Professional Development at Its Best

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Vocational technical educators need to be involved in professional development activities in order to stay abreast of new techniques, materials and research. What better way to do that than the annual AVA convention? This issue of Techniques contains information about registration and housing to assist you in planning your trip (see pages 40-46).

Al Roker, NBC's funnyman-weathercaster, will be the keynote speaker at the opening general session. Roker is a wonderful motivational speaker and is deeply involved in education issues. Other speakers include Dan Burrus, author of Technotrends, and Dale Parnell, author of The Neglected Majority and Why Do I Have To Learn This?

In addition to these general sessions, there will be hundreds of program sessions designed to give you specific assistance in your subject area and useful tools you can put right to work when you return home. I also encourage you to attend one of these excellent preconvention seminars:

* School-to-Careers: Moving Toward the New Millenium

* Powerful Teaching Techniques for Teachers

* Bringing the World to Your Desktop: The Internet as a RealTime Learning Source

* Postsecondary Renaissance: Workforce Partnership Development

There will be numerous opportunities for networking throughout the convention. I encourage you to attend the Friday night dance, the regional receptions and meetings, as well as socials sponsored by your states and divisions. You also have a special invitation to attend the president's reception on Saturday evening--so please drop by so I can meet each of you.

This will be the fourth annual convention since the formation of the American Business and Education Partnership (formerly The School-to-Work Partners). …