CTE Conference May 22, 2013

New Jersey Statewide CTE  Conference

The Power of CTE:
Propelling Students to College & Career Readiness

Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 
Location: The College of New Jersey, 2000 Pennington Road,
Ewing Township, NJ 08618
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Registration (No fee to attend.)


The careers of today and the future will require individuals to have a robust set of skills, including strong academics, technical skills, innovation, problem solving, and critical thinking.  This conference will present many current and emerging practices geared at fostering the development of skills in students to meet the demands of this knowledge-based, global economy.  There will also be an emphasis on the development of rigorous programs of study in various pathways, including those in New Jersey’s Key Industry Sectors.  In addition to ensuring college and career success for students, CTE has the potential to stimulate economic and workforce development.

Keynote Address: 
Dr. Brenda Dann-Messier, Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education, US Department of Education

Featured Presenters:
Dr. James R. Stone III, Ed.D., Director, National Research Center for Career and Technical Education
Possible topics based on recent research reports:

  • Mature Programs of Study: Examining Policy Implementation at the Local Level
  • Making the Case for CTE: What the Research Shows
  • Work-based Learning Opportunities for HS Students

Mr. Bill Symonds, Director, Pathways to Prosperity Project, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Focused discussion: Update on Pathways to Prosperity Project

Kent Scheffel, President-elect, National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP)
Topic: Enhancing Dual/Concurrent Enrollment Quality through NACEP’s National Standards and Accreditation

Kimberly Green, Executive Director, National Association of State Directors of CTE (NASDCTEc)
Topic: Common Career Technical Core

Breakout Sessions:

  • Common Core State Standards
  • Developing Student Growth Objectives (SGOs) in CTE programs
  • Common Career Technical Core
  • Dual/Concurrent Enrollment
  • Assessments, Data and Industry Certifications
  • Education/Business Partnerships and Workforce Development
  • New Jersey Key Industry Sectors and Talent Networks
  • Model CTE Curriculum Projects and Rigorous Programs of Study
  • Alternate Route Teacher Preparation
  • Career Equity Resource Center
  • Personalized Student Learning Plans
  • Special Populations and English Language Learners

Specialized KIOSK drop-in centers for:

  • Perkins Guidelines/Grant Application
  • Structured Learning Experiences (SLEs)

2012 CTE Conference


ING Unsung Heroes Program Invites K-12 Educators to Apply for 2012 Class Project Awards


For the past fifteen years, the ING Unsung Heroes awards program has recognized K-12 educators in the United States for their innovative teaching methods, creative educational projects, and ability to positively influence the children they teach. Since honoring the first “unsung hero” in 1996, ING has awarded nearly $3.8 million to nearly 1,600 educators across the country.

Educators are invited to submit grant applications describing class projects they have initiated or would like to pursue.

Each year, one hundred educators are selected to receive $2,000 each to help fund their innovative class projects. Three of those individuals will be chosen to receive awards of an additional $5,000, $10,000, and $25,000. All awards must be used to further the projects within the school or school system.

All K-12 education professionals are eligible to apply. Applicants must be employed by an accredited K-12 public or private school located in the U.S. and be a full-time educator, teacher, principal, paraprofessional, or classified staff member working on a project with demonstrated effectiveness in improving student learning.

Complete program guidelines, the application form, and information on previously funded projects are available at the ING Web site.

Link to Complete RFP