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2013 ACTE + NCLA Best Practices and Innovations Conference

When: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 8:00 AM - Friday, September 27, 2013 5:00 PM

Where: Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa, San Diego, California


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Pre-registration is now closed. Please register on-site at one of the times listed below.

  • A best practice is a practice that has empirical data documenting the best practice.
  • An innovation is defined as a teacher, school and/or administrative practice that demonstrates innovations in career and technical education but has not yet validated the practice through empirical data.

Download the brochure for more in-depth information! NCLA is providing two scholarships for first-time attendees of the 2013 ACTE/NCLA Best Practices and Innovations Conference—learn more!

General Session Speakers

2013 Best Practices Brian Mull

Brian Mull, Director of Innovation, November Learning
Creating a New Culture of Teaching and Learning

A new culture of empowered teaching and fearless learning is emerging. Access to more timely information and communication tools equip educators to focus on the individual learning needs of their students. These same tools can lead to more collegiality, build stronger community relationships and enable students to be more self-directed. This workshop presents clear examples of how this new culture has been achieved.

2013 Best Practices Nick Pinchuk

Nick Pinchuk, President and CEO, Snap-on Inc.
What Business and Industry Really Need in a World-class Workforce

Nicholas T. Pinchuk is president and CEO of Snap-on and serves on its board of directors. Pinchuk was named president and COO in April 2007, when he was also appointed to Snap-on’s board of directors. Before joining Snap-on, Pinchuk was president of global refrigeration operations—a multi-billion dollar business unit of Carrier Corporation, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation. Snap-on Incorporated is a leading global innovator, manufacturer and marketer of tools, diagnostics and equipment solutions for professional users.

2013 Best Practices Kim Green

Kim Green, Executive Director, NASDCTEc
Setting a New Standard: Common Career Technical Core

In June 2012, the Common Career Technical Core was unveiled. The CCTC is the result of the collaboration between 42 states, the District of Columbia and Palau to develop a set of rigorous, high-quality standards for CTE programs of study. The CCTC is organized by the 16 Career Clusters® and 79 Career Pathways, and introduces the Career Ready Practices. Learn more about the standards, their development process and the alignment study that is currently underway.

2013 Best Practices William Symonds

William Symonds, Director, Pathways to Prosperity Project, Harvard University
Creating Pathways to Prosperity

In March, more than 400 national leaders from education, business and government gathered at Harvard University to discuss how we might prepare more of our young people to lead successful lives as adults. Many of the conference sessions focused on what we must do to create a world-class system of CTE. There was also a strong consensus that we need to build a national movement to promote high-quality “multiple pathways,” including excellent CTE. In this presentation, William Symonds—the main organizer of the conference—will discuss what was learned at the conference.

Conference Agenda

See our list of accepted roundtable and breakout sessions!

Tuesday, Sept. 24

6:30 p.m.–9:00 p.m. NCLA Board Dinner and Meeting

Wednesday, Sept. 25

6:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m. Registration
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. NCLA Board Meeting
8:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Pre-conference Session: Embedding Common Core Reading and Writing Assignments Into CTE Instruction
11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Lunch on your own
1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Pre-conference Session: Embedding Common Core State or Other Rigorous Standards for Mathematics Into CTE Instruction
1:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m. Tour: San Diego Career and Technical Center (Location: TBD)
6:00 p.m. Welcoming Reception

Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013

6:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Registration
7:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:15 a.m. General Session: Brian Mull, “Creating a New Culture of Teaching and Learning”
9:50 a.m.–10:50 a.m. Breakout Session I
10:50 a.m.–11:05 a.m. Break
11:05 a.m.–12:05 p.m. Breakout Session II
12:15 p.m.–1:45 p.m. Lunch and General Session: Nick Pinchuk, “What Business and Industry Really Need in a World-class Workforce”
2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Breakout Session III
3:00 p.m.–3:15 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m.–4:15 p.m. Breakout/Roundtable Presentations Session IV

Friday, Sept. 27, 2013

7:00-9:00 a.m. Registration
7:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m. General Session: Kim Green, “Setting a New Standard: Common Career Technical Core”
9:15 a.m.–10:15 a.m. Breakout Session V
10:15 a.m.–10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Breakout Session VI
11:30 a.m.–11:45 a.m. Hotel Checkout
11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m. Lunch and General Session: William Symonds, “Creating Pathways to Prosperity”

Pre-conference Sessions

Please note that these sessions on Sept. 25 are available for an additional fee of $100 each, but the total for registering for both Common Core sessions is $175.

Embedding Common Core Reading and Writing Assignments Into CTE Instruction
8:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Increase your understanding of the Common Core State Standards for literacy and how these standards can be embedded into CTE instruction. Participants will learn about planning tools and strategies to embed literacy into CTE assignments and lessons in ways that advance students’ technical achievement, ability to read and comprehend complex texts, and ability to express understanding orally and in writing.

Embedding Common Core State or Other Rigorous Standards for Mathematics Into CTE Instruction
1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Expand your knowledge of the new, rigorous mathematics standards. Participants will learn about a series of formative assessment lessons (FALs) designed to help students master new math standards. CTE teachers will create FALs that address mathematics understanding needed by students in CTE courses, as well as develop a plan for teaching the lessons.

Pre-conference Tour

Come join us as we visit some of San Diego’s outstanding CTE programs and centers in this tour created especially for the 2013 Best Practices and Innovations Conference participants. The tour will leave from the hotel at 1:00 p.m. by chartered bus and return by 4:30 p.m. in time for the evening’s events. The fee includes the cost of transportation. Limited to 45 participants.

Direct additional questions to Tom Applegate.

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