National TCTW Leaders Forum

Overview

National TCTW Leaders Forum
Accelerate the Pace: Redesigning the Senior Year to Meet Pathway Requirements

January 31 – February 2, 2017
Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel
Mobile, Alabama
$325 per Attendee

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Each year, SREB hosts a national forum for state and local career and technical education (CTE) leaders to discuss the role and future of full- and shared-time centers. The forum attracts more than 250 attendees from CTE centers and comprehensive high schools across the nation and provides a unique opportunity to focus exclusively on CTE. All centers, whether part of the TCTW network or not, are invited to send representatives to better serve both the technical and academic needs of their students.

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Forum Overview: Eight Strands

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The National TCTW Leaders Forum’s eight strands will guide CTE leadership teams through an in-depth analysis of their current career pathways and programs of study to help them to prepare students for the transition to postsecondary education and careers.

1. Career Pathways

Learn how the elements of career pathways (rigorous courses, work-based learning, dual-credit programs, certifications) prepare students for the transition to postsecondary education and careers.

2. Standards

Learn what a high-quality program of study looks like and how to align it to state and industry technical standards for reading, mathematics and science. See how frequent collaboration between academic and CTE teachers is the key to aligning curriculum and instruction to ensure student readiness.

3. Curriculum

Learn how TCTW ensures programs of study are preparing students for careers by having them complete recommended academic core and a defined sequence of four CTE courses.

4. Career Course Articulation

Learn how to develop partnerships with local four-year universities, community colleges and postsecondary training institutions to help students to earn substantial postsecondary credit during high school.

5. Work-Based Learning

Learn how to expand opportunities for all students to participate in work-based learning experiences that are intentionally designed to reinforce the academic and technical pathway coursework as well as help students focus on their career goals and connect with their community.

6. Guidance and Counseling

See how a well-developed mentor/counselor system, career interest surveys and inventories, industry-relevant field trips, visits to colleges and universities, and tours of local career centers for middle grades students can inform and engage students in their futures. 

7. Student Experiences

Learn how to engage students in high-quality project-based learning and coursework to help them see a clear relationship between classroom learning and future education and employment opportunities.

8. Data Collection

Learn how to track student success measures including on-time graduation, completion of stackable certificates, pathway completion and career-related activities such as employment and volunteering to help improve existing programs.

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Industry Tours

Date: Wednesday, February 1
Time: 8 – 11 a.m
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As part of the forum’s effort to connect CTE pathways to the workforce, attendees will tour an innovative business and learn the skills and qualities employers are looking for in workers. Tours are included in the registration fee and are limited to one tour per person. Transportation will be provided.

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Schedule at a Glance

This schedule is subject to change. A more detailed schedule with topics and sessions will be available in the forum’s program.

Breakfast will provided Wednesday and Thursday; lunch will be provided Wednesday only after the Industry Tours. All other meals are on your own.

Monday – January 30
4-6 p.m. Early Registration and Check-In

 

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Hotels

The forum will be hosted at the Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel. Call 1-800-922-3298 or click here to reserve your room today!

Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel
64 S Water St, Mobile, AL 36602

Special Event Rate: $119 per night
Last Day to Book: January 8, 2017

Special event rate only for the nights between January 26 and February 6, 2017.