Valley Education for Employment System (VALEES) and
Waubonsee Community College (WCC)
Career and Technical Educators' Professional Development Workshop
and Business Advisory Meetings

Ninth Annual
Building Partnerships for America's Future

Friday, February 25, 2011
7:30 a.m. 2:00 p.m.
Waubonsee Community College
Academic and Professional Center

Registration Now Open

Intended Audience:  High School and College Educators Teaching Career and Technical Education and Employability Skills, High School and College Counselors, Administrators, and Business/Industry Partners

Description:  This all-day professional growth opportunity will allow career and technical educators and business partners to enhance their knowledge of how partnerships with students, parents, academic instructors, and business/industry representatives can provide enhanced curricular opportunities for students.

This is a FREE professional development opportunity for all participants.

Five CPDU credits are available for participants who attend this workshop from
7:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Location:  Waubonsee Community College
Academic and Professional Center

Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Deadline to register: February 11, 2011

AGENDA 
7:30 a.m. -

8:15 a.m.

  Registration/Continental Breakfast
8:15 a.m. -

8:30 a.m.

  VALEES/WCC Welcome/Updates
8:30 a.m. -

9:30 a.m.

  Keynote Presentation
9:30 a.m. -

9:40 a.m.

  Break/Move to breakout Sessions
9:40 a.m. -

10:30 a.m.

  Breakout Session 1
10:30 a.m. -

10:40 a.m.

  Break/Move to Next Session
10:40 a.m. -

11:30 a.m.

  Breakout Session 2
11:30 a.m. -

12:10 p.m.

  LUNCH and Network
12:10 p.m. -

1:00 p.m.

  Breakout Session 3
1:00 p.m. -

1:10 p.m.

  Break/Move to Next Session
1:10 p.m. -

2:00 p.m.

  Breakout Session 4
 
2:00 p.m.
  Pick up CPDU forms

 

Keynote Presentation

KEYNOTE
SPEAKER

Mark Williams

Career and Technical Education
State Director

ISBE

Teaching the Four C's by Example: Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration, and Creativity.

Mark Williams is an innovative educator who champions the impact that Career and Technical Education has for students as they pursue their career pathways in a 21st century global economy. He is a former high school teacher who has served for five years as Illinois State Director of Career and Technical Education.  During his tenure, he has been a founding member of the Coalition for Illinois High Schools and member of several Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Task forces devoted to addressing the critical skills shortages in Illinois.  He has served on the Board of Directors of High Schools That Work and assisted in the work of the content teams that drafted the proposed revision to the Illinois Learning Standards.  Most recently, he has focused on the Illinois Curriculum Revitalization Project.

 

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Teacher

Administrator

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Grade level you teach

Subjects

VALEES Program Committee (if applicable)

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Comments / Special Accommodations Needed:
There are four breakout sessions offered. Please select one breakout from each session. Some breakouts are repeated in multiple sessions. Registration is limited for each breakout.

Hands-on computer sessions are limited to 20 participants and are double blocked (100 minutes). If you register for a computer lab topic that is double blocked, you may not register for other breakout sessions during that time slot.

Business field trips are limited to 20 participants and are double blocked (100 minutes). If you register for a business field trip, you may not register for other breakout sessions during that time slot.

Limit of 20 participants from outside the VALEES region. Sessions may be added, deleted, and/or changed.  An updated agenda will be available at registration.

A conference overview showing a matrix of breakout sessions may be downloaded here.

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Breakout Session 1 (9:40 a.m.-10:30 a.m.) - Please select one choice for the breakout session that you plan to attend.  Please note: Hands-on computer sessions and business field trips are limited to 20 participants and are 100 minutes in length. If you register for a computer lap topic, business field trip, or the "Is Business Education in Crisis?" topic in Session 1, you may NOT register for a breakout session in Session 2. Sessions may be added, deleted, and/or changed.

Using Web 2.0 to "Capture" Your students' Attention (S1.1) THIS SESSION IS FULL.
Computer lab runs through Session 1 and Session 2, 9:40 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Think of a concept that you find students struggle to understand. Now imagine being able to reach those students at any time to illustrate that concept. During this session we will discuss how and when to effectively use free web-based screen capture applications to make your lessons come to life! You may want to bring a flash drive to save anything you create during the session. Christine Meyer, CTLT Manager, Waubnonsee Community College.

• Business Field Trip (S1.2) THIS SESSION IS FULL.
This session runs through Session 1 and Session 2, 9:40 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Visit FONA International's world headquarters in Geneva. FONA is a world leader in flavor development and applied food science. FONA is a place focused on new flavor ideas and consumer-preferred product solutions. Add to that a bedrock commitment to the highest standards of personal integrity, exceptional service as well as mutual respect, and you have a culture that stands apart. Transportation will be provided. Mr. Bill Gibbs, Facilitator.

Is Business Education in Crisis? (S1.3)
This session runs through Session 1 and Session 2, 9:40 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
- Business teachers, let's discuss what works and what needs work in business education. In a round-table format, business educators are invited to share ideas and concerns regarding issues around the question, "Is Business Education in Crisis?" Diane Mahinda, BM&CE Curriculum Revitalization Project, Center for Workforce Development, S.I.U., Carbondale.

Keynote Follow-up: (S1.4) - Continue the interaction and exploration of ideas presented in Mr. Williams' keynote address. Mr. Mark Williams, Illinois State Director of Career and Technical Education, ISBE.

Cracking the Business Culture Code (S1.5) - As director of Intern Programs in Chicago for Michigan State University and as a professor of Human Organization and Development for Vanderbilt's senior internship program in Chicago, Ms. Brown will share her reality-based information regarding corporate and nonprofit American's expectations of the workforce. Looking through the diverse lens of nonprofit and corporate organizations, she will present the most necessary of all evils and most important of all educational objectives. Lana Brown, Communications Consultant, Director of Michigan State University Internship Initiative and Adjunct Professor, Vanderbilt University.

Motivating Reluctant Students in the Classroom (S1.6)
To provide classroom teachers and school administrators with a variety of best practices that are effective in motivating reluctant students. Participants will be provided with a number of research-based strategies taht can turn classrooms into exciting learning places. All techniques will be both discussed and demonstrated. Dr. Bob Barwa, Assistant Professor,University of St. Francis.

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Breakout Session 2 (10:40 a.m.-11:30 a.m.) - Please select one choice for the breakout session that you plan to attend.  Please note: Hands-on computer sessions and the business field trip are limited to 20 participants and are 100 minutes in length. If you register for a computer lab topic, business field trip, or the "Is Business Education in Crisis?" topic in Session 1, you may NOT register for a breakout session in Session 2. Sessions may be added, deleted, and/or changed.

• Using Web 2.0 to "Capture" Your Students' Attention Continued: Computer lab runs through Session 1 and Session 2, 9:40 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Register for this session under Session 1.

• Business Field Trip FONA International Continued: THIS SESSION IS FULL. This field trip runs through Session 1 and Session 2, 9:40 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Register for this session under Session 1.

• Is Business Education in Crisis? Continued: This session runs through Session 1 and Session 2, 9:40 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Register for this session under Session 1.

What Do Students Want From Us? (S2.4) - Waubonsee Community College students will reflect upon their high school experience in relation to their current pursuits. Their perspectives as to what worked for them and what other experiences and preparation might have been helpful in their high school or early college experience will provide valuable insights. Facilitators: Julie Frankino and Cassie Blickem, Waubonsee Community College.

Where the Girls Are (S2.5) - This session will examine the latest research and resources which support the development and advancement of students pursuing occupations which are non-traditional for their genders. Presenters will explore recruitment and retention strategies and engage participants in an examination of root causes for success. Aime'e LaFollette Julian, Illinois Center for Specialized Professional Support, Illinois State University.

How to Raise the Bar in the 2011 Job Market (S2.6) - The job market has become the most competitive beast. As the preparation of young people increases to keep up with the demands of a global economy, so do the expectations of their instructors. No longer does the educator have the luxury of time tested results of instruction. Today, the job market is fickle and is looking for employees who have raised the bar in standards of performance, behaviors, and communication skills. Ms. Brown will share her current experiences in the loop of Chicago's business community. From downtown, she brings a reality based perspective which is driven by her inside look beyond the doors of both corporate and non-profit America. Lana Brown, Communications Consultant, Director of Michigan State University Internship Initiative and Adjunct Professor, Vanderbilt University.

Content Reading Strategies for the CTE Classroom (S2.7) - Practical ideas and strategies you can use to help your students read your texts with better comprehension. Dr. Ruth Badal, Consultant and Instructor, Aurora University.

Alternative Energies! Nuclear is Green (S2.8) - This presentation includes all forms of energy used in the production of electricity and how these energies fit together to meet the energy demands of our society. This will be a lively, eye-opening discussion into all the energy options and will be a realistic look into what our nation's energy needs are in order to continue to be the economic driver in the industrialized world. Questions regarding sustainability, environmental impact, green technologies, energy occupations going forward and the nuclear option will be discussed. Neal Kauffman, Manager, BEST Partnership, Joliet Junior College.

Turned On and Tuned In: Using Mobile Devices in the Classroom (S2.9) THIS SESSION IS FULL- Explore ideas and strategies for the use of mobile devices including the iPad and iPod Touch in your classroom. Mike Hall II, Social Studies Teacher, Lisa Woods, Business Education Teacher, Bill Blidy, Art Teacher, and Pauline Berggren, Superintendent, Newark High School.

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Breakout Session 3 (12:10 p.m.-1:00 p.m.) - Please select one choice for the breakout session that you plan to attend.  Please note: Hands-on computer sessions and business field trip are limited to 20 participants and are 100 minutes in length. If you register for a double-blocked computer lap topic or business field trip in Session 3, you may NOT register for a breakout session in Session 4. Sessions may be added, deleted, and/or changed.

Using Web 2.0 to "Capture" Your Students' Attention (S3.1)
Computer lab runs through Session 3 and Session 4, 12:10 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
Think of a concept that you find students struggle to understand. Now imagine being able to reach those students at any time to illustrate that concept. During this session we will discuss how and when to effectively use free web-based screen capture applications to make your lessons come to life! You may want to bring a flash drive to save anything you create during the session.
Christine Meyer, CTLT Manager, Waubonsee Community College.

Business Field Trip to Delnor Health System (S3.2)
This session runs through Session 3 and Session 4, 12:10 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
From wellness programs to advanced medical care Delnor offers a broad range of services to residents of the Central Fox Valley. Transportation will be provided. Mr. Bill Gibbs,
Facilitator.

Online Quizzes, Student Resources, and Data Collection for CTE Classes (S3.3) Computer lab runs through Session 3 and Session 4, 12:10 p.m.-2:00 p.m. THIS SESSION IS CLOSED.
Need a varied approach to teaching your CTE lessons? Do it online! The Curriculum Revitalization Project has more than 800 CTE lesson plans online. See how teachers can now assign students to online reading materials and online assessments. Where there are online assessments, there are online results! Diane Mahinda, BM&CE Curriculum Revitalization Project, Center for Workforce Development, S.I.U., Carbondale.

Motivating Reluctant Students in the Classrooms (S3.4) - To provide classroom teachers and school administrators with a variety of best practices that are effective in motivating reluctant students. Participants will be provided with a number of research-based strategies that can turn classrooms into exciting learning places. All techniques will be both discussed and demonstrated. Dr. Robert Barwa, Assistant Professor, College of Education, University of St. Francis.

Cracking the Business Culture Code (S3.5) - As director of Intern Programs in Chicago for Michigan State University and as a professor of Human Organization and Development for Vanderbilt's senior internship program in Chicago, Ms. Brown will share her reality-based information regarding corporate and nonprofit American's expectations of the workforce. Looking through the diverse lens of nonprofit and corporate organizations, she will present the most necessary of all evils and most important of all educational objectives. Lana Brown, Communications Consultant, Director of Michigan State University Internship Initiative and Adjunct Professor, Vanderbilt University

What Do Employers Want From Us? (S3.6) - Panel of business representatives share their perspective on the changing workplace and the challenges and opportunities that present themselves. Susan Hagerty, Dunlee/Philips International,Chris Lasse, Old Second Bank, Chuck Spector, Upstaging.

Renewable Energy Technology at WCC (S3.7) - Come tour Waubonsee's newest laboratory classroom. The state of the art solar photovoltaic classroom, funded by the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, is outfitted with industry standard tools and equipment to prepare students for emerging jobs in renewable energy technologies. Also tour the new 5kw solar installation beside Weigel Hall. Gregg Erickson,Renewable Energy Technology Instructor, Waubonsee Community College.

Where the Girls Are (S3.8) - This session will examine the latest research and resources which support the development and advancement of students pursuing occupations which are non-traditional for their genders. Presenters will explore recruitment and retention strategies and engage participants in an examination of root causes for success. Aime'e LaFollette Julian, Illinois Center for Specialized Professional Support, Illinois State University.

iStatement: Using Digital Storytelling to Explore Career Pathways (S3.9) - Students discover who they are, their career interests and pathways as they create compelling digital stories. Learn how this engaging process can be integrated into your existing curricula at no cost. Carol Navarro, Science Teacher, Lisa Woods, Business Education Teacher, Mike Hall II, Social Studies Teacher, Libby Wheeler, English Teacher, Newark High School; Andy Igras, Business Teacher and Andy Franklin, Counselor, Kaneland High School.

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Breakout Session 4 (1:10 p.m.-2:00 p.m.) Please select one choice for the breakout session that you plan to attend.  Please note: Hands-on computer sessions and business field trip are limited to 20 participants and are 100 minutes in length. If you registered for a computer lap topic or the business field trip in Session 3, you may NOT register for a breakout session in Session 4. Sessions may be added, deleted, and/or changed.

• Using Web 2.0 to "Capture" Your Students' Attention (S4.1)
Computer lab runs through Session 3 and Session 4, 12:10 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Register for this session under Session 3.

• Business Field Trip (4.2)
This session runs through through Session 3 and Session 4, 12:10 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Register for this session under Session 3.

• Online Quizzes, Student Resources, and Data Collection for CTE Classes (S4.3) Computer lab runs through Session 3 and Session 4, 12:10 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Register for this session under Session 3.

Problem Based Learning: Door to Student Engagement (S4.4) - A look into how problems around us can become solutions to student engagement. Applicable to any subject area. Dr. Ruth Badal, Consultant and Instructor, Aurora University.

Career Readiness Certificates: Linking Schools to Business and Industry (S4.5) - Make PSAE Day 2 meaningful to students. Hear how two different high schools chose to implement Career Readiness Certificates. Logistics including cost, attaining buy-in, and support from Waubonsee Community College's workforce development program will be discussed. Laura Edwards, Counselor, Leland High School, Paula Hilderbrand, Counselor, Oswego High School, and Lesa Norris, Dean, Workforce Development, Waubonsee Community College..

KeyTrain: What Is It and What Works? (S4.6) - An introduction to this online academic skill development software that aligns with the WorkKeys assessment that is part of PSAE Day 2. Log in and learn how to integrate this program into your curricula. Hands on in this 50 minute session. Michelle McAnally, Counselor, Newark High School.

From Revolution to Evolution...We All Want to Change the World (S4.7) - Using Bill Daggett’s Rigor Relevance and Relationship theories of improving instruction and preparing all students for 21st century career/college readiness, Diane McFarlin challenges everyone to be part of the evolution of thought and process in the classroom and in the community.  Just like the Beatles Song that she used last year, this is Part II of moving from just “shaking it up and changing your thinking” to “moving your feet and making a difference.” Diane McFarlin, Assistant Principal, Kaneland H.S.

Greening Your Classroom (S4.8) - During this session you will: learn about different components of sustainability; discuss and explore sustainability in the classroom; define Green Economy and its impact on Career and Technical Education; and gain access to a variety of resources. You will walk away from this session with the tools and resources necessary for incorporating sustainable practices into the curriculum of any discipline. Annie Laurie Cadmus, Sustainability Specialist, Waubonsee Community College.

Developing Career Pathways and Integrating Programs of Study (S4.9) - Learn how two schools have approached involving staff and engaging students as they implement Programs of Study as a part of their Career Pathways initiatives. Eve Phillips, Counselor, Plano High School and Andy Franklin, Counselor, Kaneland High School.

You WILL NOT receive a confirming email when you submit your registration. Print the next screen to have a record of your registration. Every effort will be made to honor your registration requests, however, you may be enrolled in a session that was not your first choice depending upon session capacity and enrollment.

 
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