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Wednesday, April 4


Advance CTE New Member Orientation
Are you a new member of Advance CTE? Or considering becoming a member? Join us over breakfast to learn about how to make the most of your membership!

Breakfast will be provided in the room to attendees of this session.

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Pradeep Kotamraju

Career and Technical Education Bureau Chief, Iowa Department of Education
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Andrea Zimmermann

Senior Associate, Member Engagement & Leadership Development, Advance CTE
Andrea Zimmermann is the Senior Associate for Member Engagement and Leadership Development at Advance CTE. She is responsible for coordinating outreach and engagement with Advance CTE members, ensuring the organization is anticipating and meeting members’ needs, and helping to advance... Read More →

Wednesday April 4, 2018 7:45am - 8:20am


Developing a State Framework for High-quality Work-based Learning
As participation in high school and college work-based learning experiences grows, state and national policymakers are left to consider their role in ensuring quality work-based learning. This session will examine how states can develop, implement and evaluate rigorous standards for work-based learning, drawing on lessons from Utah, the National Governors Association's work-based learning policy academy and Advance CTE's Connecting the Classroom to Careers series.

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Kimberly Hauge

Senior Policy Analyst, Economic Opportunity Division, National Governors Association
Kimberly Hauge serves as a senior policy analyst for the Economic Opportunity Division of the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, where she works to identify and promote innovative policy and practice in developing a talent pipeline of skilled workers. Her key... Read More →
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Thalea Longhurst

Director, Career & Technical Education, Utah State Board of Education
Thalea Longhurst is the State Director of Career and Technical Education for Utah.  She is responsible foradministering all aspects of the career and technical education programs offered throughout Utah in public education (K-12).  Thalea is also responsible to provide leadership... Read More →
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Andrea Zimmermann

Senior Associate, Member Engagement & Leadership Development, Advance CTE
Andrea Zimmermann is the Senior Associate for Member Engagement and Leadership Development at Advance CTE. She is responsible for coordinating outreach and engagement with Advance CTE members, ensuring the organization is anticipating and meeting members’ needs, and helping to advance... Read More →

Wednesday April 4, 2018 1:00pm - 1:50pm


Strengthening the Pipeline of Qualified CTE Instructors
Finding qualified instructors can make or break a CTE program, and year after year, states report that recruiting qualified teachers is one of the leading challenges facing their schools and colleges. This session will examine innovative strategies for strengthening the CTE teacher pipeline, drawing on lessons learned from Advance CTE's CTE on the Frontier series and the 2016 report, The State of Career Technical Education: Increasing Access to Industry Experts in High Schools. Attendees will also hear how South Dakota is addressing the teacher shortage and working to recruit and certify CTE teachers.

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Austin Estes

Senior Policy Associate, Advance CTE
In his role as Policy Associate, Austin helps Advance CTE build a community of learning by monitoring and analyzing state policies and elevating best practices through research publications, blog posts and other state resources. He also manages the Learning that Works Resource Center... Read More →
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Laura Scheibe

Director, Career & Technical Education, SD Department of Education

Wednesday April 4, 2018 1:00pm - 1:50pm


Supporting K-12 Career Advising & Development
Join this session to dive into the findings of Advance CTE and ASCA's recent report on career advising and development. Hear about specific strategies for success from Maryland and how best to support school counselors in this work.

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Jill Cook

Assistant Director, American School Counselors Association
Jill Cook is assistant director of the American School Counselor Association(ASCA), where she helped develop and continues to oversee the National SchoolCounselor of the Year and Recognized ASCA Model Programs. Jill also serves asa liaison to numerous K-12, nonprofit and for-profit... Read More →
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Lynne Gilli

Assistant State Superintendent, Career & College Readiness, Maryland State Department of Education
Dr. Lynne Gilli currently serves as the Assistant State Superintendent forthe Division of Career and College Readiness (DCCR) at the Maryland StateDepartment of Education where she has held progressively responsiblepositions since 1982.  She holds a doctorate in curriculum and instructionfrom... Read More →

Ashleigh McFadden

State Policy Manager, Advance CTE
Ashleigh serves as the State Policy Manager at Advance CTE, where her responsibilities include managing the organization’s role in the New Skills for Youth initiative, a multi-year grant-funded partnership with the Council of Chief State School Officers, as well as a multi-year... Read More →
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Lynne Muller

Section Chief, Student Services and School Counseling Specialist, Maryland State Department of Education
Lynne Muller, Ph.D. NCC (Nationally Certified Professional Counselor), LCPC(Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Supervisor-state license), is theSection Chief, for Student Services and School Counseling , at the MarylandState Department of Education. Lynne served as the Coordinator... Read More →

Wednesday April 4, 2018 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Hampton Ballroom


The State's Role in Selling CTE to Parents and Students
CTE recruitment remains a challenge for a number of reasons, including stigma and outdated perceptions of CTE programs, lack of understanding about how CTE can lead to successful education and career opportunities, and general lack awareness of CTE programs. Advance CTE will present research on how to best communicate the value and opportunity of CTE programs to parents and students. The State CTE Directors from Idaho and Washington will dig into how they developed their recruitment strategies at the state and local levels.

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Katie Fitzgerald

Communications Manager, Advance CTE
Katie Fitzgerald serves as the Communications Manager for Advance CTE. Since October 2014, Katie has managed the communications portfolio, as well as serves as the program manager for the Excellence in Action Awards. Additionally, she leads the Advance CTE initiative, Strategies for... Read More →
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Dwight Johnson

CTE State Administrator, Idaho Division of Career & Technical Education
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Eleni Papadakis

Executive Director, Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board

Wednesday April 4, 2018 1:00pm - 1:50pm


Trends and Opportunities in Postsecondary Career Advising & Development
Career advising and development should be part of any learner’s postsecondary experience, but all too often such programs and policies are led by individual institutions or programs. This session will delve into promising practices and trends in building career advising and development systems that support all postsecondary learners, featuring national research and strategies from Colorado.

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Tom Bailey

Director, Community College Research Center, Columbia University
Thomas Bailey is the George and Abby O'Neill Professor of Economics and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is Director of the Community College Research Center (CCRC) and the Center for the Analysis of Postsecondary Readiness (CAPR), established in 2014. Previously... Read More →
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Sarah Heath

Assistant Provost for CTE, Colorado Community College System
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Kate Kreamer

Deputy Executive Director, Advance CTE
Kate Blosveren Kreamer serves as the Deputy Executive Director of the Advance CTE, leading policy and communications efforts to ensure all students have access to high-quality Career Technical Education (CTE).From 2006 to 2013, Kate worked at Achieve, beginning as a policy analyst... Read More →

Wednesday April 4, 2018 1:00pm - 1:50pm


Expanding CTE and Career Exploration in Middle Schools
For all learners to find career success, career exploration and exposure must begin before high school. This session will explore how CTE programs can and should be offered for middle school students, and how Ohio and Virginia crafted effective policies to encourage middle schools to develop and expand CTE programs.

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Leah Amstutz

Associate Director, Office of Career-Technical Education, Ohio Department of Education
Leah R. Amstutz received a B.S.in Animal Science from Michigan State University and her M.A. in Educationfrom Defiance College. A strong advocate of hands-on, inquiry-based learning,she spent 8 1/2 years in the classroom teaching agricultural education. In2011, she began her career... Read More →

George Willcox

Acting Director Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, Virginia Department of Education

Wednesday April 4, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm


Leveraging the Entire Community to Build the Future Workforce
Just as states must have a system-wide vision for CTE in order to be successful, so do local communities. Join this session to hear from Ford Next Generation Learning and state and local representatives from Mississippi, who have transformed the high school experience to create academies that focus on quality teaching, high standards and meaningful community and industry engagement.

Informational Video

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Cheryl Carrier

Executive Director, Ford NGL
Cheryl Carrier is the Executive Director of Ford Next Generation Learning (Ford NGL), the signature education program of Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services. Cheryl leads the team responsible for developing and managing the innovative Ford NGL program, which is designed... Read More →
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Jean Massey

Executive Director for Secondary Education, Mississippi Department of Education
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Chad Shealy

Superintendent, Vicksburg Warren School District
Superintendent of Vicksburg Warren School District since October 2013

Wednesday April 4, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm


Navigating the Sea of Credentials to Determine Quality
With the proliferation of credentials, it is incredibly complicated for states, employers and learners to identify credentials of value and rely on data systems to track credential attainment. Learn about two major initiatives - Credential Engine and the Manufacturing Institute's National Student Clearinghouse data matching project - that aim to address a number of the core challenges with measuring and valuing credentials.

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Kimberly Green

Executive Director, Advance CTE
For the past twenty-six years, Kimberly A. Green has worked extensively on federal policy impacting Career Technical Education (CTE). Working closely with Congress, the Administration and a broad range of stakeholders, she represents the interests of and seeks support for CTE. In... Read More →

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Gardner Carrick

Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, The Manufacturing Institute
Gardner Carrick is the VicePresident of Strategic Initiatives at the National Association ofManufacturers' Manufacturing Institute.  Mr. Carrick leads the Institute’sresearch activities including partnerships with internationally recognizedconsulting firms and the production of... Read More →
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Scott Cheney

Executive Director, Credentials Engine
Scott Cheney is Credential Engine’s first Executive Director where he leads the organization’sefforts to bring transparency and credential literacy to the marketplace. Scott has over 25 years of experience in and brings a multi-faceted perspective to developing the skills of the... Read More →

Wednesday April 4, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm


Promoting and Supporting Apprenticeships at All Levels
Across the country, there is growing interest in scaling and better supporting apprenticeships at all levels. This session will explore recent research and recommendations from New America on youth apprenticeships and adult apprenticeships, and implications for federal and state policy.  

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Iris Palmer

Senior Policy Analyst, Education Policy Program, New America
Iris Palmer is a senior policy analyst with the Education Policy program at New America. She is a member of the higher education team, where she provides research and analysis on state policies related to higher education including performance-based funding, state student financial... Read More →
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Brent Parton

Deputy Director, Center on Education and Skills at New America
Brent Parton is the deputy director of the Center on Education and Skillswith the Education Policy program at New America. The Center is dedicated tobuilding learning-based pathways to economic opportunity that can begininside or outside of formal higher education. His work focuses... Read More →

Wednesday April 4, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Hampton Ballroom


Strengthening Data Linkages between K-12 and the Workforce
How can states use data to hold schools accountable for student success, target resources to programs in need of support and build an evidence base to make the case for CTE? The first step is to establish data linkages and ensure that data are high quality. This session, led by the Workforce Data Quality Campaign and the Data Quality Campaign, will unpack recommendations and strategies to improve the quality and use of K-12 and workforce data. Participants will also hear how state leaders in Kentucky are using data to drive student success and career readiness.

Additional resources mentioned in presentation: 

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Laura Arnold

Associate Commissioner, Kentucky Department of Education
Ms. Arnold is the Associate Commissioner for the Office of Career and Technical Education.  She assumed these duties in September 2015.  Prior to this role, she served as a Division Director and Branch Manager for the Office of Career and Technical Education. She was an area technology... Read More →
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Elizabeth Dabney

Director for Research and Policy Analysis, Data Quality Campaign
Elizabeth Dabney is the Director for Research and Policy Analysis at the Data Quality Campaign. Sheleads DQC’s research and policy analysis work in support of the organization’s goal to help ensure success for all students through access to and meaningful use of high-quality data... Read More →
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Jenna Leventoff

Policy Analyst, Workforce Data Quality Campaign
Jenna Leventoff is a Policy Analyst for WDQC. She leads WDQC's state policyadvocacy, offers technical assistance on state data system development anduse, and researches best practices.Before joining WDQC in 2015, Jenna was an Associate at Upturn, where sheanalyzed the civil rights... Read More →

Wednesday April 4, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Thursday, April 5


Achieving Real Gender Equity
When thinking about gender equity, the discussion in states is too often limited to the performance accountability requirements in federal law, but how do we move beyond mere compliance and toward a discussion about how to achieve true gender equity and access to high-quality CTE pathways for each learner? In this breakout, you will discuss strategies for achieving real gender equity with Mimi Lufkin, Chief Executive Officer, National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE), and Adaku Onyeka-Crawford, Senior Counsel for Education at the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC).

NAPE is a consortium of state and local agencies, corporations, and national organizations. Through its four lines of business—professional development, technical assistance, research and evaluation, and advocacy—NAPE strives to achieve its mission of building educators’ capacity to implement effective solutions for increasing student access, educational equity, and workforce diversity.

NWLC has worked for more than 40 years to protect and promote equality and opportunity for women and families. NWLC champions policies and laws that help women and girls achieve their potential at every stage of their lives — at school, at work, at home, in their health, and in retirement. NWLC is committed to take on the toughest challenges, especially for the most vulnerable women. 

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Mimi Lufkin

Chief Executive Officer, National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity
Mimi Lufkin has almost 40 years of experience as an educator and as anadministrator of local and state level projects in California, Pennsylvaniaand nationally. Mimi began her career as high school agricultural educationteacher in Etna, California and then as a teacher educator in... Read More →
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Adaku Onyeka-Crawford

Senior Counsel, National Women's Law Center
Adaku Onyeka-Crawford is SeniorCounsel for Education at the National Women's Law Center. Her work focuses onpromoting educational attainment and empowerment for girls andwomen—particularly for marginalized girls, pregnant and parenting students,and girls of color. She also advocates... Read More →

Thursday April 5, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm


Meeting the Needs of the 21st Century Learner in Postsecondary Education
Today's average community college student does not necessarily resemble the "traditional" postsecondary student of decades past. In this breakout, discuss how postsecondary systems and programs must evolve to meet the needs of each learner through long-term, sustained strategies and commitments.
This session will be led by Cindy Lopez, Director of Tribal College and University Programs at Achieving the Dream, the national, nonprofit leader in championing evidence-based institutional improvement. Conceived as an initiative in 2004 by Lumina Foundation and seven partner organizations, Achieving the Dream now leads the most comprehensive non-governmental reform movement for student success in higher education history with a network of more than 220 institutions of higher education, 100 coaches and advisors, and numerous investors and partners working in 39 states and the District of Columbia.

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Cindy Lopez

Program Director, Tribal Colleges and University Programs, Achieving the Dream
Cindy Lopez is Achieving the Dream’s Director of Tribal College and University Programs which serves 34 U.S. Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs). In this role, Cindy is responsible for leading the provision ofservices and supports for the TCUs in ATD’s network and managing... Read More →

Thursday April 5, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm


Serving Students of Color
Join Adenike Huggins from the National Urban League and Lorén Trull from UnidosUS to discuss strategies for engaging and supporting students of color in CTE pathways by addressing the systemic social, economic and political barriers they face.    

The National Urban League is a historic civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment in order to elevate the standard of living in historically underserved urban communities. Founded in 1910, the National Urban League spearheads the efforts of its local affiliates through the development of programs, public policy research and advocacy. Today, the National Urban League has 88 affiliates serving 300 communities, in 36 states and the District of Columbia, reaching more than 2 million people nationwide.

UnidosUS, previously known as NCLR (National Council of La Raza), is the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization, founded in 1968. Through its unique combination of expert research, advocacy, programs, and an Affiliate Network of nearly 300 community-based organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico, UnidosUS simultaneously challenges the social, economic, and political barriers that affect Latinos at the national and local levels.

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Adenike Huggins

Senior Director, Education Policy and Advocacy, National Urban League
Adenike Huggins is Senior Director, Education Policy and Advocacy. In thisrole, Adenike assists with the research, analysis, writing support for theEquity and Excellence Project (EEP), and the P-16 education reform andadvocacy portfolios. She functions as the liaison between National... Read More →
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S. Lorèn Trull

Senior Policy Advisor, UnidosUS

Thursday April 5, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Hampton Ballroom


Supporting Traditionally Underserved and Low-Income Youth and Adult Learners
In this breakout, you are invited to discuss strategies for supporting traditionally underserved youth, low-income and adult learners with Betsy Brand, Executive Director, American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) and Anna Cielinski, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success, Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP).

The mission of AYPF is to educate, engage, and inform policymakers and practitioners about education, youth, and workforce policies to improve the lives and outcomes of traditionally underserved youth. AYPF carries out this mission by providing research-based information and resources, first-hand learning experiences, convenings, and peer-to-peer networking exchanges to policymakers and youth-serving leaders at the national, state, and local levels.

CLASP is a national, nonpartisan, anti-poverty nonprofit advancing policy solutions for low-income people. CLASP works to develop and implement federal, state, and local policies (in legislation, regulation, and on the ground) that reduce poverty, improve low-income people’s lives, and creates pathways to economic security for everyone. That includes directly addressing the barriers people face because of race, ethnicity, and immigration status.

Session Resources:

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Betsy Brand

Executive Director, American Youth Policy Forum
Betsy Brand is the Executive Director of the American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) and has been with AYPF since 1998.  AYPF is a nonprofit, nonpartisan professional development organization based in Washington, DC that educates and informs policymakers, practitioners, and researchers... Read More →
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Anna Cielinski

Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success, Center for Law and Social Policy
Anna Cielinski is a senior policy analyst with CLASP’s Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success. She analyzes and advocates for performance measurement and data systems that provide incentives to enroll or serve low-income or low-skilled people. This work spans postsecondary... Read More →

Thursday April 5, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm


The State’s Role in Creating a More Equitable Education System
CTE has demonstrated a real impact for students, leading to strong high school graduation rates, postsecondary enrollment numbers and employment outcomes for completers. CTE can be a powerful strategy for closing equity gaps in high schools, but who is enrolling in high-quality CTE programs, how are those students being supported and who is being “tracked” into terminal, low-quality programs?
Join Ashley Gardiner Gilson and James Paul from the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) to discuss how state systems of K-12 education can evolve to better support equitable access to and success in CTE. CCSSO is a national organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states and territories. CCSSO’s mission is to ensure all students participating in public education, regardless of background, graduate prepared for college, careers and life.


Ashley Gardiner Gilson

Senior Program Associate, Career Readiness, Council for Chief State School Officers
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James Paul

Policy Fellow, Council of Chief State School Officers
James M. Paul is a Leadershipfor Educational Equity Public Policy Fellow at The Council of Chief StateSchool Officers (CCSSO). He focuses on state progress towards educationalequity and leads work on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion within theorganization. Prior to working at CCSSO... Read More →

Thursday April 5, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm