Magazine article Techniques

An Interview with Key ACTE Annual Convention Speakers

Magazine article Techniques

An Interview with Key ACTE Annual Convention Speakers

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ACTE: Mr. McNulty, tell our listeners a little bit about yourself and what you do.


RM: I'm currently the president of the International Center for Leadership in Education. The CEO of that company is Bill Daggett. We are an educational research and professional development company that works all around the globe, but particularly focused in the United Slates. The main focus of our work is transforming education; looking across the country for high-performing career centers, high schools, middle schools, elementary schools and then studying those schools, and then helping them to transform themselves into 21st-century institutions. Prior to joining the International Center, I was a senior fellow and program director for Bill and Melinda Gates at their foundation. My past public experience was that I was Commissioner of Education in the state of Vermont, a superintendent in the state for more than 20 years, and teacher, principal, assistant superintendent.

ACTE: What is your experience with, and your outlook on, career and technical education (CTE)?

RM: One of the most important things, I think - about career and technical education, and actually education in general, is we seem to be putting too many types of education in silos. We talk about CTE, we talk about IB programs, BA programs, we talk about special ed, and really what it's about is educating our children.

My theme in my work has always been that the primary aim of education is not to have our students do well in school, but to have them do well in the lives they lead outside of school. When I think about that, there's really only one real strong form of education that seems to be focused on helping our students live their lives successfully outside of school, and really relate to strong relevance to the world of work today. and that's CTE.

We need to have more of GTE's ideas and programs embedded throughout education, so that education in general is not just a place where it's about being successful on a test, it's about being successful outside of school.

ACTE: Can you give us a brief preview of what you will speak about at the ACTE Convention?

BM: One of my main themes in the work I'm doing is that in education in general, across the board, we're getting better at things that don't matter anymore. A lot of our systems were designed in the industrial age. We hear a lot of people talk about using best practices in classes, and I think best practices arc important, but best practices are the kinds of things that we know work in the current system, and therefore they keep the current system in place. What I'm going to talk about is the need for us to develop disruptive innovation in our systems, and things I call "next practices." What are the next practices that are going to lead the education world?

Part of my conversation will be about schools and school districts and systems developing an innovation portfolio, so that they can begin to start to be the leaders of the transformation. I'm convinced that it's the educators that need to lead the transformation of education. The only way we do that is if we begin lo innovate and to do things that we know need lo be done for the future.


ACTE: Mr. Chester, tell our listeners a little bit about yourself and what you do.

EC: Well, first and foremost, I am a former career and technical education student from high school who chose CTE as a career path. …

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