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2017 Hawaii ACTE Conference Agenda & Breakout Sessions

Thursday, November 9, 2017

University of Hawaii Campus Center



Registration, Continental Breakfast, Exhibits

Campus Center Ballroom 301

8:30am – 9:00am

Welcome and Introductions

Campus Center Ballroom 301            


9:00am – 10:15am

Keynote Speaker - Andy Masters

Campus Center Ballroom 301     


10:15am - 10:30am  - Break          


10:30am – 11:30am

Concurrent Sessions #1

Meeting Rooms #307, #308, #309, #310

2nd Floor Dining Rooms Area#203B,C,E

2nd Floor Executive Dining Room

Hemenway 204, 211, 215

11:30am - 11:45am - Break (Lunch Pickup)


11:45am – 12:45pm

Lunch: Sector Partnerships Panel

Campus Center Ballroom 301

12:45am - 1:00pm - Break


1:00pm – 2:00pm

Concurrent Sessions #2          

Meeting Rooms #307, #308, #309, #310

2nd Floor Dining Rooms Area#203B,C,E

2nd Floor Executive Dining Room

Hemenway 204, 211, 215


2:00pm - 2:15pm - Break  

2:15pm - 3:15pm

Concurrent Sessions #3

Meeting Rooms #307, #308, #309, #310

2nd Floor Dining Rooms Area#203B,C,E

2nd Floor Executive Dining Room

Hemenway 204, 211, 215



Pau Hana Reception/Closing Remarks/Exhibits

Campus Center Ballroom 301





How to Engage & Inspire Today's Generation of CTE Students

This session highlights the future of CTE/Career Readiness, how to overcome the challenges of "today's generation of students," and illustrates success stories from many other secondary and postsecondary CTE programs.


Keynote Speaker:

Andy Masters, MA, CSP is an award-winning author and international speaker who has presented hundreds of CTE, educational and career success and programs for faculty, staff, and students. He is creator of the nationally recognized "From HighSchool2College" preparation program, and has been featured on several major media outlets, including LifeTime Television, PBS Television, and ACTE's Techniques magazine.  Andy has earned the prestigious "CSP" award/designation of the National Speakers Association (NSA), the highest international recognition for professional speakers, in which only 10% of over 5,000+ speakers worldwide have achieved.


Lunch Session:

Sector Partnerships—a New and Innovative Approach

Sector Partnerships bring together business leaders from all industries to collaborate and work with education, development boards and community organizations to address the workforce and other competitiveness needs of the targeted industry.  Hear from industry professionals about the sector partnership’s role in addressing workforce development needs.  



Kamakana Kaimuloa, VP of Business Advocacy, Development and Military Affairs, Chamber of Commerce Hawaii



Rich Wacker, President and CEO, American Savings Bank

Derek Mukai, Principal Engineer, Community Planning and Engineering, Inc./ACECH

Carl Hinson, Director, Workforce Development, Hawaii Pacific Health



Breakout Sessions:


Hawaii Data eXchange Partnership

Healthcare and education are two areas that are projected to have high demand occupations and generally require postsecondary training.  As the state begins to coordinate efforts to develop a career ready workforce, linking data across sectors can help to provide a better view of the state's education-to-workforce pipeline.  Data from the Hawaii Data eXchange Partnership can begin to help answer questions about how prepared Hawaii graduates were for these high demand occupations, as they transitioned from high school to postsecondary and into the workforce.



Jean Osumi, EdD, Project Director and Anita Huang, Institutional Analyst Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for Education

Hawaii Industry Sectors Website

Check out the latest website developed by the University of Hawaii.  This website provides real-time labor market data, occupational data and educational pathways to high demand jobs, marketable skills for which businesses are looking.  Demonstration of the website and how educators and students can use the data to help sharpen career readiness skills will be offered.



Peter Quigley, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs

Paul Sakamoto, IT Specialist, Web Application Developer, University of Hawaii Community Colleges

UH Online Learning Academy’s EdReady Program and Resources

This session shows how to increase the number of students qualifying for college-level math courses using low cost, high impact strategies.  This session describes the use of a multidisciplinary approach focused on improving students’ instructional experiences and improving student performance through academic support and mentoring. The project uses EdReady, an adaptive learning system that delivers personalized learning to students preparing to take the math placement examination.  The project also provides academic support and mentoring using university students trained as online tutors and academic coaches.



Edmond Lee, Assistant Director and Cherie Guillermo, Tutoring Coordinator, UH Online Learning Academy

Leadership Lesson from Hollywood

Award-winning author and leadership expert Andy Masters creatively uses the magical imagery of Hollywood to help leaders in education DEVELOP and EMPOWER—in this challenging era of having to “Do More With Less”. That’s right, ENTERTAIN and INSPIRE your administrators, deans, and supervisors with actual license-protected scenes from movies such as The Devil Wears Prada, Dead Poet's Society, The Iron Lady—and even Frozen and Star Wars! 


Powerful leadership principles are based on Andy’s latest book “Things LEADERS Say: A Daily Guide to Help Every Leader Empower & Inspire.” Andy’s program provides attendees with not only a memorable interactive multi-media experience, but also with immediate “take-home” value to help every leader get MORE done, in LESS time, with HIGHER quality, and LESS stress! 



Andy Masters, Keynote Speaker


New Models for Career and Technical Education

According to the Dept. of Labor & Industrial Relations October 2016 report, some of the top 20 “hot” in-demand projected occupations in Hawai’i are in Health Services, Hospitality & Tourism, and Business sectors.  Hawai’i has untapped labor market potential in students graduating from high school as they begin to look for employment opportunities in addition to postsecondary education. Join this session to collaborate with your peers and learn how you can grow your CTE classes exponentially without the limits of a brick and mortar classroom all while helping your students prepare for what comes next. This session will focus on ways to incorporate a blended instructional approach, collaborate on ways to foster local partnerships for internships and possible employment opportunities, and help students explore their employment interests.



Sarah Slaid, Fuel Education

Best Practices for Teachers and NEPRIS Orientation

Have you ever wondered how Hawaii’s industry needs are changing and how you can make classroom learning even more impactful for your students?  Hear from more than 20 CTE secondary teachers who participated in this year’s CTE Summer Externship program.  They will share their “best practices” experiences and applications to classrooms in diverse career pathways.  In addition, a Nepris live demonstration will show teachers how to connect industry professionals to all classrooms “virtually” using an online video conferencing platform.



CTE secondary teachers and Kalonji Martin, Executive Director, Industry and Education Partnerships, Nepris

Problem Based Learning I: Theory and Practice

Problem-based learning (PBL) is an approach that challenges students to learn through engagement in a real problem. It is a format that simultaneously develops both problem solving strategies and disciplinary knowledge bases and skills by placing students in the active role of problem-solvers confronted with an ill-structured situation that simulates the kind of problems they are likely to face as future managers in complex organizations. Learn how PBL is implemented at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM).


In this session, you will participate in a PBL and learn how to integrate PBL into varies types of curriculum.  

To be successful in a PBL environment, students must develop team-learning skills and assume a very active role in their own learning. Educational research has consistently demonstrated that students from PBL programs retain the material they learn longer, perform well in job settings, and tend to enjoy their post-secondary school experience more than their counterparts in more traditional educational programs



Dr. Damon Sakai, Associate Professor of Medicine,  University of Hawaii - John A. Burns School of Medicine


Problem Based Learning II: Case Writing

This is a working session where you will leave with your own PBL tailored to your curriculum. You will be given a step by step PBL Case Writing Workbook, helpful teacher tips, and guidance while developing your lesson.  



Dr. Damon Sakai, Associate Professor of Medicine,  University of Hawaii - John A. Burns School of Medicine

English Across the Curriculum: Using the Language Arts to Achieve CTE Content Competence

Language arts dexterity is integral to CTE professional success.  From the health information technology professional charged with organizing and maintaining patient records to the automotive technician who must read and comprehend a 450-page repair manual, the ability to dissect, analyze, and produce precise writing can make or break a career. Get tips and ideas on how CTE teachers can use the language arts as a means to reinforce content learning in both the secondary and higher education classroom.



Dr. Michelle Igarashi, Leeward Community College English professor

Lance Morita, Leeward Community College English professor

Dr. Jeni Nishimura, Mililani High School

Hoʻāla Hou - Renewing a Pathway to Student Success Through Culture and Place-Based Learning

In this session, we will describe ways to create a culture and place-based training program for faculty, staff, and administrators aimed at infusing Hawaiian culture, traditions, and values in teaching, learning, and service in order to support student success and completion.  These practices support student engagement and increase the likelihood of program/degree completion.  



Paul Kalani Kaawa Flores, Jr - College Culture and Place-Based Coordinator/Hawaiian Studies Instructor/Title III Grant Coordinator, Honolulu CC

Jacob Hauʻoli Ikaika Poʻokela Elarco - Title III Culture and Place-Based Learning Coordinator, Honolulu CC Jarena Hemakanaikalākāpaki Kaʻuhane Pacarro - Title III Culture and Place-Based Learning Program Assistant, Honolulu CC

CTE Federal Policy Update

The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) advocates at the federal level for increased funding and policy changes that support the CTE field and students. Come learn about the current policy environment and legislative actions such as the current status of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.


Presenter: Stephen DeWitt, Association for Career and Technical Education, Deputy Executive Director

Project Management:  A Skill for Classroom Success to Successful Careers

Many organizations across the globe perform project-oriented work using projects because it allows organizations to optimize resources while increasing the quality of the end product through planning and management of all activities.  This means that once students enter the workforce they will either be part of a project or leading a project during their careers.

In the classroom, students also perform projects and use project-based-learning; however, students often wait until the night before to complete their projects and end up not achieving optimal results. What comes natural for professional project managers may be foreign to instructors and their students.

This workshop will introduce concepts, tools, and techniques about project management and how they can be applied in the classroom.  By empowering instructors to use project management in the classroom, their students can improve project outcomes, gain career readiness skills, and become valuable and effective team members in their careers.



Joslyn Sato, Project Management Institute, Honolulu Chapter


Community Connections: Supporting Rural Youth with Disabilities Who are Work-Bound

One-third of our nation's public schools are located in rural areas. People who reside in rural areas have less access to educational and employment resources and opportunities. Rural youth with disabilities will most likely experience a multitude of challenges when finding a job. School-community partnerships play an important role in student success and post-school outcomes. In fact, community involvement is a critical component for student achievement. This study explored how community members connected with their local high schools to provide community-based work experiences for rural youth with disabilities.



Joy Mahiko, Leeward Community College


5 Ways to Change the World: Learn how to use Design Thinking to change the world and teach your students to do the same…

Design Thinking is a mindset and a human centered problem finding and problem solving approach. Learn how to teach your students to use Design Thinking to see what others cannot see, and to see the world differently so they can solve our most pressing issues.



Ian Kitajima, Oceanit

Build Your Own Mobile App Without Coding

Want to develop your own mobile app? Want it on your phone? Don’t know programming? This is a perfect workshop for you.  Come with your idea for a class or a business, and this session will teach you how to create your app for all devices.  No coding background is necessary (Bring your own device).



Monir Hodges, Professor & Software Engineer, Pacific Center for Advanced Technology Training (PCATT), Honolulu Community College

Rock Your Performance Based Assessments for CTE Students!

Find out how to make your Performance Based Assessments (PBA) as “lit” as your CTE students! Engage them in authentic activities and opportunities to demonstrate proficiencies in cognitively challenging and high-skill tasks. Attendees will gain ideas and resources to help motivate and prepare their students for PBAs aligned with Career Pathways.



Patricia Beardeaux, Alison Inouye, and Wendell Tashiro, HIDOE CTE Resource Teachers

Michael Barros and Stacey Takanishi, HIDOE CTE Educational Specialists, Career Readiness Section, Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Student Support

How Social Emotional Learning Impacts You

According to 21st Century skills, "noncognitive skills" also known as social emotional competencies are fundamental to students' academic achievements in secondary grades, post secondary performance, as well as their workplace success.  This session will provide clarity on what SEL is all about.



Lydell Acosta, MEd, SEL Complex Lead, RTI, AVID District Liaison, Campbell-Kapolei School Support Office

Career and Technical Education Jobs of the Army

This presentation will spotlight the CTE related jobs and careers that are offered by the United States Army. During this breakout session, we will explore the following topics: college credit awarded by the American Council on Education for Army training; obtaining certifications through the Army; current educational opportunities and incentives for college; qualification standards for enlistment; and ways that we can partner with you in the CTE classroom.


Presenter: Stephen Goering, Education Services Specialist, US Army Recruiting


The Power of Soft Skills: Not So Soft After All

Soft skills are the skills, traits, work habits, and attitudes that all workers must have in order to gain, maintain, and advance in employment. Ensuring access to these experiences before graduation is critical for youth, especially youth with disabilities transitioning to employment. Learn how soft skills can be meaningfully implemented into both school-based and community-based curriculum for youth with or without disabilities.


Presenter: Joy Mahiko, Leeward Community College

Go Paperless with Google Classroom

Google Classroom is a free online tool that integrates GSuite apps (such as Google Docs) helping instructors and students connect with the course and each other, distribute and give feedback on assignments, and more, all in one platform. In this session, you'll be able to join a Google Classroom class to explore some of the features and benefits it offers for instructors and students. Laptop or mobile device required.


Presenter: Rachael Inake, Educational Technologist, Leeward Community College


Content Area Meetings

Grow your network of resources. Come and get to know your fellow colleagues in your content area and learn about some of the great things happening at other schools and college campuses. Networking and sharing with content area colleagues will be emphasized.


  • Engineering, Technology, & Trades

  • Business & Marketing

  • Health Sciences & Services

  • Counseling and Support Personnel

  • Hospitality & Culinary

  • Creative Media/Graphics

  • Agriculture

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