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Wednesday, April 4
 

8:30am

Opening General Session
Join us to officially kick off the 2018 Advance CTE Spring Meeting. Our president Pradeep Kotamraju will open the meeting with welcoming remarks and provide an update on Advance CTE's major activities and accomplishments.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Heath

Sarah Heath

Assistant Provost for CTE, Colorado Community College System
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Pradeep Kotamraju

Career and Technical Education Bureau Chief, Iowa Department of Education


Wednesday April 4, 2018 8:30am - 8:55am
Blue Room

9:00am

Keynote: Aligning CTE with "Good Jobs"
CTE programs of study are designed to prepare learners for high-wage, high-skill and high-demand careers, but how do we define what makes a career "high" anything? What does it mean to access a "good job" and where are they concentrated? Hear from Nicole Smith, research professor and chief economist at Georgetown University's Center for Education and the Workforce, as she discusses the center's new analysis, Good Jobs that Pay Without a BA, as a new tool states can use to bring their CTE programs into alignment with the careers of today. Nicole will be joined in conversation with Chauncy Lennon, managing director and global head of workforce initiatives at the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, which funded the research.

Moderators
avatar for Chauncy Lennon

Chauncy Lennon

Managing Director and Head of Workforce Initiatives, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Chauncy Lennon leads JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s initiatives to promote economic opportunity through investments in workforce practice, innovation, and policy. These include New Skills at Work, a $250 million global initiative to support demand-driven workforce systems that promote prosperity... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Smith

Nicole Smith

Research Professor and Chief Economist, Center on Education and the Workforce, Georgetown University
Nicole Smith is a Research Professor and Chief Economist at the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce where she leads the Center’s econometric and methodological work. Dr. Smith has developed a framework for restructuring long-term occupational and educational... Read More →


Wednesday April 4, 2018 9:00am - 9:40am
Blue Room

9:50am

Sustaining Momentum for Career Readiness
Support for Career Technical Education (CTE) has reached new heights, propelled in part by state collaboration around the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and a growing number of national initiatives. But with the upcoming state and federal elections, many state leaders are left to wonder, will the momentum around CTE be sustained through political transitions? This panel will lay out the 2018 political landscape and examine strategies to drive the career readiness agenda forward within states and across the country.

Moderators
avatar for Eleni Papadakis

Eleni Papadakis

Executive Director, Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board

Speakers
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Steve Bowen

Interim Deputy Executive Director, Council of Chief State School Officers
Stephen Bowen joined CCSSO in 2013 and is serving as the Interim Deputy Executive Director of Membership and Outreach. In this role, he directs the activities of the membership services, leadership academy, advocacy, communications, data and information services, and the collaboratives... Read More →
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Anna Davis

Director of Government Relations, National Governors Association
Anna is the Director of Government Relations at the National Governors Association, a position shehas held since June 2016.  Previous government experience includes the Federal Trade Commission and Treasury Department.  She headed up government relations at the National Board for... Read More →
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Kermit Kaleba

Federal Policy Director, National Skills Coalition
Kermit Kaleba is the federal policy director at National Skills Coalition, where he directs the organization's Washington-based efforts to advance a national skills strategy within federal legislation, agency regulation and national funding initiatives. Kermit assists state and local... Read More →



Wednesday April 4, 2018 9:50am - 10:40am
Blue Room

11:00am

Reauthorize or Reform the Higher Education Act? A Discussion on the Purpose of Postsecondary Education
As Congress works to reauthorize the Higher Education Act (HEA), a philosophical question has emerged: what is the point of postsecondary education? Major players in these debates will answer this question, as well as share an update on HEA's reauthorization prospects.

Resources:

Moderators
avatar for Sameer Gadkaree

Sameer Gadkaree

Senior Program Officer, Joyce Foundation
Sameer Gadkaree is a Senior Program Officer on the Education and Economic Mobility team, leading the grant-making in higher education and workforce development.Sameer previously was a consultant in workforce development, higher education, and philanthropic strategy. Before going into... Read More →

Speakers
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David Baime

Senior Vice President, Government Relations and Policy Analysis, American Association of Community Colleges
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Dane Linn

Vice President, Business Roundtable
Dane Linn is a vice president for the Business Roundtable. In this role, he oversees the education andworkforce committee and immigration committee, advancing the BRT’s positions on education reform, immigration reform, U.S. innovation capacity, and workforce preparedness. Linn... Read More →
avatar for Dan Madzelan

Dan Madzelan

Associate Vice President for Government Relations, American Council on Education
Dan Madzelan joined ACE in 2014 as associate vice president for Government Relations. In his role, Madzelan helps advance ACE’s advocacy on behalf of the higher education community, particularly the array of federal policies and issues critical to the missions of American colleges... Read More →
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Ben Miller

Senior Director, Postsecondary Education, Center for American Progress
Ben Miller is the senior director for Postsecondary Education at American Progress. He was previouslythe research director for higher education at New America, as well as a senior policy advisor in the Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development at the U.S. Department of... Read More →


Wednesday April 4, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am
Blue Room

3:05pm

The Critical State of CTE Research
With CTE receiving more attention - and scrutiny - than ever before, there is a critical need for more robust CTE research. This panel will highlight current CTE and career readiness research underway and explore the major barriers and opportunities to expanding the research base. The panel will be followed by an input session, where participants will identify priority topics for future research efforts.
Resources:

Moderators
avatar for Pradeep Kotamraju

Pradeep Kotamraju

Career and Technical Education Bureau Chief, Iowa Department of Education

Speakers
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Corinne Alfeld

Education Research Analyst, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education
Corinne Alfeld is a Research Analyst in the National Center for Education Research (NCER) at the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences (IES). She is interested in studying ways to improve young people’s transition to adulthood by providing opportunities... Read More →
avatar for Tom Bailey

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 →
avatar for Shaun Dougherty

Shaun Dougherty

Assistant Professor of Education & Public Policy, University of Connecticut
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Andy Smarick

Morgridge Fellow in Education, American Enterprise Institute
Andrew R. (Andy) Smarick is the Morgridge Fellow in Education at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he works on education and related domestic and social policy issues. Concurrently, he serves as president of the Maryland State Board of Education.Mr. Smarick started his... Read More →



Wednesday April 4, 2018 3:05pm - 4:30pm
Blue Room
 
Thursday, April 5
 

8:30am

Keynote: Creating Excellence in Action
We are excited to announce our second keynote speaker, Sandra Clement, the principal of Foy H. Moody High School in Corpus Christi, Texas, which won Advance CTE's first-ever Excellence in Action award in 2014 for the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Career Cluster. Under Clement's leadership, the school serves over 1,500 students, a majority of which are Hispanic and receive free or reduced lunch. Clement's message of excellence and equity will provide the perfect frame as we spend the morning celebrating the fifth annual Excellence in Action awards.

Learn more about Foy H. Moody High School's winning STEM Innovation Academy here.

Speakers
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Sandra Clement

Principal, Foy H. Moody High School
Dr. Sandra Clement was born and raised in Robstown, Texas. She possesses a Bachelor Degree inInterdisciplinary Studies, a Master Degree in Guidance and Counseling, another Master Degree in Educational Administration, and a Doctor of Education from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi... Read More →


Thursday April 5, 2018 8:30am - 8:50am
Blue Room

9:00am

Celebrating Excellence in Action
Join us to honor our 2018 Excellence in Action Award winners and celebrate these innovative and effective programs of study from across the nation. 

Thursday April 5, 2018 9:00am - 9:50am
Blue Room

9:50am

Meet the Excellence in Action Winners
Following our Excellence in Action awards ceremony, you can meet this year's winners during our gallery walk and learn more about their inspiring, award-winning programs.

Thursday April 5, 2018 9:50am - 10:20am
Blue Room

10:30am

Resetting the Equity Conversation for CTE
Putting Learner Success First: A Shared Vision for the Future of CTE calls for an unwavering, steadfast commitment from all sectors and stakeholders to a vision dedicated to quality, access and opportunity for all learners. To achieve this vision, there must be candid discussions about where and how our systems, policies and investments create systemic gaps and barriers. On this panel, national experts will engage in frank discussions about all aspects of equity and how we can chart a collaborative path forward to truly support equitable access for each learner.


Moderators
avatar for Kimberly Green

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 →

Speakers
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Kisha Bird

Director of Youth Policy, Center for Law and Social Policy
Kisha Bird is CLASP's director of youth policy and project director for the Campaign for Youth (CFY), a national coalition chaired by CLASP.  Ms. Bird works to expand access to education, employment, and support services for disconnected and other vulnerable youth.  She is an expert... Read More →
TJ

Tyrone Jones

United Way of Delaware
LK

Liz King

Senior Policy Analyst and Director of Education Policy, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
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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 →


Thursday April 5, 2018 10:30am - 11:20am
Blue Room

1:25pm

General Session: Maximizing Perkins to Realize Your State's Vision for CTE
Putting Learner Success First: A Shared Vision for the Future of CTE calls for bold action that challenges the status quo and aligns state systems. This means creating a clear, shared statewide vision for CTE that emphasizes program quality and learner achievement as well as ensuring there are implementation strategies in place to help you achieve this vision. This conversation with state leaders and national experts will focus on the need to shift our thinking to an improvement mindset and how to use Perkins more strategically as it exists today, while also preparing for a future reauthorization of the law.  

Moderators
avatar for Kimberly Green

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 →

Speakers
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Marie Barry

Education Consultant, Marie Barry, LLC
Marie Barry is currently an independent consultant with more than 30 years’ experience in education, counseling and workforce development. She served as State Director of CTE for more than ten years during her 18-year tenure at the New Jersey Department of Education where she focused... Read More →
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Rich Katt

State Director, Nebraska Department of Education
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Steve Klein

Center Director, Career & Adult Education and Workforce Development, RTI International


Thursday April 5, 2018 1:25pm - 2:00pm
Blue Room
 
Friday, April 6
 

9:45am

A View from the Hill (No Social Media/Press)
Hear from key Congressional staffers about the prospects for reauthorizing the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. Panelists will also share what you can do to advocate for CTE with federal policymakers.

This session is closed to the press. We ask that you please refrain from using social media during this session.

Resources:

Moderators
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Kathryn Zekus

Senior Associate, Federal Policy, Advance CTE
In her role as Senior Associate for Federal Policy, Kathryn leads Advance CTE's government relations efforts, including advancing federal legislative priorities, engaging Advance CTE's members in advocacy efforts, and maintaining and growing meaningful partnerships with relevant stakeholders... Read More →

Speakers
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Jake Baker

Education Professional Staff, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
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Garnett Decosimo

Professional Staff Member, Senator Michael B. Enzi (R-WY), U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
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Katherine McClelland

Workforce & Education Policy Advisor, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
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Julia Sferlazzo

Legislative Assistant, Senator Bob Casey


Friday April 6, 2018 9:45am - 10:30am
Blue Room

10:35am

CTE & Workforce Policy in the Trump Administration
Hear from Kara McKee, an Advisor on Education and Workforce Policy at the Domestic Policy Council, about the Administration’s priorities related to CTE. Ms. McKee will discuss the connections between CTE and workforce development, provide updates on key initiatives within the Council and shed light on their priorities for the coming year.

Moderators
avatar for Kimberly Green

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 →

Speakers
KM

Kara McKee

Advisor on Education and Workforce Policy, Domestic Policy Council


Friday April 6, 2018 10:35am - 11:05am
Blue Room

11:10am

Up to DATE with OCTAE
Leaders from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE), Division of Academic and Technical Education (DATE) will provide the latest information about current initiatives underway and new initiatives planned for the upcoming year.

Speakers
avatar for Corinne Alfeld

Corinne Alfeld

Education Research Analyst, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education
Corinne Alfeld is a Research Analyst in the National Center for Education Research (NCER) at the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences (IES). She is interested in studying ways to improve young people’s transition to adulthood by providing opportunities... Read More →
avatar for Sharon Miller

Sharon Miller

Division Director, Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education
Sharon Lee Miller serves as Director of the Division of Academic and Technical Education (DATE) within the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE).  DATE is responsible for administering one of the Department’s largest formula grant programs... Read More →
avatar for Annie Knickman Plancher

Annie Knickman Plancher

Director of Advisory Services, Social Finance
Annie Knickman Plancher is a Director of Advisory Services at Social Finance, where she is completing a one-year Residency through the Doctorate of Education Leadership program at Harvard Graduate School of Education.  In her doctorate studies, Annie has focused on: funding flows... Read More →
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Robin Utz

Branch Chief, Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education
Robin Utz serves as the chief for the College and Career Transitions branch in the Division of Academic and Technical Education (DATE) for Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) at the US Department of Education. That branch administers national discretionary programs... Read More →


Friday April 6, 2018 11:10am - 11:55am
Blue Room

11:55am

Closing Remarks
Friday April 6, 2018 11:55am - 12:00pm
Blue Room