• President
  • Bill Bussey
  • Superintendent
  • Mid-East Career and Technology Center

  • Executive Director
  • Tom Applegate
    6628 Wild Rose Ln.
    Westerville, Ohio 43082

September 17-19, 2014

Best Practices and Innovations in Career and Technical Education 

Cape Cod, Massachusetts 


Best Practices and Innovations:

The 2014 Best Practices and Innovations Conference is an excellent opportunity for CTE educators to showcase programs and to share your expertise with colleagues. A best practice is one that has empirical data documenting the best practice. An innovation is defined as a teacher, school and/or administrative practice that demonstrates innovations in career and technical education, but has not yet validated the practice through empirical data.

The conference will take place Sept. 17-19 in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, at the Cape Codder Resort and Spa ($129 single/double plus 11.7% tax). In addition to the expansion of the conference to include innovations in CTE as well as best practices, we are adding exciting pre-conferences. To learn more, download our brochure.

Register Today!

Leaders in career and technical education from around the country will bring the newest best practices and innovations in Common Core standards/academic integration, CTE’s role in educational reform, business and education partnerships, credentialing/certifications/assessments, college- and career-readiness standards, and performance-based, student-centered instruction and assessment. Bring your own insights, network with decision-makers just like you, and take excellence home with you!


Questions should be directed to Tom Applegate.


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Mission, Purpose & Core Values

I. Core Values:

• Leadership
• Professional development
• Networking
• Quality
• Innovation

II. Purpose:

NCLA Purpose: Advancing leadership, advocacy, and professional development for CTE administrators through a network of peers.

III. Mission:

NCLA Mission: Creating conversations that result in innovative change.

Top 5 reasons for joining NCLA

  1. Opportunity for networking on a national level with career and technical administrators.
  2. Advocacy at national levels for policy initiatives that advance career and technical education.
  3. A professional newsletter distributed two times a year that spotlights key activities and best practices.
  4. A professional organization responsible for lobbying and disseminating information around key legislation for career technical education.
  5. Sponsorship of a fall professional development conference that highlights best practices along with visitations to exemplary Career-Technical Centers and programs.