(Subject to change)

Tuesday, June 26th

  • 7:00 - ZUMBA!
  • 8:00 – Registration/Check In | CTE Vendors and Sponsors Networking time
  • 8:00 - Pre-Conference Tours Depart from the Hotel (Return by 10am)
  • 10:00 – Opening General Session | Welcome from NYSACTE
  • 10:15 – Keynote Speaker: Josh Davies
  • 11:45 – General Session
  • 12:15 – Lunch
  • 1:15 – Breakout Sessions A
  • 2:15 – Break with Vendors
  • 2:45 – Breakout Sessions B
  • 3:45 – Break with Vendors
  • 4:00 – Breakout Sessions C
  • 5:00 – Cash Bar
  • 6:00 – Dinner
  • 8:00 – Networking Activity

Wednesday, June 27th

  • 6:00 - ZUMBA!
  • 7:00 - Breakfast
  • 8:30 – Breakout Sessions D
  • 9:30 – Break with Vendors
  • 10:00 – Breakout Sessions E
  • 11:00 – Break with Vendors
  • 11:30 – Breakout Sessions F
  • 12:30 – Luncheon
  • 1:30 – Closing Remarks
  • 2:00 – Affiliate meetings and workshops
    • BTANYS

Breakout Sessions:

Breakout Sessions A


Presentation Title

Presentation Description

Marsha Iverson

Career and Financial Management Curriculum Update:  What You Need to Know!

Career and Financial Management is a required semester course for all students in CTE programs.  The CFM curriculum can be also be implemented for students with special needs pursuing a CDOS Credential.  The New York State curriculum was created in 2003.  A team of CTE educators recently re-wrote the curriculum. The Re-Write is available in draft form pending NYSED review.  This session will provide the update--and highlight excellent, exciting, interactive ideas to deliver the Career and Financial Management instruction.

Edward A. Shafer

Technical Assessments : The Power of Stackable Credentials

Employers want to know what potential employees know and can do.  Diplomas offer little information on the skills students possess to deliver technical and service skills to customers.  NYS Approved CTE programs offer students the opportunity to earn industry based credentials that are a start to building a “stack” of credentials as they receive additional education and training.  By building the “stack” individuals increase their earning and learning power.  This session will help you to evaluate industry based credentials, understand the role they play in industry and how to convey the importance of the credential to students and parents.  

Emily Kulinski

Motivating Agriculture Students Through Innovative Learning Tools

Engage your students with hands-on agriculture learning aids and simulation technologies to further student understanding, create an interactive classroom, and address career path exploration. In this session, you will learn best practices to involve your students in lessons through hands-on activities and get to interact with new agricultural products from Realityworks.

Janety Encarnacion

Making CTE Accessible to Students with Special Needs: Matching Disability with the "Right" Accommodation

Participants will discuss the difference between special education accommodations and modifications.  Through some simulations they will  experience how it feels to have a disability that impairs cognition.  Finally, they will be presented with ways ADHD and Sensory deficits may present in their settings and how this may affect performance in their classrooms.  Participants will come up with special education accommodations that they can implement immediately.  They will also leave with a list of accommodations to use as per students' IEP needs. Interactive Processing Tasks will include: Turn and Talk, Pair share, whole group share outs, small group discussions and Simulations

Amanda Muster

Growth Mindset

Why should we be thinking this way and how it can help our students achieve their full potential? Author and Researcher Carol Dweck, Ph.D has studied motivation for decades and has established sound evidence on the plasticity of our brain through continuous encouragement, support and effort. Through this PD, I hope to offer you information on her work and research, how we can use language to encourage and support our students, provide the anatomy of the "growth mindset" and give some materials on best practice in a growth mindset classroom. As educators, we can shift our mindset to aid in the development of our student's personal intrinsic motivation and provide them with the confidence to grow academically.

Johanna Bossard & Erin McCaffrey

Yummy or Yucky: The Balancing Act of Food Science

Help your students discover the balancing act of determining when you meet the thresholds of yummy to yucky when developing food products. A fun inquiry activity that gets the students thinking about food science and its important role. Come and learn how to make food science engaging for your students!

Courtney Benjamin

Teaching Attributes Employers Want Through Immersion in Work-Based Learning

The presentation will discuss attributes and skills that are of value to employers in our CTE students and graduates.  I will be sharing best practices gleaned through my own experience teaching CTE for 12 years-of which, the past 3 have involved having my program fully located at a place of business.  Additionally, in the current school year, I have increased participation of students in work-based learning placements to nearly 100%.  Participants will have the opportunity to interact with me and each other to ask questions, share ideas, overcome challenges. 

Kalonji Martin

Bringing the Real World to Your World

According to a recent Gates Foundation study, 47 percent of kids who drop out of school do so because they just don’t see the relevance of school.  Do you have a desire to engage the minds of students and light the spark inspiring this generation in the STEM fields? Would you like to access the world of STEM professionals and provide equity for all learners in a way in which students relate?  Are you interested in becoming a better teacher through the use of technology? As educators strive to excite students around the many professions attainable in todays’ society, real-world application to lesson plans is brought to life through virtual guest speakers from around the world.  Come learn how to bring the real world to your classroom!

Cheryl Winstel

Work Based Learning for Career Pathways

Work-Based Learning is an essential component of all career pathways. This workshop will provide you with the information to provide students experiences that connect academic and technical knowledge with the employability skills necessary for college/career success.

Breakout Sessions B


Presentation Title

Presentation Description

Eloise Rolland-Carmichael

Offer Renewable Energy Training and Certifications

Learn how to offer real world training for renewable energy, and offer certification for your students in the domains of wind and solar PV installation. Progressive Educational Systems has been developing renewable energy training solutions since 1992, We offer a full range of solutions from awareness level wind and solar to certification wind and solar installation trainers. We also offer solution for Geothermal, Solarthermal, Biodiesel, Hydrogen and more.

Theresa Alampi-Cortez & Paula Boughton

Standards Based Writing in CTE

Participants will understand the evolution of writing expectations at Monroe 2 Orleans BOCES as we transitioned from the NYS ELA Standards to Common Core Learning Standards to the Next Generation ELA Standards. Examples of writing prompts and rubrics will be provided.

Elisa Livengood

Bringing Aquatic Science Curriculum to the classroom: practical connections to technical education

This presentation will focus on curriculum in aquatic sciences (hydroponic, aquaponics, aquariums, and aquaculture systems) and how practical connections can be made to skills based educational approach for students in agriculture and other technical education courses. This presentation will provide a working demonstration to such systems, examples of their diversity from the simple to the more complex. This presentation will also serve as an introduction to available curriculum with example labs that connect to specific learning outcomes. Another presentation goal is to also provide educators with connections to SUNY schools that provide sources of matriculation for students that have an interest in natural resources, aquatic sciences and agriculture. This presentation is relevant to career and technical educators with interest in expanding their course offerings or curriculum to include aquatic sciences and how this goal might fit with limited resources.

Linda Romano & Margaret Deyo-Allers

Kindergarten to Career- A Paradigm Shift in Education

Imagine a world where every child reads on grade level by the Third Grade and a process of reducing the need for remediation in secondary and higher education.  Imagine preparing our students for a successful, meaningful career without barriers and full community support. Attend this session and discover how a community came together, volunteered time and energy to create a program to fill the gaps from kindergarten to career!

Marissa Reynolds

Real-World Project Based Learning Through Organizational Partnerships

Project Based Learning helps students to gain knowledge by simulating real-world scenarios and projects. Learn how to take Project Based Learning one step further by partnering with real local organizations and having your students conduct special projects for them. Have your students learn 21st Century employability skills through a truly authentic project presented by an actual organization. Students will not only gain valuable employability skills, but they will learn the importance of self-evaluation, reflection, professionalism, communication and public speaking skills.


The Changing MarketPlace

This presentation will give insights on pending label changes and the challenges and opportunities for consumer educators in light of a new, empowered consumer. Food-focused wellness companies like Chobani are working to improve the health of America's communities.  As a voice in the health community, Chobani's mission is to help achieve universal wellness. That can only be done through understanding shared values with consumers and marketing foods for good; health means business.

Anedda Trautman & Scott Bindemann

Collaborative Partnerships: Middle Level CTE and Home School Opportunities 

Explore Erie 1 BOCES and Lancaster School District middle school collaborative models. Career exploration models that allow FACS, Technology, Business, Art and Health teachers to collaborative with BOCES CTE teachers to create lessons that complement and enhance each other curriculums.  

Chuck Roney

Hands-on Anatomy Lab: Engaging your Health Science Students

Join us in an effective and informative anatomy workshop through experiential learning that will awaken your kinesthetic intelligence. By creating muscles and other body systems in clay on a skeletal model, students gain a unique understanding of human anatomy and its synergy of systems. This hands-on method will engage your students of all learning styles; resulting in increased retention and test scores. Inspire and motivate your students to move into health careers!

Edward A. Shafer

Enrich Your Quad D Experiences Using Design Thinking Principles and Makerspace Dimensions

CTE provides powerful opportunities for teachers to engage their students in effective high rigor learning through hands on experiences.  Using the Rigor Relevance Relationships framework this session will ask participants to consider how to connect students’ minds to their hands, tools and materials to solve unpredictable real-life problems and become real Quad D learners. Participants with explore design thinking and maker space concepts and how they can enrich their instructional practices and further engage their students.

Breakout Sessions C


Presentation Title

Presentation Description

Starla Ewan

"Starla’s Hands-On Body Systems: Nervous System |Get connected!”

Instructors will receive teaching techniques for guiding students through the structure and function of the nervous system by building these organs out of brightly colored clay. Application of pathology and student research will also be incorporated. Participants will be able to take their “nervous system” home with them!

Ida Marra

Using Plickers as an Assessment tool in your classroom

Participants will learn how to use Plickers, a simple free tool that lets teachers collect real-time formative assessment data using coded cards and teacher's smartphone to scan and get instant checks-for-understanding. Participants will leave with a set of Plicker cards to use in their classroom.

Jeffery Butler

Multigenerational Management - The Ins And Outs of Managing 4 Generations in the Workplace

Today, an unbelievable four different generations are sharing the workplace today - Traditional Generation, Baby Boomers, Generation Xers, and Millennials. With each generation having its own culture and beliefs how do you successfully manage each one so that you are able to optimize their performance but also addressing their differences? The answer is crucial to your organization’s culture and long-term strategic success.

Dave Arntsen, Phil Helmer, Valerie Charpentier & Frank Frazzitta

NYSTTTA - Meeting Employer Needs through Collaboration and Professional Development

The New York Trade and Technical Teachers' Association (NYSTTTA) has been recently formed to support the work of CTE Teachers, specifically in the trade and technical content areas, across the State.  If you are interested in collaborating with teachers from different regions of NY State, if you are interested in learning first-hand the challenges that face employers, if you would like to forge the direction for professional development that meets YOUR needs, then this workshop is for you!  Join us as we introduce you to the ways in which we as CTE Teachers can help prepare tomorrow's workforce today through teacher led efforts and initiatives.

Bill Skinner

Chair Yoga

Participants will learn benefits of yoga for use in the classroom or personally and get to practice simple movements. Research on school-based yoga suggests a number of positive benefits on student behavior, health and performance such as:
- easing anxiety and tension
- helping students stay focused
- using both sides of the brain to help with learning
- reducing anger, depression and fatigue
- cultivating better responses to stress
- improving mind/body awareness

Lucas Cittadino & Robert Van Brunt

Making the Invisible Visible: Bringing Visual Thinking to the CTE Classroom

At the end of the 2014-15 school year, ESBOCES became the first career and technical education center in the country to pilot Thinking Maps.  This undertaking was initiated in part due to the influx of new CTE teachers.  The use of this common language of learning has given new teachers a ready-made set of guiding processes for instruction and seniors teachers a new innovative tool for instruction.  This agency wide initiative provided a low-prep toolkit for engaging students at all levels.

Dawn B. Mastroianni

Introducing: The New Middle-Level CTE Curriculum Modules

Teachers, school counselors, and CTE leaders will get a first look at the new middle-level CTE curriculum modules. Learn about how the six foundational theme modules and the field-specific content modules are designed to work together to bring meaningful CTE learning experiences to all middle-school students. This session will: review the middle-level CTE regulation, including delivery options and certification requirements; highlight the features of theme and content modules; and showcase instructional possibilities for the NEW Middle-level CTE!

Takiyah Weekes, Benroy Taylor & Veronica Pichardo

Making Meaning of 21st Century Skills through Work Based Learning Experiences

This presentation aims to have participants think about other types of Work Based Learning opportunities open to students that can engage them around 21st Century skills and creative ways 9-14 Schools have intentionally embedded those skills into their scope and sequence.

Tom White

Middle Grades STEM Curriculum

The New York State Board of Regents has enabled a change to the middle level regulation language to support flexibility in middle level program requirements. The goal is to create a pathway beginning in middle school that allows students to explore different aspects of the 16 career areas. The projects created by SREB for the Middle Grades STEM curriculum support this important move by the Board of Regents. They are project based, placing students teams in real situations where they to read complex technical materials, prepare written designs, keep an engineering notebook, use math to complete projects, deepen their understanding of science and use of technology. This session will explore the various projects available and how they support Middle Level Mandate.

Breakout Sessions D


Presentation Title

Presentation Description

Jen Dehn

Empowering Students to a Better Future through Certification

Your students are the future of healthcare. As an educator, you provide them with a solid educational foundation to help position them for a successful career.
Providing your health science students access to an industry-recognized credential gives them access to hands-on experience, increased postsecondary attainment opportunities, and can empower them to enter a high-wage, high-demand profession. 
Learn best practices from programs that have implemented certifications. Gain insights on how to identify the best certifications for your program, the steps to help your students prepare, and how to align your curriculum to the workforce demands.

Marsha Iverson

Business Advisory Boards--Harness the Power

Is your school or district squandering valuable, free resources?  School Business Advisory Boards enable your district to access and harness the wealth of resources that community and business partners can provide.  From donating equipment to internships for your students; from mentoring students and teachers to sponsoring school events--the possibilities are limitless.  These collaborations better enables schools and districts to ensure that ALL their students are college AND career ready.

Jonathan Mosenson

The Great Food Truck Competition

Many teachers want to do "The Food Truck Challenge" but just don't know where to start.  This presentation will guide workshop participants through the steps to conduct a successful food truck challenge competition.   Incorporating Entrepreneurship, Business, and FACS, this project based learning experience is an interdisciplinary activity that the whole school can participate in.

Ellise Wolff

Mindfulness in the Classroom and Let's Get Movin'

“Mindfulness” is the new universal buzz word in today’s busy and stressful life styles.  Many schools and other organizations are practicing it at school, work and home.  Mindfulness is one of the many basic life skills we Family and Consumer Sciences teachers can and should be teaching our students.  The presentation will offer basic breathing, relaxation and stretching exercises and techniques I use in my classes.  Everyone benefits and appreciates the time to unplug, laugh and create needed quiet time and space.  Other factors of mindfulness that will be discussed include the importance of being hydrated, eating a balanced diet, and practicing sound personal hygiene. 

Rie Posillico

Creating Meaningful Instruction: Electives to Programs & Pathways

NYSED’s CTE Program Approval Process has raised the quality and rigor of courses that prepare students for employment and postsecondary study. Still wondering how to transform a series of CTE electives into a CTE approved program? By the end of this session, participants will be able to answer the following questions:
What are the benefits of having my CTE program approved?

What components comprise the CTE Program Approval Process?
What are the steps to secure approval of my CTE program?
How do I get started on the CTE Program Approval Process?
What resources are available to assist me with the CTE Program Approval Process?

Tracy Henry


HyperDocs can transform the way you teach. A HyperDoc is a digital document where all of the aspects of a learning cycle have been pulled together into one central location. Students say: "Using a HyperDoc makes learning fun." (Alexa)  "I can learn at my own pace and access the HyperDoc at home." (Ibrahim) HyperDocs are a fantastic way to incorporate technology, allow students to participate in self-guided learning and give you more time to assist students individually. During this session you will learn how to create a HyperDoc and utilize it within your classroom. Bring your laptop!

Roseann Bayne

Teaching Vocabulary with the Brain in Mind

Spend 60 minutes learning 30 ways to best teach technical vocabulary to your CTE students.

Tom White

Advanced Career

A detailed look at how an Advanced Career STEM Pathway curriculum allows teams of students to solve complex problems and apply academic skills.

Edward A. Shafer, Doug Leavens & Dave Arntsen

Enhancing Academic Integration in CTE in NY State

The CTE Technical Assistance Center of NY undertook a study of the status of Academic Integration into CTE programs.  This session will focus on the study methodology, findings and recommendations.  A product of the study was the formulating of a standard of practice rubric for academic integration. The presentation will introduce the rubric and how it may be used as a self-assessment instrument for those seeking to strengthen the academic component of their CTE programs. In addition, agencies who were identified with leading practices in academic integration will be profiled.

Breakout Sessions E


Presentation Title

Presentation Description

Kayon Pryce, Ismail Ocasio & Katie Beck

Making Community and Post-Secondary Connections - STEM/STEAM is CTE

This presentation will focus on NYC's newest public school model and its unique ability to integrate the ideas and expertise of industry experts, community members, workforce and labor market research, and authentic academic connections.

Roseann Bayne

Leading with Your Brain In Mind

It is completely human to have people, places and things that trigger behaviors in us that we might later regret.  As leaders we need to identify and control negative or unprofessional reactions.  This presentation will help you identify your triggers and implement strategies to control emotional reactions you may not always be proud of. 

Diane S Ross

Creating a Comprehensive Welding Program

Welding is made up of mathematical angles, precision and exactness, but often we show a student how to weld in a classroom, then move them to the booth.  What if we fill in the gaps and teach the student more precise basic skills and better prepare them for the booth and then for a rewarding career in welding.  Through experiential learning tools from Realityworks, we have developed tools designed to enhance your welding program.

Starla Ewan

Starla's Hands-On Body Systems 'Guts-R-Us' A detailed look at the GI system!

Instructors will receive teaching techniques for guiding students through the structure and top jobs of the liver and organs of the GI tract by building these structures out of brightly colored clay. Application of pathology and student research will also be incorporated. Participants will be able to take their 'guts' home with them!

Jean Ryan

Stopping Scam Artists Before They Strike You!

This presentation is tailored to inform consumers of all ages about ways to spot scams and identity theft by phone, mail and internet. Many scams are after more than quick cash! They want to steal a person's identity! Identity theft affects millions of people each year, and costs billions of dollars. The victims are from every neighborhood, income level, and age group. How can you stay safe, and protect your identity?

Katie Jones & Douglas Leavens

Statewide CTE Assessment and Curriculum Project Update

The Statewide CTE Assessment and Curriculum project has been in existence for over 5 years.  The intent of the project is to convene CTE teacher practitioners to help develop "core" CTE assessments and curriculum for every CTE program area in the system.  Actual assessment and curricular products are developed by CTE teachers under the direction of a consultant identified by a leadership team made up of CTE Directors from across the State.  In addition, teachers engage in professional development activities that strengthen their understanding of assessment construction & curriculum and are able to share their expertise with colleagues from across the State. This presentation is designed to provide conference participants an update on the progress made to date and to clarify where the project is going in the future.

Richard Jones

Preparing Students for Life After HS: Infusing Life/Career Skills

When students fail to succeed in college and career it is often because of deficits in their work habits. Efforts to develop these "soft skills” in P-12 schools are often inconsistent, not because they can't be developed, but because objectives are vague, difficulty in assessing them, or teachers approach teaching in a traditional mode. In this session, discover the best CTE practices to be intentional to define, measure and nurture life/career competencies. CTE programs are valuable to students for life success when we emphasize technical skills, applied academic and life/career competencies.

David Frongillo

One and Done: now teaching is fun!

20% of your students take up 80% of your time.  Often disruptive classroom behavior dominates that 80%.  Imagine speaking to your troublesome student(s) just once, and it ends there.  It can happen, and it does.  One and Done, now teaching is fun!

Teachers and administrators that participate in this workshop session will take away simple classroom adjustments that will produce:
A decrease in discipline occurrences
An increase in academic performance
A more positive environment in both the classroom and school building

Administrator, veteran teacher or new to the classroom, if you could attend only ONE presentation, this is the one!

Emily Kulinski

A Walk in Their Shoes - Using the RealCare Geriatric Simulator to teach geriatric sensitivity

As the Baby Boomer population ages, the number of health occupations for geriatric care will skyrocket. In this session, you’ll be introduced to a brand-new simulation experience designed to help health occupations workers develop empathy and sensitivity for the elderly: Participants will learn how the lessons and experiences provided by the RealCare Geriatric Simulator sensitivity suit give users a greater understanding of the effects and challenges of aging by enabling them to personally experiencing age-related physical changes.

Breakout Sessions F


Presentation Title

Presentation Description

Kellie Openshaw & Adam Sanchez

Precision Exams: Career Skills Exams & Certifications with Student-Growth Data

Precision Exams is the most comprehensive testing solution, delivering 170+ course-end career skills exams at a cost of $8 or less. Teachers and students love how easy it is to use our testing system, but the real magic unfolds as teachers access the reports and data provided after testing is complete. Student growth measurement, SLOs, TSAs, teacher development and program improvement are a piece of cake and don’t forget industry certificates and 21st Century Success Skills! Precision Exams is awesome (or in the words of a Vocational Director: “Phenomenal”)! Come learn how it all works!

Bernard P. Pierorazio

NYSED Multiple Pathways and Graduation Success

NYSED Multiple Pathways and Graduation Success
The New York State Department of Education developed multiple pathways toward graduation as alternatives to assist students in meeting the high school commencement requirements. To date, the multiple pathways toward graduation are still a mystery to many educators and grossly underutilized by most districts throughout the state. However, some of the largest school districts in the state have seen the value of the CDOS Pathway and are emphatically employing this choice to significantly increase graduation rates. Learn how districts are using the CDOS Pathway as a vehicle to boost graduation rates, along with a review of the multiple pathways, emphasizing the CTE and CDOS graduation pathways.

Robert Marraccino, Ph.D., M.S. Edu

Engaging the “Others”  in the Health-Science, Cluster Pathway with a Medical Laboratory Program

To narrow the skills and degree gap, we developed engaging curriculum and strategies for our STEM/Laboratory Program.  Assisted by biotech company and pharmaceutical industry, PhRMA, our curricula sequence enhanced our students’ laboratory skills, and prepared them for diverse careers along a health career pathway.
Participants will obtain:
-curricula material related to biotechnology and genomic medicine and a corresponding elective, ELA course.
-an implementation blueprint for a program aligned with NYSED, approval process.

Marsha Iverson

Problem (Project)-Based Learning:  Who's Doing the Thinking?

Problem-Based Learning (PBL) is an increasingly popular instructional strategy in CTE classrooms.  PBL engages students in problem solving to increase student achievement, interest, and engagement.  A key factor is to ensure that STUDENTS are engaged in rigorous and relevant critical thinking.  In this session, the elements of PBL will be provided and participants will discover strategies, tools, and checklists to design effective PBL instruction.  Sample PBL tasks, for all CTE classrooms, will be provided.

Mary Pat Grafstein, Susan Gubing & Carol Seigel

How to Create and Run an Effective Industry Advisory Board

Panel of 3 experienced Work Based Learning Coordinators will give a presentation on how to create and run an effective Advisory Board. We will cover Plan of Action, Recruiting, Corporate Involvement, Projects, Membership, etc.

Susan Jenkins & Lee Livermore

Drug Trends with Youth

Addressing the current drug trends with a focus on youth from the perspective of the Public Health Education Coordinator from the Upstate New York Poison Center and the Executive Director of Madison County Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse.

Tim Cox & Jay Gardner

Converge Digital Worlds with Computer Science and Game Design

A growing trend in schools is the introduction of computer science and coding to the K-12 curriculum, but some schools struggle to find the right curricular fit. Learn how computer science can easily be brought to CTE programming!

Barbara Grenga

Please! No More Slideshows

Please! No More Slide Shows is a workshop aimed at helping you, the instructor, develop project based research assignments that engage students in critical thinking and problem solving. This presentation will provide examples of research based assignments that require collaboration between students, deep thinking in creative ways so they can demonstrate learning other than Power Point or Google Slides.  These hands-on projects can easily be used in any subject that asks students to research information and report their findings.