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2013 Spring Meeting Agenda

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This is the program agenda for the NASDCTEc Spring Meeting. We have an exciting, rich program planned for you! As speakers are confirmed, they will be added to the agenda. This page will be updated frequently.

Sunday, April 14, 2013


  • 12:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. New State Director Boot Camp

    Invitation Only

  • 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. NASDCTEc/NCTEF Board meeting

Monday, April 15, 2013


  • 7:15 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. Registration Desk Hours
  • 7:45 a.m. - 9 a.m. Continental Breakfast
  • 8 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. New Member Orientation
    • Led by Marie Barry, Director, Office of Career and Technical Education, New Jersey Department of Education (Confirmed)
  • 9 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Opening General Session and Welcome
    • Marie Barry, State Director, New Jersey, NASDCTEc President
    • Remarks by Dr. Brenda Dann-Messier, Assistant Secretary, Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE), U.S. Department of Education (Confirmed)
    • Scott Stump, Dean for CTE, Colorado Community College System, NASDCTEc Secretary-Treasurer
  • 9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. A View from the Hill - Appropriations

    A panel of policy experts and Hill staff will discuss the federal fiscal situation, including implications of sequestration, the President’s budget proposal and forecast what federal education appropriations might look like for FY14.

    • Emily Bouck, Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) (Confirmed)
    • Kevin McDermott, Legislative Director for U.S. Congressman John F. Tierney (D-MA) (Confirmed)
    • Joel Packer, Executive Director, Committee for Education Funding (Confirmed)
  • 10:40 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. A View from the Hill - Reauthorization

    With Perkins due for reauthorization, representatives from the key committees will discuss their thoughts on reauthorization, including topics and timing.

    • Crystal Bridgeman, Senior Education Policy Advisor, U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (Confirmed)
    • Rosemary Lahasky, Professional Staff Member, House Committee on Education and the Workforce (Confirmed)
  • 11:25 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. A View from the Hill - Federal Policy Impacting CTE

    With CTE being center stage, multiple Congressional leaders have taken an interest in supporting CTE through federal policy. Representatives from key Congressional offices will discuss the bills they have or will introduce to support CTE.

    • Prue Fitzpatrick, Legislative Assistant for U.S. Senator Mark Begich (D-AK) (Confirmed)
    • Eamonn Hart, Legislative Assistant for U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) (Confirmed)
    • Beth Meloy, Educational Policy Fellow for U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-MN) (Confirmed)
    • Sam Morgante, Legislative Assistant for Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) (Confirmed)
    • Chris Slevin, Economic Policy Director for U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) (Confirmed)
  • 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Lunch

1:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. Digging Deeper: An opportunity to meet in small groups with key leaders to discuss topics of importance to Career Technical Education (CTE)

Rotation A Time is: 1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. and 2:25 p.m. - 3:05 p.m.
You can attend two of three of the following Topic 1 sessions.
TOPIC 1: Ensuring High Quality CTE

  • Rigorous Programs of Study States: An Update from the Federal Project

    The Promoting Rigorous Career and Technical Education Programs of Study project assesses the potential contribution that comprehensive, well-formulated programs of study can make to students' education attainment and post-program success. The six states participating in this four-year project - Arizona, Kansas, Maryland, Montana, Utah, and Wisconsin are working to design and implement rigorous programs of study (RPOS) that incorporate the ten key components of effective programs identified within OVAE's Program of Study Design Framework (Framework). Project work is focused on three local education agencies (LEAS) within each sate, which include an urban, suburban, and rural school district, as well as partnering postsecondary institutions.

    State partners will report progress on the concerted efforts to implement rigorous programs of study and share specific key components that leveraged legislative and policy changes for state and local levels.

    • John Cech, Deputy Commissioner, Two-Year Education, Montana University System
    • Kathleen Cullen, Vice President & Provost, Wisconsin Technical College System
    • Katharine Oliver, Assistant State Superintendent, Career Technology and Adult Learning, Maryland State Department of Education
    • Jay Scott, Assistant Director, Career, Standards and Assessment Services, Kansas State Department of Education
    • Mary Shumway, State CTE Director, Utah State Office of Education
    • Robin Utz, College and Career Transitions Branch, OVAE
  • Preparation for Tomorrow: An initiative of SREB to design high quality CTE curriculum
    • Marie Barry, Director, Office of Career and Technical Education, New Jersey Department of Education (Confirmed)
    • Kathy Shibley, State Director, Career-Technical and Adult Education, Ohio Department of Education (Confirmed)
    • Gene Bottoms, Senior Vice President, SREB (Confirmed)
  • Career Pathways Effect: Advancing High Quality CTE Through Career Pathways

    • Richard Hinckley, President and CEO, CORD (Confirmed)
    • Debra Mills, Vice President, Partnerships,CORD (Confirmed)

Rotation B Time is 3:15 p.m. - 4 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. - 5 p.m. You can attend two of the four Topic 2 sessions below.
Topic 2: Using Research to Advance High Quality CTE: Hear from the major national centers that are dedicated to develop resources and research to advance high quality CTE.

  • National Research Center for Career and Technical Education

    • James Stone, Professor and Director, National Center for Career and Technical Education (Confirmed)
  • National Center for Innovation in Career and Technical Education

    • Steve Klein, Principal Investigator, National Center for Innovation in Career and Technical Education (Confirmed)
    • Laura Knapp, Director, National Center for Innovation in Career and Technical Education (Confirmed)
    • Ben Dalton, Associate Director, National Center for Innovation in Career and Technical Education (Confirmed)

  • National College and Career Readiness Center

    • Joe Harris, Director, College and Career Readiness and Success Center at the American Institutes for Research (Confirmed)
  • Center on Great Teachers & Leaders
    • Lynn Holdheide, Deputy Director, Center on Great Teachers and Leaders, American Institutes of Research (Confirmed)

5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. Kuder's 75th Anniversary Party - Hospitality Reception

  • All attendees welcome

Tuesday, April 16, 2013


  • 7:15 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. Registration Desk Hours
  • 7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. Continental Breakfast
  • 8 a.m. - 9 a.m. NASDCTEc Business meeting and election of 2013-2014 Officers

    • Bring in your breakfast from the Ambassador Ballroom
  • 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. CTE: In the Spotlight

    An array of national policy organizations have made CTE a priority. This panel of ‘unusual’ suspects will discuss their interest and perspectives in CTE and how CTE might partner with their organizations to promote high quality CTE programs.

    • Tom Rudin, Senior Vice President, Advocacy, Government Relations and Development, the College Board (Confirmed)
    • Melanie Anderson, Director of Government Affairs, Opportunity Nation (Confirmed)
    • Martha Ross, Fellow, Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program (Confirmed)
    • John Bridgeland, President & CEO, Civic Enterprises (Confirmed)
  • 10:10 a.m. - 10:55 a.m. What is Career Readiness?

    The Career Ready Partner Council (CRPC) launched its definition of career readiness in October 2012. A panel of CRPC members will discuss this important work and plans to advance the definition through policy and practice.

    • Andrew O. Moore, Senior Fellow, National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education, and Families (Confirmed)
    • Pat Ainsworth, Pat Ainsworth and Associates, Inc. (Confirmed)
    • Martin Simon, Program Director, Economic, Human Services & Workforce Division, National Governors Association (Confirmed)
  • 11:05 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. Federal Career Pathways Initiatives

    Multiple investments have been made to promote and align career pathways initiatives. A panel representing these initiatives will outline the projects, the intended outcomes/resources to be developed and how you can stay informed.

    • Vickie Choitz, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Law and Social Policy (Confirmed)
    • Hope Cotner, Vice President, U.S. Projects, CORD (Confirmed)
    • Mary Clagett, Director of Workforce Policy, Jobs for the Future (Confirmed)
  • Noon - 1:15 p.m. NASDCTEc All-Star Sponsor Recognition Luncheon

    Open to all attendees, join us to honor our All-Star Sponsors.

  • 1:25 p.m. - 2:05 p.m. 2 Minute Round Up Panel

    A selection of best practices and state successes will be drawn from the CTE State Director 2 Minute Round Up replies

    • Margaret Harvey, Director, Career Technical Education, Maine Department of Education, Augusta, ME (Confirmed)
    • Kathy Jo D'Antoni, Assistant State Superintendent of Schools, Division of Technical, Adult and Institutional Education, West Virginia Department of Education, Charleston, WV (Confirmed)
    • Rita Johnson, Senior Director for Workforce Innovation (on behalf of Dr. Blake Flanders, Director of Career and Technical Education), Kansas Board of Regents (Confirmed)
    • Rich Katt, State Director, Nebraska, Region VII Board Representative (Confirmed)

2:15 p.m. - 5 p.m. Digging Deeper: An opportunity to meet in small groups with key leaders to discuss topics of importance to CTE

Rotation A Time is 2:15 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Ensuring High Quality CTE: Standards and Teachers

  • Update - CCTC Alignment Study

    An Update on the CTE standards alignment project will focus on efforts to raise the bar and ensure CTE programs are aligned to high quality academic and technical standards.

    • Dave Wilcox, President, Global Skills X-Change (GSX) (Confirmed)
    • Joe Lualhati, Principal and Director of Research and System Development, Global Skills X-Change (GSX) (Confirmed)
    • Lauren Serpati, Research Analyst, Global Skills X-Change (GSX) (Confirmed)
    • Walla Elsheikh, Director, Education Strategy, Global Skills X-Change (GSX) (Confirmed)
  • Update - National Board for Professional Teaching Standards: Defining Excellence for CTE Teachers

    Ensuring that there are high quality CTE teachers in each classroom is a key to high quality programs and outcomes. As the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) launches an update of the CTE teacher certification criteria, learn what is in store.

    • Kristin Hamilton, Director, Standards, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (Confirmed)

Rotation B Time is 3:15 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Emerging State Policies Supporting CTE

  • State Discussions

    An array of states discuss recent state policies and legislation that have been introduced or approved to expand and promote high quality CTE, career readiness and alignment between education and economic needs.

    • Representing Georgia: David Turner, Director, Career, Technical and Agricultural Education, Georgia Department of Education (Confirmed)
    • Representing North Carolina: Jo Anne Honeycutt, Director, Career and Technical Education, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (Confirmed)
    • Representing Kentucky: Dale Winkler,Executive Director, Office of Career and Technical Education, Kentucky Department of Education (Confirmed)

Rotation C Time is 4:15 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Engaging Group Discussion

  • Facilitated Discussion

    Geared toward meeting with your colleagues to discuss issues, best practices and successes, there will be two groups; the first focused on secondary CTE and the second on post secondary/adult CTE

    Secondary group

    • Mike Raponi, Director, Office of Career, Technical & Adult Education, Nevada Department of Education (Confirmed)
    • Jean Massey, Associate Superintendent, Vocational Education and Workforce Development, Mississippi Department of Education (Confirmed)

    Postsecondary group

    • Bernadette Howard, State Director, Career and Technical Education, Hawaii (Confirmed)
    • Eleni Papadakis, Executive Director, Workforce Training & Education Coordinating Board, Washington

5:15 p.m. - 6 p.m. Special Bonus Session
With Perkins reauthorization on the horizon, its time to spruce up your advocacy skills. What is the difference between advocacy versus lobbying? How can you use social media to be an advocate? What plans does NASDCTEc have for Perkins reauthorization?

  • David Beckett, Advocacy Manager, NASDCTEc (Confirmed)
  • Kara Herbertson, Research and Policy Manager, NASDCTEc (Confirmed)
  • Rich Katt, State Director, Career Education, Nebraska Department of Education, Region VII Representative (Confirmed)

Wednesday, April 17, 2013


  • 7 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Registration Desk Hours
  • 7 a.m. - 8 a.m. Breakfast at the Omni Shoreham
  • 8 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. Travel to LBJ Building

    Location: The Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ) Barnard Auditorium is in the U.S. Department of Education headquarters building, located at 400 Maryland Ave. SW, in
    Washington DC.
    You may use the metro to travel to the LBJ facility: board the red line at the Woodley Park-Zoo, transfer to the yellow line (towards Huntington) at Gallery Place, and depart at the L'Enfant Plaza station. Allow roughly 30 minutes for travel once you board.

    Please note: This is during metro's rush hour; please consider this as you make the decision to travel by metro with your luggage and bags.

  • 9 a.m. Program Begins

    Once inside the LBJ Building, proceed to the auditorium. You will need to sign in at a special OVAE registration desk which will be open at 8:30 a.m.; the meeting will begin promptly at 9 a.m. Eastern.
    Other details:

    • The building will be open by 8 a.m.
    • You will have already had an opportunity to eat breakfast at the Omni before traveling over to the LBJ facility
    • Food will also be available for purchase at the Department's on-site cafeteria for snacks and lunch
    • There will be a space available for your luggage in LBJ, while you attend the meeting
    • As customary with entering federal buildings, your purses, bags, and other items will be subject to security measures, similar to security at an airport
  • 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. All Day Sessions with OVAE

Our Address: NASDCTEc, 8484 Georgia Avenue, Suite 320, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone: 301-588-9630 Fax: 301-588-9631

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