Panel Discussion- Indigenous Educator Stakeholder Panel Discussion
This panel discussion will explore topics related to Native American education such as perceptions, postsecondary barriers, opportunities, cultural and family influencers, stigmas and stereotypes, and teacher preparation. The panel will include members from the Red Cliff, Bad River, Lac Courte Oreilles communities.
Facilitated by Dan Kovach, Assistant Professor, Career and Technical Education, UW-Stout
Biography: Dan was born and raised in Ashland WI, other than shop classes, school never engaged him, so he enlisted in the Army at 17 and spent years living and traveling abroad. After serving in Iraq, he settled down to raise a family and earned degrees in computer electronics, networking technology, and business, and he holds a masters and doctorate in CTE. Dan has taught from 6th grade through graduate school at two K12s and two universities. He is currently writing a book on veterans in transition through education and he teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.
Creating a Culture of Career Readiness in Your District
You have created a great scope and sequence of Academic and Career Planning (ACP) activities. But, you are still struggling to fully integrate ACP into your school district. How can you get buy-in from your teachers and administrators? How can you get your district to embrace a culture of career readiness? And, when are you going to find the time to do it? Find the answers you are looking for at this session!
Presenter: Karin Smith, Academic and Career Planning/Dual Enrollment, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
Biography: Building on her background working with both education and business partners, Karin Smith’s mission is to build a bridge between educators and employers in order to create a brighter future for youth and a stronger talent pipeline for businesses. She is living this mission as an Educational Consultant for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction specializing in Academic and Career Planning, Dual Enrollment and Career Pathways.
Smith previously worked as the Milwaukee Regional Career Pathway Director through Wisconsin’s New Skills for Youth grant. She has a strong background creating programs and leading initiatives related to her mission such as Lead to Succeed, My Life! My Plan! and Inspire Southeast Wisconsin
Presenter: Beth Kaminski: State Director, Regional Career Pathways, Pathways Wisconsin
Biography: After spending 21 years in the K-12 education system at the high school level as a teacher, instructional coach, associate principal, and principal, Beth Kaminski is excited to be working on behalf of Wisconsin students to create regional career pathways focused on ensuring employment opportunities for them after graduation in high-skill, in-demand sectors. Working alongside state level Regional Career Pathway Coordinators, K-12 districts, the Department of Public Instruction, the Department of Workforce Development, Higher Education Institutions, the Wisconsin Economic Development Organization, and Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, Beth's work with RCP is intended to create career ready graduates resulting in a talent pool for Wisconsin employers to hire from, both now and in the future
Guided Pathways Implementation
Guided Pathways Implementation- Learn one college’s approach towards planning and implementing a guided pathways framework and the operational challenges they’ve encountered along the way.
Presenter: Josh Gamer, Dean, Integrated Technology Division, Western Technical College
Biography: Dr. Gamer earned his Ed.D. in Career and Technical Education at the University of Wisconsin – Stout in 2017. His transition into education followed a 10-year career in the manufacturing industry, where his most recent role was Director of Operations. In his 12 years at Western Technical College, he took on many responsibilities including three years as an instructor, two years as the Associate Dean of the Business Division and a year as the Interim-Vice President of Academics. Dr. Gamer is currently the Dean of the Integrated Technology Division at Western Technical College, where he aims to infuse cutting-edge technology and skills into STEM/CTE education. Through his numerous efforts, he has secured funding to expand advanced manufacturing education into new areas; worked with local correctional departments to help establish new vocational training programs in skilled crafts; and overseen the planning and construction of a new state-of-the-art apprenticeship center, horticultural education center, and the newly remodeled Integrated Technology Center. Dr. Gamer was formally recognized as a Rising Star under 40, a 2020 Friend of Correctional Education, was a previous League of Innovations presenter, an NSF ATE Evaluator, and has served in multiple volunteer capacities within his community. Using business acumen acquired through his MBA and industry experiences, he enjoys bringing local industry and education together in unique partnerships aimed at addressing the skills gap and ensuring the vibrancy of the local economy.
Presenter: Dr. Rebecca Hopkins, Dean of Academic Excellence, Education and Human Services, Western Technical College
Biography: Dr. Rebecca Hopkins is a professional educator and academic administrator with over 19 years in higher education, as well as experience in K-12 teaching, and state government. Dr. Hopkins’ areas of expertise are teaching and learning, teacher preparation, equity and inclusion, program development and assessment, student success, and partnerships. Rebecca is starting her fourth year at Western Technical College and currently serves as the Dean of Academic Excellence, Education and Human Services, leads the 7-Week Redesign Steering Committee, and is the academic administrator on the College Equity team. Prior to this, Rebecca served as the Dean of Education for Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota for 12 years. Dr. Hopkins has strong local, regional, and international experience in education having participated on state teacher preparation evaluation teams, led program development including consulting internationally, and has leadership experience in accreditation (program specific and institutional level) both regionally and internationally.
ACTE Federal Policy Update
In this session, you will be informed of the happenings of the new Congress and the Biden Administration related to CTE. This will include potential updates to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and Higher Education Act (HEA), strategies to address CTE teacher shortages, and forecasting of Perkins funding.
Presenter: Zach Curtis, Manager of Government Relations, ACTE
Biography: As ACTE’s Manager of Government Relations, Zach serves as the organization’s federal lobbyist advocating for CTE funding and other key education and workforce policy priorities. Prior to ACTE, Zach spent 6.5 years at Bloomberg, during which he provided pro bono consulting for San Francisco Unified School District and advised Bloomberg Government’s nonprofit and postsecondary clients. He also completed a graduate federal policy internship for the Learning Policy Institute focused on the national teacher shortage. Zach holds a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from the University of Oregon and a master’s degree in Public Policy, focused on education policy, from George Washington University.