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, 2020
New York, NY
Registration and housing opening soon!

Now Open–Call for Proposals

Presenting at the 2020 Region I Conference can provide you an opportunity to build your professional network and experience along with your peers. Presenting a content-rich session individually or as part of a team is a great way to share knowledge, experiences, and ideas. This conference will align with the following elements from the High-Quality CTE Framework:

  • Engaging Instruction
  • Business and Community Partnerships
  • Work Based Learning
  • Facilities, Equipment, Technology and Materials
  • Access and Equity

Interested in presenting? The deadline to submit a proposal is 5:00 p.m. EDT, Friday December 13.

Submit Proposal

Workshop Sessions–Back by Popular Demand!

Stop Reading Off Your PowerPoint!
Crissy Lauterbach, Butler Tech

If you are tired of students reading off their Power Points, not facing the audience, and not being a master of their content in a presentation, then this interactive seminar is for you! Through the power of Pecha Kucha my students’ presentation have been elevated to a professional level with concise information, strong visuals, and impeccable timing. Instructors will walk away with a mini lesson on Pecha Kucha that will enhance any lab or CTSO presentation.  Be prepared to laugh, to work, and to change your own presentation game.

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!!


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