ALEXANDRIA, VA—The Association for Career and Technical Education’s (ACTE) 2011 Annual Convention and Career Tech Expo, held in St. Louis Nov. 17-19, featured more than 250 concurrent sessions and workshops, many featuring career and technical education’s growing role in school improvement.
Sir Ken Robinson set the tone at the Opening General Session by focusing on the need for education reform in the United States. Robinson highlighted the current policies and practices in education reform, which he said are only focused on improving upon a 20th-century education system rather than building a new and improved 21st-century model. He referenced the massive changes in population between the last two centuries as a driving force requiring an overhaul and redesign of education systems in the United States and pointed to the important role that career and technical education is contributing to help realize that goal.
General Session speaker Ray McNulty continued the theme of education reform by challenging the attendees to engage in disruptive innovation. McNulty provided concrete ideas about how CTE can be a driving force for change. He focused on the integration of CTE with the Common Core State Standards, as well as education and business partnerships that might yield more effective training and skills development to fit the needs of the 21st-century workforce.
The Association recognized the achievement of CTE educators. The following is a list of the award winners for 2012:
During the three-day Annual Convention, ACTE announced the 2012 CTE Month Public Service Announcement video and national award winners and held more than 250 concurrent sessions and workshops that covered a broad range of topics. ACTE announced the winning PSA video, developed by students, Sydnie Hinshaw and Cristian Melendez, from North Shore Senior High School in Houston, Texas. The winning PSA will help market and promote CTE Month February 2012.
In the Closing General Session, Eric Chester posed the question, “who taught you about work?” and challenged educators to be the driving force in developing work ethic among youth. His inspirational and energetic presentation also included a surprise performance of Chester’s own rap on the importance of work ethic with respect to youth. Chester’s book, Reviving Work Ethic—A Leader’s Guide to Ending Entitlement and Restoring Pride in the Workforce, and books from the other two General Session speakers were featured.
The Convention was live-tweeted and blogged by ACTE staff and members in attendance. The new ACTEmobile was used to help attendees navigate sessions, updates and alerts from ACTE and was widely popular among attendees. The ACTE Convention blog can be viewed by visiting www.acteonline.org/conventionblog.aspx, and session presentations and other materials from Convention can be viewed by visiting the Convention sessions page on the ACTE Web site.
Additionally, video journalism students from Ladue Horton Watkins High School staffed a media center at the Convention and recorded clips from General Sessions, interviews with speakers and other Convention news. Their work can be viewed on SchoolTube.com.
For more information on the 2011 Annual Convention, please contact Peter Magnuson or visit the 2011 Annual Convention Web site.
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. It provides advocacy, public awareness and access to information, professional development and tools that enable members to be successful and effective leaders. Founded in 1926, ACTE has more than 27,000 members, including teachers, counselors and administrators at the middle school, high school and postsecondary levels.