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Justesen to Address Attendees

Troy Justesen, assistant secretary for the Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) at the U.S. Department of Education, will address attendees at ACTE's Annual Convention and Career Tech Expo in Atlanta in November. Justesen will share his comments as a part of the Friday General Session on December 1.

Since 2000, Justesen has held several positions at the Department of Education, most recently as deputy assistant secretary for special education and rehabilitative services. Previously, he served as deputy commissioner for the rehabilitation services administration in the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services. Earlier in his career, he served as associate director in the Domestic Policy Council at the White House.

In addition to Justesen's remarks, the Friday General Session will also feature a panel discussion on the future of career and technical education (CTE). Included on the panel will be:

* Gene Bottoms from High Schools That Work

* Richard Blais from Project Lead the Way

* John Ferrandino from the National Academy Foundation

Stefanie Sanford from The Gates Foundation has been invited to facilitate and moderate the discussion that will focus on what is changing in CTE and what needs to change.

ACTE to Debut Advanced Learning Space in Atlanta

The 2006 ACTE Annual Convention and Career Tech Expo is shaping up to be an exciting and dynamic professional development experience for all career and technical educators.

The latest addition to the Convention is the Advanced Learning Space (ALS). Based on several award-winning, nationally recognized educational models and input from technology curriculum directors, teachers and supporting faculty, ACTE, in conjunction with the architectural firm of Burgess & Niple, will be showcasing how the integration of technology and architecture can enhance student learning.

ACTE, Burgess & Niple, and a local school have collaborated on the design and building of this unique learning space, which will be located in the concourse just outside the Exhibit Hall.

Convention attendees will be able to experience this space in a number of ways. Inside the ALS, educators will walk visitors through brief lessons and illustrate how to use the technology and the space. In addition, Exhibit Hall attendees will be able to witness what is happening in the ALS through a window that looks out onto the Exhibit Hall floor.

For more information on the ALS and the ACTE Convention, please visit

ACTE Announces Perkins Pre-Convention Workshop

Now that Perkins has been reauthorized, ACTE is helping its members through the implementation process with a full-day Pre-Convention Workshop in Atlanta, Georgia, on November 29.

This workshop is designed to provide comprehensive technical assistance and professional development to all personnel impacted by the new Perkins legislation. Administrators, counselors and teachers will have all of their questions answered by nationally recognized experts, including ACTE Public Policy staff; attorney Michael Brustein, who has been covering the national landscape on career-tech for 30 years; and others.

These experts will present detailed information on the implementation of the new Perkins law, including the latest updates on transition and compliance issues such as federal cost principles, administrative rules, audits, time distribution requirements, and linkages to No Child Left Behind. Special attention will also be paid to the new Perkins accountability requirements for local funding recipients and how to target Perkins funds to meet program performance requirements. Best-practices for implementing the new "Programs of Study" will be highlighted. Attendance in teams is encouraged, but not required. Special time will be provided for small group planning and discussion surrounding Perkins plan development, and policy and program experts will be available during this time to facilitate discussion and answer questions.

The cost for the workshop is $150 and will include coffee, snacks, and a copy of Perkins Act of 2006: The Official Guide[c]. Lunch is on your own.

To register, go to or call 8700-826-9972.

More Pre-Convention Workshops

In addition to the Perkins workshop, ACTE is proud to offer four other opportunities to get your Convention started off with in-depth study. The following workshops all take place on Wednesday, November 29:

* Math-in-CTE. Looking for ways to integrate math into your CTE program? If so, than attend this workshop, which will be led by the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education. In this workshop, you will to learn the process and the pedagogy used to achieve results; how to start with the CTE curriculum and not with the math curriculum; how to maximize the math in the CTE curriculum; how to structure learning using a pedagogic model; and more. This is an all-day workshop that will begin at 8:30 a.m., and will include a boxed lunch. The cost for the workshop is $125 for the first individual from your school (administrator or CTE teacher); $75 for each additional CTE teacher from the same school who co-registers; and free for each math teacher "partner" from the same school who co-registers.

* Creating a Career Academy. This workshop will teach educators how to design and/or improve career academies/small learning communities (SLCs). This is an all-day workshop that will begin at 9:30 a.m. The cost for the workshop is $150 and includes a textbook.

* Career Clusters 101: An Introduction. This workshop will provide an overview of the Career Clusters Tour Guide: Tool Kit Module 1. This half-day workshop will begin at 9:00 a.m., costs $100, and includes a copy of the Career Clusters Tour Guide: Module 1 (a $52 value).

* Career Clusters 201: Beginning Implementation. This workshop will provide an overview of the Career Clusters Tour Guide: Module 2--Beginning Implementation. This workshop is designed to introduce participants to the basic concepts of initial implementation of a Career Clusters framework. This half-day workshop will begin at 1:30 p.m., costs $100, and includes a copy of the Career Clusters Tour Guide: Module 2 (a $52 value).

For more information on any of the 2006 Pre-Convention Workshops, or to register, go to or call 800-826-9972.

Register Now

If you haven't already done so, you still have time to register for the 2006 ACTE Annual Convention and Career Tech Expo in Atlanta, Georgia, November 30--December 2. This year's Convention has a number of outstanding additions. They include:

* Sessions dedicated to High Schools That Work;

* The Advanced Learning Space;

* A track of sessions developed by MarkEd;

* Five amazing pre-Convention Workshops; and

* More!

The only way to experience all that the ACTE Annual Convention and Career Tech Expo has to offer is to attend. Hotel rooms are still available and with one of the busiest airports in the world, getting to and from Atlanta should be a breeze.

For more information on the ACTE Annual Convention and Career Tech Expo, or to register, please visit or call 800-826-9972.
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