills and Innovation

Nicholas Wyman is an apprenticeship expert and CEO of the Institute for Workplace Skills and Innovation. He advises and develops programs for such companies as Nissan, Mercedes Benz, Citibank and Coca Cola on how to recruit, train, retain and “reskill” employees. A hands-on leader in the field, Mr. Wyman is dedicated to closing the gap between education and employment around the world. He began his career as an apprentice chef in a London restaurant and holds an MBA. He studied at the Harvard Business School and the Harvard Kennedy School. His book, Job U, is a practical roadmap exploring unconventional and affordable pathways to fulfilling and rewarding careers. Debunking the notion that a traditional college degree is the best or only path to wealth and success, his book is for anyone who wants to learn how to add value and be valued in tomorrow’s economy.

Nicholas Wyman

 Breakout and Roundtable Session Highlights

• A Model of High Quality CTE at The Urban Assembly 
• Diffusion of Innovation – Leading a Vision for Quality CTE
• Growing STEM Pathways in Scale and Quality
• Recruitment and Retention Experiences of Women Employed in a Non-Traditional Trade Occupation
• CTE, STEM, Common Core: Best Practices in Contextualized/Integrated Curriculum
• Teach Like TED
• Incubate 2 Innovate: How Teen Startups Flip Biz
• Team-Based Learning: Engaging Students in a “Flipped” Course Design
• CTE Program Opportunities: Middle School Through College and Career
• Public-Private Partnerships: Collaboration in the Service of Students
• Shaping the Next Generation Through Authentic Work-Based Learning Experiences
• Creating a Strategic Compensation Model in a CTE Setting 

Pre-Conference Workshops

Please note that these workshops are available for an additional fee of $125.

All pre-conference workshops will be held Wednesday, September 23.

New This Year!
School Safety and Security - Everybody's Concern
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Daily, every school administrator is faced with the concern of school safety and security. The potential threats come from active shooters, internal and external, bombs and Mother Nature. Three experts in the field will present this school safety and security pre-conference and provide preventative and operational responses to myriad threats. Topics include best practices in school safety, technology-based responses and solutions and dealing with the ever-present threat. 

How to Significantly Increase Enrollment, Retention and Performance-Now!
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Presenter: Mark Perna 
Join dynamic CTE expert Mark Perna as he shares national best practices for maximizing enrollment, retention and student performance. Learn how your organization can attract and retain more of the right students, in the right programs, for the right reasons. Get ready to develop a plan driven by the powerful “light at the end of the tunnel” strategy and create effective program copy points that get noticed. And finally, find out how you can overcome the most common objections and stigmas of CTE.

Pathways 101: What You Need to Help Design and Lead a Regional Pathways Partnership
1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Presenter: Hans Meeder
Pathways are all the rage in K-12 and postsecondary education, but what are they really, how do they build upon high quality CTE, and most importantly, how does a school or college get started? In this workshop, Hans Meeder, President of the National Center for College and Career Transitions and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Education, will help participants understand the essentials of individual Pathway Programs, as well as the components of a comprehensive Pathways System (programs of study, career development, dynamic teaching and learning, and cross-sector partnerships). Participants will leave the workshop with the beginning of an implementation plan, and will identify specific next steps to move forward in pathways development.

Pre-Conference Tour
8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
West-MEC CTE Center’s Central Campus
West-MEC (Western Maricopa Education Center) is a public school district dedicated to providing innovative CTE programs that will prepare students for economic independence. West-MEC programs empower students to enter the workforce and pursue continuing education. This tour will showcase West-MEC’s cutting-edge programs, students, educators and administrators!

Traditional Western Dinner
6:00 p.m.
Come join local culinary arts students as they prepare your hoedown meal at a nearby campus location!

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