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NASDCTEc Spring Meeting: Cultivating Leaders: What Professional Development Opportunities Address this Need?

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Education programs can only be as good as the people who lead them. But cultivating those leaders – from administrators, teachers, guidance counselors and others – is no small task. Indeed, all of these individuals have varied needs, but all professional development resources must be at the least relevant, innovative and effective to charge these stakeholders with the ability and confidence to take the helms of the education system. At our Spring Meeting last month, we dedicated a dialogue session to Cultivating Future Leaders through professional development. Our attendees had an opportunity to not only participate in their own professional development, but also focus in on leadership development opportunities and examples that they could bring back to their home state.

Professional Development Opportunities: ACTE

Steve DeWitt, Senior Director of Public Policy at ACTE, presented attendees with an exciting new professional development opportunity created in partnership with the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE) and the Successful Practices Network: the Institute for 21st Century Leadership. The Institute is focused on bringing together core academics and career and technical education through exceptional leadership (see brochure).  

What challenges are we facing?

What are we doing to meet these challenges?

What is the developing structure of the program?

What are the primary goals?

Professional Development Model: Arizona, “Camp M&M”:

The work in Arizona, according to Milt Erickson, State Director of Arizona, is focused around eight functions throughout the year that culminate in a summer conference. At this conference, they have one day of professional development, affectionately coined “Camp M&M”. Last year, they offered 315 sessions for teachers and administrators.     

Note: in Arizona, they have established “option C”, which helps bring business and industry people into the classroom. Option C gives individuals with business and industry content knowledge three years to learn pedagogy while they teach and they can become certified.

Professional Development Model: Arkansas, “Career and Technical Leadership Institute”

When Perkins was reauthorized, “the stars aligned” for Arkansas to do many things they had wanted to do, said John Davidson, Deputy Director of Career and Technical Education. Now they had two ways to spend Perkins dollars:

  1. Programs that lead to high skill, high wage, high demand jobs (3 year period of putting money into a POS)
  2. A project that would meet an indicator.

Due to the second option, schools set aside $600,000 a year for a reserve fund to pay for the Career and Technical Leadership Institute. This program is a specific professional development leadership academy.

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