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2 National Career Academy Coalition (NCAC) The mission of NCAC is to create and support a national network of existing and emerging career academies Members of the Board of NCAC: Angie Grasberger, President SLC Project Manager Manatee County School District, Florida Susan Tidyman, Vice-President Regional/State Coordinator Career Academy Support Network John Davidson, Treasurer Retired Arkansas Department of Career Education Jean Miyahira, Secretary Hawaii Consortium of Career Academies Cheryl Carrier, Program Director Ford Next Generation Learning Stephen Casa, Senior Director Network Advocacy National Academy Foundation Dr. Joseph DiMartino, President Center for Secondary School Redesign (CSSR) Kimberly Green, Executive Director National Association of State Directors of CTE Consortium Mike Gross, Career Education Coordinator Junction City High School, Kansas Robert E. Bob Gunter, Deputy Director Career & Technical Education, Arkansas Marc Hill, Chief Policy Officer Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce Susan Katzman, President The SEK Group Connie Majka, Director of Learning and Innovation Philadelphia Academies, Inc. Thomas Sheaffer, Director of Policy and Evaluation Office of the Deputy Mayor Philadelphia Dr. Daniel Smith, President Smith Enterprises Brad Stam, Vice President ConnectEd Jay Steele, Chief Academic Officer K-12 Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools Dr. Judith Stein, Executive Director Fischler Graduate School of Education & Human Resources Dr. Verlyn (Lyn) Velle, CTE Coordinator Campbell County School District, Wyoming LeAnne Wilson, Deputy Executive Director Association for Career & Technical Education (ACTE) Jan Struebing, Executive Director BUSINESS OFFICE: c/o Jacobs, Cohen & Associates, CPA 401 Church Street Suite 2500 Nashville, TN (615)

3 TABLE OF CONTENTS NCAC Board of Directors 2 NCAC President s Welcome 4 Welcome from the Greater Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau 5 Program at A Glance 6-7 Keynote Speakers 8-10 Academy Awards Ignite 18 Pre-Session Schedule Workshop Schedule Conference Partners Sponsors & Vendors 44 Logos NCAC National Standards of Practice Personal Conference Planner 49 Hotel Floor Plan 50 NCAC Services to Academies 51 3

4 PRESIDENT S WELCOME Welcome Conference Attendees: Angie Grasberger, President I want to thank you for joining us here in Phoenix, Arizona for our 17 th annual conference. NCAC is pleased to be here in beautiful Maricopa County. Once again our conference theme is Career Academies: Changing Lives Every Day/Every Child. Career Academies provide the opportunity for educators to fully engage students as never before. These students depend on us to be flexible, understanding and willing to listen to their ideas. They are used to being connected 24/7 and they want to be engaged. As their educators we are the most important people this generation has. Career Academies are continuing to spread around the country. More and more they are garnering the support of business and industry leaders who sing their praises. These leaders clearly understand the impact the career academies are having on economic and workforce development. Steve Jobs in his 2005 commencement address at Stanford University said You ve got to find what you love Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. When you are doing what you love you have the perseverance to see it through. As teachers it is our responsibility to learn what our students are passionate about and provide them with hands-on experiences through integrated lessons, mentoring, and work-based learning opportunities to explore their passion and reach their goal. In addition to the strands on the Career Academy National Standards of Practice, we are continuing to offer sessions on Innovation. Innovation is more than the use of technology. Our Innovation Strand is about renewing, changing, and creating more effective processes to engage our students and aid their learning. Please be sure to visit one or more of these sessions to see some of the creative things educators have incorporated into their classrooms. In closing, I would like to provide a few acknowledgements and my grateful appreciation to: Susan Katzman, Connie Majka, Jan Struebing and the NCAC National Planning Committee for all your time and work; The assistance from the Hyatt Regency Phoenix; Jacobs, Cohen & Associates, CPA; and Meeting Services, LLC; The NCAC Board of Directors for their unselfish gifts of time, dedication to the cause, and leadership; And to you, our conference attendees, for caring that your students receive the very best. 4

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6 Program at a Glance Hear and learn from academy experts and dialogue with colleagues from around the country at any of our more than 70 high-powered sessions organized around the 10 National Standards of Practice (NSOP). Thursday, October 24 7:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m. Registration Open 7:00 a.m 8:30 a.m. Pre-Session Presenter /Board Member Breakfast 8:30 a.m. 2:30 p.m. Pre-Sessions (Include Lunch) Friday, October 25 Phoenix East Academies 101: Designing School as UNusual Phoenix West Developing Programs of Study for Academies and Smaller Learning Communities Remington A-B Leadership for Personalizing Learning in Career Academies Borein A Scheduling for Transformation Remington C/ Russell A Improving Achievement with Integrated, Authentic Projects 7:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m. Atrium Lobby Registration Open 7:00 a.m. 8:30 a.m. Regency Ballroom Continental Breakfast 8:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. 2nd floor Atrium Vendor Center Open 8:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 10:15 a.m. Regency Ballroom Conference Opening ROTC Air Force Color Guard Lt. Col. Rodey Clements & CMSgt Michelle Siau C/TSgt Kristopher Cunningham C/SSgt Adriana Cruz C/SSgt Sean Wallace C/Col Andrew Guzman National Anthem Denaja Jones Aqua Fria High School, Avondale, AZ Featured Speaker Sharon Miller Virtual Tours Mountain Home High School McGavock High School Coffee Break 6

7 10:15 a.m. 11:45 a.m. Session 1 Cowboy Artist Ballroom Phoenix Ballroom Curtis A-B Ellis West Mountain Home McGavock Starting An Academy Are you ready to be a Model Academy 12:00 p.m. 1:30 p.m. Regency Ballroom Lunch/Featured Speaker - Jay Steele 1:30 p.m. 4:00 p.m. 2nd floor Atrium Vendor Center Open 1:45 p.m. 2:45 p.m. Session 3 3:00 p.m. 4:30 p.m. Sundance Ballroom Session 4 - Speed Networking 3:00 p.m. 4:45 p.m. Gilbert Conversation Invitation Only 5:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. Sundeck 3rd Floor Partner/Vendor Reception/Invitation Only Saturday, October 26 7:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m. Atrium Lobby Registration Open 7:00 a.m. 8:00 a.m. Regency Ballroom Continental Breakfast/Announcements 8:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. 2nd floor Atrium Vendor Center Open 8:15 a.m. 9:15 a.m. Session 5 9:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. Session 6 10:30 a.m. 10:45 a.m. Coffee Break 10:45 a.m. 11:45 a.m. Session 7 12:00 p.m. 1:15 p.m. Regency Ballroom Lunch/Academy Awards 1:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m. Session 8 2:45 p.m. 3:45 p.m. Session 9 Sunday, October 27 7:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. Atrium Lobby Registration Open 7:00 a.m. 8:00 a.m. Regency Ballroom Continental Breakfast/Announcements Raffle Ticket Giveaway 8:15 a.m. 9:15 a.m. Session 10 9:30 a.m. 10:15 a.m. Session 11 7

8 Featured Speaker Sharon Lee Miller Sharon Lee Miller serves as Director of the Division of Academic and Technical Education (DATE) within the U.S. Department of Education s Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE). DATE is responsible for administering one of the Department s largest formula grant programs, which currently distributes about 1.2 billion annually to states under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV). The division also administers discretionary grants to improve the quality of career and technical education for Native Americans, Native Alaskans, and Native Hawaiians; gathers data for national accountability and for state and local program improvement; and conducts national initiatives that improve the rigor and relevance of career and technical education programs. A native of Schenectady, New York, Sharon holds a Ph.D. in Educational Theory and Practice from the University at Albany in New York State. Her OVAE work experience includes oversight of research, development, and evaluation studies on issues pertaining to career and technical education. Prior to coming to the Department, she worked for the New York State Education Department on a range of initiatives, including administering school-to-work grants, conducting statewide evaluations, and gathering performance accountability data. She has formerly taught at the both the Kindergarten and college level. 8

9 Featured Speaker Dr. Jay Steele Dr. Jay Steele is the Chief Academic Officer in the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. He is responsible for the education of 83,000 students in 150 schools. He has 27 years of experience as a teacher, high school principal, and a district administrator. Jay is a former music educator with degrees from Western Kentucky University and the University of North Florida. He recently completed his doctorate in Urban Leadership and Strategic Change at Lipscomb University in Nashville. He is a national consultant and presenter on high school transformation, effective business engagement and the National Standards of Practice for academies. Jay worked with the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools to transform the 12 zoned high schools into wall-to-wall academies called The Academies of Nashville. The transformation of Nashville s high schools has received local, national, and international recognition as one of the premiere reform efforts in the United States for system change. He serves on the board of directors for the National Career Academy Coalition and works with the Ford Motor Company Fund. 9

10 Featured Speaker DONNA ROSSI CBS 5 Two time Emmy Award-winning reporter Donna Rossi joined CBS 5 news in September In that time, Donna has covered some of the most high profile stories in the valley and across the state. Donna's experience as a 4 year veteran of the Phoenix Police Department gives her a keen sense of crime and court stories. She offered gavel to gavel coverage of the 1999 sleepwalking murder trial of Scott Falater, and the trial and conviction of retired Catholic Bishop Thomas O'Brien for a fatal hit and run accident. Donna was the point reporter during the Wallow Fire in northeast Arizona in the summer of The Wallow Fire is the largest wildfire in Arizona history. Donna's reputation as a fair and accurate journalist has earned her the respect of her colleagues and community. Her talent as a reporter has earned her more than a dozen Arizona Associated Press awards and an Emmy statue. Donna previously worked as an anchor and reporter in Tucson and got her start in broadcast journalism in Flagstaff. Donna is a past president of the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences. She currently is a mentor for a high school program sponsored by NATAS. Donna is a member of IFP/Phoenix, a non-profit organization of local film and documentary makers. Donna was born in New York and moved to the Valley with her family when she was 9 years old. She is a graduate of Maryvale High School and attended Arizona State University. She graduated cum laude from Northern Arizona University. In her free time, Donna enjoys boating on Bartlett Lake, all forms of music and theatre. Donna frequently donates her time to speak to community organizations and emcee their events. Donna also loves donating her time to youth organizations and groups who work to secure and safeguard human rights. Donna is on the board of DUET, a non-profit organization that promotes health and well-being through a broad range of services to older adults. 10

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12 Career Academy Awards Henk Koning Exemplary Partnership Award DELOITTE ACCEPTED BY JOHN DOERGE, CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP MANAGER Deloitte is a partner with three specific academies: (a) the Tennessee Credit Union Academy of Business & Finance at Antioch High School; (b) the US Community Credit Union Academy of Business & Finance at McGavock High School; and (c) the Academy of Information Technology at Overton High School. In addition to hosting FAFSA completion nights in each school, Deloitte employees sit on the Advisory Board for each academy listed, serve on the district wide partnership council for Business, Marketing, and Information Technology, and have a seat at the CEO Champions board that oversees the work of the Academies throughout Nashville. Deloitte provides field trip and job shadow experiences for students in all three academies and has hosted interdisciplinary teams of teachers on externships. John Doerge as Corporate Citizenship Manager for Deloitte is not only a partner at the local school level, he is a partner with the Academies of Nashville as a collective. Last year, John was a member of the local NCAC Conference Planning Committee. He has also provided lunch during Student Ambassador training for more than 100 students last year and this year! John is currently the Co-Chair for his partnership council's 9th Grade Career Exploration Fair Committee. In August, Metro Nashville Public Schools launched the Virtual Academy of Business and Marketing and John was the first business to volunteer and plan to create opportunities for virtual field trips and job shadows for students to meet the diverse needs of the students who attend the MNPS Virtual School. 12

13 Career Academy Awards Exemplary Educator Award GWEN WHITE, LEAD TEACHER EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION ACADEMY COORDINATOR Frank H. Peterson Academies of Technology Gwen White has been the Early Childhood Education Academy Coordinator for over 20 years and has a total of 38 years in education. She has developed and refined the Early Childhood program to be the model academy that it is today adapting to the safety and licensure needs and demands of this ever changing field. She is committed to the education and progression of her students to ensure that they can be as much as they can in a career that cares for, educates and nurtures children. She has developed a relationship with the University of North Florida to mentor her students and introduce them to college. Gwen White has created a tantalizing environment where students can learn to grow, stretch and achieve their highest dreams in a demanding field. She gives many hours annually to work with and takes multiple trips with students to competitions such as FCCLA where her students are always top in earning awards. Through consistent and proactive collaboration, Gwen White continues to be an anchor of her magnet school. Her commitment has been a shining example of excellence for cohort common planning and to aid academic teachers as they strive to make real world connections for the Early Childhood Education students in all classes. Sisyphus Award The Sisyphus Award is given to the person or persons who through their dedication, leadership and perseverance have helped to move education and career academies to the next level. 13

14 Awards THE NATIONAL STANDARDS OF PRACTICE NCAC MODEL ACADEMY AWARDS The National Career Academy Coalition provides a review process for academies based on the ten National Standards of Practice (NSOP). The review process involves a self-assessment by the academy and then a visit from two reviewers who provide some technical assistance during the review. Upon completion of the review, an academy is given a designation of In Progress, Certified, or Model. NCAC is pleased to provide the Model Academy Awards to twenty-three academies that were reviewed between November 2012 and June COMMUNICATION, ARTS AND BUSINESS ACADEMY MOUNTAIN HOME HIGH SCHOOL MOUNTAIN HOME, ARKANSAS Mountain Home High School Communication, Arts and Business (CAB) Academy is located in Mountain Home, a rural agricultural community in northwest Arkansas. The academy houses 277 students in grades and is one of three in a wall-to-wall high school, providing an environment where diverse learning styles are embraced through the academics. Wells Fargo Rewarding Academic Progress (WRAP) is a partnership between the Wells Fargo Securities Investment Firm and CAB students that builds on business and creative skills for the purpose of rewarding student achievement. CAB Productions is a student business that provides hands- on-experience in the entertainment industry from lights and sound, performance, event planning, marketing and finance HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES ACADEMY MOUNTAIN HOME HIGH SCHOOL MOUNTAIN HOME, ARKANSAS The Health and Human Services Academy (HHS) houses 285 students in grades and is one of three academies in a wall-to-wall high school. HHS offers a diverse program in health and medicine, environmental science, human services, hospitality and food science and agriculture animal science. Each year the HHS students join forces to combine interactive labs with detective skills for 6 th graders to solve a hypothetical crime mystery known as CSI or Challenging Students to make an Impact where they teach 6th graders the basics of criminology and physiology, from blood typing to carbon fingerprinting. ARCHITECTURE, CONSTRUCTION, MANUFACTURING AND ENGINEERING ACADEMY MOUNTAIN HOME HIGH SCHOOL MOUNTAIN HOME, ARKANSAS The Architecture, Construction, Manufacturing and Engineering Academy (ACME) houses 219 students in grades and is one of three model academies in a wall-to-wall high school. The ACME academy offers career pathways in Agricultural Business, Agricultural Metals, Forestry, Agricultural Electricity, Leadership and Communication, Managing Natural Resources, Agricultural Structures, and Small Engine Technology. The academy team works together to integrate lessons around common themes and projects so students receive an enhanced curriculum. Several of their projects included fitness trail signs, building picnic tables for around campus, and adding pavers around the pavilion and gazebo. 14

15 Awards THE NATIONAL STANDARDS OF PRACTICE NCAC MODEL ACADEMY AWARDS (continued) ACADEMY OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (AOIT) MIAMI CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL MIAMI, FLORIDA Situated in a challenging neighborhood, Miami Central High School opened in 1959 and soon recognized the enormous potential and value of a computer science program. They became a member of the National Academy Foundation s (NAF) Information Technology program (AOIT) in While other students in the high school struggled, students in the AOIT Academy have excelled both academically and with standardized testing. Through the supportive structure of the academy, strong administrative and faculty leadership and business and industry partner involvement, students have earned numerous industry certifications, college credits, academic scholarship and work-based internships. ENVIRONMENTAL & CIVIL ENGINEERING ACADEMY CREEKSIDE HIGH SCHOOL ST. JOHNS, FLORIDA The Academy focuses on two strands: Civil Engineering (Urban Planning) and Environmental Engineering. The civil engineering program prepares students as surveying technicians, mapping technicians, civil engineers, surveyors and urban planners. The content includes beginning surveying, including mapping natural terrain, and drafting. The Environmental Engineering program focuses on the knowledge of federal, state, and local regulations; ecosystem awareness; water and air quality issues; managing hazardous materials; managing forests, wetlands, fisheries, and wildlife; and planning and administering land use. Also involved are protecting resources; conducting site assessments; sampling procedures; safety procedures; compliance monitoring and quality assurance procedures; and instruction in GIS/GPS technology. VYSTAR ACADEMY OF BUSINESS AND FINANCE PEDRO MENENDEZ HIGH SCHOOL ST. AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA Established in , this Academy provides students with a rigorous business program that includes relevant concepts and skills that are transferable to post-secondary education and/or the workplace. Students graduating from this academy will leave Pedro Menendez High School with a well-rounded education in general business principles, employability skills, on-the-job training, and a completed online portfolio documenting their qualifications. All business programs within the academy articulate to the St. Johns River State College. Students may earn college credit through institutional exams, portfolio review, sequenced courses, and/or dual enrollment. PLEASE NOTE!!!!!! You may be photographed and the photos may be used publicly to continue to support the mission of NCAC. If you do not wish to be photographed, please notify the registration desk. 15

16 Awards THE NATIONAL STANDARDS OF PRACTICE NCAC MODEL ACADEMY AWARDS (continued) CANE RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL ARCHITECTURE AND CONSTRUCTION ACADEMY NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE Cane Ridge High School is a wall-to-wall academy high school serving approximately 1,570 students The Architecture and Construction Academy houses 211 students grades This academy encompasses four pathways: Design and Preconstruction; Carpentry; Concrete; and Electrical. Students can earn dual credit through the Tennessee Technical Center and AP courses. They can also earn certifications through NCCER, OSHA and through participation in the ACE Mentoring program. Cane Ridge is the first high school in the nation to embed the Capstone ACE experience in the school day when it became clear that it was not viable to students to participate after school. OVERTON HIGH SCHOOL ENGINEERING ACADEMY NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE Overton High School is a wall-to-wall academy high school services approximately 1,722 students in grades The Engineering Academy houses approximately 343 students, about 20% of the schools population, and offers pathways in Engineering Technology and Urban Agriculture. Students choose their pathway in the 10 th grade after going through a Freshman Academy where they begin interfacing with business partners through an annual career fair, career exploration, and learning about the academies offered at their own school. Quotes from students include, Professionalism means how you carry yourself both in school, at the job and in your community. Professionalism is about working as a team even if you don t like someone to get the project done. MCGAVOCK HIGH SCHOOL HEALTH SCIENCE AND LAW ACADEMY NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE he Health Science and Law (HSL) Academy houses 393 students and offers pathways in Health Science, Veterinary Science, and Criminal Law & Justice. Interdisciplinary project based units of study called Multi-Disciplinary Integrated Curriculum Units (MDICU) are developed by grade level in conjunction with their business partners. In 10 th grade the project is Treatment Plan for a Hypothetical Person. In 11 th grade they are using the book The Immortal Lie of Henrietta Lacks and in 12 th grade their project is call Zombie Disaster Drill. MCGAVOCK HIGH SCHOOL AVIATION & TRANSPORTATION ACADEMY NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE The Aviation & Transportation Academy is one of the 21 high schools in Metropolitan Nashville Public School system. It houses 336 students in the academy and includes pathways in Aviation, Flight, Aviation Maintenance, Collision and Repair, and Engineering and Technology. The academy staff meets regularly to develop interdisciplinary based unit for each grade level. One of the units created for juniors and seniors, Aircraft Assembly, Collaboration & Presentation Skills, is the result of a teacher externship with business partners at Triumph Aeorstructures. 16

17 Awards THE NATIONAL STANDARDS OF PRACTICE NCAC MODEL ACADEMY AWARDS (continued) ENGINEERING ACADEMY ROBERT E. LEE HIGH SCHOOL JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA This high school is a magnet school housing small learning communities that prepares students to demonstrate excellence in Math, Science, Technology and Humanities as they pursue postsecondary learning, employment and independence in our global economy. The Engineering Academy was established four years ago and has an enrollment of over 180 students. It has a welldeveloped team that works well to provide real-life, hands-on, project-based, integrated projects that come alive to students. These projects are designed so that the students take charge of their own education by designing the emphasis of their project within the academy guidelines. COMMUNICATIONS ACADEMY FRANK H. PETERSON ACADEMIES OF TECHNOLOGY JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA The Communications Academy is one of seven Choice Magnet programs within the high school and draws students from both within the school and the district. The Academy has 294 students involved in one of three career pathways: New Media Technology, Commercial Art, and Television Production. Integrated lessons with well-defined rubrics exist for each of the four grade levels such as Identity, Visual Literacy, Preamble, and Holocaust. The integrated project for seniors is a research paper on Copyright/Plagiarism. AUTOMOTIVE ACADEMY FRANK H. PETERSON ACADEMIES OF TECHNOLOGY JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA The Automotive Academy is the home to 156 students of the 1,016 students within the Choice Magnet high school. Academy students can pursue one of three career pathways: Automotive Technology, Collision Repair and Diesel mechanics. The Academy includes integrated lessons with well-defined rubrics for all four grade levels. The lesson on Wheel Balancing is paired with the Geometry class. The Piston Unit is integrated with Pre-Calculus. Junior and senior students participate in a Capstone project, the Auto Show with their business partners. Students in the academy have the opportunity to earn various ASE certifications. 17

18 BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND Ignite Session at NCAC Everyone is interesting for five minutes! Friday, October 25, 1:45 2:45 p.m. Room: Sundance Ignite someone s imagination! Ignite is a style of presentation. Each participant will have five minutes to speak about an idea, or personal or professional passion, accompanied by 20 slides. Each slide is displayed for 15 seconds, and slides are automatically advanced. The slides contain more images than words---think TED in hyper drive. They're short. Where most sessions offer entrée-sized content, IGNITE is a buffet of appetizers. You get to sample a lot in a short period of time, and if you find an individual talk unappealing, it will be over in a few minutes. They're unpredictable. Given the constraints of the format and the pressure on the presenters, there is an air of uncertainty about how well everything will go. It feels live, unedited, and you half expect a panel of judges to be giving feedback after each presentation. This creates a high level of energy in the room (from both the participants and the presenters). The content can be more personal. IGNITE can easily be done on professional topics (case studies and show and tell work very well in the formats), but they also are wellsuited to personal stories. Where a conference might not do a track of personal development topics, one round of IGNITE sessions can address important personal issues to the professional development of your participants. There was already a buzz. IGNITE debuted at NCAC s conference last year. Attendees and impromptu presenters loved it. Many used the technique in their schools and the students loved it. So, why just watch when you can participate? Consider creating an IGNITE presentation and bring it with you. If you feel moved to come up with an impromptu session, you can sign up during the session. If you want to see some samples, go to: igniteshow.com/oreilly. 18

19 Pre-Session Schedule THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24, 8:30 A.M. 2:30 P.M. Academies 101: Designing School as Unusual Room: Phoenix East If you're just getting started, design with the future in mind! The demands of 21st Century learning and working environments in turn demand state-of-theart academy designs that are forward thinking. Are you just beginning to learn about academies and smaller learning communities and need to know the basics? Do you want to learn the latest in innovative and effective academy implementation? Do you wonder how to best get started? Do you want to make sure you learn tips from others on how to take bold steps and avoid common obstacles? In this session, seasoned experts and innovative practitioners who are assisting in the development of cutting edge academies will share the secrets of how to get started. Work with a planning template to take home to help you and your colleagues develop an academy that meets the needs of a rapidly changing world. The ten National Standards of Practice for career academies will be used as a foundation for discussion and participants will explore what each of the Standards should look like when applied to a 21st century academy. Featured Speakers: Billie Donegan Lead School Coach Center for Secondary School Redesign Trevor Laboski Principal Big Sky High School Angie Besendorfer Assistant Superintendent, Joplin Schools Developing Programs of Study for Academies and Smaller Learning Communities Room: Phoenix West Successful transition to college and career for students largely hinges on the quality of the Program of Study (POS). Integrating academic and 19 Career & Technical Education (CTE) through a sequence of courses to establish a coherent and rigorous transition to post-secondary education or the workplace requires attention to the organizational design of the Program of Study. This session will help academy and SLC teams develop and/or strengthen their Programs of Study through collaboration across disciplines while fostering alignment and cooperation both vertically and horizontally. The POS process is never finished so whether you are just beginning to develop one or need help improving what you have, join us in this interactive session to learn from practitioners in the field. Please bring your computer and any working documents you may have, or if you are just getting started, materials to develop a POS will be provided. Featured Speakers: Erin Fender Project Manager College & Career Academy Support Network (CCASN) University of California, Berkeley Chris Almeida School Site Lead, California Partnership Academies (CPAs and CTE Teacher Michael Gross Career Education Coordinator Junction City High School, Kansas Leadership for Personalizing Learning in Career Academies Room: Remington ABC In this session academy leaders will learn about leadership strategies that support a move to a more authentic, personalized learning experience for students in their academies. The presenters will share examples of how to use an inquirybased approach to learning and how that fits naturally into a career academy setting. Furthermore, the presenters will address proven ways to apply positive influence to gain support from all stakeholders involved in career academies: students, teachers, administrators,

20 and community members to ensure collaboration and fidelity of initiative implementation. Featured Speakers: Joseph Dilation President, Center for Secondary School Redesign, Inc. Dr. Bill Bryan Vice President of Leadership and Organization Development, CSSR Bob Rossi Assistant Superintendent, Tucson School District Scheduling for Transformation Room: Borein The complexities of building an SLC/Academy master schedule can be overwhelming, especially for those with little or no master scheduling experience. This one-day workshop will focus on the various steps in creating a transforming structure of academies and teams. This workshop will also provide participants with the understanding of how educational philosophy is just as important as planning and process when developing an SLC/ Academy master schedule. Improving Achievement with Integrated, Authentic Projects Room: Remington C/Russell A Designing integrated lessons and projects that are both rigorous and highly engaging can be a challenge. We have a process and online tool to help academy teams design projects that align with both academic and technical coursework. Students must master academic competencies to complete authentic, personally meaningful tasks and projects. Come join this pre-session to combine common core with cross-curricular academy standards to design industry specific authentic assessments. Featured Speaker: Kathleen Harris Linked Learning Coach ConnectEd The California Center for College & Career Featured Speaker: Kelly Henderson Executive Director of Instruction Metro Nashville Public Schools 20

21 Workshop Schedule Please note: These are the career academies that have been denoted as Model in the national review process based on the ten National Standards of Practice (NSOP) between November 2012 and June These sessions are part of the Innovative Strand. Friday, October 25 Session One 10:15 11:45 a.m. McGavock High School: Now and Then Room: Cowboy Artists Academies at McGavock High School provide students with hands-on learning and real world experiences relevant to their career interests. As a result, discipline referrals have decreased, attendance has increased, and student achievement is on the rise. Learn how we survived the tumultuous journey of implementation and created a structure that allowed us to redesign our high school in concert with our business and community partners...resulting in wall to wall model academies. Robbin Wall Executive Principal McGavock High School Jennifer Bell Principal Academy of Aviation and Transportation Shatrina Cathey Principal Academy of Health Science & Law Paula Barkley Academy Coach Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools Lucia Folk Country Music Television (CMT) Sarah Gaffney Country Music Television (CMT) John Doerge Corporate Citizen Manager Deloitte Experience our Journey of Change into Three Model Wall-to-Wall Career Academies Room: Phoenix East West Systematic change requires a willingness to look on change as an opportunity Peter Drucker. This presentation will include an interactive platform with a variety of stakeholders that have helped sustain the Mountain Home High School Career Academies since An overview of how one small high school embraced high school redesign by implementing a wall-to-wall career academy model will be provided through panel discussions. The success of this model can be credited to the use of shared leadership and embedding the community to provide students with real-world learning opportunities, such as mentoring, internships, teacher externships and community integrated projects. Conference attendees will dialogue with a student panel via Skype. Come join our session and experience why Mountain Home High School Career Academies were featured in 2012 on CNBC Education Nation. Dana Brown Principal Mountain Home High School Career Academies Brigitte Shipman Academy Coordinator 21

22 Starting An Academy Room: Curtis A-B If you are new at career academies, this session is for you. Your district or state may be investigating career academies, you may have a directive from your superintendent to start an academy or you may have been reading about the success of career academies and want to know the ins and outs of creating one. The two presenters together have over thirty years in the career academy "business." They will provide a roadmap for planning and thinking through strategies for implementation. The National Standards of Practice will be discussed. Susan Tidyman Regional/State Coordinator College and Career Academy Support Network (CCASN) Charles Dayton National Liaison (CCASN) Are You Ready To Be a Model Academy? Room: Ellis West If you have had a career academy for a while and want to ensure that you are implementing everything so that your academy is high quality or if you want to go through the NCAC academy review process and become a nationally certified or model academy, this session is for you. The National Standards of Practice (NSOP) have been slightly revised and reissued and NCAC has developed a modified academy review process. During this workshop, the revised Standards and the new NCAC review process will be discussed. The two presenters together have over thirty years in the career academy "business" and will provide some advice on how to assess your level of quality and how to prepare for an academy review. Susan Katzman President The SEK Group Dr. Dan Wallace Consultant NCAC FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25 SESSION THREE 1:45 2:45 p.m. Advisories That Work Room: Borein Both personalization and college/career readiness can be key outcomes of academy advisories, but only if we design them correctly. Lots of schools run advisories, but only a relatively small percentage can be described as highly successful/high yield advisories. There are six common threads that high successful/high yield ones have in common. Come to discuss how these schools tackle purpose, time, intentionality of design, strategies, advisor PD and evaluation. Billie Donegan Change Coach, Center for Secondary School Redesign (CSSR) CTE Every Classroom, Every Student, Every Day Room: Cowboy Artists This session highlights model academies from Frank H. Peterson Academies of Technology in Jacksonville, Florida. Four academies (Communications, Automotive, Early Childcare Education, and Cosmetology) obtained model status through NCAC in the past two years. Participants will learn the path to wall to wall model academies that includes providing strategies for increasing industry certifications, cultivating active advisory boards, increasing rigor and relevance through cohort scheduling, common planning and integrated lessons, and building relationships with the community that result in career exploration for students. Every teacher in every classroom embraces the idea of every classroom, every student, every day. This is CTE. Cathy Barnes Principal Jessica Parrish Assistant Principal Frank H. Peterson High School Jacksonville, FL Increasing Access to an International Baccalaureate (IB) Education Room: Curtis A The IB Career related certificate (IBCC) is the IB's fourth programme which provides students with a range of possibilities and pathways in order to truly promote college and career readiness. The 22

23 IBCC incorporates the educational principles, vision and learner profile of the IB into a unique programme for students who are engaged in career-related education. Come learn how you can increase access to an IB education at your academy, school and or district. Natasha Deflorian IBCC Associate Manager International Baccalaureate Bethesda, MD Monitoring Performance of Career Academies Room: Remington ABC Research has found career academies can improve outcomes for students. As the number of academies grows, it is important to make sure they continue to produce the intended results. This presentation shows how this can be done, using information from the California Partnership Academies. David Stern Emeritus Professor UC Berkeley, Graduate School of Education Berkeley, CA Principal Investigator College and Career Academy Support Network (CCASN) School of the Dead: Transforming Education Through Interdisciplinary and Cross-Curricular Instruction Room: Russell ABC Teachers from The Academy of Health Science and Law at McGavock High School will discuss their "Zombie Apocalypse" interdisciplinary project. Included in the presentation will be a discussion of the development and implementation of a massive, multi-grade level cross-curricular disaster drill. Chris Skinner English IV Teacher/Academy Advisor Pauline Chaney Nursing Teacher Nichi Knox English III Teacher/Academy Lead McGavock High School, Metro Nashville Public Schools Health Infomatics: A STEM/CTE Hybrid Curriculum Room: Ellis West Health Informatics is a fusion of health, IT and Business. As the world of business changes rapidly with increased technology and data demands so do the requirements of a qualified workforce. A new curriculum blending health, IT and business is being developed called Health Informatics. It is the newest curriculum for a complete health academy. Thomas Applegate Executive Director Ohio Association of Career & Technical Superintendents Westerville, OH Building Leadership Capacity to Sustain Systems Reform in Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) Room: Phoenix West Based on Michael Fullan s work, systems change occurs in three phases: initiating change, implementing the change and sustaining the new system. As Metro Nashville Public Schools moves from the implementation of career academies over six years to sustaining the work and becoming the new normal approach for educating high school students a strategic professional development plan has been developed and implemented. This session will walk participants through the process used to develop the strategic professional development plan, the identification of the focus of knowledge and skills necessary to ensure sustainability and the initial results after one year into the process. Robin Shrode American Alliance for Innovative Schools Kelly Henderson Executive Director of Secondary Schools Metro Nashville Public Schools You may be photographed and the photos may be used publically to continue to support the mission of NCAC. If you wish not to be photographed, please notify the registration desk. 23

24 Pure Academy Classes How and Why Room: Phoenix East Students fail classes and need to make them up, the master schedule goes awry, counselors don t understand why academy courses need to be pure, students want and should be encouraged to take AP courses while part of an academy given all these constraints how do you keep academy courses pure in each grade-level and why does it matter? This session will provide examples of strategies schools and districts are utilizing to ensure pure academy cohorts by grade-level including innovative credit recovery programs, standards-based grading, communication with counselors, embedded and/or AP support and coding classes in the master schedule. Erin Fender Project Manager College & Career Academy Support Network University of California, Berkeley Tools and Strategies for a District-Managed Student Internship Program Room: Cassidy Learn how a large, urban school district manages a successful summer internship program placing 500 prepared students from various career themes. Hear about the challenges faced and "think out of the box" strategies. You will leave this session with tools, marketing and promotion samples, and ideas to easily implement a successful internship program at the school and/ or district level upon your return home. Lupe Diaz Director, School Choice & Parental Options Miami-Dade County Public Schools Moving From a Community of Talk to a Community of Practice Room: Curtis B Professional Learning Communities have gotten a lot of attention over the years. Academies have the structure and conditions to go much deeper by establishing a Community of Practice. These grade level teams can significantly improve student achievement. Come learn what makes them effective and how to build your own community of practice. Kathleen Harris Linked Learning Coach ConnectEd: The California Center for College and Career Professional Development Needs Assessment For Teachers in Career Academies Room: Ellis East The fifth NCAC Standard of Practice focuses on professional development (PD), suggesting that teachers be provided with training in the academy structure, curricular integration, student support, and employer involvement. Without a formal needs assessment, however, PD may be haphazard and not truly address the needs of teachers. In this workshop, participants will explore the needs assessment conducted in the Metro Nashville Public School system, discuss results of the assessment, and discover how this assessment allowed for personal PD plans for teachers and fostered purposeful PD. Participants will be prepared to conduct a PD needs assessment specific to career academy teachers. Chaney Mosley Director, Academies of Nashville Metro Nashville Public Schools Gaye Martin CTE Coordinator Metro Nashville Public Schools Ignite Room: Sundance Ignite is a style of presentation. Each participant will have five minutes to speak about his/her ideas, and/or personal or professional passion accompanied by 20 slides. Each slide is set to automatically advance every 15 seconds. The goal is to transmit entertaining and engaging ideas and stimulate innovative thinking. Your students will love this. EVERYONE can participate! It doesn t have to be planned or perfect. Come with a short 5 minute talk, 20 slides with pictures or words that will prompt you and join the fun. Connie Majka Director Learning and Innovation Philadelphia Academies, Inc. 24

25 Friday, October 25 Session Four 3:00 4:30 p.m. There must be a better way to network. Rather Have Root Canal Than Go To A Networking Event? Room: Sundance We hear about the importance of networking, but do conferences take an active role in ensuring that networking opportunities are designed to be easy, pleasurable, and effective? No, they rely on old stand-bys of throwing some parties and naming them networking events. Here s the not-so-startling newsflash. These events work best for extroverts, only a small percentage of any given group. That leaves a lot of poor souls with dry mouths and anxiety, and most likely, they will never connect after the conference. This year, NCAC s Innovation Strand will change all that with Speed-Networking. SPEED NETWORKING Have you ever been on a speed date? Probably not, and don t be scared...we're not setting anyone up. But we are initiating a new kind of networking event at this year s NCAC Conference. This event will give attendees a unique and fun opportunity to share ideas and get to know people you might not otherwise connect with. It s an event designed for you to share your community s best practices and engaging initiatives, and to learn about what is working in other communities. You can also come with a concern or something you need to know more about. HOW: The event starts with every participant sitting across from one other participant. When the bell rings, the participants have five minutes introduce themselves, their academy and what they are proud of or where they need help. When the bell rings again, the participants stop, one of the participants moves on to the next person, and the process continues. We know five minutes is not long enough. It s only meant to whet your appetite and get participants to meet as many people in a short amount of time. Following the Speed-Networking session, and during the remainder of the conference, you can follow up with the people and ideas that inspired you and continue the conversations. WHAT YOU GET: You will meet lots of people and hear about lots of ideas in a short amount of time. WHEN YOU GET BACK: This type of event can easily be used with students and business partners. Students have a chance to practice their elevator speeches by meeting and introducing themselves to business professionals. It s an easy and fun way to teach networking, professionalism, and other social skills. Connie Majka Philadelphia Academies, Inc. Stephanie Smith Philadelphia Academies, Inc. 25 Susan Bantang SCB Strategies, LLC Robert Bantang SCB Strategies, LLC

26 Saturday, October 26 Session Five 8:15 9:15 a.m. Gazing Into A Crystal Ball: A Panel of National Policy Experts Address Education and Workforce Trends Room: Ellis East-West Eric Vincent Academy Lead Teacher Michael Dale Department Head Engineering Academy Robert E. Lee High School, Duval County Public Schools Connecting education, workforce and economic development, career academies are poised to be a key solution to the challenges facing our nation. The Obama Administration has made it clear education is critical to our nation's short and long-term economic success. But what does this mean for career academies? This panel of national policy leaders will discuss federal education and workforce policies, trends and forecasts impacting career academies. Moderator: Kimberly A. Green Executive Director National Association of State Directors of Career & Technical Education Consortium Panelists: Steve DeWitt Deputy Executive Director Association for Career and Technical Education Sharon Miller Director, Division of Academic and Technical Education Office of Vocational and Adult Education U.S. Department of Education Brad Stam Vice President, Chief Operating Officer ConnectED The California Center for College and Career David Stern Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of California, Berkeley Principal Investigator College & Career Academy Support Network Jan Struebing Executive Director National Career Academy Coalition Data Focused: Using Data to Drive Your Academy Room: Phoenix West This presentation addresses data-driven approaches within the Academy of International Business and Communications and Academy of Global Health and Science at Hillsboro High School in Nashville, TN. We will examine how student data is captured, analyzed, and utilized by assistant principals, counselors, the Academy Coach, and academy team to improve student achievement and develop interventions. Data to be examined includes student achievement, attendance, behavior, and community investment. We will also address how this data can be used to build and strengthen our Career Academies through the lens of the NCAC National Standards of Practice. Allison Bateman School Counselor IBCC Coordinator Hillsboro High School Thao Tran King Academy Coach Melissa Harkreader Assistant Principal Metro Nashville Public Schools Moving Forward as a National Model Engineering Academy Room: Cowboy Artists Participants will gain a knowledge and understanding of what it takes to gain national recognition as an engineering academy, as well as how to continue to build a successful program when faced with challenges, from administrative changes to struggling students. Participants will be encouraged knowing where there s a will there s an idea, and where there s an idea there s a way! 26

27 Classroom-Aligned Work-Based Learning That Scales Room: Borein Are you trying to make good on the promise of internships for all students? Do you want to make sure that work-based learning connects to the classroom? WestEd and CCASN will introduce a set of critical elements that define high quality indepth work-based learning, expanding options beyond traditional workplace-based internships. The NSF-sponsored GLOBE program (Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment) being implemented within green academies in California, will be presented as an example. Participants will use the "critical elements" framework to explore and evaluate similar strategies that can be implemented in their own communities. Svetlana Darche Sr. Research Associate WestEd Erin Fender Coordinator of Public Programs & Linked Learning Coach, CCASN, UC Berkeley From Conflict to Collaboration: Building a Culture of Professionalism Room: Remington ABC This session focuses on shifting a school's professional culture from that of congenial and sometimes adversarial relationships to true collegiality. The presenters will outline how they facilitated cultural change in their career academy high school by instituting team conversation protocols, creating a common vocabulary related to teaching and learning, and training team leaders in leading difficult conversations and appropriate team interventions. Participants will learn strategies and receive tools for developing and reshaping their schools collaborative cultures and creating highly functioning teams. David Holden Partner, American Alliance for Innovative Schools Jera Niewoehner Academy Coach at Whites Creek High School Metro Nashville Public Schools The Academies of Nashville The Elephant in the Room: Marketing Career Academies Room: Russell ABC You ve got the brand. You ve got the mission. You ve got the vision. But, how do you get the message out there? Marketing and public relations are not traditionally associated with public schools, but how do you sell your schools otherwise? With increased competition, declining resources, media scrutiny, and the importance of public buy-in, marketing schools and academies can no longer be ignored. In order to get your message out to the community, marketing cannot be the elephant in the room. Learn how a successful Outreach Campaign has been implemented and carried out in the Academies of Nashville and how you can do the same in your community. Beverly Kreul Program Manager Metro Nashville Public Schools Pam Daly DK Brand Strategies Have a Heart! Room: Curtis A In 2012/2013, Big Sky High School, in Missoula, MT unveiled a Health Science Academy, the first academy in the state. We use Project Lead the Way Biomedical curriculum as the backbone of the academy. Interdisciplinary teaching and learning is a big component of the academy. In this presentation, we will describe a unit on the heart that included Math, Principles of Biomedical Science (PBS), and Health/PE. Building on the information they learned in these classes, the students constructed a heart model that took up the entire high school gym. The students became the blood flowing through. What a success! Kate Lindner PLTW Health Science Academy Biomedical Teacher Big Sky High School Missoula County Public Schools Maureen Thomas Health Enhancement Teacher 27

28 Engaging ELL Learners: How Can We Innovate for Success Room: Phoenix East This roundtable discussion will engage attendees who have a shared interest in providing successful academy experiences to English Language Learners. Participants are encouraged to bring their best thinking, listening, and sharing to the table as we learn from and with one another via facilitated conversation. Focal topics will include discussion of what works (and what doesn t work), innovations in practice, and policy considerations. The session will be hosted by an Academy Principal and an ELL teacher who work in Tennessee s most ethnically and linguistically diverse school. Jill Pittman Academy Principal Cheryl Jolley ELL Teacher Academy of Information Technology Metro Nashville Public Schools Creating New Academies Around New Programs of Study Room: Cassidy In this session participants will investigate new, high-quality Programs of Study that states are developing to meet the needs of a 21st Century Workforce. Preparation for Tomorrow is a multistate effort to develop new CTE Programs that embed the rigorous state standards through authentic project-based learning. Participants will review curriculum materials from programs including Renewable Energy Technology, Health Informatics, Energy and Power, Advanced Manufacturing and others. Participants will discuss ways to build Career Academies around these new programs. Scott Warren Director of State Initiatives High Schools That Work Middle School Academies 101 Room: Curtis B (repeats in Session 8) Hundreds of middle school students are getting a jump start on their future careers. This session will provide ideas to launch middle school academies. The session will also assist you with marketing ideas for the students and parents to increase interest and enrollment. The middle school includes a rigorous curriculum that is aligned with the high school programs to allow students to continue their areas of study after they complete middle school and receive high school credit. The academies provide students with exceptional opportunities that combine strong academics with real-life skills training. By completing an Academy, a middle student may be able to earn industry certifications while still in middle school. Constance Scotchel-Gross Consultant Hobe Sound, FL Lifeline to College and Career Readiness: Success Beyond High School Room: Gilbert In this interactive session you will have the opportunity to explore innovative strategies that successfully connect academy experiences to post-secondary education and employment. Learn how to build a coherent sequence of career experiences, courses, skill acquisition and certification opportunities that will help students achieve success. These presenters represent a wall-to-wall model career academy high school. Karla Sandoval Academy Coordinator Debi Koch Executive Director of College and Career Readiness Cynthia Williams CTE Director Carl Wunsche Sr. High School High Spring ISD, Texas This Ain t Your Daddy s Classroom Room: Sundance The 21st Century learner is much different from the student of previous generations. Participants in this session will review, discuss, and take home ideas for their classroom that meet a variety of learner levels and are useful in all levels of content and technology capabilities. Mark Calvin Principal & Athletic Director Santanta Junior Senior High School Santanta, KS 28

29 Saturday, October 26 Session Six 9:30 10:30 a.m. Communications Success Engaging Business Room: Curtis A Strong business partnerships are critical for student success, and the ever-increasing PENCIL Academy Partnerships have been a driving force in Nashville s transformation of high schools into an academy structure. This workshop will focus practical advice for scaling and sustaining strong partnerships as they grow and change over time. We will also explore best practices for tracking community investment and using the data to facilitate real conversations for continuous improvement. Finally, we will share ideas for celebrating and communicating successes in ways that are important to your partners and community stakeholders. Connie Williams President and CEO Pencil Foundation Matt Seaton Director, High School Programs PENCIL Compass Points An Exercise in Understanding Preferences in Group Work Room: Borein Have you ever been in a team meeting and wondered, Where is that person coming from? Do certain personalities frustrate you? Before you start sticking pins in effigies of your team members, use this simple team exercise. Compass Points, developed in the field by educators affiliated with the National School Reform Faculty (NSRF), is similar to the Myers-Briggs Personality Inventory but uses a set of preferences which relate not to individual but to group behaviors. Use it to understand how preferences affect group work. Connie Majka Director, Learning and Innovation Philadelphia Academies, Inc. Career Academies Through the Eyes of Administration Panel Room: Ellis East-West Academies and smaller learning communities cannot survive and thrive well without administrative leadership. In the National Standards of Practice, this is supported through Standards 2 and 3. In this session, three seasoned administrators will discuss their experiences and share strategies for establishing and sustaining career academies. Each works hard to set a tone and direction for his/her district or buildings and to create a climate of high expectations. Each will share how challenges and successes are addressed, especially around political and economic issues that challenge education today. Come with your questions and be prepared for a lively exchange of ideas. Moderator: Susan Tidyman Regional/State Coordinator CCASN Trevor Laboski Principal Big Sky High School Missoula, Montana Lupe Ferran Diaz, Ph.D. Director School Choice & Parental Options Miami-Dade County Public Schools Dr. Jim Rollins Superintendent Springdale, Arkansas Creating a Dynamic and Student Centered Career Academy Design Learning Community Team Room: Cowboy Artists With dynamic changes to and new demands from local-national-global economies and new state and district educational standards, the question is how do we place our students upon graduation on the very forefront of success? This workshop will explore the how to in creating a dynamic design team that is fluid and student centered. It also has to be a learning community that consists of educators, business, post-secondary, parents, and students all communicating together. Daniel Wallace Consultant NCAC 29

30 Exceptional Education in the Career Academies Room: Cassidy (repeats in Session 10) The purpose of this workshop is to assist teachers and administrators with developing a strong inclusion model that supports the principles of the career academy while best serving all students. This workshop will focus on identifying and developing effective inclusion teachers, scheduling, and implementing the inclusion model in the classroom. Jennifer Bell Academy Principal Jacob Glancy English Teacher/Team Leader Stephen Berry Biology Teacher/Team Leader Anne Sinclair Inclusion Teacher Robert Childress Inclusion Teacher McGavock High School Metro Nashville Public Schools The STEM Academy Room: Remington ABC The STEM Academy is a national non-profit organization dedicated to improving STEM literacy for all students. We represent a recognized national next-generation high impact academic model. The practices, strategies, and programming are built upon a foundation of identified national best practices which are designed to close achievement gaps, decrease dropout rates, increase high school graduation rates and improve teacher and principal effectiveness. Many career academies nationally focus on STEM. Russell Mickelson CEO The STEM Academy, Inc. Alan Gomez, PhD Chief Academic Officer The STEM Academy, Inc. Peoria, AZ Louisville Schools of Study Realize the Promise of Academies/CTE Collaboration Room: Russell ABC The presenters share how Jefferson County Public Schools support development of schools of study in its career themed high schools through implementation of essential practices such as 30 class schedules that create student cohorts. The presenters also describe how school of study teams collaborate on instruction. They will share team products including authentic student performance assessments and unit instructional plans. Participants will learn how teachers address key content and skill standards common to the academic and career technical courses they teach, create learning sequence leading to the performance assessment, and help students develop career-related habits and routines to support learning. Diana Oxley Sr. Program Advisor Education Northwest Brian Shumate Assistant Superintendent Glenn Baete Project Director Jefferson County Public Schools Louisville, KY Igniting Student Voice: Academy Blogs Room: Phoenix West When it comes to fulfilling NSOP IV: Governance and Leadership, incorporating student voice is essential. One of the easiest ways to create student voice is through an Academy Blog- where the students create the content. Learn how to create your initial student blog, develop student blog submission protocols, make your blog searchable, develop a loyal following, and discover how to ignite student voice in your career academies. You will leave this workshop with a functioning blog and at least one blog post! You are encouraged to bring a laptop to this presentation. Beverly Kreul Program Manger Metro Nashville Public Schools Work-Based Learning Research- Based Best Practices, Logistics and Legalities Room: Phoenix East A panel of educators and researchers will provide stories from the field and evidence of promising practices for providing the full-compliment of work -based learning experiences, including internships, for all students. The two academies on the panel were chosen from a pool of over 450 academies as they have shown positive student

31 outcomes while serving high numbers of Latino students and English Language Learners. Detailed information about the Exploring College and Career Options (ECCO) program that supports integration of Work-Based Learning (WBL)and classroom experiences will be shared Erin Fender Project Manager College & Career Academy Support Network (CCASN) UC Berkeley Tracy Ostrom Lead Teacher Green Energy Academy Skyline High School Oakland, CA Mary Visher Senior Associate MDRC Dave Yanofsky Director, Media and Youth Development ConnectEd: The California Center for College and Career Aimee Wyatt Executive Lead Principal for High Schools Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools Flipped CTE Classroom: Integrating Technology Room: Sundance Engage students like never before while integrating STEM through Project-Based Learning. Learn Techniques to incorporate FREE technologies into your classroom and have students take control of their learning. Kevin Davenport Civil Engineering Instructor Creekside High School, St. Johns County, FL Ali Pressel Instructor Connecting the Common Core and Project Based Learning Room: Curtis B (Repeated in Session 10 on Sunday) In Project Based Learning (PBL), students go through an extended process of inquiry in response to a complex question, problem, or challenge. Rigorous projects help students learn key academic content and practice 21st Century competencies. The new Common Core State Standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our students need for success in college and careers. By the end of the session, participants will understand connections between project based learning and the Common Core. Jennifer Cruz District Services Manager The Buck Institute for Education Master Scheduling for Academies Room: Gilbert This session will present the philosophy behind Academy scheduling and provide different scheduling options as well as address teacher and student team purity. We will discuss how to reduce course options without reducing opportunities for students. Participants will also receiving information on flexible daily schedules. 31

32 Saturday, October 26 Session Seven 10:45 11:45 a.m. Growing Strong Roots, From Implementation to Graduation Room: Curtis B During this session, we will describe our step by step instruction we used to create and implement an Urban Agriculture and Natural Resources Career Academy at Bryan High School in Omaha, NE. This session will focus on how we set up the classes, selected students, teachers, building leadership team, and how we organized our Advisory council for this pocket academy. We will also explain the differences we see between a career academy and career pathways. Ken Spellman Director of District CTE Robert Aranda Principal Rick Painter School Counselor Bryan High School, Omaha Public Schools Jeanne Simmons Guidance Director Bryan High School Omaha Public Schools Link Your Academy Message to Your Data Panel Room: Ellis East-West Have you been told that your career academy should collect information and data? But why collect it, for whom and how will it be utilized become the key questions. This panel, comprised of academy planners and evaluators and a marketing professional, will explore how you brand your career academy while informing your multiple audiences of what your career academy stands for. Discussion will center around which data to collect for which audiences, how to use information effectively and how you can use multiple ways to deliver a message. The bottom line is using academy information in the most effective way...locally, statewide and nationally. This session is for both new academies and seasoned ones. Moderator: Susan Katzman Past-President NCAC Katherine Blasik Assistant Vice-President- Research and Evaluation NAF Pam Daly President DK Brand Strategies Charles Dayton National Liaison CCASN Karlene McCormick Lee President NewLeef L.L.C. Engaging Business in Meaningful PBL Room: Cowboy Artists "Reality Fair": VyStar Credit Union brought this financial literacy PBL to St. Johns County School District! Join in this interactive session and learn from our business partners how they contribute to student learning outcomes. Paula Chaon Director, Career Education St. Johns County School District, Florida Angie Chriest VyStar Credit Union Vice President Michael Rathjen VyStar Community Partnerships The Only Thing Constant Is Change Room: Borein The leaders of John Overton High School will share their story of how they were able to achieve model status for one of their Academies despite changes at every level within the school and district. The focus will be on establishing a culture that emphasizes: the power of the business partner, ownership by content area teachers, engagement of a diverse group of students, and strong vision and support. We will have tips and strategies to share from stakeholders at every level. Andrew Pelham Executive Principal Overton High School Mary York Academy Coach Metro Nashville Public Schools Equipping Students for College Success Room: Remington ABC National and local data tell us that we lose students all along the pipeline from high school graduation to college completion. What can career academies do to help mend the pipeline and prepare their students to persist to college completion, with degree or certificate in hand? In this session, we will discuss the elements that research says make a difference in college retention and what this implies for Academies student programming. We will also explore tools and practices career academy professionals can 32

33 use to intentionally engage partners in building a post-secondary success culture in their Academies or schools. Jennifer Cardoso Assistant Director, Learning & Innovation Philadelphia Academies, Inc. Preparing for Success: 8 th and 9 th Grade Seminar Room: Russell ABC Experience the value of providing support for your students in the pathway selection process through an interactive ice-breaker you can use with your students. The College and Career Academies of Rockford will showcase their transitional eighth and ninth grade seminar courses which prepare students to choose an academy and develop a plan for life beyond high school. David Carson Director of College and Career Readiness Tina Lamb Teacher Christine Wilke Teacher Frank Oldani Teacher Rockford Illinois Public Schools 205 School Counselors Central to Academy and Student Success Room: Phoenix West Race to the Top has given new meaning to the need for professional school counselors to demonstrate how their work impacts educational reform initiatives at district and school levels. Metro-Nashville school counselors signed a pledge this year to transform their school counseling programs from random acts of guidance services to programs which are data driven and directly aligned to improving student achievement. This session will provide participants with best practices, lessons learned and resources on how to transform school counseling programs for the 21st century within the Academy framework. Nicole Cobb Director of School Counseling Metro-Nashville Public Schools Not So Common: Critical Skills for College and Career Readiness Room: Phoenix East Responsible financial decision making; navigating online privacy; avoiding drugs and alcohol; engaging in civic discourse - these extraacademic skills have been shown to be vital in determining a student's success in preparing for college and a career, and are central to Career Academies' areas of focus. Participants will learn how to put EverFi's free, dynamic software platforms to work in their schools to address these critical areas, and to implement them within existing curricula, thus taking a holistic, integrated instructional approach. Michael Fee Executive Vice President EverFi Oakland, CA Building Effective Academy Leaders Students to Principals Room: Cassidy We will share the MNPS Leadership Model for effective academies. This will include development of student ambassadors, academy coaches, counselors, and transformational instructional administrators (assistant principals and principals). We will also share the leadership development program that has enabled us to develop a pipeline of leaders. All resources will be shared so replication will be a snap! Michelle Wilcox Executive Lead Principal Metro Nashville Public Schools Aimee Wyatt Lead Principal for High Schools 18 SAVE THE DATE! 18TH ANNUAL NCAC CONFERENCEC HYATT REGENCY CRYSTAL CITY 2799 JEFFERSONJ DAVIS HIGHWAY ARLINGTON,, VIRGINIAV OCTOBER 23 NNUAL NCAC C 23-26,

34 From Regular Student to Academy Ambassador Developing Student Leaders Room: Curtis A Student leaders are critical to the success of career academies. In the Academies of Nashville, more than 100 student leaders work with business partners, give Academy tours, recruit underclassmen, sit on advisory boards, address public audiences, and provide student voice. Student ambassadors from Nashville will share the leadership training model that prepares them to step into this role, addressing challenges and benefits of the position. Participants will explore the Student Ambassador program and receive an outline of the training students receive. A question/answer panel will wrap up this workshop. Chaney Mosley Director - Academies of Nashville Metro Nashville Public Schools Aleah Bartlett Student Ambassador Samera Mohamed Student Ambassador Matt Snyder Student Ambassador Emily Webb Student Ambassador McGavock High School Transforming Teaching and Learning: Strengthening Capacity and Engaging Business in the Academy Structure Room: Gilbert This session focuses on strategies academies and external partners can use to transform teaching and learning through the engagement of business and community stakeholders. Participants will learn how the Academy of IT & Robotics in Volusia County, FL is collaborating with Ford Next Generation Learning to develop and sustain strategies to support transformed teaching and learning in every academy classroom. Participants will leave with tools for engaging business and community partners and an understanding of how to help educators transform their teaching and learning to better support authentic real-world engagement. Keith Nalbach Advisor/Ford NGL Professional Development Provider The Met School Dru Urquhart Academy Lead Spruce Creek High School Port Orange, FL TRANSformative Assessment Room: Sundance College readiness means we have to be able to provide the experiences and the evidence that our students ARE ready. In spite of the usage of the term "formative assessment," it is one of the misused and underused instructional practices. School leaders will discuss what we mean by formative assessment, how to tell when it really is and how to guide teachers to actively embed it in their academy lessons, tying it to college readiness markers. Billie Donegan Change Coach Center for Secondary School Redesign (CSSR) Cover by: WonderStorm Design 720 Evans Road Gwynedo Valley, PA Photographer: Peter Groben 34

35 Saturday, October 26 Session Eight 1:30 2:30 p.m. Engaging Your Business Community to Support Academies Room: Phoenix East Model academies that truly engage students have extensive partnerships with area businesses. But there are many different roles that a business or business volunteer can play--all of them important. We'll discuss how your business community can work with students, teachers, your district office and the broader community to support your academies. Advice will be shared on how to establish and sustain relationships. Marc Hill Chief Policy Officer Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce The Flipped Classroom Model: The What, Why and How Room: Ellis East Flipping your class has been gaining in popularity over the past few years but there is a lack of understanding of what it is, why you should implement, and how to go about doing it. This session will equip you will the knowledge and free web & mobile tools to incorporate online pedagogy with best practices for hybrid learning. Engage your students, increase retention of knowledge, and enable personalized self paced learning. Nai is a technology in education evangelist and speaks this and mobile learning at national conferences around the country. Nai Wang Founder & President Linda Burns Culinary Instructor KP Education Systems Phoenix, AZ Engaging Everyone in Work-Based Learning Room: Curtis B Attend this interactive workshop conducted by the Miami Central Academy of Information Technology to learn how they engage the community in preparing students for the internship program. The AOIT program is a National Academy Foundation career academy that was a participant in the Career Academy Project (CAP). CAP created the opportunity to strengthen the capacity of career academies to offer high-quality work-based learning and college preparation experiences to help students engage more in high school, make informed choices about their futures, and learn the skills they need to succeed in 35 career and postsecondary education. Participate and see how a model career academy program uses career exploration visits, college workshops, and internships and seminars in its work-based learning continuum. Cindy Pierre Magnet Coordinator Miami Senior Central High School Pamela Bausher Cisco Academy Instructor SLC Implementation Our Road to Change Room: Borein Ever been told to figure out a way to do something when most thought it was impossible? Ever stood in front of a faculty and told them change was good, even though they didn t see a need for it? Ever tried to implement something during a total campus reconstruction? Ever wondered how to take a school of th graders, transition 600 more ninth graders and get smaller? Join us as we take you through the journey that has led us to our second year of SLC implementation. We will tell you where we have been, what we have learned, where we are going and how we plan on getting smaller. Mark White SLC Leader Boyd Logan SLC Leader Fayetteville High School Fayetteville, AR Washington Policy Update Room: Remington ABC The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) supports career academies and the broader career and technical education community via direct advocacy with Congress and the Obama Administration, coalitionbuilding, media outreach and public awareness activities. Leave this session with a better understanding of the current Washington political environment, information about the potential impact of current federal proposals, and suggestions of how to better advocate for career academies and CTE. Updates will include analysis of recent funding action and proposals related to reauthorization of federal programs. Stephen DeWitt Deputy Executive Director Association for Career and Technical Education Alexandria, VA

36 Five Technologies Changing Everything: What It Means to You Room: Sundance Do you know the top five emerging technologies impacting education today? Do you understand the social, economic, and educational impact of these technology changes? These emerging technologies will change the way we do everything and produce profound changes to our everyday world. These technology shifts will impact the global labor market, educational progress, and economic development. This workshop session will examine the five technologies that will change everything and reveal how these technologies will impact education and you everyday. Karlene McCormick Lee President NewLeef LLC Sandy Valley, NV What Exactly are Rigorous CTE Programs? Room: Russell ABC In this session participants will learn key indicators for rigorous CTE and a process to use these with teachers at your school. We hear the term rigorous, but seldom have clear indicators for what it looks like in classrooms. This session will use student and faculty survey data from the past 20 years to clearly identify indicators that teachers and leaders can use in their classrooms. Scott Warren Director of State Initiatives High Schools That Work Career Academy Assignments That Matter: How Integrated, Project-Based Assignments in Career Academies Are Optimal for Addressing Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Room: Ellis West Career Academy CCSS assignments provide opportunities for students to apply their critical thinking, problem-solving and literacy skills to complete the assignments. Integrated, project-based assignments that are aligned with students career aspirations are the best opportunity to involve students in assignments aligned with the CCSS. Creating these assignments requires teams of academic and career technical teachers working together with protocols. Participants will be provided a rubric to assess their current assignment practices and strategies to redesign their assignments. 36 Steve Broome Director Southern Regional Education Board Building High Quality Teacher-Student Relationships Room: Curtis A Student leaders are critical to the success of career academies. In the Academies of Nashville, more than 100 student leaders work with business partners, give Academy tours, recruit underclassmen, sit on advisory boards, address public audiences, and provide student voice. Student ambassadors from Nashville will share the leadership training model that prepares them to step into this role, addressing challenges and benefits of the position. Participants will explore the Student Ambassador program and receive an outline of the training students receive. A question/ answer panel will wrap up this workshop. Chaney Mosley Director Academies of Nashville Aleah Bartlett Student Ambassador McGavock High School Samera Mohamed Student Ambassador McGavock High School Matt Snyder Student Ambassador McGavock High School Emily Webb Student Ambassador McGavock High School Middle School Academies 101 Room: Cassidy (Repeat from Session 5) Hundreds of middle school students are getting a jump start on their future careers. This session will provide ideas to launch middle school academies. This session will also assist you with marketing ideas for the students and parents to increase interest and enrollment. The middle school includes a rigorous curriculum that is aligned with the high school programs to allow students to continue their areas of study after they complete middle school and receive high school credit. The academies provide students with exceptional opportunities that combine strong academics with real-life skills training. By completing an Academy, a middle student may be able to earn industry certifications while still in middle school. Constance Scotchel-Gross Consultant Hobe Sound, FL

37 ConnectEd Studios A Free Comprehensive Digital Platform for Career Academies Room: Cowboy Artists Come learn how to use ConnectEd Studios, a cutting edge, comprehensive and unique online platform, tailor-made to support Career Academies and Linked Learning with powerful features for students, teachers, administrators and industry partners. NCAC members receive free access to a national online community of like-minded educators, a bank of career-themed projects, authentic assessment and project design tools, common core resources and more. Teachers can map courses and projects that align with Common Core State Standards, students can connect with industry pros and mentors, and industry and community partners can access easy-to-use tools for reviewing and critiquing students 'work. These are just some samples of all that can be accomplished through this portal. *NOTE: Please bring a charged laptop with wireless to this workshop. The workshop will continue for an additional hour for one-on-one support and further dialogue. Using Research and Data to Sell Your Academy Room: Gilbert In this world of data based decision making, Career Academy stakeholders must understand the intricacies of selling their program. Business partners, government officials, school board members, etc., will need to understand the Return on Investment (ROI) in order to make decisions regarding allocating resources and in the case of a career academy, it is not exempt. The presenters have experience doing just this by using research and the stories attached to the data. Participants will engage in case studies and develop a pitch to various stakeholder groups using research models. Steven Casa Director, District Engagement Katherine Blasik Assistant Vice President Research and Evaluation National Academy Foundation (NAF) Brad Stam Vice President ConnectEd: The California Center for College and Career Saturday, October 26 Session Nine 2:45 p.m. 3:45 p.m. Team Planning Free Consultant Help Are you here with a team? Would you like to have a room for a team meeting? Do you need help with a specific problem and/or question and would like to meet with a consultant? If you would like to participate in either of these two opportunities please sign up at the NCAC Registration Desk before 10:00 am on Saturday morning to be assigned a room and/or consultant. Sunday, October 27 Session Ten 8:15 9:15 a.m. Literacy Design Collaborative: Planning for Student s College and Career Success Room: Cowboy Artists The Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) is a set of tools for teachers to use in planning challenging and engaging disciplinary literacy assignments English/language arts, social studies, science, CTE to enable students to learn content and literacy skills necessary to meet college and career readiness standards. The collaborative nature of LDC is a key part of common planning that allows teachers to share successes and challenges student engagement and achievement with complex texts. LDC provides project-based instruction that meets the needs of all content areas and insures student success as well as being a natural component of a Career Academy Carol Ann Duke Lead Literacy Consultant Southern Regional Education Board 37

38 Freshman Samplers: Take A Bite Into Career Academies Room: Phoenix East During this session, the facilitators will share a ninth grade academy framework that prepares students for their selected career academies during their 10th-12th grade years. Through the implementation of career surveys, hands on learning experiences, real life scenarios, peer advisors and teaming, students are engaged in conversations and projects that will enhance their ability to self-select their career academy while preparing for graduation, college, work and life. Facilitators will share challenges in scheduling, benefits of career academy samplers for students and how to engage students, parents and business partners in selecting the most appropriate career academy/ pathway. Dr. Adrienne Koger Principal Sonya Brooks Academy Principal Nekesha Burnette Teacher Pam Appleton Academy Coach Antioch High School/Metro Nashville Public Schools Developing An Academy Room: Ellis West As an academy with four years of experience, we will present a look at how we started, our struggles and successes, using the model of this year's multidisciplinary collaborative production of ANIMAL FARM. We will offer practical advice on how new academies can set up a small learning community within a regular public high school. Hands-on activities will help participants articulate their goals, with practical solutions in how to achieve them. They will leave the workshop with many samples of useful documents as they embark on this important work. Megan Norman Social Studies Teacher Kiah Caldwell English Teacher Arts & Communication Academy North Country Union High School Province, VT Connecting Common Core and Project Based Learning (Repeat from Session 6) Room: Curtis A-B Rigorous projects help students learn key academic content and practice 21st Century competencies. The new Common Core State Standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our students need for success in college and careers. By the end of the session, participants will understand connections between project based learning and the Common Core. Jennifer Cruz District Services Manager The Buck Institute for Education Healthcare 2020: Putting Students on the Path to Success Room: Remington ABC Demand for healthcare occupations will expand rapidly in the next five to ten years and there will be shortages. How can our CTE programs prepare students to be successful and meet the demand? This session will outline where the greatest demands will be and what skills and abilities students will need to succeed. Interactive group work will engage participants in project based activities and provide useful teaching and learning strategies. Carole Stacy Executive Director National Consortium for Health Science Education Exceptional Education in Career Academies Room: Ellis East (Repeat from Session 6) The purpose of this workshop is to assist teachers and administrators with developing a strong inclusion model that supports the principles of the career academy while best serving all students. This workshop will focus on identifying and developing effective inclusion teachers, scheduling, and implementing the inclusion model in the classroom. Jennifer Bell Academy Principal Metro Nashville Public Schools McGavock High School Jacob Glancy English Teacher/Team Leader Anne Sinclair Inclusion Teacher In Project Based Learning (PBL), students go through an extended process of inquiry in response to a complex question, problem, or challenge. 38

39 Sunday, October 27 Session Eleven 9:30 10:30 a.m. Building, Maintaining and Sustaining Partnerships Room: Cowboy Artists In this team presentation including an executive principal, business partner, new academy coach, and former academy coach, learn best practices to begin, develop, maintain, and sustain business partnerships over time and through personnel changes. You will hear video clips from a variety of partners and staff members and practical tips and techniques. Whether you are experienced in working with business partners or just starting out, you will find information to take back and implement in your academies. Susan Kessler Executive Principal Brad Meyers Academy Coach April Snodgrass Assistant Principal Hunters Lane High School Metro Nashville Public Schools Dani Liberman Director of Quality Operations Park Center Preventative and Responsive Interventions Room: Cassidy This session will focus on how to develop and implement an effective system of academic interventions in an academy structure. At McGavock High School in Nashville, the freshman academy followed a tiered system of interventions to support student learning. Their approach began with an analysis and adjustment of classroom practices and the use of the "Data Wall" to ensure they had the most accurate picture of each student's academic achievement to date. Participants will learn intervention protocols and receive tools to support their academic intervention practices David Holden Partner, American Alliance for Innovative Schools Creating a Dynamic and Student Centered Career Academy Design Learning Community Team (Repeat from Session 6) Room: Curtis A-B With dynamic changes to and new demands from local-national-global economies and new state and district educational standards, the question is how do we place our students upon graduation on the very forefront of success? This workshop will explore the how to in creating a dynamic design team that is fluid and student centered. It also has to be a learning community that consists of educators, business, post-secondary, parents, and students all communicating together. Dan Wallace Consultant NCAC IBCC: The Marriage Between Career Academies and International Baccalaureate (IB) Room: Ellis West This presentation addresses the International Baccalaureate Career-related Certificate (IBCC) authorization process at Hillsboro High School in Nashville, TN. Through this program, rising juniors will complete a rigorous curriculum firmly rooted in 21st century skills that includes their Academy Pathway in Global Logistics, Global Media, Global Health and Science, or Interdisciplinary Science and Research, as well as IB courses. We will discuss how Hillsboro High School is addressing each component of the IBCC Core: Approaches to Learning, Reflective Project, Language Development, and Community and Service, as well as how this program reflects NCAC standards. Allison Bateman School Counselor IBCC Coordinator Melissa Harkreader Assistant Principal Thao Tran King Academy Coach Hillsboro High School, Metro Nashville Public Schools 39

40 CONFERENCE PARTNERS Association for Career & Technical Education (ACTE) Since 1926, ACTE has been the largest national education association committed to the advancement of education that pre-pares youth and adults for successful careers. It is the largest national association that is dedicated to and advocates for the entire CTE field. Its mission is to provide leadership in developing an educated, prepared and competitive workforce. The American Alliance for Innovative Schools (AAIS) AAIS provides a systemic approach to the difficult work of school reform and renewal. Founded by experienced educators from diverse backgrounds, AAIS contracts with schools and districts to provide long-term technical assistance that is directly aligned to their improvement goals. Experienced in guiding numerous school improvement efforts across the country, AAIS founders have a deep understanding of the complexity of change as change agents themselves in their former districts, and as consultants understand that it is ultimately the human capacity that improves schools, thus student achievement. A focus on building that capacity is the ultimate goal for all members of the AAIS team. Buck Institute for Education (BIE) For the past 22 years, the Buck Institute for Education (BIE), a not for profit 501(c)3 organization, has worked with school districts and networks, state and federal educational agencies, advocacy organizations, foundations and university partners to expand the use of effective project based learning. Our work is global in scope. BIE is the author and publisher of the well regarded Project Learning Handbook: A Guide to Standards Focused Project Based Learning for Middle and High School Teachers. BIE led the creation of PBL Online.org, a multi media website that helps teachers conceive, plan, manage, assess and improve standards focused Project Based Learning. College and Career Academy Support Network (CCASN) Since 1998 CCASN has been working to increase educational opportunities that offer each young person support and guidance, productive engagement in the world outside of school, and preparation for both college and careers. This research-based strategy has been effective for hundreds of thousands of teenagers, including low-income students of color. CCASN offers professional development, coaching, resource materials, and technical assistance for secondary educators, schools, and districts. CCASN also conducts research to document and improve practice, and advises policy makers at all levels. 40

41 CSSR Founded in 2005 by Joe DiMartino, the Center for Secondary School Redesign, Inc. (CSSR) has grown to be a leading provider of ground breaking technical assistance to support leadership for changing middle and high schools to become personalized. CSSR provides education leaders with the tools and strategies to create schools that have collaborative leadership, are professional learning communities that personalize the school culture, and have student-centered instruction, assessment, and curriculum. It consists of nationally recognized school change coaches who are dedicated, knowledgeable, and passionate about creating personalized and student-centered learning environments. About ConnectEd: The California Center for College and Career ConnectEd partners with communities to transform education systemically through Linked Learning, ensuring that all students, regardless of background, graduate ready for college, career, and life. Linked Learning combines strong academics, demanding technical education, and real-world experience. To advance Linked Learning practice, ConnectEd develops tools, supports demonstration projects, provides technical assistance, leads collaboration, and promotes policies that expand high-quality pathways. Education Northwest Chartered in the Pacific Northwest in 1966 as Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, Education Northwest now conducts more than 200 projects annually, working with schools, districts, and communities across the country on comprehensive, researchbased solutions to the challenges they face. Through our work, we strive to create vibrant learning environments where all youth and adults can succeed. Everything we do is evidence-based. We work with teachers, administrators, policymakers, and communities to identify needs, evaluate programs, and develop new solutions. The breadth of our work ranging from training teachers, to developing curriculum, to restructuring schools, to evaluating programs allows us to take a comprehensive look at education and to bring wide-ranging expertise and creativity to our clients challenges. Ford Next Generation Learning Ford Next Generation Learning (Ford NGL) mobilizes educators, employers and community leaders to develop a new generation of young people who will graduate from high school -- college and career ready. Established by Ford Motor Company Fund, Ford NGL is improving teaching and learning, promoting the development of career- and interest-themed high schools to better serve students, and helping align business and civic engagement to improve student and workforce outcomes. Together with our national, regional and local partners, we are supporting young people who are prepared to compete successfully in the global, 21st Century economy. MDRC MDRC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan education and social policy research organization dedicated to learning what works to improve programs and policies that affect the poor. We design and study new approaches to the problems confronting public education; lowincome children, families, and communities; and low-wage workers and people with serious barriers to employment. 41

42 National Academy Foundation (NAF) The National Academy Foundation (NAF) is an acclaimed network of career-themed academies that open doors for underserved high school students to viable careers. For 30 years, NAF has refined a proven model that provides young people access to industry-specific curricula, work-based learning experiences, and relationships with business professionals. NAF academies focus on one of five career themes: finance, hospitality & tourism, information technology, engineering, and health sciences. Employees of more than 4,600 business professionals volunteer in classrooms, act as mentors, engage NAF students in paid internships, and serve on local Advisory Boards. During the school year 62,000 students attended 546 NAF academies across 39 states, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In 2012, NAF academies reported a 97% graduation rate. National Assn. of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) NASSP promotes excellence in middle level and high school leadership through research-based professional development, resources, and advocacy so that every student can be prepared for postsecondary learning opportunities and be workforce ready. In existence since 1916, NASSP is the preeminent organization of and national voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and aspiring school leaders from across the United States and more than 45 countries around the world. The mission of NASSP is to promote excellence in school leadership. National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) The National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) was established in 1920 to represent the state and territory heads of secondary, postsecondary and adult Career Technical Education (CTE) across the nation. NASDCTEc, through leadership, advocacy and partnerships, aims to support an innovative CTE system that prepares individuals to succeed in education and their careers, and poises the United States to flourish in a global, dynamic economy. Nova Southeastern University s Abraham S. Fischler School of Education Nova Southeastern University s Abraham S. Fischler School of Education (FSE) established the National Institute for Educational Options (NIEO) in 1997 to further the efforts of K 12 education toward comprehensive school reform. A major area of school reform features school choice" as a means to improve academic achievement, further school options for parents and students, and promote school and business partnerships. NIEO offers a Masters and Doctoral degree in Charter School Education Leadership for aspiring administrators. NIEO is also an event management and production agency with ideas that transform everyday places and programs into engaging experiences with superior customer service to the educational community. Philadelphia Academies, Inc. As an intermediary organization, working with the career academies in Philadelphia, we bring the financial and human resources of the business community to our partner schools. We provide work and life readiness skills, scholarships, and connections to internship experiences that provide a path toward a productive life. 42

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