Extend your learning and enjoy interacting with colleagues in the intimate comfort of a pre-session on Monday, November 16th, prior to the opening of the NCAC conference. For the past several years, due to the high quality of NCAC pre-sessions, they have been sold out! We expect this year to be no different, as these seven pre-sessions are rich educational experiences led by seasoned facilitators. Each year participants comment that they come back because the sessions are on target, well worth the nominal price and provide them with something to use as soon as they return to school.

Each full day session is $300 and includes continental breakfast, lunch, all materials and free wifi. Rates are per person.

Monies from your Carl Perkins or Title 1 grants are allowable for these sessions. We have a chair with your name on it!

#1 -  Academies and Social-Emotional Learning: A Powerful Combination

Did you know that the number one skill employers look for in a new hire is creative problem solving? In fact, many hiring managers feel that while technical job knowledge is desired, it’s not as important as “soft skills” like problem-solving, critical thinking and teamwork. It’s not surprising that these social and emotional competencies rank high on the list of desired employee traits. Yet, fewer and fewer young adults are entering the workforce equipped with what many employers feel should be innate social and emotional skills.

Academies offer an excellent way for students to develop social and emotional learning (SEL) competencies. SEL is the process through which individuals acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

Using the research from the Collaboration of Academic and Social-Emotional Learning (CASEL) framework, participants will learn how to embed core SEL competencies into CTE, counseling and core academic curriculum.  These strategies can easily be implemented into your current lesson plans and units! Best practices will be shared on how to provide and enhance students’ job shadowing, internship and other experiences which will empower them to practice and master these skills and attributes in a real-world setting. In addition, participants will learn easy methods to measure SEL skill acquisition as well as school climate and culture. Time will also be allocated for action planning at the end of day.

We encourage teams of administrators, teachers, counselors and academy coaches to attend this fun and interactive workshop. 

Dr. Nicole Cobb, Vanderbilt University

#2 - Creating a Cohort Master Schedule

The implementation of career academies requires special attention to the master schedule development. An academy master schedule needs to shift from the traditional approach of scheduling to a student-centered cohort model. This allows schools to place students and teachers into cohorts so common planning can be used to meet students’ needs and for the development of academy interdisciplinary projects. This pre-session will take participants through 4 steps of cohort master scheduling - 1)Planning & Designing 2)Developing Processes 3)Creating the Schedule and 4)Conducting a Gap Analysis.

Dr. Kelly Henderson, Education Consultant

#3 - Maximizing Time in Today's Classroom: Utilizing technology to expand your teacher's reach to teach and take your academy to a new level!

This interactive session will explore the wide variety of blended learning options a district can adopt to maximize instructional time, increase effectiveness of highly qualified teachers, and utilize captured time for remediation and extension. We will also explore how to set up lab classrooms in a blended environment. 

Dr. Kecia Ray, Public Speaker, Editor and Consultant, Nashville, TN

#4 - Building Strong Business and Community Partnerships

Learn how to successfully onboard a business or community partner from intake to placement. Utilizing the PENCIL Partner continuum, participants will discover how to build and nurture sustainable partnerships. PENCIL Partnership core characteristics will provide insight on how to define, recruit, and retain partners. 

Bob Kucher, PENCIL Foundation

#5 - Actionable Vision: Empowering Instructional Leaders through the Strategic Vision Framework

Having a vision, mission, and goals are great.  Are you using them to empower your leaders to become instructional leaders? This workshop will guide participants along the transitional path from being a manager of leaders and teachers to genuinely utilizing the National Standards of Practice to increase student achievement through creating an actionable instructional vision.  Participants will leave this workshop with a draft of an instructional vision, an understanding of the Strategic Vision Framework, and a plan for its successful implementation

Dr. Josh McDowell, Guna Solutions

#6 - Standards-Based Interdisciplinary Planning 

This session provides participants with a detailed overview of the Standards Based Interdisciplinary Planning/Project Based Learning (SBIP/PBL) process that includes direction on how to:

  • Deconstruct standards collaboratively within your teachers' scope and sequence curriculum documents
  • Determine common concepts or universal ideas and skills from their standards to serve as the focus for interdisciplinary instructional planning
  • Determine how projects might be designed so students will demonstrate mastery of each content area's concepts and skills that are to be taught

and teaches participants how to do the following:

  • Evaluate the quality of project designs
  • Monitor the implementation of SBIP/PBL
  • Measure the impact on student learning

Participants will practice using an Innovation Configuration (IC) Map and review academy artifacts, like PBL plans and academy meeting minutes, to simulate the monitoring and evaluation process.  Participants will leave the session with basic skills and resources necessary to support, monitor, and evaluate the implementation of SBIP/PBL and electronic templates of monitoring and data collection tools.

This session is applicable to all K-12 educators!

Audience: K-12 Educators, Administrators (District and School level), academy coaches, teacher leaders with academy responsibilities.

David Holden, American Alliance for Innovative Systems

#7 - Sustaining Academies through Teacher Empowerment and Empathy

As building and district leaders we constantly work to develop processes and strategies that enable our vision, mission and purpose to grow even when we are not there.  Or more accurately, especially when we are not there.  This session provides leaders with the tools to do just that.  We will learn from other tremendous success stories how to replicate teacher empowerment through professional development design with empathy.  Teachers are the conduit between your strategic planning and student outcomes.  A very simple, strategic process will allow you inform, support and empower the most impactful group of people to crush the goals of your organization…. teachers

Dr. Brad Maclaughlin

#8 - Academies 101

Are you just beginning the academy journey and need to know the basics?

In this session we will go over a brief history of the model, the evolution and development of the ten National Standards of Practice (NSOP) and how they can serve as a framework for implementation. Presenters will show you how you can develop a College and Career Continuum and a Student Profile

Connie Majka & Dr. Dana Brown