2020 National Teachers Conference

July 13 - 16, 2020 | Online

The 2020 NTC Registration is included with your 2020-21 Program Fees!

If your school is not registered for the new year, be sure to complete the Program Registration using the link in the Hub. New schools can click HERE to join VE for 2020-21.

If your school has already completed the VE Program Registration, please click the green “Register Here” button below to join the NTC.

The National Teachers Conference (NTC) is the best way for new and returning VE and VE-JV teachers and school administrators to get ready for the upcoming school year.

The 2020 National Teachers Conference will be held online from July 13-16, 2020 and will provide collaborative professional development from 10:00 AM EDT – 4:30 PM EDT each day. Workshops, presentations, and networking tracks for new and returning VE and VE-JV teachers are shown below and have been designed to develop the techniques and tools needed to effectively facilitate the VE and VE-JV experience for your students. Teachers will also have the opportunity to connect with other teachers from their own region and across the country through a new national teacher mentorship network.

In the weeks following the conference, the VE Summer Learning Series will allow teachers to continue exploring various content areas, continue their training in Design Thinking, and connect to and reflect with other VE teachers through teacher mentor groups.

Conference Week
July 13-16

Color Key:

New VE Teachers

Returning VE Teachers

VE-JV Teachers

Session descriptions and lesson objectives can be found below.
A short, PDF version of the Conference Week and Summer Learning Series agendas can be downloaded here.

Session types

  • Pre-recorded – Short, non-interactive sessions where content is pre-recorded.
  • Presentation Plus – Live presentations via Zoom followed by Q&A, small group discussions, breakout sessions, hands-on activities and/or best practice sharing
  • Panel Discussions – On Zoom, a panel of subject area experts present various perspectives and share best practices followed by Q&A and/or breakout discussions
  • Discussions & Breakouts – Zoom meetings with a focus on engaging conversations among teachers

DAY 1: MONDAY, JULY 13

Daily Kick-Off Session
10:00AM – 11:00AM EDT

Each day, we will kick off the day with an optional, special session. Details forthcoming, but plans are underway to offer some combination of networking, Meet & Greets, keynote speakers, etc.

Session 1
11:00AM – 12:00PM EDT

New Teacher Orientation

Track: New VE Teachers
Session Type: Presentation Plus
Led by Kendra Lee, IL VE Coordinator

Attend an orientation on VE and the ongoing support they will receive through their mentor cohorts this year. Teachers will gain an understanding of this year’s timeline as well as an understanding of the resources that are available to them.

Learning Objectives

  1. Feel comfortable knowing they will be provided with ongoing support throughout the year. Teachers will gain an overview of the week, the summer, and the school-year.
  2. Gain knowledge of our teacher network through the explanation of cohorts & mentoring.
  3. Understand what resources are available to them throughout the year as well as an understanding of the year’s timeline.

Overview of VE Activities in a Hybrid Learning Environment

Track: Returning VE Teachers
Session Type: Presentation Plus

Led by Nick Chapman, VE President

Join VE President Nick Chapman to hear about the latest program updates to VE, including professional development and how your favorite events have been reimagined for the 2020-21 school year.

Learning Objectives

  1. Review VE’s offerings for SY2020-21.
  2. Explore VE events and how they have been reimagined for the upcoming school year.
  3. Discuss plans for adapting to prospective new learning environments (based on three delivery models) for both teachers and students

Ready, Set, Go: Overview of the VE-JV Program

Track: VE-JV Teachers
Session Type: Presentation Plus
Led by Iris Blanc, VE Founder & Will Wilson, National Middle School Program Director

This session will provide an overview of the VE-JV (Junior Ventures) Middle School Career Academy, a two-year program that fosters career exploration and career readiness at an early age. Teachers will explore materials and resources to get them ready to implement the program.

Learning Objectives

  1. Gain an overview of the objectives and implementation components of the VE-JV Program.
  2. Discuss scheduling, technology, and classroom infrastructure of VE-JV program.
  3. Have working knowledge of the resources and support VE will be providing them.

Coffee/Lunch Break
12:00PM – 12:30PM EDT

Grab a cup of coffee or your lunch, and get together for a short break by the virtual water cooler! Daily themes will be set up in advance.

Session 2
12:30PM – 1:30PM EDT

Ready, Set, Go!

Track: New VE Teachers
Session Type: Panel Discussion
Led by Kendra Lee, IL VE Coordinator

Learn the basic elements that make up VE including the Career Readiness Framework, VE Curriculum, VE program implementation, and a review of VE resources.

Learning Objectives

  1. Explore the LMS while walking through the curriculum to understand the Career Readiness Framework and Student Portfolios.
  2. Setup a Firm in the LMS and understand the importance of facilitation and course organization through the use of the modified VE Calendar of Activities.
  3. Navigate the LMS to locate foundational tasks to be able to provide an orientation for students.

Navigating the VE Hub and Curriculum LMS

Track: Returning VE Teachers
Session Type: Presentation Plus

Led by Iris Blanc, VE Founder; Gina Pol, Program Support Manager; & Wendy Schmitt, National Program Manager

This session will include a walk-through of the VE Hub and associated tools. We will review resources, highlight new features, and answer your questions.

Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  1. Navigate the VE Hub.
  2. Familiarize him/her with the VE-LMS layout and navigate the content.
  3. Analyze the VE Marketplace Tools and navigate the content.

Introduction to the Hub, VE-LMS, and Accessing Resources

Track: VE-JV Teachers
Session Type: Presentation Plus

Led by Will Wilson, National Middle School Program Director

All VE-JV Program resources are housed in the VE Hub. Located within the Hub is our VE Learning Management System (VE-LMS), which holds the curriculum. In this session, participants will develop facility with these platforms by exploring the basic features of the Hub and VE-LMS.

Learning Objectives

  1. Investigate the interface, structure and basic features of the VE Hub.
  2. Explore essential tools, tips, and techniques for using the VE-LMS.
  3. Practice using some of the features of the LMS.

Session 3
1:45PM – 2:45PM EDT

Introduction to Design Thinking

Track: New VE Teachers & Returning VE Teachers
Session Type: Presentation Plus

Led by Intuit

Join this 1-hour design thinking session to get immersed in Design for Delight (D4D), Intuit’s secret weapon for problem solving, innovation and entrepreneurship. The workshop will bring to life its three pillars, Deep Customer Empathy, Go Broad to Go Narrow, Rapid Experiments with Customers, and how they can be applied in VE to help build critical 21st century skills.

Learning Objectives

  1. Explore the concept of Design Thinking.
  2. Apply the Design for Delight (D4D) methodology for creative problem solving.
  3. Discuss how Design Thinking encourages innovation and creates business opportunities.

Year 1 “Technology Applications for Business” – Introduction

Track: VE-JV Teachers
Session Type: Presentation Plus

Led by Joanna Gillen, NY VE Facilitator & Maria Frangella, NY VE Facilitator

In this session, VE-JV facilitators will be introduced to the components of the Year 1 curriculum, “Technology Applications for Business.” Participants will explore the Year 1 course structure of teacher lessons, student activities, and resources.

Learning Objectives

  1. Practice using JV lessons and supporting resources.
  2. Explore Year 1 lesson structure and supporting resources.

Session 4
3:00PM – 4:00PM EDT

Creating Connections: Fostering a Community of Practice

Track: New VE TeachersReturning VE Teachers
Session Type: Discussions & Breakouts

Led by Nick Chapman, VE President

Following an introduction to plans for the 2020-21 Facilitator Mentor Network, participants will choose an implementation cohort for smaller group discussions. Guided conversations will include challenges, opportunities and questions for facilitation within each delivery model.

Learning Objectives

  1. Have working knowledge about implementation plans for the 2020-21 ongoing teacher mentor network.
  2. Join an implementation cohort from one of the 3 primary VE delivery models for the upcoming school year:
    A. Hybrid/Blended Learning
    B. Full Remote
    C. Full Return to School
  3. Engage in discussions relating to facilitation of a delivery model and share challenges, opportunities and questions.

Year 2 “Junior Ventures” – Introduction

Track: VE-JV Teachers
Session Type: Presentation Plus

Led by Joseph Dunne-Jaffe, NY VE Facilitator

In this session, VE-JV facilitators will be introduced to the Year 2 Curriculum, “Junior Ventures.” Participants will explore the activity map, course outlines, lessons, and instructional components.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Practice using JV lessons and supporting resources.
  2. Explore Year 2 lesson structure and supporting resources.
  3. Examine different facilitation techniques in the Year 2 program.

Happy Half-Hour
4:00PM – 4:30PM EDT

An NTC tradition, online-style. Join the crew for an end-of-day chance to catch up, wrap up and network.

DAY 2: TUESDAY, JULY 14

Daily Kick-Off Session
10:00AM – 11:00AM EDT

Each day, we will kick off the day with an optional, special session. Details forthcoming, but plans are underway to offer some combination of networking, Meet & Greets, keynote speakers, etc.

Session 1
11:00AM – 12:00PM EDT

Facilitation Methods: Keeping Students Engaged and In Charge

Track: New VE Teachers
Session Type: Discussions & Breakouts

Led by Jillian Berg, FL Regional Director

Explore the facilitation process required to implement the VE curriculum. Learn to use the pacing guide to create a fun learning environment for students. Break-out discussions and best practices will be presented to help identify methods that can be used in a variety of educational environments.

Learning Objectives

  1. Locate and use the Task Guides, Pacing Guides, & the Calendar of Events to gain an understanding of the layout of VE in a school year.
  2. Use the VE-LMS to understand how to guide students through VE lessons and activities.
  3. Gain an understanding of which strategies work best under different delivery models.

Advanced Facilitation Methods: Keeping Students Engaged and In Charge

Track: Returning VE Teachers
Session Type: Panel Discussion

Led by Nick Chapman, VE President 

Join a panel of veteran VE facilitators from across the country as they discuss the opportunities and challenges of guiding students through the VE program in a hybrid learning environment. Topics to be explored include opportunities and challenges from this past spring, and where to focus to keep all students engaged this fall.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify opportunities and challenges of hybrid/blended learning.
  2. Review best practices learned from Spring 19-20.
  3. Identify where to focus their energy and resources this fall, with an emphasis on planning and preparation.

Facilitation Methods: Keeping Students Engaged and In Charge

Track: VE-JV Teachers
Session Type: Discussions & Breakouts

Led by Joanna Gillen, NY VE Facilitator & Joseph Dunne-Jaffe, NY VE Facilitator

In this session, VE-JV facilitators will explore the facilitation process required to implement parts of the Year 1 curriculum and the entire Year 2 curriculum. Break-out discussions and best practices will be presented and discussed in order to identify methods that can be used in a variety of educational environments.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify the different forms of facilitation within the VE-JV program.
  2. Locate and use the Task Guides, Pacing Guides, & the Calendar of Events to gain an understanding of the layout of VE-JV in a school year.
  3. Explore technology, including the VE-LMS, to enhance facilitation and engagement of students.

Coffee/Lunch Break
12:00PM – 12:30PM EDT

Grab a cup of coffee or your lunch, and get together for a short break by the virtual water cooler! Daily themes will be set up in advance.

Session 2
12:30PM – 1:30PM EDT

Career Development: Best Practices in a Hybrid Learning Environment

Track: New VE Teachers
Session Type: Panel Discussion

Led by Carrie Smith, MI State Coordinator

For many students, the VE interview may be their first experience with interviewing. During this session, a panel of VE veteran teachers will discuss their experiences with this activity and the best procedures to engage mentors for your firm’s interview day.

Learning Objectives

  1. Navigate the VE-LMS Foundational Tasks to learn about the Career Development section of the curriculum.
  2. Understand the steps of the student interview process and how to conduct interviews in their learning environment.
  3. Navigate the VE-LMS to learn about the creation of student Digital Portfolios and how to keep them current throughout the year.

Career Development: Best Practices in a Hybrid Learning Environment

Track: Returning VE Teachers
Session Type: Panel Discussion

Led by Jillian Berg, FL Regional Director

During this panel discussion, veteran facilitators will review the interview process and student portfolio tasks under three primary VE delivery models using VE Career Readiness Framework as a guide.

Learning Objectives

  1. Review Foundation Tasks / Career Development / Career Readiness Framework / Digital Portfolios resources.
  2. Navigate a new type of interview process using Best Practices shared by other facilitators.
  3. Connect Career Development tasks and placing students into roles within the firm to ongoing CRF/Portfolio development.

Year 1 “Technology Applications for Business” – Deep Dive

Track: VE-JV Teachers
Session Type: Discussion & Breakouts

Led by Joanna Gillen, NY VE Facilitator & Maria Frangella, NY VE Facilitator

In this session, VE-JV facilitators will take a deep dive into the Year 1 Curriculum. Each unit will be covered and explained. Participants will experience a lesson as a student.

Learning Objectives

  1. Explore Year 1 Teacher Lesson and develop strategies for implementation.
  2. Develop familiarity with student activities and the use of technology applications.

Session 3
1:45PM – 2:45PM EDT

Completing the Business Registration Form

Track: New VE Teachers
Session Type: Presentation Plus

Led by Carrie Smith, MI State Coordinator

This deep-dive session will take participants into the Business Registration Process and includes how to register a business in the VE-LMS, apply for a business loan, access various Marketplace Tools.

Learning Objectives

  1. Navigate the Hub Foundation Tasks, and the Marketplace Tools for Business Registration.
  2. Understand the tools available to help prepare for and submit the Business Registration.
  3. Use the VE-LMS Foundation Tasks to complete a sample Business Registration.

Connecting the Dots: Managing Department Tasks and Resources

Track: Returning VE Teachers
Session Type: Presentation Plus

Led by Gina Pol, Program Support Manager

Managing a classroom where students are working on many different tasks at once can be challenging. During this session, we will highlight new tools to help facilitate the VE experience.

Learning Objectives

  1. Use the Modified Pacing Guide & Enhanced Rubrics (using Employee Handbook as an example), to connect the classroom experience to the CRF and student portfolios.
  2. Explore strategies for facilitating concurrent tasks among multiple departments and teams.
  3. Use competition deadlines (submissions and presentations) as end-points to guide course pacing.

Year 2 “Junior Ventures” – Deep Dive

Track: VE-JV Teachers
Session Type: Discussions & Breakouts

Led by Joseph Dunne-Jaffe, NY VE Facilitator

In this session, VE-JV facilitators will take a deep dive into the Year 2 Curriculum. Each Unit and related tasks/resources will be explored. Teachers will experience a lesson as a student. Best practices will be presented and discussed with veteran VE-JV teachers.

Learning Objectives

  1. Practice using advanced LMS features to support lesson objectives.
  2. Develop some familiarity about their future students’ experience participating in a Year 2 classroom lesson.

Session 4
3:00PM – 4:00PM EDT

VE Scavenger Hunt: Exploring the VE Hub

Track: New VE Teachers & Returning VE Teachers
Session Type: Discussions & Breakouts

Led by Wendy Schmitt, National Program Manager

In this hands-on networking session, facilitators will work in peer groups to complete a scavenger hunt throughout the VE Hub and LMS.

Learning Objectives

  1. Work together to find scavenger hunt items within the LMS and the Hub.
  2. Complete and submit “checklist” or “evidence.”

Making it Real: Business Registration, Financing Your Business, VE Bank, and Marketplace Tools

Track: VE-JV Teachers
Session Type: Presentation Plus

Led by Will Wilson, National Middle School Program Director and Gina Pol, Program Support Manager

The Year 2 Curriculum requires the facilitator and employees (students) to register their business, apply for a business loan, access various Marketplace Tools and the VE bank. In this session, participants will take a deep dive into the Marketplace Tools and how they relate to running a successful VE-JV firm as well as use the VE bank.

Learning Objectives

  1. Practice using the VE Bank and Marketplace Tools.
  2. Explore the features of the Hub and Marketplace Tools.

Happy Half-Hour
4:00PM – 4:30PM EDT

An NTC tradition, online-style. Join the crew for an end-of-day chance to catch up, wrap up and network.

DAY 3: WEDNESDAY, JULY 15

Daily Kick-Off Session
10:00AM – 11:00AM EDT

Each day, we will kick off the day with an optional, special session. Details forthcoming, but plans are underway to offer some combination of networking, Meet & Greets, keynote speakers, etc.

Session 1
11:00AM – 12:00PM EDT

Connecting the Dots: Managing Department Tasks and Resources

Track: New VE Teachers
Session Type: Panel Discussion

Led by Jillian Berg, FL Regional Director

Using the VE Pacing Guide, facilitators will be introduced to a variety of strategies that can be used in the VE class to facilitate concurrent tasks among multiple departments and teams. Facilitators will learn to use the competition deadlines as end-points to guide their pacing.

Learning Objectives

  1. Navigate and use the Modified Pacing Guide to implement the VE class.
  2. Introduce strategies for facilitating concurrent tasks among multiple departments and teams (resources available for departments).
  3. Use competition deadlines (submissions and presentations) as end-points to guide your pacing.

National Competitions and VE Top 50: Reimagined

Track: Returning VE Teachers
Session Type: Presentation Plus

Led by Nick Chapman, VE President

DON’T MISS THIS SESSION! Topics will include: the 2020-21 modified VE calendar, an overview of National Competitions, National Business Plan Competition, VE Top 50, and how these modified experiences align to the Career Readiness Framework and provide Work-Based Learning opportunities in a hybrid/blending learning environment.

Learning Objectives

  1. Have working knowledge of an overview of the modified 2020-21 National Competitions and Calendar; and learn how they aligning to CRF/WBL in a hybrid/blended learning experience.
  2. Connect calendar and competition modifications to the 2020-21 VE Top 50 initiatives.
  3. Participate in Q&A / Best Practice Sharing with Nick Chapman, VE President.

How Do I Best Assess Students in the VE-JV Year 2 Environment?

Track: VE-JV Teachers
Session Type: Panel Discussion

Led by Will Wilson, National Middle School Program Director
Panelists: Alexander Eichhorn, NY VE Facilitator; Joanna Gillen, NY, VE Facilitator; Joseph Dunne-Jaffe, NY VE Facilitator

Participants will explore assessment techniques and strategies in a project-based learning environment.

Learning Objective

  1. Identify effective strategies to assess students in the project-based learning, VE-JV environment.

Coffee/Lunch Break
12:00PM – 12:30PM EDT

Grab a cup of coffee or your lunch, and get together for a short break by the virtual water cooler! Daily themes will be set up in advance.

Session 2
12:30PM – 1:30PM EDT

Developing a Marketing Plan for Your VE Firm

Track: New VE Teachers
Session Type: Panel Discussion

Led by Kendra Lee, IL State Coordinator

In this panel discussion, expert VE facilitators will discuss the importance of developing a strong marketing plan for their VE Firm while sharing ideas and best practices to prepare for competition.

Learning Objectives

  1. Use the VE-LMS – tasks / tools to locate the rubric and guidelines to complete the Marketing Competition.
  2. Submit their firm’s marketing plan for competition.
  3. Work with students in the marketing department to create a Presentation for competition.

Developing a Marketing Plan for Your VE Firm

Track: Returning VE Teachers
Session Type: Panel Discussion

Led by Mark Jones, NC State Coordinator 

Join a panel of veteran facilitators as they discuss the essentials of the VE Marketing Plan. We will be reviewing department tasks and the updated competition rubric, and veteran facilitators will share their best practices for facilitation and successful presentations.

Learning Objectives

  1. Have working knowledge of the essentials of the VE Marketing Plan.
  2. Identify best practices related to facilitating the VE Marketing Plan:
    A. Tasks and Resources Needed
    B. Research and planning
    C. Student collaboration
  3. Identify best practices related to submitting and presenting: tips for a successful submission and presentation.

Controlled Chaos: Best Practices for Managing Department Tasks

Track: VE-JV Teachers
Session Type: Panel Discussion

Led by Will Wilson, National Middle School Program Director
Panelists: Alexander Eichhorn, NY VE Facilitator; Regina Ferreira, FL VE Facilitator; Joseph Dunne-Jaffe, NY VE Facilitator; Joanna Gillen, NY VE Facilitator

There’s nothing more satisfying than watching a class of Year 2 VE-JV students collaborating in their individual departments and completing their work. In this session, veteran VE-JV facilitators will discuss best practices for managing departments throughout the year.

Learning Objectives

  1. Have working knowledge of the different department tasks.
  2. Explore strategies that help students effectively manage the department tasks in their VE-JV firm.

Session 3
1:45PM – 2:45PM EDT

Financing the Business

Track: New VE Teachers
Session Type: Presentation Plus

Led by Carrie Smith, MI State Coordinator

Review the financial planning required to get your firm up and running. Session will cover funding the business, making payroll, identifying capital needs, and making projections.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the VE Firm’s Capital Needs to cover payroll and other expenses, identify sources of revenue, and learn how to apply for funding.
  2. Create a Balance Sheet, a Break Even Analysis, and a Projected P&L Statement. Learn how to monitor and track cash needs.
  3. Use the Finance competition deadlines (submissions and presentations) as end-points to guide your pacing.

Financing the Business

Track: Returning VE Teachers
Session Type: Presentation Plus

Led by Teri Jones, CA Regional Director & Irv Wortman, Long Island Program Coordinator

Using the enhanced Finance Competition Rubric as an outline, this session will review financial planning, funding and making projections for the VE firm. Best Practices and tips for success will also be shared.

Learning Objectives

  1. Have working knowledge on how to use the enhanced Finance Competition Rubric and Task Overview as a pacing guide.
  2. Review critical aspects of financing the firm:
    A. How much cash will your firm need?
    B. Sources of Cash (Debt/Equity/Out-of-Network)
    C. How to apply for each type
  3. Create and use the Balance Sheet, Break Even Analysis, and Projected P&L Statements to help monitor and track cash needs.

Using Digital Tools for Working Remotely

Track: VE-JV Teachers
Session Type: Presentation Plus

Led by Will Wilson, National Middle School Program Director

In this session VE-JV facilitators will explore and use a variety of digital tools that can assist with remote learning.

Learning Objectives

  1. Explore the different digital tools that available through the VE-JV program.
  2. Have practice using digital tools that enhance instruction.

Session 4
3:00PM – 4:00PM EDT

Using QuickBooks in Your VE firm

Track: New VE Teachers
Session Type: Presentation Plus

Led by Carrie Smith, MI State Coordinator; Lori Jepson, CA VE Facilitator; & Emily Watkins-Daigle, Intuit Education Account Manager

Following a short step-by-step session on how to establish your firm’s QuickBooks Online account for the new year, this session includes an overview of QuickBooks online and the VE accounting system.

Learning Objectives

  1. Gain a general overview of QuickBooks Online and setup a Firm Account.
  2. Receive an introduction to basic QBO transactions such as recording sales receipts, recording expenses and payroll, and creating financial statements.
  3. Have a clear understanding of how to use the QBO competition rubric and deadlines (submissions and presentations) as end-points to guide your pacing.

Using QuickBooks in Your VE firm

Track: Returning VE Teachers
Session Type: Panel Discussion

Led by Gina Pol, Program Support Manager

Join a panel discussion surrounding use of QuickBooks Online with your VE Firm. Common challenges, pro tips, and a review of the QBO Competition Rubric will be included, as well as an update of the QBO Student Pilot initiative.

Learning Objectives

  1. Reset their firm’s QBO account and/or add a new firm.
  2. Identify best practices and common challenges.
  3. Have a clear understanding of how to use the QBO competition rubric and deadlines (submissions and presentations) as end-points to guide pacing.

The New Normal: Best Practices for the VE-JV Interview Process

Track: VE-JV Teachers
Session Type: Panel Discussion

Led by Marcia Innis, NY VE Facilitator, Joseph Dunne-Jaffe, NY VE Facilitator, & Regina Ferreira, FL VE Facilitator

For many students, the VE-JV interview may be the first interview of their lives. During this session, a panel of VE-JV veteran teachers will discuss their experience with this activity.

Learning Objectives

  1. Articulate the purpose of the interview process as part of the VE-JV curriculum.
  2. Explore strategies to best complete the interview process.
  3. Explore the options of who conducts the interviews and how positions are filled.

Happy Half-Hour
4:00PM – 4:30PM EDT

An NTC tradition, online-style. Join the crew for an end-of-day chance to catch up, wrap up and network.

DAY 4: THURSDAY, JULY 16

Daily Kick-Off Session
10:00AM – 11:00AM EDT

Each day, we will kick off the day with an optional, special session. Details forthcoming, but plans are underway to offer some combination of networking, Meet & Greets, keynote speakers, etc.

Session 1
11:00AM – 12:00PM EDT

Hands-On Planning – Day 1, Week 1, Month 1

Track: New VE Teachers
Session Type: Discussions & Breakouts

Led by Kendra Lee, IL State Coordinator

During this session, with the help of VE staff, facilitators will break into teams to create a curriculum map of lessons and activities for the first day of class, the first week of class and the first month of class.

Learning Objectives

  1. Create a plan for the first day of school.
  2. Create a custom lesson plan for the first week of school.
  3. Complete a lesson planning guide for the first month of school.

Choice (Subject to Change)

Choice A: Communication & Creativity Skills Through Improv Comedy Techniques

Track: Returning VE Teachers
Session Type: TBD
Led by TBD

Learn how to use improvisational comedy techniques with your VE class whether meeting live or through video conferencing. Techniques such as “Yes, and” (accepting what’s in front of you, and building on it) as well as active listening and other skills inherent to improv will be discussed.

Learning Objectives

  1. Apply the concepts of “Yes, and” active listening to the sales-pitch process.
  2. Elevate brainstorming efforts through the conscious use of “Yes, and” and adding information.
  3. Strengthen in-firm communication by applying “Yes, and” and active listening.

Choice B: Personal Finance

Track: Returning VE Teachers
Session Type: TBD
Led by TBD

Learn how to create a unique, real-world, comprehensive, and integrated personal finance experience for the virtual enterprise student-employee that can be applied to the work simulation and carried into real life.

Learning Objectives

  1. Integrate Personal Finance into a VE learning experience.
  2. Make Personal Finance relatable for the student-employee throughout the VE experience.

Choice C: Intro to Design Thinking (repeat)

Track: Returning VE Teachers & VE-JV Teachers
Session Type: Presentation Plus
Led by Intuit

Join this 1-hour design thinking session to get immersed in Design for Delight (D4D), Intuit’s secret weapon for problem solving, innovation and entrepreneurship. The workshop will bring to life its three pillars, Deep Customer Empathy, Go Broad to Go Narrow, Rapid Experiments with Customers, and how they can be applied in VE to help build critical 21st century skills.

Learning Objectives

  1. Explore the concept of Design Thinking.
  2. Apply the Design for Delight (D4D) methodology for creative problem-solving.
  3. Discuss how Design Thinking encourages innovation and creates business opportunities.

Introduction to Design Thinking

Track: VE-JV Teachers
Session Type: Presentation Plus

Led by Intuit

Join this 1-hour design thinking session to get immersed in Design for Delight (D4D), Intuit’s secret weapon for problem solving, innovation and entrepreneurship. The workshop will bring to life its three pillars, Deep Customer Empathy, Go Broad to Go Narrow, Rapid Experiments with Customers, and how they can be applied in VE to help build critical 21st century skills.

Learning Objectives

  1. Explore the concept of Design Thinking.
  2. Apply the Design for Delight (D4D) methodology for creative problem-solving.
  3. Discuss how Design Thinking encourages innovation and creates business opportunities.

Coffee/Lunch Break
12:00PM – 12:30PM EDT

Grab a cup of coffee or your lunch, and get together for a short break by the virtual water cooler! Daily themes will be set up in advance.

Session 2
12:30PM – 1:30PM EDT

Choice (Subject to Change)

Choice A: Preparing for a Trade Show / Online Trade Shows

Track: New VE Teachers & Returning VE Teachers
Session Type: TBD
Led by TBD

Using an online trade show model, facilitators will review trade show setup and operations, and learn how to prepare for an online trade show.

Learning Objectives

  1. Have working knowledge of how an online Trade Show is run.
  2. Prepare their students for an online Trade Show.

Choice B: Establishing HR Policies and Procedures in Your VE Firm

Track: New VE Teachers & Returning VE Teachers
Session Type: TBD
Led by TBD

During this panel discussion, industry experts will discuss how current events have impacted real-world Human Resource Departments. Apply their experiences to your VE firm’s processes and practices in development of the Employee Handbook, when approaching employee evaluations, and handling day-to-day operations.

Learning Objectives

  1. Incorporate industry advice into development of the Employee Handbook.
  2. Incorporate industry advice into an Employee Evaluation System.
  3. Use the HR Handbook to develop strong communications, employee evaluations and team development processes within your VE firm.

We Are The Champions: VE-JV Competitions

Session Type: Presentation Plus
Led by Joanna Gillen, NY VE Facilitator & Joseph Dunne-Jaffe, NY VE Facilitator

Competitions for your Year 2 program are motivating aspects of the program. In this session, we will review student competitions and how the competitions connect to the curriculum.

Learning Objectives

  1. Have working knowledge of the specific competitions available to VE-JV students.
  2. Have working knowledge of how their students to participate in competitions and to submit student work.
  3. Have working knowledge of new competitions and/or events for VE-JV students.

Session 3
1:45PM – 2:45PM EDT

Choice (Subject to Change)

Choice A: VE Sales Process

Track: New VE Teachers & Returning VE Teachers
Session Type: TBD
Led by TBD

Making sales is the driving force behind the VE economy. Join this session for a review of Sales curriculum, discuss strategies to generate sales, and learn how to best utilize sales-related Marketplace Tools.

Learning Objectives

  1. Gain a solid understanding of the sales process.
  2. Utilize sales-related Marketplace Tools (POS, Store Manager, Firm Directory).
  3. Identify strategies to generate sales.

Choice B: The Importance of Teacher Feedback & Student Self-Assessment in Developing Career Readiness Competencies

Track: New VE Teachers & Returning VE Teachers
Session Type: TBD
Led by TBD

In this session, we will review connections between our Career Readiness Framework and student portfolio. We will also highlight how PRO Feedback frees teachers from being the sole assessor of students’ learning. More importantly, we will discuss how to give timely/actionable feedback as part of in-person/remote/hybrid classrooms.

Learning Objectives

  1. Articulate the connection between the Career Readiness Framework and the VE student portfolio.
  2. Have working familiarity to implement the PRO Feedback tool in his/her class.
  3. Reflect on their instructional practice in providing feedback to their students and learn about additional strategies to help student to build career readiness competencies.

Hands-On VE-LMS

Track: VE-JV Teachers
Session Type: Presentation Plus

Led by Will Wilson, National Middle School Program Director

The VE-LMS is a robust platform for delivering VE-JV content. In this session, participants will be guided through hands-on activities that enable them to use this platform.

Learning Objectives

  1. Practice using the VE-LMS in a remote learning environment.
  2. Have working knowledge of the advanced features of the VE-LMS and customization available.

Session 4
3:00PM – 4:00PM EDT

Closing Session

Track: All Teachers
Session Type: Presentation Plus

Led By Nick Chapman, VE President

Join the final session of the 2020 NTC to reflect on the week, review upcoming summer learning opportunities and discuss plans for ongoing support during the new school year.

Learning Objectives

  1. Reflect on NTC sessions and understand how to provide feedback.
  2. Review upcoming SLS opportunities and understand how to participate.
  3. Review 2020-21 opportunities for growth and support, including mentorships, networking events and conferences, and will understand how to participate.

Happy Half-Hour
4:00PM – 4:30PM EDT

An NTC tradition, online-style. Join the crew for an end-of-day chance to catch up, wrap up and network.

Summer Learning Series Agenda

Sessions will be held online each week from July 21 to August 26, 2020.

Further details forthcoming.

JULY

New VE Teachers

VE-JV Teachers

Design Thinking

Mentor Network

Tuesday, July 21, 1PM EDT
Hands-on Hub & LMS

Tuesday, July 21, 1PM EDT
Summer Session 1

Wednesday, July 22, 1PM EDT
Deep Customer Empathy

Thursday, July 23, 1PM EDT
Reflecting & Connecting

Tuesday, July 28, 1PM EDT
Managing Day-to-Day

Wednesday, July 29, 1PM EDT
Summer Session 2

Wednesday, July 29, 1PM EDT
Go Broad to Go Narrow

Thursday, July 30, 1PM EDT
Reflecting & Connecting

AUGUST

New VE Teachers

VE-JV Teachers

Design Thinking

Mentor Network

Tuesday, August 4, 1PM EDT
PRO-Feedback & Grading in VE

Tuesday, August 4, 1PM EDT
Summer Session 3

Wednesday, August 5, 1PM EDT
Rapid Experimentation

Thursday, August 6, 1PM EDT
Reflecting & Connecting

Tuesday, August 11, 1PM EDT
National Competitions and VE Top 50: Reimagined

Wednesday, August 12, 1PM EDT
Summer Session 4

N/A

Thursday, August 13, 1PM EDT
Reflecting & Connecting

Wednesday, August 19, 1PM EDT
Regional, As Needed

Wednesday, August 26, 1PM EDT
Regional, As Needed