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2013 Best Practices and Innovations Conference Programming




Lean in: Sustaining and Increasing Female Participation in Technology Education
To sustain a viable economy and educated workforce, technology education must exhibit leadership in educating more females in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The session explores recommendations for increasing gender equity in all events and in classroom settings. Group discussions will focus on innovative, engaging and sustainable ways to increase female participation overall in technology education.
Presented by Virginia R. Jones  

Bridging the Gender Gap
This discussion will cover the conceptualization, establishment and inception of a leadership program designed for women employed in career and technology education.
Presented by Jeanette Capshaw

Project Search: A Unique Partnership to Serve Special Needs Students
Project SEARCH is a collaborative partnership between Metro Technology Centers, Chesapeake Energy Corporation, the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services and the National Center for Disability Education and Training. Project SEARCH is designed for students with significant disabilities to assist them with a plan to transition from school to employment through innovative workforce and career development. It is dedicated to workforce development that can benefit the individual, community and workplace by offering on-site job skills training and support, career exploration in a variety of entry level positions, internships, interviewing and assessment practice, and job placement.
Presented by Elaine Stith

Non-traditional Students Have a Place in Your Program of Study
In our school district, we struggled to get the non-traditional student enrolled in our programs. After taking action, we have increased our participation by almost 50 percent.
Presented by Tina Thomas

CTE Teacher Preparation: Cohorts and Collaboration
This presentation provides information and rationales for effective and efficient techniques used in a career and technical education teacher preparation program. The use of evaluations, collaborations, cohort structures and immersion in field experiences are discussed.
Presented by Kim Holdbrooks Townsel

Cultivating Business and Community Partnerships for Sustainable Practices: Development of Living Laboratories for the Improvement of STEM Teaching and Learning
The Tempe Union High School District is a leader in sustainability education. The session will include how partnerships with Arizona State University, Chevron Energy Solutions and many other businesses and organizations have been developed to build a comprehensive district-wide sustainability program and annual summer conference. Presentations will include implementation strategies, methods for building community support and tactics for launching supporting curriculum designed to reduce operating costs, transform school facilities and strengthen career and technical education and STEM curriculum. Teacher experiences will be shared on how schools can be transformed into living laboratories that meet the needs of the 21st-century learner.
Presented by Nori Cannell

Addressing Teacher Shortages Through an Innovative Inter-institutional Online Graduate Program
An inter-institutional online graduate program was created in 2006 to assist aspiring teachers with pedagogy courses needed for certification. A panel of teacher educators, representing the six partner institutions, will identify the need for and benefits of this program in addressing teacher shortages and share innovative strategies for engaging an online community of learners. This inter-institutional relationship represents a model of professional cooperation and collaboration that successfully prepares 21st-century educators.
Presented by Karen Alexander

Project Based Learning: Strengthening 21st-century Skills
This session will identify key elements to design a PBL activity. Identify how PBL promotes rigor and relevance in the classroom. We will also discuss the direct correlation between learning objectives, HOT questions and problem-solving skills that will strengthen 21st-century Skills. Project-based learning activities promote students growth through activities that stimulate inquiry, HOT questions, problem solving and communication. Rigorous projects will help students learn essential academic content and practice 21st-century skills. We will include discussion of how PBL is already a part of CTSO organizations and promote college and career readiness after graduation.
Presented by Rebecca Hickey

The Next Big Challenge in Workforce Development
In the United States, Hispanics are the fastest growing demographic segment, increasing at twice the rate of the next leading group. This is a good thing, because we need the numbers to replace baby boomers aging out of our workforce. However, Hispanics have the lowest education attainment level of all segments of the population. These two convergent factors present big challenges for educators and employers. This presentation will help guide you in formulating strategies to meet these challenges, prepare our future workforce and sustain our economic development.
Presented by Tom Triplett

Retain and License "Career Expert" CTE Teachers
Our students' achievements are directly tied to how well teachers can plan, deliver and assess engaging instruction. Discover how a large urban school district is implementing an 18-month teacher preparation program that provides licensure advancement for new occupationally licensed CTE teachers through direct instruction, practice and feedback, coaching, in-school mentors and an electronic professional learning community.
Presented by Gaye Hutton Martin

Breakout Sessions

Designing Successful CTE Programs - Industry Standard
This presentation will provide audience an insight on how to improve a CTE program. MISD transformed CTE programs and aligned careers to graduation plans utilizing a strong business partnership to set industry-standard curriculum and program.
Presented by Tammy Smalskas

Career Advisement: The Vital Link to Solid School Partnerships
High schools are plagued by extraordinarily high dropout rates. Given this fact, the need for planning and advisement is critical! Are students being shown clear, transparent, relevant connections between education and the world of work? Strong career advisement relationships with partner schools can provide that pathway. Come gain vital tools for successful career advisement and/or help for building solid school partnerships.
Presented by Jan Bell

Mentoring and Retaining Quality CTE Teachers
This presentation will give participants a step-by-step process for development of a quality mentoring and induction program from 13 years of implementation in Oklahoma.
Presented by Mary Jo Self

Technical Degrees via Online Bachelor Completion Programs
This presentation will describe the online bachelor completion degree program options offered in Office Administration and Technology (OAT-OBC) and in the Bachelor of Applied Science in Human Capital Performance (BAS-OBC). Participation data will also be presented.
Presented by Reynaldo Martinez

Industry Partnerships: Building Skills and Recognizing Student Achievement Through Stackable Industry Credentials
Strong industry partnerships can yield more than just material equipment and support. By aligning program curriculum with industry standards and credentials, students develop required employability skills and have clear benchmarks to gauge their academic progress. The innovation of the NC3 partnership model has positively impacted both its partner industries and schools.
Presented by Matthew Janisin

Solving the Puzzle of Creating a Biosciences and Medicine Academy One Piece at a Time
The Biosciences and Medicine Academy at Francis Tuttle Technology Center has been in existence for five years. From creating the initial vision statement to selecting what courses will be offered to developing interview rubrics to collecting data-driven results, we have created a hands-on, STEM-immersed learning experience. Come see first-hand the future of education!
Presented by Gary Piercy

Best Practice: Business/Marketing Education
What makes an exemplary business program different? How can your school create a more rigorous, in-demand business program that is more than a student organization? These research-based standards and criteria define the new national accreditation initiative that will single out the nation's best programs.
Presented by Jim Gleason

Literacy: Learners to Leaders ... Our Journey
What happens when your students' technical skill attainment scores do not match what you know they can do? You know your students have the career technical skills, but their scores on the industry credentialing exams and other high-stakes tests do not reflect these skills. What do you do when you look at the discrepancies and realize literacy is at the root of the problem? You tackle the problem head-on by providing instructional leadership, empowering teachers and fostering innovative thinking. Come see what happens when literacy becomes everyone's responsibility.
Presented by Amy Schakat

Innovations in CTE: Expanding Program Offerings to Students in Online High School Programs
Creative ideas on how to build partnerships with local school districts, charter schools or education agencies, and businesses to provide quality CTE programming for students enrolled in online high schools.
Presented by Debra Hobson

Get Your iPad On: Innovative Powerful Apps Discovered
There are many educational app resources available, but I will demonstrate how they can effectively be used, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each. These apps have not only been used in my technology center classroom, but with HS and MG teachers who volunteered to help identify the best and most useful apps for all types of learners and assigned projects.
Presented by Teresa Pinkston

Let Your Students Do the Driving: Empowering Students to SHIFT
A review of CTE teacher-generated assessments, lesson plan documents, EOC data and teacher survey results indicate that many CTE teachers are not ready to implement the big shifts in literacy that students must attain in order to meet the demands of CCSS and CCTC standards. The sequel to my "Let Your Students Do the Driving" 2012 Summer SREB presentation, this presentation targets specific strategies CTE teachers can facilitate in their classrooms to empower students to successfully make these SHIFTs. Come learn how to further enhance student-driven learning in your classroom.
Presented by Beverly Thrasher

Innovations in Career and Technical Education Through Industry Credentialing
The presentation will be on the integration of industry credentialing in career and technical education programs. Participants will be encouraged to engage in discussion on the topic.
Presented by Leanne Skinner

How to Develop Successful Career and Technical Education Programs That Prepare Students for College and Career and Meet Local Workforce Needs
This workshop will focus on strategies and actions that the Palm Springs Unified School District implemented to develop and increase career and technical education academies and pathways in comprehensive high schools. The workshop will share details on effective middle school outreach programs that support the academies and pathways; provide specific examples of linked learning approaches that incorporate integrated projects in grades K-12, along with postsecondary opportunities; and share effective strategies on building effective relationships with business and industry partners that provide real-world learning opportunities for students.
Presented by Diana Lamar

Robots Rock and STEM Rules: Teaching STEM K-12 Through Robotics Full Scale
Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) has embraced a STEM initiative that engages students in grades 5 through 12 in an after-school robotics challenge. In its fifth year, through the Office of Technical and Career Education, the VBCPS STEM Robotics Challenge is designed to stimulate the interest and enthusiasm of all students, but in particular young women and minorities in the fields of math, science and, especially, engineering. This problem-solving and critical-thinking exposure and experience will enable students to make informed high school course selections that will adequately prepare them for career pathways at the postsecondary level. Students not only compete in a locally designed STEM challenge, but also are required to chronicle their experiences in an electronic portfolio using the engineering design process. Empirical data indicates that the 2013 Challenge from 50 VBCPS schools will have 49 percent minority participation and 28 percent female participation. Data collection procedures will allow CTE to follow future student secondary course selection.
Presented by Patrick Konopnicki

How To Significantly Increase Enrollment and Retention With More of the Right Students
Join dynamic career tech expert Mark C. Perna as he shares the secrets of maximizing enrollment and retention. You'll discover how to implement proven enrollment and retention tactics. Come learn how to attract and retain the right students in the right programs for the right reasons. Get ready to develop a plan driven by the powerful "light at the end of the tunnel" strategy, and create effective program copy points that get noticed. Plus, you'll learn what makes the Millennial Generation tick and how to connect, engage and retain them through graduation. And, finally, find out how you can overcome the most common objections and stigmas of career tech education. Stop being the best-kept secret in town and start implementing these decisive, timely strategies to succeed in today's competitive educational marketplace!
Presented by Mark Perna

Mobile Devices, Mobile Classrooms, BYOD
The Southeast Region Career and Technology Center is currently involved in a pilot program that is incorporating Verizon Wireless Jet Packs to provide Internet access on the school bus to allow students to work on a Google Chromebook and take online classes. We have been challenged for years, as have other CTE centers, on how to best utilize the down time that occurs when students are traveling on the bus to and from the CTE center. Thus far, the pilot has been very successful. We have multiple students from multiple schools that are taking a variety of courses. Our main goal is to be able to provide students with courses that will help them with graduation requirements, as well as free up their schedules to allow them to participate in CTE courses at the Center. We chose the Chromebook because of the low cost ($250) and ease of maintenance, control and filtering through our technology department. Finally, we are able to provide a full three credits to our students that are away from their home school for three class periods. We truly believe that this will lead to increased enrollments at the Center as well as better prepare our high school students for postsecondary online teaching styles.
Presented by Kraig Steinhoff

College and Career Readiness, Community Transformation and Digital Promises
Learn how Sunnyside Unified School District in Tucson, Arizona, is using career and technical education programs in their college and career academies to provide college and career readiness, global perspectives and community transformation in a public school district recognized as a Project Red Signature District and member of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools.
Presented by Kathy Prather

A New Idea in Collaboration: A Flipped Classroom
This interactive discussion will demonstrate best practices of how to develop and incorporate flipped classroom strategy. Discussion will include benefits/obstacles and how this can lead to other best practices, such as project-based learning and capstone projects. Attendees should bring an Internet-capable device.
Presented by Rebecca Hickey

Creative Teaching Methodologies to Fully Engage Students in the Classroom
In this age of social media, interactive websites and non-traditional learning on the rise, we will present some creative alternatives to the traditional lecture in the classroom. Both adult and high school students are finding it difficult to focus in class with outside demands and interests. In a few easy steps, participants will learn how to implement some fun and creative methodologies that will instantly stimulate learning in the classroom. This stimulation will generate interest to attend class as well as increase retention of material.
Presented by Sheila Sampath

Signature Features of Advanced Career Pathway Courses and Programs
The Southern Regional Education Board, in partnership with states, is developing sequences of rigorous Advanced Career (AC) courses in 12 high-skill, high-wage fields. The presenter will describe signature features forming these AC courses, share examples of assignments with embedded Common Core Standards and show evidence that rigorous CT assignments matter.
Presented by Gene Bottoms

A Vision for the Future: Online and Ground-based Schools Working Together in Partnership
This session will focus on the opportunity that exists for brick and mortar schools to partner with online schools to deliver a multidimensional education offering with local market feel. We will explore the pros and cons of these partnerships as well as the many delivery models that can be deployed including pure play online delivery to the local market leveraging hybrid delivery models using online content in a lab environment as well as using on-line as a tool that can help address local market demand without adding infrastructure of instructional expense.
Presented by Peter Ockerbloom and Matthew Janisin

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