2021 Conference Schedule

CONFERENCE KICKOFF

WELCOME AND KEYNOTE ADDRESS

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8:00 AM – 8:10 AM

CONFERENCE WELCOME

Dr. Ernesto Matias | Education Officer | Illinois State Board of Education

Welcome Address

8:15 AM – 8:55 AM

FINDING AMERICA’S GREATEST CHAMPION

Terry Iverson believes there is nothing more important than the young people of this country and recognizes that industry relies on the next generation of skilled workers, managers, and entrepreneurs to lead America into a prosperous future. With CHAMPION Now!®, Terry has created a platform to move manufacturing forward and make it accessible for all. Terry will reach the next generation with exciting educational films, presentations, and internships that demonstrate how industry is the foundation of our American economy and offers exhilarating career choices both now and in the future.

Terry Iverson | CEO of Iverson and Co. Manufacturing and Founder of the Non-Profit Champion NOW!

Keynote

MORNING SESSIONS

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9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

REVOLUTIONIZING KEYBOARD INSTRUCTION

The Learning Lights Keyboard is the BIGGEST advancement in keyboarding education in over a decade! Come see our new show/hide computer keyboard designed by teachers, made for student touch type mastery and learn some new ideas for teaching keyboarding in the classroom. KeyMaster’s Learning Lights Keyboard is a fun and innovative way to encourage students to key by touch. The press of a button “hides” key lettering, taking away the temptation to look at one’s fingers while typing. Restore full key visibility for everyday activities. Students will master their keyboarding technique faster and better with a KeyMaster keyboard! Keyboarding skills are more important than ever with 77% of all careers requiring some level of computer proficiency. In today’s tech driven world, advanced computer skills are essential in preparing students for the careers of tomorrow. Proficient touch typing frees up cognitive working memory, allowing learners to focus on advanced tasks rather than the process of typing. We hope that you find great success in educating young learners and that our products can enhance and accelerate your keyboarding programs.

Kelly Seale | District CTE Specialist for Business Education | Nebo School District, Utah

Shauna Whittekiend | Business and IT Instructor | Nebo School District, Utah

Presentation (pre-recorded)

9:00 AM – 9:45 AM

WHAT IS AN EDUCATION FOR EMPLOYMENT (EFE)  PROGRAM?

Join us to better understand the locally controlled Education for Employment systems established by the state of Illinois to coordinate the regional delivery of Career and Technical Education and the administration of state and federal grant funds. If you’ve ever been asked the name of your EFE director or what EFE your school district belongs to and found yourself without an answer, this session is for you! Meet EFE directors, learn about core expectations for services from EFEs, leave the session with contact information for your EFE, and get practical tips for maximizing your districts involvement with EFE services and programs.

Cassie Blickem | Director | Valley EFE #130

Carol Brooks | Director | Career Development System #065

Brian Gordon | Director | Three Rivers EFE

Amy Romito | Executive Director | NSERVE and EFE #020

Kristina Valentine | Principal Consultant | ISBE

Panel Discussion

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

DISRUPTING DEFICIT NARRATIVES THROUGH EQUITY-MINDED PRACTICES

As a precursor to student engagement, motivation matters. The literature is overrun with deficit thinking about diverse students, their families, cultures, socioeconomic background, abilities, and communities. Educators frequently lament how hard it can be to motivate students to care about their learning, yet very few have the opportunity to participate in the work needed to foster the equity mindedness needed to disrupt these deficit narratives. In these varying timed sessions, the following objectives are addressed: 1) Reflect on how mindset affects perceptions and shapes institutional culture; 2) Assess campus climate and understand conditions needed to foster a positive learning environment for diverse students; and 3) Practice AVID culturally responsive strategies, which can be used in the curriculum and co-curriculum to support all students.

Patrick H. Briggs | Eastern Division Area Director | AVID

Mekia Hearn | Partner Engagement Manager | AVID

Julie Osvath | Partner Engagement Manager | AVID

Presentation

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

CREATING AND REUSING INTERACTIVE INSTRUCTIONAL AND ASSESSMENT MODULES USING H5P

H5P–www.h5p.org–is a free and open platform for creating reusable interactive HTML5 modules that blend instruction and assessment. From simple puzzles to comprehensive courses, H5P has a rich variety of tools for educators to create or customize interactive lessons for student engagement. The speaker will showcase the primary features of H5P and discuss implementation and collaboration.

Dr. Lingguo Bu | Associate Professor of STEM Education | Southern Illinois University – Carbondale

Presentation

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

PROBLEM-CENTERED TEACHING BY TOMORROW

Problem-Centered Instruction is a great way to engage students, integrate content, and inspire learning. However, true problem centered instruction requires a major shift in both teaching and learning, requiring the one thing teachers don’t have: time. In today’s session, we will look at some simple strategies that teachers can put to immediate use within the classroom to help start the shift towards a student-led, problem centered learning environment. Bring a lesson, activity, or unit that you’d be interested in “spicing up”.

Cassandra Armstrong | Curriculum Writer and Professional Development Specialist | Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA)

Presentation

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

THE “5E” LESSON STRUCTURE AND HOW TO USE IT IN THE CLASSROOM AND ONLINE

The 5E lesson structure facilitates student exploration leading to greater engagement and learning. This structure is particularly effective for using the project as the vehicle for instruction. It can be used for any topic in any discipline. Participants will engage, explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate during this session. A template will be provided that guides the process of converting a traditional lesson to the 5E format through specific questions.

Dr. Brad Christensen | STEM Curriculum Specialist with CeMaST | Illinois State University

Rod McQuality | Project Director of ILCTE Innovative Curriculum Resources

Presentation

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

VIRTUAL CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT USING SEL IN IT AND BUSINESS

Facilitators will engage session attendees in discussion of effective classroom management practices for Information Technology and Business courses in the virtual space. Social and emotional and culturally relevant strategies will be emphasized.

Dr. Nadine L. Leblanc | Instructional Support Specialist | Chicago Public Schools

Troy Meinders | Instructional Support Specialist | Chicago Public Schools

Presentation (pre-recorded)

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

INTEGRATING CAREER READINESS INTO EVERYDAY INSTRUCTION

Few topics are as top-of-mind in education as career readiness. In this session, we’ll discuss what career readiness is and how to embed it into everyday instruction, regardless of grade level or subject area. We’ll explore ways to use the latest technology and pedagogy to prepare students for the 21st century workforce. Attendees will collaborate with other educators and come away with concrete ideas for embedding career readiness instruction into their content-area lessons, as well as turnkey digital resources focused on career exploration and readiness. All resources are FREE for educators.

Ben Gwynne | Director of K-12 Programming | EVERFI

Presentation

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

AN INTRODUCTION TO THE CHAMPS MALE MENTORING PROGRAM

Founder of CHAMPS, Vondale Singleton, and former mentee turned Program Director, Christian Terry, will provide an overview and live Q&A of the #1 Motivational Mentoring Program in the United States. CHAMPS Male Mentoring Program is a ​​Mentor Illinois Gold Star Award Program based in Chicago, Illinois, that offers a culturally relevant approach to developing the mindsets of African-American and Latinx young men ages 12 and up. Come listen and engage as they share the importance of engaging and positively impacting boys and young men of color from all walks of life.

* CHAMPS–which stands for “Culturally Helping And Making Positive Success–focuses on the program’s “3Es”: Education, Empowerment, and Exposure.

Vondale Singleton | Founder and CEO | CHAMPS Male Mentoring Program

Christian Terry | Program Director | CHAMPS Male Mentoring Program

Presentation

9:30 AM – 10:15 AM

BUILDING A CTE  PROGRAM WITH GRANT FUNDS: PART 1 – FINDING AND APPLYING FOR GRANTS

Programs need funding to continue building opportunities for students. In most contexts, that means that programs need to be able to find grant funds. In this session, we will focus on how you can find grants, how you can organize your data to make it easier to have the information you need to land grants on hand when you need it, and how to tailor your applications to the grants you are applying for. A list of grant resources, templates for data organization, and templates for program planning will be included.

There will also be an opportunity for an attendee of this session to have dedicated, one-on-one, post-conference time to ask deeper, targeted questions about a grant they are applying for.

* Part 2 – “Implementing and Documenting Grants” will immediately follow this session.

Sean Wybrant | CTE Instructor at William J. Palmer High School, Colorado | Consultant with SPARK Teaching Group

Workshop

9:45 AM – 10:00 AM

NETWORKING AND EXPO HALL

If a session you were attending ends during this time, utilize the “Networking” and “Expo Hall” features of Hopin to connect and establish relationships/partnerships with educators, presenters, industry professionals, and conference vendors. You can also use this time to visit Gamably to complete gamification challenges and submit your “secret codes”.

9:45 AM – 10:45 AM

SEL STUDENT AND STAFF OUTCOMES THROUGH CTE  PUBLIC AND PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS – PARENTING EDUCATION

Today’s global stressors have heightened awareness regarding our continued need for evidence-based social and emotional learning programing. In response to the 2019 Illinois legislation that requires all high school graduates complete a unit of learning on positive parenting education, ParenTeach has launched a joint collaborative project with The Illinois State Board of Education, multiple schools–including Bloomington Regional Alternative School and Collinsville High School–and research partners at Northwestern and Harvard Universities.

The preliminary student data has shown a strong willingness by teens to learn and discuss positive parenting competencies (P.A.R.E.N.T.S.), which allow practice of specific SEL standards and skills, culminating in an outreach to their local community to broaden the potential reduction in child abuse/neglect. This unit, also introducing ACEs and Resiliency, has been locally adopted in CTE coursework.

Join this panel of implementers to hear from developers (SEL aligners), an administrator (SEL student development oversight), a classroom teacher (front line student skill building), and researchers (long term insights) regarding impact of this curriculum unit on student SEL skills and positive parenting education.

Kevin McClure | Director of Professional Learning and Instructional Design | ParenTeach, Inc.

Katharine Bensinger | Founder and CEO | ParenTeach, Inc.

Stephanie Starr | Assistant Director of Instructional Design and Teacher Trainer | ParenTeach, Inc.

Bryan Kendall | Principal | Bloomington Regional Alternative School

Julie Hazzard | Health Instructor | Collinsville High School

*Presentation includes research implications from Northwestern and Harvard Universities

Panel Discussion

9:45 AM – 10:45 AM

INFUSING GEOGRAPHIC TOOLS INTO YOUR CLASSROOM

This session will provide a fundamental look at using geographic tools (i.e., geographic information systems (GIS)) and other software in teaching STEM concepts. Attendees will receive reference materials and free software to use in their classroom planning and instruction.

Dr. Richard Schultz | Senior Online Education Specialist | Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA)

Presentation

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM

HOW XELLO’S WORK-BASED LEARNING MODULE SUPPORTS ALL PATHWAYS FOR ALL STUDENTS

Giving students opportunities for meaningful interactions with industry and community professionals is critical for a high-quality career guidance program. When students have the chance to experience responsibilities associated with occupations of interest, they can get a real feel for a career field and what it entails. In this session, attendees will learn how Xello’s Work-Based Learning (WBL) module can support your school’s program requirements and how other districts have implemented the module to streamline their workflows to make every student future ready.

Delfina Manocchio | Territory Manager | Xello

Jeff Harris | President and Co-founder | Xello

Workshop

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

INDUSTRY CERTIFICATION TEST SESSION #1

* Pre-registration is REQUIRED for this session. Click the link at the end of this description to register. Deadline for registration is Friday, April 9th.

This session is an opportunity to take a free industry certification with Certiport. Exams will be delivered by virtual computers, allowing you to use a Chromebook, PC, or Mac to test. Exams are timed at 50 minutes and you will be given a practice test roughly two weeks before the conference giving the option to prepare for your test. Exam options that will be offered during this session are limited to the list below. You can get more information about any program by visiting www.certiport.com

Adobe Certified Associate – any exam found at www.certiport.com/aca
Communication Skills for Business
EC-Council (Cybersecurity) – Ethical Hacking or Cyber Forensics
Entrepreneurship and Small Business
IC3 Digital Literacy – IC3 GS6 Level 1, Level 2, or Level 3
Microsoft Office Specialist – any exam found at www.certiport.com/mos
Microsoft Technology Associate – any exam found at www.certiport.com/mta
Project Management Institute Ready
Unity Certified User – Programmer, VR Developer, or Artist
QuickBooks Certified User – QuickBooks Desktop or QuickBooks Online

Click here to register for the 10:00am testing session

Justin Barker | Regional Manager | Certiport, a Pearson VUE Business

Industry Certification Testing

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

CNC ROCKS! VIRTUAL MANUFACTURING CAMP: OVERVIEW AND BEGINNING COURSES

The CNC Rocks! Virtual Manufacturing Camp video series is intended to bring awareness to and increase knowledge about manufacturing and the opportunities, challenges, and lifelong fulfillment it offers to the next generation of skilled workers.

The courses are broken into three sections: Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced. This session will provide an overview of the video series as a whole and will highlight the beginning courses. These beginning courses include videos that total 45 minutes in length and address topics such as basic safety elements of manufacturing, manual turning/lathe operation, manual milling machine operation, and the relevance of basic manufacturing in everyday life. Tools and strategies for implementation of these courses will be discussed.

* Intermediate and Advanced Courses will be discussed in Part 2 of this workshop at 1:00pm

Terry Iverson | CEO of Iverson and Co. Manufacturing and Founder of the Non-Profit Champion NOW!

Workshop

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP IS KEY TO SUCCESSFUL CTE  PROGRAMS

This session will describe how our Regional Education for Employment System works with business partners in the communities we serve to provide valuable education, training, and work-based learning experiences to high school students. This session will primarily focus on the success of our Health Occupations Program hosted at local hospitals. Session may include a panel of business partners.

Laura Sullivan | System Director | Eastern Illinois EFE #340

JoEllen Armstrong | CTE Instructor | Eastern Illinois EFE #340

Presentation

10:15 AM – 11:00 AM

BUILDING A CTE  PROGRAM WITH GRANT FUNDS: PART 2 – IMPLEMENTING AND DOCUMENTING GRANTS

Getting the grant is only the first step in an adventure that opens opportunities for kids and helps you bring your program vision to life. This session will focus on some practices that can help you implement grants you have gotten, including planning for documenting your process as you get things up and off the ground, having students help you with the documentation, and how to use your successes to help bring more successful grant applications. Topics will include using social media to help publicize your process/project, building relationships with your funders, and aligning your project successes to your program goals.

There will also be an opportunity for one attendee of this session to have dedicated, one-on-one, post-conference time to ask deeper, targeted questions about how to document or build off of successes from a grant they have been awarded.

Sean Wybrant | CTE Instructor at William J. Palmer High School, Colorado | Consultant with SPARK Teaching Group

Workshop

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

TEEMS  PRE-K TO 6TH GRADE STEM

The Illinois State Board of Education offers a pre-K to 6th grade STEM program from the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) that is free to all elementary schools in Illinois. This curriculum is targeted toward each grade level for additional STEM experiences or for after school club material.

Gary Cotie | Manufacturing, Engineering, Technology, and Trades State Leader | ILCTE

Steve Parrot | Technology and Engineering Consultant | ISBE

Presentation (pre-recorded)

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

REVOLUTIONIZING KEYBOARD INSTRUCTION

The Learning Lights Keyboard is the BIGGEST advancement in keyboarding education in over a decade! Come see our new show/hide computer keyboard designed by teachers, made for student touch type mastery and learn some new ideas for teaching keyboarding in the classroom. KeyMaster’s Learning Lights Keyboard is a fun and innovative way to encourage students to key by touch. The press of a button “hides” key lettering, taking away the temptation to look at one’s fingers while typing. Restore full key visibility for everyday activities. Students will master their keyboarding technique faster and better with a KeyMaster keyboard! Keyboarding skills are more important than ever with 77% of all careers requiring some level of computer proficiency. In today’s tech driven world, advanced computer skills are essential in preparing students for the careers of tomorrow. Proficient touch typing frees up cognitive working memory, allowing learners to focus on advanced tasks rather than the process of typing. We hope that you find great success in educating young learners and that our products can enhance and accelerate your keyboarding programs.

Kelly Seale | District CTE Specialist for Business Education | Nebo School District, Utah

Shauna Whittekiend | Business and IT Instructor | Nebo School District, Utah

Presentation (pre-recorded)

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

NETWORKING AND EXPO HALL

If a session you were attending ends during this time, utilize the “Networking” and “Expo Hall” features of Hopin to connect and establish relationships/partnerships with educators, presenters, industry professionals, and conference vendors. You can also use this time to visit Gamably to complete gamification challenges and submit your “secret codes”.

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

THE AGE OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND THE FUTURE OF WORK

Experts predict that 36 million jobs are at risk within the next ten years due to artificial intelligence and automation. That’s 25% of the U.S. workforce and includes both white and blue collar jobs in all industries. What are you doing to prepare your students? Join Top 10 Finalist for the 2016 Global Teacher Prize and 2007 Illinois Teacher of the Year Joseph Fatheree for a discussion on how you can ensure your students are prepared to take their place on the global stage.

Joseph Fatheree | Instructor of Creativity and Innovation | Effingham High School, IL

Presentation

10:45 AM – 11:30 AM

CHAMPS  MALE MENTORING PROGRAM – SEL CURRICULUM

CHAMPS Male Mentoring developed a Social-Emotional Learning Curriculum built to engage boys and young men of color. We focus on the Illinois State Standards surrounding the 5 Social-Emotional Learning Competencies of Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, and Responsible Decision-Making. Additionally, we leave space to build positive self-identity by focusing on Black historical figures. Come learn more about CHAMPS’ successful blueprint.

Vondale Singleton | Founder and CEO | CHAMPS Male Mentoring Program

Gavin Lamb | Chief Operating Officer | CHAMPS Male Mentoring Program

Presentation

10:45 AM – 11:30 AM

CLAIM YOUR FUTURE: CAREER EXPLORATION AND MONEY MANAGEMENT

It is not often that students are able to learn through playing games, but “Claim Your Future” offers exactly that! This session will demonstrate the benefits and educational use of “Claim Your Future: A Career Exploration and Money Management Game”. Participants will learn to use this resource that allows students to understand the relation between educational and financial decision to future options, prioritizing needs versus wants, and the benefits of saving. Join us to learn more about this free tool available to your students through the Illinois Student Assistance Commission.

Manuel Talavera | Professional Development Specialist | Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC)

Presentation

10:45 AM – 11:45 AM

BOUNCING BACK WITH LEARNING GAINS: THE IMPORTANCE OF HANDS-ON LEARNING BOTH IN AND OUT OF THE CLASSROOM

As students, staff, and faculty prepare to return from virtual and hybrid learning to in-person classwork, the question of ways to remediate potential student learning loss becomes more and more salient. In CTE, the best way is to get hands-on with learning in the most robust and accessible ways possible for students as they acquire new skills and sharpen technical skills (with which they may only have had limited equipment access to). Join NextWaveSTEM as they discuss paradigms for creating accessible technical learning opportunities for students at home and at school in the fields of Computer Aided Manufacturing and Robotics.

Desmond Martin | Chief Learning Officer | NextWaveSTEM

Presentation

11:00 AM – 11:15 AM

NETWORKING AND EXPO HALL

If a session you were attending ends during this time, utilize the “Networking” and “Expo Hall” features of Hopin to connect and establish relationships/partnerships with educators, presenters, industry professionals, and conference vendors. You can also use this time to visit Gamably to complete gamification challenges and submit your “secret codes”.

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

FREE ONLINE TECH TOOLS DEMONSTRATION FOR IN-PERSON AND ONLINE LEARNING

Are you overwhelmed with the free technology available but do not have the time to research and try them out? Here’s your solution! The ILCTE Team will demonstrate how to use the latest websites and apps that you can add to your tech toolkit. The new technology can work on all platforms, whether you are in-person, hybrid, or virtual.

Betsy Westergreen | Finance and Business Services Leader | ILCTE

Presentation

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

MIDDLE SCHOOL/JUNIOR HIGH CAREER DEVELOPMENT – TEACHING SCR #1 LESSON: MOVING

Prepare your students to be college and career ready by meeting items on the Illinois PaCE (Post-secondary and Career Expectations) checklist using ILCTE‘s free School Counselor Resource lessons in the “5E” lesson structure.

April Suter | Career Development Leader | ILCTE Innovative Curriculum Resources

Rod McQuality | Project Director | ILCTE Innovative Curriculum Resources

Workshop

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

JOURNEY TO JUSTICE: SOCIAL JUSTICE IN THE CLASSROOM

This session will engage attendees with and inform them of the need for critical educators and culturally responsive pedagogy within their classrooms.

Dr. Nadine L. Leblanc | Instructional Support Specialist | Chicago Public Schools

Presentation

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

AN INTRODUCTION TO NONTRADITIONAL FIELDS

This session will explore what Nontraditional Fields are, why students can benefit from learning about and pursuing Nontraditional Fields, and where counselors can find resources to provide students with a robust picture of the opportunities that exist in our economy.

Dr. Aime’e Julian | Director | Illinois Center for Specialized Professional Support

Brittany Boston | Associate Director | Illinois Center for Specialized Professional Support

Presentation

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

3D PRINTING FUN DAMENTALS

Is your district wanting to add 3D printing to the curriculum? Does your district currently have a 3D printer that’s just not being used effectively in the classroom? Join us for an informative session on the basics of 3D printing and 3D printers. We will explore the fundamentals of 3D printing, the best printers for education, the software and apps needed for successful printing, how to plan for a 3D printing space, and some curriculum integration essentials. 3D printing has SO many real-world, practical applications and can be easily integrated across the curriculum. Come see how!

Joe Cipfl | Regional EdTech Coordinator | Learning Technology Center of Illinois

Presentation

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

USING “WICKED PROBLEMS” IN AGRICULTURAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCE EDUCATION TO PREPARE FUTURE LEADERS

In this session, attendees will learn ways educators are merging concepts in agriculture and the social sciences to engage secondary students in place-based education and community engagement as they tackle interdisciplinary world and local issues.

Dr. Grant Miller | Associate Professor and Director of Educating with Evidence Project | Southern Illinois University – Carbondale

Jamie Nash-Mayberry | Secondary Social Studies Instructor | Cobden Public Schools, Illinois

Dr. Susan Foster | Assistant Professor | Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville

Presentation

11:15 AM – 12:00 PM

ACHIEVING STUDENT MOS  CERTIFICATION REMOTELY

This session will discuss how to use LearnKey online modules to prepare students for Microsoft Office Specialist certification and how to provide the testing through Certiport. We will discuss how the LearnKey-GMetrix modules work and where they fit into the course curriculum. The cost, steps to purchase, inception process, difficulties along the way, and tips that have been learned during classroom integration will all be addressed.

Nova Emmons | Business Instructor | Thompsonville CUSD #174

Workshop

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

UNIVERSAL CAREER AND COLLEGE EXPLORATION

Augment your career planning needs with the most equitable and inclusive online career exploration platform available for elementary, middle schools, high schools, post-secondary institutions and workforce agencies. Our modern tools and exclusive video content can help everyone discover and pursue a rewarding career!

Katie Nagel | Educational Consultant | Virtual Job Shadow

Presentation (pre-recorded)

LUNCH AND NETWORKING

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12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

LUNCH, NETWORKING, AND EXPO HALL

Please use this hour to stretch your legs, grab some food, and utilize the “Networking” and “Expo Hall” features of Hopin to connect and establish relationships/partnerships with educators, presenters, industry professionals, and conference vendors. You can also use this time to visit Gamably to complete gamification challenges and submit your “secret codes” from your morning breakout sessions.

* Due to scheduling/time constraints, there will be one session–”Providing Students Industry Credential Opportunities” presented by Justin Barker and Frank LaMantia–that begins at 12:30pm.

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12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

PROVIDING STUDENTS INDUSTRY CREDENTIAL OPPORTUNITIES

Industry certification is proven to increase career prospects and improve academic success. Certiport curriculum options lead to the opportunity of certifying students. The successful implementation of Microsoft Office Specialist, Autodesk Certified User, and Adobe Certified Associate at Community High School District 218 will be highlighted. The CHSD 218 programs incorporate industry credentials as well as dual credit opportunities.

Justin Barker | Regional Manager | Certiport, a Pearson VUE Business

Frank LaMantia | Curriculum Director of CTE | CUSD 218

Presentation

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM

A TEACHER’S TRUE IMPACT

Education is a field for those with big hearts, creativity, and the power to persuasion and influence. From administrators to lunch staff, Principals, and teachers alike, those who choose to raise the bright minds of tomorrow’s future are uniquely gifted individuals who have a generational impact on young people. This session will highlight the current constraints of administrative staff and deliver effective methods to connect with students during a normal school day. Through a quick exercise, attendees will uncover new information about the self, intended to assist with reducing bias in the classroom and improving relationship skills.

KaMariea Gravesande | Founder and CEO | Career Kay, LLC

Workshop

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

MARKETING YOUR CTE  PROGRAM – TELLING YOUR STUDENTS’ STORIES AND WHY THAT MATTERS

In today’s fast-paced, data-driven world (especially in education) people are quick to share graphs, statistics, and easy-to-document measures of success and failure. What people respond to far more is the story behind those graphs, statistics, and measures, and in today’s world, telling the story of your program and aligning that story to the goals, growth, and opportunities you and your students have can make all the difference in your enrollment,
access to resources, and ability to build your next steps with intentionality and confidence.

Educators are notoriously humble and very few have experience in marketing, but you are your program’s best advocate, most knowledgeable expert, and most important communicator. In this session we will work on messaging around your program’s vision, your elevator pitch, the importance of quality marketing materials, and how to pull that all together in a way that leaves time for you to do the meaningful work of teaching students. Templates, resources, and tips and tricks will be included.

There will also be an opportunity for two participants to have some dedicated, one-on-one, post-conference time to ask deeper or more targeted questions about how to craft narratives and marketing materials related to your program’s goals, offerings, and successes.

Sean Wybrant | CTE Instructor at William J. Palmer High School, Colorado | Consultant with SPARK Teaching Group

Workshop

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

CNC ROCKS! VIRTUAL MANUFACTURING CAMP: INTERMEDIATE AND ADVANCED COURSES

The CNC Rocks! Virtual Manufacturing Camp video series is intended to bring awareness to and increase knowledge about manufacturing and the opportunities, challenges, and lifelong fulfillment it offers to the next generation of skilled workers.

The courses are broken into three sections: Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced. This session will highlight the intermediate and advanced courses. The intermediate courses include videos that total 60 minutes in length and address more skilled manufacturing knowledge and concepts such as workholding, holding tolerances, part processing, tool setting, and manufacturing a part. The advanced courses include videos that total 75 minutes and cover the height of manufacturing knowledge and concepts such as quality control/inspection, thermal expansion, global competitiveness, CNC machine control systems, CNC programming, and full automation. Tools and strategies for implementation of these courses will be discussed.

Terry Iverson | CEO of Iverson and Co. Manufacturing and Founder of the Non-Profit Champion NOW!

Workshop

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

MOBILE APP DESIGN USING THE MIT APP INVENTOR

The MIT App Inventor–https://appinventor.mit.edu–is an open-access visual app development environment, appealing to school students and adults. The speaker discusses the coding tools in AI and the process of app development using concrete STEM and art examples. App design also allows students to gain access to powerful ideas of computational thinking and use their STEM knowledge to address problems in STEM education and the students’ communities.

Dr. Lingguo Bu | Associate Professor of STEM Education | Southern Illinois University – Carbondale

Presentation

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

LIVE PANEL DISCUSSION WITH CHAMPS MENTORS AND MENTEES

This live Q&A with current and past mentees of the CHAMPS Male Mentoring Program will highlight the benefits of being involved with CHAMPS. Session attendees will gain insights into the current conditions that impede boys and young men of color. Please utilize the chat and screen sharing features of Hopin to engage with the young men about their obstacles and aspirations.

Vondale Singleton | Founder and CEO | CHAMPS Male Mentoring Program

Christian Terry | Program Director | CHAMPS Male Mentoring Program

Jacob Morgan | Director of Strategic Partnerships and Mentees | CHAMPS Male Mentoring Program

CHAMPS Student Mentees

Panel Discussion

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

UNDERSTANDING THE NATIONAL CONSORTIUM OF HEALTH SCIENCES EDUCATORS (NCHSE)  6.0 ENHANCEMENTS

Have you explored the over 600 health science resources in the new NCHSE 6.0 Enhancements? Join session leaders and co-writers of these enhancements as they introduce what’s new and how these updates can become your favorite classroom resources whether you are face-to-face, virtual or hybrid. The enhancements cover a wide variety of lessons, quizzes, activities, and videos and are available as Microsoft Word or PDF documents.

Nance L. Budde | Health Science Technology Leader | Illinois State University

Katrina Haynes | Lead Teacher and Co-writer of the NCHSE 6.0 Enhancements | Cyber Academy of South Carolina

Rhonda Evatt | Health Science Educator and Co-writer of the NCHSE 6.0 Enhancements | Anderson School District 5, South Carolina

Presentation

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Have you ever wondered why some people are very good with directions, excellent at solving mental problems, or adept furniture builders without reading the manual? During this session, attendees will learn how to help students explore the ability to take in visual information and organize it in their minds to define a new possible solution and see things with a new prospective.

David Hernandez | Curriculum Writer and Professional Development Specialist | Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA)

Presentation

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

MATHEMATICS CONTENT IN CTE

We know that CTE provides ample context for the application of mathematics. It is seldom taught, however. Several examples will be experienced by the participants in this workshop of the instruction of mathematics in career-related activities. This will include boats, airplanes, and other projects. Also, several lessons will be shared that specifically address Algebra I and Geometry content through business and industry applications.

Dr. Brad Christensen | STEM Curriculum Specialist with CeMaST | Illinois State University

Workshop

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

A NEW KIND OF LEADER: HOW TO CONNECT WITH AND LEAD 21ST CENTURY STUDENTS

Today’s leaders face a massive challenge in developing the next generation. Our technology, knowledge, and resources make leader development both easier and harder than it’s ever been before. But this challenge only means that our tactics need to change. To put it simply: a new kind of world needs a new kind of leader. Using our innovative Habitudes series, this session will reveal the 21st Century rules for leadership and leave participants with simple tools they can use to train the next generation of leaders.

Andrew McPeak | Vice President of Content | Growing Leaders

Workshop

1:30 PM – 2:00 PM

REVOLUTIONIZING KEYBOARD INSTRUCTION

The Learning Lights Keyboard is the BIGGEST advancement in keyboarding education in over a decade! Come see our new show/hide computer keyboard designed by teachers, made for student touch type mastery and learn some new ideas for teaching keyboarding in the classroom. KeyMaster’s Learning Lights Keyboard is a fun and innovative way to encourage students to key by touch. The press of a button “hides” key lettering, taking away the temptation to look at one’s fingers while typing. Restore full key visibility for everyday activities. Students will master their keyboarding technique faster and better with a KeyMaster keyboard! Keyboarding skills are more important than ever with 77% of all careers requiring some level of computer proficiency. In today’s tech driven world, advanced computer skills are essential in preparing students for the careers of tomorrow. Proficient touch typing frees up cognitive working memory, allowing learners to focus on advanced tasks rather than the process of typing. We hope that you find great success in educating young learners and that our products can enhance and accelerate your keyboarding programs.

Kelly Seale | District CTE Specialist for Business Education | Nebo School District, Utah

Shauna Whittekiend | Business and IT Instructor | Nebo School District, Utah

Presentation (pre-recorded)

1:45 PM – 2:30 PM

LITERACY ACROSS THE CONTENT AREAS

It is not a new concept that reading is not only a foundational skill, but it is also utilized within every single career path. Whether you want to increase student literacy skills within your classroom, support struggling readers with content-specific reading skills, support literacy within your class with specific instructional strategies, or find concrete ideas and examples to get started, this session will benefit you.

Kellyn Sirach | Literacy Specialist | JW Eater Junior High School, Illinois

Presentation

2:00 PM – 2:15 PM

NETWORKING AND EXPO HALL

If a session you were attending ends during this time, utilize the “Networking” and “Expo Hall” features of Hopin to connect and establish relationships/partnerships with educators, presenters, industry professionals, and conference vendors. You can also use this time to visit Gamably to complete gamification challenges and submit your “secret codes”.

2:00 PM – 2:45 PM

TIPS AND TRICKS FOR ANY CHILD DEVELOPMENT OR PARENTING CLASSROOM

Are you looking for new activities to add to your Child Development or Parenting class? Join Illinois FCS teachers Melissa Priester and Tiffany Dirksmeyer as they share how they are engaging students with disabilities, understanding family diversity, and extending skills learned in the classroom to their communities. You’ll also learn ways to incorporate lessons from Realityworks Shaken Baby, Pregnancy Profile Vest, and RealCare Baby in all learning environments. Attendees will walk away with DIY activities and resources that will make any lesson memorable!

Melissa Priester | Family Consumer Science Instructor | Grayslake Central High School, Illinois

Tiffany Dirksmeyer | Family Consumer Science Instructor | Champaign Centennial High School, Illinois

Merri Johnson | Senior Account Manager | Realityworks®

Presentation

2:00 PM – 2:45 PM

HOW TO RETAIN INDUSTRY-QUALIFIED CTE  TEACHERS

With the shortage of teachers and the need to be versed in the latest technology and pedagogical techniques, research was conducted to investigate whether alternatively certified CTE teachers are as successful and capable as those who trained in traditional programs of teacher education. One could argue that teaching capability may be positively associated with a teacher’s self-efficacy, that is, their belief in their ability to competently engage in the teaching process. The overriding objective of this study was to compare the teaching self-efficacy of traditionally certified CTE teachers to colleagues who obtained certification through alternative routes and how their certification route impacts the intention of the teacher to stay in the classroom.

Nancy Bitner | Director of Student Services | Regional Office of Education #30

Presentation

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

INDUSTRY CERTIFICATION TEST SESSION #2

* Pre-registration is REQUIRED for this session. Click the link at the end of this description to register. Deadline for registration is Friday, April 9th.

This session is an opportunity to take a free industry certification with Certiport. Exams will be delivered by virtual computers, allowing you to use a Chromebook, PC, or Mac to test. Exams are timed at 50 minutes and you will be given a practice test roughly two weeks before the conference giving the option to prepare for your test. Exam options that will be offered during this session are limited to the list below. You can get more information about any program by visiting www.certiport.com

Adobe Certified Associate – any exam found at www.certiport.com/aca
Communication Skills for Business
EC-Council (Cybersecurity) – Ethical Hacking or Cyber Forensics
Entrepreneurship and Small Business
IC3 Digital Literacy – IC3 GS6 Level 1, Level 2, or Level 3
Microsoft Office Specialist – any exam found at www.certiport.com/mos
Microsoft Technology Associate – any exam found at www.certiport.com/mta
Project Management Institute Ready
Unity Certified User – Programmer, VR Developer, or Artist
QuickBooks Certified User – QuickBooks Desktop or QuickBooks Online

Click here to register for the 2:00pm testing session

Justin Barker | Regional Manager | Certiport, a Pearson VUE Business

Testing

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

MOTIVATING YOUNG ADULTS TO PURSUE STEM  CAREERS AND EDUCATION THROUGH FIRST  PROGRAMS

For over 30 years FIRST has been engaging students in STEM activities and has grown to be recognized as the leading, not-for-profit STEM engagement program for kids worldwide. This session will provide attendees with an overview of the various FIRST programs available to ages from 6 to 18, focusing primarily on opportunities for middle and high school-aged students. You will also hear directly from coaches, mentors, and FIRST alumni as they speak about their experience and the impact the program had on them.

Scott Faulkner | FIRST LEGO League Mentor and Senior Test Engineer | Orion School District and John Deere

Sarah Lubic | FIRST LEGO League Program Director | FIRST Illinois Robotics

Sravan Suryadevara | FIRST Robotics Competition Mentor | Horizon Science Academy, McKinley Park

Brooke Bainbridge | FIRST LEGO League Coach | Orion School District

Nick Anaya | Engineering Instructor | Lindblom Math and Science Academy

Ray Parrish | FIRST Tech Challenge Coach, Judge, and Referee and FIRST LEGO League Mentor and Junior Judge | Orion School District

FIRST League Students

Panel Discussion

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

LINCOLN LAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE: OPEN DOOR – WORKFORCE EQUITY INITIATIVE

This presentation will include the who, what, when, where, why, and how of the LLCC Open Door – Workforce Equity Initiative. It will also put emphasis on how important it is to start employability skills in high school for those students who may not go the traditional 2yr/4yr college route. These skills will be a great asset in the various fields of post-secondary short-term programs. Presenters will share information related to job shadowing, resume building, mock interviewing, and meeting with “leaders in their field of study.” Strong emphasis will be put on the need to build a solid bridge program for students and for programs to develop those partnerships that will be used as a catalyst for students to reach their full potential.

Candace Silas | Director | Open Door – Workforce Equity Initiative

Marina Wirsing | Career Development Professional | Lincoln Land Community College

Workshop

2:15 PM – 3:00 PM

THE CAREER DECISION-MAKING PROCESS

As a school administrator or teacher, are you concerned about your Middle School or High School students being career ready? Whether an individual is just starting to explore the world of careers or they are nearing graduation, there are steps in the process you will want to follow in order find the career(s) that fits. The content of this session will revolve around an idea Marc shares with each group of young people he speaks to: “You are going to work approximately 86,400 hours in your working lifetime. Do you want to do something that you love or something that you have to do? Career readiness starts now. It isn’t something that you can afford to put off until tomorrow.”

* Materials and lessons to implement “The Career-Decision Making Process” in your classroom or school will be shared in this session.

Marc Changnon | Founder and CEO of Coach ADYB | Retired School District Coordinator for Career Programs and Community Partnerships with Champaign CUSD #4, Illinois

Workshop

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

CTE  STUDENT PANEL

Join this live Q&A with Vermilion County Vocational Education Delivery System Director Nick Chatterton and a collection of CTE students throughout the state of Illinois as they share insights and field questions about the transformative impact strong CTE programs can have on their future success.

Nick Chatterton | Director | Vermilion County Vocational Education Delivery System (EFE #400)

Illinois CTE  Students

Panel Discussion

2:30 PM – 2:45 PM

NETWORKING AND EXPO HALL

If a session you were attending ends during this time, utilize the “Networking” and “Expo Hall” features of Hopin to connect and establish relationships/partnerships with educators, presenters, industry professionals, and conference vendors. You can also use this time to visit Gamably to complete gamification challenges and submit your “secret codes”.

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

RECRUITING AND RETAINING CTE  STUDENTS

Session attendees will identify trends of interest in CTE careers, interpret and evaluate trends in recruiting CTE students, connect career successes of CTE graduates in the CTE Graduate Profile Book, and develop a plan for promoting CTE programs.

April Suter | Career Development Leader | ILCTE Innovative Curriculum Resources

Rod McQuality | Project Director | ILCTE Innovative Curriculum Resources

Workshop

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

HEAR MY VOICE – CHANGE THE FUTURE

Growing up in a predominantly Jewish suburb, Kay Gravesande learned to find comfort in standing out. With brown skin, full lips and kinky hair, Kay quickly noticed a difference in her natural behavior, culture, and image as compared to her peers. Attendees will walk with Kay through the primary and secondary educational trials and triumphs she experienced as a young black girl in a white neighborhood, leading to the transition of adulthood in Corporate America. In this interactive session, listen and converse with Kay about interpersonal experiences from a minority female perspective that influenced her journey to be a successful professional career speaker and mentor.

KaMariea Gravesande | Founder and CEO | Career Kay, LLC

Presentation

2:45 PM – 3:30 PM

NETWORKING AND EXPO HALL

If a session you were attending ends during this time, utilize the “Networking” and “Expo Hall” features of Hopin to connect and establish relationships/partnerships with educators, presenters, industry professionals, and conference vendors. You can also use this time to visit Gamably to complete gamification challenges and submit your “secret codes”.

2:45 PM – 3:30 PM

EDUCATORS RISING

Educators Rising is a community-based model, in which chapters at schools feed teacher preparation programs at institutes of higher education with the support of the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), The Illinois Teachers of the Year (ILSTOY), and local funders and foundations. These entities come together to provide a clear pathway to increase teacher diversity and teacher quality.

Educators Rising is a career and technical student organization (CTSO) in which: 1) Chapters provide students a place for support and networking. 2) A strong curriculum delivers a structured way for students to prepare for their future profession. 3) Competitions give students a chance to prove themselves as professionals. 4) Conferences provide a national stage in which to network and be recognized for their achievements to the profession. 5) Collegiality is developed, which comes from being part of a network, a family of professionals, and a movement.

60% of teachers come back and teach within 20 miles of where they went to school. With 51% of Educators Rising members being students of color and being 400% more likely to stay with their aspirations from high school to enter the teaching field than to enter other fields (such as medicine, law, or engineering), I want to make communities aware of how an Educators Rising Program can ensure that districts grow their own teachers.

Dr. Lindsey Jensen | English Instructor and Academic Dean | Dwight Public Schools, Illinois

Presentation

2:45 PM – 3:30 PM

CAREER AND TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION WITHIN THE MATHEMATICS CLASSROOM: OPPORTUNITIES TO PROMOTE CTE  PROGRAMS AND PATHWAYS AND ENHANCE THE TEACHING AND LEARNING OF MATH CONCEPTS

In this session, 5th-12th grade teachers will: 1) Discover career connections & technology that enhance the teaching & learning of math concepts and 2) Gain ideas for partnerships & projects that promote CTE programs and pathways. Careers & technology include: Machining (CNC Machine), CSI & Crash Reconstruction (Laser, Trundle Wheel, CBR, & Drone), Surveying (Clinometer, Smartphone App, & Total Station), Electrical Work (Multimeter), & Aviation (Skyvector.com, Geocachingtoolbox.com, & Tracker Software). Math concepts involve: Angles, Area, Blueprints, Circles, Cylinders, Diameter, Points, Formulas, Fractions, Linear Functions, Measurement, Ratios, Scale, Solving Equations, & Triangles.

Kelly Wamser Remijan | Professional Development and Curriculum Specialist | Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy – Center for Teaching and Learning

Presentation (pre-recorded)

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

MyCAERT CURRICULUM – AN ONLINE TOOL FOR TEACHING CTE REMOTELY

This session will walk CTE instructors through and highlight the new functionalities of the MyCAERT.com website. MyCAERT offers thousands of common core-aligned, standards-based lessons–including interactive PowerPoints, texts, and assessments–for all major CTE content endorsement areas.

Douglas Falk | Teacher Trainer | Cutting Edge Curriculum, MyCAERT.com CTE Curriculum

Presentation

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

TEEMS  PRE-K TO 6TH GRADE STEM

The Illinois State Board of Education offers a pre-K to 6th grade STEM program from the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) that is free to all elementary schools in Illinois. This curriculum is targeted toward each grade level for additional STEM experiences or for after school club material.

Gary Cotie | Manufacturing, Engineering, Technology, and Trades State Leader | ILCTE

Steve Parrot | Technology and Engineering Consultant | ISBE

Presentation (pre-recorded)

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

UNIVERSAL CAREER AND COLLEGE EXPLORATION

Augment your career planning needs with the most equitable and inclusive online career exploration platform available for elementary, middle schools, high schools, post-secondary institutions and workforce agencies. Our modern tools and exclusive video content can help everyone discover and pursue a rewarding career!

Katie Nagel | Educational Consultant | Virtual Job Shadow

Presentation (pre-recorded)

CONFERENCE SENDOFF

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3:35 PM – 4:00 PM

ALWAYS DO YOUR BEST–LIVE A LIFE WITH NO REGRETS

Marc Changnon is a motivational and inspirational speaker who engages and challenges audiences to always do their best with every endeavor. Marc realized early on in life that his calling and purpose was to help others help themselves to a better life. Marc’s passion for this simple yet profound ideology is evident as soon as you hear him speak. This mission has served as his foundation while raising his three children, developing financial plans for clients, and in counseling students and adults alike in their search for a fulfilling career and future.

Marc Changnon | Founder and CEO of Coach ADYB | Retired School District Coordinator for Career Programs and Community Partnerships with Champaign CUSD #4, Illinois

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