A Special Message to our Attendees
Henry Miller, an American writer, once said, “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” Education is a working model of this very sentiment. Education is a life long journey that takes us from one destination to the next, leading us to find new ways of seeing ourselves and the world around us. This year the Association for Career and Technical Education of Arizona and the Arizona Department of Education want to highlight and celebrate that journey with this year’s theme, “Discover CTE. Create Your Future.”
CTE is itself both a journey and an ever-evolving destination that enables students and teachers to discover new passions, ideas, skillsets, goals and pathways that lead to the next destination. As educators, we can help our students discover all the endless possibilities the future has to offer. As CTE educators, we have the opportunity to specialize and enrich their journey so they begin to understand the investment education provides them. We help answer the age-old question, “Why do I need to know this?”
As we work side by side with our students, we also learn and grow through this journey. We discover new methods and practices to reach our students. We discover new ways of thinking and opportunities that enrich our own lives and lead us to new passions and future destinations. As CTE educators, we are able to both learn and teach as we take this journey with our students and unlock new destinations for all.
Your classrooms are more than locations to learn new skills; they are launch pads of discovery. It is you who will lead our students to discovering the power of CTE, to discovering new passions and to discovering themselves. You can be their difference maker.
As you journey with us at our 42nd annual summer conference, we hope our sessions allow you to discover many of the possibilities that you help your students find. Our conference allows you to explore new methods of teaching, networking opportunities, creative thinking, new passions and skill development. This conference can be your starting destination into a new school year leaving you energized and prepared for the journey ahead.