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Are you ready to (re)ignite your passion for teaching and take your instructional prowess to the next level?  Educators are the driving force behind shaping young minds and transforming lives. This masterclass is designed exclusively for you, honoring your dedication and recognizing your vital role.


Get ready to be inspired, challenged, and empowered as fellow subject matter experts guide you through an immersive experience to unlock the tools, techniques, and inspiration to make a lasting impact in the classroom. As iron sharpens Iron, so does on person sharpen another. Together, we will explore innovative strategies, research-backed methodologies, and game-changing insights that will elevate your teaching to new heights.

Each concise keynote in this masterclass has been distilled to be motivational and actionable - no time for fluff - and are available on-demand because we know your schedule is impacted and variable.  You are also invited to a live, VIP Q&A session with each speaker. 

13 powerful keynotes.  13 actionable Playbooks.  Live Q&A sessions. 

This is the professional development you, and your students, deserve. 



      Spring 2024
     Keynote Q&A Session Dates
  • March 5: Holly Wenning and Rachael Mann

  • March 19: Hans Meeder and Jeffrey Moss

  • April 2: Sandra Adams and Sylvester Chisom

  • April 16: AJ Rinaldi and Ruth Ayres

  • April 30: Shawnrell Blackwell, Stella Villalba and Brian Sepe

  • May 14: Kevin Fleming and John Mulcahy

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Dr. Kevin J. Fleming
Author. CEO Catapult.

The Power of Industry Credentials

As a first-generation college student, Dr. Fleming was told that education counts. Supported by the cultural belief that the more education you get, the more money you make, he pursued not one, not two, but 5 degrees. Overeducated and underemployed, he found himself drowning in student loan debt. It was his industry credential that lifted him out of working poverty and changed the trajectory of his life. In this keynote, Dr. Fleming validates that education does count but is insufficient all on its own.  Learn about the power of industry credentials in providing all students a competitive advantage after graduation.

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Dr. Sandra Adams
Career Academy Administrator, ACTE Contributor, Author, Speaker

Elevate Student Experiences through Embedded WBL Instruction

Delivering content is no longer the goal. We are now charged to increase authentic work based learning experiences for all students.  But how do we achieve this?  Done correctly and consistently, work-based learning creates a win – win – win situation.  Students, partners and educators all win as we leverage partner connections to advance authentic learning environments

This session provides a continuum of lessons that connect students and partners in multiple ways for technical and professional skill development.  The simple truth is that we cannot construct meaning for someone else.  Students need to experience novel learning environments and opportunities to make new connections that result in their construction of learning and  efficacy building.  The WBL lessons shared here are applicable to all program areas and are intentionally designed to foster progress and recognition for students.

Sylvester Chisom
CEO and Founder of Global CTE Learning

Revolutionizing CTE Instruction: Unlocking the Potential of Students for the Global Workforce of the Future

Transform your CTE instruction and empower your students with durable skills for lifelong success! In this session, we'll explore practical strategies for developing durable skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, emotional intelligence, communication, collaboration, and adaptability. We'll also discuss best practices for integrating real-world, project-based learning and technology into your instruction, collaborating with industry partners, and addressing the diverse needs of your students. By the end of this session, you'll have actionable ideas to save you time and effort while making your CTE instruction more engaging and effective. Get ready to unlock your students' potential and prepare them for success in any career they choose!

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Dr. Shawnrell Blackwell
Multi Hyphenate & Transformational Leader

The Other C’s in CTE: Classroom Management Strategies to Improve CTE Instruction

Explore the other Cs in CTE with transformational and school improvement leader Dr. Shawnrell Blackwell. Whether you are a first-year teacher or a 20-year veteran, chances are you have at least one area of classroom management you would like to improve upon. Managing students’ behavior, social-emotional, and learning needs are among most educators' biggest challenges.  Without a plan to tackle classroom management, you plan to fail. Dr. Blackwell created a simple-to-use classroom management plan based on research best practices and her experience as a mental health professional to address common classroom management pitfalls and challenging behaviors.

Join Dr. Blackwell to address the other Cs in CTE by developing an effective classroom management plan and learning practical Classroom management strategies that are Culturally responsive, Creative, and Content-driven to increase student engagement.

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Hans Meeder
Sr. Fellow for Education and Workforce Innovation, YouScience

Energizing Your Advisory Committee for CTE and Pathway Success

Every successful CTE system or individual program has an active Advisory Committee that provides support and guidance.  While Advisory Committees come in many shapes and sizes, there are key elements that all effective committees share.  During this keynote, delivered by Hans Meeder, well known author and speaker in the field of Career Connected Learning, you will discover the key elements of effective advisory committees and gain  practical tips for how to energize your committee for greater involvement and impact.

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Stella Villalba
Elementary EL Lead Teacher at Dublin City Schools

Teaching from Strength: Creating Learning Spaces that Honor The Brilliance of Multilingual Learners

Multilingual learners come to our learning spaces bringing with them their world knowledge, their full linguistic repertoires, a deep sense of cultural traditions which honors not only their identities but also their roles in relation to communities. As our multilingual learner population continues to grow in educational settings around the USA, it provides a beautiful opportunity to ask ourselves some critical questions such as: Do we know all that multilingual learners bring into learning settings? How are we, teaching staff and administrators, honoring their full linguistic gifts? What do we need to rethink in education in order to better meet the academic needs of multilingual learners?  In this keynote, explore these questions grounded in an asset-based pedagogy, one that honors and acknowledges the humanity of multilingual learners.

Jeffrey Moss
Skills-Based Hiring with Micro-Internships

The Gig Economy: Enabling Experiential Learning at Scale

While internships, co-ops, and other experiential learning opportunities are invaluable to student academic and career success, many students are unable to participate in these programs. In addition, the potential number of these experiential opportunities are limited by the high financial and other costs to employers.  As a result, employers often only make these available to students from specific backgrounds and post-secondary institutions.  


During this keynote we will highlight how the emergence of Micro-Internships is addressing these challenges, and doing so in a way that does not undermine academic freedom or require faculty behavior change.  Specifically, through the use of short-term, paid, professional assignments, companies can offer significantly more experiential opportunities that will be accessible to a greater number of learners.  As students participate in these assignments, not only are they developing relationships with professionals, but they are also engaging with faculty and alumni as in-class learning is reinforced.  We will also share strategies to introduce or amplify these programs, and metrics on the results.

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AJ Rinaldi
Residential Administrator, Speaker

Bring Back Our Village: How Multi-Tiered Systems of Support Can Achieve Instructional Excellence and Create a Positive Culture.

It takes a village to raise a child. Now, more than ever, young people need effective support systems. With teachers leaving the education field at alarming rates, increasing poverty, mental health issues on the rise, substance abuse and addictions, and other societal pressures, our village is under siege. These hosts of issues create a barrier to learning and affect school culture. This keynote will examine how the use of multi-tiered systems of support can benefit student and organizational outcomes. Participants will learn how a data driven system of evidence-based practices rooted in human behavioral science can increase academic results, reduce behavior challenges and exclusionary discipline all while creating a positive culture and climate for youth and staff.

Brian Sepe
Educator, instructional coach, and consultant

Coaching to Amplify Decision-Making and Empower Teacher Voice

When coaches and leaders operate from the mindset of empowering teacher voice and agency

through decision-making, they create leaning environments where teachers and students

flourish and thrive.

In this session, coaches and leaders will explore the power of decision-making throughout the

coaching cycle, strategies to empower teacher voice, and ways to foster deeper connections to new learning and self-discovery though reflection and dialogue.

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Holly Wenning
Instructional Coach at Southwest Allen County Schools

Proactively Reach Your Range of Learners

Join instructional coach Holly Wenning to learn how to shift from being frustrated with hard to reach students to creating an engaging and empowering learning environment that reaches the range of learners in your classroom. Using a 5-step evidence-based proactive design method, you will learn how to spark student interest and intrinsic motivation as you facilitate meaningful learning in your classroom each and every day.

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Ruth Ayres
Director The Lead Learners

Let's Write: Writing To Learn Experiences

What comes to mind when you hear the words, "Let's Write"? In this keynote, Ruth Ayres establishes mindsets to help educators use writing as a powerful tool to help students learn any content. She simplifies writing experiences (and grading!) in this lively presentation that will offer practical ideas to use immediately with adolescent and adult learners.

Dr. John Mulcahy
Educator, CTE Evangelist

Unleashing the Power of the CTE Delivery Model

Career and Technical Education holds the promise to significantly transform student outcomes, but only if the total CTE delivery model is implemented with fidelity.  This means employing quality classroom and laboratory instruction.  But it also means availing work-based learning opportunities and participation in CTE student organizations to every CTE student. It means genuine community engagement and academic integration.  Implemented with fidelity, the CTE delivery model promises enhanced student outcomes related to engagement, transition and achievement. Employing the total CTE delivery model is the key to improving CTE.

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Rachael Mann
Keynote Speaker | Author of The Things You’ll Grow, The Spaces You'll Go, The Martians in Your Classroom , The CTSO Competition Companion | 2022 Top 30 Global Gurus

Pack Your Bags for Our AI Future

In this keynote, Rachael Mann will illuminate the exciting future of AI and how it is transforming our world. She will discuss the implications of AI in different industries and how educators and students can prepare for the opportunities and challenges presented by this rapidly evolving technology. Drawing on her research and experiences in the field, she will provide concrete examples of how AI is currently being used and how it can be best leveraged in the future. Rachael will also provide educators with a roadmap for teaching students about AI, offering actionable steps to help them succeed in an ever-evolving technological landscape. Through her inspiring words, innovative ideas, and complex analysis, Rachael Mann will provide viewers with an invaluable opportunity to learn about the power of AI and how it is shaping our future. 

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