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2019 Community of Practice Meeting--Richmond, Virginia

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Day 1

Welcome, Introductions, Meeting Purpose, and CTECS Overview, Tim Withee & Ken Potthoff, CTECS

Keynote: Embedding Workplace Readiness Skills into Programs of Study, Kathryn Piper Crespin, Research and Policy Analyst, Demographics Research Group (Introduced by George Willcox)

Implementing Middle School Career and Technical Education Courses, George Willcox, Director, Operations and Accountability, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, Virginia Department of Education

An Integrated Approach to College and Career Readiness Skills through PBL, STEM & a Multi-Tiered System of Support, Diana Theisinger, Ed.D., Project Director & VTSS, Instructional Specialist, Poquoson City Public Schools

State Plans Panel:

  • Kentucky, Pam Moore, Director of Student Transition and Career Readiness, Kentucky Department of Education
  • Maine, Margaret Harvey, Maine DOE Middle School Consultant, Maine Career and Technical Education 
  • South Carolina, Dana Depew, Education Associate in Career and Technology, SCDE

Registered Apprenticeships, Patricia Morrison, Director of the Division of Registered Apprenticeship, Department of Labor and Industry, Virginia

State Plans Panel:

  • Idaho, Steve Rayborn, Deputy Administrator, Idaho CTE
  • Nevada, Marina McHatton, Education Programs Professional, Office of Career Readiness, Adult Learning & Education Options
  • California, Teri Alves, Education Programs Consultant, High School Innovations and Initiatives Office, California Department of Education 

Dinner, Welcome Reception

Day 2

First Steps: Understanding the World of Work through CTE, Jennifer Bradford, LPC, Middle School Program Quality Manager, Idaho CTE

Middle School CTE in Colorado, Lauren Jones (Austin), MA NCC, *MCC, Program Director for Special Populations, Counseling & Equity, Middle School CTE Program Coordinator, Career & Technical Education (CTE), Colorado Community College System (CCCS)

Middle School CTE, Kentucky, Teresa Rogers, Technical Literacy Consultant, Kentucky Department of Education

ILP Playbooks Now Available

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) has released the Individual Learning Plan (ILP) Playbooks, which offer recommendations for chronological themes and lessons for career exploration and social and emotional development to teach at each grade level in grades 5-8 and 9-12. Kentucky is among the first states in the United States to couple career exploration and social and emotional learning (SEL).

Career exploration is a KDE priority for Kentucky’s students. The aim is to foster career exploration in all of the 16 career cluster areas to provide students with the opportunity to delve into and learn more about future career options. The career clusters are tied to career and technical education pathways in Kentucky.

An additional tool used to launch career exploration that embraces SEL in its practice is the use of project-based learning. This will be an opportunity to provide experiential learning that invites students to consider problems they want to solve in the world, rather than just “what they want to be when they grow up.”

The ILP Playbook is designed to be a useful tool to assist educators in creating meaningful ILPs and learning experiences for students.

Work-Based Learning, Virginia, Sharon Acuff, Specialist, Marketing & Related Clusters, Virginia Department of Education

Excursion: CodeRVA Michael Bolling, Executive Director, CodeRVA Regional High School, Richmond, Virginia

Middle School Panel:

California Career Readiness Resources, Mike Vogenthaler, Kern County Superintendent of Schools, Director, College and Career Initiatives



Day 3

Work-Based Learning & CTE: Creating Meaningful Connections Portland, Oregon, Jan Osborn, Assistant Director, Career & Technical Education/Career Learning, Portland Public Schools

Yolo County, California Career Ready Assessment, Karen Shores, College and Career Readiness Consultant and Keenya Powell, CTE Program Specialist, Yolo County Office of Education

Transition Readiness: Ensuring Success for All Students, Pam Moore, Kentucky

CTECS TSAs and Postsecondary Alignment, Amy Lorenzo, Director of Policy and Organizational Planning, Idaho CTE

Workplace Readiness Web Resources, Kevin Reilly, Director, CTE Resource Center and Darren Morris, Instructional Designer, CTECS

CTECS  Vision & Closing, CTECS