2020 National Teachers Conference

July 13 -16, 2020 | Online

Welcome!

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. 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.

Meeting links, session details, and session resources for the 2020 National Teachers Conference and Summer Learning Series are available on this page. Navigate to each section using the menu above. You will also find resources for using technology recommended for VE under Digital Tools, and short videos on strategies for facilitating a VE class under Best Practices.

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Summer Learning Series
July 22 - August 26

Join us here every Wednesday to get additional support in various content areas, continue training in Design Thinking, and connect to and reflect with other VE teachers through teacher mentor groups.

Scroll down for meeting links, session descriptions, and session resources for the Summer Learning Series.
A short, PDF version of the Conference Week and Summer Learning Series agendas can be downloaded here.

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New VE Teachers

VE-JV Teachers

Design Thinking

AUGUST 5   |   AUGUST 12   |   AUGUST 19   |   AUGUST 26

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5

11AM – 12PM EDT

Open Sessions & Breakout Discussions

No Recording Available

Moderator: Yuvi Dhir

Join our Zoom room with your questions! Come chat with other facilitators and VE staff.

11:45AM EDT

Administrators & CTE Directors: 2020-21 VE Overview for Administrators

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Led by Nick Chapman, VE President | Moderators: Gina Pol & Amina Music

This session is designed for school administrators and CTE directors to provide an overview of how VE is working to support schools, teachers and students in the upcoming year. There will be a particular focus in this session on our support for teachers and students as schools transition to hybrid and remote learning models.

Objectives & Resources

Learning Objectives

  1. Provide a summary of VE’s response to COVID-19 and its impact on schools participating in VE
  2. Outline important modifications to the VE program calendar, events, and pacing guides for SY 20-21
  3. Discuss available support and tools for teachers as they move to hybrid and remote learning models
  4. Provide information on how VE can be used as a virtual/remote work-based learning opportunity

New VE Teacher Track: PRO-Feedback & Grading in VE

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Led by Michael Brownstein, Director of Strategic Growth | Moderators: Susan Chan & Sonja Visser

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.

Objectives & Resources

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.

VE & VE-JV Teacher Track: Hands-On Hub & LMS

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Led by Will Wilson, National Middle School Director | Moderators: Meghan Foley & Elizabeth Pooran

Experienced VE facilitators will answer your questions and share “how-to” tips during this hands-on session.

Objectives & Resources

Learning Objectives

  1. Navigate the Hub
  2. Navigate the LMS
  3. Engage in Q&A with experienced VE facilitators

1PM EDT

Design Thinking: Rapid Experiments with Customers

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Led by Nico Valencia, Career Readiness Leader, Intuit & Karla Readshaw, Strategic Partner Manager, Intuit | Moderators: Amina Music & Sonja Visser

Join this in-depth immersion into Experimentation, one pillar within Design for Delight. You will learn to identify your riskiest assumptions, and how to build a prototype to test them with customers in 48 hours or less, with little to no money. Decisions are better based on facts than assumptions; experiments are usually the best way to get the facts.

Objectives & Resources

Learning Objectives

  1. Apply D4D’s Principal #3 Rapid Experiments with Customers — to test ideas through experimentation and prototyping.
  2. Review the concept of prototyping.
  3. Use D4D’s Fast Cycle Sketch Test to sketch a prototype.

Resources:

Example of Rapid Experimentation

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12

11AM – 12PM EDT

Open Sessions & Breakout Discussions

Link Coming Soon

Moderators: Susan Chan

Join our Zoom room with your questions! Come chat with other facilitators and VE staff.

11:45AM EDT

VE & VE-JV Teacher Track: Hands-On Hub & LMS

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Led by Will Wilson, National Middle School Program Director | Moderators: Yuvi Dhir & Amina Music

Following a quick VE Hub refresher, experienced VE facilitators will answer your questions and share “how-to” tips during this hands-on session.

Objectives & Resources

Learning Objectives

  1. Navigate the Hub.
  2. Engage in Q&A with experienced VE facilitators.

VE & VE-JV Teacher Track: Hands-On QuickBooks

Link Coming Soon

Details forthcoming

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19

11AM – 12PM EDT

Open Sessions & Breakout Discussions

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Moderators: Elizabeth Pooran & Yuvi Dhir

Join our Zoom room with your questions! Come chat with other facilitators and VE staff.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26

11AM – 12PM EDT

Open Sessions & Breakout Discussions

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Moderators: Meghan Foley & Abril Peña

Join our Zoom room with your questions! Come chat with other facilitators and VE staff.

JULY 22  |   JULY 29

WEDNESDAY, JULY 22

11:00AM – 2:00PM EDT

Open Sessions & Breakout Discussions

No Recording Available

Led by Nick Chapman, VE President & All VE Staff | Moderators: Abril Peña & Sonja Visser

Join our Zoom room with your questions! Come chat with other facilitators and VE staff.

Resources

Topics discussed:

  • Engaging students in distance learning
  • Finance and QBO – to enroll students in QBO, email Emily_Watkins@intuit.com
  • Hub
  • Online Tools
  • Online Portfolios and CTE Certification Exams
  • Tech Apps for the Entrepreneur (Outline)

Resources:

11:45AM EDT

New VE Teacher Track: National Competitions & VE Top 50: Reimagined

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Led by Jillian Berg, FL Regional Director & Carrie Smith, MI State Coordinator | Moderators: Amina Music & Meghan Foley

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.

Objectives & Resources

Learning Objectives

  1. Review VE organizational publications.
  2. Understand how to utilize the VE organizational publications to prioritize day-to-day facilitation.

VE-JV Teacher Track: Orientation Task 3 – Design Thinking

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Led by Iris Blanc, VE Founder & Will Wilson, National Middle School Program Director | Moderators: Elizabeth Pooran & Yuvi Dhir

Orientation Task 3 has undergone a major overhaul for the 2020-21 School Year. This task now includes in-depth Design Thinking processes from our Intuit partners that help students brainstorm and choose their product/service for the school year. Join us in this one hour deep dive where we will go through the entire Orientation Task 3 lesson (4 parts).

Objectives & Resources

Learning Objectives

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

1PM EDT

Design Thinking Track: Deep Customer Empathy

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Led by Nico Valencia, Career Readiness Leader, Intuit & Karla Readshaw, Strategic Partner Manager, Intuit | Moderators: Susan Chan & Amina Music

Join this in-depth immersion into Customer Empathy, one pillar of Design for Delight. You will learn how to gain customer insights through “Follow Me Homes”, defining key problems in a “Customer Problem Statement” and declare a bold vision for the future by defining an “Ideal State.”

Objectives & Resources

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify a clear problem and frame it into a business opportunity.
  2. Apply D4D’s Principle 1 – Deep Customer Empathy to understand users’ needs and desires that will drive solutions and business opportunities.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 29

11AM – 1PM EDT

Open Sessions & Breakout Discussions

No Recording Available

Moderators:  Amina Music & Susan Chan

Join our Zoom room with your questions! Come chat with other facilitators and VE staff.

11:45AM EDT

New VE Teacher Track: Managing Day-to-Day

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Led by Kendra Lee, IL State Coordinator & Jillian Berg, FL Regional Director | Moderators: Meghan Foley & Sonja Visser

Following a review of how to use the VE Calendar & Top 50 criteria, the VE Pacing Guide and Enhanced Competition Rubrics to prioritize tasks, facilitators will begin mapping out the year and creating strategies for managing day-to-day facilitation.

Objectives & Resources

Learning Objectives

  1. Review VE organizational publications.
  2. Understand how to utilize the VE organizational publications to prioritize day-to-day facilitation.
  3. Begin mapping out day-to-day plans for the VE class.

Resources

Agenda

Daily Progress Log

VE-JV Teacher Track: Building the VE-JV Network of Support

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Led by Will Wilson, National Middle School Program Director | Moderators: Yuvi Dhir & Elizabeth Pooran

How will your school go back this Fall? In-Person, Remote, or Hybrid? During this session, we invite ALL VE-JV facilitators to join and learn best practices for returning to school in any scenario. With 60 schools and over 80 facilitators from all around the country, the VE-JV support network is vast and diverse. Facilitators will also network with other schools who may be returning to school in a similar way.

Objectives & Resources

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.

1PM EDT

Design Thinking: Go Broad to Go Narrow

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Led by Nico Valencia, Career Readiness Leader, Intuit & Karla Readshaw, Strategic Partner Manager, Intuit | Moderators: Abril Peña & Gina Pol

Join this in-depth immersion into Go Broad to Go Narrow, one pillar of Design for Delight. To get to one great idea, you need a lot of them. Go for quantity first, then be intentional about narrowing to the best one. You will learn the best practices of group brainstorming and narrowing techniques like the 2×2 and 100 point methods.

Objectives & Resources

Learning Objectives

  1. Explore the concept of brainstorming.
  2. Apply D4D’s Principal #2 – Go Broad to Go Narrow – to generate lots of ideas (Go Broad) for a product/service or business that will solve users’ problem(s), then narrow options to a single choice (Go Narrow).
  3. Apply D4D’s “100 Point Narrowing” method to identify the best idea for a product/service or business.

Conference Week
July 13-16

Scroll down to join a meeting, see session descriptions, and see session resources for each day. Meeting recordings will replace ‘Join Meeting’ links when available. Questions? Get help using the chat function on the lower right side of the page, join the New Teachers Q&A during Daily Kick-Off, or join VE President Nick Chapman’s Open Office Hours during the Coffee/Lunch Break.

A short, PDF version of the Conference Week and Summer Learning Series agendas can be downloaded here.

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New VE Teachers

Returning VE Teachers

VE-JV Teachers

DAY 1: MONDAY, JULY 13

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

Keynote Speaker: Vivian Olodun | Moderator: Meghan Foley

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Serial Entrepreneur, Micro-Influencer, and Author; Vivian Olodun is a rising star, speaking honestly with her peers about what it is like to build a business that serves the rich and famous. Vivian Olodun is the ghostwriter behind luxury real estate articles published in the Miami Herald and Sun Sentinel. She co-founded a boutique marketing firm that has grown to over 6-figures in less than two years. Her nonprofit Behind The Leaf hosts Flourish Media Conference annually in Miami, FL, introducing her little-black-book of millionaires to small business owners looking for angel investors.

Theme of the Day: Rename yourself in Zoom to show your state or school!

Session 1
11:00AM – 12:00PM EDT

New VE Teachers: New Teacher Orientation

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Led by Kendra Lee, IL VE Coordinator | Moderator: Susan Chan

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. Session Type: Presentation Plus

Objectives & Resources

Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss year-long support provided by regional directors, teacher networks, cohorts, mentors and VE national staff.
  2. Review program for the week, the summer, and the school year.
  3. Explore the resources available to support instruction for the year.
  4. Review the lesson/task and deliverables timeline.

Presentation

Returning VE Teachers: Overview of VE Activities in a Hybrid Learning Environment

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Led by Nick Chapman, VE President | Moderator: Amina Music

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. Session Type: Presentation Plus

Objectives & Resources

Learning Objectives

  1. Review VE’s offerings for SY2020-21.
  2. Explore how VE events 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

Presentation

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

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Led by Iris Blanc, VE Founder & Will Wilson, National Middle School Program Director | Moderator: Elizabeth Pooran

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. Session Type: Presentation Plus

Objectives & Resources

Learning Objectives

  1. Examine the objectives and implementation requirements of the VE-JV Program.
  2. Discuss scheduling, technology, and classroom infrastructure of VE-JV program.
  3. Identify the resources provided to support VE-JV instruction.
  4. Discuss professional development opportunities and other support provided throughout the year.

Presentation

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!

Session 2
12:30PM – 1:30PM EDT

New VE Teachers: Ready, Set, Go!

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Led by Kendra Lee, IL VE Coordinator | Moderator: Abril Peña

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

Objectives & 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.

Presentation

Returning VE Teachers: Navigating the VE Hub and Curriculum LMS

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Led by Iris Blanc, VE Founder; Gina Pol, Program Support Manager; & Wendy Schmitt, National Program Manager | Moderator: Meghan Foley

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. Session Type: Presentation Plus

Objectives & Resources

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.

Presentation

VE-JV Teachers: Introduction to the Hub, VE-LMS, and Accessing Resources

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Led by Will Wilson, National Middle School Program Director | Moderator: Yuvaraj Dhir

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. Session Type: Presentation Plus

Objectives & Resources

Learning Objectives

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

Presentation

Session 3
1:45PM – 2:45PM EDT

New & Returning VE Teachers: Introduction to Design Thinking

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Led by Nico Valencia, Career Readiness Leader at Intuit; Karla Readshaw, Strategic Partner Manager at Intuit; & Wendy Schmitt, National Program Manager  | Moderator: Susan Chan

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. Session Type: Presentation Plus

Objectives & Resources

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.

Resources

Presentation

D4D Method Cards

VE-JV Teachers: Year 1 “Technology Applications for Business” – Introduction

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Led by Joanna Gillen, NY VE Facilitator & Maria Frangella, NY VE Facilitator | Moderator: Elizabeth Pooran

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. Session Type: Presentation Plus

Objectives & Resources

Learning Objectives

  1. Explore Year 1 lesson structure and supporting resources.
  2. Review the Activity Map and Pacing Guide.

Presentation

Session 4
3:00PM – 4:00PM EDT

All Teachers: Creating Connections: Fostering a Community of Practice

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Led by Nick Chapman, VE President | Moderator: Meghan Foley

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. Session Type: Discussions & Breakouts

Objectives & Resources

Learning Objectives

  1. Explain implementation plans for the 2020-21 ongoing teacher mentor network.
  2. Review the 3 primary VE delivery models for fall instruction, comparing and contrasting each model.
    A. Hybrid/Blended Learning
    B. Full Remote
    C. Full Return to School
  3. Discuss facilitation strategies of delivery models and share challenges, opportunities and questions.

Presentation

VE-JV Teachers: Year 2 “Junior Ventures” – Introduction

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Led by Joseph Dunne-Jaffe, NY VE Facilitator | Moderator: Yuvaraj Dhir

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. Session Type: Presentation Plus

Objectives & Resources

Learning Objectives

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

Presentation

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.
Today’s event: Kahoot Trivia!

DAY 2: TUESDAY, JULY 14

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

Kick off the day with a digital Arts & Crafts session!

Theme of the Day: Rename yourself in Zoom to show your region!

Session 1
11:00AM – 12:00PM EDT

New Teachers: Facilitation Methods: Keeping Students Engaged and In Charge

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Led by Jillian Berg, FL Regional Director | Moderator: Abril Peña

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. Session Type: Discussions & Breakouts

Objectives & Resources

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.

Presentation 

Returning Teachers: Advanced Facilitation Methods: Keeping Students Engaged and In Charge

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Led by Nick Chapman, VE President | Moderator: Amina Music 

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. Session Type: Panel Discussion

Objectives & Resources

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.

Presentation

VE-JV Teachers: Facilitation Methods: Keeping Students Engaged and In Charge

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Led by Joanna Gillen, NY VE Facilitator & Joseph Dunne-Jaffe, NY VE Facilitator | Moderator: Elizabeth Pooran

In this session, VE-JV facilitators will explore the complex 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. Session Type: Discussions & Breakouts

Objectives & Resources

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.

Presentation

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!

Session 2
12:30PM – 1:30PM EDT

New Teachers: Career Development: Best Practices in a Hybrid Learning Environment

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Led by Carrie Smith, MI State Coordinator | Moderator: Susan Chan

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. Session Type: Panel Discussion

Objectives & Resources

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.

Presentation

Returning Teachers: Career Development: Best Practices in a Hybrid Learning Environment

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Led by Jillian Berg, FL Regional Director & Wendy Schmitt, National Program Manager | Moderator: Meghan Foley

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. Session Type: Panel Discussion

Objectives & Resources

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.

Presentation

VE-JV Teachers: Year 1 “Technology Applications for Business” – Deep Dive

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Led by Joanna Gillen, NY VE Facilitator & Maria Frangella, NY VE Facilitator | Moderator Yuvaraj Dhir

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. Session Type: Discussion & Breakouts

Objectives & Resources

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.

Presentation

Session 3
1:45PM – 2:45PM EDT

New Teachers: Completing the Business Registration Form

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Led by Carrie Smith, MI State Coordinator | Moderator: Meghan Foley

This deep-dive session will take participants into the Business Registration Process and includes how to register a business in the VE-LMS and access various Marketplace Tools. Session Type: Presentation Plus

Objectives & Resources

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.

Presentation

Returning Teachers: Connecting the Dots: Managing Department Tasks and Resources

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Led by Wendy Schmitt, National Program Manager & Gina Pol, Program Support Manager | Moderator: Amina Music

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. Session Type: Presentation Plus

Objectives & Resources

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.

Presentation

VE-JV Teachers: Year 2 “Junior Ventures” – Deep Dive

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Led by Joseph Dunne-Jaffe, NY VE Facilitator | Moderator: Elizabeth Pooran

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. Session Type: Discussions & Breakouts

Objectives & Resources

Learning Objectives

  1. Experience a lesson from the lens of a student.
  2. Navigate departments, locate and complete tasks using LMS features.
  3. Explore student tasks and their environments

Presentation

Session 4
3:00PM – 4:00PM EDT

New & Returning VE Teachers: VE Scavenger Hunt: Exploring the VE Hub

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Led by Wendy Schmitt, National Program Manager & Jillian Berg, FL Regional Director | Moderator: Meghan Foley

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

Objectives & Resources

Learning Objectives

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

Presentation

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

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Led by Will Wilson, National Middle School Program Director & Gina Pol, Program Support Manager | Moderator: Yuvaraj Dhir

The Year 2 Curriculum requires the facilitator and employees (students) to register their business, apply for a business loan, access various Martketplace 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 the VE bank.. Session Type: Presentation Plus

Objectives & Resources

Learning Objectives

  1. Practice using the VE Bank and Marketplace Tools.
  2. Explore the features of the HUB and Marketplace Tools.
  3. Explore the Business Registration and Small Business Loan Application Process.

Presentation

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.
Today’s event: Regional Breakouts!

DAY 3: WEDNESDAY, JULY 15

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

Keynote Speaker: Chuck Garcia | Moderator: Abril Peña

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Chuck Garcia, a former Wall Streeter turned Executive Coach and on faculty at LIU and Columbia, will share his perspective and insights on the importance of Virtual Enterprise in a world of profound uncertainty. He will highlight the significance of a high school and college education based on three quotients: Communication, Collaboration, and Adaptability. Throughout the talk he will discuss Emotional Intelligence development and conclude with a Change Model to help you develop your own capacity to adapt in a rapidly changing world.

Presentation

Theme of the Day: Rename yourself in Zoom to show your favorite sport or activity!

Session 1
11:00AM – 12:00PM EDT

New VE Teachers: Connecting the Dots: Managing Department Tasks and Resources

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Led by Jillian Berg, FL Regional Director; Kendra Lee, IL State Coordinator; & Carrie Smith, MI State Coordinator | Moderator: Susan Chan

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. Session Type: Panel Discussion

Objectives & Resources

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.

Presentation

Returning VE Teachers: National Competitions and VE Top 50: Reimagined

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Led by Nick Chapman, VE President | Moderator: Amina Music

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. Session Type: Presentation Plus

Objectives & Resources

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.

Resources

Presentation

VE as a Work-Based Learning Experience

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

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Led by Will Wilson, National Middle School Program Director | Moderator: Elizabeth Pooran

In this session, participants will explore assessment techniques and strategies in a project based learning environment. Session Type: Panel Discussion

Objectives & Resources

Learning Objective

  1. Explore assessment techniques and strategies in the VE-JV environment.
  2. Discuss and analyze best practices for assessment.

Presentation

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

Keynote Speaker: Ray Pullaro | Hosted by Long Island University

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Ray Pullaro is the LIU Dean of the School of Business, Public Administration and Information Sciences.
Dean Pullaro has been fortunate to work closely with VE students and teachers as well as serve as judge for various VE competitions. He is excited to share his “judge’s perspective” to provide tips for preparing your students for competitions.

Session 2
12:30PM – 1:30PM EDT

New VE Teachers: Developing a Marketing Plan for Your VE Firm

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Led by Kendra Lee, IL State Coordinator | Moderator: Abril Peña

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. Session Type: Panel Discussion

Objectives & Resources

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.

Presentation

Returning VE Teachers: Developing a Marketing Plan for Your VE Firm

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Led by Mark Jones, NC State Coordinator & Wendy Schmitt, National Program Manager | Moderator: Meghan Foley

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. Session Type: Panel Discussion

Objectives & Resources

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.

Presentation

VE-JV Teachers: Controlled Chaos: Best Practices for Managing Department Tasks

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Led by Will Wilson, National Middle School Program Director | Moderator: Yuvaraj Dhir

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. Session Type: Panel Discussion

Objectives & Resources

Learning Objectives

  1. Explore VE-JV department tasks.
  2. Discuss strategies that help students effectively manage the department tasks in their VE-JV firm.

Presentation

Session 3
1:45PM – 2:45PM EDT

New VE Teachers: Financing the Business

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Led by Carrie Smith, MI State Coordinator | Moderator: Gina Pol

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. Session Type: Presentation Plus

Objectives & Resources

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.

Presentation

Returning VE Teachers: Financing the Business

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Led by Teri Jones, CA Regional Director & Irv Wortman, Long Island Program Coordinator | Moderator: Amina Music

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. Session Type: Presentation Plus

Objectives & Resources

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. Gain knowledge and guidance on the Balance Sheet, Break Even Analysis, and Projected P&L Statements to help monitor and track cash needs.

Presentation

VE-JV Teachers: Using Digital Tools for Working Remotely

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Led by Will Wilson, National Middle School Program Director & Elizabeth Pooran, NYC Program Coordinator | Moderator: Elizabeth Pooran

In this session, VE-JV facilitators will explore and use a variety of digital tools that can assist with remote learning. Session Type: Presentation Plus

Objectives & Resources

Learning Objectives

  1. Explore the different digital tools that available through the VE-JV program.
  2. Experiment with digital tools that support remote instruction.

Presentation

Session 4
3:00PM – 4:00PM EDT

New VE Teachers: Using QuickBooks in Your VE Firm

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

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. Session Type: Presentation Plus

Objectives & Resources

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.

Presentation

Returning VE Teachers: Using QuickBooks in Your VE Firm

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Led by Nick Chapman, VE President & Gina Pol, Program Support Manager | Moderator: Meghan Foley

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. Session Type: Panel Discussion

Objectives & Resources

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.

Presentation

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

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Led by Will Wilson, National Middle School Program Manager | Moderator: Yuvaraj Dhir

For many students, the VE-JV interview may be the first time they have practiced interviewing in their lives. During this session, a panel of VE-JV veteran teachers will discuss their experience with this learning activity. Session Type: Panel Discussion

Objectives & Resources

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the process for interviewing and placing students into their respective departments.
  2. Discuss best practices for completing the interview process.

Presentation

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.
Today’s event: Muted Karaoke!

DAY 4: THURSDAY, JULY 16

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

Namaste: Kick off the day with a relaxing session of yoga, right from your desk!

Theme of the Day: Rename yourself in Zoom to show your favorite ice cream flavor!

Session 1
11:00AM – 12:00PM EDT

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

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Led by Kendra Lee, IL State Coordinator; Carrie Smith, MI State Coordinator; & Jillian Berg, FL Regional Director | Moderator: Susan Chan

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. Session Type: Discussions & Breakouts

Objectives & Resources

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.

Presentation

Returning Teachers: Choice A: Communication & Creativity Skills Through Improv Comedy Techniques

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Led by Tim O’Shei, NY VE Facilitator | Moderator: Meghan Foley

The same skills that evoke laughs onstage help business professionals – including VE students – generate more sales, supercharge their marketing and improve their communication. Join VE teacher Tim O’Shei, who has trained in improv comedy in Toronto, New York and Los Angeles, for an interactive workshop where you’ll take away quick strategies for using improv techniques such as “Yes and,” active listening both in your classroom and online. It’ll be good for business — and for laughs! Session Type: Presentation Plus

Objectives & Resources

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.

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Returning Teachers: Choice B: Personal Finance

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Led by Amy Demchak, NY VE Facilitator | Moderator: Abril Peña

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. Session Type: Presentation Plus

Objectives & Resources

Learning Objectives

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

Presentation

Returning VE & VE-JV Teachers: Choice C: Intro to Design Thinking (repeat)

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Led by Nico Valencia, Career Readiness Leader at Intuit; Karla Readshaw, Strategic Partner Manager at Intuit; & Will Wilson, National Middle School Program Director | Moderator: Elizabeth Pooran

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. Session Type: Presentation Plus

Objectives & Resources

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.

Resources

Presentation

D4D Method Cards

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

Guest Speaker: Anthony Louis, VE Alumni | Moderator: Abril Peña

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As a former VEI student, Anthony began his career coaching hundreds of college students. Now flexing his entrepreneurial muscles, the Brooklyn native acts as an organizational consultant to startup founders and business leaders alike. Join us for a Q&A session on his new book, Intern Talk!

Session 2
12:30PM – 1:30PM EDT

New & Returning VE Teachers: Choice A: Preparing for a Trade Show / Online Trade Shows

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Led by  Teri Jones, CA Regional Director, Gina Pol, Program Support Manager  & Mark Jones, NC State Coordinator | Moderator: Gina Pol

Using an online trade show model, facilitators will review trade show setup and operations, and learn how to prepare for an online trade show. Session Type: Presentation Plus

Objectives & Resources

Learning Objectives

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

Presentation

New & Returning VE Teachers: Choice B: Establishing HR Policies and Procedures in your VE firm

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Led by Jillian Berg, FL Regional Director & Wendy Schmitt, National Program Manager | Moderator: Amina Music

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. Session Type: Panel Discussion

Objectives & Resources

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.

Presentation

VE-JV Teachers: We Are The Champions: VE-JV Competitions

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Led by Joanna Gillen, NY VE Facilitator & Joseph Dunne-Jaffe, NY VE Facilitator | Moderator: Yuvaraj Dhir

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

Objectives & Resources

Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss specific competitions available to VE-JV students.
  2. Describe participation requirements for VE-JV competitions.

Presentation

Session 3
1:45PM – 2:45PM EDT

New & Returning VE Teachers: Choice A: VE Sales Process

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Led by Sarah McCance, CA VE Facilitator & Benedict Tieniber, Ed.D., NY VE Facilitator | Moderator: Abril Peña

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. Session Type: Presentation Plus

Objectives & Resources

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.

Presentation

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

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Led by Michael Brownstein, Director of Strategic Growth & Amy Demchak, NY VE Facilitator | Moderator: Susan Chan

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. Session Type: TBD

Objectives & Resources

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.

Presentation

VE-JV Teachers: Hands On VE-LMS

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Led by Will Wilson, National Middle School Program Director | Moderator: Elizabeth Pooran

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

Objectives & Resources

Learning Objectives

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

Presentation

Session 4
3:00PM – 4:00PM EDT

All Teachers: Closing Session

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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. Session Type: Presentation Plus

Objectives & Resources

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.

Digital Tools

See below for a list of video clips on digital tools shared by experienced VE coordinators, partners, and VE staff that are helpful in facilitating a VE class. Each video clip provides an overview, importance, and methods of implementing the digital tool in the classroom.

Best Practices

See below for a list of links of video clips created by experienced VE coordinators and partners sharing tips and strategies for facilitating a VE class. Each video clip provides an intro and overview of the topic, the importance of the content to a firm, student, and/or teacher, and how they have addressed the topic in their VE classes.