Best Practices and Innovations in CTE Conference 2022
Sept. 28-30, 2022
Cape Cod, MA
Signature event for secondary and postsecondary CTE Administrators.
General Session Speakers
Thrive Through the Five: Leading Through Challenging Times
These past two years, in the midst of a global pandemic, have brought about some of the most challenging work in education – whether in leading through shifting and complex information or in teaching in a multitude of ever-changing learning environments. While the work we do as leaders is incredible, it is not without cost. Dr. Jill Siler, former superintendent and author of Thrive Through the Five: Practical Truths to Powerfully Lead through Challenging Times will share strategies to not just survive difficult seasons, but to truly thrive!
Dr. Jill Siler
Opening General Session Speaker
Dr. Jill Siler served as the Superintendent of Gunter ISD for nearly ten years and now serves as the Deputy Executive Director for Professional Learning for the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA). Jill grew up in Rochester & Buffalo, NY and completed her undergraduate work at the University of Pittsburgh where she was a collegiate swimmer. She was a teacher and coach in Pflugerville ISD and began her administrative career in Marble Falls ISD. In 2004, Jill went to Lake Travis ISD where she served as a campus and district leader for 8 years. During that time, she completed her doctorate at the University of Texas.
In her first months as a superintendent, Jill faced financial crisis along with many other challenges that leadership brings. In 2015, her school board was named a TASA Honor Board as one of the top 5 school boards in the state and one of her campuses was named a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School. Jill served as the Chair of the Future-Ready Superintendent Leadership Network (FRSLN) Design Team where innovative leaders across Texas gather to learn, share and grow together.
Jill has a passion for helping others reach their goals and is the leader of Texas’ Aspiring Superintendent Academy and leads Texas’ First Time Superintendents Academy. Jill speaks at leadership and teacher conferences across the country. In 2020, Jill released her first book, Thrive Through The Five: Practical Truths to Powerfully Lead through Challenging Times, which was the #1 Bestselling New Release for Education Administration books and has hit the Top 10 Education Leadership books multiple times since its release. In 2021, Thrive Through the Five was honored with four Eric Hoffer Awards including Reference Category Winner and Montaigne Medal finalist.
Special thanks to Microburst for sponsoring the Opening General Session
CTE and the Pursuit of a More Perfect Union
We live in challenging times, times that call for a more robust education system suited to providing all learners with the skills they need in order to pursue the careers they want. CTE can and must play a more prominent role in American education. It is only by doing so that we can address long standing issues of inequality and poverty. The answer to much of what ails society, in general, and education, in particular, is an education system focused on careers.
Dr. John Mulcahy
Thursday, Sept. 29 Lunch Keynote Speaker
John is passionate about telling the story of the value and importance of CTE. His presentations include a strong helping of educational statistics mixed with humor and inspiration. Audiences love the fact that he provides them with the facts they need to “make the case” for expanding access and opportunity in CTE. He makes a strong case for ensuring that all learners in America have access to quality CTE programs.
Special thanks to MBA Research for sponsoring the Lunch Session.
The Future of Work is Human
We are living in extraordinary times. As the world gets more digitalized, it also gets more complicated. Learning can happen faster today than at any time in history, and this is both exciting and critically important to get right. The idea of “lifelong learning” has been around for a generation, but we haven’t ever really put it into practice to make this idea a reality. Today, not only do we have the tools and technology to bring this idea to life, workers will not survive the future without the ability to learn new skills continually. The most important skills we will need are human skills.
Jaime Casap, Education Evangelist
Friday, Sept. 30 General Session Speaker
Jaime Casap served as the Chief Education Evangelist at Google for 15 years and was the second member of the Google for Education team. In that time, Jaime launched Google’s GSuite tools into higher education and K12. He also launched Chromebooks into education and was the creator of the Google for Education Transformation Framework, a holistic approach to education transformation.
Now Jaime is partnering and collaborating with higher education institutions, school systems, and businesses around the world, helping them build transformational policies and practices to elevate education and bring equity, diversity, and inclusion into their policies and practices.
Jaime serves as an advisor to dozens of organizations focused on learning, skill development, and the future of work. He is the coauthor of “Our First Talk About Poverty,” as a way to talk to children about poverty. He is currently working on his next book.
He speaks on education, digitalization, diversity and inclusion, generation z, and the future of work at events around the world. You can follow and reach him on Twitter at @jcasap and watch his YouTube career advice videos at www.youtube.com/jaimecasap.
Special thanks for School Links for sponsoring the General Session.
Addressing the Rise in Concerning Student Behaviors: How to prevent harm to self and others
Presenter: Thom Jones, Senior Vice President, Threat Assessment, Navigate 360
Date: Sept. 28, 2022
Time: 8:30 – 11:30 am
Reports of concerning student behavior have significantly increased over the past two years. The reasons for these behaviors can range from the impacts of COVID-19 – isolation, depression, anxiety and aggression – to bullying, cyberbullying, substance abuse and lack of coping skills. Educational leadership programs don’t prepare teachers and administrators to help students cope with mental health issues, yet you are in schools every day with students who have experienced trauma and are in despair. You have the opportunity — and the obligation — to help them.
This session will address how multidisciplinary teams can identify, address and manage threats of harm to self and others within their schools.
Maximizing Completers: How to Grow Recruitment, Performance & Community Buy-In
Presenter: Mark Perna
Date: Sept. 28, 2022
Time: 1:00 – 4:30 pm
In a changing world, we have a pivotal opportunity to shift the paradigm with students, parents, community leaders, legislators, boards, districts, and other stakeholders. Join bestselling author Mark C. Perna to discover the latest tools, tactics, and truths to attract more of the right students, in the right programs, for the right reasons—and help them complete. More people need to know how CTE empowers students with the academic knowledge, technical competency, and professional skills that the modern workforce demands. Across North America, countless administrators, teachers, and support staff are using Mark’s acclaimed best practices to spread the word, build community buy-in, and significantly improve program completion. Now, it’s your turn. Start shifting the CTE paradigm, engaging your community, and maximizing completers like never before!
Opening Doors: Post-Secondary CTE Access & Equity
Presenter: Michelle Conrad
Date: Sept. 28, 2022
Time: 8:30 – 11:30 am
This workshop will explore challenges for special populations in post-secondary CTE programs and develop plans to address these challenges. The presenters will share their experience in the development of a new initiative to open doors for students with disabilities in a community college in rural Missouri. Through this example, however, participants will also identify their own challenges working with special populations and collaborate to develop a plan to address these.
Cape Cod Regional Technical High School
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022
Time: 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Cape Cod Regional Technical High is conveniently located in Harwich, Massachusetts a quarter of a mile from exit 82 off Route 6 at 351 Pleasant Lake Avenue. Established in 1975, the district recently entered their new facility at the same location for the 2020-2021 school year. The new Cape Cod Tech was designed around an academy model to serve 650 students within five academies: Freshmen,Transportation, Construction, S.T.E.A.M., and Hospitality, Health & Human Services. Students have the following fifteen programs to choose from: Auto Technology, Marine Services Technology, Auto Collision & Repair, HVAC, Plumbing, Carpentry, Electrical, Horticulture, Information Technology, Engineering Technology, Design & Visual Communication, Culinary Arts, Cosmetology. Health Technologies, and Dental Assisting. The new project enhanced the campus as well with two new fields, bleacher/ pressbox, concession building, and new track. In partnership with the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA), Cape Cod Regional Technical High School has been equipped to deliver twenty-first century technical education to students from Provincetown to Mashpee for the next fifty years and beyond.
Thursday, September 29,2022 at 6 p.m.
Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School is excited to be welcoming attendees of the national Best Practices and Innovations in Career and Technical Education (CTE) Conference to their campus in Bourne, MA overlooking the Cape Cod Canal for a classic New England Clambake on September 29, 2022. A classic clambake consists of a native hardshell lobster, homemade clam chowder, Cape Cod steamers, mussels, linguica, red bliss potatoes, corn on the cob, coleslaw and freshly sliced watermelon.
Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School is a technical high school serving the towns of Bourne, Falmouth, Marion, Sandwich and Wareham. Students at Upper Cape Tech are offered specialized courses of study in fifteen technical areas including Automotive Collision Repair, Automotive Technology, Carpentry, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Electrical, Engineering Technology, Environmental Science, Health Technology, Horticulture & Landscaping, HVAC, Information Technology, Marine Technology, Plumbing & Heating, and Veterinary Science.