CareerTech VISION 2012
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Opening General Session: Business and Industry Partners Speak
Thursday, Nov. 29
10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
CareerTech VISION will open with a panel of education and industry leaders to share their perspectives, concerns and ideas on how educators need to move forward to close the skills gap experienced today and build a prepared workforce for tomorrow. A lively conversation will candidly lay out the frustrations of business, the thinking of educators and the disconnects between the two worlds.
Raymond J. McNulty is the chief learning officer at Penn Foster, a world leader in distance learning, and a senior fellow to the International Center for Leadership in Education, having previously served as president. Prior to joining the International Center, he was a senior fellow at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he worked with leading educators on improving our nation's high schools. Ray is a past president of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and author of It’s Not Us Against Them—Creating the Schools We Need, published in 2009 by the International Center.
An educator since 1973, Ray has been a teacher, vice principal, principal and superintendent. From 2001-03, he served as Vermont's education commissioner. During his tenure, Ray focused on aligning the Department of Education's work on three key issues: early education, educator quality and secondary school reform.
Ray is a presenter at the state, national and international levels on the need for school systems to accept the challenges that lie ahead. He is committed to raising performance standards for both teachers and students and to building solid connections between schools and their communities. Ray believes strongly that education systems cannot wait for the children and challenges to arrive at school; rather, schools need to reach out and help forge solutions.
John Barge was born and raised in Cobb County, Georgia, graduated from Campbell High School in 1984 and attended Berry College in Rome, Georgia, on academic and journalism scholarships where he earned his bachelor’s degree in 1988.
John has earned three advanced degrees, a master’s degree and a specialist’s degree from the State University of West Georgia, and his doctorate degree in educational leadership from the University of Georgia. In his 22 years in education, Barge has served as a high school English teacher, middle school Spanish teacher, assistant principal and principal. He also served as the state director of Career, Technical and Agriculture Education for the Georgia Department of Education. John has been recognized as a STAR teacher in 1996, as Georgia’s Assistant Principal of the Year in 2001, and received the Berry College Alumni Association’s Distinguished Achievement Award in 2005.
Prior to becoming state school superintendent, John served as the director of secondary curriculum and instruction with the Bartow County School System.
Dennis Branch is the vice president of human resources for North America, AGCO, a global leader focused on the design, manufacture and distribution of agricultural machinery. AGCO supports more productive farming through a full line of tractors, combines, hay tools, sprayers, forage equipment, tillage, implements, grain storage and protein production systems, as well as related replacement parts. AGCO products are sold through four core machinery brands, Challenger®, Fendt®, Massey Ferguson® and Valtra®, and are distributed globally through 3,100 independent dealers and distributors in more than 140 countries worldwide. Retail financing is available through AGCO Finance for qualified purchasers. In 2011, AGCO had net sales of $8.8 billion.
A lifelong resident of Washington state, Randy Dorn has been an elementary and middle school teacher, a principal and a legislator. For nine years, he was executive director of Public School Employees of Washington, the second largest educational employee’s organization in Washington state. In 2008, Dorn was elected superintendent of public instruction. In his three years as state superintendent, he has replaced the existing state assessment system with a shorter system, argued successfully against cuts to education funding, expanded early learning opportunities for all students and championed an updated teacher and principal evaluation system. He also established partnerships with major businesses, including Microsoft and Boeing, to help students gain real-world skills they can apply to the job market or the classroom.
Michael R. Wiggins is the executive vice president of human resources at Southwire Company. Wiggins began his career at Southwire in 1969 in the Carrollton Utility Products Plant as a steel stranding machine operator. He moved through various supervisory positions, becoming quality manager in 1979 and director of quality in 1985. He was named director of human resources in 1988. In 1995, Wiggins was named assistant vice president and was promoted to vice president in 1999 and to executive vice president in 2005. Wiggins earned a bachelor’s degree from the State University of West Georgia in Carrollton, Georgia, in 1971. He is active in numerous professional and civic organizations, including the Society of Human Resource Management and the Alabama League of Municipalities. He has also served as mayor of the city of Ranburne, Alabama.
Saturday General Session
Saturday, Dec. 1
10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Award-winning Harvard economist, education activist and collaborator on the bestselling book Freakonomics, Roland Fryer is a superstar. He has concrete solutions for fixing failing schools in America, and is on a mission to make a difference. Named a "Rising Star" by Fortune magazine and featured in Esquire’s "Genius Issue," Fryer has noted that his rise to success happened "through the medium of education and through the idea of the mind." The story of Fryer's life is an inspiration, as he overcame a grim childhood—including being exposed to drugs, crime and parental abandonment—to become the youngest African-American ever to receive tenure from Harvard. But Fryer is tired of people telling him that he beat the odds when he knows that with the proper guidance and tools, every child in America can have an opportunity for success. Because of his personal experiences, Fryer has dedicated his life to changing the odds for all children across America. His story will not only inspire, but will reinforce to career and technical educators that the skills and education they are providing are of real value.
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