NASDCTEc’s Fall Meeting: Preparing for the Future

  1 - 6 p.m. Registration is Open
  8 a.m. - 6 p.m. OCTAE Office Hours
  3 - 5 p.m. ASE/NATEF Hospitality Reception

  6 - 8 p.m.



Opening General Session & Dinner

We will begin with a welcome by NASDCTEc President Scott Stump followed by the swearing in ceremony for NASDCTEc/NCTEF's 2014-2015 officers. 

Remarks will be made by Dr. Lillian Lowery, Maryland State Superintendent of Schools. 

  7:00 a.m. - 4 p.m. Registration is Open
  7:15 - 8:15 a.m. Breakfast

  7:45 - 8:15 a.m.

The History & Overview of NASDCTEc (Optional)

  8:30 - 9:15 a.m.


Education, the Economy & Public Opinion

Each year, Gallup regularly surveys students, employers, parents and other key stakeholders about U.S. education, competitiveness, innovation, and a host of other topics.  Brandon Busteed, Executive Director of Gallup Education  will share some insights into Gallup’s extensive research around the country’s vision for U.S. education and the economy, and implications for the future of CTE.

 9:20 - 10:10 a.m.

Transforming CTE Policies & Programs with an Eye Towards the Future

 Many states are transforming their CTE systems, through the revision of their CTE standards, the implementation of programs of study, the introduction of performance-based measures and other levers of reform. This panel will highlight three states working to undertake such statewide change.


  • Dr. Blake Flanders, Vice President of Workforce Development, Kansas Board of Regents
  • Dr. Danielle Mezera, Assistant Commissioner, Career Technical Education, Tennessee Department of Education
  • Rich Katt, State CTE Director, Nebraska Department of Education
  • Rod Duckworth, State CTE Director, Florida Department of Education (moderator) 
  10:15 - 10:30 a.m. Break

  10:30 - 11:30 a.m.












Collaboration Roundtables

These roundtables will be small-group discussions focused on identifying collaborative strategies to addressing emerging opportunities and long-term challenges in the CTE enterprise. Each group will be facilitated by a resource expert, and work to collectively answer such questions as: What are the key elements of a successful policy or system; what’s currently working; what barriers still exist; and what are the opportunities for cross-state solutions?

NASDCTEc will compile the notes from the collaboration forums and create a summary document to share with all participants.

Topics will include:

  • Aligning K-12, Postsecondary, Adult and Workforce Development Policies, Programs and Funding to Build Career Pathways Systems
    Facilitated by Mary Gardner Clagett, Director of Workforce Policy, Jobs for the Future
  • Developing and Promoting Dual and Concurrent Enrollment Opportunities 
    Facilitated by Jennifer Brown Lerner, Deputy Director, American Youth Policy Forum
  • Selecting and Evaluating Industry-Based Assessments
    Facilitated by Dr. Gene Bottoms, Senior Vice President, Southern Regional Education Board
  • Using Career-Ready Indicators in State Accountability and Reporting Systems
    Facilitated by Marie O'Hara, Associate Director, Achieve
  • Valuing and Measuring Career Readiness and Employability Skills
    Facilitated by Robin Utz, Chief, College and Career Transitions, Division of Academic and Technical Education, OCTAE
  • Integrating Competency-Based Education and Badges at the K-12 and Postsecondary Levels
    Facilitated by Scott Jenkins, Program Director, The National Governors Association
  • Using Data to Make Policy and Build Public Will
    Facilitated by Bryan Wilson, State Policy Director, National Skills Coalition
  • Financing CTE Delivery Systems
    Facilitated by Laura Rasmussen, Program Director, RTI International/National Center for Innovation in Career and Technical Education
  • CTE in Rural Settings (special speaking/listening session)
    Facilitated by Lucy Johnson, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Rural Outreach, U.S. Department of Education

  11:40 a.m. - 12:40

Collaboration Roundtables (Repeated)

  12:45 - 1:45 p.m.  Lunch

  1:50 - 2:45 p.m.


Concurrent Sessions: Updates from the Field

Concurrent Session #1: WIOA & Postsecondary CTE

With the recent passage of the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA), there are clear implications for CTE, particularly at the postsecondary level. This session will include an overview of major changes in WIOA and engage in a discussion on what postsecondary systems and institutions need to do to prepare for the new policy.


  • Rachel Gragg, Federal Policy Director, National Skills Coalition

Concurrent Session #2: Next Generation Science Standards

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), released in 2013, have been adopted by 12 states and Washington DC. With a focus on interdisciplinary learning, scientific and engineering practices and STEM literacy, the NGSS present clear implications and opportunities for alignment with CTE. This session will feature an overview of the NGSS and how the standards are and will impact student learning across the states.


  • Stephen Pruitt, Senior Vice President, Achieve

Concurrent Session #3: Results and Recommendations from the Southern Regional Education Board’s Commission on Career and Technical Education

The Southern Regional Education Board recently convened a Commission on CTE to determine how to best connect high school, work-based learning and postsecondary education through career pathways. This session will explore the work and recommendations of this Commission. 


  • Dr. Gene Bottoms, Senior Vice President, Southern Regional Education Board
  • Dr. Dale Winkler,  Executive Director, Office of Career and Technical Education, Kentucky Department of Education 

Concurrent Session #4:  Preview of CCSSO Career Readiness Task Force’s Recommendations

The Council of Chief State School Officers has been convening a Task Force on Career Readiness throughout 2014, and the final report and recommendations will be released in late Fall 2014. This session will offer a preview into those recommendations and how they will inform state policy ahead.


  • Matt Gandal, President, Education Strategy Group & Lead Facilitator for CCSSO Career Readiness Task Force
  • Eric Spencer, Director, College and Career Readiness Bureau, New Mexico Public Education Department 
  2:45 - 3 p.m. Break

  3 - 3:45 p.m.

OCTAE Update

Leaders from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education will provide an update of its portfolio of current national activity investments, including the exciting new technology challenge prize competitions to build the next generation of educational simulations and career counseling apps.  OCTAE is also getting started on a CTE Makeover Challenge, which was announced at the White House Maker Faire, and will equip a local CTE program with an advanced manufacturing “maker space” to serve as a model for future programs.


  • Sharon Miller, Director, Division of Academic and Technical Education
  • Albert Palacios, Education Program Specialist, Division of Academic and Technical Education
  • Robin Utz, Chief, College and Career Transitions, Division of Academic and Technical Education
  4 - 5 p.m. NASDCTEc Business Meeting (Members Only)


Dinner on Your Own at Baltimore's Inner Harbor

Transportation will be provided from the BWI Marriott to the Inner Harbor, where there are a range of restaurant options.

  7:30 - 10 a.m. Registration is Open
  8 - 9 a.m. Breakfast
  9 - 9:30 a.m.

Remarks from Dr. Johan Uvin

Acting Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education

  9:30 - 9:45 a.m



Findings from "The State of Career Technical Education: Employer Engagement in CTE"

Over the summer, NASDCTEc conducted a survey of State CTE Directors to understand how and in what ways employers were engaged in the CTE enterprise. The survey results are the centerpiece of a new report that will be released later this fall. This session will provide a sneak peek at the findings and policy recommendations.

 9:45 - 10:45 a.m.






Panel Discussion on “The State Of Career Technical Education: Employer Engagement in CTE

A panel of state and business leaders will discuss their reactions to the paper's findings as well as provide valuable insight into how they are working to improve CTE in their states.


  • Marie Barry, Director of Career and Technical Education, New Jersey Department of Education
  • Lolita Hall, Director of Career and Technical Education Services, Virginia Department of Education
  • Matthew James, President and CEO, Peninsula Council for Workforce Development, Newport News, Virginia
  • Andrew Musick, Director of Policy and Research, New Jersey Business & Industry Association
  • Moderator: Kimberly A. Green, Executive Director, NASDCTEc

 10:50 -11:50 a.m.



Collaboration Roundtables

Participants will break into Collaboration Roundtable discussions to discuss the findings and identify collaborative solutions to scaling and sustaining employer engagement in CTE. Each small group will report out on their discussions and identified strategies.

  11:55 a.m. - Noon

Wrap Up/Close of Meeting