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Monday, May 1
 

9:00am

1:00pm

Canceled: OCTAE's New State Director Orientation
Update: 2/21/2017
This in-person event has been canceled. Please check OCTAE's Perkins Collaborative Resource Network (http://cte.ed.gov/) for updates.
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The Division of Academic and Technical Education (DATE) within the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) invites new State Career Technical Education (CTE) Directors to attend an orientation session providing an overview of DATE's annual activities and requirements, including the Perkins grant award cycle, State plan submission process, and Consolidated Annual Report (CAR) process. While this session will be geared primarily towards new State CTE Directors, it is also open to more seasoned State Directors and /or new State CTE staff.

Monday May 1, 2017 1:00pm - 4:00pm
TBA

1:00pm

Registration
Monday May 1, 2017 1:00pm - 5:00pm
East Registration Desk

5:30pm

Advance CTE New State Director Reception (Invite Only)
By Invitation Only

Monday May 1, 2017 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Capitol Room
 
Tuesday, May 2
 

7:30am

Advance CTE New State Director Meeting (Invite Only)
By Invitation Only

Tuesday May 2, 2017 7:30am - 8:20am
Calvert Room

7:30am

Breakfast
A continental breakfast will be available in the Blue Room Pre-function area.

Tuesday May 2, 2017 7:30am - 8:30am
Pre-function

7:30am

Registration
Tuesday May 2, 2017 7:30am - 4:00pm
Pre-function

7:45am

Advance CTE New Member Orientation
Are you new new member of Advance CTE? Or considering becoming a member? Join us over breakfast to learn about how to make the most of your membership!

Tuesday May 2, 2017 7:45am - 8:20am
Governor's Room

8:30am

Opening General Session: Celebrating CTE: The Past, Present and Future
Advance CTE President Jo Anne Honeycutt will open the 2017 Spring Meeting with welcoming remarks and an update on Advance CTE's major activities and accomplishments, including the one-year anniversary of “Putting Learner Success First: A Shared Vision for the Future of CTE.”

Tuesday May 2, 2017 8:30am - 9:10am
Blue Room

9:15am

Keynote: Major Trends in Student Engagement and Success
For years, Gallup has polled high school and college students, recent graduates and their parents to gauge their perceptions, aspirations and experiences within the U.S. education system. In this session, hear from Timothy Hodges, Director of Research for Gallup's Education Practice, as he leans on years of research to share what students, parents and employers want.

Speakers
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Tim Hodges

Director of Reasech, Gallup



Tuesday May 2, 2017 9:15am - 9:55am
Blue Room

10:00am

Advance CTE Spotlight: Engaging Students and Parents about CTE Opportunities
While CTE is enjoying a resurgence in interest, there are still major barriers to communicating to students and parents that CTE is the right choice for them. Advance CTE, with support from the Siemens Foundation, conducted research to determine the best messages to use with students and parents to encourage them to enroll in CTE programs of study and recently released the related report, “The Value and Promise of Career Technical Education.” Hear from the researchers about the study's findings as well as the Siemens Foundation about why they supported this work.

The Value and Promise of CTE

Speakers
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Crystal Bridgeman

Sr. Director, Workforce Development Programs, Siemens Foundation
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Emily Sanders

Project Manager & Sr. Data Analyst, Edge Research
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Stacia Tipton

Sr. Analyst, Edge Research



Tuesday May 2, 2017 10:00am - 10:45am
Blue Room

10:50am

Break Sponsored by Certiport
This break is brought to you by Certiport, which is proud to be a Diamond Sponsor at the 2017 Advance CTE Spring Meeting.

Sponsors

Tuesday May 2, 2017 10:50am - 11:05am
Pre-function

11:05am

Leveraging ESSA to Drive Career Readiness for All
The opportunities for states to integrate and prioritize career readiness and CTE within their Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plans are numerous and meaningful, such as using career readiness indicators in a state's accountability system, encouraging inter-disciplinary professional learning opportunities at all levels, and leveraging school improvement supports to focus on career readiness outcomes. This session will feature states leading the way to value career readiness in their ESSA strategies.

Related Resources:

Moderators
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Ryan Reyna

Senior Associate, Education Strategy Group
Ryan Reyna is a Senior Associate at Education Strategy Group (ESG), a research and consulting firm based in the Washington, D.C. area. Ryan joined ESG in 2016 to support the group's overall college and career readiness strategy.  He leads the organization's efforts to help states bring stronger, more impactful career-focused indicators into their K-12 accountability systems to ensure that those systems measure and value students' readiness for the 21st century world of work. Prior to joining ESG, Ryan served as Director of the Office of Accountability and Data Management at the Delaware Department of Education. In that role, he led the... Read More →

Speakers
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Heather Justice

Executive Director, Office of Career and Technical Education, Tennessee Department of Education
Heather Justice is the executive director for the office of career & technical education (CTE) within the Tennessee department of education. During her tenure in the department, Heather has overseen the process for ensuring programs of study are aligned to labor market and postsecondary data and that all programs offered are vertically aligned to postsecondary institutions. She also overhauled licensing of CTE educators, created a professional development model for CTE educators, and provided robust data snapshots for CTE administrators to look at CTE concentrator achievement on academic outcomes. Prior to joining the department she worked in education as a marketing and finance teacher and before entering the education arena she worked in hospitality administration and campaign... Read More →
avatar for Emily Passias

Emily Passias

Director, Office of Career-Technical Education, Ohio Department of Education


Tuesday May 2, 2017 11:05am - 11:55am
Blue Room

12:00pm

Networking Lunch
Tuesday May 2, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Blue Room

1:00pm

Determining Quality in Industry-recognized Credentials
New this year, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in an array of workshops led by national experts. The workshops, which will be repeated once, are designed to share promising practices and challenge participants' thinking through interactive sessions.

Identifying and validating high-quality industry-recognized credentials is an ongoing challenge for state and local leaders, with too many options to choose from and few quality assurances in place. This workshop, drawing from recent Advance CTE research and ongoing national efforts, will unpack the key decision points for state leaders when considering how to vet and validate the reliability, value and efficacy of these credentials within their own state systems.

Speakers
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Patricia Felder

Executive Director of CTE, Louisiana Community & Technical College
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Lisa French

Deputy Director of CTE, Louisiana Department of Education
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Matt Gandal

President, Education Strategy Group
Matt Gandal founded Education Strategy Group in 2012 to support states, national organizations, and foundations committed to dramatically improving the capacity and performance of the U.S. education system. He brings over 20 years of experience leading policy development, advocacy and implementation work in both the K-12 and higher education... Read More →
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Roy Swift

Executive Director, Workcred



Tuesday May 2, 2017 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Capitol Room

1:00pm

Driving Continuous Improvement through Meaningful Local Program Evaluation
New this year, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in an array of workshops led by national experts. The workshops, which will be repeated once, are designed to share promising practices and challenge participants' thinking through interactive sessions.

Through its "Technical Assistance to States" with the U.S. Department of Education, RTI has been working with state leaders to select and design appropriate metrics for conducting district-level CTE program reviews. In this workshop, RTI will walk through the promising strategies and tools developed to help states tackle the necessary – but complex –challenge of driving continuous improvement through meaningful program evaluation.

Speakers
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Laura Rasmussen Foster

Program Director, RTI International
Laura Rasmussen Foster is program manager of Adult Education Studies at RTI International, where she directs research projects focused on improving career, technical, and adult education policies, programs, and resources for various federal and state clients. She conducts qualitative research and analysis and provides technical assistance to states and programs in the areas of state funding systems, college and career readiness, career pathways, reentry education, and state and federal policy. Ms. Foster received her B.A. and M.A. degrees from Stanford University and an M.ED from the Harvard Graduate School of... Read More →
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Jo Anne Honeycutt

Director, Career and Technical Education, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
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Guy Jackson

State CTE Director, Wyoming Department of Education
Guy Jackson has been involved in post-secondary career-technical education and education administration for the past 28 years and is the Wyoming State CTE Director and works at the Wyoming Department of Education as the supervisor of the agency’s CTE Section.  Guy attended the University of Memphis and earned a BS ed. in Administration... Read More →
avatar for Sandra Staklis, Ph.D

Sandra Staklis, Ph.D

Education and Workforce Development, RTI International
Sandra Staklis is a senior research associate and research education analyst in RTI International’s division of Education and Workforce Development with expertise in quantitative and qualitative data analysis and survey design, and experience in the areas of secondary and postsec... Read More →



Tuesday May 2, 2017 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Governor's Room

1:00pm

Finding the Right Message for Students and Parents
New this year, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in an array of workshops led by national experts. The workshops, which will be repeated once, are designed to share promising practices and challenge participants' thinking through interactive sessions.

Building off of the morning's presentation, attendees will explore the ways in which they can tailor the messages and related research findings to increase CTE enrollment in their states, and work with partners and local leaders to spread effective messages.

Speakers
avatar for Kate Kreamer

Kate Kreamer

Deputy Executive Director, Advance CTE
Kate serves as the Deputy Executive Director of the Advance CTE, leading policy and communications efforts to ensure all students have access to high-quality Career Technical Education (CTE). | | From 2006 to 2013, Kate worked at Achieve, beginning as a policy analyst and leaving the associate director of strategic initiatives, leading a range of policy, research, and communications projects to support... Read More →



Tuesday May 2, 2017 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Hampton Room

1:00pm

Input Session: CTE Program Approval Policy Framework
New this year, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in an array of workshops led by national experts. The workshops, which will be repeated once, are designed to share promising practices and challenge participants' thinking through interactive sessions.

Join this session to provide input on Advance CTE's forthcoming state policy framework about CTE program approval levers. In this session, participants will examine a draft of the framework and provide valuable input into the various considerations and policies such a framework should include and how it can be designed to have maximum utility to states looking to strengthen their program approval policies.

Speakers
avatar for Ashleigh McFadden

Ashleigh McFadden

State Policy Manager, Advance CTE
Ashleigh serves as the State Policy Manager at Advance CTE, where her main responsibility is managing the organization’s role in the New Skills for Youth initiative, a multi-year grant-funded partnership with the Council of Chief State School Officers. She also oversees Advance... Read More →


Tuesday May 2, 2017 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Embassy Room

1:00pm

Using Career Readiness Data to Drive Student Success

New this year, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in an array of workshops led by national experts. The workshops, which will be repeated once, are designed to share promising practices and challenge participants' thinking through interactive sessions.

Data should play a major role in a state's career readiness system, but it is often difficult to know how and where to begin when it comes to identifying, measuring and validating the most important career-ready indicators. This workshop will allow participants to test out a new career readiness data toolkit and provide input into how it may apply in their states. Using the recommendations from New Skills for Youth’s Career Readiness Expert Workgroup, this new toolkit explores the policy levers, conceptual considerations and practical application of using career readiness indicators in state K-12 reporting and accountability systems to drive career readiness for all students. 


Speakers
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Emily Passias

Director, Office of Career-Technical Education, Ohio Department of Education
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Ryan Reyna

Senior Associate, Education Strategy Group
Ryan Reyna is a Senior Associate at Education Strategy Group (ESG), a research and consulting firm based in the Washington, D.C. area. Ryan joined ESG in 2016 to support the group's overall college and career readiness strategy.  He leads the organization's efforts to help states bring stronger, more impactful career-focused indicators into their K-12 accountability systems to ensure that those systems measure and value students' readiness for the 21st century world of work. Prior to joining ESG, Ryan served as Director of the Office of Accountability and Data Management at the Delaware Department of Education. In that role, he led the... Read More →


Tuesday May 2, 2017 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Calvert Room

2:15pm

Break
Tuesday May 2, 2017 2:15pm - 2:30pm
Pre-function

2:30pm

Concurrent Workshops (repeated)
New this year, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in an array of workshops led by national experts. The workshops, which will be repeated once, are designed to share promising practices and challenge participants' thinking through interactive sessions.

Tuesday May 2, 2017 2:30pm - 3:45pm
TBA

3:45pm

Break
Tuesday May 2, 2017 3:45pm - 4:00pm
Pre-function

4:00pm

Advance CTE Business Meeting
(Open to Advance CTE members only)

Join us to hear President Jo Anne Honeycutt share an update with the membership on Advance CTE's accomplishments and future plans. State Directors will vote for the FY18 officers. We need your input! We ask that ALL members attend this business meeting to give input on a proposed change to the structure of the Advance CTE Board of Directors.

Tuesday May 2, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Blue Room

5:00pm

Sponsor Reception: Certiport Hospitality Suite
Join Certiport, a Diamond Level sponsor of the Spring Meeting, for their annual hospitality suite from 5-7 p.m. in Suite 825 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. This reception is open to all attendees. Invitations with details were included in each attendee bag.

Sponsors


Tuesday May 2, 2017 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Suite 825

6:00pm

Sponsor Reception: CompTIA
Join CompTIA, a Platinum Level sponsor of the Spring Meeting, for their annual sponsor reception from 6-8 p.m. in the Governor's Room at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. This reception is open to all attendees. 

Sponsors

Tuesday May 2, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Governor's Room
 
Wednesday, May 3
 

7:30am

Breakfast
A continental breakfast will be available in the Blue Room Pre-function area.

Wednesday May 3, 2017 7:30am - 8:30am
Pre-function

7:30am

Registration
Wednesday May 3, 2017 7:30am - 4:00pm
Pre-function

8:30am

Keynote: 2017 School Counselor of the Year
Terri Tchorzynski, the 2017 School Counselor of the Year, is a school counselor at the Calhoun Area Career Center in Battle Creek, Michigan, where she and her fellow counselors use the power of data to identify interventions and support students’ social-emotional health, college and career readiness preparation, and academics. Tchorzynski’s remarks will focus on the importance of school counselors and bring some insights into counseling CTE students.

The School Counselor of the Year program is presented by the American School Counselor Association, and finalists are chosen based on creative school counseling innovations, effective programs, leadership skills and contributions to student advancement.

Speakers
avatar for Terri Tchorzynski

Terri Tchorzynski

School Counselor, Calhoun Area Center/Calhoun ISD
Terri Tchorzynski is a Professional School Counselor at the Calhoun Area Career Center (CACC) in Battle Creek, Michigan, and was just recently named the 2017 National School Counselor of the Year by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA).  Through a data-driven, comprehensive, and student-centered approach to school counseling, Terri and her team have received both state and national... Read More →



Wednesday May 3, 2017 8:30am - 9:15am
Blue Room

9:20am

Advance CTE Spotlight: Celebrating New Skills for Youth
A year ago, with generous support from the JPMorgan Chase & Co., the New Skills for Youth initiative launched with 25 states participating in Phase One of the grant. As we begin Phase Two of this work, Advance CTE's Kimberly Green will lead a discussion on the progress made so far and lessons learned.

Speakers
avatar for Kimberly Green

Kimberly Green

Executive Director, Advance CTE
For the past twenty-three years, Kimberly A. Green has worked extensively on federal policy impacting Career Technical Education (CTE). Working closely with Congress, the Administration and a broad range of stakeholders, she represents the interests of and seeks support for CTE. In addition to this policy work, Kimberly helped establish, implement and grow The National Career... Read More →
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Chris Minnich

Executive Director, Council of Chief State School Officers
Chris Minnich was appointed Executive Director of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) in December, 2012. As Executive Director, Chris has ushered in a new strategic plan in which CCSSO is committed making sure all students participating in our public education system - regardless of background - graduate prepared for college, careers, and... Read More →
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Sarah Steinberg

Vice President, Global Philanthropy, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Sarah Ayres Steinberg joined JPMorgan Chase & Co. in 2015 as Vice President of Global Philanthropy for New Skills at Work, a $250 million global workforce training and demand-driven training initiative. Her work focuses on promoting economic opportunity and prosperity through investments in workforce practice, innovation, and policy. Sarah is the Program Officer for New Skills for Youth, a $75 million, five-year global career readiness initiative launched in January 2016 and aimed at investing in high-quality, career-focused education that prepares young people to prosper in the growing global economy. Prior to joining JPMorgan Chase, Sarah was Senior Economic Policy Analyst at the Center for American Progress, where she led... Read More →


Wednesday May 3, 2017 9:20am - 9:55am
Blue Room

10:00am

Understanding the Role of Choice in CTE – and CTE in Choice
School choice is a priority area for the Trump Administration. This session will unpack CTE’s place in the school choice debate – including private, charter, magnet and virtual schools – and the state CTE leader’s role in ensuring all learners have access to the highest quality of CTE programs in any setting.

Moderators
avatar for Kate Kreamer

Kate Kreamer

Deputy Executive Director, Advance CTE
Kate serves as the Deputy Executive Director of the Advance CTE, leading policy and communications efforts to ensure all students have access to high-quality Career Technical Education (CTE). | | From 2006 to 2013, Kate worked at Achieve, beginning as a policy analyst and leaving the associate director of strategic initiatives, leading a range of policy, research, and communications projects to support... Read More →

Speakers
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Rod Duckworth

Chancellor, Division of Career and Adult Education, Florida Department of Education
Chancellor, Division of Career and Adult Education, | Florida Department of Education
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Todd Mann

Executive Director, Magnet Schools of America
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Michael Petrilli

President, The Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Mike Petrilli is president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, research fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, executive editor of Education Next, and a Distinguished Senior Fellow for Education Commission of the States. An award-winning writer, he is the author of The Diverse Schools... Read More →


Wednesday May 3, 2017 10:00am - 10:45am
Blue Room

10:50am

Break - Sponsored by Harris School Solutions
Sponsors
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Kathy Ritch

Vice President, Harris School Solutions
Time to make your CTE data sizzle! Our compelling College & Career Indicator State Dashboards make the case for why your students are ready to tackle the world. Talk to us about visualizing your data, and prove why CTE is making a difference for students and employers across you... Read More →


Wednesday May 3, 2017 10:50am - 11:05am
Pre-function

11:05am

Collaboration Roundtables
The role-alike collaboration roundtables will offer participants a structured opportunity to connect with and learn from one another to discuss common challenges and strategies. Participants should choose a group based on their roles and responsibilities.

Role-alike Groups:
  • State CTE Directors: This session is only open to State Directors. (Hampton)
  • Perkins Administration: This session is for individuals within state and local agencies with responsibility over the management or administration of the Perkins grant. (Capitol)
  • Postsecondary Education & Workforce Development: This session is for individuals working within the postsecondary CTE or workforce development system, at the state or local level. (Embassy)
  • Secondary Education: This session is for individuals working within secondary CTE system, at the state or local level. (Governor’s)
  • Partners (Policy & Advocacy): This session is for individuals working within non-profit or private organizations that focus on CTE policy or advocacy at the federal, state or local level. (Calvert)
  • Partners (Learner Supports): This session is for individuals working within non-profit or private organizations that focus on developing the resources, tools and practices to support learner success. (Chairman's)

Wednesday May 3, 2017 11:05am - 12:05pm
TBA

12:05pm

Break
Wednesday May 3, 2017 12:05pm - 12:15pm
Pre-function

12:15pm

Excellence in Action Awards Luncheon
Join us for a luncheon in honor of our 2017 Excellence in Action Award winners and Star of Education award winners. Learn more about the winners here: https://careertech.org/excellence-action-2017


Wednesday May 3, 2017 12:15pm - 2:00pm
Blue Room

2:00pm

Break
Wednesday May 3, 2017 2:00pm - 2:10pm
Pre-function

2:10pm

Expanding Rural Access to High-quality CTE
Delivering CTE in rural areas can be a challenge of both quality and access at the secondary and postsecondary levels. What can states do to expand access while also maintaining quality programs? This session will draw on different approaches from two rural states to explore the state role in addressing rural delivery challenges.

Speakers
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John Cech

Deputy Commissioner, Montana University System
John Cech is the Montana University System’s Deputy Commissioner of Dr. John E. Cech has been a transformational leader in Montana higher education for over 25 years. Cech is currently the Deputy Commissioner for Academic and Student Affairs for the Montana University System where he serves as the Chief Academic Officer for the Montana University System. Included within his responsibilities are the... Read More →
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Rich Katt

Administrator, Nebraska Department of Education
State CTE Director, Nebraska Department of Education



Wednesday May 3, 2017 2:10pm - 3:00pm
Hampton Room

2:10pm

Extending Career Readiness into Elementary and Middle School
There is growing consensus that high school is far too late to begin to expose students to their career options and opportunities. This session will explore ways in which states can extend CTE into earlier grades or begin to infuse career readiness expectations for younger learners.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Dewitt

Steve Dewitt

Deputy Executive Director, Association for Career and Technical Education
Stephen DeWitt is the Deputy Executive Director for the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE). His role includes developing strategic partnerships to advance the association’s mission, and oversight of policy development, advocacy, media relations and research activities. A primary focus of his work at ACTE has been promoting career and technical... Read More →
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Wayne Kutzer

State CTE Director, North Dakota Department of Career and Technical Education
Wayne Kutzer is the State Director for the North Dakota Department of Career and Technical Education and Executive Officer of the State Board for Career and Technical Education. His past educational experiences include five years as an instructor and eleven years as Director of the Southeast Area Career and Technology Center in Oakes, ND. Prior to that, he had nine years in the private sector in business administration and as a small business owner. In his 15 years as State Director, the Department of Career and Technical Education has increased funding for local schools and area centers, increased access to CTE programming for students through the creation of virtual area centers and provided incentives for schools to share programming through a variety of cooperative arrangements. He serves on multiple state boards and commissions including the Workforce Development Council, the State Commission on Community Service and the Community College Presidents Council. He received his... Read More →
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Ron Roveri

Director, Office of Career & Technology Education, South Carolina Department of Education
Director of Career and Technology Education for the South Carolina Department of Education.  Began new role January 19, 2016. Began career in the Automotive Industry in 1984 working for Shell Oil Company as full service station attendant and Maintenance and Light Repair Technician. Began teaching career in 1990 in Barberton, Ohio (Taught Industrial Technology). Moved to Rock Hill S.C. in 1992 and taught (Technology Education) and coached until... Read More →


Wednesday May 3, 2017 2:10pm - 3:00pm
Embassy Room

2:10pm

Increasing Industy Experts in the Classroom
In December, as part of the New Skills for Youth initiative, Advance CTE released "The State of Career Technical Education: Increasing Access to Industry Experts in High Schools." This session will dive deeper into the findings and specific state and local examples from that report.

Speakers
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Marjorie Cohen

Senior College and Career Readiness Specialist, AIR Center on Great Teachers and Leaders
Marjorie D. Cohen is a senior technical assistance specialist at American Institutes for Research (AIR). She has nearly twenty years of experience as a policy analyst and technical assistance provider to states and localities, with a particular emphasis on the connections between and among secondary and postsecondary education and the workforce. In her present position as the senior college and career readiness specialist, Cohen provides policy research and analysis on career and technical education issues for the Education Policy Center, and supports districts, states, and regional comprehensive centers through the College and Career Readiness and Success Center and the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders. | | Her previous work included serving as a project manager for... Read More →
avatar for Ashleigh McFadden

Ashleigh McFadden

State Policy Manager, Advance CTE
Ashleigh serves as the State Policy Manager at Advance CTE, where her main responsibility is managing the organization’s role in the New Skills for Youth initiative, a multi-year grant-funded partnership with the Council of Chief State School Officers. She also oversees Advance... Read More →


Wednesday May 3, 2017 2:10pm - 3:00pm
Capitol Room

2:10pm

Intersections: Adult Education & CTE
In many states, adult education is a core component of their CTE strategy – just as CTE is a core element of many adult education programs. This session will explore specific strategies for integrating CTE and adult education at the policy and programmatic levels to ensure career success for learners at all levels and ages.

Washington I-BEST 

Speakers
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Charisse Childers

Director, Arkansas Department of Career Education
Director, Arkansas Department of Career Education
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Jon Kerr

Director, Basic Education for Adults, Washington State Board for Community & Technical College
Jon Kerr, Director of Adult Basic Education at the Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges (SBCTC), administers several innovative adult training and education programs effectively serving immigrant and low-income populations and aimed at accelerating their pathways to living wage jobs. In his 24 years in Basic Education for Adults, Jon has worked as an ELL instructor, coordinator, director, and college dean of instruction in addition to his current role of Adult Basic Education Director for Washington State. He has been a teacher or administrator in elementary and secondary education, private language institutes, community colleges, and university graduate programs. Jon started his basic skills career as an ELL instructor at International House Lisbon where he was also co-owner and artistic director of International English Theatre (IET), which presented educational theatre productions for ESL students and numerous workshops for English teachers throughout Portugal and Spain. Jon joined SBCTC after his tenure as the Dean of Instructional Programs and Library Director at Lower Columbia College in Washington State. There he pioneered the first Academic I-BEST program as well as administering ELL, ABE, high school, and GED programs, all aimed at moving under-skilled adults, out of school youth, and non-native English speakers into family-sustaining jobs. His initial work with Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) was as founding Director of I-BEST for the Pierce College District. Building upon that experience, Jon has become a champion for accelerated educational pathways and he has been active at state and national levels in promoting the initiative and providing trainings. He worked with the comprehensive I-BEST pathway teams at Lower Columbia College to pilot the first academic I-BEST program and one of the first four On-Ramp to I-BEST programs in the nation as well as an I-BEST for Developmental Education and the High School Twenty-one plus pilots in Washington. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in theatre and education from Central Washington... Read More →


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Wednesday May 3, 2017 2:10pm - 3:00pm
Calvert Room

2:10pm

Supporting Students' Career Advisement Needs
Today’s school counselors have many responsibilities and a growing student-counselor ratio. This session will explore how states can support school counselors in offering robust career advisement for all students.

Speakers
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Jill Cook

Assistant Director, American School Counselor Association
Jill Cook is the Assistant Director of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA).  At ASCA, Cook assisted in the creation of the National School Counselor of the Year program as well as the Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) that honors exemplary comprehensive school counseling programs across the... Read More →



Wednesday May 3, 2017 2:10pm - 3:00pm
Governor's Room

3:00pm

Break
Wednesday May 3, 2017 3:00pm - 3:10pm
Pre-function

3:10pm

Concurrent Breakouts (repeated)
Wednesday May 3, 2017 3:10pm - 4:00pm
TBA

4:30pm

Sponsor Reception: ASE/Brustein & Manasevit Welcome Reception
All attendees are invited to a welcome reception hosted by ASE: Automotive Service Excellence and Brustein & Manasevit, PLLC.

Wednesday May 3, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Hampton Room
 
Thursday, May 4
 

7:30am

Breakfast
A hearty breakfast will be available in the Blue Room Pre-function area.

Thursday May 4, 2017 7:30am - 8:30am
Pre-function

7:30am

Registration
Thursday May 4, 2017 7:30am - 11:00am
Pre-function

8:30am

Advance CTE Spotlight: Connecting CTE & Apprenticeships
In the last year, Advance CTE has been working with partners to support strong linkages between CTE and apprenticeship programs. This session will explore lessons learned from the OCTAE-supported “Opportunities for Connecting Secondary CTE Students and Apprenticeship Programs.” This session will also highlight Advance CTE's partnership in Apprenticeship Forward.

Speakers
avatar for Kate Kreamer

Kate Kreamer

Deputy Executive Director, Advance CTE
Kate serves as the Deputy Executive Director of the Advance CTE, leading policy and communications efforts to ensure all students have access to high-quality Career Technical Education (CTE). | | From 2006 to 2013, Kate worked at Achieve, beginning as a policy analyst and leaving the associate director of strategic initiatives, leading a range of policy, research, and communications projects to support... Read More →
avatar for Andrea Zimmermann

Andrea Zimmermann

Senior Associate, Member Engagement and Leadership Development, Advance CTE
Andrea Zimmermann is the Senior Associate for Member Engagement and Leadership Development at Advance CTE. She is responsible for coordinating outreach and engagement with Advance CTE members, ensuring the organization is anticipating and meeting members’ needs, and helping to... Read More →


Thursday May 4, 2017 8:30am - 9:00am
Blue Room

9:05am

Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act
Last authorized in 2008, the Higher Education Act affords many opportunities to advance career readiness at the postsecondary level by strengthening connections to the labor market, expanding financial aid options and supporting cross-systems collaboration. This panel, led by national experts in higher education, will provide an update on HEA reauthorization efforts and explore how the legislation can be used to strengthen CTE.

New America HEA Recommendations
 

Moderators
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John Cech

Deputy Commissioner, Montana University System
John Cech is the Montana University System’s Deputy Commissioner of Dr. John E. Cech has been a transformational leader in Montana higher education for over 25 years. Cech is currently the Deputy Commissioner for Academic and Student Affairs for the Montana University System where he serves as the Chief Academic Officer for the Montana University System. Included within his responsibilities are the... Read More →

Speakers
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David Baime

Vice President for Government Relations, American Association of Community Colleges
Vice President for Government Relations, American Association of Community Colleges
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Kermit Kaleba

Federal Policy Director, National Skills Coalition
Kermit Kaleba is the federal policy director at National Skills Coalition, where he directs the organization's Washington-based efforts to advance a national skills strategy within federal legislation, agency regulation and national funding initiatives. Kermit assists state and local leaders in federal policy advocacy both within Washington and in their home districts and works with National Skills Coalition field staff and partner organizations to help improve state and local implementation of federal programs. Kermit was previously... Read More →
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Jane Oates

VP External Affairs, Apollo Education
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Iris Palmer

Senior Policy Analyst, New America



Thursday May 4, 2017 9:05am - 9:50am
Blue Room

9:55am

Infrastructure Funding of the One-Stop Delivery System
Under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, the 4,000 pages of regulations released in August 2016, and the “guidance” issued by the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education in January 2017, all one-stop partners, including Perkins postsecondary recipients must contribute to one-stop infrastructure costs and “career services” (basic, individualized, and follow-up). This session will help you navigate the dizzying array of regulations and guidance that has been shared by federal agencies, including how this guidance interacts with federal cost principles. Hear how states are calculating contribution caps and informing the development of the state funding mechanism.

WIOA Infrastructure Toolkit

National Skills Coalition Website 

Moderators
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Rod Duckworth

Chancellor, Division of Career and Adult Education, Florida Department of Education
Chancellor, Division of Career and Adult Education, | Florida Department of Education

Speakers
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Michael Brustein

Partner, Brustein & Manasevit, PLLC
Michael Brustein is a founding partner of the firm. Prior to establishing Brustein & Manasevit in 1980, he served as the chief of the Adult and Vocational Education Branch in the HEW Office of General Counsel. Michael left the Office of General Counsel in 1979 to serve on the Tra... Read More →



Thursday May 4, 2017 9:55am - 10:20am
Blue Room

10:20am

Break
Thursday May 4, 2017 10:20am - 10:30am
Pre-function

10:30am

A View from the Hill
Hear from key Congressional staffers about the prospects for reauthorizing the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.

We ask that attendees refrain from tweeting or posting to any social media during this session.

Moderators
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Kimberly Green

Executive Director, Advance CTE
For the past twenty-three years, Kimberly A. Green has worked extensively on federal policy impacting Career Technical Education (CTE). Working closely with Congress, the Administration and a broad range of stakeholders, she represents the interests of and seeks support for CTE. In addition to this policy work, Kimberly helped establish, implement and grow The National Career... Read More →

Speakers


Thursday May 4, 2017 10:30am - 11:10am
Blue Room

11:10am

Up-to-DATE with the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education
Leaders from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE), Division of Academic and Technical Education (DATE) will provide the latest information about current initiatives underway and new initiatives planned for the upcoming year.

Moderators
Speakers
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John Haigh

is currently serving as Chief of the Accountability and | Performance Branch in the Division of Academic and Technical Education at the | Office of Career Technical and Adult Education at the US Department of | Education. Prior to that Dr. Haigh served as Acting Director of the State | Administration and the Accountability and Performance Branches in the State | Administration and Accountability Group. Prior to that he served as Research | Analyst for the Branch, in the Division of High School, Postsecondary and Career | Education at the US Department of Education. Dr. Haigh has more than 30 | years of experience in education at the local, state, and national level - mostly | serving in Maryland as Teacher, Principal and as a State Administrator at the | Maryland State Department of Education. | Dr. Haigh received his Doctor of Education from the George Washington | University and Masters of Education, and his Bachelor of Arts from the University | of Maryland, and a certificate in Special education alternate assessment Critical | Issues In Special Education from Harvard... Read More →
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Sharon Miller

Dr. Sharon Lee Miller serves as Director of the Division of Academic and Technical Education (DATE) within the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE). DATE is responsible for administering one of the Department’s largest formula grant... Read More →
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Robin Utz

Branch Chief, DATE, OCTAE, U.S. Department of Education
Robin Utz serves as the chief for the College and Career Transitions branch in the Division of Academic and Technical Education (DATE) for Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) at the US Department of Education. That branch administers national discretionary pr... Read More →



Thursday May 4, 2017 11:10am - 11:50am
Blue Room

11:50am

Closing

Thursday May 4, 2017 11:50am - 12:00pm
Blue Room