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Role reversal: Teachers are the students at career conference

A total of 13 teachers and administrators from the Kingman Unified School District furthered their professional educations last week by attending the 2003 Arizona Career and Technical Education Conference.

The conference was held July 20-23 at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson.

Roughly 1,100 people attended, said John Lindberg, director of career and technical education with the KUSD.

"The career and technical education field concerns programs that prepare students for occupations requiring less than a baccalaureate degree," Lindberg said.

"Some of those are auto mechanics, culinary arts, early childhood professions, accounting, marketing and sales, photo imaging and drafting technology, all of which we have at Kingman High."

Participants received 12-20 hours of training by attending workshops that lasted 90 minutes apiece.

There also were pre- and post-sessions to the conference.

"In one pre-session, I presented at Camp M&M (Mentor & Mentee)," Lindberg said.

"It was a workshop put on by our professional organization, the Arizona Council of Occupational and Vocational Administrators.

"It was designed to train new CTE directors and we had 50 or more people in attendance."

Lindberg said he and a presenter from the state Department of Education shared in that presentation for 90 minutes.

They spoke on managing state and federal grants.

He also did a similar presentation in the regular session.

Workshops were tailored to specific program areas and instructed by other teachers sharing information on what they do in their respective classrooms.

Workshops on related topics were known as strands, KUSD Assistant Superintendent Betsy Parker, said.

There were interdisciplinary, agriculture, business, family and consumer science, health services, industrial technology and marketing strands, she said.

The state also is introducing new curriculum information so some of the workshops dealt with the rollout of new products called "curriculum frameworks," Lindberg said.

"Several of our teachers went to a computer workshop dealing with Web page design and learning to use Dream Weaver, which is a software package for designing Web sites," he said.

Lindberg said he also did a presentation on competency tracking.

High schools must report program completion to the state and whether students have achieved competency in them.

State funding is connected to that, so it's an important component of the annual conference.

"I'm the Web page administrator for and that site holds all Arizona curriculum products, including some Excel spread sheets I designed that enable teachers to track student competency attained in their programs," Lindberg said.

"I also spoke about a new electronic tracking system we are working on locally with a programmer.

It's called the Vocational Data Management System and we'll pilot it this fall at both the north and south campuses (of KHS)."

Lindberg also did an impromptu 15-minute presentation on Allied Health Services, which is related to new curriculum products being rolled out.

KUSD personnel joining Lindberg and Parker at the conference were: Greg Parker, director of human resources; Kate Arnold, photo imaging teacher; Mike Gaul, culinary arts teacher; Joyce Holgate, early childhood professions teacher; Sherry Ray, family and consumer sciences teacher at Kingman Junior High; Kerry Schanaman, law enforcement teacher; Amy West, administrative information services teacher; Michele Russo, education professions teacher; Peg Williams, sales and marketing teacher; and agriculture teachers Sean Wright and Cassie Brock.

"I was tremendously impressed with how well organized and networked the group is," Betsy Parker said.

"It was really inspiring to see so many people willing to give up part of their summer to travel to a hot place to learn from experts and sample so many programs."

Kingman High School's vocational program is well thought of throughout the state, she said.

Russo is serving on a steering committee for a new course to be offered this year on education professions.

It will lead to KHS having a group of cadet teachers working at different schools in the district, Parker said.


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