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2013 Conference Session Descriptions

Thursday - Sept. 19, 2013


8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.             Opening Session –



Monica Marsh, CTEEC President


Update on National Legislation 

Mimi Lufkin, CEO, National Alliance for Partnership in Equity, Washington DC,  &Anne Hedgepeth, Government Relations Manager, AAUW, Washington DC


Join two policy veterans for the latest public policy updates from Washington, DC. Learn about the impact on equity issues in federal policy and programs and the preparations being made for reauthorization of TANF, WIA and Perkins.  This is a great time to ask questions and get the inside track on congressional actions and White House initiatives.



9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.           General Session 1 – Silver Oak


Our Journey on the Yellow Brick Path

Monica Marsh, Supervisor of Special Services for Butler Technology & Career Development Schools, Hamilton, OH; Marla Marsh, Assistant Principal, Middletown City Schools, Middletown, OH


This two part session is one which is filled with intriguing information, use of academic games and physical movement.  Monica and Marla have a reputation of keeping their participants engaged using a lively pace, incorporating media clips and allowing the audience to engage in friendly and sometimes competitive controversy!  They will introduce you to their work entitled “Woven Traditions” and will take you on a journey toward cultural proficiency.  It is a journey on a path, where the path is not always straight, nor safe; as in L. Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz.


Their model is one where the organization and/or individual are in pursuit of knowledge to become culturally proficient.  The participants will become travelers on the path in search for various things.  The two-part session will be a learning experience that will not end on the day of their presentation; or at the end of the conference.  It will be a life changing experience which naturally causes people to think differently and view everything through an equity lens.  The quest of cultural proficiency; as being in pursuit of Courage, Brains, and a Heart, is perhaps, the most exciting of all intellectual pursuits!



10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.         Breakout Sessions



Women in Community Colleges:  Access to Success - Magnolia

Anne Hedgepeth, Government Relations Manager, American Association of University Women, Washington DC


AAUW’s new research on women attending community college focuses on case studies of successful strategies moving women to degree completion and recommendations specifically for CTE policy to help support students and programs.



Steppin’ Up and Moving Forward with the S-CAP for Women Program - Pecan

Beth Jones, Program Manager and Senior Navigator, Cleveland County, OK Sheriff’s Office


The S-CAP for Women Program is a one-of-a kind unique program in Cleveland County.   The  S-CAP for Women Program assists justice involved women and mothers in Cleveland County, Oklahoma  from returning to jail by providing 24/7 navigation, advocating and educating services which stops the negative emotional, financial and social impact on their children, the community and themselves.



STEM Equity Pipeline Resources and Professional Development for Increasing Diversity in STEM Programs of Study - Cedar

Claudia Morrell, COO, National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity, Washington, DC


The National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity is the nation’s leader in providing high-quality teacher professional development on issues relating to equity in the classroom. Teachers, administrators, and career guidance counselors are invited to learn about NAPE’s suite of programs focused on increasing the participation and completion of women and other underrepresented groups in STEM: Program Improvement for Process for Equity in STEM (PIPESTEM), Micromessaging to Reach and Teach Every Student™, and Focus on Counselor Initiative. Discover how NAPE can help increase access, equity, and diversity in your institution’s classrooms.



11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.                       Lunch (on your own)



1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.             General Session 2 – Silver Oak


Our Journey on the Yellow Brick Path - CONTINUED

Monica Marsh, Supervisor of Special Services for Butler Technology & Career Development Schools, Hamilton, OH; Marla Marsh, Assistant Principal, Middletown City Schools, Middletown, OH



2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.               Water/Coffee Break



2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.             Breakout Sessions


Tribal Educational Resources for Employment and Training - Magnolia


Teresa Dorsett, Director of Education & Training, Cheyenne Arapaho Tribe; Jamie Hamil, Career Counselor, Career Development Program, Choctaw Nation; Mandy Scott, Manager, College Resource Center, Cherokee Nation; facilitated by Larry Ketcher, Cherokee Nation


Come Learn about tribal education services that cultivate the development of skilled and knowledgeable tribal citizens through operation of programs that focus educational resources on serving people of all ages from early childhood to adulthood.



OCR Topic – Pecan

Claire Fitzgerald



Micromessaging to Reach and Teach Every Student™ - Cedar

Mimi Lufkin, CEO, and Elizabeth Tran, Program Manager, both with National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity, Washington, DC


NAPE believes that to change the life of a student, one must first ensure that each youth or adult learners’ culture and experiences are understood and valued by the educator. In an effort to increase the cultural proficiency of educators, NAPE, aided by a team of respected professionals in the field, developed the Micromessaging to Reach and Teach Every Student™ to address contemporary issues that arise in the classroom with a pedagogical approach to increase access to equitable classrooms for a diverse student population. Presenters will provide an in-depth look at the curriculum, share data resulting from educators’ participation in the program, and speak of the transformative effect it has had in STEM classrooms across the nation.



3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.             Break with Exhibitors – Door Prizes!!!



3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.             Breakout Sessions



Providing Resources to Professionals Working with Special Populations - Magnolia

Marybeth Morrison

The Carl D Perkins Act IV defines special populations as including:

  • Individuals with disabilities

  • Individuals from economically disadvantaged families, including foster children

  • Individuals preparing for nontraditional training and employment

  • Single parents, including single pregnant women

  • Displaced homemakers

  • Individuals with other barriers to educational achievement, including individuals with limited English proficiency

The Special Populations Division of the Association for Career and Technical Education is one of the few organizations that has a division devoted specifically to resourcing people who work with these populations in vocational settings. This division is in the process of developing strategies to assist professionals by providing resources, training, and networking so that they have opportunities for professional development without having to join several organizations.

In this session, an update on this process will be provided with examples of the types of resources being assembled. Feedback for helping professionals will be sought. This is an opportunity for members from the field to help shape a national division to make it more integrated in nature and to assist the field to become more diverse in the populations it serves.  Since many of these populations cross categories, being networked across organizations could be very advantageous.



Love Shouldn’t Hurt: Domestic Violence 101 & Domestic Violence in the Workplace- Pecan

Lori Avery-Gonzalez, LPC, and Debby Raskin, Director of Human Resources, both from Domestic Violence Intervention Services (DVIS), Tulsa, OK


This session will discuss the dynamics of domestic violence and how it can affect the workplace. Attendees will learn definitions and learn practical ways to help their family, friends, and co-workers.



Micromessaging to Reach and Teach Every Student™ - Cedar 

Mimi Lufkin, CEO, and Elizabeth Tran, Program Manager, both with National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity, Washington, DC





FRIDAY - Sept. 20, 2013


9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.                       Breakout Sessions


Supporting Economic Security and Safety for Survivors - Magnolia

Malore Dusenbery, Project Associate, Economic Security for Survivors, Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW), Washington, DC


Over the last 50 years, WOW has calculated in detail what workers and families need to earn to make ends meet across the country and has advocated for policies that help foster such economic security. Unfortunately, survivors of domestic/dating violence, sexual assault and stalking experience a multitude of barriers to achieving economic security by nature of their victimization, which directly interferes with their ability to stay safe. This session will outline WOW’s economic security findings and will detail the connection between economic security and survivor safety. The session will then present and explore strategies to support survivor economic security within a range of community sectors while allowing for group discussion and collective brainstorming. Whether an educator, an advocate or a law enforcement officer, each participant will be equipped with knowledge and tools to engage in this important work.



Living/Working in a Pluralistic Society with “Others” – Pecan

Seungho Moon,  Assistant Professor of Education at Oklahoma State University


This session addresses the importance of multiple perspectives in living/working in a pluralistic society. While examining “internalized oppression” embedded within socially and culturally marginalized groups, the audience will have opportunity to think equity issues in Career and Technical Education. Such exploration of “oppression-within” will be a launching pad to imagine/design best educational practices that a pluralistic society demands. The format of the session is a lecture with reflection, activity, and discussion.



Program Improvement Process for Equity (PIPE) in CTE - Cedar

 Mimi Lufkin, CEO, National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity, Washington DC


NAPE understands that engaging leadership is essential for successful and lasting INSTITUTIONAL change. PIPE is based on practical yet rigorous methods and tools to guide state and local efforts to improve access, equity, and diversity in nontraditional occupations, including STEM fields. To date, PIPE has been implemented in 12 states and each has experienced an increase in nontraditional participation. Presenter Mimi Lufkin will outline each of PIPE’s five steps, share institutional data related to the positive impact of PIPE, and inform the audience of best practices related to institutional change.



10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.                     Beverage/Checkout Break



10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.                     Breakout Sessions


Supporting Economic Security and Safety for Survivors - Magnolia

Repeat Session– see 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.



Living/Working in a Pluralistic Society with “Others” – Pecan

Repeat Session – see 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.



STEM Career Toolkit for Career & Guidance Counselors - Cedar

Elizabeth Tran, Program Manager, National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity, Washington DC


Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) are in demand, and NAPE has developed a toolkit of resources specifically designed to assist K-12 counselors in directing students towards STEM.  The objective of this workshop is to review all items in the toolkit and prepare counselors to use the resources immediately. Components include, but are not limited to, interactive career exploration activities for student engagement with explicit lesson plans for implementation, resources for recruitment of girls, and parent involvement activities.  Counselors will leave with access to a variety of tools at their fingertips, ready to use for introducing, directing, and encouraging students to learn about and consider careers in STEM.



11:35 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.                       Luncheon & Closing Session – Silver Oak


Title TBD

Aprille Franks-Hunt, CEO of Women Recharged


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