ACTE Region IV 2020 Leadership Conference – Now Virtual
Thursday, May 21

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At a time when community is more important than ever, the ACTE Region IV 2020 Leadership Conference, originally scheduled for April 15-17, 2020, in New Orleans, Louisiana, is now available as an all-new one-day virtual conference and interactive platform. Tune in on Thursday, May 21, for live presentations, breakout sessions and interactive content covering emerging trends in delivering online career and technical education and digital learning. Region IV educators will share how they are continuing to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic to meet the needs of their students, staff and communities.

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Opening General Session Speakers

Mr. Scott Springer worked for Denver Public Schools for 33 years as a teacher, Assistant Principal, Executive Director for the Office of College and Career ready, Director of Career and Technical Education for the district, and recently retired as Principal of CEC Early College.  Mr. Springer helped develop the CEC Early College of Denver when he was first appointed principal in 2005, which is now one on the most successful high schools in the Denver Public Schools, serving 95% first generation college-bound students, 88% free and reduced students, and enrolling 70% of their graduate in two year or four year program.  Every student at CEC Early College graduates with an average of 18 college credits. Each semester, over 500 students enroll in college course work with a 90% pass rate. Awards for CEC Early College under Mr. Springer’s leadership include: Foundation for Great City Schools, “Distinguished School Award,” Denver’s 5280 Magazine’s Top 20 Schools on the Front Range, and Highest Growth Title I School in 2012 and 2013, presented from the Colorado Department of Education. Currently, Mr. Springer is an Educational Advisor for Harbor Freight Tools for Schools, (HFTFS). HFTFS is part of the Eric Smidt Family Foundation with the mission of elevating Skilled Trades programs throughout the country. HFTFS supports Skilled Trades programs, teachers and students in order to build, and enhance, the Skilled Trades work force of the future. In addition, Mr. Springer consults with the College in High School Alliance providing technical expertise on college in high school programs. 

Adam Bourne started teaching carpentry and electrical courses at The NET Charter High School in New Orleans, Louisiana five years ago. He became a teacher after more than a dozen years as an electrician, carpenter, job site manager and then a business owner. He learned electrical work alongside his electrician father, and then worked with his employees when he owned his business, teaching and learning with them. Bourne was inspired to become a teacher after he saw the large number of unemployed people in New Orleans, and wanted to help create meaningful training opportunities for young people growing up in poverty and amidst very challenging circumstances. Adam now serves as the Executive Director of New Orleans Technical Education Provider, NOTEP. NOTEP provides skilled crafts training for 20 high schools in Orleans and Jefferson Parish.

Closing General Session Speaker

Stephen Schneiter
A lifetime technology enthusiast with a passion for helping others succeed, Stephen Schneiter has built his career at the crossroads of IT and education. After years learning the tricks of the trade as a network administrator and security specialist, Schneiter pivoted into roles focused on guiding and developing IT instructors and emerging IT professionals. As the CompTIA Instructor Network Program Manager, Schneiter leverages his extensive IT education background to help instructors from around the world create successful IT training programs. Schneiter holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Tennessee and holds various CompTIA certifications.