Mega Sessions

Friday, Dec. 2, 8:00–9:00 a.m.

These five concurrent morning sessions are designed to provide an exceptional professional development start to your second full day of VISION, featuring key areas of importance to the CTE community and amplifying nationally recognized leadership perspectives.

Building High-Quality Work-Based Learning: Responding to Challenges and Expanding Excellence

This diverse panel will focus on work-based learning (WBL) program successes as well as ways they have overcome barriers related to WBL experiences. Panelists include a recent WBL student, WBL coordinator, business partner, and CTE administrator.

Moderator: Jan Jardine, CAPS/WBL Director – Provo City School District
  • Ricardo Torres, Computer Technician, Clark County School District, NV
  • Jim Michlig, College, Career & Experiential Learning Coordinator, Muskego Norway School District, WI
  • Eric Ripley, Director of CTE, Grand Forks Public Schools and Director of the Grand Forks Area Career & Technology Center, ND
  • Clint Robinson, Associate Vice President, Director of State & Local Government Affairs, Black & Veatch Corporation

Complete District Transformation thru Student-Centered Disruption, Risk-Taking and Innovation

Discover how you can be an agent of change in your institution. This session offers insights on financial innovations, instructional shifts and cultural movements impacting change at district and classroom levels. Representatives from Butler Tech will share their transformational journey along with strategies and tips for others to harness the potential of student-centered disruption.

Moderator: William Sprankles, Assistant Superintendent of Innovative Teaching and Learning, Butler Tech
  • Tiffany Jones, Secondary Recruitment Coordinator, Butler Tech
  • Marni Durham, Assistant Superintendent, Butler Tech

Solving the CTE Teacher Recruitment and Retention Challenge

This panel of experts will explore the progress and challenges present in addressing CTE teacher recruitment and retention by revealing how various types of institutions implement programming and best practices.

Moderator: Lisa Stange, Retired State CTE Agency Consultant
  • Debbie Anderson:  Southern Regional Education Board Program Director, Teaching to Lead 
  • Carol Werhan, Clinical Associate Professor, Purdue University
  • Brook Rich

The Current and Future State of Postsecondary CTE

While enrollment in community and technical college core academic classes has been in decline, a resurgence of interest in postsecondary CTE programs along with continued implementation of dual-credit options and postsecondary CTE programs are poised for growth. Hear what postsecondary leaders have to say about these trends and what to expect in the coming years.

Moderator: Tim Johnson, Founder and President, The TJC Company
  • Peter Taylor, President, ECMC Foundation
  • Bryan Albrecht, President, Gateway Technical College
  • Dr. Kimberly Hollingsworth, President-Olive-Harvey College, City Colleges of Chicago

CTE Serves All Learners

To support the nation’s workforce needs, high-quality CTE programs must be accessible for all students with programs that include diverse social-cultural perspectives while providing equitable learning experiences. Hear how challenges in accomplishing this mission are being met by creative and dedicated CTE professionals, who have suggestions to support your efforts to achieve inclusion, access equity, and diversity in your programs.

Moderator: Snehal Bhakta, Assistant CTE Director, Clark County School District
  • Kevin Johnson, Senior Advisor for Equity, Advance CTE
  • Amanda Bastoni, Educational Research Scientist, Center for Applied Special Technology
  • Tara MP Havlicek, Program Manager, Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation

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