2023 Deep Dive Pre-Sessions


Deep Dive Pre-Sessions 

Pre-Sessions will take place on Monday Nov 13, from 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM and will include lunch. They are $300 each.

#1) Creating Ownership in the Academy Model 


Bring your team and put the right people in the right places!  Leave this session with a focused action plan centered around the needs of your academy. Your action plan will include: what data to track, how to structure your academy meetings around your mission, and an assigned role for everyone on your team based on strengths.  

Target Audience: Academy Principals, Assistant Principals, Academy Team Leaders, Academy Teachers

Facilitator: Fawn Gernstein, Academy Principal of Freshman Exploration, Academies of Grand Island Senior High- Grand Island, NE

#2) Shifting to a Distributed Leadership Model within the Career Academy

Instructional leaders lead for the overall improvement of teaching and learning. A distributive model shares responsibilities for outcomes, builds a system of support and creates sustainable structures and accountability systems that build the capacity of others to lead. This pre-session includes characteristics of an academy leader and understanding the various academy leadership responsibilities and practices necessary to build highly effective teams. Participants will discuss and create their own team roles and responsibilities to ensure distributed leadership within their academy.  

Target audience: Principals, Assistant Principals, District Office Personnel

Facilitator: Dr. Josh McDowell, Superintendent, Crete Public Schools

#3) Implementing Multi-Tiered Systems of Support and Interventions into the Academy Model


This workshop will include an introduction to Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports and Student Interventions designed for teams working in middle and secondary career academy schools. Participants will focus on MTSS work which promote the academic, social/emotional, and college and career development of all students. Special consideration is placed on the complexities middle and high school educators face in implementing MTSS as class sizes are large, students have a variety of needs, and we are often bound by obligations around schedule, curriculum pacing guides, time, and minimal resources. The content will cover how Academy team members can use equitable, evidence-based practices, assessments, instructional resources, whole system engagement, and data-driven planning to align academy goals and intervention services. Participants will leave with several strategies and ideas that can be immediately implemented based on their unique role in the school—administrator, teacher, counselor, academy coach.  

Facilitator: Dr. Nicole Cobb, Vanderbilt University

#4) Scheduling for Transformation

The implementation of career academies requires special attention to the master schedule development. An academy master schedule needs to shift from the traditional approach to a student-centered cohort approach. This allows schools to place students and teachers into cohorts so common planning can be used to meet students’ needs and for the integration of the academy theme. This session will assist schools in moving away from the traditional schedule and will take participants through 4 steps of cohort master scheduling – planning, designing, creating, and monitoring.

Target Audience: Principals, Assistant Principals, Counselors, Registrars, Academy Directors/Coaches

Facilitator: Dr. Kelly Henderson, NCAC

#5) Academies 101

This training provides an in depth look at career academies and the ingredients that comprise highly successful ones. If scheduling, curriculum integration, teaming and recruitment make your head spin or if you worry about developing an advisory board or creating effective partnerships, this work session helps you delve into the rationale behind each one, as well as strategies to approach the topics.  You will receive guidance from professionals based on the ten National Standards of Practice (NSOP) and learn the secrets of how to get started in the right direction. Career Academies 101 takes the same approach and has been effective for academies across the country.

Facilitator: Dr. Aimee Wyatt, SREB

#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:

  • Build teacher capacity starting with concept-based instruction
  • 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!

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

Facilitator: David Holden, Amanda Wolford, and Dr, Eric Creeger, American Alliance for Innovative Systems (AAIS)

#7) Find Your Why: Why does your academy need business partners and advisory boards? 

Discover your why and how to successfully establish business and community partners from recruiting to building to maintaining your partners, utilizing the NCAC Business and Community Engagement, A Guidebook and Toolkit for Building & Sustaining Effective Business Partnerships. We will cover important considerations for building and implementing an effective collaborative process for both school and district level advisory boards. We will focus on useful approaches, structures, policies, and strategies necessary to facilitate partnerships that result in better outcomes for students. 

Each participant will receive the NCAC Business and Community Engagement Manual as a part of the pre-session fee.

This session is $400 which includes the NCAC Business Engagement Manual (A savings of $450).

Facilitator:  Dana Shumate, NCAC