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Play Your Cards Right! Attend the ACTE Convention in Las Vegas and teachers. This son of blue-collar parents is not your ordinary school psychologist. His personal story will inspire and empower convention attendees. The Friday General Session fea-tures noted education historian and former education official Diane Ravitch. Ravitch is a research profes-sor of education at New York Univer-sity and a senior fellow at the Brook-ings Institution. She has written 10 books, including her most recent, The Death and Life of the Great Ameri-can School System . She was assistant secretary of education and counselor to the secretary of education during part of the George H. W. Bush Admin-istration, and she was appointed to the National Assessment Governing Board by the Clinton Administration. For 10 years, she held the Brown Chair in Education Studies at the Brookings Institution and edited “Brookings Papers on Education Policy.” Before entering government service, she was a professor of his-tory and education at Teachers Col-lege, Columbia University. Ravitch is a former Guggenheim Fellow. Her writing has appeared in many news-papers and magazines, and she blogs for Education Week , POLITICO , and the Huffington Post . Corinne Hoisington will speak at Saturday’s Closing General Session. Hoisington is regarded as a leading expert on today’s hottest technolo-gies. She travels more than 200,000 miles a year speaking to college and university professors and at K-12 venues. Hoisington is the recipi-ent of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional in Computer Program-ming award and has written more than a dozen books on such topics as Dreamweaver CS6, Windows 8, Outlook 2013, Visual Basic 2012, and Android programming. She is profes-sor of information systems technol-ogy at Central Virginia Community College in Lynchburg, VA, and brings 25 years of innovative teaching expe-rience to her presentation. Photos: Las Vegas News Bureau T HE Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is gearing up for its annual convention, to be held December 4-7 in Las Vegas, NV. In encouraging educators to at-tend what it describes as “the most exciting and talked-about CTE event of the year,” ACTE says, “As an educator, you know you can’t take chances on student success or your career. Developing the workforce for the 21st-century means constantly adjusting to new standards, new trends, and new best practices. The ACTE and thousands of your fel-low CTE educators are here to help. ACTE’s Career Tech VISION 2013 is designed to be an integral compo-nent of your overall professional development goals.” The convention draws career and technical educa-tors and administrators from across the U.S. and around the world. Pre-Convention Workshops ACTE has scheduled five pre-con-vention workshops on Wednesday, December 4. They include: O How to Significantly Increase Enrollment, Retention, and Per-formance —CTE expert Mark C. General Sessions How did Adam Sáenz go from juvenile detention to two doctorates, with training at Harvard Medical School and the University of Oxford? It was the power of a teacher, as he will explain at Thursday’s Opening General Session. Sáenz, author of the book The Power of a Teacher , has had a life filled with tremendous highs and pro-found lows. At every important junc-ture, there have been two common elements, lifesavers that appeared when he really needed it: education Perna shares national best practices for maximizing enrollment, reten-tion, and student performance. High school and postsecondary administrators, teachers, and criti-cal support staff will learn about the proven tactics that one school used to increase enrollment 128% in just one year—without adding any new programs or capacity. Attendees will learn how their program can attract and retain more of the right students in the right programs for the right reasons by using a powerful “light at the end of the tunnel” strategy and creat-ing effective program copy points that get noticed. Plus, Perna will discuss what makes students in the Millennial Generation tick and how 22 tech directions X NOVEMBER 2013

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THE Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is gearing up for its annual convention, to be held December 4-7 in Las Vegas, NV.<br /> <br /> In encouraging educators to attend what it describes as “the most exciting and talked-about CTE event of the year,” ACTE says, “As an educator, you know you can’t take chances on student success or your career. Developing the workforce for the 21st-century means constantly adjusting to new standards, new trends, and new best practices. The ACTE and thousands of your fellow CTE educators are here to help. ACTE’s Career Tech VISION 2013 is designed to be an integral component of your overall professional development goals.” The convention draws career and technical educators and administrators from across the U.S. and around the world.<br /> <br /> General Sessions<br /> How did Adam Sáenz go from juvenile detention to two doctorates, with training at Harvard Medical School and the University of Oxford? It was the power of a teacher, as he will explain at Thursday’s Opening General Session.<br /> <br /> Sáenz, author of the book The Power of a Teacher, has had a life filled with tremendous highs and profound lows. At every important juncture, there have been two common elements, lifesavers that appeared when he really needed it: education and teachers. This son of blue-collar parents is not your ordinary school psychologist. His personal story will inspire and empower convention attendees.<br /> <br /> The Friday General Session features noted education historian and former education official Diane Ravitch. Ravitch is a research professor of education at New York University and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. She has written 10 books, including her most recent, The Death and Life of the Great American School System. She was assistant secretary of education and counselor to the secretary of education during part of the George H. W. Bush Administration, and she was appointed to the National Assessment Governing Board by the Clinton Administration.<br /> <br /> For 10 years, she held the Brown Chair in Education Studies at the Brookings Institution and edited “Brookings Papers on Education Policy.” Before entering government service, she was a professor of history and education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Ravitch is a former Guggenheim Fellow. Her writing has appeared in many newspapers and magazines, and she blogs for Education Week, POLITICO, and the Huffington Post.<br /> <br /> Corinne Hoisington will speak at Saturday’s Closing General Session. Hoisington is regarded as a leading expert on today’s hottest technologies. She travels more than 200,000 miles a year speaking to college and university professors and at K-12 venues. Hoisington is the recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional in Computer Programming award and has written more than a dozen books on such topics as Dreamweaver CS6, Windows 8, Outlook 2013, Visual Basic 2012, and Android programming. She is professor of information systems technology at Central Virginia Community College in Lynchburg, VA, and brings 25 years of innovative teaching experience to her presentation.<br /> <br /> Pre-Convention Workshops<br /> ACTE has scheduled five pre-convention workshops on Wednesday, December 4. They include:<br /> <br /> • How to Significantly Increase Enrollment, Retention, and Performance— CTE expert Mark C. Perna shares national best practices for maximizing enrollment, retention, and student performance. High school and postsecondary administrators, teachers, and critical support staff will learn about the proven tactics that one school used to increase enrollment 128% in just one year—without adding any new programs or capacity.<br /> <br /> Attendees will learn how their program can attract and retain more of the right students in the right programs for the right reasons by using a powerful “light at the end of the tunnel” strategy and creating effective program copy points that get noticed. Plus, Perna will discuss what makes students in the Millennial Generation tick and how to connect, engage, and retain them through graduation. Finally, Perna will address how CTE educators can overcome the most common objections and stigmas of CTE.<br /> <br /> • Embedding the Common Core State Standards Using Project- Based Learning—In this workshop, participants will frame an authentic project that will identify literacy, math, and technical standards to be applied to complete the project. Participants will be introduced to new Common Core standards and their implications to the career and technical curriculum, as well as to tools and practices for formulating embedded math and literacy assignments around the project. Participants will leave with an example of a similar project they can take back to their classrooms.<br /> <br /> • Assignments Given in Career and Technical Classrooms Matter— High Schools That Work research data show that 15%-20% more CTE students who have rigorous assignments meet college-readiness standards when compared with non- CTE students who also experienced such assignments. Participants will be asked to bring copies of assignments. Through this session, participants will be given the criteria of a good assignment and will craft rigorous and intellectually demanding assignments that they can take back and use in their classrooms. They will also receive a copy of the book Assignments Matter and a rubric to judge good assignments.<br /> <br /> • U.S. Army Leadership Workshop— As one of the premier leadership institutions in the world, the U.S. Army is an innovator in education and leader development and will use this opportunity to demonstrate the learner-centric, collaborative approaches and best practices that enable both soldiers and civilians to become everyday leaders in a variety of careers. Attendees will learn best practices and takeaways on topics including leadership development, conflict and team management, decision making, and STEM education to help them and their students succeed.<br /> <br /> Tours<br /> ACTE has also organized several tours, including:<br /> <br /> • Green Sustainability Tour— Las Vegas has more to offer than glitz and glamor—it is becoming a model for green energy, technology, and design. This tour will visit some of the more notable ecological jewels in the heart of the desert.<br /> <br /> • West Career and Technical Academy—The Academy opened in 2010 and graduated seniors for the first time last June. The school accommodates 1,400 students and offers programs in biotechnology, nursing, environmental sciences, natural resources, engineering, and information technology. Programs of study emphasize green science, such as alternative fuels and conservation efforts. The school has an abundance of community partners that enhance the curriculum opportunities for students who attend this academy.<br /> <br /> Professional Development Sessions<br /> In addition to the General Sessions, many professional development sessions, arranged by theme, have been scheduled for CareerTech VISION 2013. See page 25 for a list of just a few of the many sessions offered.<br /> <br /> Career Tech Expo<br /> The Career Tech Expo is one of the most popular features of ACTE’s annual convention. It’s a marketplace of technology, media, and tools for all areas of career and technical education. Attendees can try out new software, browse the latest publications, and learn about a wide variety of services for classrooms and labs. The exhibit hall is open from 10:00- 4:00 on Thursday and from 9:30-4:00 on Friday.<br /> <br /> The Host City<br /> Las Vegas, the most populous city in Nevada, bills itself as “The Entertainment Capital of the World.” Known for gambling, shopping, fine dining, and nightlife, it’s the leading financial and cultural center in Nevada. Today, the city is ranked as one of the top tourist destinations in the world.<br /> <br /> In terms of attractions, Las Vegas seems to have something for everyone. The city is home to several museums, including the Neon Museum, home to many of the historical signs of the region; the Las Vegas Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement; the Las Vegas Natural History Museum; and the National Atomic Testing Museum.<br /> <br /> The Pin Ball Hall of Fame is an interactive museum at which visitors can experience more than 200 vintage pinball, video-arcade, and carnival-sideshow games dating from the 1950s to the 1990s. On the outskirts of the city, the Clark County Museum offers exhibits on the history of Las Vegas as an ancient sea and reconstructions of a Native American camp and a Western frontier town, in addition to restored historic houses.<br /> <br /> The Southern Nevada Zoological- Botanical Park, also known as the Las Vegas Zoo, exhibits over 150 species of animals and plants. For more exotic animals, attendees can visit the Flamingo Wildlife Habitat at The Flamingo Hotel and see Chilean flamingos, swans, ducks, Koi, goldfish, and turtles, then venture over to The Mirage for Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat. The Secret Garden is home to royal white tigers, white lions, black panthers, a snow leopard, and golden tigers. The Dolphin Habitat, adjacent to the Secret Garden, houses an extended family of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins.<br /> <br /> You can also view endangered and unusual aquatic animals at Mandalay Bay’s Shark Reef. Visitors journey through a replica of an ancient temple ruin and a sunken galleon ship surrounded by several varieties of sharks. The Lion Habitat at the MGM Grand casino is a glass-walled environment that showcases up to six magnificent lions daily, all descendants of the movie company’s original mascot.<br /> <br /> Attending CareerTech VISION 2013 is a great way to enhance professional skills and knowledge, interact with other CTE educators, get inspired— and have some fun! For more information or to register, visit www.acteonline.org/vision.

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