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Last week I continued to work on the ACTE Vice President How-to Guide and the “Featured ACTE Award Winner” segment for the Web site, in addition to participating in the Leadership Task Force conference call. Reviewing the results and comments from the State Association Survey was an interesting read!

I shared the Sturgis Brown High School (SBHS) Course Registration Handbook with staff as a result of a discussion at the July Board meeting.  As with many other schools, SBHS has Programs of Study for each cluster. All course descriptions, academic and CTE, were reviewed by instructors and advisory board members to insure relevancy to each specific cluster. The handbook also includes information relating to articulation agreements with postsecondary technical institutes as well as postsecondary technical institute and four-year university entrance requirements. 

As ACTE features leadership book reviews on the Web site, I wrote a review on Our Iceberg is Melting by John Kotter and Holger Rathgeber. I enjoyed this easy-to-read fable as it is entertaining while also thought provoking (and it’s so easy to put faces to the various characters). The book utilizes the Eight-Step Process of Successful Change as the basis for working through the potentially devastating crisis facing the penguin colony.  

Utilizing the writing skills I constantly drill into my students, I wrote an article for the State Association Resource page outlining the differences between and benefits of the three leadership initiatives currently being offered through ACTE—the 21st Century Leadership Institute, the Fellowship Program and the Leadership Training Program. Be looking for this to be posted soon and feel free to use it in your State/Division newsletters as appropriate. 

Finally, I was fortunate enough to participate in a staff brainstorming session regarding the annual conference. ACTE staff is passionate about CTE and providing a high-quality, relevant professional development opportunity to ACTE members. We, as CTE educators, are so fortunate to have such a dedicated staff. 

Today is my last day here at ACTE Headquarters since in-service for the Meade 46-1 School District starts soon. I will continue to work on leadership projects for ACTE members and hope to keep this blog updated. It has truly been a pleasure to work with the ACTE staff on leadership projects and other activities. I encourage members to consider applying to be a Practitioner- or Scholar-in-Residence. This summer has been filled with challenges, fun and learning.

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