Alaska ACTE Hosts Virtual Professional Development Conference

Oct. 9 and 10, 2020 – Zoom

Virtual learning: Two words invoking major headaches for educators across the country. Despite the challenges of online learning, especially for Career and Technical Education (CTE), benefits are emerging! One such benefit is the expanded access to professional development, which is why Alaska ACTE decided to host its annual professional development conference virtually this year! Continuing to increase student access and equity in CTE is too important and we could not cancel the one opportunity many have to learn from the best in our state.

The 2020 Alaska ACTE Professional Development Conference will take place October 9 and 10. Going online means educators from across Alaska have access to this important continuing education from the safety of their home or school. No travel and no time away from the classroom! All live sessions will be recorded, allowing participants the opportunity to re-watch sessions or view sessions later if they missed one.

This year’s keynote speaker is Ricardo Romanillos, Ed.D., the senior director of programs with the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity. Romanillos will address equity, an extremely timely topic for all educators navigating the challenges of teaching during a worldwide pandemic. The public education system is meant to give every student access to the same educational opportunities. However, virtual learning has created an environment where many students only have access to what they have within their own homes and what parents can provide, creating a much less even playing field.

Romanillos is passionate about building structures and pathways that empower underserved communities. He has 14 years of experience in public education. He’s also a husband, second generation Latino and father of a medically dependent child. Romanillos keynote presentation will address equity’s challenges and give ideas on how to reach underserved communities in one of the most trying times educators, students and parents have faced.

The 2020 Alaska ACTE Professional Development Conference will take place October 9 and 10, 2020. Registration is $150 and includes membership to Alaska ACTE. Register here.

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