ACTEAZ News  Exec. Director’s Letter

Executive Director’s Letter – April 2021
Submitted by Pam Ferguson

Dear ACTEAZ Members,

Our theme for the 2021 Arizona CTE Summer Conference, sponsored by ACTEAZ and ADE, is “Maintaining Balance and Moving Forward” and will be held virtually this year from Monday, July 19th to Thursday, July 22nd. Like our “Pot of Gold” virtual conference, sessions will be available to watch online for 4 weeks after the conference. Our Keynote Speaker this year will be Jason Schechterle sharing “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.”

ACTEAZ and ADE are looking forward to welcoming you to the conference and to providing you great professional development opportunities. We are in the process currently of completing work on various stages of the conference and will be sharing more information with you as soon as possible. For all summer conference information go here.

The ACTEAZ Board would also like to thank all of our members who attended the “Pot of Gold” virtual conference in March. It is because of your attendance and positive feedback that we felt confident in moving forward for this year with a virtual conference for our summer conference. We are looking forward to onsite conferences in the future though so we can actually see all of you face to face once more.

Beyond thanking out members, we truly want to thank and acknowledge our Keynote Speaker, Dr. John Mulcahy, the sixty-nine presenters who provided 56 sessions, and finally our eighteen exhibitors. It was their efforts to share their knowledge and talents with our attendees that truly made our “Pot of Gold” conference a success. Special thanks to ABEC for being the ACTEAZ Gold Sponsor and AZTECH and the Center for the Future of Arizona who were Bronze Sponsors. This conference was a true partnership and ACTEAZ is thankful.

I hope you all have enjoyed the redesign of the ACTEAZ Website. With the addition of CTE Leads, our members should be able to easily find even more information in all aspects of the CTE community. We look forward to continuing to update our website with more current and relevant information for your use.

Lastly, a personal thank you, to all of you for caring for each other as we create and share our purpose of Career Technical Education to our students and the community throughout the last year’s trying times. It is through your efforts and hard work that CTE has continued to thrive and educate our CTE students. It is my hope that even as you return to the classrooms that we continue to maintain the networks of communication and support as we move forward.

Best wishes,
Pam Ferguson