RTB 2024 Agenda


5:00 AM - 8:00 PM Early Registration/Exhibitor Check in
Welcome Reception
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM Breakfast
8:30 AM - 9:45 AM Opening Session/Keynote/Awards
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Foundations of Workforce
    - Navigating Community Impact: WorkSource Montgomery's Systems Building Initiative
    - Anthony Featherstone, Ernestine Chambers, James LeBlanc, Jody Toner
    Description: Embark on a transformative journey with WorkSource Montgomery's executive leadership team as they unveil their dynamic Systems Building Initiative for maximum community impact. Learn firsthand how their journey began with an asset mapping process, identifying community resources, and bridging gaps to design innovative programs. Dive into their partnership with MoCo and their partner ecosystem, exploring the collaborative efforts that have shaped their success. Discover the pivotal role of technology in their journey, including the innovative AJC Partner Portal, likened to a 'Facebook for Partners.' Explore how this portal streamlines processes, tracks outcomes, and enhances partner engagement, freeing up resources for impactful service delivery. Join us for an insightful discussion on sustainable community collaboration, leveraging technology, and maximizing workforce system performance. Don't miss this opportunity to revolutionize your approach to community engagement and drive profound change in your region.
  • Program Support
    - Streamline Success: Empowering Recruitment with ATS Mastery
    - Dennard Melton
    Description: Join us for an immersive workshop designed to revolutionize your recruitment process! Discover the power of Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) and unlock unparalleled efficiency in your hiring endeavors. Our workshop will guide you through harnessing the full potential of ATS software, enabling you to seamlessly collect and manage applications from diverse sources such as online job boards, company websites, and direct submissions. Learn how to centralize candidate information effortlessly, empowering your team to track and review applicants with unprecedented ease. Dive into advanced functionalities like resume parsing, which automates the extraction of vital details such as work experience, education, and skills, ensuring a streamlined and structured approach to candidate evaluation. Moreover, gain insights into leveraging ATS features for seamless communication with candidates, including automated emails for application confirmations, interview scheduling, and status updates. Don't miss this opportunity to elevate your recruitment strategy and propel your organization towards unparalleled success.
  • Leadership
    - Your Spreadsheet isn’t Good Enough: Performance Acceleration Strategies for Workforce Leaders
    - Joseph L Seymour
    Description: You’ve designed dashboards, built performance tracking spreadsheets, and have even tried colorful performance charts posted in the breakroom…all to no avail. You’re still struggling with managing and more importantly growing performance in your team or organization. Thought leader and author, Marcus Buckingham, once stated that sustainable high performance is only possible in a culture where both effective performance measurement and intentional performance acceleration exist. Monitoring and tracking are only half of the story. High-performing culture is a mix of measurement and motivation, counting and coaching, and passion intersecting with productivity. We have designed this workshop to provide managers, supervisors, directors, and even aspiring leaders with the tools, techniques, and best practices that will empower you to develop and maintain a high-performance culture in your respective organizations.
  • Apprenticeship
    - MoCo Had a Blueprint Training Need, Registered Apprenticeship was the Solution
    - John Hattery
    Description: WorkSource Montgomery in concert with our school system, community college partners have developed a Registered Apprenticeship as the centerpiece of our professional development for Career Coaches. Our intensive competency-based program is envisioned to last 12 months prepares our 50 Career Coaches to deliver our unique program model to 87,000 secondary students. This workshop will walk attendees through the process from the original concept, Registration of Standards, and ongoing administration of a Registered Apprenticeship program recognized by the US Department of Labor's Office for Apprenticeship. The best part: attendees will be able to meet and ask questions of Apprentices.
  • Special Populations
    - Shattering the Revolving Door of Recidivism: Returning Citizens’ Perceptions of Community College
    - Dr Ja'Ken Caston
    Description: This workshop delves into the transformative power of community college programs for individuals with lived experiences in the penal system. Through an emancipatory lens, participants will explore the intersection of social, cultural, and political injustices faced by this population. Original research findings will illuminate the challenges and opportunities within correctional education, providing insights into the holistic impact on learners' lives. By amplifying the voices of formerly incarcerated individuals, this session aims to foster understanding, empathy, and meaningful change.
11:45 am - 1:00 pm Lunch on your own
1:15 PM - 2:45 PM
  • Special Populations
    - Keep Your Fork, at 50+, the Best is still Yet to Come!
    - Mark V Smith, Angel Samuel
    Description: Now more than ever, men and women across the country who were anticipating the day of retirement, find themselves back in the workforce. We are finding that our "seasoned" workforce is often overlooked and sometimes deemed unqualified. This session will show you just the opposite and how we are arming our 50+ men and women.
  • Foundations of Workforce
    - Journey of the Job Seeker
    - Drew Alison Burns
    Description: "The path to achieving sustainable employment can be quite tedious for job seekers. Workforce professionals serve as essential guides in the journey toward success. In addition to offering guidance in career exploration and employment support, they also provide mentorship, encouragement, and ensure that job seekers stay on track to reach their employment objectives. However, these endeavors are not without challenges. AAWDC Adult Career Services has developed a comprehensive plan to support job seekers from their initial intake all the way through to securing employment and beyond."
  • Program Support
    - Ramping Up or Down by Braiding your Funding
    - Jeffrey Dufresne, CPA
    Description: Do you want your organization or program to be more adaptable and able to ramp up more quickly when new grants become available? Or better realign when grants end or shrink without losing impact? Workforce organizations have a perpetual mission to prepare the workforce for employment, educate employers and connect the two. But how we react to labor market forces and funding availability to realign our local labor market to match the demand for labor changes continuously. When you braid your short-term funding to support your long-term programs you can bring a new grant online more quickly and take fuller advantage of it. You can also avoid shutting down a successful program when a grant ends or shrinks. This is useful in applying for federal grants where matching funds and sustaining the program are key award factors. Employ Prince George’s Finance Division will show some of the strategies, tools and techniques they use to support the no-wrong-door approach to building scalable programs and operations. Aimed at grant-writers, program designers, budget and fiscal staff, and leaders responsible for programming available funds this session will show you how to do more with less…and how to do more with more!
  • Business, Industry and Emerging Trends
    - What do businesses look for when hiring-Let's find out
    - Scott Wallace
    Description: "Join us for a ‘fireside” chat with two major employers in Maryland. Take this opportunity to hear from representatives from Southwest Airlines and Coca Cola Consolidated about how they view their workforce and what they look for when searching for new members of their team. The event will allow attendees to hear a short history of the companies and then get feedback from each company through a series of questions posed to them about staffing needs, requirements and what is that special something that lets them know that this candidate will make a great addition to their team. There will be time for questions from the audience and an opportunity to meet one on one with members from the Coca Cola Consolidated team and the Southwest team so attendees can get answers to the specific questions they may have. If you are looking to learn about what employers are looking for in candidates, opportunities across Maryland and beyond, and a chance to me members of recruiting teams from two dynamic companies, be sure to join us for this lively and interactive session."
  • Leadership
    - Rock the Room: Seven Secrets to Become a Presentation Superstar
    - Joseph L Seymour
    Description: Do you watch TED Talks and dream of being on that stage one day? Or do you attend conferences and wish you were one of the featured speakers or breakout workshop facilitators? If so, this workshop is perfect for you. We will discuss tried and true strategies, techniques and best practices that will equip and empower you to Rock the Room. I will also share stories and discoveries from my personal journey as an industry-recognized and award-winning trainer, workshop facilitator, and conference keynote speaker.
  • Apprenticeship
    - Maryland's Workforce Revolution: Igniting DOL Apprenticeship Excellence
    - Iliana Sutton
    Description: "Hop aboard the Maryland Workforce Express for a thrilling ride into the realm of DOL apprenticeships! In this electrifying workshop, we're not just exploring the future of workforce development—we're shaping it! Brace yourself as we navigate through innovative strategies and cutting-edge practices that'll turbocharge your career journey. From unlocking hidden career pathways to championing diversity and inclusion, we're leaving no stone unturned in our quest for apprenticeship excellence. Get ready to roll up your sleeves and dive headfirst into interactive discussions, real-world case studies, and hands-on activities that'll have you saying ""Eureka!"" in no time. Whether you're a seasoned pro or a curious newcomer, this workshop is your ticket to workforce enlightenment. Prepare to be inspired, educated, and empowered as we unlock the full potential of Maryland's workforce together. Don't miss out—secure your spot now and join us on this epic adventure into the future of work!"
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Foundations of Workforce
    - Empowering Maryland's Future Workforce with AR/VR/XR: Innovative Strategies for CTE
    - Jonathan Smith
    Description: Discover how districts have implemented innovative strategies using virtual, augmented, and mixed-reality technologies to enhance workforce development programs. Leave with practical ideas for incorporating AR/VR/XR into your teaching and training and how to prepare students for STEM careers and industry certifications in health science, agri-science, transportation, advanced manufacturing, and more.
  • Program Support
    - Activating Your Authority
    - Walter Williams
    Description: This workshop emphasizes the importance of learning and understanding through the key elements of defining and personifying your true purpose, passion, and source of success. In this engagement I discuss the elements of building and maintaining meaningful relationships, facing and overcoming obstacles, and making difficult decisions.
  • Business, Industry and Emerging Trends
    - Embracing the Future: Navigating Technology and AI in Workforce Development
    - Steven Edwards
    Description: This workshop aims to empower workforce development professionals to overcome fears and embrace the transformative potential of technology and artificial intelligence (AI) in their agencies. Participants will explore practical strategies to leverage technological advancements for improved efficiency, enhanced skill development, and better outcomes for both clients and staff.
  • Special Populations
    - Expungement 101
    - Meaghan McDermott
    Description: A presentation on expungement, especially changes to the law in the last year, based on the REDEEM Act and cannabis legalization
  • Leadership
    - My Boss Saved My Life
    - Martin Copeland
    Description: "We are in human services, but we as we serve, we sometimes forget that we are human. Our staff are human. What happens when the reality of our humanness suddenly and severely strikes the people we lead? What happens when illness, suffering and trauma impact the lives and work of the people we lead? This is my story. This is a detailed look into how my life unexpectedly took devastating turns that made me a professional I didn’t recognize. This is my boss’ story. This is a detailed look at how my boss’ emotional intelligence, mental health first aid, empathy, accountability, strategy, and stewardship saved my career and ultimately, saved my life. By examining my story, we will explore strategies for supporting staff who are experiencing trauma and trials that lead to underperforming."
  • Apprenticeship
    - USDOL session
  • DOL Session
    - SNAP and the Workforce Population
4:30 PM - 6:15 PM State Leadership Reception
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Evening Social
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM Breakfast
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Opening Session/Keynote/Awards
9:45 AM - 11:15 AM
  • Business, Industry and Emerging Trends
    - Community-Driven Growth - Building Your Mentor Circle
    - Keith Chaney, Steve Edwards
    Description: "This session is designed for professionals seeking innovative strategies to navigate the evolving labor market through the power of mentorship and community networks. Participants will learn how to effectively build and manage their own mentor circles, a key asset in today’s dynamic professional environment. The workshop will cover the fundamentals of identifying and engaging mentors who align with your career goals, using personalized strategies that go beyond traditional networking. You'll gain insights into crafting a support system that not only responds to current industry demands but also positions you for future opportunities. This interactive session will equip you with the tools to create a thriving professional community that fosters continuous learning and mutual growth, essential for both personal advancements and responding to broader market changes."

  • Hold Session
  • Special Populations
    - Maryland's Skilled Immigrant Task Force: Supporting Internationally-Trained Professional Workforce Integration
    - Joana Winningham, Christie Abraocuglovici, Margaret Shrager, Ahu Moser
    Description: According to the Migration Policy Institute, it’s estimated that 2 million immigrants and refugees with a college degree are either unemployed or underemployed in the U.S. This internationally trained workforce comes with vast knowledge, skills, and experience, and faces unique challenges entering the U.S. workforce and moving from entry-level to middle- or high-skill aligned employment. This session will provide an overview of these unique challenges, how the Maryland Skilled Immigrant Task Force (SITF) collaborates to support the integration of internationally trained professionals (ITP), and how the SITF is a resource for staff working with ITPs.
  • Leadership
    - Empowering Adult Education Advocates: The COABE Model
    - Dr. Ja'Ken Caston
    Description: Discover how the COABE (Coalition on Adult Basic Education) advocacy model can revolutionize adult education leadership. This workshop delves into strategies for effective advocacy. Through interactive discussions and activities, attendees will gain practical insights into implementing the COABE model within their organizations, increasing visibility and advocacy efforts.
10:00 am - 11:30 am DOL Session
- Equal Employment Opportunity/Civil Rights/Appeals Procedures…Who knew?!
11:45 am - 1:00 pm Lunch on your own
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Business, Industry and Emerging Trends
    - Optimizing Workforce Excellence: Unleashing Potential Through Systems and Online Technologies
    - Wanda Scott Erinle
    Description: In this workshop, we'll delve into the dynamic realm of modern training methodologies, focusing on how customized training can revolutionize skill development in business and industry. Through a deep dive into training management systems (TMS), learning management systems (LMS), and cutting-edge online technologies, we'll explore strategies to tailor learning experiences that upskill the workforce through skill and competency development. These tools and technologies will resonate with diverse professional needs, exploring a Human Centered Design approach to learning and development.
  • Foundations of Workforce
    - What is Cultural Fit?: How Coaching Ignited Workforce Success
    - Anthony Morgan Jr
    Description: In this dynamic workshop, we'll delve into the pivotal role of external coaching initiatives in enhancing the collaboration between workforce development organizations and hiring businesses to tackle cultural fit challenges in the workplace, particularly as new employees transition into their roles. Assessing whether someone is a good "cultural fit" has its challenges. It's often based on personal opinions rather than clear criteria, which can lead to biases and exclude diverse candidates. Overemphasizing cultural fit can also make teams less diverse and innovative, and may even create feelings of exclusion for those who don't fit the mold. By focusing too much on cultural fit, we might miss out on valuable skills and potential for growth in candidates.Through stimulating discussions and hands-on exercises, participants will gain valuable insights into how external coaching has been successfully implemented across various hiring partners, including a hospital, a college, and a commercial meat company. We'll explore how these initiatives fostered authentic connections, uncovered hidden narratives, and established a framework that empowered both workforce development organizations and hiring businesses to address cultural fit issues and prepare prospective employees and incumbent workers to transition and thrive in the workplace.
  • Apprenticeship Pathways for Youth
    - Molly Mesnard
    Description: We could partner with New America to present on best practices regarding building Registered Apprenticeship pathways for youth and incorporating industry-recognized credentials into youth apprenticeships. (To discuss further with MWA)
  • Special Populations
    - Military- The Forgotten Dislocated Worker
    - Denise R. Bourdeaux
    Description: "While Veterans are a known priority population, many overlook the active-duty spouses and transitioning service members who are also part of the military community that need workforce support. These populations face higher than average unemployment rates and have unique barriers to employment that need to be addressed including gaining civilian certifications, accessing a network of local businesses, and translating military experience into a resume. Join us to learn how Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation (AAWDC), the Title 1 service provider in Anne Arundel County Maryland, launched Military Career Connection using Dislocated Worker funding to address the growing need of our military community. Through a partnership with our neighboring local workforce area and Ft. Meade, we are able to provide a robust network of services to support the military community connected to Ft. Meade. In addition, AAWDC provides services to the military community connected to the two other installations in the county, the US Naval Academy and the US Coast Guard Yard. Hear how AAWDC developed relationships with the installations, what partners to connect with to serve this population, and the best practices we have learned through developing this program."
  • Leadership
    - Communication Strategies to Improve Engagement and Retention
    - Erica Reed
    Description: "As a manager, it’s important to recognize the vital role that communication plays in building a thriving work culture. Managers who actively work on improving their communication can bridge gaps, dissolve misunderstandings, and foster a culture of transparency and trust. Effective communication strengthens relationships, boosts productivity, and paves the way for remarkable achievements. However, attempts at communication can often get hijacked when managers do not have an awareness of the impact of stress on trauma on how employees are able to receive and process information and feedback. This workshop is designed to equip managers with the essential tools and strategies needed to provide impactful feedback, engage in active listening, employ effective communication strategies, and navigate challenging conversations. We will explore strategies and best practices to help you guide and support your staff through the stress and trauma they face in their work. We will explore key challenges that managers face, such as addressing vicarious trauma, preventing burnout, fostering empathy with boundaries, and finding the delicate balance between productivity and pausing. Additionally, the fundamental skills of emotional intelligence and trauma awareness are woven throughout the workshop, equipping you with the tools to understand your own emotions and create a psychologically safe and inclusive environment for your team members, resulting in an improvement in engagement and retention overall."
  • Apprenticeship
    - The Pre-Apprenticeship Pipeline: Building the Next Generation of Tradespeople
    - Mike Schloff, Mike Dempsey, Cyndie Williams, Layla Bibi, Joseph Lockley
    Description: "The demand for skilled craftsmen and craftswomen in the constructionindustry is at an all-time high across Maryland and the rest of the United States. Through a registered apprenticeship program, men and women can become apprentices with the Carpenters Union and earn a lifelong, high-earning career in construction. One of the main problems that we continue to hear repeatedly is that young men and women are not being introduced to the skilled trades at an early enough age to develop a passion for or interest in becoming a journeyperson as adults. With the elimination of many CTE programs, removal of woodshop classes, and consolidation of vocational schools, how do we solve this crisis? Our mission is to build a robust pre-apprenticeship pipeline starting in elementary and middle school all the way through high school and help students and adult cohorts directly into our union apprenticeship program with the skills they have learned to be able to thrive on and off the jobsite. By allowing residents of Maryland to participate in a pre-apprenticeship construction program and structured woodworking classes at an early age, we can unlock their talents and unleash a new generation of workers to help build Maryland for the future. This workshop will show how your schools, workforce development programs, and training centers can utilize our state-of-the-art woodworking classes and pre-apprenticeship programs to build construction careers earlier and earlier across the county and give young men and women access to some of the highest-paying and give young men and women access to some of the highest paying construction jobs in the country. Let’s not wait any longer to give our students and adult cohorts the tools they need for the jobs of tomorrow. Let’s bring woodshop class and pre-apprenticeship programs to Maryland in full force."
2:45 PM - 4:15 PM
  • Foundations of Workforce
    - Coaching Powered Leadership Makes Initiatives Succeed
    - Amanda Wagner
    Description: "Leading a workforce agency is a balancing act of managing aligned and competing interests of multiple internal and external stakeholders and finding a way to communicate a macro and micro level vision to the various groups. While coaching is a frequently utilized skill in our work with customers, workforce leaders who hone their coaching skills can find improved success - we call this “Coaching Powered Leadership.” Employ Prince George’s has chosen to partner with InsideTrack on a multi-year program that includes “Coaching Powered Leadership” for leaders to drive better outcomes in their community. In this session, leaders and people managers will have the opportunity to develop foundational knowledge about how coaching skills can be applied to leadership. We will look at the seven values of Coaching Powered Leadership: Inclusive, Strategic, Empathetic, Visionary, Accessible, Collaborative, and Transparent and discuss how to unlock the potential of your organization, employees, peers, and community partners. EPG leaders are halfway through certification and will share how this has helped them build skills in effective communication strategies, lead change with a coalition of support, and build motivation through core values and strengths. The session will include breakout sessions and time to collaborate with fellow leaders."
  • Business, Industry and Emerging Trends
    - Cultivating a Future-Ready Workforce: Strategies for Success
    - Christine Peng, Anthony Featherstone, Denise R. Bourdeaux
    Description: "Welcome to your future! Whether it’s a recession or growth economy, high unemployment or low employment, budget cuts or budget increases, are you prepared to pivot at a moment’s notice? What's happening in the world of workforce is an awareness of how much faster we need to get, how much better we need to deliver services, how much more our front-line workforce staff need to be prepared to deliver in situations where we didn't expect obstacles, like continuously low unemployment. And for the people we serve, it’s even more important to provide effective solutions and services to help people build sustainable careers. During this engaging workshop, participants will hear how Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation and WorkSource Montgomery have built their programs and processes to be future-ready. We will explore the importance of adaptability, innovation, and continuous learning in navigating the ever-changing demands of the modern workplace. Discover practical approaches to workforce development, including upskilling and reskilling initiatives, to ensure your community remains competitive and resilient in the face of technological advancements and market disruptions. By embracing these strategies, you will be equipped to lead your community confidently into the future, prepared to thrive amidst uncertainty and change."
  • Special Populations
    - From ALICE to Affluence: Overcoming Barriers to Achieve Six-Figure Success
    - Ernestine Chambers
    Description: This workshop focus on identifying and overcoming systemic and personal barriers that prevent individuals from the ALICE population from achieving six figure incomes.
  • Leadership
    - Post-Pandemic Leadership-They Key To Recruitment and Retention!
    - Darrell Andrews
    Description: "The landscape of employees has evolved significantly over the past four years, prompting a redefinition of leadership. Previously, leadership was understood as the ability to guide, govern, and influence. However, in light of current circumstances, our company has adopted a new definition: ""The ability to listen, understand, and engage."" Recent research from SHRM (The Society for Human Resource Management) highlights anxiety as the foremost mental wellness issue in today's workplaces, stemming from the multitude of challenges brought forth by the pandemic, including depression and traumatic experiences. To effectively attract and retain top talent, leaders must recognize the necessity of upskilling to navigate the nuances of leading in a post-pandemic era. This understanding will empower them and motivate them to take the necessary steps to enhance their leadership capabilities. In this workshop, I will equip leaders with practical strategies and techniques to ensure they can implement these insights within their respective roles."
  • Program Support
    - The Healthy Practitioner
    - James LeBlanc
    Description: "How it was: I was born an orphan and things went downhill from there, experiencing abandonment, abuse, addiction, homelessness, incarceration and the sabotaging/tearing down of every relationship both personal and professional I ever had. How it's going: Today I am a Husband, Father, Certified Workforce Development Professional, Realtor, Minister, Homeowner and Published Author! What Happened? It took work to achieve freedom and it TAKES work to maintain it. Come hear about it. I guarantee you will walk away with tools that will improve your life both personally and professionally. Whether you choose to implement them is up to you- but if you do, your value to your organization and the participants you work with will increase immensely as will the impact you make! Spoiler Alert: You might need to forgive someone (who that is might surprise you)! Buckle up!"
  • Apprenticeship
    - Expanding Opportunities: Accessibility for Multilingual Students Pursuing HS Diploma Options
    - Laura Ostrowski, Elizabeth (Betsy) Ljubic
    Description: "In this workshop, participants will be able to identify the three high school diploma options currently available to adult learners in Maryland - The Adult High School Program, National External Diploma Program (NEDP®), and the GED® Test. Multilingual students will be discussed through an asset based lens. We will discuss strategies for supporting multilingual students who are pursuing a high school diploma. Both instructors and program leadership will leave this workshop with practical resources that can be implemented immediately. This session is accessible to participants with all levels of expertise, and free resources will be made available on a Padlet through a QR code."
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM Breakfast
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Opening Session/Keynote
9:45 AM - 11:15 AM
  • Career Connected Learning in Out of School Time (OST) Programs
    - Shira Woolf Cohen
    - Speaker: Tiffany Searles
    Description: Each youth-serving stakeholder plays a part in ensuring students are career-ready. How can your Out of School Time Program build opportunities for career-ready youth? During this session we will highlight 6 different ways that you can add career-readiness to your program. These ideas are not meant to have you reinvent the wheel with your program’s activities, but instead to give you some entry points to share the responsibility of preparing youth for their future.
  • Practical, Evidence-based Practices for Career Advising
    - Steve B Ruger
    Description: From the Gatbsy Benchmarks to the Australian Blueprint, the evidence for effective career coaching for young people is increasingly clear. Transformational approaches that develop occupational identity are more effective over the long run when compared to transactional approaches that sort and match people to professions. Having completed the first year of implementation for Pillar 3, the session will cover lessons learned and practical next steps. Having supporting a range of districts and workforce boards across the state, example will include rural, urban, and diverse settings. These strategies and techniques apply to classroom teachers, counselors, workforce employees, and community college educators. Practitioners will review specific transformational practices and techniques to use in their work. Program developers will leave with ideas to improve and update their implementation plans.
  • Transactional to Transformational: Creating College and Career Ready Students
    - Nikki Phillips, Carrie Akins
    Description: The post-conference workshop will be broken into three pieces to create a linear structure for an engaging experience. The first portion will define and explain how to move from a transactional to transformational. These terms will be defined so the distinction and evolution from one to the other is clear. Transformative experiences will improve the standards and the guidelines that define parameters supported by the MSDE research such as exploring methods of demonstrating College and Career Readiness. The next portion will focus on building the transformational framework to level-up activities and engagements students are taking part in at school. Finally, we will apply the RIASEC themes to the goal of making these experiences transformational, ensuring reflection and providing an opportunity for individual connection.
11:30 AM - 1:00 pm Lunch on your own
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Afternoon Keynote
2:45 PM - 4:15 PM
  • "87,000 You Say!?! " How Montgomery County is Responding to the Career Counseling Mandate
    - John Hattery
    Description: Please join members of Montgomery County's Career Coaching team to learn how the home of Maryland's largest school district planned, deployed, and are evaluating Montgomery County Career Advising Program (MoCoCAP). Serving 87,000 students presented unique challenges requiring creative thought on the part of the planners to ensure that MoCoCAP was effective and equitable. Areas of discussion will include how organizational structures, professional development, program design, and efforts to continually improve were applied to how MoCoCAP engaged students, families, educators, employers, and stakeholders.
  • Joining Together to Build Tomorrow: Understanding and Implementing Blueprint Pillar 3 for Student and Community Good
    - Tracy A Kyttle
    Description: Join us for an insightful workshop designed to equip stakeholders with the knowledge and tools necessary to support and advance the goals of the Maryland Blueprint, with a particular focus on the collaborative effort within the state to foster strong talent pipelines. This workshop will provide a comprehensive overview of the Blueprint's vision, delve into the roles of various stakeholders, and explore strategies for effective implementation within diverse contexts.
  • Innovating Career Counseling: AI-Driven Strategies for Youth Engagement
    - Renetta D Weaver, Martha Davidson
    Description: This workshop explores the transformative role of artificial intelligence (AI) in enhancing workforce development and mental health support within educational and professional environments. By focusing on practical AI applications, participants will learn how to leverage technology to tailor career counseling and mental health services effectively, addressing the unique needs of individuals in various settings. The session will cover strategic implementations, ethical considerations, and the future potential of AI in these fields.
  • Realizing the Blueprint’s Promise: Launching the Baltimore Career Coach Initiative
    - Brady Wheeler, Adenike Akentilo, Tom DeWire
    Description: "The Baltimore Career Coach initiative is a partnership between Baltimore City Schools, the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development (MOED) and Baltimore City Community College (BCCC). The partnership has developed and piloted a career advising and coaching framework for City Schools’ students in middle and high schools that directly supports in increasing the number of students with a postsecondary plan, postsecondary placement, and postsecondary persistence and success. The initiative aims to help each student choose one or more post-CCR pathway(s), help students identify career options and develop career competencies, and leverage a range of partnerships and strategies that align with local resources and workforce demand. In the workshop, we will describe our “triangle offense” approach and outline the strategy we have employed to scale the career coach initiative to reach each and every student in grades 6-12 in SY2425. We will share the details of how we launched the initiative with a pilot in 17 High Schools and 10 Middle Schools, including our approach to recruiting and onboarding key staff and participating schools. We will share lessons learned during the pilot and a case study from one high school to highlight best practices, keys to coaching success and opportunities to strengthen alignment across partners as the initiative scales to all schools."
  • How School Districts are Creating Equity with Virtual Work-Based Learning
    - Sponsored by Pathful

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