2020 Region I Conference

The ACTE Region I Conference provides career and technical education professionals a relevant and exciting professional and leadership development opportunity.

March 11-13
UFT Manhattan Office
52 Broadway
New York, NY 10004

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Please note, the ACTE Region I Conference will be held as planned. ACTE and the Region I leaders understand that there is concern about the Coronavirus and we want you to know that we are closely monitoring the public health situation related to this disease and taking action to ensure our in-person events are as safe as possible. Currently, there have been no cancellations of ACTE events or changes to related policies, and so the Region I Conference is still scheduled to take place March 11-13 in Manhattan and Brooklyn. ACTE will continue to monitor the situation based on reports from the CDC, federal government and other sources. For more information on the Coronavirus disease and how to prevent it, please visit the CDC’s website. Should you have any questions about the Region I Conference, please call ACTE headquarters at 800-826-9972.


Registration Rates

Member: $225
Non-member: $325

Pre-registration is now closed. Onsite registration will be available beginning 7:00 a.m., March 12, at the UFT Brooklyn Office located at 335 Adams St, 25th floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201.

Keynote Speaker

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Bill Daggett, Ed.D.

Bill Daggett, Ed.D., Founder and Chairman of the International Center for Leadership in Education, is recognized worldwide for his proven ability to move preK-12 education systems towards more rigorous and relevant skills and knowledge for all students. For 25 years, he has crisscrossed our nation, as well as the industrialized world, to lead school reform efforts to effectively prepare students for their future.

While an avid supporter of public education, he also challenges all of us to be more focused on our children’s future than on maintaining the schools of our youth. His insights and leadership has caused nearly every major education association in the country, hundreds of school districts, numerous political and business leaders, publishers, and others to seek out his advice and guidance.

Before founding and now serving as Chairman of the International Center for Leadership in Education, Dr. Daggett was a teacher, local administrator, and a director with the New York State Education Department.

He is the creator of the Rigor/Relevance Framework which has recently become the cornerstone of much of the nation’s school reform efforts. He is also the author of numerous books about learning and education, textbooks, research reports, and journal articles.

Dr. Daggett has been recognized as a distinguished alumnus by both Temple University and the State University at Albany.

Dr. Daggett has a special commitment to individuals with disabilities. He and his wife, Bonnie, volunteer their time and lend their support to Wildwood Programs in upstate New York. Wildwood serves the needs of people of all ages who, like their daughter Audrey, have neurological impairments/learning disabilities or autism, by enabling them to become the best that they can be.

For more information on the International Center and Bill Daggett, please visit www.LeaderEd.com or contact Karen Wilkins at 518-723-2057.

Schedule at a Glance & Program

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020 – Afternoon only

  • Region I Policy Committee Meeting
  • Pre-Conference: ACTE Connect

ACTE Connect provides the crucial missing link in ACTE’s current leadership development plan and gives members, regardless of their level of experience with ACTE, an opportunity for growth and development as well as a clear pathway to further leadership engagement with ACTE. Open to ALL members ACTE Connect provides participants with leadership training as well as how to get involved with leadership in ACTE!  Join us at this exciting and interactive workshop to learn more about your leadership capabilities.  Each Regional Conference will host a session of ACTE Connect.  There is no application or stipend for this program

Thursday, March 12, 2020 – Full Day

  • General Session with Keynote Speaker
  • Workshop breakout sessions (lunch will be provided)
  • Vendors
  • Region I Awards Celebration (no additional cost)

Friday, March 13, 2020 – Morning only

  • Region I Business Meeting
  • School Tours

Workshop Sessions–Back by Popular Demand!

Teaching and Measuring Professional Skills Employers Want
Michael Hart, Assistant Dean of Instruction, Laurel Oaks Career Campus
Angie Collins, Assistant Dean of Instruction, Diamond Oaks Career Campus
Jim Hansel, Career Tech Program Specialist, Great Oaks Career Campuses

Learn how Great Oaks Career Campuses emphasize, measure, and track students’ professional skills. View a Professional Skills Report Seal and see how it provides a clear indicator to employers on the crucial work readiness skills the student possesses.

Equity, Access and the Five-Year Plan: Improving CTE in Baltimore County Public Schools
Douglas Handy, Director, CTE and Fine Arts, Baltimore County Public Schools
Michael Grubbs, Ph.D., CTE Coordinator, Baltimore County Public Schools

Participants will learn how the ongoing expansion and improvement of CTE programs in Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) is being informed by the BCPS equity policy, the ACTE Quality CTE Program of Study Framework, and the BCPS CTE Office’s strategic plan.

SkillsUSA Career Essentials: Solution to Teaching Career Readiness Skills
Courtney Ferrell, SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA Career Essentials suite is designed to develop career-ready students that are prepared to face 21st-century demands. Discover how this project-based curriculum builds the career-ready skills demanded by industry through authentic experiences. Give your students everything they need to thrive in today’s careers, wherever they go.

Andragogy: The Best Kept Secret of Educating Educators
Kathryn Breisch – Teacher Development Specialist, Career and Technical Education (CTE) Office of Secondary Schools

Most educators can’t define Andragogy, but they can tell immediately if the principles of Andragogy are being violated. If you have been forced to sit through a PD that’s completely irrelevant, you have felt Andragogy being violated. If you have attended sessions that fail to gauge the skill level and experience of the audience, then you have felt Andragogy bring violated.  If you have been micro-managed, you have felt Andragogy being violated. During this session, participants will engage deeply with the 5 assumptions of Andragogy, or adult-learning theory.  By the end of the session, participants will be able to structure meetings and professional developments that appeal to, and engage, adult learners of all varieties.

If You Know How To Do My Job So Well, Why Don’t YOU Do It?
Kathryn Breisch – Teacher Development Specialist, Career and Technical Education (CTE) Office of Secondary Schools

As professionals, most of us don’t like to be told what do to or how to do something. This begs the question: when your teachers/staff have a glaring need for improvement, how do you inspire them to grow without micro-managing? During this session, participants will learn how the Cognitive Coaching model can shift their school/team culture from directive (authoritarian) to self-directed (democratic). Building off the previous session on Andragogy, participants will learn the most adult-appropriate ways to coach your staff to be self-directed in growth and professional development. This engaging session incorporates numerous resources, collaboration with peers, and practice.

PBL in CTE:  Who’s Doing the Thinking?
Marsha Iverson, Field Associate, CTE Technical Assistance Center of NY

Problem Based Learning is “made to order” for CTE.  Students are more motivated and achieve more while developing the skills required for success … a real WIN-WIN!  A key factor is to ensure the STUDENTS are engaged in rigorous and relevant critical thinking.  The session will provide a framework for PBL as well as provide examples from a variety of CTE disciplines.  You will be able to implement PBL on Monday!!


New York Harbor School
The New York Harbor School, located on Governor’s Island at the tip of Manhattan, provides students with a college and career preparatory education built on New York City’s maritime experience.  Participants will have an opportunity to see the Harbor School’s seven Career Pathway programs:  Aquaculture, Marine Biology Research, Marine Systems Technology, Vessel Operations, Ocean Engineering, Professional Diving, and Marine Policy and Advocacy.  The Harbor School’s unique foundation, Billion Oyster Project, provides students with the opportunity to improve the water quality of the Hudson River.

High School of Economics and Finance
Located just steps from Wall Street in Manhattan’s Financial District, the High School of Economics and Finance is a Silver Medalist among America’s Best High Schools.  Partnerships with WISE, NAF, NFTE, VE International, Carnegie Hall, NY Historical Society, Citigroup and Moody’s Corporation provide students with authentic educational experiences.  Moody’s conducts a four-week summer program for rising 9th graders before they start studying at HS for Economics and Finance.  Participants will have an opportunity to see their finance programs as well as others preparing students for college and careers in the financial field.

Food and Finance High School
Students at Food and Finance are part of a small learning community that focuses on culinary arts and finance related to the industry.  With the assistance of the Food Education Fund, students can participate in paid internship programs, a student-run cafe, a pop-up restaurant, and the Visiting Chef Program. The Cornell University Extension offers students the opportunity to utilize state-of-the-art STEM technology in the field of hydroponics, aquaponics, and aquaculture.  Participants will have an opportunity to see students in action as well as visit the STEM labs.

Art and Design High School
In stat-of-the-art facilities, students at the High School of Art and Design can explore various art forms while developing their own voice through their art.  The school has the oldest Commercial Arts program in New York City.  Students must audition for acceptance in the school.  They can choose one the following programs:  Architectural Design, Cartooning, Animation, Graphic Design, Illustration, Digital Photography, Film and Video and Fashion Design.  Participants will be impressed by the connections to the industry that the school nurtures to benefit student experience and preparation for college and careers.

Brooklyn STEAM Center
The Brooklyn STEAM Center is an innovative CTE Center that prepares Brooklyn High School students from eight partner schools to enter and thrive in high-demand, rapidly evolving industries.  The STEAM Center is located in the newly renovated Brooklyn Navy Yard which is the home to over 3000 jobs.  Participants will see their career pathway programs:   Computer Science, Design and Engineering, Construction Technology, Culinary Arts and Hospitality, and Film and Media.

High School of Fashion Industries
The High School of Fashion Industries is dedicated to students’ learning the business of fashion.  Nearly 90 percent of students graduate from high school with nearly all entering post-secondary schools.  Career pathway programs offered are:  Fashion Design, Graphics and Illustration, Fashion Merchandising Management, and Visual Merchandising.  The High School of Fashion’s Advisory Board is comprised of fashion industry professionals from many of the top design and retail firms.  They not only raise money for the school, but they engage with students on design projects and support the school’s curriculum.  Participants will have an opportunity to visit all five of their programs.


Holiday Inn Manhattan – Financial District NYC
99 Washington Street
New York, NY 10006
Hotel Phone (212) 791-2900

Room Rate: $209 plus 14.75% tax and a $3.50, per room, per night hotel fee. Room rate includes complimentary Wi-Fi and breakfast for 2 each day.

Hotel Reservation Deadline: February 7, 2020. Please note, hotel may sell out of group rooms before the hotel reservation deadline.

To make your reservation, please call 1-855-914-1383. Be sure to mention ACTE to receive the discounted group rate.

Exhibitor and Sponsorship Opportunities

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