2016 Washington ACTE Summer Professional Development Conference

Spokane WA

Aug 7 - 10, 2016

This conference is to provide all Career and Technical Education (CTE) educators the opportunity to advance their knowledge and competency through the expansion of their individual support network as they focus on their professional learning of the following general objectives:

1. Integration of key components in all Career and Technical Education program areas

    a. 21st Century Skills for all CTE programs

     b. Washington State Standards for all components for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) along with the arts within CTE programs

    c. Technical skill development for all CTE program areas

2. Instructional best practices within CTE for the transition to and application of Washington State Learning Standards

3. Educator Leadership development for the classroom, school, and community

4. Strategies to increase all student engagement with a focus on increasing non-traditional student participation and success

5. Developing industry partnerships to expand opportunities for students and educators6. Methods for creating and advancing Programs of Study

6. Methods for creating and advancing all CTE Programs of Study

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Adam Smith

CTE Director/Business Education Teacher, CHENEY SCHOOL DISTRICT

Bio: I have been teaching at Cheney High School in Cheney, WA since 1998. I currently am a FBLA Advisor, Cyber Patriot coach, Spokane CTSA Vice President, EWU Plan 2 Coordinator and EWU Adjunct Instructor. In 2010, became a National Board certified teacher and was recognized by Cisco in 2014 as an Expert Level Instructor placing me in the top 10% of the Cisco instructors globally based on the success of my academy and the success of my students. I also serve as my local Little League’s Board President, a position I have held for all but 4 years since 2004 and my son’s Little League coach. I began teaching Microsoft Office Applications and Keyboarding and quickly fell in love with teaching technology. In 2001 I went through training to be a Cisco Networking Academy Instructor. I have maintained my Cisco Networking Academy since then and to my knowledge Cheney is one of the only Cisco Networking Academy offered at a comprehensive high school in Washington. In 2012 I began to investigate offering AP Computer Science at my school and was able to finally offer the class for the 2014-2015 school year. In our first year we had 23 of the 27 students who took the AP exam pass and of those had four students earn 5s. Since then I have maintained an 80% pass rate for my students on the AP exam. I run a very successful FBLA chapter that that has earned numerous state awards and routinely places students in the top 10 in the nation. Our chapter has had one national champion, one 2nd place finish and three 3rd place finishes over the past seven years of competition with over 35 top 10 placers. Additionally I run a Cyber Patriot club that in 2015 had one of our teams pace 69th out of 1,300 teams nationally and our team’s Cisco score was top 10 in the nation and best in Washington State. I love teaching anything technology. My current course offerings include Cisco Networking, AP Computer Science, Introduction to Computer Science, IT Essentials (Computer Hardware), Cyber Security, Digital Video Production, AP Computer Science Principles and Advanced Computer Science Projects.

Gene Wachtel

CTE Director, Shoreline School District

Bio: Franklin Eugene Wachtel

Andrea Ancich

Co-President, WA-FACSE

Anne Gallagher

Director of Mathematics, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Barbara Key

American Sign Language Teacher, Kent School District

Bernard Hewey

Instructor - O&P Technology Program, Spokane Falls Community College

Brian Toone

Owner, Jewelry Design Center

Catherine Kroll

Infection Preventionist, PeaceHealth

Chris Gandee

Automation Training Coordinator, Lincoln Electric

Chris Sieg

District Worksite Learning Coordinator, Tacoma Public Schools

Christina DuWors

Career Pathways Project Coordinator, Pierce College District

Clarence Dancer

STEM Program Supervisor, OSPI / CTE

Daniel Sweeney

Manager of Information Technology, CCI Learning Solutions

Deifi Stolz

Methods of Administration Program Supervisor, OSPI

Denise Mileson

GRADS Project Specialist, OSPI

Dennis Kampe

Director, Clark County Skills Center

Diane Lashinsky

Director of School Engagement, Project Lead the Way

Doug Meyer

Instructor, Yelm Community Schools

Eric Apablasa

Account Executive, Pacific Northwest, Accelerate Learning

Eric Wolf

Workforce Policy Associate, Washington Workforce Training & Education Coordinating Board

Erin Hays

Associate Dean of Admission, Gonzaga University

George Aszklar

State CTE Director, OSPI

Gil Mendoza

Deputy Superintendent of K–12 Education, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Gilda Wheeler

Senior Program Officer, Washington STEM

Ira Gardner

Tenured Faculty, Spokane Falls Community College

James Sullivan

Middle School STEM Guru, Edmonds / BRIER Middle

Jeff Schmidt

CTE Coordinator, Santa Clara County Office of Education

Dale Van Ry

Sales, Snap On Industrial

Eric Nieland


Jason Wetzler

Undergrad, OSU

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