Building Students’ Collaboration Skills


ACTE is pleased to partner with AVID to offer a series of three virtual workshops, focused on building students’ teamwork/collaboration skills. The workshops are intended and available as a series at a discounted registration rate but can be accessed individually. All workshops are appropriate for both secondary and postsecondary educators/faculty and administrators.

Sign up for the series! – $250 for all three workshops (scroll down for workshop descriptions)
Or, select one or two workshops, each at the rate of $100

About the presenters: 

Trent Mohrbutter, Ed. D.
Educational Consultant and Professional Staff Development

Dr. Mohrbutter, in his 30th year as an educator, received his undergraduate degree in Education from the University of Victoria in 1991, a master’s degree in School Administration from East Carolina University in 2007, and a Doctorate in Education Leadership and Supervision from North Carolina State University in 2011.  He has worked with AVID since 2018, and has developed, implemented, and facilitated professional learning for community colleges and 4-year institutions, both face-to-face and virtually.   

Before joining AVID, he served as the Vice President for Instruction and Chief Academic Officer at Nash Community College in North Carolina. During that time, he oversaw all areas related to academic and student affairs.  

Dr. Mohrbutter has consulted, written, and presented nationally on educational leadership, student equity, guided pathways, and instructional practices that support student opportunities and success. 


Betty Krohn, Ed. D.
Educational Consultant and Professional Staff Development

Dr. Krohn has worked with AVID since 2008 and is an accomplished educational leader with extensive experience consulting to leadership and faculty/instructors in higher education, secondary education, adult education, and military training commands.   

In her 45th year as an educator, Dr. Krohn retired from AVID as Director of Higher Education where she supported student success, persistence, and completion working with adult education, career and technical, and general education educators.  She continues to consult, write, and present nationally on educational leadership, student equity, and instructional best practices that support student opportunities and success. 

Dr. Krohn received her BS degree from Evangel University (MO) in English and math with her teaching credentials.  She earned her Master of Education in school administration and her Doctorate in curriculum and instruction from University of North Texas.   

Previous Workshops

Session 1:  Building Intentional Strategies to Align Instruction and Develop Career-Ready Skills
March. 4, 1:00-3:30 p.m. ET (with a 15-minute break)
Cost: $100

This workshop will address the needs of career and technical educators who support student employability skills (i.e. professional, 21st Century, career-ready, work-ready, soft skills) development, critical to success in the workplace. With the knowledge that employers are seeking to hire individuals who are workforce ready, the session introduces AVID strategies as tools to help instructors improve and enhance their classroom instruction. Participants will learn how to integrate intentional strategies that build critical thinking and problem solving; collaboration, teamwork and time management; technical reading and writing; organization; and communication skills.

Session 2:  Creating Effective Teamwork through Collaborative Instructional Strategies
March 11, 1:00-3:30 p.m. ET (with a 15-minute break)

This workshop addresses the needs of teachers/faculty and staff engaged in helping students succeed in CTE courses. Collaboration is a high engagement teaching and learning best practice and is also a necessary skill for college success and career readiness. This session is designed to leverage collaborative teaching strategies to improve student learning, integrate effective teamwork in the classroom, and to prepare students for the workplace. Participants will learn about and engage high impact instructional strategies that will build their capacity for using collaborative teaching strategies in their CTE courses.  

Session 3:  Developing Student Critical Thinking & Problem-Solving Skills 
April 15, 1:00-3:30 p.m. ET (with a 15-minute break)

This interactive workshop is designed to help instructors build critical thinking and problem solving as an applied skill needed for the workplace.  Employers seek to hire individuals who are capable of making sound decisions to improve productivity and customer service. This session introduces participants to and engages them in AVID instructional strategies and supporting digital teaching and learning tools. CTE faculty will be able to use these strategies in their classroom/content to support the development of higher levels of thinking skills and to better prepare their students for success in their careers.