2005 Editors: Steve
Czech, Deb Olsen
April 19, 2005
Czech, Deb Olsen
MnACTE/SNP Home Page: http://www.mnactesnp.org
Lu Ann Tauer, Richfield School District's Transition Plus Work Experience Coordinator and MnACTE/SNP President Elect, was presented with the MnACTE/MACTA Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award at the organizations' annual awards banquet held at the Radisson-City Center February 17th. Ginny Karbowski, MnACTE Awards Chair, presented Lu Ann with an engraved plaque and commended her for her hard work and commitment throughout the years. CONGRATULATIONS, Lu Ann!
Las Vegas! What a location for the 2004 National ACTE Convention this past December. There were a couple of changes made this year, and about 4,200 people were in attendance. The Early-bird Registration was a big success; hopefully it will be continued. Also, with Sunday being dropped, more peopled stayed for the entire conference; in the past many didn't attend Sunday in order to catch planes. LuAnn Tauer and myself were the only MnACTE/SNP board members attending this year; read her article, too.
As in past years, I find that attending the conference is very worthwhile, and I always find it hard to choose which sessions I need to attend. Over the years I am attending more of the general and ACTE sessions along with some of the Special Needs Division sessions. I went out a day early to be Region III's representative on the ACTE's By-laws Standing Committee; this turned out to be a very interesting year with the reorganization of ACTE, and thus By-law changes voted on during the Assembly of Delegates on Saturday. Along with attending that committee's meeting on Wednesday, I also attended the Town Hall Meeting on reorganization Friday afternoon, Region III Business Meeting, and then was one of the delegates at the AOD for voting on the changes. See article on AOD Report. Friday, until the Town Hall Meeting, I was attending Special Needs Sessions and its Business Meeting and Awards Presentations; these were held in conjunction with NAVESNP. ACTE's Keri Haars, who presented on Legislative Advocacy, put on one of the sessions I attended; I presented some of her information during the session I facilitated at our conference in March. Friday evening was Minnesota's "Get Together;" we met at the Hofbrauhaus and had an excellent meal and networking with other CTE people from the state. Approximately 25 people attended.
Each day started out with an Opening Session with excellent keynote speakers. Thursday we heard Bob Kriegel tell us about change and the need to think outside the box. To be successful today we cannot play by the old rules, we learn differently today than yesterday, challenge the status quo, anticipate change, realize the change is not easy and have fun. He has copyrighted the term "Change-Ready" which means that companies are always rethinking the rules of the game, redefining their role, and they're looking to reinvent the game. He challenged us to be excited, motivated, creative, innovative, and above all love what we do. Amanda Gore spoke on Friday about the need to connect with our students and others with our hearts, not just our heads; this will make us more compassionate and better leaders. She went on to talk about ways we can look after ourselves, and the importance that laughter plays in good health and feeling better. On Saturday we listened to the business futurist, Roger Herman, who provided insights on what the future holds in the workplace and the challenges CTE will face in meeting those demands. We need to think of inspiration as part of our jobs, collaborate with employers, and set and enforce high standards for those we teach. He also has a weekly on-line newsletter, The Herman Group, which looks at future trends.
Again, I will say if it's at all possible to attend the ACTE National Convention, you should do so. Next year it is in New Orleans, December 8-10, 2005.
Park Rapids Area Schools
There were many amendments proposed to the ACTE Bylaws for consideration by the Assembly of Delegates in Las Vegas last Saturday. Most of the changes were related to the proposed ACTE reorganization that has been under discussion for the past several years. However, as is often the case when significant changes are proposed, there was more skepticism than support. As such, the Arizona state association forwarded a successful proposal that will take all of the proposed bylaw amendments relating to the reorganization and referring them to a 17-member committee. This committee has been instructed to bring modifications back for discussion to the Assembly of Delegates in New Orleans in 2005. The eventual adoption is slated for the Assembly of Delegates in Atlanta in 2006. The 17-member committee is to include one member of the ACTE Board, the chair of the Reorganization Task Force (Gene Callahan from Oklahoma), and three members from each of ACTE's five Regions selected by the Regional Vice Presidents (Bryan Albrecht of Wisconsin currently serves as Vice President for Region III).
Bylaw amendments that were adopted by the Assembly of Delegates:
Bylaw amendments that were considered but not adopted by the Assembly of Delegates:
Please watch the ACTE website for a complete discussion of the bylaws action at the Assembly of Delegates.
Park Rapids Area Schools
The Minnesota Association of Career and Technical Administrators and The Minnesota Association of Career and Technical Education teamed together to put on a great conference. It made sense to have administrators and teachers collaborating together on current topics and issues. There was also terrific representation from the Department of Education.
In the Opening Session, Luke Weisberg, from the Governor's Workforce Council, gave a view of the future of CTE. His overview was general, and he discussed the governor's plan to eliminate MYP funding.
Dan Smith gave updates on CTE and Work-Based Learning and defined Transition Disabled Funding in an understandable way. He emphasized the importance of whether or not a student is in an "employment relationship" which exists if the employer gets a direct benefit from the "employee." A power point explanation of all the updates can be obtained from MDE. It is called CTE-Work-Based Learning Update.
Another session I went to was presented by LaChelle Williams from Junior Achievement (JA). This session was wonderful, and I think we should all consider what JA offers for our students with disabilities. There are many activities a teacher/coordinator could get from JA. Their resources range from speakers to various products that can be produced. Give LaChelle a call at 651-255-0036. She is located in Maplewood.
Ginny Karbowski gave a wonderful presentation on a report called: "Breaking Ranks II, a Report in High School Reviewal." Some highlights of her presentation included: establishing a site council to promote student learning, developing a school that regards itself as a community and collaborative approaches to developing goals. Teachers would provide leadership for this reform. Each staff person would develop and use a personal learning plan for their professional development. Another important aspect of this report was education, performance and evaluation of educators. Those that are interested should contact Ginny at Anoka-Hennepin Schools for further information.
Jim Stone, from U of M, gave an interesting, and joke filled session on "Lies, Dammed Lies, and Statistics." He is a super speaker and talked a lot about the workforce of the future.
White Bear Lake Schools
2005 MnACTE/SNP Student Grant Awards: The nomination form for the student grant award is now available and can be accessed at the following link: 2005.student.grant You can also find the form linked to the MnACTE/SNP home page. The due date is 5/6/05.
Reminder: If your address or email address changes, please contact Bob Lindgren at firstname.lastname@example.org. It is important to keep current email addresses as our organization has chosen an electronic format for most communication.
MnACTE/SNP May 2005 Board Meeting/Tour:
May 12, 2005 at Anoka Technical College (ATC) and Anoka-Hennepin District #11's STEP (Secondary Technical Education Program).
Lunch: 12:00 pm at ATC's cafeteria,
Board Meeting: 12:30-1:30 ATC room to be determined
STEP Tour: 1:30-2:30
MnACTE Board Meetings: June 28, 2005, Chanhassen and August (day to be determined) 2005, Park Rapids
ACTE Region III Leadership Conference: July 10-12, 2005, Indianapolis, IN.
MnACTE/SNP Annual Membership Board Meeting:
When: October 13, 2005
Time: 12:30 pm
Where: Hennepin Technical College Room H195, Brooklyn Park
ACTE National Convention: December 8-10, 2005, New Orleans, LA
The contributions and successes of six individuals were celebrated at the MNACTE/SNP conference awards appreciation and recognition luncheon at Earle Brown Center on Thursday, March 3, 2005.
Amy Johnson receives Outstanding Career and Technical Special Needs Students of the Year Award from Tom Carlson.
Amy Johnson, Transition Plus, Anoka Hennepin District 11, is an honor student at Anoka Ramsey Community College and is employed part time at Johansen Bus Service and Subway. Amy is working toward her Emergency Medical Technician certification and will graduate with an Associate of Arts Degree this spring. Amy is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa, an honors organization. Amy was diagnosed EBD in elementary school and with educational support and her resilience, Amy is achieving her goals. Amy will receive a scholarship from MnACTE/SNP in the spring. Amy was introduced by Tom Carlson, Work Coordinator, Transition Plus, Anoka Hennepin District 11.
Vathida Phouthasack receives Outstanding Career and Technical Special Needs Students of the Year Award from Barb JoliCoeur.
Vathida Phouthasack, Intermediate District 287 VECTOR North Transition Program is completing the 22 credit Medical Transcriptionist Advanced Technical Certificate from Hennepin Technical College and will earn her certificate in a year. She is employed by the Maple Grove Police Department transcribing arrest reports from police officers using the JAWS software program. Vathida has Retinitis Pigmentosa and gradually lost her vision and learned to read Braille when she was 16. Vathida, with the support of her family, VECTOR, and other specialized professionals and with her determination, is achieving her goals. Vathida will receive a scholarship from MnACTE/SNP in the spring. Vathida was introduced by Barb Jolicoeur, Program Facilitator, VECTOR.
Jeanna Knealing accepts Mike Muller's award for Outstanding Career and Technical Education Special Needs Direct Service Provider of the Year.
Mike Muller, Sr. is the owner of the Muller Family Theaters. Mike has been in the movie business since he was a young child. Mike has encouraged his management team to think outside the box when seeking qualified employees. He has always supported the belief that all people have the right to develop new skills, make choices and enjoy a variety of work experiences. Currently the Mullers employ over 50 individuals with special needs through various local schools and adult placement programs in his Delano, Waconia, East Bethel, Lakeville, Willow Creek and Monticello theaters. Mike's award was accepted by Jeanna Knealing, General Manager, Muller East Bethel Theater.
Shari Wilson receives the Outstanding Career and Technical Education Special Needs Direct Service Provider of the Year Award from Barbara Mosher-Glansmon.
Shari Wilson, General Manager, Muller White Bear Township Theater, works with Northeast Metro District 916. Students employed by White Bear Township Theater are trained to cashier, run concessions, handle equipment, clean, mow, and trim hedges. All employees receive sensitivity training and must pass the employment training system. All employees must be PEQ (polite, efficient and quick). Shari is proud of the student success she has witnessed as well as the 98% of students who go on to be employed elsewhere after their White Bear Township training. Shari was introduced by Barbara Mosher-Glansman, Work Experience Coordinator, NE Metro Intermediate District 916.
Randy Back receives the Outstanding Career and Technical Education Special Needs Indirect Service Provider of the Year Award from Mick Seme.
Randy Back is a Career Counselor at the NE Minnesota Office of Job Training. Randy's territory includes Cook, Lake and St. Louis counties. Randy is a valuable asset to high school work programs because he always has a place in his heart for students with special needs. When there is a need to match the perfect job to a person with special needs, and if there are funds available, Randy will come through. An aspect of Randy's career he finds important and rewarding is working with individuals and their careers after they leave high school. Randy was introduced by Mick Seme, Work Experience Coordinator, Cloquet.
Rob Graham receives the Outstanding Career and Technical Education Special Needs Teacher of the Year Award from Pat Larson and LuAnn Tauer.
Rob Graham, Secondary Culinary Arts Teacher for District 287, Eden Prairie Campus, teaches three sections of secondary students each day and approximately 35 percent of those students have special needs. Rob's class size averages over 20 students per class, yet he manages to accommodate the individual learning styles and abilities of his students. "Chef Rob" as his students refer to him, believes that a traditional four year college is not appropriate for all students. "Here they can apply themselves through hands on learning and actually come away from the program having learned organizational skills, time and people management skills and also learn how to cook!" Rob was introduced by Pat Larson and Luann Tauer, WEH Coordinators, Richfield High School.
Anoka-Hennepin District #11
I am pleased to announce a new website for teachers and administrators who are involved with licensing of CTE teachers at the secondary and post-secondary levels in Minnesota. This new website includes information on licensing and degree requirements, Teacher Education Series (TES) courses, Work-Base Learning (WBL) courses, upcoming course schedules, registration information, and more! The website address is www.bemidjistate.edu/cte. There are also links to other useful related sites.
Please check it out to see how it will provide important and timely information; pass it on to a friend or colleague, too! We are anticipating adding more features to the website soon, including tips on teaching, teaching resources and a bulletin board to post announcements.
We would appreciate receiving feedback or suggestions on the new website. Please send comments to me at email@example.com .
Dr. Jim McCracken, Director Center for Career & Technical Education