THE Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) will hold its annual convention Dec. 6–9 in Nashville, TN. As always, this year's CareerTech VISION promises much of value to CTE educators, including: 300+ concurrent sessions covering every aspect of secondary and postsecondary CTE. CareerTech Expo and interactive exhibitor workshops. Career Pavilion providing essential resources on several CTE career pathways. Wednesday workshops and tours offering insights into focused topics and CTE programming. Awards Banquet, a heartwarming and inspirational gathering of dedicated and passionate CTE professionals and supporters. STEM is CTE Symposium, addressing access to STEM-related career paths through CTE programming for all students and especially for young women. Opportunities to connect, collaborate ,and build lasting friendships with CTE professionals from around the globe. New This Year ACTE is going green and will no longer print a program guide. They will utilize their easy-to-use VISION app. The VISION app will allow you to set your own agenda, connect with speakers, receive critical alerts, and thoroughly navigate VISION 2017. To download, search “ACTE CareerTech VISION” in the App Store for Apple or Google Play for Android. General Sessions On thursday, Dec. 7, Isaac Lidsky gets things started at the Opening General Session. This empowering entrepreneur brings an eclectic resume of accomplishments—from child television star and Supreme Court clerk to entrepreneur transforming a failing concrete subcontractor to a multi-million-dollar construction services company. Isaac’s story is not what you expect—he did all of this as he was going blind. His personal journey taught him to live his life Eyes Wide Open, also the title of his new book. From his inspiring story, you’ll learn how to harness your strengths, overcome obstacles, and cast your goals into sharp focus! Friday’s information-rich general session will feature a panel of state officials showcasing exemplary state CTE policies and practices—pioneering solutions for the challenges facing the nation’s career educators. More than a decade of attention and policy innovation at the federal, state, and local levels has produced a revolution in thinking about career and technical education—new ideas that can now be replicated across the country. Saturday, Kayleen McCabe, host of DIY Network’s Rescue Renovation, will provide the closing keynote. Mc- Cabe will share her wealth of experiences to illustrate how CTE is truly art in the eye of the beholder. From concept to construction, she uses her unique combination of gutsy innovation and expert trade skills to tackle any home improvement project. Expanded secondary and postsecondary CTE programming Offering numerous sessions, VISION provides the postsecondary community with a venue for exploring multiple pathways to college and career readiness, networking with postsecondary CTE professionals, and leveraging business and industry partnerships to enhance your CTE programs. Career Clusters ACTE and Advance CTE are pleased to offer sessions focused on career clusters and programs of study, a comprehensive framework for organizing high-quality CTE programs and cultivating collaboration between secondary and postsecondary CTE. Pre-Convention Workshops ACTE has scheduled several informative workshops for Wednesday, December 6. They include: A Cohesive team starts with Cohesive leadership presented by the U.s. army—Leadership is more than accomplishing the mission. Army leaders inspire their soldiers, build their morale, support their goals, and ensure a good work life balance. Learn how readiness on all levels is important to successfully completing the mission and how you can apply these valuable lessons to your offices and classrooms. Admin 101: a Bootcamp for New administrators—This half-day session is especially designed to help new administrators at all levels more clearly understand what CTE is and why it is such a successful program for student success. Admin 201: advanced—This workshop is targeted to experienced CTE administrators. Round-table discussions will be held on topics such as Perkins funding; how to mentor teacher-leaders; creating training programs for all teachers; processes used to open and close programs; integrating CTSO in all programs; and work-based learning in all programs. CTE CorE administrator— As instructional leaders for teachers, CTE administrators serve a key role in implementing proven instructional approaches such as project-based learning (PBL). This highly interactive workshop will build administrators’ skills in implementing and managing PBL in their buildings and districts. Administrators will have the opportunity to explore essential online and face-to-face resources for creating a plan to help teachers implement PBL as a part of their CTE curricula. Developing a College and Career pathways system—An excellent opportunity for anyone interested in creating a high-impact college/career pathways model in their schools. This session focuses on uncovering assets and gaps, assessing regional workforce needs, forming a community-wide leadership structure, creating meaningful programs of study, and developing an actionable phase-by-phase plan for implementation. Perkins iv to perkins v Crosswalk— The Perkins IV to Perkins V Crosswalk, in conjunction with the EDGAR rules, will explain what is allowable or unallowable with federal funds and highlight policies related to supplanting, costs of student organization travel, meals, memberships, computers, equipment, supplies, consumables, professional development, tuition, as well as the “braiding” and “blending” of Perkins funds with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA). What skills will students learn through project Management?— Whether you teach using projectbased learning or other approaches, class projects can be a powerful learning method. Students can learn so much from leading and managing their own projects with guidance and support of teachers familiar with the practices of successful project management. Project management teaches skills such as time management, organization, and planning—all critical life and professional skills. Your introduction to teaching in CTE: Essential things to Know—CTE teachers are a unique group. They have to be bilingual, understanding both the language of education and the workforce. They also differ in prior work experience, work environments, teaching strategies, and the atmosphere in which they will be teaching the youth of tomorrow. Tours Tours organized for this year's CareerTech VISION include: Nissan’s smyrna vehicle assembly plant—The opening of the Nissan Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant in 1983 was a groundbreaking moment, bringing automotive production to Tennessee for the first time. The plant has become a force for economic development, creating thousands of well-paying jobs and inspiring other auto companies and suppliers to set up operations in the state. U.s. army Corps of Engineers lock and dam and power plant— The group will visit Old Hickory Lock and Dam and receive a briefing and tour of the exterior. They will then travel to J. Percy Priest Dam and tour the interior of the J. Percy Priest Power Plant. Participants will see a hydroelectric dam and power plant in operation as well as a navigation lock in operation.Registration deadline Nov. 24. School Tours McGavock High school—Twotime wall-to-wall model career academy school and host to President Obama in 2014, this school demonstrates the intersection of business and community engagement, small learning communities, career-themed instruction, project-based learning, college and career readiness, and student voice and choice. Stratford stEM Magnet school—A grades 5-12 public school in Nashville, Stratford provides students with a comprehensive STEM experience. The Upper Campus, grades 9-12, includes the Academy of Science and Engineering which offers a variety of career pathways classes. In addition, this school’s students are supported by 42 active business partnerships that offer pathwayrelated field trips, job shadows, and internships.
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