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.

ACOVA

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 at ACTEAZ Summer Conference

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 administrators with 8 hours of valuable training. All training will be relevant, useful and essential to the success of any CTE administrator. In addition, ACOVA conducts a business meeting that includes Executive Board elections.

Conference Design

Camp M&M provides training for both the experienced and new CTE administrator. Thought- provoking professional development that inspires vision and professional growth is delivered in an atmosphere that provides networking and promotes collegiality. Administrators are assisted with prioritizing responsibilities, goal setting, and are provided mentors to access throughout the school year.

ACOVA Fall Conference

Conference Description

The ACOVA Fall Conference is designed to provide aspiring, new, and experienced CTE administrators with 10 hours of valuable training. The conference provides an opportunity for directors to receive essential updates from ADE, examine critical issues facing education and CTE, network with CTE colleagues from across the state, participate in an ACOVA business meeting, and to continue learning “the nuts and bolts” about being a CTE administrator.

Conference Design

Mirroring the conference design of Camp M&M, training for both the experienced and new CTE administrator is provided. Thought provoking professional development activities provide networking opportunities and promotes collegiality. This conference provides an opportunity for a more in-depth analysis of content previously shared at Camp M&M and continues to assist administrators in meeting upcoming grant and reporting deadlines.

Mini M&M

Session Description

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

Session Design

Fall Mini M&M takes place directly after the Local Directors Meeting and features breakout sessions related to important and timely topics. This professional development provides 2 hours of mentoring and training.

Mid-Winter Conference

Conference Description

Mid-Winter Conference represents a collaboration between ACOVA and ACTEAZ. This conference provides aspiring, new and experienced CTE Administrators with 10 hours of valuable training. The conference provides an opportunity for administrators to receive essential updates from ADE, examine critical issues facing education and CTE, network with CTE colleagues from across the state, participate in an ACOVA business meeting, and to continue learning “the nuts and bolts” about being a CTE administrator.

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 administrators in successfully completing responsibilities needed to end the school year and begin preparations for the next school year.

Visit ACOVA.org for more information on past and future conferences, additional resources, and to contact members of the ACOVA board.

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