Diane Ravitch, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to Speak at National Career and Technical Education Conference

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CareerTech VISION 2013, an annual event held by the Association for Career and Technical Education, will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada, December 4-7, 2013.

CareerTECH Vision 2013 will bring over 200 sessions built focusing on today’s pressing 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 2013 – ACTE’s annual event, redesigned to be an essential component of the career and technical educator’s overall professional learning plan.
Where: Las Vegas Convention Center, 3150 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, Nevada
When: December 4-7, 2013

CareerTech VISION 2013 Highlights:
CareerTECH Vision 2013 will bring over 200 sessions built focusing on today’s pressing education issues and solutions to help career and technical education (CTE) professionals meet their learning needs. At CareerTech VISION 2013, participants will hear from today’s leading education professionals including Diane Ravitch, Corinne Hoisington, and Adam Sáenz during the event’s general sessions. Program sessions will provide CTE professionals the opportunity to further explore and develop their skills in areas such as assessment, classroom technologies, classroom and pedagogy models that have proven success in the CTE classroom, student engagement and successful outcomes and learn more about the policy and advocacy issues that affect CTE in the United States today and tomorrow. 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. An awards banquet held on Wednesday, December 4 from 7-9 p.m. will honor the best and brightest in the field of career and technical education as well as hear remarks from special guest United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

Awards Banquet
Wednesday, December 4, 7-9 p.m., Las Vegas Hotel

The ACTE Awards Banquet honors the ACTE Excellence Awards winners. The cost of the Banquet is $75 per person and includes a three-course meal. Join your fellow educators and business and industry partners in celebrating the best of CTE. Hear remarks from special guest U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

Thursday Opening General Session: Adam Sáenz
Thursday, December 5, 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m.

How did Adam Sáenz go from juvenile detention to two doctorates, with training at Harvard Medical School and the University of Oxford? Adam will tell you: It was the power of a teacher.

Sáenz, author of "The Power of a Teacher," will be the first to admit that his journey through life so far has been an amazing one, filled with tremendous highs and profound lows. At every important juncture, there have been two common elements, lifesavers that appeared when he really needed it—education and teachers.

Friday General Session: Diane Ravitch
Friday, Dec. 6, 8-9:30 a.m.

Diane Ravitch will change the way you think about public education. Ravitch is a research professor of education at New York University and a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. She has written 10 books, including her most recent, The Death and Life of the Great American School System. She was assistant secretary of education and counselor to the secretary of education during part of the George H. W. Bush Administration, and was appointed to the National Assessment Governing Board by the Clinton Administration. For 10 years, she held the Brown Chair in Education Studies at the Brookings Institution and edited “Brookings Papers on Education Policy.” Before entering government service, she was a professor of history and education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Ravitch is a former Guggenheim Fellow. Her writing has appeared in many newspapers and magazines, and she blogs for Education Week, Politico and the Huffington Post.

Saturday General Sessions: Corinne Hoisington
Saturday, December 7, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Corinne Hoisington is regarded as a leading expert on today’s hottest technologies. She travels more than 200,000 miles a year speaking to college and university professors and K-12 venues. Hoisington is the recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional in Computer Programming award and has authored more than a dozen books on such topics as Dreamweaver CS6, Windows 8, Outlook 2013, Visual Basic 2012 and Android programming. She is professor of information systems technology at Central Virginia Community College in Lynchburg, Virginia, and brings 25 years of innovative teaching experience to her presentations and speaking engagements.

Sample List of Program Sessions at CareerTech VISION 2013:
How Online and Hybrid Technical Education is Preparing Students for In-demand Careers
Developing Public-private Partnerships to Advance Workforce Development
Video Game Design Using Industry Certification Assessments
CTE and Engaging Students in High School: Recent Perspectives From National Databases
A New Lens on Career Guidance: Helping All Students Through Strong Partnerships Between Guidance Professionals and CTE Educators
Virtual Business: A Technology-based Teaching Strategy
Embedding Academics in CTE
Game-based Learning and Constructionism in CTE: Educational Perspectives and Instructional Practices of Value-added Computer Science Model
Building a Successful Medical Academy: Keep Your Health Care Programs Competitive in the Age of Dual College Credit and Ways to Build Better Students

For a complete list of sessions, please visit the CareerTech VISION 2013 web page.

For the latest updates on CareerTech VISION 2013, 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.

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