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2014 Best Practices and Innovations Conference

When: Wednesday, September 17, 2014 8:00 AM - Friday, September 19, 2014 5:00 PM

Where: Hyannis, MA


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Best Practices and Innovations: 

The 2014 Best Practices and Innovations Conference is an excellent opportunity for CTE educators to showcase programs and to share your expertise with colleagues. A best practice is one that has empirical data documenting the best practice. An innovation is defined as a teacher, school and/or administrative practice that demonstrates innovations in career and technical education, but has not yet validated the practice through empirical data. 

The conference will take place Sept. 17-19 in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, at the Cape Codder Resort and Spa ($129 single/double plus 11.7% tax). In addition to the expansion of the conference to include innovations in CTE as well as best practices, we are adding exciting pre-conferences.   To learn more, download our brochure.

Update: ACTE has reserved an additional block of rooms at the Holiday Inn – Hyannis. The Holiday Inn is located within walking distance to the Cape Codder Resort and Spa. The room rate is $129 single/double plus 11.7% tax. To make a reservation, please call (508) 775-1153 and mention that you are attending the NCLA/ACTE Best Practices and Innovations Conference

Register Today!

 Online Registration is now closed. On-site registration will be open on:

Wednesday, Sept. 17 

6:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Registration 

Thursday, Sept. 18

6:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Registration 

Friday, Sept. 19

7:00-9:00 a.m. Registration 

Leaders in career and technical education from around the country will bring the newest best practices and innovations in Common Core standards/academic integration, CTE’s role in educational reform, business and education partnerships, credentialing/certifications/assessments, college- and career-readiness standards, and performance-based, student-centered instruction and assessment. Bring your own insights, network with decision-makers just like you, and take excellence home with you!

For the best pricing for all of your professional development needs, please see the chart below for combining an ACTE/NCLA membership with your registration. Already a member? Please click below for the conference registration only.

               Program Guide (New!)               Register Online.      
               Breakout Sessions               Download Session Assignments.
              Download the Agenda               Scholarship Information   

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Would you like access to a national gathering of career and technical program administrators? ACTE and the National Council of Local Administrators (NCLA) will make it happen. NCLA’s purpose is advancing leadership, advocacy and professional development for CTE administrators through a network of peers. Every fall, ACTE and NCLA bring together this network of peers at the Best Practices and Innovations Conference. Become an exhibitor today!  

Best Practices Pre Con

How to Significantly Increase Enrollment, Retention, and Performance — Now!

Join dynamic Career Tech expert Mark C. Perna as he shares the national best practices for maximizing enrollment, retention, and student performance. High school and post-secondary administrators, teachers, and critical support staff will discover the proven tactics that one school used to increase enrollment 128% in just one year — without adding any new programs or capacity! Come learn how your organization can attract and retain more of 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 and best practices to succeed in today’s competitive, performance driven educational marketplace!

Embedding Common Core State or Other Rigorous Standards for Mathematics into CTE Instruction

Gain a deeper understanding of new, rigorous mathematics standards. Participants will learn about a series of formative assessment lessons (FALs) designed to help students master new math standards. Career/technical(CT) teachers will create FALs that address mathematics understanding needed by students in CT courses and will develop a plan for teaching the lessons.

Embedding the Common Core Reading and Writing Assignments into CTE Instruction

Gain a deeper understanding of the Common Core State Standards for literacy and how these standards can be embedded into career/technical (CT) instruction. Participants will learn about planning tools and strategies to embed literacy into CT assignments and lessons in ways that advance students' technical achievement, ability to read and comprehend complex texts, and ability to express understanding orally and in writing.


Best Practices Tours

Tour-Cape Cod Regional Technical School

1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.Come see how we prepare students for success in college, careers and beyond. Discover how we build the professional skills of CCT staff to provide effective leadership, instruction and support services that foster student success.


Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School
Experience firsthand how technology accelerates learning. Explore technology in CTE and academic environments, and focus on Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School's digital learning through a 1:1 iPad program. See how technology supports personalized learning to prepare every student, every day and in every class, for a world yet to be imagined. Classroom visits will provide direct interaction with teachers and students.


Traditional New England Clambake at Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School

5:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.Come enjoy a delicious dinner with conference attendees prepared by the Culinary Arts students at Upper Cape Tech. This traditional meal includes 1.5-pound New England lobster, clams, mussels and a host of other goodies (chicken for those land lovers). Dinner includes the cost of the meal and transportation to/from the event. Buses board at 5:00 p.m. and return at approximately 7:30 p.m.



Best Practices Speakers

Sandy Hook: A Parent's Perspective
Presenter: Michele Gay, co-founder of Safe and Sound
A Sandy Hook Initiative shares Michele’s personal story and lessons learned on December 14, 2012. She will introduce the inspiring way she has chosen to help school communities improve school safety in in honor of her daughter, Josephine and the other 19 children and 6 teachers lost on December 14, 2012. Michele’s perspective as the mother of a special needs child and former elementary school teacher, provides unique insight and inspiration for parents, administrators, school staff, emergency responders and community members who strive to make their schools safer. Michele Gay and the Safe and Sound foundation, bring an important message to our communities, and represent a powerful presence in our school safety community.
Michelle Gay
Reaching All Students through Career and Technical Education
Presenter: Sheila Harrity, Principal Worcester Technical High School
National Principal of the Year
Career and Technical Education needs to personalize students’ education by creating authentic learning experiences through business partnerships, higher educational institutions, and community agencies. Learn how these opportunities sustain rigorous curriculum by connecting theory and practice, and how differentiated instructional techniques address various learning styles and abilities to ensure mastery of skills.

Career and Technical Education’s Role and Responsibility in Economic Growth and Development
Moderator: Jeanette Capshaw, ACTE Administrative Division Vice President

Panelists: Vince Canino, Vice President of Enterprise Sales and Renewable Energy, Trane Climate Solutions; Donald Frendberg, Executive Director, HVACR Workforce Development Foundation; Ann Randazzo, Executive Director, Center for Energy Workplace Development;Jason Scales, Ph.D., Welding Education Specialist

 As the economy continues to rebound from the worst economic crisis since the great depression, the need for highly skilled workers continues to dominate the headlines. Career and technical education not only plays a significant role in the economic recovery but also shares a responsibility to ensure that our students are prepared for immediate and engaging employment. Hear industry and academic experts provide their views on how CTE can proactively respond to these critical challenges. 
 Jeanette Capshaw
Managing the Renewed Interest In CTE
Presenter: Jane Oates, Vice President for External Affairs, Apollo Group, Inc.

 As more attention is given to the critical role that CTE plays in creating and maintaining pipelines to good jobs, policymakers still forget the realities of running a strong CTE program - dwindling budgets, spiraling costs, the multitasking demands on administrators and teachers as they modernize curriculum, create and maintain partnerships, and run effective demand-driven programs. In this closing general session, attendees will hear national trends in career and technical education and ways to implement and create best practices while keeping your teachers, staff - and yourself from spinning our of control.
 Jane Oates

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