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Sunday, July 31

2:00pm CDT

Developing Powerful Readers & Writers of Informational Text in CTE Classrooms
This session will focus on tools and strategies that can be used with CTE content to support student learning.

Sunday July 31, 2016 2:00pm - 4:00pm CDT
Mickelson Center, Room 206 Southeast Technical Institute

2:00pm CDT

Get Certified: The NCRC Experience

You’ve heard about the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC®), but have you experienced it? The Department of Labor and Regulation is providing an opportunity to earn this ACT developed credential at no cost. you will complete the three high-stakes WorkKeys© Assessments required to earn an NCRC; Applied Mathematics, Locating Information, and Reading for Information. Challenge yourself today and earn a Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum National Career Readiness Certificate! Please pre-register at check-in/registration. Bring a photo ID and a hand-held calculator (no cell-phone use allowed) to session.


Sunday July 31, 2016 2:00pm - 5:00pm CDT
Wood Center, Room 252 Southeast Technical Institute

6:00pm CDT

Networking Scavenger Hunt
Meet other educators and explore all Downtown Sioux Falls has to offer during this networking event! 

Game day is Sunday, July 31, 2016, and check in is at 6:00pm.

Be prepared for a competitive hunt from 6:30 to 8:00pm.

Players will receive paper copies of the List of Clues and a map for reference during orientation at 6:00pm. The List of Clues will include the clue number, the clue itself, and its point value. Phones can be used for research.

Each team will need at least one smartphone with a data plan so they can post their team’s photos to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter for scoring. If you don’t have a social media account, you can text the photo for submission. Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter photos used for the scavenger hunt need to be public (viewable by everyone).

This is a car-free photo scavenger hunt. That means getting around with transit and any human-powered form of transportation (i.e. no cars, car-shares, carpools, taxis, bikes, etc.) unless medically necessary. 

Sunday July 31, 2016 6:00pm - 8:00pm CDT
Palisades Room Holiday Inn City Centre
Monday, August 1

7:00am CDT

7:30am CDT

Newcomer's Session
Are you new to SDACTE? Or perhaps you would like a refresher about how to maximize your membership?  Join us for a conversation with SDACTE Executive Director Dodie Bemis and SDACTE President John Rist to learn more. 

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Tracy Kern

HHS Department Head, Harrisburg High School
2017-2018 SDACTE Past President2016-2017 SDACTE President Harrisburg High School Family & Consumer Science Teacher & Career and Technical Educator

Monday August 1, 2016 7:30am - 8:15am CDT
Amphitheater 2 Ramkota

8:30am CDT

Opening Keynote: Teach Like a Pirate
Teach Like a PIRATE Program is a super high-energy, entertaining presentation with a heavy emphasis on increasing student engagement and using creative, innovative strategies. In addition, it has an inspirational message about how and why to become more passionate about the profession and how to create life-changing experiences for students. It's a transformational message that you will absolutely love.

For more information, visit http://daveburgessconsulting.daveburgess.com/. 

Monday August 1, 2016 8:30am - 10:00am CDT
Rushmore Hall Ramkota

10:15am CDT

Teaching Outside the Box: A Crash Course in Creative Brainstorming
A fast-paced and fun session designed to teach techniques that will skyrocket creativity. You will learn how to use their brain like Google, create a GPS system for powerful teaching, and magically create new ideas through Creative Alchemy. In addition, learn how to overcome obstacles that stifle creativity by using the Wedding Photographer Principle. You’ll leave truly believing you are a creative being and inspired to add memorable experiences for students to your lesson plans.


Monday August 1, 2016 10:15am - 11:30am CDT
Rushmore Hall Ramkota

12:00pm CDT

Lunch Keynote: A Shared Vision for the Future of CTE
We believe in the power of Career & Technical Education (CTE) and we know it works. Students’ lives change, businesses find employees they need, communities flourish with engaged citizens, and our economy grows thanks to skilled professionals. Each of us has a stake in the achievements of our students, no matter the path they walk. All students deserve the connections and opportunities CTE provides. Let’s talk over lunch about the future of CTE in South Dakota – a vision we can all commit to for excellence in our programs and success for all students.  

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Tiffany Sanderson

SD CTE Director, SD Department of Education

Monday August 1, 2016 12:00pm - 1:15pm CDT
Rushmore Hall Ramkota

1:30pm CDT

Sioux Falls CTE Academy
Limited Capacity seats available

The CTE Academy allows students to create promising futures in technical careers through relevant, hands-on learning opportunities.

The Career and Technical Education Academy serves students from Sioux Falls and 9 surrounding school districts.  They currently offer 15 different specialized and technical programs for students in grades 9-12.  

Learn more at http://www.sf.k12.sd.us/schools/high-schools/career-and-technical-education-academy.  

Monday August 1, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm CDT
Sioux Falls CTE Academy 4700 W Career Circle, Sioux Falls, SD

3:30pm CDT

CTE Quick Pitch for Cash

This quick pitch competition is an open opportunity for any South Dakota Career Education teacher/instructor, school counselor or administrator to share their great work with others...for cash prizes!

Pitches of innovative ideas will be judged in three different categories:

  • Outstanding Classroom/School Counseling Best Practice
  • Innovative CTSO Activity
  • Effective Community Outreach

Three cash prizes in each of the three categories will be awarded:

  • 1st Place - $250
  • 2nd Place - $200
  • 3rd Place - $150

Winners' entries and support materials may be shared after the conference through the SDMyLife website and/or other media.

To register to participate, visit http://goo.gl/forms/NsXJ2URXnD.    

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Kim Roth

DCTE Data and Grants Manager, SD Department of Education

Monday August 1, 2016 3:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
Amphitheater 1 Ramkota
Tuesday, August 2

7:00am CDT

8:00am CDT

Maker Space
Come learn more about what a MakerSpace is, how to set one up and the components that form a MakerSpace area.  DaNann Kistler, West Central will have hands-on demonstrations of MakerSpace activities for attendees to check out and foster their inner creativity.  The materials used in the MakerSpace were purchased using grant funds from SDEPSCoR.  


Tuesday August 2, 2016 8:00am - 1:00pm CDT
Jefferson Room Ramkota

8:00am CDT

1:15pm CDT

Ignite: 68 Bell Ringers to Engage Students
Ignite equips you with 68 bell-ringers or startup tasks to engage students, with career-readiness topics that tie directly to the SkillsUSA Framework. The activities presented in Ignite will help teachers to gain a better understanding of their students’ classroom knowledge as well as personal feelings, attitudes and beliefs Consider posting a bell-ringer before starting each class session, and discuss the relationship of the task content to school, SkillsUSA and the workplace.. Activities are divided into the three components of the SkillsUSA framework: personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics with the goal to teach employability skills to all students.

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Debbie Peabody

Teacher Trainer, SkillsUSA
I am a retired architectural and engineering drawing teacher and SkillsUSA advisor. I currently work with SkillsUSA as a teacher trainer.

Tuesday August 2, 2016 1:15pm - 2:00pm CDT
Mickelson Center, Room 112 Southeast Technical Institute

1:15pm CDT

It takes a village: SDMyLife for students and how to engage parents in the process.
Engaging students and parents through SDMyLife discussion boards to help create successful futures in South Dakota. This session is intended to serve as an overview of the discussion board functionality of SDMyLife and an introduction to the Parent Portal to engage parents in the career exploration process and invite them to act as Career Coaches with SDMyLife.

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Leo Abramoff

Inspire Account Lead, Career Cruising

Tuesday August 2, 2016 1:15pm - 2:00pm CDT
Mickelson Center, Room 157 Southeast Technical Institute

1:15pm CDT

National Career Readiness Certificate
The National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC®) is an industry-recognized, portable, evidence-based credential that certifies essential skills needed for workplace success. The NCRC, developed by ACT, can be earned when participants use problem solving and critical thinking skills to apply information and mathematical reasoning to complete WorkKeys© assessments. These assessments measure “real world” skills that are critical to job success with questions based on situations in the everyday work world. Learn more about the Department of Labor and Regulation’s investment into the South Dakota workforce with WorkKeys© and the NCRC®.

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Heather Nelson

NCRC Program Specialist, South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation

Tuesday August 2, 2016 1:15pm - 2:00pm CDT
Mickelson Center, Room 114 Southeast Technical Institute

1:15pm CDT

New Opportunities for CTE Teacher Certification
Last year, the South Dakota Department of Education revised CTE teacher certification rules to provide more consistency and flexibility for teachers and school districts in how teachers become certified. Now, teachers may obtain a Career Cluster or Career Pathway endorsement through either traditional or alternative certification routes and receive more clearly defined mentored supports.  

Come learn more about how you or others in your district can become certified under this new system! More information is located at http://doe.sd.gov/octe/CTEcertification.aspx 

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Erin Larsen

Work-based Learning Specialist, Minnesota Department of Education
Erin is a member of the Division of Career and College Success at the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) as the Career Development and Work-based Learning Specialist. At MDE, she focuses on identifying and developing practical resources for educators related to student work experiences... Read More →

Tuesday August 2, 2016 1:15pm - 2:00pm CDT
Mickelson Center, Room 127 Southeast Technical Institute

1:15pm CDT

Tech Savvy Tools
Help your students meet their career potential with the help of technology. This presentation will show how to enhance your career connection with the most connected generation in history. Using technology tools such as Pinterest, Prezi, Twitter, an iPAD, and many more can help you to reach your students. 

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Ashley Seeklander

K-8 School Counselor, Groton Area Elementary & Middle School
I will start my 10th year as a school counselor this fall. In 2018, I had the honor of being selected as the SD School Counselor of the Year. My interests include working part-time as a studio assistant at a paint-your-own pottery studio and repurposing furniture.

Tuesday August 2, 2016 1:15pm - 2:00pm CDT
Mickelson Center, Room 155 Southeast Technical Institute

1:15pm CDT

Understanding Your South Dakota Retirement System Benefits
This seminar gives an overview of the South Dakota Retirement System (SDRS) and Supplemental Retirement Plan (SRP). Learn more about your SDRS retirement benefits, as well as the disability, family, and survivor benefits offered through SDRS. All members are encouraged to attend this informative presentation.

Tuesday August 2, 2016 1:15pm - 2:00pm CDT
Mickelson Center, Room 118 Southeast Technical Institute

1:15pm CDT

Workforce Development in the Modern Era: How age savvy are you?
The aging of the baby boomers is a hot topic for professionals working in human services and health care. Did you know baby boomer aging is the leading edge of a long term trend? Low birth rates suggest our population will be older, even after the baby boomers are no longer with us. What does this mean for work force development? Accurate knowledge about aging will be necessary for professional and organizational success. This presentation will provide an overview of ageism, its impact, and strategies to reduce ageism in young people.

Tuesday August 2, 2016 1:15pm - 2:00pm CDT
Mickelson Center, Room 160 Southeast Technical Institute

2:15pm CDT

Advisory Committee Reboot
Bridgewater-Emery High School's CTE teachers Connie Whistler, Karen Roudabush, and Frankie Nelson, will be discussing their unique and successful approach to advisory committees.

An active advisory committee is a requirement for an approved CTE program, and the team from Bridgewater-Emery has used creative tactics to make the requirement work for them, their communities, and their students!

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Frankie Nelson

Family and Consumer Sciences, Bridgewater-Emery High School
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Karen Roudabush

Agriculture Instructor, Mitchell School District

Connie Whistler

Bridgewater-Emery High School

Tuesday August 2, 2016 2:15pm - 3:00pm CDT
Mickelson Center, Room 129 Southeast Technical Institute

2:15pm CDT

Dual Credit: Tips for Successful Implementation
Hear it from the school counselors working in the trenches of dual credit themselves. Four school counselors, representing schools from large to small, will share what they’ve done to implement dual credit in their schools and how they’ve tackled challenges they’ve encountered. Walk away with best practices and examples of how they’ve worked with dual credit in their schools.

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Renae Oines

Career Planning Advisor/ Dual Credit, Sioux Falls School District

Tuesday August 2, 2016 2:15pm - 3:00pm CDT
Mickelson Center, Room 155 Southeast Technical Institute

2:15pm CDT

Host Your Own TedX Event
Lake Area Tech showcases innovative ideas created by their students and community members through TEDxLATI. TEDx events are individually organized TED talks. Speakers share their unique ideas to spark innovative thinking and action amongst their audience. This session will give you the creative processes behind cultivating unique ideas worth sharing, inspiration that derives from this experience, and how you can start your own TEDx event.

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Shawna Conrad

Admissions Representative, Lake Area Technical Institute
Hi, I'm Shawna. I work in the admissions department at Lake Area Tech and am a part of the TEDxLATI team. As a past TEDxLATI speaker and current planning committee member at LATI, I look forward to visiting with you about the possibilities of hosting your own TEDx.
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Melissa Meidinger

Entrepreneurship Instructor, Lake Area Technical Institute
I am passionate about inspiring and engaging people in business and entrepreneurship. I believe that you only live once so why not live the life you are inspired to do. I teach Entrepreneurship at Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown, South Dakota. I have the opportunity... Read More →

Tuesday August 2, 2016 2:15pm - 3:00pm CDT
Mickelson Center, Room 159 Southeast Technical Institute

2:15pm CDT

Integrating Service Learning into the Classroom for Workforce Development
Learn how to integrate a service learning project into your curriculum, while still meeting course objectives. In this session, the presenter will give a foundational overview of the emergent workforce needs, and give strategies of how to apply course concepts to a service project. Bring a syllabus, or course objectives, with you to make the most out of this breakout session.

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Brooke Sydow

Workforce Development Coordinator, Greater Huron Development Corporation
My name is Brooke Sydow, and I am the Workforce Development Coordinator for the Greater Huron Development Corporation. My primary roles are to work with the community, create events and opportunities for integration in the following areas: Diversity Engagement, Students and Businesses... Read More →

Tuesday August 2, 2016 2:15pm - 3:00pm CDT
Mickelson Center, Room 109 Southeast Technical Institute

2:15pm CDT

Planning a CTSO Officer Retreat
Come and set up your officer retreat curriculum. See how to plan out a 2-3 day trip and build leadership through teamwork and get the best out of your team. Leave your retreat with a completed POA, goals set and a trip they will never forget!

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Sarah VanderVliet

Ag Ed Teacher, Tri-Valley School
7-12 Agriculture Educator / FFA Advisor at Tri-Valley School.

Tuesday August 2, 2016 2:15pm - 3:00pm CDT
Mickelson Center, Room 119 Southeast Technical Institute

2:15pm CDT

Soft Skills of Technology Education
This presentation will demonstrate how technical education not only equips its graduates with the “hands on” skills which are degree specific, but will also show how soft skills are integrated within the learning environment.  The top 7 soft skills recently published by About.com are directly aligned with specific job skills the students gain while acquiring their degrees. Technical school graduates receive a well-rounded education which qualifies them to be top performers on the job.

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Georgina Cavin

Accounting Instructor, Southeast Technical Institute
Georgina D. Cavin, MBA, has been an Accounting and Business Administration Instructor with Southeast Technical Institute since 1999. Prior to becoming full time with Southeast, she worked in industry in several accounting related areas. She holds a post-secondary credential from... Read More →
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Bobbie Talcott

Marketing & Business Instructor, Southeast Technical Institute
STI Marketing Instructor. Member of the STI Business Department (Marketing specialty) with class instruction in Marketing, Business Communications, Public Relations and the Marketing Internships. Marketing Instructor, has 35+ years of professional experience that includes business... Read More →
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Karen Winter

Lab Specialist, Southeast Technical Institute
I work with the Business Team in lab classrooms and also do a variety of tasks within the business program. I am the Keyboarding instructor and I also work in the testing center proctoring many different tests for students on our campus.

Tuesday August 2, 2016 2:15pm - 3:00pm CDT
Mickelson Center, Room 128 Southeast Technical Institute

2:15pm CDT

Teaching Students to Solve Career Problems: It's Not a Mystery!
In making career decisions, it’s not enough for students to know what their interests and abilities are, and what their corresponding options are. It’s equally important that they know what to do with that information! Career decision making is a problem solving activity that students can learn. Teaching and coaching strategies for implementing career decision-making in the classroom will be highlighted in this presentation, using the Cognitive Information Processing Career Development Model.

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Keley Smith-Keller

Assistant Director, Postsecondary, SD Division of Career & Technical Education
I support South Dakota's postsecondary, technical institutes.
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Megan Tatum

SD Department of Education

Tuesday August 2, 2016 2:15pm - 3:00pm CDT
Mickelson Center, Room 157 Southeast Technical Institute

2:15pm CDT

Transform Your CTE & Career Development Programs: Ideas for Workforce Education Grants
In 2013, the South Dakota Legislature established the Workforce Education Grant fund which designated $1.5 Million to provide grants for Career & Technical Education (CTE) in secondary schools. These grants provide school districts in South Dakota the opportunity to make transformative change in career and technical education programs.

This session will highlight previous grant award winners and will provide participants with an opportunity to ask questions about future grant applications. 

Learn more at http://doe.sd.gov/octe/weg.aspx

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Erin Larsen

Work-based Learning Specialist, Minnesota Department of Education
Erin is a member of the Division of Career and College Success at the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) as the Career Development and Work-based Learning Specialist. At MDE, she focuses on identifying and developing practical resources for educators related to student work experiences... Read More →

Tuesday August 2, 2016 2:15pm - 3:00pm CDT
Mickelson Center, Room 127 Southeast Technical Institute
Wednesday, August 3

9:00am CDT

CTE 101
This course is intended for teachers who are new to Career & Technical Education and will provide information on SDMyLife, labor mar¬ket projections, student organizations, industry certifications, and the com¬ponents of a high quality program of study.    

This course meets the requirements for qualification in offering an approved CTE program.

Participants will earn 6 Continuing Education Contact Hours for their participation in the course.This course is not offered for graduate credit but the CECHs can be used towards renewing a current teaching certificate.   

To register, visit https://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/public/course/browse and search CTE.   

Questions can be directed to Jane Gubrud, NE Region Career and Development Specialist - jane.gubrud@state.sd.us or call 605.295.1892


Wednesday August 3, 2016 9:00am - 4:00pm CDT
Mickelson Center, Room 101 Southeast Technical Institute