Experience Works—A Convening of Business Leaders and Educators

Virtual Conference: June 16–17, 2021

Wednesday, June 16

5:00–5:45 p.m. — WORKSHOPS — SESSION I

I.1: Experiential Learning Opportunities in STEM for Virginia’s CTE Students
Mary Sandy, Director, Virginia Space Grant Consortium
Ian Cawthray, STEM Education Program Specialist, Virginia Space Grant Consortium
Debbie Murray, Manager/Internships and Research Experiences, Virginia Space Grant Consortium

The critical skills currently in greatest demand from employers span all disciplines and are mastered through opportunities that immerse students in authentic learning environments. In this session, we will share the varied opportunities students have to learn and grow through Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) programs! Through our focus on broadening participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) career fields, our free educational programs and internship opportunities have led thousands of students through navigating their career pathways. VSGC immerses students in learning environments that simulate workplace expectations, providing unique experiential learning activities that challenge students to express their personal creativity, innovation, problem-solving skills, and work ethic. Through collaborative problem-based learning, students build on interpersonal skills, communication, collaboration, and citizenship. Participants will leave with a greater understanding about the role VSGC can play in supporting students and the resources needed to connect future students with these opportunities.

I.2: Building an Effective Work-Based Learning Student Experience
Kenyetta Goshen, Senior Director, Career, Technical, and Adult Education Services, Norfolk Public Schools
Cecil Avery, Senior Coordinator, Career and Technical Education
Tonya Harvey, Career and Technical Education Specialist
Phalishia Johnson, Vocational Evaluator-Career Assessments and Special Populations

Ensuring that all students are college, career, civic, and life ready is paramount to their success. WBL is an integral part of this journey for all students. This session gives you an inside look at a comprehensive internship program that involves student voice and powerful partner connections.

I.3: Using Universal Design for Learning to Increase Engagement & Improve Instruction
Daniel Biegun, Ed.D., Education Specialist, Training and Technical Assistance Center, Old Dominion University

Every student comes to us with a unique combination of strengths, interests, and needs. How do we actively engage all of our students? How do we design dynamic instruction and offer effective assessment opportunities for our diverse groups of learners? Drawing on research related to Universal Design for Learning (UDL), this session will explore practical ways to design educational experiences that engage and challenge learners of all backgrounds and abilities. Participants will also receive access to content and free resources related to the session.

I.4: Partners with a Purpose
Eric Fitzgerald, CTE Director, Rockingham County Public Schools
Bethany Everidge, CTE Coordinator, Harrisonburg City Public Schools
Lauren Hubbard, Human Resources Generalist, Massanutten Resort

Rockingham County Public Schools and Harrisonburg City Public Schools have partnered with Massanutten Resort to provide an in-depth cooperative education WBL experience. Through this partnership, CTE students have the opportunity to use the skills they are taught in class and gain the experience needed to move forward in their career path. Join in as we discuss how the program started, where it is today, and how it is expanding.

I.5: Fueling a Relationship Movement – The Critical Role That Employers Play in Growing and Supporting Work-Based Mentoring in America
Natalie Foster, Director of Programs and Partnerships, MENTOR Virginia

In this session, participants will learn about the importance of work-based mentoring and how to prepare students and corporate partners for the experience through engaging in our core-training curriculum. Connect | Focus | Grow trains young people to leverage the power of relationships to build their social capital, coaching supervisors to manage with a mentoring mindset, and encouraging mentors to support youth workforce development programs to help young people advance their important personal, educational and career goals. A curriculum that has been widely used by companies like Capital One, Starbucks, Nike, and J.P. Morgan, the Connect | Focus | Grow program has positively influenced thousands of young people throughout the nation by guiding their career paths and helping them gain confidence in the workplace.

I.6: Bringing Your Career Unit to Life with Mock Interviews
Dana W. Napier, Business & Information Technology Teacher, York High School, York County Public Schools
Julie Warlick, Career Coach, York County Public Schools

Hear firsthand experiences from two educators who have implemented mock interviews in their school division. Learn how they built a successful classroom career unit beginning with personality and skills exploration through professional portfolio creation, which culminates in an authentic performance assessment incorporating interviews with business partners throughout their community.

I.7: Connecting Career Investigation and Exploration with Virtual Work-Based Learning Opportunities
Dr. Tricia S. Jacobs, Coordinator, Career and Technical Education, Alexandria City Public Schools
Joe Belsterling, CEO, MajorClarity

This presentation will provide insights on why student access to WBL is critical for student success. In addition, it will offer tools to help school divisions scale up WBL offerings, including virtual WBL opportunities that can be offered to every student and used to meet VDOE requirements and benchmarks.

I.8: Sports Medicine
Bobbi Southard, MS, VATL, ATC, Sports Medicine Instructor, Advanced Career Education Center at Hermitage, Henrico County Public Schools
Debbie Kelo, Ph.D., Director of Programs at SwimRVA

In this presentation we will look at some unique experiences through WBL that have been incorporated in the sports medicine class at the Advanced Career Education Center at Hermitage. Some of the opportunities discussed include job shadowing, internships, externships, service learning, and more. Ms. Southard and Dr. Kelo will also discuss a partnership that led to direct certification and employment with SwimRVA.

I.9: How to Turn Your School-Based Enterprise into a Work-Based Learning Experience
Renae Sterling, Marketing Educator, Briar Woods High School, Loudoun County Public Schools
Heather VanDyke, Marketing Educator, Briar Woods High School, Loudoun County Public Schools

WBL experiences are at the heart of the Profile of a Virginia Graduate. WBL provides CTE students with valuable experiences that are an extension of the classroom environment and that complement content knowledge, workplace skills, and career planning. School-based enterprise (SBE) is one of eleven WBL experiences. At the conclusion of this session, business leaders and CTE educators will be able to identify the role of the SBE as it relates to the instruction of WBL competencies and support for WBL experiences through the SBE that are integrated inside and outside the classroom.


5:45 – 6:00 p.m. — Q&A Chat for Session I Workshops and Vendors