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2021 CAREER CONNECTIONS CONFERENCE

The Illinois State Board of Education is offering the 2021 Illinois Career Connections Conference on a virtual platform this year. Featured presenters will be educators and industry experts from across the state who have worked to make improvements in the areas of student equity, integration of core academics with CTE courses, and community outreach and partnerships. Join us to hear their successes and insights, engage with other CTE educators and industry partners, and learn how to reshape the narrative of what career and technical education can look like for your students.

Virtual Career Connections Conference

April 23, 2021

$75.00

Monthly Virtual Events

Join us each month for a variety of free virtual sessions on topics related to specific CTE endorsement areas, remote learning sessions, dealing with pandemic populations and more!

CAREER CONNECTION THEMES

EQUITY

Equity sessions address the role of educational equity in CTE strands. Educational equity is the educational policies, practices, and programs necessary to

  • Reduce the predictability of who succeeds and who fails (National Equity Project)
  • Interrupt reproductive practices that negatively impact diverse students in public, charter, and independent school settings (National Equity Project)
  • Cultivate the unique gifts and talents of every student (National Equity Project)
  • Provides opportunities that eliminate discrimination and denial of services on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex and disability

OUTREACH

Outreach sessions provide the strategies and tools necessary to effectively promote Career and Technology Education and Career and College Readiness educational programs, build community support and partnerships, develop essential employability skills, and support individual learners.

INTEGRATION OF CORE ACADEMICS

Integration of Core Academic sessions focus on integrating Career and Technology Education into core academics (i.e., Math, ELA, Science, Social Studies). The mindset behind sessions in this strand should incorporate an acknowledgment that 21st century education requires that content areas no longer exist in silos and the importance of embedding essential employability skills into core academic subjects.

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