In March, I attended the Educating for Careers Conference held in Sacramento, California. Each year the conference provides a variety of informative sessions, strategies, and new ideas presented by practitioners throughout the state and nation. More than 220 breakout sessions and two general sessions, as well as an exhibitor “Marketplace” were offered over the course of this three-day conference. With attendance well over three thousand, it was quite the conference.
It was also a great opportunity for me, as retired State Director of California CTE, to see former colleagues, reminisce with old friends, and see all the excitement at the very active NOCTI exhibit. Interest was stirring this year from an announcement by the current State Director regarding a new state effort to identify assessments and certifications that may be used by school districts to meet state accountability measures for career and college readiness. I am sure that NOCTI will be providing several strong solutions to meet the state’s new criteria. We also had an opportunity to coordinate a meeting between NOCTI and California Department of Education staff to discuss how NOCTI can help the state in assessments, badging, and credentialing.
One idea shared was the inaugural Credential Summit, which will be held in Louisville, Kentucky on September 25, 2018. The conference hosted in partnership with ACTE, NOCTI, and Nocti Business Solutions (NBS) will delve into the often confusing world of CTE credentials. I invite you to join fellow educators and industry experts from across the country at this exciting event. There will be numerous opportunities for learning as keynote speakers, expert panelists, and presenters engage participants in the exchange of ideas, best practices, research, and applications relating to credentials. This will certainly be a conference you will not want to miss!
Chairman, NOCTI Board of Trustees
Josh Wagner has been a lead high school film instructor for 7 years. He has written a short film that is currently in the festival circuit, an educational reality television program, and a web series amongst other works. His web series received 13 recognitions at professional-level film festivals, and he recently produced and directed a 30-minute internationally broadcasted documentary. His leadership and service experience includes mentoring students in a weekly web show project, teaching sessions in a summer filmmaking camp, and helping revise the NOCTI Audio-Visual Communications test in early 2017 alongside other Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) from different states.
“I was approached by my state CTE office about the opportunity to help revise the AV Communications test. I pursued the opportunity and worked with a fantastic group of NOCTI folks and subject area experts to revamp the test. It was quite the task!”
He says that his SME group updated many aspects of the test because the audio-visual industry and its associated technology has changed drastically as of late. One update included a brand new instructional video for students to edit as part of the performance component. He recalled that at times, the revision process was challenging but definitely worth the effort for the students who will take the test- a major source of his inspiration and motivation.
“I feel like the folks at NOCTI have a great framework for developing maps and tests and make sure that the tests focus on what is most important, and they really trust their subject area experts.”
Josh was enthusiastic throughout the 5-night webinar revision, and his love for the art of media was evident. His positive attitude helped energize the group atmosphere.
In his free time, Josh enjoys cooking vegan food and has recently practiced how to prepare new dishes. He especially enjoys cooking with his children, as he considers it special time to bond with them.
We are glad you joined the NOCTI team, Josh!