Career Tech VISION 2012: An Integral Learning Event for Career and Technical Education Professionals

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CareerTECH VISION 2012: Nov. 28- Dec. 1, 2012 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia

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With a unique business and industry focus, CareerTECH Vision 2012 will bring over 200 sessions built around real-world education issues and solutions to help career and technical education (CTE) professionals meet their learning needs.

Who: The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), the nation’s largest not-for-profit education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers.

What: CareerTech VISION 2012 – ACTE’s annual event, redesigned to be an essential component of the career and technical educator’s overall professional learning plan.

Where: Georgia World Congress Center, 285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW, Atlanta, Georgia

When: November 28- December 1, 2012

CareerTech VISION 2012 Highlights:
With a unique business and industry focus, CareerTECH Vision 2012 will bring over 200 sessions built around real-world education issues and solutions to help career and technical education (CTE) professionals meet their learning needs. At CareerTech VISION 2012, attendees can customize a learning track and adapt the schedule to achieve their individual and institutional learning goals. Idea Lab sessions provide an introductory look into a topic in a 60-minute session, helping teachers learn what they need and decide if they want to pursue further knowledge. Deep Dive sessions are two-hour sessions that will dig deeper into issues that are relevant to individuals’ work as a CTE professional. Exclusive partnerships with High Schools That Work and Model Schools will offer attendees a chance to explore best practices, instructional models and tactics for integrating rigorous academics and CTE that have been identified by these groups.

Thursday Opening General Session: Business, Industry and Education Partners Speak
Thursday, Nov. 29, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

CareerTech VISION will open with a panel of education and industry leaders to share their perspectives, concerns and ideas on how educators need to move forward to close the skills gap experienced today and build a prepared workforce for tomorrow.

Moderator: Ray McNulty, Chief Learning Officer, Penn Foster

Speakers:
Dr. John D. Barge, Georgia State School Superintendent
Dennis Branch, Vice President of Human Resources, AGCO
Randy Dorn, Washington State Superintendent of Instruction
Michael Wiggins, Executive Vice President of Human Resources, Southwire Company

Saturday General Session
Saturday, Dec. 1, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Speaker: Roland Fryer
Award-winning Harvard economist, education activist and collaborator on the bestselling book Freakonomics, Roland Fryer is a superstar. He has concrete solutions for fixing failing schools in America, and is on a mission to make a difference. Named a "Rising Star" by Fortune magazine and featured in Esquire’s "Genius Issue," Fryer has noted that his rise to success happened "through the medium of education and through the idea of the mind." His story will not only inspire, but will reinforce to career and technical educators that the skills and education they are providing are of real value.

Sample List of Idea Labs and Deep Dive Sessions at CareerTech VISION 2012:
Legislative, Regulatory and National Policy Update
Lessons Learned: Joining Academics with Rigorous Career/Technical Courses
Using Web 2.0 Tools to Engage Students in CTE
CTE Common Career Technical Core Standards
CTE For College and Career Readiness
Changing the Game: Changing Student and Community Perceptions of Manufacturing
Preparing for the Green Economy: CTE and Sustainability
Next Generation Science Standards
The Globalization of Technical Education Partnerships
For a complete list of sessions, please visit the CareerTech VISION 2012 web page.

Additional Highlights:

NC3 Innovation Salon
The National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) will debut its Industry and Education Innovation Salon at VISION 2012.This unique space will provide VISION attendees an opportunity to experience firsthand the power of NC3’s industry-driven skills certifications. In addition, there will be time to meet personally with leading skills education advocates from NC3, as well as its partners, Snap-on and Trane.

Resource Center
Stop by the Resource Center at CareerTECH Vision, located on Level 2 of the Georgia World Congress Center, where attendees can meet authors of recent publications, talk and gain advice from content and policy experts.

For the latest updates on CareerTech VISION 2012, visit the CareerTech VISION 2012 blog, follow us on Twitter @actecareertech or visit us on Facebook. If you have any questions, please contact Ashley Parker at aparker(at)acteonline(dot)org or 941-773-1598. Media will receive complementary registration.

About ACTE
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. It provides advocacy, public awareness and access to information, professional development and tools that enable members to be successful and effective leaders. Founded in 1926, ACTE has more than 25,000 members, including teachers, counselors and administrators at the middle school, high school and postsecondary levels.

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