VE Facilitators Prepare for the Future of Work at the 2018 National Teachers Conference

During the week of July 9, 2018, more than 160 new and veteran facilitators from all over the U.S. came together at LIU Post for the annual National Teachers Conference, the biggest VE professional development event of the year.

2018 Conference Booklet

2018 Sessions and Workshops

DescriptionFacilitator(s)
VE Program OverviewWendy Schmitt, National Program Manager & Great Lakes Regional Director, Kendra Lee, Illinois State Coordinator, VEI
7th Grade Activity Map & Lessons/Introduction to CanvasJoanna Gillen, VE-JV Facilitator, William McKinley JHS
VE Program UpdatesNick Chapman, President and National Program Director, VEI
8th Grade Activity Map & LessonsJoanna Gillen, VE-JV Facilitator, William McKinley JHS
Introduction to the Design Thinking ProcessDave Zasada, VP Educatio, Intuit; Dave Cook, VE Facilitator, Cary-Grove High School, Illinois; Nico Valencia, Education Account Manager, Intuit
New Teacher ToolkitWendy Schmitt, National Program Manager & Great Lakes Regional Director, VEI; Kendra Lee, Illinois State Coordinator, VEI
Design Thinking - Deep DiveDave Zasada, VP Educatio, Intuit; Nico Valencia, Education Account Manager, Intuit; Ryan McAllister, Education Sales Leader, Inuit; Emily Watkins, Education Account Manager, Intuit; Josh Phelon, Education Account Manager, Intuit; Dave Toper, Education Marketing Manager, Intuit; Dave Cook, VE Facilitator, Cary-Grove High School, Illinois
Start-Up Procedures for your VE firmTeri Jones, Southern California Regional Director, VEI; Paul Presti, New York Metro Area Regional Directo, VEI
Using Canvas for Lesson Delivery & AssessmentRegina Ferrara, VE-JV Facilitator, Pioneer MS, Florida; Angelina Jadulal, VE-JV Facilitator, Attucks MS, Florida
Basics of the Financial StatementsTeri Jones, Southern California Regional Director, VEI; Paul Presti, New York Metro Area Regional Directo, VEI
HR and Grading Policies... Highlighting Best PracticesWendy Schmitt, National Program Manager & Great Lakes Regional Director
Introduction to the VE-JV ProgramIris Blanc, Executive Director, VEI
Introduction to QuickBooksRyan McAllister, Education Sales Leader, Intuit; Emily Watkins, Education Account Manager, Intuit
Integrating Microsoft Certification in the VE-JV ClassAngelina Jadulal, VE-JV Facilitator, Attucks MS, Florida
Accounting Deep DiveTeri Jones, Southern California Regional Director, VEI; Paul Presti, New York Metro Area Regional Directo, VEI; Ryan McAllister, Education Sales Leader, Intuit; Emily Watkins, Education Account Manager, Intuit; Chi Zhang, New York City Program Associate, VEI; Mohammad Hossain, Finance and Operations Manager, VEI: Gina Pol, New York City Program Coordinator, VEI
Mentorship RoundtablesVE Regional Leadership: Wendy Schmitt, Kendra Lee, Mark Jones, Cindy Boyd, Kathy Gielow, Ellen Palazzo, Irv Wortman, and Jake Stuebbe;
Alan Gersten, Tyler Fugazzie, Abril Pena, Rich Butzke, Mike Silberman, Nick Chapman, Joel Levin, Claudia & Mike Stepanovich, Wil Richburg, Jacilyn Elliott
Playing the Stock Market Game in the VE-JV classPhillip Henry, VE-JV Facilitator, Corona Arts & Science Academy, New York; Regina Ferreira, VE-JV Facilitator, Pioneer MS, Florida
Best Practices for Implementing a Successful VE-JV ProgramJoanna Gillen, VE-JV Facilitator, William McKinley JHS; Joseph Dunne-Jaffe, VE-JV Facilitator, IS 2, New York
Creating Compelling Projects on DonorsChoose.orgKatie Vallas, School & Partnership Engagement Manager, DonorsChoose.org
Business Plan BasicsPaul Presti, New York Metro Area Regional Directo, VEI
Competitions and Rubrics UpdatesNick Chapman, President and National Program Director, VEI
9th Grade - Technology ApplicationsIris Blanc, Executive Director, VEI
Engaging Mentors in Your ClassroomNick Chapman, President and National Program Director, VEI; Shauna Ruda, Director of Engagement, VEI; Amina Music, Operations Coordinator, VEI; Claudia & Mike Stepanovich, Classroom Mentors, California
Personal Finance and ResourcesAlan Gersten, VE Facilitator, Century HS, California
Store Manager / POS System / Student Debit CardsNick Chapman, President and National Program Director, VEI
Moments & Stories: Getting National Recognition for Your ClassTyler Fugazzie, Communications Director, VEI
Web UX: Designing a Website Customers LoveIsai Serrano, VE Facilitator, Ralph McKee High School, New York
Effective Student PortfoliosJohn Hanson, VE Facilitator, Neuqua Valley High School, Illinois
Preparing for a Trade ShowMike Silberman, VE Facilitator, West Hempstead High School, New York

Intuit and VE Bring QuickBooks to Classrooms

Ryan McAllister, Education Sales Leader and Emily Watkins, Education High School Account Manager from Intuit showed VE facilitators how they can help their students manage business finances using QuickBooks. Facilitators gained access to resources and support, plus watched a live demonstration of QuickBooks features they’ll need for teaching the class.

This marked the official launch of a partnership between Intuit and VE in which every VE class will have access to QuickBooks, gaining the opportunity to develop and demonstrate real-world skills using an industry-leading accounting software package.

Future of Work: Personal Branding & Career Planning

The gig economy, remote workforce, hoteling and coworking, automation, AI, disruption… the future of work is a hot topic in today’s conversation. An even more significant point for educators is how do we prepare the next generation of young people for jobs and careers that do not yet exist?

In the Future of Work series, we explore these topics through a series of meetups, workshops, industry visits and externships designed to introduce VE facilitators to the latest trends in industry, business practice, and career development.

Robert Bernton, Head of Waze Mid Market, North America, Google; Jennifer Stredler, Vice President of Workforce Development, Salesforce.org; and Jonathan J. Stone, New Business Development Manager of Travel Partnerships, Facebook joined us on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 to discuss the future of work with VE facilitators at LMHQ in New York City.

Watch the full panel discussion below.

DonorsChoose.org: Creating Compelling Projects

Nearly half a million teachers have received classroom materials through DonorsChoose.org, a nonprofit platform that connects classrooms with donors who want to help teachers get books, equipment, field trips, technology, and anything else their students need.

Katie Vallas, who oversees Teacher Success on DonorsChoose, shared expert tips on what teachers who have had 50+ projects funded on DonorsChoose do to stock their classrooms, year after year.

DonorsChoose is a special partner for VE because their founder and CEO, Charles Best, was a VE facilitator who was inspired to launch DonorsChoose based on his experience working with VE students.

Thank You to LIU for Making This Conference Possible

Special thanks to Dr. Kimberly R. Cline, President, LIU for her visionary leadership and longtime support and to the whole LIU team for helping to make the 2018 National Teachers Conference such an amazing experience.