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2007 ACTE Convention and Career Tech Expo: the premier career and technical education professional development and networking event.

ACTE knows that every educator needs something different from a professional development event. Some people focus on the networking, some on the exhibit hall, and some on the General Session speakers. ACTE, however, is dedicated to giving you all of this and more. As educators look to make their decision to attend, ACTE has pulled together a list of available sessions by a number of categories. If you are thinking about attending, please check out ACTE's list of sessions. You can see sessions divided in a number of ways:

* Division--lists accepted sessions by ACTE Division

* Grade Level--are you looking for secondary or postsecondary? ACTE has both

* Priority Area--ACTE took data from state directors and aligned their priorities with ACTE sessions

* Content Provider--ACTE lists each provider and the sessions they are sponsoring.

With these resources, you should easily be able to find the professional development you need at ACTE's Annual Convention. To find these lists, go to www.acteonline.org/convention and look under "2007 Convention Schedule."

CAREER TECH EXPO

More than 200 companies will be in Las Vegas showcasing the latest products and services specifically for the career and technical education market. This is the one time a year when you can talk directly with providers, get hands-on experience, and compare prices. For a complete list of exhibiting companies, go to www.acteonline.org/convention.

So much to see, so much to learn--See you in Las Vegas.

CONTENT PARTNERS

The 2007 ACTE Annual Convention and Career Tech Expo marks the first time ACTE has brought together such a wide raWnge of content partners. The result of these partnerships is that you, the attendee, get all the benefit. ACTE's partners are experts in their respective fields and bring dedicated and high-quality content to the premiere professional development event for career and technical educators. This year's partners are:

* ACTER--The Association for Career and Technical Education Research will once again be holding its annual CTE Research and Professional Development Conference in conjunction with ACTE.

* High Schools That Work--Two days full of sessions from HSTW will be available to all attendees.

* MarkED--This national organization has created the Marketing Education Division sessions and will be presenting a pre-Convention Workshop.

* National Academy Foundation--NAF is developing a dedicated strand on career academies that will ad dress the concept from many angles.

* National Association of Agricultural Educators--NAAE is managing a comprehensive program for ACTE's Agricultural Education Division.

* National Partnership for Careers in Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security--This pre-Convention conference will focus on the career cluster and offer as many as 30 sessions.

* NOCTI--Dedicated pre-Convention conference on assessment as well as some general programming for ACTE.

* Project Lead the Way--A half dozen sessions sponsored by PLTW will be offered in Las Vegas.

* National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium--To help career and technical educators understand the career clusters initiative, this partner will be offering two pre-Convention Workshops that address this topic.

With these great partners, ACTE is bringing together CTE-related experts to give attendees the information, resources and contacts they need to build success in their schools and with their students. Agendas and schedules for these partners can be found at www. acteonline.org/convention.

SPEAKERS

OPENING GENERAL SESSION

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Ruby Payne: Payne has been involved with education as a teacher, principal, consultant and administrator, and is working to spread the word throughout North America that children of poverty need not suffer through an educational system oblivious to their needs. Author of A Framework for Understanding Poverty, Payne will present her research and observations in such a way that many people will experience "eye-opening learning," enhancing their own abilities to help children of poverty succeed.

FRIDAY GENERAL SESSION

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United States Deputy Secretary of Education Raymond Simon will share his thoughts on Friday's general session. He plays a pivotal role overseeing and managing the development of policies, recommendations and initiatives that help define a broad, coherent vision for achieving the President's education priorities. CEV Multimedia has lent its support to the ACTE Awards Program that will also take place during this session. Come see who will receive the prestigious national awards for the best career and technical educators and programs.

CLOSING GENERAL SESSION

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Erik Weihenmayer is the only blind man in history to reach the summit of Mount Everest. A former middle school teacher and wrestling coach, he is one of the most exciting and well-known athletes in the world. Despite losing his vision at 13, he has become an accomplished mountain climber, paraglider, and skier, who has never let his blindness interfere with his passion for an exhilarating and fulfilling life. Weihenmayer will share his inspiration to inspire educators to keep encouraging and supporting their students to succeed.

HIGHLIGHTS

PRE-CONVENTION WORKSHOPS

ACTE has continued its expansion of Convention adding three pre-Convention Workshops to its 2007 Annual Convention schedule. All Workshops will take place on Wednesday, December 12, in the Las Vegas Convention Center. Registration is now open and space for each is limited. For more information, or to register go to www.acteonline.org/convention or call 800-826-9972.

CAREER CLUSTERS 101

This half-day Workshop will introduce participants to the concept of Career Clusters. Participants will leave this workshop with an understanding of the Career Clusters concept, be able to identify and use national Career Clusters resources, and understand the benefits of using the Career Clusters framework as a tool from the perspective of different stakeholders. You will receive a copy of the Career Clusters Tour Guide: Module 1 (a $45 value). Registration is limited to 100 participants and the registration fee is $100.

CAREER CLUSTERS 201

This half-day workshop is designed to introduce participants to the basic concepts of initial implementation of a Career Clusters framework, including the overarching infrastructure of implementation, developing plans/programs of study and application of the 15 critical components of implementation. Each participant will receive a copy of the Career Clusters Tour Guide: Module 2 (a $65 value). Registration for this half-day Workshop is limited to 75 participants and the registration fee is $125.

REPOSITIONING BUSINESS AND MARKETING EDUCATION, 2008

This full-day Workshop is geared toward teachers of finance, management and administration, and marketing. Join Jim Gleason for a brief environmental scan, which will highlight the new Perkins legislation and its implications for business and marketing, the State Directors' Career Clusters initiative, relevant aspects of high school reform, various others' perspectives on business and marketing education and characteristics of growing programs. Each participant will receive collateral materials and coupons equal to the amount of the registration fee paid. Registration for this full-day Workshop is limited to 75 participants and the registration fee is $159. This fee includes coffee, breakfast pastries and a light lunch.

WELCOME TO THE 2007 CAREER TECH EXPO

Experience an event like no other! The Career Tech Expo is filled with exciting new products, tools and technology for today's career and technical education professionals, and that alone makes the trip to the Expo floor an event not to be missed. But there are also a lot of exciting activities going on at this year's Career Tech Expo. By visiting the Expo you will have the opportunity to try out new products and talk to industry leaders--all of which will enrich your Convention experience.

THE ACTE MARKETPLACE

Make sure you bring some money with you. Check out the MarketPlace and get some of that holiday shopping completed.

ENTRANCES

Want to win a prize? Make sure you pickup a passport on your way to the exhibit hall floor. Get a stamp at each passport station and drop your completed passport off at the end of the 1100 row. A winner will be drawn on both Thursday and Friday.

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FOCUS AREA

Special education-related sessions and student demos are going on here during show hours. Stop by and see for yourself.

THANK YOU

ACTE would like to thank each company exhibiting at the 2007 Career Tech Expo. For the second straight year the Career Tech Expo has grown in total number of exhibiting companies and booths. This is very important. Why?

Companies that support ACTE help the Association address its mission and serve its members. With these partners ACTE is able to help enhance the job performance and satisfaction of its members, increase public awareness and appreciation for career and technical programs, and to assure growth in local, state and federal funding for CTE programs.

ACTE hopes that everyone at the Career Tech Expo shows their appreciation by placing orders and helping the exhibitors have a successful year too!

WORKSHOPS

In addition to the many products and services displayed, the Career Tech Expo has three Exhibitor Workshop classrooms offering exciting educational opportunities. Exhibitor workshops will be offered on the hour during Expo hours, starting at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 13th. Attendees are invited to see firsthand what cutting-edge ideas and products are available and how they can be used in the classroom. This is the ideal opportunity for career and technical educators to learn new skills while having fun.

E-MAIL STATIONS

Stop by and check your Email on the way to the exhibit hall floor.

CONVENTION QUESTIONS?

GENERAL: 800-826-9972; acte@acteonline.org

MEMBERSHIP: memberservices@acteonline.org

REGISTRATION: registration@acteonline.org
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