Agenda & Conference Program Overview


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An interesting optional group tour of the Polynesian Cultural Center will be held on Thursday, May 25, 2017.  Please note that if you have not already registered for this optional tour, the tour availability, registration and discount is no longer available. Tour registrants will receive one (1) 50% off admission for the May 25th group tour if requested but note there is a 25 person tour maximum, and we will have complimentary bus transportation for the tour leaving nearby the conference hotel at noon. Please be available for the complimentary coach travel at 11:45 a.m. as the bus will depart from a hotel nearby the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki conference hotel. Return time will be around 10:30-11:00 p.m. Final details will be available at conference check-in time. Tour registration ended on April 28. The Polynesian Cultural Center is about a 90 minute drive from the conference hotel as some roads are under construction programs.

The Polynesian Cultural Center will be a fascinating once in a lifetime experience!

We will have an interactive session on the future of CTE to include engaging discussion on topics such as: What will CTE look like? How do we shape CTE to serve the needs of Millennials and beyond? What are ways to integrate career clusters so that for example, how does engineering coincide with art and entrepreneurship? Skills are important however how do we create MacGyvers of the world?

Modern CTE/”Innovationforce” Presentation Focus Areas:

Youth Customer

  • What motivates the millennial generation?
  • What will be the livelihood of millennials?
  • What does it mean to be “pigeon holed” in education?
  • How do we apply empathy in addressing student needs and desires?

Economic Reality

  • What are the broad economic trends and what does the emerging economy look like?
  • What role does innovation and entrepreneurship play in future economics?
  • How is sustainability and carbon reduction helping to grow the economy?
  • What is a Maker City and how is it fueling the undercurrent of economic development?

Ways that CTE Professionals can Respond

  • How can Design Thinking be applied to CTE?
  • What role can making and innovation play in CTE?
  • Solutions in every pathway…examples of student developed projects.
  • In what ways can CTE evolve to support the economy of the future?

Key Perennial CTE Focus Areas:

  • Implementing differentiated teaching methods that work;
  • How can we integrate skills and experiences across Career Clusters?
  • Creating and maintaining business/industry/education partnerships and internships as a part of a meaningful and applied education experience for students;
  • Project and problem based learning approaches;
  • Economic development: ways CTE contributes;
  • Ways industry can share their talents, resources, expertise, and real world projects.

In addition, these areas will be discussed, debated, and decided:

  • What is the new economy? Is CTE ready for the Third Industrial Revolution?
  • What are the limits of Certs and Certifications: What are emerging market needs?
  • MacGyverism: How do you develop MacGyvers in the classroom? How do you measure it?
  • Work based learning that improves engagement, access and speed. What is changing?
  • Peer Recognition: the ultimate motivator. How do badges help?
  • Knowing the millennial customer. What do students want?
  • Makerspace Mania: What are your creative spaces?
  • Workforce and Innovationforce: What are the points of intersection and differences?
  • Inter-program Projects: Why should CTE adopt inter-program projects?
  • Engineering, art, entrepreneurship: Why are these important together?
  • The Art of Exhibition: Why is exhibiting one of the most important things you can do?
  • Short courses: it there a renewed need and interest?
  • What is lies beyond Career Clusters?
  • Should Making be in all CTE programs?