The Administrator Series is designed to provide CTE Directors with the skills needed to successfully lead the CTE enterprise within school districts.

Both current and prospective CTE Directors are encouraged to participate in this series.  Through workshops offered at various conferences and local director meetings, comprehensive training on the skills needed to successfully manage state and federal grants, to strengthen the quality of teaching and learning in CTE programs, and to successfully navigate the host of leadership and management issues are offered.

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ACOVA is the professional association whose mission is to build community, advocacy and leadership for Arizona Career and Technical Education (CTE) Administrators.  ACOVA operates as a 501(C)3  non-profit organization.

ACOVA’s Objectives

  • Ensure leadership development for every CTE Director
  • Provide relevant information on critical issues, research and/ or legislation
  • Build daily and long-term professional and executive skills
  • Construct a support network of CTE Directors
  • Provide mentoring
  • Advocate for CTE Directors with key stakeholders

ACOVA is dedicated to the continued support and training of all current and aspiring CTE Directors because CTE leadership is a journey not a destination.  ACOVA’s professional development opportunities are offered annually at Camp M&M, mini M&M, the ACOVA Fall Conference and the ACTEAZ/ACOVA Mid-Winter Conference.

During these conferences, all trainings are based upon the following broad categories:
  • Mentoring
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Operations
  • Staff and Student Management
  • Current Topics

In addition, ACOVA understands that central to the work of CTE Directors is the support and advocacy of professional development for CTE teachers. Therefore, it is recommended that Directors participate in the Teacher Series in order to have a thorough knowledge of CTE best practices and to better support teachers.

Camp M&M

Conference Description

This professional development day is held in conjunction with the ACTEAZ Summer Conference.  It is designed to provide the aspiring, new and experienced CTE Directors with 8 hours of valuable training.  All training will be relevant, useful and essential to the success of any CTE Director.  In addition, ACOVA conducts a business meeting that includes Executive Board elections.

Conference Design

Camp M&M provides two tracks of training.  The first track engages the experienced Director with thought- provoking professional development that inspires vision and professional growth.  The second track seeks to help new Directors prioritize responsibilities, set goals, and thrive as new CTE leaders.  Both tracks are achieved and enhanced through the use of mentoring.

Mini M&M

In conjunction with ADE CTE Directors’ meetings, ACOVA hosts mini M&Ms.  The timely and relevant topics covered during these abbreviated workshops bridge Directors from conference to conference while providing on-going mentorship.

Fall Conference

Conference Description

This conference provides aspiring, new and experienced CTE Directors with 10 hours of valuabletraining.   The Fall Conference provides an opportunity to examine critical issues facing education and CTE, receive essential updates from ADE, network with CTE colleagues and continue learning “the nuts and bolts” of being a CTE Director.  ACOVA also conducts a business meeting.

Conference Design

Following the same conference design as Camp M&M, this leadership conference continues to provide two specific tracks – one for the experienced CTE Director and a second track for the new Director.  Although some of the sub-categories were introduced during Camp M&M, this conference provides an opportunity for a more in-depth analysis of content.

Mid-Winter Conference

Conference Description

Through collaboration between ACOVA and ACTEAZ this conference provides aspiring, new and experienced CTE Directors with 10 hours of valuable training.  ACOVA also conducts a business meeting at this time.

Conference Design

The Mid-Winter Conference typically includes a Keynote Speaker, a regular legislative update and breakout sessions.  The ACOVA sessions are designed to assist Directors in successfully completing responsibilities needed to end the school year and begin preparations for the next school year.

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