2023 90th Annual MVA/MassCTE Conference

EXCITING NEWS!!  Our 90th Annual MassCTE Conference & Awards Banquet – Update:

Our 90th Annual Conference and Awards Banquet was held in-person at the Renaissance Boston Patriot Place Hotel, Foxborough MA – Friday March 31 (Leadership Training) & Saturday, April 1, 2023 (Conference & Banquet).  Our Keynote Speaker was Eric Chester, a former CVTE Instructor.

  • Friday Leadership training and professional development workshops
  • Friday afternoon/evening meet & greet with colleagues
  • Saturday – Full day conference with exciting keynote address by Eric Chester – See Details Below
  • Saturday Evening Awards Banquet – See Details Below
  • Student projects, Best In Show, Gift Raffles


Friday Leadership Training Workshop Schedule
Jarrod Lussier – Leadership Training Coordinator

Theme: Building Leaders 

*7:45-8:15 Breakfast/Introductions Jarrod Lussier
Vocational Supervisor
Southeastern Regional
*8:15-9:15 What to expect as a building leader/administrator Allen Duarte
Retired/Grant Coordinator
Greater New Bedford
*9:15-10:15 Building a positive school culture Warley Williams
Greater New Bedford
*10:15-10:30 Break, refreshments
*10:30-11:15 Community partnerships Jarrod Lussier
Vocational Supervisor
Southeastern Regional 

Darla Leighton
Clinical Facilitator
Southeastern Regional

*11:15-12:15 How to foster an inclusive environment Yolanda Dennis
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Director
Greater New Bedford
*12:15-12:45 Lunch
*12:45-1:45 Discipline isn’t punishment: Corrective practices Jarrod Lussier
Vocational Supervisor
Southeastern Regional
*1:45-2:45 Pathways to administrative licenses TBA
*2:45-3:15 Closing remarks/Adjourn Jarrod Lussier
Vocational Supervisor
Southeastern Regional



Saturday Conference & Awards Banquet Schedule:

7:30-8:00 – Exhibitor Setup and Conference Room / AV Setup

8:00-4:00 – Exhibitor Hours and Gift Drop-off

8:00-9:00 – Breakfast, Registration, Networking, Exhibitor Visits, Raffle Sales

9:00-10:00 – General Session – Keynote Presentation with Eric Chester

10:00-10:30 – Break, Meet & Greet with Eric Chester, Exhibitor Visits, Raffle Sales

10:30-11:30 – Concurrent Breakout Sessions:
(Room 1) Breakout Session with Eric Chester
(Room 2) CCTE Updates: Discussion, News, & Updates, Assoc. Commissioner Elizabeth Bennett and CCTE Team Members

11:30-12:30 – Concurrent Breakout Sessions:
(Room 1) Cluster Networking: Discuss best practices in your program area and share effective strategies in overcoming challenges
(Room 2) Family Engagement: The Importance & Awareness of Access to CTE – Presented by Garvy Altine, DESE CCTE

12:30-1:30 – Lunch, Networking, Exhibitor Visits, Raffle Sales

1:30-2:30 – Concurrent Breakout Sessions
(Room 1) Special Education in CTE, Presented by Kristen Moreau (Bristol-Plymouth)
(Room 2) Mental Health and the MA Teen, Presented by Monique Maskell, RN (Weymouth Schools)

2:30-3:30 – Concurrent Breakout Sessions
(Room 1) Session A – Accommodations for EL Students, Presented by Michael Sacks (Southeastern Reg Voc Tech)
(Room 1) Session B – E-Hallpass, Presented by Christopher Comeau (Southeastern Reg Voc Tech)
(Room 2) Session A – NOCTI: Resources to Develop Quality CTE, Presented by Randy VanHermert & Heidi Speese
(Room 2) Session B – CCTE Teacher Licensure & NOCTI Partnership, Jamie Wilkinson (DESE)

3:30-4:30 – MassCTE Annual Legislative Session & ACTE Update – All members are encouraged to attend & participate in this business meeting where the MassCTE Executive Board will provide its annual report, strategic plan, candidate nominations & recent appointments, as well as key board vacancies.  This session will also include regional and national updates by the ACTE, our national voice for CTE.

4:30-5:30 – Chance Raffle setup for “Best in Show” gifts, Raffle Sales, Peer Networking

5:30-6:30 – Banquet Reception Hour, Raffle Sales, Meet the Award Winners, Gift Review

6:30-11:00 – Banquet Dinner, Awards Presentation, Raffle Sales – DJ, Music, Photos, & Raffle Drawings