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Best Practices and Innovations Conference 2017

The Signature Event for CTE Leaders


Join us for our most exciting conference yet! Learn more about our host city.


Thursday Opening Keynote Speaker
 Jaime Casap, Chief Education Evangelist, Google
Thursday Luncheon Keynote Speaker
Mike Hovan, Chief Operating Officer, Lauren International  
Innovative CTE Programs Friday Closing Luncheon Keynote Speaker
Kimo Kippen, Chief Learning Officer, Hilton Worldwide Corporation 

Pre-Conference Workshops


Game-Changing Strategies for Dynamic Enrollment, Retention and Performance Results 
Presenters: Mark C. Perna, Author, Founder, and CEO of TFS® and Dr. Kevin J. Fleming, National Speaker and Author
Date/Time: Sept.27, 8:30 a.m-4 p.m.
Lunch: Will be served on site as part of your registration fee
Room: Hotel Albuquerque, Room TBA
Cost: $250 

Kick off your experience with an immersive, full-day preconference workshop delivered by dynamic education and workforce experts Mark C. Perna and Kevin J. Fleming! You’ll discover CTE’s exclusive competitive advantage, action steps to achieve 21st-century technical and employable skills, benefits of earlier career exploration through Education with Purpose®, powerful generational insights, and more. Plus, experience the Career Tree® to spark ongoing student dialogue and demolish stigmas. You and your team will join thousands of colleagues nationwide who are using these cutting-edge best practices to change the game for CTE — enrolling, retaining, and motivating Generations Y and Z like never before!

Mark C. Perna  
Author, Founder, and CEO
Mark C. Perna is the founder and CEO of TFS, a full-service strategic communications and consulting firm whose mission is to share and support every client’s desire to make a difference. As a noted generational expert, Mark has devoted his career to empowering educators and employers to unleash the tremendous potential of today’s young people. 
Mark’s best practices have helped parents, schools, districts, businesses, and state organizations nationwide to connect more effectively with the younger generations. He frequently delivers keynote speeches at national and statewide events and recently spoke at Harvard University by special invitation. At TFS, Mark’s team of talented professionals share his vision of helping organizations of all sizes experience significant gains in recruitment, engagement, retention, and performance rates. 
Mark’s first book, Hearing the Branch Creak: How to Motivate and Empower Today’s Younger Generations—And You!, was written to help parents, employers, and educators understand Generations Y and Z and inspire them to greater performance in all areas of life. Mark is the father of two successful Millennials and resides with his wife Anne Marie in Cleveland, Ohio.
Dr. Kevin J. Fleming, Ph.D.
Producer of the viral animation video “Success in the New Economy,” and author of the bestseller, (Re)Defining the Goal, Dr. Fleming is a passionate advocate for ensuring all students enter the labor market with a competitive advantage. He supports over 40 Career & Technical Education programs as a Dean of Instruction, CTE at Norco College (part of Riverside Community College District, California). He also serves as the Principal Investigator for the National Science Foundation’s National Center for Supply Chain Automation (Washington DC). Previously, he analyzed industry trends and workforce needs while providing customized geospatial labor market research for the largest higher education system in the world: the California Community Colleges.
Dr. Fleming is a faculty member, national speaker, and recovering academic elitist. A true life-long learner, he has earned two Bachelor’s degrees from Loyola Marymount University (Psychology & Philosophy); a Master of Arts from The Ohio State University (Educational Policy & Leadership), a MBA from the University of Redlands, and a Ph.D. in Education from Claremont Graduate University...but it was his CTE industry certification in geographical information systems (GIS) that lifted him out of working poverty. He is a proud eagle scout, father, has completed 5 marathons, and won a spelling bee in the third grade.
What Every Administrator Needs to Know
Presenters: Dr. John Foster, NOCTI, and Dr. Clyde Hornberger
Date/Time: Sept. 27 1-4 p.m.

Are you Bi-lingual? Can you speak in education and workforce terminology? Administering CTE requires an array of skills including understanding your employment community, building staff trust, board relationships, financing/budgeting, assessing the quality of programs and addressing students’ technical and academic preparation. Join us for an engaging discussion on the how to improve your CTE administrative skills and maintain strong technical education programs to grow your local economy. This session will also preview an upcoming resource for new CTE administrators.


Expanding Your Administrator Skills: Concentrating on Reality Education
Presenters: Drs. Larae Watkins and Michelle Conrad, University of Central Missouri
Date/Time: Sept. 27, 8:30 a.m.-Noon

Pre-Conference Tour

Albuquerque CTE
Sept. 27, 8 a.m.-Noon
Visit the exciting career and technical programs in the Albuquerque Public Schools. Details coming soon.

Welcome to Albuquerque Dinner

BP Dinner   Sept. 27, 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 Old Town Albuquerque. This special dinner will feature a delectable Southwestern menu (yes, including green chiles) and live entertainment.

Breakout Spotlight Sessions

Check back soon for session details.


 BP Hotel 2017   Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town
800 Rio Grande Blvd. NW 
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104
Toll-free: 1.800.237.2133

Reservations can be made at the Hotel Albuquerque at our special group rate of $159 single/double plus 13.2% tax. Deadline for taking advantage of this rate is Sept. 4. 

Conference Rates

Best Practices Conference Rates
ACTE/NCLA members: $395
Non-members: $485
Speaker: $250 

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