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Hosted at Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School

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Conference Details

Registration open to all for pre-conference and conference: June 28, 29 & 30, 2022

Planning 

The doors open for light breakfast and registration at 8:15am each day with sessions beginning at 9am! Lunch will be offered as well as time in the vendor hall. Upon arrival, you'll receive a conference tote, a refillable water bottle, pen and booklet outlining all the session's details, times and locations. You are free to attend sessions that renew your passion for teaching, revitalize your love of your industry and reconnect you with colleagues. Each day the conference wraps up at 3pm.

If you are planning on staying in the area and need a hotel the Connecting for Success Conference has a reduced rate room block at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Boston-Marlborough, 123 Boston Post Road West, Marlborough Ma, 01752 - Overnight guest rooms-one standard king bed suite $179.95 a night. Call (508) 485-5900 to book now!

 

Presenters 

When you enter the main entrance of the school there will be a Presenter Sign-In Table where you will pick up your name badge and materials including room information and a map of the school. 

 

Please arrive 30 minutes before your presentation time to accommodate signing in, finding your room, and setting up your presentation

Vendors

The conference is being held at Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School - 215 Fitchburg St, Marlborough, Massachusetts.   The vendor hall will be held in the gymnasium of the school on Thursday, June 30th from 8:15 am - 4:30 pm

 

When you arrive at the school you should enter the front door and visit the vendor check-in table.  At this table you will receive a map of the hall, your location in the hall, as well as an official schedule for the day. 

Conference Registration

Full Conference NOW OPEN: June 29 & 30, 2022

Pre-Conference Registration NOW OPEN: June 28, 2022

 

 

 

 

 

Renew, Revitalize, and Reconnect 

It has been a long time since we have been able to reconnect in person at our annual Connecting for Success conference.  The COVID – 19 pandemic has provided us the time to step back and be reflective on how we deliver vocational education in the state of Massachusetts.  We now believe after much reflection it is time to revitalize our instructional practices and renew our commitment not only to our schools and the profession overall, but to ourselves as educators and as people.  The Connecting for Success Annual conference will provide our participants with opportunities to reengage, reflect, recommit to what it means to be an educator in a Massachusetts vocational school/program. 

 

Audience  

Educators who currently work or aspire to work in a vocational-technical high school in Massachusetts. This includes academic teachers, vocational teachers, guidance and specialized support staff, aides and para-professionals, school nurses, and administrators.

Hotel Information

The Connecting for Success Conference has a reduced rate room block at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Boston-Marlborough, 123 Boston Post Road West, Marlborough Ma, 01752 - Overnight guest rooms-one standard king bed suite $179.95 a night. Call (508) 485-5900 to book now!

 

Registration forms

Please use our online registration form below - Leadership Academy 1 participants have a reduced rate registration.  Please use the separate registration form for those attendees. 

Pre-conference Offerings

  1. Sheltered English Instruction (15 Hours - ELL) Workshop: The ultimate approach for equity and culturally responsive teaching. This session will held on June 27 and 28 from 9:00 -  5:00 with a final one hour session during the main conference on Wednesday, June 29 (there will be a break for lunch) Cost: $250

  2. How to Deliver Effective Feedback that will Improve Teaching learning and Have a Difficult Conversation that produces a change in pedagogy based on the DESE Teacher Rubric. (5 Hours - Pedagogy): Today’s leaders are challenged to ensure that their district/school evaluations, collaboration and feedback make a difference for teachers and students. Learning how to give effective feedback that positively impacts teaching and learning can be a difficult task for teacher leaders. This is especially true for what is called ‘hard feedback’ which challenges the teachers’ practice and can cause professional discomfort. This workshop will walk you through a step-by-step approach to have the “difficult conversation” and achieve a successful and desired result focusing on conversations using the DESE evaluation rubric. 9:00 - 3:00 Cost: $250

  3. Construction Supervisor License Renewal (12 Hours - Content): Renew your construction supervisory license.  A requirement for all carpentry instructors.To be held on June 27 and 28, 9:00 - 4:00 (there will be a break for lunch) Cost: $250 - License numbers needed prior to the start of the session.

  4. Hoisting License: Do you or anyone at your school need to operate a crane, lift, or any other piece of equipment that can raise over 10 feet and hold more than 500 pounds or over 1/4 of the material, or any equipment with a bucket capable of holding more than .25 cubic yards? Then you need a hoisting license! 9:00 - 4:00 Cost: $250

  5. Health and Safety, and Labor Law Review for Co-Op Coordinators (8 Hours - 6 Health & Safety, 2 Labor Laws): Navigating Child Labor Laws for your Co-op students.  Recent Accidents in Schools and How to Prevent Them from Happening to You 9:00 - 5:00 Cost: $250

    • Scaffolds, Ladders, and Falls - Safety for Students in Construction Co-Ops, More than Just Eye Protection - Safety for Students in Manufacturing Co-Ops, Hands-on Workshop on Personal Protective Equipment: Noise and Respirators

    • Preventing the Next Buffalo Wild Wings Incident - Safety for Students in Culinary Arts Co-Ops,  More than just Yelling Timber - Safety for students in Landscaping/Forestry Co-Ops

  6. CPR/First Aid Certification (2 Hours - Content/Elective): Get certified in CPR and First Aid! We are offering two, 2-hour sessions, one at 9:00 and another at 12:00.  Space is limited to 9 in each session. Cost: $75

  7. Servsafe Re-Certification (4 Hours) - For exisiting Servsafe certification holders who need to recertify.  This course includes 2-hours of instruction followed by a 2-hour certificaiton exam. We are offereing 2 session, one at 9:00 and another at 1:00.  Space is limited to 30 in each session.  Cost: $150.

 

Call for Proposals!

Pre-Conference Date: June 28, 2022 

Full Conference Dates: June 29 & 30, 2022 

Format: In-Person 

 

Our call for proposals has closed. Email crutkowski@mava.us with any questions.

Audience  

Educators who currently work or aspire to work in a vocational-technical high school in Massachusetts. This includes academic teachers, vocational teachers, guidance and specialized support staff, aides and para-professionals, school nurses, and administrators.

  

Theme

The theme for the 2022 Connecting for Success conference is: Renew, Revitalize, and Reconnect. It has been a long time since we have been able to reconnect in person at our annual Connecting for Success conference. The COVID – 19 pandemic has provided us the time to step back and be reflective on how we deliver vocational education in the state of Massachusetts. We now believe after much reflection it is time to revitalize our instructional practices and renew our commitment not only to our schools and the profession overall, but to ourselves as educators and as people. The Connecting for Success Annual conference will provide our participants with opportunities to reengage, reflect, recommit to what it means to be an educator in a Massachusetts vocational school/program. 

 

Guidelines

All presentations should have a connection to the overarching theme of Renew, Revitalize, and Reconnect and will be grouped under the following strands: 

  • Renew (pedagogy) 

  • Revitalize (social-emotional) 

  • Responsible/Responsibility (equity) 

  • Reflection (content) 

 

Session Formats

Pre-Conference: On this day participants will take specific training/certifications (retraining) 

  • 6-hour training/certification programs 

 

Full Conference: All sessions will be 50-minutes in length. Examples include: 

  • 30-minute presentation and 20-minute interactive activities 

  • 40-minute session with 10 minutes for discussions and question and answers 

  • 40-minute carousel activity with 10 minutes for discussions and question and answers 

  • 50-minute professional learning community/job alike discussion 

 

Speaker Requirement 

As a conference speaker, you will be expected to: 

  • Provide your final presentation title and a short description 

  • Be flexible as to the time, date, and format of your presentation 

  • Use materials and language that does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, ethnicity, religion, physical ability, or sexual orientation 

  • Provide your own presentation materials and resources for distribution to participants 

  • Be able to pivot to an online/virtual session if needed 

 

Compensation

Presenters will be compensated with presentation hours. MAVA does not issue professional development points. Presenters will need to take the certificate of presentation hours back to your school district to receive individual professional development points. 

 

Submission Instructions

Please use our online proposal form below to submit your proposal. Proposal deadline extended to Friday, April 29, 2022.

 

Calling All Vendors!  

 

We are writing to invite you to promote your business at the 2022 Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators (MAVA) Annual Connecting for Success Conference.  

 

Every year, at the end of June, teachers (both academic and vocational), administrators, and business partners gather to share best practices, learn about new tools, techniques, and collaborate with one another. The conference has brought the vocational community of Massachusetts together for the past 20+years. 

 

As an organization, we are committed to building valuable relationships between our attendees and vendors. We have developed several advertising and sponsorship packages that can be found both on our website and on the Vendor/Sponsorship Registration form below.  

 

Every advertising and sponsorship opportunity includes displaying your logo on our website with a link to your company’s website. 

 

Conference Details: 
  • Pre-Conference Date: June 28, 2022 

  • Full Conference Dates: June 29 & 30, 2022 

  • Vendor Hall Date: June 30, 2022 

  • Conference Format: In-Person  

  • Audience: Educators who currently work or aspire to work in a vocational-technical high school in Massachusetts. This includes academic teachers, vocational teachers, guidance and specialized support staff, aides and para-professionals, school nurses, and administrators. 

  • Theme: The theme for the 2022 Connecting for Success conference is:  

 

Renew, Revitalize, and Reconnect 

It has been a long time since we have been able to reconnect in person at our annual Connecting for Success conference. The COVID – 19 pandemic has provided us the time to step back and be reflective on how we deliver vocational education in the state of Massachusetts. We now believe after much reflection it is time to revitalize our instructional practices and renew our commitment not only to our schools and the profession overall, but to ourselves as educators and as people. The Connecting for Success Annual conference will provide our participants with opportunities to reengage, reflect, recommit to what it means to be an educator in a Massachusetts vocational school/program. 

 

We invite you to click the form below to start the registration process! Vendor/Sponsorship deadline is April 29, 2022.

Keynote Speakers

 

Kalise Wornum, Ed.D 

Founder and CEO, KW Diversity, Inc. 

Kalise Wornum is a nationally sought-after keynote speaker, educational leader, workshop facilitator, and author in the area of anti-racist education and cultural proficiency. Born in Boston, Kalise’s dedication to confronting racism in the classroom began early in her education as a student in the METCO Program – a state funded, voluntary desegregation program in Massachusetts. Her minority experience, both the beauty and complexities of academic success in a predominantly white suburban school system, fostered in Kalise a desire to train students, teachers, and school administrators about the need for representation and cultural competency in the classroom. Kalise continues to use her experience as a graduate from the Lexington Public Schools to inform her spoken presentations and written materials for the courses and workshops she offers.

 

Her dynamic insight and study of best practices for having difficult conversations around race and diversity have pushed Kalise and her team to the forefront of preparing classrooms and schools for equity in education in the 21st century. Kalise earned a BA in Humanities and Interpersonal Communication from Bradford College, Haverhill, Massachusetts, and continued her education earning a MA in Educational Administration from the University of Vermont in Burlington. In 2017, Kalise received her Doctorate in Education. She is a licensed administrator and holds a Certificate of Educational Leadership from Boston University’s Education Collaborative. Employment at various colleges and universities has given Kalise a thorough knowledge and understanding of the American educational system. That knowledge is furthered by her work as the Director of the METCO Program for Wellesley Public Schools for sixteen years. Kalise also served as the Executive Director of Empowering Multicultural Initiatives, which allowed her to interface with educators across New England and cemented for her the importance of professional development in the area of building relationships with diverse learners and exploring personal racism and its effects on teaching and learning.

 

Continuing concerns about America’s racial academic achievement gap, along with her experience and growing devotion for this work led Kalise to develop KW Diversity, Inc., a consulting firm, specializing in cultural proficiency, and community conversations to support difficult conversations regarding race and cultures. Kalise’s ten-hour foundational course has proven to be the answer that school systems are searching for to address the ongoing challenge of leveling the academic playing field. Her presentations are filled with hard work that she makes easy with her high energy and her uncanny ability to connect to her audience through openness, candor, and skilled facilitation. Kalise is powerful in her delivery, professional in her presentation, and passionate in her devotion to the development of teachers and the education of all students.

 

In her own words, “It is my mission as an educator to help teachers recognize where race and learning intersect and eradicate all forms of racism from the classroom. It is my life's work to relentlessly pursue this goal and in doing so the beauty of teaching and learning will be experienced by both student and teacher.”

 

Click to read more from Kalise Wornum, Ed.D

 

Closing out our conference will be Dr. Matthew X. Joseph

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Dr. Matthew X. Joseph

X-Factor EDU LLC

Dr. Matthew X. Joseph is currently the Executive Director of Teaching and Learning in Providence Public Schools. The Providence Public School District serves approximately 25,000 students and 37 schools. He has been a MA school and district leader in many capacities over

his 27 years in the field. Experiences such as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Director of Digital Learning and Innovation, elementary school principal, classroom teacher, and district professional development specialist have provided Matt incredible insights on how to best support teaching and learning and led to nationally published articles and opportunities to speak at multiple state and national events. His master's degree is in special education and his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Boston College. He is the author of Power Of Connections: Connecting Educators, Cultivating Professional Learning Networks, & Redefining Educator Collaboration, Stronger Together: The Power of Connections in a School Community, and co-author of Modern Mentoring, Reimagining Mentorship in Education. Matt also serves as the president-elect for MASCD.

 

Click to read more from Dr. Matthew X. Joseph.