Educators shared best practices and honed their skills to improve services provided to students in New Hampshire.
PLYMOUTH, NH – More than 130 educators that serve nearly 10,000 career and technical education (CTE) students in New Hampshire attended a professional development and networking conference in mid-August. The New Hampshire Department of Education co-sponsored the summer conference, the second of its kind in the state, which was expanded in 2018 from two to three days. The conference, according to organizers, supported the state’s demand for increased student participation in CTE programming and provided educators and administrators the opportunity to collaborate with their peers.
Speakers included Frank Edelblut, the commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Education, state Sen. David Watters, D-Dover, and Dr. Kathleen C. McCabe, who helped facilitate work developing professional communities of practice around the state.
In New Hampshire, there are 26 CTE centers and satellite programs. Students attending CTE classes and programs gain technical skills in a variety of high wage, high demand career pathways that support the state’s labor markets. The Granite State currently has record-low unemployment as well as solid economic growth. Combined with the retirement of baby boomers, many good jobs are not being filled. The CTE community supports young people interested in these career pathways.
The NH-CTE Summer Conference provided a forum in which educators could come together with industry leaders, post-secondary partners, and other experts in the field of education to share best practices and hone their skills to focus on continual improvement of the services provided to students.
Industry partners at the conference included NH’s Sector Partnership Initiatives, the NH Lodging and Restaurant Association, Associated Builders and Contractors NH/VT, Methuen Construction, Silvertech, Graphicast, and TurboCam.
Attendees also toured the Plymouth Regional Applied Technology Center renovation project and gathered ideas for their own future renovation projects.
Conference attendees noted that the event was very organized and it helped educators connect and share resources.
Conference resources are available in this NH-CTE Summer Conference 2018 Google doc.
For more information about the conference, contact Courtney Ritchings at Courtney.Ritchings@doe.nh.gov or 603-271-3809.
The NH Department of Education Bureau of Career Development is happy to announce that pre-registration for the NH-CTE Summer Conference 2018 is now open. All of NH’s CTE community is invited to attend August 14th-16th at Plymouth State University. The cost of the conference is FREE! When you click on the pre-registration link you will receive details about this year’s conference strands and format. A good deal of cluster/program time planned, as well as, an exhibition of student work and a vendor fair. If you and/or your students would like to be part of the exhibition of NH-CTE work please sign-up here.
Speak to your administration in order to discuss potential support for transportation and housing costs should you choose to stay in Plymouth overnight. For conference questions please contact Courtney Ritchings. If you would like to invite students to join us and have their work included in the exhibition, please review the attached document and reach out to Jennifer Kiley. We look forward to seeing everyone in Plymouth this August!
Save the date for the 2018 NH Career & Technical Education Conference! Last summer’s conference was such a great success that this year it has now expanded to 3 days, August 14th – 16th, in Plymouth, NH. This year’s event will be hosted by the NH Department of Education, NH-CTE, Plymouth Applied Technology Center and Plymouth State University. Details will be coming in the next few weeks, but mark your calendars now!
The Career Development Bureau is co-sponsoring a Fall Professional Development Day on Friday, October 6, 2017, at the Concord Regional Technology Center (CRTC). During this day we are offering several opportunities for CTE teachers to work together in cluster-based teams and to spend time talking and sharing resources with other CTE teachers from similar programs across the state. Register at: https://goo.gl/forms/sjSgUMUbr7BAamaG3
Close to 150 teachers, administrators and other professionals gathered at Rundlett Middle School in Concord for the first ever NH CTE Conference. Over the course of two days, participants attended workshops featuring topics such as PACE, postsecondary pathways, Depth of Knowledge and OSHA requirements. Justin Wells of Envision Learning Partners, Frank Edleblut, the NH Commissioner of Education, Paul Leather, the NH Deputy Commissioner of Education, Eric Feldborg, the State Director of Career & Technical Education, Steve Rothenberg, President of NH Career & Technical Administrators, and others took part in the keynote addresses. Everyone who attended is already looking forward to next year!
For two days in mid-August, join your CTE peers from across the state for the first annual NH Career and Technical Education Summer Conference.
Online Registration is now open for our 2017 CTE Summer Conference! Click this link for all the details and how to register. Registration deadline is June 28, but please jump in before school ends.
We have a full lineup of fantastic keynote speakers, informative and practical workshops, and a showing of the groundbreaking documentary film “Most Likely to Succeed” at the Red River Theater. Not only is this film a wonderful exploration of what education can be, but also it will be followed by a guided audience discussion about how the possibilities presented in the film can come alive in New Hampshire.
CTE Summer Conference 2017 will be a great way to connect with teachers who teach the same CTE program as you from all around the state! You can earn up to 18 hours towards recertification in two days! You can pick and choose workshops to:
- round out your teaching chops,
- design better performance assessments,
- build a more supportive and engaged PAC,
- establish more internships for your students at local businesses, and
- much, much, more…