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2019 Summer Leadership Conference

Posted on June 05, 2019

2019 PACTA Summer Leadership Conference:
Career and Technical Education Leadership for Success


Strategic Leadership

Leadership for Learning

Community Leadership

Systems Leadership

July 24-26, 2019
Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Association of Career and Technical Administrators in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Department of Education


Quality career and technical education is an essential part of America’s workforce development system. The challenges of assuring a high-quality system which meets the needs of students and employers are many. This conference will focus on providing career and technical education leaders with the information and skills to help them meet those challenges. In addition to outstanding general session speakers, participants will be able to choose from a variety of small group sessions. An additional resource available to conference participants will be a commercial exhibit area.


Tentative Agenda:


July 24, 2019
11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.                         Registration
1:30 p.m.- 4:15 p.m.                      Opening General Session
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.                               Opening Barbecue/Picnic

July 25, 2019
8 a.m. - 9 a.m.                                 Registration, Continental Breakfast
9 a.m. - noon                                   General Session
Noon - 1 p.m.                                  Luncheon
1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.                            Small Group Workshops

*A commercial exhibit area will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.*

July 26, 2019
7:30 a.m. - 8 a.m.                             Continental Breakfast
8 a.m. - 9 a.m.                                  PACTA General Membership Meeting
9 a.m. - noon                                    Closing General Session

Date and Location:

Career and Technical Education: Leadership for Success is being held July 24-26 at the Nittany Lion Inn in State College. Registration for the conference will begin at 11 a.m.on July 24. The first conference session will begin on July 24 at 1:30 p.m. A pre-conference golf tournament will also be held on July 24 beginning at 7:30 a.m. The conference will conclude on July 26 at Noon.

General Sessions Topics:

Current Legal Issues in Education


Update on State Education Initiatives and Policies


Promising Practices in CTE

National Perspective on Career and Technical Education

Update on State Career and Technical Education Initiatives



General Sessions Presenters:  
(Additional Presenters to be announced)

Mr. Ira Weiss


Weiss, Burkardt, Kramer, LLC

Dr. Lee Burket
Bureau of Career and Technical Education
Pennsylvania Department of Education

Ms. Kimberly Green (Invited)
Executive Director
National Association of State Directors
of Career and Technical Education Consortium

Mr. Andrew M. Goodman


Milliron and Goodman Associates, Government Relations & Legislative Law






2019 PACTA Summer Conference Registration

 Registration fee for participants who register by July 5 is $250. A late fee of $25 will be charged for registrations received after July 5. The registration fee includes conference expenses and materials, the Opening Barbecue/Picnic on July 24, lunch on July 25, continental breakfasts and refreshment breaks.


CLICK HEREto login and registration on-line or CLICK HERE to download a registration form.


Nittany Lion Inn
200 West Park Avenue
State College, PA 16803
Telephone: (800) 233-7505

Accommodations are available at the Nittany Lion Inn at the conference rate of $135 single or double. Reservations must be made by June 23, 2019. You can make your reservations by calling (800) 233-7505 or go to and select The Nittany Lion Inn. Please mention or enter that you are part of the PACTA Conference when making your reservation and refer to Reservation Identification Number: PACG19A.

PACTA is an approved provider for Act 48 professional development activities. Conference participants will be awarded up to ten hours of Act 48 credit.

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