National Career Academy Coalition Annual Conference

Register for the National Career Academy Coalition conference. Note: Early bird registration ends Saturday, October 1.

This 15th annual conference, “From Foundation to Innovation,” will bring together educators, corporate partners, and experts from across the country to help improve education outcomes for today’s high school students.

With the national focus on accountability, rigor, and high school reform, you will learn how all these apply to career academies and smaller learning communities from experts and practitioners.

WestEd will serve as a partner at the conference.

Svetlana Darche, Senior Research Associate and Director, Career Education, at WestEd, will co-present at each of the sessions below.

Friday, November 4

Time & Location: 1:45-2:45 p.m. (Pacific Time), Garden 3
Presentation: College and Career Ready? What Do We Mean?

There’s lots of talk about ensuring students are ready for college and career. What does it mean and what are the implications for your academy?

Presenters and participants will discuss a definition and framework, and how it can drive curricula and instruction as well as work-based learning and even the district system of support and assessment.

Sunday, November 6

Time & Location: 8:15-9:15 a.m. (Pacific Time), Grand E
Presentation: Wanted — A Communitywide Approach to Assessing Work-Based Learning (AKA Assessing the AND in College and Career Readiness)

Recent conversations about student and pathway certification, and uses of assessment to improve learning, have demonstrated the need for a communitywide approach to assessing the full continuum of work-based learning in the context of preparing students for college and career.

Presenters will propose an approach based on developing assessments for the National Academy Foundation.

Time & Location: 9:30-10:30 a.m. (Pacific Time), Garden 2
Presentation: New and Emerging Models for Work-Based Learning

Presenters and participants in this workshop will identify the desired outcomes of work-based learning and explore new, specific ways to provide these outcomes for all students.

Expanding traditional work-place models, and using technology-based models, school-based strategies, and group approaches will be explored.

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