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Career and Technical Education - Leading the Way
Valley Education for Employment System

 

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Professional development in the VALEES region focuses on promoting:

  • CTE programs that prepare students for success in a rapidly changing 21st century economy that requires more workers with technical skills
  • collaboration among CTE instructors to share ideas and instructional strategies
  • development of higher level technical skills
  • instructional best practices to link CTE curricula and academics
  • high level problem solving and innovative thinking within CTE curricula
  • awareness of career pathways and business operations that broadens educators and students understanding of 21st century careers
business workshop The Fall Business Teacher Update Session was provided by the Illinois Curriculum Revitalization Project as a part of the VALEES Business Educator program committee meeting. Instructors from eleven VALEES region schools, Waubonsee Community College, and Galena High School participated. Carol Brooks, Business, Marketing and Computer Education Consultant (ISBE) and Diane Mahinda, Facilitator, SIU Center for Workforce Development conducted a three-hour workshop.

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College graduate level courses designed to support VALEES' initiatives

Graduate Course Offerings Summer 2014

  • Watch for announcement of upcoming courses.

Through partnerships with Kane County Regional Office of Education, Aurora University, and Northern Illinois University, VALEES has offered the following courses:

2013-2014

  • Technology Integration, Common Core, and CTE
    Instructors: Eve Phillips and Michelle McAnally

  • Making Work Matter in the 21st Century. Instructor: Dr. Toni Tollerud

2012-2013

  • CTE Learning for the 21st Centry, Instructor: Dr. Ruth Badal

2011-2012

  • Problem Solving Strategies in CTE, Instructor: Dr. Ruth Badal

2010-2011

  • Career Preparation: Teaching Strategies
  • Motivate vfa Career Pathways

2009-2010

  • Career Preparation: Teaching Strategies
  • Career Development-Raise the Bar, Close the Gap, and Cultivate Relationships
  • Problem Solving Strategies in CTE
  • Building Employability Skills for the 21st Century

2008-2009

  • Reading and Literacy Strategies to Support CTE / Content Learners
  • Promoting Career and Academic Readiness in the Classroom Part 1
  • Promoting Career and Academic Readiness in the Classroom Part 2: Community/School Partnerships
  • Building Employability Skills in the 21st Century

2007-2008

  • The Mathematical World
  • Building Employability Skills in the 21st Century
  • Preparing Students for Life! SEL, Mental Health and Career Development as Interventions Toward Students' Well-being
counselor institute 2014

Counselor Summer Institute June 24-25, 2014
Tuesday, June 23: Cinespace Chicago Film Studio and LUSH Handmade Cosmetics (Chicago)
Wednesday, June 24: NALCO/Ecolab (Napervielle) and TBA

CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION FORM
CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATIONAL FLYER (draft flyer)
CLICK HERE for Follow-up Event Survey (not yet available)

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Counselor Summer Institute July 9-10, 2013
Tuesday, July 9: Bridgeport Arts Center (HulmanThread and Fashion Design Center)
Wednesday, July 10: Hyundai Motor Training Center and Fox Metro Water Reclamation District Laboratory

CLICK HERE for Counselor Summer Institute Event Survey
CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATIONAL FLYER
CLICK HERE for HumanThread Workshop Survey

Counselor Summer Institute June 20-21, 2012
Wednesday, June 20: Fabric Images and Chicago Botanic Garden
Thursday, June 21: Tribeca Flashpoint Academy and Northwestern Memorial Hospital
CLICK HERE FOR INFOMRATIONAL FLYER

Counselor Summer Institute June 15-16, 2011

Wednesday, June 15: IIT Smart Grid Education & Workforce Training Center and Chicago Portfolio School; Thursday, June 16: Focus Optical Labs, Aurora and Burgess-Norton, Geneva
CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATIONAL FLYER

Building Partnerships for America's Future Institute

This annual all-day VALEES institutewas held at Waubonsee Community College, Academic and Professional Center, on March 1, 2013. Content strands include hands-on Web 2.0 training, career pathway strategies, common core standards, college and career readiness initiatives, social emotional learning, business partnerships, and a variety of curriculum and instruction related breakout sessions.

The Opening General Session focused on "The Human Element: the point at which natural talent meets personal passion." You may view the opening session by clicking on the following links:

The 2014 Building Partnerships for America's Future Institute is schedled for Friday, Feb. 28, 2014.

VIP

 

Due to budgetary constraints, VALEES is unable to offer financial support for VIP experiences this year.