The 2021 Ohio ACTE Innovation & Impact Annual Conference provided an opportunity to hear important ODE updates, share information and begin planning for the upcoming school year.
This year’s conference looked a little different than previous years, but it was still a great opportunity to interact with colleagues, gain new insights into career-tech education, and come up with new and innovative ideas as a group. Ohio ACTE received a lot of feedback from attendees and will continue to take suggestions to make future conferences an even better professional development experience.
2020-2021 Ohio ACTE President Ryan McCoart served as emcee for the Opening Ceremony & Awards Presentation; Monday’s opening session featuring our keynote speaker, Scott D. Henry; Tuesday’s lunch session with Josh Davies, Chief Executive Officer, Center for Work Ethic; and Wednesday’s session with State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria and Mark Perna, CEO of TFS Results.
Incoming Ohio ACTE President Bill DiMascio with Superintendent Paolo De Maria and 2020-2021 Ohio ACTE President Ryan McCoart
Leah Amstutz, Director of the CTE Office at the Ohio Department of Education, and her colleagues at ODE also provided us with an update from ODE to start the conference Monday afternoon and throughout the rest of the conference.
2021’s conference welcomed keynote speaker, Scott D. Henry.
Scott is a Construction Superintendent, TikTok superstar and winner of the Season 2 competition Tough as Nails
on CBS. His keynote talk was on the power of positivity and how important it is to remain positive to overcome obstacles.
Scott was engaging, funny, and spoke from the heart.
Scott's participation in the conference was made possible by the support of sponsors Sol Harris Day Architecture, Brickler & Eckler LLP, and Peters, Kalail & Markakis Co., LPA.
Scott also attended the Tuesday night social where over $1,400 was raised for the scholarship fund. Thank you to all who donated products and prizes, bought raffle tickets, and a special congratulations to all the winners!
TFS Solutions and Buckeye Educational Systems sponsored the social and provided the fun for attendees!
Ohio ACTE also recognized both the 2020 and 2021 Ohio ACTE Educator award winners at the opening ceremony. Click here to read more about the winners.
Exhibitors shared their innovative products, expertise, and time with attendees. If you need contact information for any of the exhibitors you spoke with, you can find it
here under the “Exhibitors” tab.
Special thanks to conference planning committee members, led by Beth Bronkar. Committee members had a real challenge this year with plans constantly changing, but were able to bring an exceptional conference experience to attendees.
Save the date for next year’s conference, July 25-27, 2022 at the Hilton Easton.