In-Person Workshops

Admin. 101
Michelle Conner, Timothy Burdette, Donna Rain O'Dell
Wednesday, November, 30, 2022
8:-00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

This interactive and highly engaging workshop is designed specifically for new CTE directors  over K-12. The presentation will be aligned with the Quality CTE Program of Study Framework. Each item in the framework and section will be addressed with the approach of determining the director’s role in supporting that piece of each of their CTE programs. We will tie in how this ties to Perkins V requirements, especially the CLNA. Finally, we will also discuss how to get buy-in from site administrators, guidance counselors and other stakeholders that support CTE, but aren’t directly part of it. Participants will walk away with a variety of templates and examples that they can take and modify for use in their own districts.

CTSOs: Putting Together the Puzzle Pieces
Rachael Mann
Wednesday, November 30, 2022 
8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

A lot goes into leading a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO), and this workshop will help attendees connect the pieces. Whether you are a new advisor or administrator, or a veteran looking for a refresher course or new ideas to implement, this workshop has something for everyone. This training provides an overview of the basics as well as tips for the trade. This fast-paced session will include how to integrate CTSOs into the curriculum, management tools and CTSO competition readiness resources, and will touch on the elements of the ACTE High-quality CTE Framework. Attendees will receive a link to a full collection of CTSO resources such as how to train an officer team, public speaking guides, recruitment and marketing tools, and more to make CTSOs less puzzling. 

CTE: Making it Work for Students with Disabilities
Marta Osuna and Emily Sherwood
Wednesday, November 30, 2022

1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) programming supports the development of foundational professional and technical skills to achieve employment in specific career pathways. CTE is open to every student and is a resource to align students’ aptitudes and interests with postsecondary goals. However, how does this work when students have physical, learning, emotional, and/or cognitive challenges that may conflict with the skill requirements of different CTE courses? 

This hands-on workshop will take a design-thinking approach to analyze your programs and develop strategies that can work with many students. While there are constraints that are unnavigable, there are strategies to assist your ability to problem-solve in creating accessible programming options for students with different challenges. Not only will we discuss how adults can advocate at the state, local, and school level, but we will discuss appropriate accommodations, supports, promising practices, and alternative options to maintain the integrity of CTE programming while including students with different abilities. You will walk away with resources and tools to support a more diverse and inclusive classroom for students.

Craft a System-Wide Special Pop/Non-Trad Vision (IAED) 
Wednesday, November 30, 2022
1:00-4:00 p.m.

Bring your team! No matter how supported they are, a single teacher, administrator, or guidance counselor cannot move the needle on the recruitment and retention of special populations and nontraditional learners. Instead, what is needed to truly make an impact is a systematic and collaborative approach that informs and engages the entire school community. 

But, when will you have time to work together and craft a shared vision, set goals, or refine a game plan?

During the 2022 Vision Pre-Conference! 

This pre-conference will provide the time, resources and guidance you need. Led by a former CTE Director, a guidance counselor and a CTE teacher, this pre-conference will engage your entire team. In addition to developing a shared understanding of how CTE benefits specific populations of students and why it is important to focus on the recruitment and retention of special pops/nontrad students, teams will use an interactive protocol to guide the development of goals, and identify potential barriers and measures for success. By the end of the session, all participants will understand the importance of Universal Design for Learning and will leave with a clear implementation strategy. 

Creating a Culturally Inclusive Educational Environment for Underserved Populations
Dr. Roger Cleveland
Wednesday, November 30, 2022 
1:00-4:00 p.m.

During this session, we will develop a common framework and vocabulary to talk about diversity, equity and inclusion in schools. The presenter will unpack the various aspects of cultural responsiveness and how it shapes our interactions and perceptions in the classroom. The session will also provide strategies to create inclusive practices for underserved populations (students with disabilities, students from diverse backgrounds, gender identity etc.) Participants will also participate in a cultural inclusive assessment exercise.

Deliver Engaging Instruction for All Students
Heather Singmaster
Wednesday, November 30, 2022
1:00-4:00 p.m.

It can be challenging to make every student feel included, connected, and engaged in their learning. This interactive session will share strategies to better support learning engagement and course completion of your students by 1) creating inclusive learning environments to support all students; 2) connecting learning with real-world contexts to relate to students’ different backgrounds and life experiences; and 3) associating class content from different career clusters with global competence and employability skills.

Designing a Career Pathways System 
Wednesday, November 30, 2022
Hans Meeder and team

1:00-5:00 p.m.

To develop a local or regional Pathways System, leaders from education, business and community-based organizations come together to explore and build common vision and action strategies for career-connected learning.  During this special pre-conference workshop, Hans Meeder and team members from the National Center for College and Career Transitions ( will help you understand the essential tools and processes to get a pathways initiative started or re-booted.   
During the workshop, Mr. Meeder will introduce the six key components of a pathways system and walk through the 12-step process utilized in NC3T’s newly published Pathways System Decision Guide.  The Design Guide addresses steps to: 
  • Identify local assets and gaps and assess regional workforce needs,  
  • Form a community-wide leadership structure,  
  • Create shared vision, mission and goals,  
  • Develop a series of high-quality pathway programs of study,  
  • Engage the business community, and  
  • Develop an actionable phase-by-phase plan for implementation.   
This workshop builds upon the information covered in the morning workshop on integrating Career Development and Work-based Learning, but attendance at the morning workshop is not required for the afternoon workshop. 

Attendees also receive a copy of the Power and Promise of Pathways, a value of $21. 

Engineering Explosive Growth in Retention, Performance & Community Partnerships
Mark Perna
Wednesday, November 30, 2022 
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

To thrive today, young people need a dynamic competitive advantage in their education and career journey. And yet in this shifting landscape, it’s more challenging than ever to engage, retain and graduate students. We must adapt our models for this new normal—and in this exciting workshop, performance expert and bestselling author Mark C. Perna will show you how. You’ll experience the latest tools, tactics and truths to attract and retain more of the right students, in the right programs, for the right reasons. With Mark’s insights, you’ll craft a dynamic narrative to change the way people think about education. Young people need their education to deliver the single most important competitive advantage in the modern workforce: the unstoppable synergy of academic knowledge, technical competency, and professional skills. This is your opportunity to tell that story like it’s never been told before—making CTE the most sought-after piece of the education puzzle.

Start forging a deeper human connection with students by connecting, engaging and answering why. Mark delivers key insights on how the younger generations think, what makes them tick and how they make decisions. By understanding what motivates young people, you can show them why education matters, help them set goals, and inspire them to achieve at a higher level. Finally, Mark will recharge your professional passion by showing the truly profound difference you can make every day.

Integrating Your Career Development and Work-based Learning Strategies 
Wednesday, November 30, 2022 
8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

In this workshop, participants will learn strategies for planning an integrated delivery of Career Development and Work-based Learning in both middle school and high school.  Hans Meeder and other team members from the National Center for College and Career Transitions, will explain the four key phases of Career Development in grades 6 through 12, as well as the most prevalent in-school and out-of-school strategies that make work-based learning with business and industry engagement.  Finally, you begin working with tools to plan an integrated approach for Career Development and Work-based Learning for grades 6-12.   
Plan to come with team members who are responsible for both career development and work-based learning. 

Pathways That Work: Creating Seamless K12-Postsecondary Transitions
Wednesday, November 30, 2022 
1:00-4:00 p.m.

Guided pathways have been an integral part of the K12 to college to career conversation for a number of years. As much as educators have worked to create seamless transitions for students, obstacles and opportunity gaps mean that high-wage technical career opportunities are still in high-need. Participants in this workshop will explore the Guided Pathways framework, examine Guided Pathways best practice examples, and review, build on and/or develop an institutional Guided Pathways plan.

State Leadership Training Program
Wednesday, November 30, 2022 
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


The State Leadership Training Program’s goal is to provide current and prospective state leaders with leadership training in addition to specific instruction in association management. The program of work for the training is based on the criteria for effective leadership, defined by the Quality Association Standards (QAS)an annual benchmark for state associations to evaluate their programs, services and organization. The QAS covers the key aspects of association management, ranging from finances and bylaws, to programs and marketing. By using the QAS as the structure for the program, participants become familiar with the essentials of association management and are able to apply the concepts they learn to their own state association. The instruction is facilitated by subject matter experts from ACTE’s state associations, staff or partners.
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