Posted by: Carol | February 2, 2012

Upcoming Events for CTE Professionals

Hi everyone! Welcome to February – which, for those of you who may not be aware, also happens to be National CTE Month! We’re looking forward to featuring a lot of your programs on the blog this month, so if you’ve got something exciting, innovative, or just plain fun to share with us here, shoot me an email, and we’ll get on it.

In the meantime, you should know about these upcoming opportunities for CTE professionals, educators, and their students & families:

February 2012:

3rd Annual Dare 2B Digital Conference – Dare 2B Digital is the the premier hands-on learning event for girls ages 13-16 in middle and high school, plus their parents and mentors. Attend inspirational keynote sessions, workshops, demonstrations and discussion panels with computing experts at the eBay campus in San Jose, Calif. We covered this conference last year (read the post here), and thought it was a fantastic event chock full of opportunities for girls to engage with and learn about careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) fields. If you have students you think might benefit from an experience like this, I can’t recommend it enough. This event takes place on February 11, 2012. Lunch and door prizes are included with registration.

Educating for Careers 2012 – Educating for Careers is an annual 3-day conference and professional development event addressing a range of CTE-related topics. The conference features over 170 breakout sessions organized under the following themes: Assessment & Accountability; California Partnership Academies Model; Career Pathways/Industry Sectors; Curriculum & Instructional Strategies; Employer & Community Partnerships; Mentor & Internship Programs; Middle School Connections; Perkins Policy & Programs; Secondary-Postsecondary Connections; and Work-Based Learning. This event takes place February 13 – 15, 2012 in Sacramento, CA. Those interested should register here.

March 2012:

CCCAOE Spring 2012 Conference – The California Community College Association for Occupational Education is holding its spring conference in San Francisco, CA. We attended the fall 2011 conference (see posts here and here), and expect that this coming event will be just as packed with useful ideas, information, and discussion. Also, the Keynote will be delivered by Richard Baraniuk, Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Rice University on the topic of the “open access movement,” that is currently sweeping the academic world. You won’t want to miss his talk, “Disruptive Innovation Via Open Education Resources.” This event takes place March 21 – 23, 2012. Those interested should register here.

April 2012:

UCCI Institute, Spring 2012– The University of California is seeking motivated, talented high school educators to develop innovative new courses integrating Career Technical Education (CTE) with “a-g” subject areas, at the Spring 2012 UC Curriculum Integration (UCCI) Institutes, April 22-25, 2012 in Burlingame, California. The UCCI Institute model courses are designed to be approved as core “a-f” courses and designated as CTE courses. Participants are trained in “a-g” course submission requirements, and gain valuable skills with which to develop integrated “a-g” and CTE courses on their own. The two UCCI Institutes for Spring 2012 will focus on integrating the Arts, Media, and Entertainment CTE industry sector with the (“b”) English “a-g” subject area (those interested should apply here), and on the Building Trades and Construction CTE Industry Sector with the (“c”) Mathematics “a-g” subject area (those interested should apply here). The application deadline for this institute is March 5, 2012. You can read about our experience observing a past UCCI Insitute here.

Hope you’re able to attend one or more of these events – as CTE professionals, we all know the value of ongoing professional development and learning. Also, please remember to forward this post or links to the events to any colleagues who may be interested.

Thanks for reading!


  1. Do you ever have any conferences in Orange County? =]

    • Hi Rosy,
      There have been conferences located in Orange County in past years – in fact, CCCAOE has held conferences in Anaheim (close to Disneyland) if I’m not mistaken. I’ll be sure to post any that come across my desk. -Carol

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