Speakers (video included)

  • Teaching and Learning in Technical Education

Maryellen Weimer

Teaching and Learning for Technical Educators 

What kind of teaching promotes learning?  What kind of teaching promotes the development of sophisticated technical skills?  What kind of teaching promotes thoughtful, responsible global citizens?  These questions are important because although learning can and does occur without teachers, teaching that doesn’t promote learning has no purpose.  There are answers to these questions–found in the wisdom that grows out of practice, our own and that of others, and from research conducted over many years, within different fields and from around the world.  We can teach in ways proven to promote learning.

Bill Lucas and Guy Claxton

  • Supporting Learners in Technical Education

Eric Chester

REVIVING WORK ETHIC:  How Educators Can End the Entitlement Mentality Among Students and Create an Environment of Achievement

The purpose of schools is to prepare students for success in the real world.  Developing a healthy work ethic prepares young people to be better students while they are in school, but also prepares them to be better employees, better leaders, and better citizens.

Developing work ethic in students is not optional; it is a responsibility—one that should be shared by every individual employed by a school district—whether in the classroom, the cafeteria, the administration office, or the school bus.

Eric Chester is the leading authority on developing work ethic in teens and young adults.  His presentation will illustrate why the work ethic in America has declined, and he’ll provide solid, actionable ideas and tools for instilling the pride of a job well done.

  • Discover the 7 Indisputable Core Values that every employer demands from every worker, and every successful school develops within their students.
  • Find out how to promote a classroom culture rooted in reliability, professionalism, initiative, integrity, and respect.
  • Learn how to be an ‘up and over’ leader, moving students from “Idle,” “Lucky,” and “Cheating” behaviors into the “Valued” Quadrant.
  • Explore how to instill an attitude of gratitude among your students. population and make them motivated learners.
  • Leadership and Innovation in Technical Education

Mark Milliron

Emerging Insights for Innovative Education Leaders

In this presentation we’ll explore emerging insights in the quickly changing world of learning. We’ll look to models from today and vision the road ahead on issues including the intergenerational mix of teachers and learners; the different ways learners are engaging education; blended, mobile, and game-based learning; learning networks and the open-content movement; advanced analytics and cultures of inquiry; continuing conversations on student readiness; and our shared commitment to meaningful human connections. Finally, we’ll explore strategies for leveraging these insights in a thoughtful and inclusive way—avoiding the all-too-common hyperbole while being open to real possibilities for the road ahead.

John Baker


Partnering for a transformational learning experience

  • Gala Dinner Speaker

Matthew B. Crawford

The Case for Working With Your Hands

Crawford will argue that the manual trades can be a life worth choosing, on both economic and psychological grounds. Work that involves making things and fixing things is cognitively rich. It also has a wider cultural significance, cultivating habits of self-reliance and independent thinking, as against the passivity of consumer culture.

  • Counseling in Technical Education Environments

Patch Adams

The Joy of Caring

Lecture on the thrill of helping others. This inspirational talk includes much dialogue to explore burnout prevention for caregivers. The focus of this lecture is the magic and power of care, not only in the patient’s life, but also in the caregiver’s life.

Brian Little

How Personality Matters:  A New Approach to Counseling in TVET

How do the personalities of students and their instructors shape    motivation and achievement in technical and vocational fields?  That question is explained in this presentation by introducing several novel concepts that advance our understanding of the educational process.  Among the topics explored are the difference between fixed traits and “free traits” of personality, the power of “personal projects” to transform students and instructors alike, and the crucial distinction between the pursuit of happiness and the happiness of pursuit.

  • Applied Research in Technical Institutions

Roger Fisher

Assessing Institutional Readiness for Research & Innovation

While 21st century technical and vocational institutions recognize the need to incorporate research and innovation into their mandates and missions, questions remain about how to effectively manage such large-scale institutional transformations.

In this “nuts and bolts” plenary presentation, Dr. Fisher describes 6 categorical “constructs” that technical and vocational institutions must consider if they wish to build robust and sustainable research and innovation cultures that address the needs and aspirations of all stakeholders. Dr. Fisher will provide all participants with his

Assessment of Research Readiness Tool (ARRT) – a detailed and thorough checklist of essential institutional requirements for building research cultures. Using this tool, participants are invited to immediately begin assessing the extent to which their institutions are prepared to effectively incorporate research and innovation into their educational missions.

Markus Maurer

Applied research in TVET

With access to jobs having become a key theme of current thinking in economic and social policy, the interest of policy makers and the general public in improving Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) is on the rise, too. However, strengthening TVET and making it more relevant for the needs of the world of work is a highly complex issue, as policy reforms cannot simply build on best practices from abroad. Rather, successful reforms need to adapt global models to realities of specific education systems and labour markets. Applied research in TVET can play an important role in this regard, as it helps to understand factors underlying success and failure of reforms. This is particularly true for reforms that are being implemented world-wide.

One such global reform is the design and implementation of national qualifications frameworks (NQF), a model that spread out to a large number of countries within only few years. Interestingly enough, most evidence produced on such frameworks remains at the level of the design of the frameworks, whereas the implementation aspect is seriously understudied. Still, there are indications from applied research that suggest under which circumstances qualifications frameworks can become useful instruments that add value to the overall development of TVET systems.


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