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2016 Best Practices Program Information


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Best Practices and Innovations Conference 2016

The Signature Event for CTE Leaders


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Kevin Fleming  

Thursday Opening Keynote Speaker 

Kevin J. Fleming, Ph.D., CEO of Telos Educational Services and Dean of Instruction for CTE, Norco College 

(Re)Defining the Goal: Providing True Career Readiness

Jason Scales  
 Thursday Luncheon Keynote 

Jason Scales, Manager of Educational Services, Lincoln Electric

The Current and Future State of CTE from an Industrial Perspective  

Karen Cator HS    Friday Closing Luncheon Keynote

(Opening General Session for the Region II Conference)

Karen Cator, President and CEO, Digital Promise 

Towards a Powerful Workforce: Closing the Digital Learning Gap

Pre-Conference Workshops


The Career Pathways Leadership Certification Workshop 

Presenter: Dr. Richard Hinckley, CORD

Sept. 28, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

What Every Administrator Needs to Know

Presenters: Dr. John Foster, NOCTI, and Dr. Clyde Hornberger

Sept. 28, 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Expanding Your Administrator Skills: Concentrating on Reality Education

Presenters: Drs. Larae Watkins and Michelle Conrad, University of Central Missouri

Sept. 28, 1-4:30 p.m.

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

Presenter: Mark Perna, CEO, Tools for Schools

Sept. 28, 1-4:30 p.m.

Pre-Conference Tour    


Hillsborough County Schools

Sept. 28, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Leto High School and Learey Technical College share a campus and provide model programs for student-centered competency-based learning. Tour participants will visit the following CTE programs: Medical Assisting, Cosmetology, Early Childhood Education, Academy of Hospitality and Tourism, Web Development, and Electricity and Automotive. The tour will conclude with lunch produced by the students in the Culinary Arts program. 

Welcome to Tampa Dinner

 Tampa Dinner    
Sept. 28, 6-9 p.m.

Join your CTE administrator peers from across the nation for an off-site event designed to welcome you to the history and flavors of the famed Ybor City neighborhood. This special dinner will feature a delectable Cuban menu at the Fine Dining Hall of Fame inductee, the Columbia Restaurant. 

Breakout and Roundtable Session Highlights


  • Building an Effective Occupational License New Teacher Training Program
  • #TeachlikeTED
  • Recognizing CTAE Students in 3Cs: College, Career and Community Service
  • Partnerships to Shape the Industry
  • Feed Their Hearts and Minds--- Instructional Leadership Team Caters Learning at Lunches
  • Mentoring and Retaining Quality CTE Teachers
  • The Power of the Education-Industry Partnership: Fostering Innovation in Collaboration Between CTE and Businesses
  • Building Mobile Apps in a Makerspace Environment = Tech Skills for the Other 98%
  • Soft Skills and Professionalism in the Classroom: A Hands-on Approach
  • Why Marketing your District is Critical for a School of Choice
  • Targeting Workforce Projects in Career Pathway Courses



Grand Hyatt 2(1)  

Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay

2900 Bayport Drive
Tampa, FL 33607

(813) 874-1234

The deadline to make reservations at the Grand Hyatt Tampa has passed.  The hotel still has availability on some nights but no longer offer our group rate.

Below is a list of local hotels that you can contact to make reservations:

The Westin Tampa Bay

7627 W Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa, FL 33607

(813) 281-0000 

SpringHill Suites Tampa Westshore Airport

4835 W Cypress St, Tampa, FL 33607

(813) 639-9600 

Hyatt Place Tampa Airport/Westshore

4811 W Main St, Tampa, FL 33607

(813) 282-1037

Doubletree by Hilton Tampa Airport - Westshore 

4500 W Cypress St, Tampa, FL 33607

(813) 879-4800


Conference Rates


 Best Practices Conference Rates

ACTE/NCLA members: $395

Non-members: $485

Speaker:  $250 

Pre-Conference Events (Sept. 28)


  • The Career Pathways Leadership Certification Workshop: $225
  • Game-Changing Strategies for Dynamic Enrollment, Retention and Performance Results: $125
  • What Every Administrator Needs to Know: $125
  • Expanding Your Administrator Skills: Concentrating on Reality Education: $125
  • Tour of Hillsborough County Schools: $35 - Closed
  • Welcome to Tampa Dinner: $55

The ACTE Region II Conference


Best Practices will be held in conjunction with the ACTE Region II Conference Sept. 30-Oct. 1 at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay for added professional development and networking opportunities. Learn more.

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors! 


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