Special Sessions

ACOVA Camp M&M (Session ID #4432)

Friday, July 12 | 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Hacienda del Sol Resort
Offsite session – Attendees must provide their own transportation.

This professional development day is held in conjunction with the ACTEAZ Summer Conference. It is designed to provide the aspiring, new and experienced CTE administrators with 8 hours of valuable training that is relevant, useful and essential to the success of any CTE administrator. Thought-provoking professional development that inspires vision and professional growth is delivered in an atmosphere that provides networking and promotes collegiality. Administrators are assisted with prioritizing responsibilities, goal setting, and are provided mentors to access throughout the school year.

ADE Monitoring Best Practices and Tips for Teachers (Session ID #4827)

Saturday, July 13 | 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Hilton El Conquistador

ADE Program Specialists will review indicators of the Quality and Compliance Monitoring Guide with best practices, templates and Q & A session. This session will include examples that can be used for documentation and evidence of quality and compliance meant for teachers to address common challenges and concerns of the monitoring process. It is open to all CTE Program areas. All CTE teachers welcomed!

ACTE Summer Conference Opening and Keynote (Session ID #4816)

Sunday, July 14 | 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Hilton El Conquistador

Keynote address by Alex Kajitani.

Owning It: How to Ace & Embrace the Work We Do
Twenty years ago, Alex Kajitani was a new teacher in one of California’s poorest neighborhoods. His students seemed unmotivated, unengaged and uninterested in what he was teaching. Demoralized and desperate, he set out on a journey to turn his class, and his life, around.

Today, Alex holds the title of California Teacher of the Year, and Top-4 Finalist for National Teacher of the Year, 2009, and is lauded for his motivation, innovation and “real talk” on what it takes to succeed in today’s world.

Alex’s journey – from frustrated new teacher to being honored at the White House – is one he now shares across the country, to inspire educators to new heights and fresh ways of thinking about the work we do and students we serve. A former restaurant manager who has worked closely with CTE programs, his message of “Owning It” resonates deeply, regardless of experience or job title, and hits hard at the heart of what it takes to succeed as a Career & Technical Educator today.

ACTEAZ Annual Awards Celebration (Session ID #4817)

Wednesday, July 17 | 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Westin La Paloma

Join us as we close out the Summer Conference and recognize the 2024 ACTEAZ Award winners at the Awards Breakfast.