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[February 28, 2013]

A Recap of CareerTech VISION 2012 [Techniques]

(Techniques Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) "If we are going to continue to achieve our expectations . . . we need to make sure we are constantly adjusting and shifting our sails to make sure we are meeting the changing needs for individuals, companies and this country." -Jan Bray CareerTech VISION 2012, a groundbreaking and visionary education event, was held in Allanta, Georgia, November 28-December 1. More than 3,000 people converged on the Georgia World Congress Center to learn front their colleagues and to hear from leaders in business and industry. This year's event was organized around seven key themes representing overarching issues of t he education system: Administrative/ Operational Success; Advocacy/ Partnerships; Assessment; Business and Industry Training; Program Models; Student Engagement and Success; and Teacher/ Faculty Success.

Wednesday, November 20, ivas dedicated to Association business. In the evening was the Town Hall Meeting, as well as the Awards Banquet, where ACTE honored and celebrated some of the best educators in career and technical education (CTE).

VISION 2012 began on Thursday with the Opening General Session. ACTE President Karen Mason opened the morning session and welcomed everyone to Atlanta. VISION "'is about you. and about helping you to be your best,'" said Mason. She mentiuned I wo partnerships Lhal helped make VISION 2012 possible: the International Center for Leadership in Education's Model Schools anil the Southern Regional Education Board's High Schools /Tech Centers That Work. She noted that these organizations are "among the best in their field'* and that ACTE was "'thrilled to have them on board." Before introducing the next speaker. Mason commended the ACTE Board of Directors for their leadership oit he Association. She said, "The creation of a professional development experience of this size couldn't have occurred without the leadership. That leadership comes from the ACTE Board of Directors.'" She concluded by thanking them "'for their passion, commitment and dedication" to CTE and to ACTE.

Jan Bray: Adjusting Our Sails ACTE Executive Director Jan Bray addressed the audience next. She began, "Wí-Ye experiencing a tremendous amount of change - much of it driven by technology-" She stated that ACTE at its core is about leadership, and its core purpose will not change, which is lo provide leadership in developing an "educated, prepared, adaptable and competitive workforce." Bray noted that ACTE has stepped up to the plate in terms of leadership in two key areas: policy and outreach to business and industry. In terms of policy, she stated, "'We've added GTE's voice to the national dialogue on the skills gap, on transforming education [and] on how to embrace technologies." In terms of business and industry, Bray stated that business and industry seek workers with four key attributes: 1. Lifelong learners who understand and embrace the need to continue their learning 2. Workers with a multicultural mindset and understanding 3. Workers who have "systems thinking," who might have excelled and learned one aspect in a technical area, but understand that how it interacts with other things will change over time 4. Workers who have the ability to communicate both verbally and written In light of these four attributes, Bray asked the audience, "How do we continue to embrace that change and meet the needs of a dynamic workplace How are we helping business and industry know that the end product - the people you are educating have those four attributes " She continued, "CTE is about economic success. It is about economic success for individuals, for communities and ... for this country. And if we are going to continue to achieve our expectations, our outcomes, we need to make sure that we are constantly adjusting and shifting our sails to make sure we are meeting the changing needs for individuals, companies and this country." Bray reminded the audience that ACTE's commitment to leadership will never waver, nor will its commitment to the "dedicated teachers, administrators and guidance counselors who put forth their energy and their passion every single day to help individuals in countries and communities realize their success." She reminded the audience that it is important for them and their colleagues across the country "to embrace the essence of career and technical education, to come together as a profession, to have pride in being a career and technical educator because together, we absolutely make that difference." Bray concluded, "I have enjoyed every step of my 11-year journey with ACTE. I have had the pleasure and the privilege of working with a very dedicated and professional staff [and] a passionate leadership team every year ... I thank you for letting me be a part of that ride." Panel Discussion Next up was the "main event" of the General Session a panel discussion moderated by Ray McNulty, chief learning officer at Penn Foster. On the panel were John Barge, Georgia state school superintendent; Dennis Branch, vice president of HR at North America, AGCO; Michael R. Wiggins, executive vice president, human resources, Southwire; Randy Dorn, Washington state superintendent of public instruction; and Shan Cooper, vice president of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics and general manager of the company's Marietta, Georgia, facility. The panel discussion in its entirety can be purchased at www.acteonline.orglshop.) McNulty opened the discussion with the question: "The aim of education is not to have our students do well in school, it's to have them do well in the lives they lead outside of school. Is the current system aligned to deliver on success after school And if not, what do we have to do to fix it " The general consensus was no, but "there are beacons of light out there," said Wiggins.

Randy Dorn proposed 10 steps as to how students can be successful, traits that employers look for, like "be here, be here on time and be prepared/' that will help them and the company ihey work for lie a success. In regard to selecting a career, Dorn stated thai we need to have a way to figure out what challenges arni interests students, and what they have an aptitude for so that the}' Ve matched up with the right training and education. He noted, "The most expensive career exploration program we have in the United States is a four-vear university." McNully then posed the question to (he panelists, "What are some of the tilings we can do to bring honor to career and not just college " In Georgia, one of our main initiatives (House Bill lf'u"; was supporting legislation "that said beginning in the fall of 201 3, every high school freshman entering a Georgia high school must have a career pathway," said Bar ge. He staled they've added a 17th cluster that b specific to energy, because it's one of the fastest growing fields of occupations for students who are in school now. Each cluster has an advisory committee, and 50 percent of each committee is composed of business and iftdltttry. Right now. "business and industry is driving the discussion" in (hese committees, he noted. Barge went on to state that they're working wilh energy companies like Siemens. Siemens builds the curriculum and tells (hem how (o teach the energy standard in the schools, instead of the schools dying (o come up with the curricula to teach the particular standard. Barge quipped, ''There's no sense in reinventing that wheel." From the business and industry side, Lockheed Martin's Shan Cooper said that she had invited Barge out to Lockheed, and in their meeting explained to him whai Lockheed would need in the next three to five years in terms of "skill sets, capabilities and competencies.'"' She sees their relationship as a partnership and not so much as a collaboration, She noted that her expertise is in building aircraft, and that Barge's expertise is in building the "'talent and the workforce of (he future" to build those aircraft. Cooper stated, "Our working together is what's going to allow both of us tobe successful." Mike Wiggins, also from the business and industry side, added that everyone involved needs tobe deeply committed to building "'strong partnerships between education and business. And I believe business has to lead that."' Keeping it on (he business side, McNully posed (he question, "Do you really need all these educaiors to teach the students, because it sounds like you really liave to lake the employees and reinvent them " Wiggins answered that approximately 82 percent of his workforce is manufacturing and production people. He said bis company definitely needs GTE, adding, "There must be technical education. There musi be technical training." Furthermore, when they get the students from the schools, it should be a "finetuning process [to our methodologies and production equipment] and not a developmental process because of deficiencies." He finished, "We need educators to teach life skills and communications skills." McNulty then asked, "If you were the person that had all the control, and the schools didn't exist, and we were starting a new nation, what are a couple things you would make sure would be in this new model of school and in our new way of learning " Dennis Branch answered that we need to "think about the existing gaps." He added that he would make sure individuals worked together in teams or units rather than individually, because in AGCO's manufacturing locations, [productivity] is measured on the output of the team and not the individual. In addition, he would stress the importance of attendance. At ADCO, they believe that both their manufacturing and engineering jobs are valid and viable careers. He also noted that there are expectations that you will be "drug-free, show up and show up on lime, and work within a team and be problem solvers and innovators." Cooper added, "I would focus on application of the learning." At Lockheed, they want employees to be able to apply what they've learned.

At the conclusion of the panel discussion, McNulty finished up their time by adding, "I really think the enemy of our system, quite frankly, is not resources. The enemy is not some other business. The enemy is the status quo. We just can't have the status quo exist any longer." He encouraged the audience to change the language they use with their students when they talk about college and career. He said, "It's about being career ready. One thing this conference can do is set the pathway to career, because that's what it's all about." Roland Fryer: A Seven-year Journey Roland G. Fryer, Jr., Harvard economist and education advocate, delivered the keynote address at the Closing General Session on Saturday, December 1, at CarcerTcch VISION.

Fryer began his speech by giving the audience some background information. He was raised by his grandmother and great aunt, both of whom were educators. He related humorously to the audience that it was hard being raised by educators, saying his favorite days were teacher in-service days because his grandmother and aunt would be at work at the school, and he could be at home alone - where he sometimes got into trouble. But he credits these two women with giving him "a quality education early." He also stated how lucky he was to play football in high school and be able to get a scholarship to play ball in college. He was encouraged to get involved in education, to "give back," by his grandmother and others.

Fryer spent the remainder of his speech explaining to the audience the journey he's been on trying to find "scalable solutions to help save kids" that were like him. He stated that in the United Slates, a student's ZIP code is a pretty good indicator of how he or she will be educated; however, this is something he wants to change, and he has gone on a seven-year quest to fix it.

He noted that many people believe the American education system is fine the way it is. According to Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) statistics, mathematics scores for 15-year-old students rank 20th when compared to students in other developed nations. He cited, if you were to break down the findings by ZIP code, those students living in high-income zip codes would rank #1 and #2 in the world, but low-income ZIP codes in America "would be the lowest-performing group in any developed nation, saying, 'That's crazy.'" His journey began with an idea, which was to provide students with an incentive for achievement. He started with 5540,000 (his research stipend from Harvard) and the kids at PS 70 in the Bronx. That $40,000 turned into $10 million dollars. In the beginning stages, they didn't pay with cash, but instead with trips to the zoo and other activities around New York City. Two years later, he had 260 schools in his program and 20,000 kids. By this point, he decided it might work better to pay the kids actual money to do better in school, and so that's what he did in Dallas, paying students $2 per book to read books. Unfortunately, the idea met with controversy and criticism, but there were pockets of success. What he found was that, "If you pay kids to read books, they read a lot of books. And their reading comprehension goes up. If you pay kids to come to class and not beat up the person next to them, their math and reading scores go up." But even with these results, Fryer said it wasn't good enough: "If you truly want to put [students] on a different trajectory in life, we've got to find something else," something that works even better than incentivizing students. Eventually, Fryer partnered with Geoffrey Canada, president and CKO of the Harlem Children's Zone in Harlem, New York. Canada had experienced success with closing the math gap scores through his innovative program one where Canada attempts to take care "of all the needs poor children have from cradle to college." Canada has raised millions of dollars for the Harlem Children's Zone, as well as having closed the math gap scores between those children in the Harlem Children's Zone and those in affluent areas. Fryer wanted to replicate Canada's results.

After two years of careful study of what makes some schools effective and others not, he discovered that the "traditional" measures, such as class size and whether a teacher has a master's degree, didn't correlate "at all" with how well students achieved in school. However, he found five factors that had a huge impact on how well students performed in school: 1. More time in school 2. Small-group tutoring - approximately 150 hours per year of 2:1 or 3:1 "high dosage" tutoring 3. Human capital management - how often teachers were given feedback on their instruction, the quality of the professional development that the school provided, and the support for the teachers 4. Data-driven instruction and student performance management the schools that were highly effective linked the data they'd collected with the actual actions in the classroom 5. Culture of high expectations Fryer related his experience with approaching different schools systems to implement these five factors, noting, "These five factors we found explain roughly 50 percent of the variance on why some schools are effective and other schools are not." Many districts turned him down, but Houston was willing to take a chance on Fryer's theory, incorporating these five factors in 20 of the worst-performing schools in the city. Denver has also come on board, with the program being implemented in the city's seven worst-performing schools.

Here's what happened in Houston: They added 60 minutes to the end of each day, as well as two weeks to the school year, essentially adding 30 more days to the school year. They interviewed the school district's teachers, asking them what they would need to "turn the school around." In addition, they hired 400 tutors, citing they had 1,200 applicants for 400 positions. Next, they assessed the students approximately 10 minutes for three weeks, "breaking down the assessments by skill" and then giving "the teachers more planning time throughout the day to look at the data" and change their teaching practices. Fryer slated, "We put a lot of money into [CTE] programs within these schools." As for the fifth factor, creating high expectations, Fryer noted that that particular factor was "the hardest" because he found it is difficult to create a culture of high expectations "when kids are dealing with so many issues at home." His results showed that, "Pooling all grades together, the results are strikingly similar to those achieved by the Harlem Children's Zone Promise Academy and KIPP - two of the country's most recognized charter [school] operators." But not only the test scores were affected by Fryer's program - but both the teen pregnancy and the incarceration rates dropped dramatically also.

Fryer declared, "This is not about lest scores. It's about saving the lives of kids who look a lot like me." He went on to say, "I really wish career and technical education was more a part of what's going on in our high schools, but we have enough to get slarled." By 2025, Fryer said he hopes to "turn around the bottom 5 percent of schools in America." He finished, "I can't do that alone. I need your help ... [CTE] helped save my life [and] that is not hyperbole. Please help me help others." ACTE Awards Banquet ACTE Awards Banquet At CareerTech VISION 2012, these amazing individuals were highlighted in the first-ever ACTE Awards Banquet. More than 400 educators, business representatives and family members joined these finalists and winners for a dinner celebration that included remarks by Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult Education Brenda Darin-Messier.

2013 ACTE National Award Winners Teacher of the Year, Sponsored by Cisco: Robin C. McLean, Agriscience Teacher, Northern Burlington County Regional School District Career Guidance Award, Sponsored by Kuder Inc.: Sharon Ann Hetherington, Coordinator of Counseling, Waco ISD College and Career Readiness Department Outstanding Career and Technical Educator: Diana Plummer, Career Counselor, Central Technology Center Outstanding New Career and Technical Teacher: Lavyne Rada, Agricultural Teacher. Hutchinson 5chool District Outstanding Teacher in Community Service: Jeff Eppen, Agricultural Teacher, Sibley East School District Lifetime Achievement: Rebecca Cox, Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher, Alpine School District Award of Merit: Kentucky Jump$tart Coalition Image Award: West- M EC Interactive Media Department Business Leader of the Year: Brandon Pelissero, Chief Executive Officer, Ecolink Business Advocate of the Year: Jim Ryan, Chairman, President and CEO, Grainger 2013 ACTE Regional Award Winners Career Guidance Award Sponsored by Kuder Inc.

* Region I: Sarah Taylor * Region V: Renae Brady Outstanding Career and Technical Educator * Region I: Erin Schilling * Region II: Anthony L. Dillon * Region III: Deborah Belfry * Region V: Mark Hamilton Outstanding New Career and Technical Teacher * Region I: Sharon Maurice * Region II: Rachel VanPelt * Region IV; Claire Nickel * Region V: Carmelita Goossen Outstanding Teacher in Community Service * Region I: Deborah Ann Chapman * Region II; Bettina Polite Tate * Region IV: Glenna LoAnn Latona * Region V: Denise J. Kuehne Abbott Teacher of the Year Sponsored by Cisco * Region II; Norene Olsen * Region III: Paul A. Larson * Region IV; Athena Frank * Region V: Diane Cluff "As an educator I've always believed that the aim of education isn't to have students do well in school, it's to have them do well in the lives they lead outside of school." - Ray McNuity VISION 2012 Scavenger Hunt VISION attendees were able to participate in a mobile scavenger hunt. The prize - a Samsung Galaxy Tab for one lucky winner. Participants had to perform a variety of tasks that were weighted by points, with the maximum point value being 570. Tasks included taking photos of the CTE Support Fund brochure (10 points), an attendee with at least six badge ribbons (15 points), the CNN Center (50 points) and The Varsity, a popular local restaurant (50 points).

The winner was Sonya D. Russell, M.Ed., lead teacher and internship coordinator from Atlantic Coast High School in Jacksonville, Florida, When she found out she won, Russell was ecstatic. She said, "Thank you so much for putting this scavenger hunt together This was the most fun I had at any of the conferences (not only because I won) but [there were] some great workshops and vendors." "The most expensive career exploration program we have in the United States is a fouryear university." - Randy Dorn CareerTech VISION 2012 Expo Sponsors Advanced Composite Education Services American Technical Publishers Anatomy in Clay Learning Systems/by Hands & Minds Inc.

Apperson Datalink Boston Reed Career Cruising CEVMultimedia Chief Architect Cisco Systems Inc.

Condensed Curriculum International DEPCO LLC Design Assistance Corporation DS SolidWorks Corp Education2020 Electude International ETA International Forrest T. Jones Goodheart-Willcox Co. Inc.

Home Builders Institute Illinois State Board of Education John Wiley & Sons Inc.

KP Education Systems Kuder Inc.

LJ Create MatchWare Inc.

Mcor Technologies National Academy of Sports Medicine Netop NOCTI NobleHour NSF ATE Centers Oracle Academy Paxton/Patterson Pearson Realityworks Siemens SIMLOG Snap-on Tools Stratasys 3D Printers Studica Inc.

Tech Ed Concepts Inc.

Ten80 Education The STEM Academy Today's Class Trane U.S. Army Recruiting Command US Didactic Inc.

U.S. Education TV USMEPCOM ASVAB Career Exploration Program Venture Publications Inc.

Congratulations to the ACTE 2012 Fellows! * Region I: Connie Strebe * Region II: Chaney Mosley * Region III: Patrick Biggerstaff * Region IV: Lynne Cagle Cox and Hershel Williams * Region V: Dawn Lindsley and Ron Umehira The ACTE National Leadership Fellowship Program began in 2009 and its purpose is primarily leadership development. To learn more about the ACTE Fellowship Program, go to www.acteonline. org/leadership.aspx.

CareerTech VISION 2012 CareerTech Expo Exhibitors Academic Innovations ACES Advanced Composite Education Services ACTE ACT Inc.

Adobe Systems Inc.

A Fashion Hayvin Inc.

Aldebaran Robotics Inc.

ALERT Publishing Amatrol American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences American Culinary Federation Inc.

American Technical Publishers Anatomy in Clay Learning Systems/by Hands & Minds Inc.

Apperson Datalink Aries Technology Inc.

Armstrong Medical Industries ATech Training Inc.

Bachman Trainers Ball State University Bio-Rad Laboratories Bosch Rexroth Corp.

Boston Reed Business Professionals of America Career Communications Inc.

Career Cruising CareerSafe Online Career Solutions Publishing Group CDX Automotive Cengage Learning Certification Partners LLC Certiport CEV Multimedia Chief Architect CNC Software/Mastercam CompTIA Condensed Curriculum International CORD Corinthian Colleges Inc.

Country Meats CTECS Dave Ramsey's Office DECA Denford Ltd.

DEPCO LLC Design Assistance Corporation DS SolidWorks Corp ECO CAD Design Group eCYBERMISSION ED Co. Ltd.

EDIBON-USALLC Education2020 EDVOTEK/DNA DEPOT Electude International Elenco Electronics Inc.

EMC/Paradigm/Jist Publishing Energy Concepts Inc.

ESRI-Environmental Systems Research Institute Inc.

ETA International Exploring Robotics Family, Career and Community Leaders of America FANUC Robotics America Inc.

Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising Feedback Inc.

Festo Corporation Flexible Montisa Florida Advanced Technology Education Center Future Business Leaders of America Georgia ACTE GENERAL INTERNATIONAL Goodheart-Willcox Co. Inc.

GoVenture by MediaSpark Grant Baldwin Graymark International Inc.

Greene Manufacturing Inc.

Hampden Engineering Corp.

Hand Tools Institute Hearlihy Heliocentris Energy Systems High School 101 HOSA Inc.

Howard Technology Solutions Hunter Engineering Hypertherm, Inc.

Illinois State Board of Education In-House Solutions Intelitek Interior Concepts International Baccalaureate International Code Council InVest John Deere Publishing John Wiley & Sons Inc.

Kelvin Electronics Knowledge Matters Inc.

KP Education Systems Kuder Inc.

Lab-Volt Systems Inc.

LearnKey Inc.

LEGO Education Lincoln Electric LJ Create Marcraft-ETG MatchWare Inc.

McGraw-Hill Education Mcor Technologies Megatech Corporation Metal Industries Company Limited Midwest Technology Products Inc.

MyOpenJobs LLC NanoProfessor NASCO NATEF National Academy of Sports Medicine National Association of Agricultural Educators National Center for Construction Ed & Research National FFA Organization National Institute for Metalworking Skills National Research Center for Career and Technical Education National Technical Honor Society Navajo Jewelry & Crafts Neto NHA/ATI Allied Health NIDA Corporation NobleHour NOCTI Oklahoma CIMC/MAVCC Oracle Academy PassAssured Paxton/Patterson Pearson Penn Foster Pitsco Education Curriculum Pitsco Education Catalog Progressive Educational Systems Questech Qwizdom Inc.

Real Games LDA Realityworks Robotel Inc.

SAS Institute Inc.

SATCO Supply SAVE Corp SawStop LLC Science Instruments Company Inc.

Scientific Educational Systems Share Our Strengths No Kid Hungry Siemens SIMLOG SkillsUSA Snooty Hooty Too LLC Softplan Systems Southern Illinois University Carbondale Stokes Educational Services Stratasys 3D Printers Studica Inc.

Stuppy Greenhouse Mfg. Co.

Sun Equipment Corporation TabPilot Learning Systems Tech Ed Concepts Inc.


Teknimedia Corporation Ten80 Education TestOut Corporation The FAZD Center The Manufacturing Skill Standards Council The STEM Academy Til Technical Education Systems Today's Class Total Teaching Solutions Troops To Teachers Trotee Laser Inc.

Tulsa Welding School Universal Laser Systems Inc.

University of Central Missouri Career & Technology Education University of Wisconsin-Stout UNT College of Information UpWrite Press U.S. Army Recruiting Command US Didactic Inc.

U.S. Education TV USMEPCOM ASVAB Career Exploration Program Van Wingerden Greenhouse Company Venture Publications Inc.

Vernier Software & Technology VEX Robotics ViziTech USA VMS Ine Vocational Research Institute VRSim Inc.

Waiden University Whitebox Learning Wm. J. Redmond & Son Inc.

XAP Corporation Yaskawa Motoman Robotics "This is not about test scores. It's about saving the lives of kids who look a lot like me . . . CTE helped save my life [and] that is not hyperbole. Please help me help others." - Roland Fryer Missed VISION 2012 Interested in a particular session that you weren't able to make it to Go to www.acteonline. org/vision sessions to view a variety of Idea Labs and Deep Dives, and portions of the General Sessions.

Margaret Mitchell is the managing editor of Techniques. She can be reached at

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