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Welcome to the NMACTE Hybrid Summer Conference!

Join our in-person participants right here virtually via Zoom. Conference programming is available to everyone who registered. Thanks for being here!

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Friday’s Virtual Agenda At-A-Glance

8:30 – 9:45amCTE Policy Panel of Experts
10:00 – 10:50amBreakout Session 5
11:00 – 11:50amBreakout Session 6

8:30 – 9:45am

CTE Policy Panel of Experts:
“Where is New Mexico Headed?”

THIS IS SOMETHING YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS! What a wonderful panel and list of experts that we have joining us! Come and learn what’s planned for CTE in New Mexico with this great wealth of knowledge~ the depth of understanding of the state and local education agencies, and the need for good policy has never been more important. Come with probing questions as well, as there will be a time for Q&A!

Jeffery Waugh, NMACTE President

Senator William “Bill” Soules, PhD
State Senator since 2013; Senate Education Chair; Legislative Education Study Committee Chair; Instructor for 16 years in Las Cruces Public Schools

Gwen Perea Warniment, PhD
Director of the Legislative Education Study Committee

Yolanda Montoya-Cordova
New Mexico Workforce Solutions State Administrator; Albuquerque Public School Board Member (District 1)

Elaine Perea, PhD
Director, NM Public Education Department, College and Career Readiness Bureau

10:00 – 10:50am

Breakout Session V

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Dual Credit Importance of Capstone Courses

Presented by Marc Duske, Staff & Special Projects Manager, NMPED College & Career Readiness Bureau and Adam Sanchez, CTE Coach, NMPED College & Career Readiness Bureau

This dual credit presentation will discuss strategies that increase student college and career readiness. The presentation will highlight the advantages of NM Dual Credit coursework as one strategy and will provide guidance on which strategy may work best for your students. Learn how dual credit coursework:

  • Builds college and career ready skills
  • Enhances economic opportunities for graduates
  • Keeps students ‘hooked’ on school

Updated information will also be provided on how NM Dual Credit (DC) coursework enhances CTE programs of study.


Building an Equitable K-12 Computer Science Program

Presented by Isaac Zeigler, Senior Director of Operations and Partnerships, Skill Struck

Come and discuss how we’ve worked with districts across the United States to create and build a comprehensive and equitable computer science program; designed to help districts create something sustainable through teacher shortages. We will offer strategies, insights, best practices, and tools to get started.



Presented by Monte Womble, Las Cruces Public Schools

Why do WE do what WE do? If we aren’t honest with ourselves, how can we be honest with our students when it comes to Career Exploration and Planning? What were YOUR reasons for settng out on the journey you are traversing? How do we help students connect to THEIR passion when they have NO clue on how to answer the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?” The answer sometimes lies in the quote “Experience is what you get when you don’t get what you want?” Let’s take a journey down memory lane…


Future-Focused Education

Presented by Mike May and Lisa Harmon-Martinez

For the past two years, teachers and school and district leaders in New Mexico have been engaged in creating new learning and assessment opportunities for students through the Graduation Equity Initiative. Participants will learn more about this initiative and how it has expanded to include work based learning strategies to reengage young people in school, as they take ownership over their learning. The presentation will include examples of capstones and work based learning from across New Mexico and will offer innovative ways of thinking about student learning and assessment.


CTECH - All In on a New CTE Experience

Presented by Zeke Kaney and Kristy Hughes, CTECH (Hobbs Municipal School District)

From Start to Start: Are you considering starting or expanding your Current CTE offerings? Are you hoping to hear some “outside the box” approaches to dealing with the complicated and intricate world of expanding funding for CTE, expanding access to CTE, expanding the quality of CTE? If so, please join us as we share our story of how CTECH went from an idea to a reality.


11:00 – 11:50am

Breakout Session VI

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Building a Student-Centered Digital Classroom

Presented by Tim Mason and Mark Sluzky, Instructure / Canvas

CTE courses and programs often have students who move at their own pace when acquiring skills and
In this learning session, we will explore ways for CTE educators to create a student centered approach in
of flipped classrooms, pathways, ideas for curating student work, using video for teaching or capturing
assessment, and student based project learning. While we will be using Canvas as one of the online
for this session, many ideas and approaches will be covered.


Adobe Certified Professional

Presented by Janette Sayer, Certiport

In this session you will learn about the Adobe Certified Professional certification program. Adobe Certified Professional is the industry-recognized certification that demonstrates mastery of Adobe Creative Cloud software and must-have knowledge for digital media careers. Each exam is integrated with an Adobe application and designed by experts, allowing for an authentic assessment of job-ready skills. The NMPED purchased Adobe Creative Cloud licenses for every student and staff for the 2022-23 school year.


CCRB Updates/Graduation Requirements

Presented by Elaine Perea, PhD, Director, NMPED-CCRB

The 2022-23 school year is underway and CTE funds are the highest in years. Come to this session to learn about all the great programs that CCRB is administering. The PED’s agency budget planning is underway and CTE funding could be a big deal for the upcoming legislative session. Another potential topic for the upcoming legislative session is graduation requirements. Hear about PED’s proposals to the LESC for changes to graduation requirements and learn about the upcoming legislative process.


Beyond the Books - Implementing Co-Curricular Classrooms

Presented by Donna Corder, DC Leadership

Employers seek out people that have more than just knowledge and book smarts. They desire people with communication skills, ambition, cooperation, flexibility, responsibility, accountability, individual initiative; skills that can not be taught through books. Go beyond the books and learn how to create a co-curricular, project based classroom by implementing Career and Technical Student Organizations into the curriculum. Provide your students with the final touches they need for their career success.


College & Career Counseling/Advising

Presented by Angelica Delgadillo, School Counselor Liaison, NMPED-CCRB

Attendees will be introduced to the new School Counselor Liaison. Goals of the new role will be shared and attendees will collaborate and share what resources they need to ensure our NM students are college and career ready.


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