Pre-Conference Workshops


Pre-Conference Workshops 


Broadening the Pipeline: Strategies to Recruit the CTE Educator Workforce 
December 4,1:00–4:30 p.m. 
Presenters: Catherine Imperatore, ACTE; Kevin Johnson, Advance CTE 
Registration Cost: $175 


This workshop will offer a deep dive into strategies to identify, recruit, and hire CTE teachers, including building awareness of CTE teaching as a profession and recruiting underrepresented populations to broaden the CTE educator pipeline and support underserved learners. Participants will be supported to examine data on their current CTE workforce and identify gaps and areas of focus for recruitment, and they will receive an action planning tool to help identify root causes and action steps forward. Throughout the workshop, successful strategies for promoting CTE as a career choice, reaching diverse audiences, and creating inclusive preparation, licensure, and hiring processes will be explored, and specific program examples will be shared. 

CTE Admin 101: Total Program Management for New CTE Administrators 
December 4, 8:30 a.m.–noon 
Presenters: Kirsten Coury, Peoria Unified School District; Michelle Conner, ACTE  
Registration Cost: $175 


This popular and engaging workshop is designed for new and aspiring secondary CTE administrators. It is designed to help participants understand a director's role covering four major aspects of the position: program management, grant writing and management, teacher recruitment and retention, and advocacy and policy. These aspects will be linked to ACTE's Quality CTE Program of Study Framework and to the Perkins V comprehensive local needs assessment. Participants will have?the opportunity to network with their peers about common challenges and innovative solutions while learning from seasoned CTE professionals. Participants will also receive a toolbox of resources that they can use and modify for their own districts. 

CTE Admin 201: Mastering CTE Data for Program Success 
December 4, 1:00–4:30 p.m. 
Presenters: Kirsten Coury, Peoria Unified School District; Michael Neu, Buckeye Union High School District  
Registration Cost: $175 


Take your understanding of career and technical education to the next level with our CTE Admin 201 workshop! Designed for both new and "new-ish" CTE administrators at the secondary level, this workshop offers an essential guide to using CTE data to drive program excellence. We will look closely at CTE data, especially Perkins performance accountability measures and state-determined levels of performance. You will learn how to understand and use this data to complete a usable comprehensive local needs assessment (CLNA) that informs data-driven decision-making for continuous program improvement. Connections between ACTE’s High Quality CTE Program of Study Framework and the CLNA will be made. Don't miss this opportunity to equip yourself with the skills and expertise to elevate your CTE administration game! 

Classroom & Behavioral Management for New CTE Teachers 
December 4, 1:00–4:30 p.m. 
Presenter: Kristina Guy, West-MEC 
Registration Cost: $175 


Join us for an engaging workshop designed to equip new CTE educators with tools and insights to foster a productive classroom environment. In this interactive session, participants will delve into classroom and behavioral management, exploring key strategies and techniques to support student growth and well-being while maintaining order and discipline. This workshop is designed to complement the workshop titled “Instructional Excellence for New CTE Teachers.” However, participation in both is not required.  

Empowering Educators: Integrating AI into Diverse Disciplines of CTE
December 4, 1:00–4:30 p.m.
Presenters: Cory Ortiz, University of Alaska Southeast; Kari Lamoreaux, Utah State University
Registration Cost: $175


As artificial intelligence (AI) becomes an integral part of our daily lives, it is imperative that we not only embrace its presence but also that we teach students to use it ethically and efficiently. This intermediate-level workshop is designed to equip educators with the knowledge and tools necessary to ethically integrate AI into their teaching practices, curricula and learning outcomes, ensuring students are prepared for an AI-driven future. We will explore how to create assignments that teach the ethics of AI, how to engineer prompts for AI assignments, and how to utilize AI to develop formative and summative assessments. Key takeaways from this workshop include a richer understanding of AI and its relevance in CTE disciplines, more familiarity with a variety of AI tools and their applications in education, strategies for ethically incorporating AI into teaching practices, and examples for integrating AI into assignments and classroom policies.

Girls in CTE: Strategies for Recruiting and Retaining Nontraditional Students 
December 4, 1:00–4:30 p.m. 
Presenter: Amanda Bastoni, CAST 
Registration Cost: $175 


This session will benefit middle, high school, and postsecondary educators, administrators, and counselors. The session will highlight tangible strategies that can be applied immediately to ensure girls in CTE feel a sense of belonging. The session will include information on how Perkins funds can be used to develop recruitment and retention strategies that work. There will be time to ask questions and hear what has and what has not worked from others in the field. Co-presenter Abraham Ewing, a middle and high school CTE educator, will share his experience with increasing nontraditional students’ participation in manufacturing. Participants will leave with research-based moves and materials they can use — from Take Flight, an ongoing project funded by National Science Foundation that uses drones to engage girls in CTE and STEM classes.  

Global Career Readiness: Going Beyond DEI 
December 4, 8:30 a.m.–noon 
Presenters: Heather Singmaster, Digital Promise; Michelle Conrad, University of Central Missouri 
Registration Cost: $175 


As automation and technological advances change the nature of work, and as global diversity and economic growth change the characteristics of the employee and consumer base, skills that allow workers to compete in the global economy will be in greater demand. Companies looking to expand their businesses and become more innovative need employees with employability skills. This interactive session will share strategies to better support students: connecting learning with real-world contexts to relate to students’ different backgrounds and life experiences, and associating CTE content across pathways with global competence and employability skills. Participants will hear what businesses have to say, learn together, and explore free tools and resources to support global career readiness, including sample projects, educator professional development modules, student handouts, and more. 

Innovative Strategies Enhancing Instructor Recruitment & Retention in Postsecondary CTE
December 4, 8:30 a.m.–noon 
Presenter: Dimitria Harding, Anoka Technical College
Registration Cost: $175


This session will address the pressing challenges of recruitment and retention in postsecondary career and technical education (CTE). Participants will gain insights into the current state of CTE recruitment and retention, explore strategic themes from the ACTE's 2023–27 Strategic Plan, and learn about best practices and innovative approaches. The presentation will also cover the importance of strategic partnerships and inclusivity in building a diverse and resilient CTE educator workforce. Attendees will leave with actionable strategies to improve recruitment and retention in their institutions.

Instructional Excellence for New CTE Teachers 
December 4, 8:30 a.m.–noon
Presenter: Donna Rain-O’Dell, Central Westmoreland Career and Technology Center 
Registration Cost: $175 


Are you a CTE teacher still in the early stages of your career? It’s time to explore the depths of instructional expertise and enhance your teaching! This dynamic workshop is designed specifically for new teachers and new-to-CTE teachers. Participants will go beyond theory and learn practical and proven instructional techniques from a practitioner with more than a decade of experience. Receive clear and straightforward training that explains educational jargon and simplifies classroom and lab instruction in an easy-to-apply approach. Participants can expect collaboration and engaging practice to process the information they receive. Participants will leave this workshop with a teacher toolbox full of tips and tricks to take back to their programs, ensuring a smooth and productive learning experience for all. The workshop is designed to complement the workshop titled “Classroom & Behavioral Management for New CTE Teachers.” However, participation is both is not required. 

Optimizing CTSOs: Mastering Management with AI 
December 4, 8:30 a.m.–noon 
Presenters: Rachael Mann, EdFuture.org 
Registration Cost: $195 


Discover how to streamline management of your career and technical student organization (CTSO) using artificial intelligence (AI). This workshop equips advisers with AI tools that can enhance efficiency and improve integration into curricula. Learn to leverage AI for organizational tasks, event planning and student engagement. By tapping into AI, you can transform how CTSOs operate, making them more effective and less time-consuming. Attend to unlock a collection of essential CTSO resources and AI applications tailored for advisers.

Reaching & Teaching English Learners in CTE Classrooms
December 4, 8:30 a.m.–noon
Presenter: Roger Cleveland, Millenium Learning Concepts
Registration Cost: $175


This workshop will provide strategies to engage English learners in career and technical education. It will involve activities to address language acquisition, student engagement and raising academic expectations — providing strategies that teachers can use the next day and detailed, concrete examples to engage all participants.
 

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