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Opening General Session Monday, June 20

Connecting the Pieces: Career Clusters, Career Technical Education (CTE), and the Common Core

Opportunities are emerging for the National Career Clusters Framework as the education community moves to integrate the reform of CTE standards with the Common Core State Standards Initiative. Esteemed academics and CTE experts will share their perspectives and highlight modesl of effective collaboration and partnerships that have provided students a pathway to college & career readiness with A World of Career Options: One Simple Framework.

Session A

A1: Rigorous Programs of Study 2 to e3

The Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) in collaboration with major national associations, organizations, and states, have formulated a program of study (POS) framework and accompanying self-assessment tool. The tool is aimed to assist states and locals to meet the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act IV requirements and ensure consistency of programs across the nation. Attendees will be introduced to the components as well as the assessment, hear from Rigorous Programs of Study (RPOS) State Grantees about their implementation experiences, as well as hear suggestions on how to best utilize the assessment for determining your professional development needs so they can take it to the power of e3 – educate, engage, empower!

Presenters: Libby Livings-Eassa, Education Program Specialist, U.S. Department of Education, OVAE; Scott Hess, Branch Chief, U.S. Department of Education, OVAE; and Sharon Lee Miller, Director, Division of Academic and Technical Education, U.S. Department of Education, OVAE

A2: Introducing a New Tool to Increase Student Success in Career Clusters™

The League for Innovation, with funding from the MetLife Foundation, has developed a new tool to enhance collaboration among secondary/postsecondary education and business/industry partners. Significant Discussions is a user-friendly guide designed to help reduce remediation, smooth student transitions, and increase student success through improved curriculum alignment.

A3: Technical Communication: Rigor and Relevant Writing in Both the Technical and Academic Classrooms

Help prepare your students for both work and college through instruction about technical writing. Learn how technical writing differs from academic writing while meeting state writing standards. Learn how to embed rigorous and relevant communication into your classroom content. See sample projects and interdisciplinary instruction with writing across the career pathways.

Presenter: Carol Larkin, Lakeland College Tech Prep Consortium and Mentor Public Schools

A4: Pathways to Powerful Partnerships: How Schools and Businesses Collaborate to Promote Career Exploration

A well-planned, sustained relationship between a company and school can significantly motivate students to take an active role in charting their career plans and succeeding in school. This presentation highlights Newport News Public Schools' successful partnerships with local businesses that facilitate career exploration, and promote students' academic success.

Presenters: Ann Ifekwunigwe, Career Pathways Supervisor, Newport News Public Schools, Newport News, VA and Crystal Taylor, Instructional Supervisor of Career and Technical Education, Newport News Public Schools, Newport News, VA

A5: ABCs of Career Clusters™

New to Career Clusters™? Come to this introductory session to learn the basics of the Career Clusters™ model, its components, and implementation strategies. This session is designed for first-time participants and those becoming familiar with Career Clusters™.

Presenter: Seth Derner, Consultant to National Career Technical Education Foundation (NCTEF)/Career Clusters™, Silver Spring, MD

A7: University of North Texas Educational Resources for STEM Teachers

The University of North Texas, through the Educational Excellence Grants, has developed free educational resources and tools for CTE teachers. With the implementation of new Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) standards and courses, see what new and innovative instructional resources are available for you to use in your science, technology, engineering and mathematics classrooms.

Presenter: Kathy Belcher, Curriculum Specialist, University of North Texas, Denton, TX

Session B

B2: Developing Models for College Programs and Multiple Independent School Districts

El Paso Community College has developed formats to demonstrate how Career Clusters™ can be applied for college programs to support career technical pathways and academic development with multiple independent school districts. Examples of matrices will show how students can follow clear paths in developing technical skills during secondary and postsecondary education programs, and allow for comprehensive, clear approaches for teachers, counselors and parents ensuring student success.

Presenter: Aggie Becker, Achieve Texas Facilitator, El Paso Community College, TX

B3: Introduction to LEED - Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design

This presentation is an overview of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Rating System, the benefits of building "green" schools, and pictorial examples of LEED certified schools in Texas.

Presenter: Gary Juren, Program Coordinator, Architecture and Construction, University of North Texas, Denton, TX

B4: Showcasing a World of Career Options: Building Partnerships Within Your Community

This workshop focuses on the collaboration between schools and community members who can become partners in education. By choosing a career-oriented project to do with students, teachers will learn how to coordinate, pay for the project, collaborate with other schools, create a portfolio of important contacts. You’ll learn how others, through the collaborative approach, accomplished their projects.

Presenters: Annette Joyner, FACS Teacher, Mountain View Middle School, Alamogordo, NM and Gina Trujillo, Computer Teacher, Mountain View Middle School, Alamogordo, NM

B5: Connecting Career Clusters™ Knowledge & Skills to the Common Core

The Common Core State Standards have been widely adopted across the country. What does that mean for career technical education (CTE) courses and for programs of study (POS)? Attend this session to receive an overview of both collections and hear about ideas and best practices for making the connection in your programs.

Presenter: Seth Derner, Consultant to National Career Technical Education Foundation (NCTEF)/Career Clusters™, Silver Spring, MD

B6: The Question is the Answer: The Power of Integration

Integration provides opportunities for more relevant, less fragmented and more stimulating experiences for learners. Students use higher-level thinking skills and can apply what they learn to future challenges. This session will demonstrate how project-based learning bridges the gap between classroom experiences and real-life experiences outside the classroom. To demonstrate integration we will be using American Careers Educational Programs.

Presenter: Helen Winter, Education Consultant, Career Communications, Inc., Overland Park, KS

Session C

C1: Blended Learning Challenges: Creating a Scalable Automotive Tech Career Cluster Program at NNMC

Dr. Ken Dvorak and Gilbert Sena will discuss how educational technology augments the educational experience and improves learning outcomes at Northern New Mexico College (NNMC) – an institution that serves a Native American and Hispano student population characterized by a deep cultural history.

Presenters: Ken Dvorak, Director, Distance Education, Northern New Mexico College, Espanola, New Mexico; and Gilbert Sena, CTE Chair, Northern New Mexico College, Espanola, New Mexico

C2: Maximizing the Academics in CTE for Effective Student Learning

What leads to the effective instruction of academics in career technical education (CTE)? The National Research Center for Career Technical Education (NRCCTE) has conducted three research studies in CTE-academics integration: Math-in-CTE; Authentic Literacy-in-CTE; and most recently, Science-in-CTE. Attendees will hear about the outcomes of these studies and learn about the practical aspects of implementing models of curriculum integration.

Presenter: Donna Pearson, Associate Director, NRCCTE, Louisville, KY

C3: What's Working in Pennsylvania CTE

In Pennsylvania, Regional Career Technology Centers use strategies that thoughtfully align programs, people and process to strengthen academic and technical achievement among their students. The Pennsylvania CTE Best Practices Initiative, carried out by the Meeder Consulting Group in partnership with the PA Department of Education's Bureau of CTE, has documented 11 key strategies through a series of case studies and promising practice profiles. At this session, Hans Meeder, former Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Education and President of the Meeder Consulting Group, will share specific examples of how these practices are being used by Pennsylvania's best CTE centers to improve student results. These practices include the integration of literacy and numeracy strategies across the curriculum, cross-curricular collaboration between CTE and academic teachers, schoolwide curriculum re-invention, school leadership and management strategies, and school-based professional development.

Presenter: Hans Meeder, Executive Director, Meeder Consulting Group

C4: Pre-Teaching/Social Services Career Pathway

This session will give attendees an opportunity to see how a Pre-Teaching/Social Services Pathway was developed to offer all students an opportunity to pursue careers in education and social services. All documents used to develop and implement the pathway will be discussed and shared with attendees. Further, you will explore how postsecondary connections are emphasized and used to guide students into reaching a higher level of learning.

Presenters: Diane Christiano, District Coordinator, Career & Technology Education, Stratford Public Schools, Stratford, CT; Katherine Brophy, Program Coordinator, Department of Human Development & Family Studies, University of CT, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Storrs, CT; Michele Croteau, Lead Teacher and Coordinator of Pre-Teaching/ Social Services Pathway, Bunnell High School, Stratford, CT; and Victoria Priddle, Extended Learning Coordinator of Pre-Teaching/ Social Services Pathways, Bunnell High School, Stratford, CT

C5: Alabama SUCCESS Initiative: Supporting the Career Cluster Education Student System Phase III

Alabama presents its collaboration between secondary and postsecondary entities in a series of pathway documents. With SUCCESS, Alabama is making sure its students are able to make an informed choice as they enter the workforce. Since 2009, over 15,000 student guides and over 22,000 Career Cluster kits have been distributed throughout Alabama. In the winter of 2011, all Alabama counselors will receive pathways documents customized to the high schools and community colleges in the state. Come share our success!

Presenters: Mary Simon, State Tech Prep Coordinator, Alabama Department of Education, Montgomery, AL; and Marian Haynie, Director of Career Transitions, Gadsen State Community College, Gadsen, AL

C6: Skills Assessment Made Easy - Online Delivery of Challenge Exams

This presentation will share information on delivering a comprehensive challenge exam via an online delivery system.

Presenter: Ron Coffman, Career Technical Education Coordinator/Advisor, Dyersburg State Community College, Dyersburg, TN

C7: A Historical Perspective to Career Clusters™

Dr. McCage has lived and worked through two different periods during which the Career Clusters™ concept was developed and promoted. The first was during the mid-to-late 1970s when the U.S. Commissioner of Education, Dr. Sydney P. Marland, Jr., first promoted the concept of Career Clusters™ as a part of the broader concept of Career Education. The second was from the mid-1990s forward, during which he was directly involved in the development and implementation of the Career Clusters™ and Pathways as well as the National Skills Standards Initiative. He will share what worked and what did not in this fascinating story of how an idea grew to national realization.

Presenter: Ron McCage, President, Career and Technical Education Consortium of States, Inc., (CTECS), GA

Session D

D1: 21st Century Skills for Every Career Cluster: Entrepreneurship

This session will share a new teacher preparation and student leadership approach, Roadmap for Entrepreneurs, which is designed to help guide thinking about the important 21st Century skills set that is essential for work in the United States. Since 87 percent of U.S. businesses employ 5 or fewer people, cultivating entrepreneurial mindsets is essential for self-sufficiency among individuals to compete for jobs in any of the 16 Career Clusters™.

Presenter: Horace Robertson, Secretary-Treasurer, Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education, Cary, NC

D3: Academic and Career Plans and The Virginia Education Wizard

The largest coalition of educational agencies and services in Virginia history is supporting the continued development of the innovative Virginia Education Wizard (www.VaWizard.org) – with a goal of making the online college and career planning tool the primary college and career planning resource for every student in Virginia. All students in Virginia will be required to create an Academic and Career Plan (ACP) during 7th grade starting with the 2011-2012 academic year. The Virginia Education Wizard will make it easier through an electronic system for educators, students, and parents. This session will describe the ACP requirements, the Wizard system, and implications for all students.

Presenter: Joseph Wharff, School Counseling Connections Specialist, Virginia Department of Education, Richmond, VA

D4: Statewide Rigorous Plans of Study in the Finance and Health Sciences Career Clusters™

This presentation will outline the steps for creating a Rigorous Program of Study (RPOS) in the Finance and Health Science Career Clusters™ from choosing a Career Cluster to marketing, assessing and sustaining the final product. This presentation will cover the challenges, the successes and the lessons learned from the process.

Presenters: Kim Runion, Education Consultant, New Hampshire Department of Education, Concord, NH; Justina Crosby, Consultant, New Hampshire Department of Education, Dover, NH; and Kathleen Totten, Director, Eastern Region Partnership, Portsmouth, NH

D5: Linking Theory to Authentic Practice - Providing Insights into Educational Careers

This presentation explains how theory can be linked to activities within an early childhood setting. It demonstrates how the authentic experience at an early childhood center enables secondary students to make better career decisions. The model for this team's hands-on approach will be explained in depth. A course syllabus will be provided.

Presenter: Irene Den Bleyker, Assistant Professor, University of New Mexico - Gallup Branch, Gallup, MN

D6: CTE and ACP: Peanut Butter and Jelly

Join the conversation as staff from the Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) share the vision of career pathways from a national perspective, what is new on the forefront, and how adult career pathways is critical to the conversation.

Presenters: Libby Livings-Eassa, Education Program Specialist, U.S. Department of Education, OVAE; Scott Hess, Branch Chief, U.S. Department of Education, OVAE; and Sharon Lee Miller, Director, Division of Academic and Technical Education, U.S. Department of Education, OVAE

D7: Increasing Academic Achievement with STEM

Learn about a program of study (POS) that adds rigorous content, relevant instruction, authentic assessment, and real-world mathematics, science, and language arts applications through biomedical sciences and engineering curriculum. Project Lead The Way provides partnering schools with a full curriculum, end-of-course exams, continuous professional development, college credit options, and on-going support.

Presenter: Gail Parsons, Director, Project Lead the Way, Tallahassee, FL

D8: A Conversation with Roadtrip Nation

Members of the Roadtrip Nation, a non-profit educational organization, share the story of their movement, how they exist to support, empower, and encourage individuals who want to define their own roads in life. The keynote speakers will describe the Roadtrip Nation Experience, sharing stories that relate to the career technical education (CTE) vision and providing an opportunity to explore deeper the experiences of the process.

Presenters: Mike Marriner, Founder/Director of Strategic Partnerships, Roadtrip Nation and Keynote Speaker; Brian McAllister, Founder/Outreach Director and Keynote Speaker; Jimi Spatharos, Partnership Director, and Annie Mais, Education Director

Session E

E1: Open Ended Challenge Problems: Appropriate 21st Century Preparation in any Career Cluster

Challenging students in any of the 16 Career Clusters™ with problem-based learning that is of high interest offers teachers a way to offer exciting classes. Providing ways for all students to gain entrepreneurial skills essential for 21st Century workers is a key to students performing at high levels while in school and in the workplace.

Presenter: Horace Robertson, Secretary-Treasurer, Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education, Cary, NC

E3: Powering Partnerships to Enhance Student Transition

Perkins is the engine driving Illinois' leadership to collaborate in the development of programs of study (POS). This session puts you in the driver's seat to explore the POS implementation design framework and partnering strategies that are fueling career technical education (CTE) programs, assisting students in transitioning, and fostering economic growth.

Presenters: Aimee LaFollette Julian, Associate Director of Professional Development, Illinois Center for Specialized Professional Support, ISU, Normal, IL; and Kristy Morelock, Associate Director of CTE - Programs of Study, Illinois Community College Board, Springfield, IL

E4: Marketing CTE: Learning that Works for America™

Career Technical Education (CTE) is experiencing a monumental shift. The CTE community has embraced a new vision and is endorsing a new brand for CTE. It is the job of the CTE community to share the great stories about how CTE and Career Clusters™ is that type of Learning that Works for America. We will share resources and helpful tips to help market CTE in your district and school. Session is repeated in H-3.

Presenter: Erin Uy, Communications and Marketing Manager, National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc), Silver Spring, MD

E5: North Carolina Career Clusters™ Guide: Supporting Career Clusters™ Implementation

North Carolina is preparing students to be career and college ready. Using the North Carolina Career Clusters™ Guide counselors, career development professionals, and teachers have a resource to assist students with making informed educational and career plans for future success.

Presenter: Felicia Gray-Watson, Section Chief, CTE Support Services, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, Raleigh, NC

E6: Securing America thru Career Pathways

Join the Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) as they explore a three-pronged approach to building a strong nation: 1) enlistment: military career pathways; 2) post-enlistment – for example, displaced NASA workers, returning vets (Adult Career Pathways); and 3) civilian service for the fifth gen: cyber security, information assurance.

Presenters: Libby Livings-Eassa, Education Program Specialist, U.S. Department of Education, OVAE; Scott Hess, Branch Chief, U.S. Department of Education, OVAE; and Sharon Lee Miller, Director, Division of Academic and Technical Education, U.S. Department of Education, OVAE

E7: Skill Sets for the Emerging Green Workforce

With the exploding interest in green building and environmental sustainability, now is the time to incorporate these concepts and skills expectations and construction, architecture, and engineering programs. There will be a shortage of trained and knowledgeable persons and you can provide your students with an advantage upon graduation. Modify your curriculum with new ways of thinking that include viewing buildings as a set of interrelated systems and incorporating advanced technologies that conserve energy and water while maximizing comfort, indoor air quality and durability.

Presenter: Howard Katzman, Consultant, Green Choice Consulting, Atlanta, GA

E8: National Legislative Update

This session will provide an update on the federal legislation impacting career technical education (CTE) and Career Clusters™, and the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, and what politicians are saying (or not saying) about education and workforce issues. Learn the latest on the funding battles to protect CTE funding and how you can get involved!

Presenter: Kimberly Green, Executive Director, National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc)/National Career Technical Education Foundation (NCTEF), Silver Spring, MD

Session F

F1: A New Taxonomy of High School Career and Technical Education (CTE): Engagement, Achievement and Transitions of CTE Students

This study uses the 2005 NCES High School Transcripts Study (HSTS) data to build a taxonomy that describes, among other things, high school academic and technical course mix (HSATCM). The taxonomy describes various combinations of academic and technical course taking. The presentation, for which this is a proposal, will describe the new taxonomy, providing some initial data of the engagement and achievement of U.S. high school students that enroll and complete career technical education (CTE) courses in one or more Career Clusters™. It will also indicate how the above issues can be researched. Finally, the presenter will engage the audience in a discussion of the usefulness of the “new” taxonomy. NOTE: This is a two-hour session.

Presenter: Pradeep Kotamraju, Deputy Director, National Research Center for Career and Technical Education, Louisville, KY

F2: From Vision to Practice: Developing Rigorous Programs of Study Aligned with State Economic and Workforce Development Needs

Be introduced to the process Nebraska uses to validate and develop model rigorous programs of study in a local-control state. From the high-level Visioning Forum, to the Standards Revision Process and finally the Professional Development workshops, participants will receive all the development tools to use in their own states. NOTE: This is a 2-hour session.

Presenters: Erika Volker, Director, Partnerships for Innovation, Papillion, NE and
Carol Ringenberg, Curriculum Field Specialist: Health Sciences, Family and Consumer Sciences, Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security, Nebraska Department of Education

F3: Keeping Youth Engaged

How do we keep young people proactively involved in the career process? We’ll examine practical approaches to ensure participants’ commitment for what can be a multi-year endeavor. From assessments, youth buy-in and the collaborative partnerships required, this component will be the connection to ensure successful outcomes. NOTE: This is a two-hour session.

Presenter: Terry Carlile, Director, TLC Youth Services, Fort Worth, TX

Session G

G1: Mission Possible: Using Real-World Problems to Assess Student Mastery of Standards

Do you want to increase business and industry involvement in your career technical education (CTE) program and challenge your CTE students to use collaboration, critical thinking and innovation skills? Then consider an annual event where business and industry professionals judge students' performance-based responses to real-world problems. It's a great way to assess student mastery of CTE standards and it's all part of Hawaii's Career Pathway System.

Presenter: Barbara White, Associate State Director, Office of State Director for CTE, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI

G2: 21st Century Leadership in Career Pathways and Career Themed Education

What does it take to be an effective leader in education in today's change-intensive environment? There are five leadership capacities that the Institute for 21st Century Leadership has identified that education leaders must possess and continue to develop: leading with a compelling vision; leading from a strong personal/social/ emotional foundation; leading by empowering others; leading through effective educational practices; and, leading through external collaboration. The Institute for 21st Century Leadership was established in 2010 and is jointly sponsored by the Association for Career and Technical Education, the International Center for Leadership in Education, the National Career Pathways Network, and the Successful Practices Network. Hans Meeder, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Education and Executive Director of the Institute, will share an overview of these key leadership practices and how the Institute is supporting leadership development across the United States.

Presenter: Hans Meeder, Executive Director, Meeder Consulting Group, Columbia, MD

G3: Lehigh Technology Center Innovations in Implementing Career Clusters™

Pennsylvania’s career and technical centers have always focused on a solid technical preparation, but with their implementation of programs of study (POS) and specifically related end-of-program, industry-recognized assessments, they now assure that students get the necessary academic foundations to support their technical pursuits. The spin of results has produced a statewide articulation as well. Find out how POS is implemented in Pennsylvania and how they assure that assessments are aligned help programs continuously improve.

Presenter: John Foster, CEO, NOCTI, Big Rapids, MI

G4: Building Students’ 21st Century Communication Skills for the Workplace of Tomorrow

Although we train our career technical education (CTE) students with knowledge of their technical fields, we are sometimes dismissive of the importance of true 21st Century communication. Students today rely so much on their technology to communicate that they are ill-prepared for the face to face challenge of communication in the workplace. Today's student is well versed with Facebook, texting and mobile communications, but yet is weak in the forms of communication that employers value most. Do our students of today understand how to communicate with a multi-generational workforce and employers? Do they know how to present themselves professionally online and face to face? Our students have difficulties in reaching beyond current social networks and communications.

Presenters: Carol Larkin, Instructor, Lakeland Tech Prep Consortium, Lyndhurst, OH; and Jeff Butler, Director of Business Development, Auburn Career Center, Painesville, OH

Session H

H2: Making Literacy Career-Relevant

This session will reflect on work and research done with teachers in New York, South Carolina and Michigan, and share the findings and effective practices of literacy integration in secondary career technical education (CTE) classes. Further, this workshop will share a literacy framework and strategies that have been selected for a literacy development program.

Presenters: Elizabeth van der Mandele, Research Team Member, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; and Travis Park, Assistant Professor, Cornell University Department of Education, Ithaca, NY

H3: Marketing CTE: Learning that Works for America™

Career Technical Education (CTE) is experiencing a monumental shift. The CTE community has embraced a new vision and is endorsing a new brand for CTE. It is the job of the CTE community to share the great stories about how CTE and Career Clusters™ is that type of Learning that Works for America. We will share resources and helpful tips to help market CTE in your district and school.

Presenter: Erin Uy, Communications and Marketing Manager, National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc), Silver Spring, MD

H4: e3 Guidance and Career Counseling

Join the Office of Vocational And Adult Education (OVAE), together with practitioners from several states to explore how Career Pathways can educate, engage, and empower today's generation of students by integrating Career Clusters™ as they prepare for their futures!

Presenters: Libby Livings-Eassa, Education Program Specialist, U.S. Department of Education, OVAE; Scott Hess, Branch Chief, U.S. Department of Education, OVAE; and Sharon Lee Miller, Director, Division of Academic and Technical Education, U.S. Department of Education, OVAE

Session I

I1: Elevating the Rigor and Relevance in Agricultural Education with CASE

The Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) is a system of preparing secondary agriculture teachers to elevate the rigor and relevance of classroom instruction. CASE provides intense professional development aimed to improve the use of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) situated in agricultural contexts. Teachers utilize specifically designed materials to facilitate inquiry-based lessons facilitated through activity-, project-, and problem-based exercises.

Presenter: Jay Jackman, Executive Director, National Association of Agricultural Educators, Lexington, KY

I2: Career Technical Educators Using Data-Driven Improvement (CTEDDI)

Drowning in data? The National Research Center for Career Technical Education (NRCCTE) has completed a national study on how to use end-of-program technical assessment data to improve instruction through professional development. This innovative program offers in-state facilitation, mentorship, a social networking tool, and ongoing contact. Career Technical Educators Using Data-Driven Improvement (CTEDDI) will be offered through NRCCTE as technical assistance to states next year!

Presenter: Sandra Pritz, Senior Consultant, NOCTI, Columbus, OH

I3: Career Clusters™: Updating the Knowledge and Skills Statements

This session will discuss the process and progress of updating the Knowledge and Skill Statements associated with the National Career Clusters™ Framework. The revision process is utilizing online technology and incorporates work from a federal U.S. Department of Education funded segment designed to infuse green standards. Discussion about emerging Common Technical Core standards will also be addressed during this session. This session is repeated in J-3.

Presenter: Dean Folkers, Deputy Executive Director, National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc)/National Career Technical Education Foundation (NCTEF), Silver Spring, MD

I4: Postsecondary Curriculum Development

Worldwide Instructional Design System (WIDS) is a web-based tool for college-wide implementation of curriculum. Design programs, courses, and curriculum maps. Streamline development efforts and workflow/approval. Associate Career Clusters™ (and other external standards) to programs and courses; map the connections. Create program assessments and outcome assessment plans. Branded to your college, WIDS is a complete system for curriculum design and management. See the tool in action.

Presenter: Robin Nickel, Associate Director, Worldwide Instructional Design System (WIDS), Waunakee, WI

I5: Integrating Geospatial Technology into Career Cluster Based Programs of Study

In this session, learn the importance of geospatial technology in several Career Clusters™. Learn how geospatial technology - including certification and apprenticeship - enhances employment opportunities in many different programs of study (POS). Learn of successful schools that have integrated geospatial technologies into their POS.

Presenter: Eddie Hanebuth, Partner, EIGS/Digital Quest, Ridgeland, MS

Session J

J1: Marketing CTE: Learning that Works for America™

Career Technical Education (CTE) is experiencing a monumental shift. The CTE community has embraced a new vision and is endorsing a new brand for CTE. It is the job of the CTE community to share the great stories about how CTE and Career Clusters™ is that type of Learning that Works for America. We will share resources and helpful tips to help market CTE in your district and school.

Presenter: Erin Uy, Communications and Marketing Manager, National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc), Silver Spring, MD

J2: Career Cluster Tools to Assist in Local Implementation

Use this session to check out the tools and resources available from Career Clusters™. Guides, manuals, brochures, and other tools will be available to try out. Walk away with ideas for activities at your school or campus.

Presenter: Carrie Derner, Consultant to National Career Technical Education Foundation (NCTEF)/Career Clusters™

J3: Career Clusters™: Updating the Knowledge and Skills Statements

This session will discuss the process and progress of updating the Knowledge and Skill Statements associated with the National Career Clusters™ Framework. The revision process is utilizing online technology and incorporates work from a federal U.S. Department of Education funded segment designed to infuse green standards. Discussion about emerging Common Technical Core standards will also be addressed during this session. This session is repeated in J-3.

Presenter: Dean Folkers, Deputy Executive Director, National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc)/National Career Technical Education Foundation (NCTEF), Silver Spring, MD

J5: Georgia Goes Green: Green Rigorous Programs of Study and the Lessons Learned

An update and lessons learned session from Georgia involved in implementing Green Rigorous Programs of Study (RPOS) as part of a federally funded project. Learn about strategies for engaging partners and identifying the process for creating the Green RPOS. Georgia staff from the Department of Education, Career, Technical and Agricultural Education Division will also share what other states have learned from the process as a part of working together in going ‘green.’

J6: A Historical Perspective to Career Clusters™

Dr. McCage has lived and worked through two different periods during which the Career Clusters™ concept was developed and promoted. The first was during the mid-to-late 1970s when the U.S. Commissioner of Education, Dr. Sydney P. Marland, Jr., first promoted the concept of Career Clusters™ as a part of the broader concept of Career Education. The second was from the mid-1990s forward, during which he was directly involved in the development and implementation of the Career Clusters™ and Pathways as well as the National Skills Standards Initiative. He will share what worked and what did not in this fascinating story of how an idea grew to national realization.

Presenter: Ron McCage, President, Career and Technical Education Consortium of States, Inc., (CTECS), GA