2009 Career and Technical Education Summer Professional Development Institute -  August 3-7, 2009 - Greater Richmond Convention Center -  Richmond, Virginia

Developing a Bright Future
August 3-7, 2009

The Virginia Department of Education, Office of Career and Technical Education, invites you to our across-the-board 2009 Career and Technical Education Summer Professional Development Institute, Developing a Bright Future, from Monday, August 3, 2009, through Friday, August 7, 2009, in Richmond. The Institute will officially begin with a series of across-the-board professional development programs on August 4, 2009, at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. On August 3, 5, 6 and 7, each CTE program area's professional association will provide industry certification training, technical update workshops, and teacher recognition programs.

The across-the-board day is open to all CTE teachers, special education teachers, academic teachers, CTE administrators, principals/assistant principals, counselors, community college partners (Tech Prep), business/industry partners, and CTE advisory council members. The program at the Greater Richmond Convention Center will include an opening general session with keynote speaker and other invited guests, concurrent sessions, and a vendor exhibition. The Virginia Association for Career and Technical Education will host the opening luncheon and will be inviting gubernatorial candidates to speak.

photo of Governor Kaine

Governor Timothy Kaine has been invited to speak on August 4, 2009, at the Creating Excellence Awards Dinner, and he has tentatively accepted. The Creating Excellence Awards are being combined with our summer institute to provide more exposure for the awards and to help with travel expenses that would have been incurred from two different meetings.

photo of Congressman Peterson

Former Congressman John Peterson, who led the efforts for many years in support of Perkins funding, will conduct a concurrent session on business and education partnerships. Congressman Peterson is a long-time friend of Career and Technical Education (CTE). His session will be a highlight for our business, industry, and education partners and CTE advisory council members, as well as CTE administrators.

Other concurrent sessions are centered around the following strands: Teaching Strategies Including 3 R's...Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships; Integrating Technology; Career Development and Guidance; Effective Business, Industry and Community Partnerships; CTE and Workforce Development; Credentialing and Assessments; Financial Literacy; Data Driven Decision Making; Public Policy; Impacting Student Success; Special Populations; Teacher Licensure; and Curriculum Development. Please review the individual program area Web sites for details on their professional association activities that week.

Join us in Virginia's capital city! Career and Technical Education in Virginia has been garnering "headlines" with our Governor's Career and Technical Academies, industry certifications, and success of our graduates. Help us to keep those "headlines" out there to show what Career and Technical Education can do for Virginia's workforce development.

For general information, please contact:
Mrs. Holly Wimmer-McClanahan at holly05@vt.edu or (540) 231-9488
Dr. Brenda Long at brendalong73@gmail.com or (540) 231-9092

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