Colorado has been a state partner with NAPE for more than 5 years. In that time, impactful work has been completed at the secondary and postsecondary levels in our education system. This panel will share some insights, lessons, and ideas for how Colorado got to where it is and where it is going.
Lauren Jones Austin, MA NCC
CTE Program Director for Special Populations, Counseling & Equity
Colorado Community College System
Biography: Lauren is a a licensed school counselor, nationally certified counselor & past expeditionary learning instructor. As the Career & Technical Education (CTE) Program Director for Special Populations, Counseling and Equity she serves school districts and community colleges by providing trainings that help support the implementation of comprehensive career guidance, equity & inclusivity of programming and collaborative efforts that parallel Colorado’s education initiatives that support Career Literacy and Meaningful Career Conversations (ICAP, PWR, Graduation Guidelines, POS, Career Pathways and more…). Lauren also coordinates the implementation of Middle School CTE programs as well serves as Project Manager for Equity in Education, supervisor of Colorado’s statewide PWR/ICAP Facilitators (10), Western Region Trustee for AMLE, Region V representative for ACTE Guidance & Career Development Division and constant advocate for Special Populations and everything CTE!
This panel will include voices from a student, a secondary teacher/advisor, a state representative, and a postsecondary teacher and postsecondary representative. It will share Colorado’s history prior to its partnership with NAPE and its current status as a result of that partnership. It will share artifacts of its work that can be duplicated by participants as they reflect on curriculum, lesson plans, meeting agendas, student leadership events, and recruitment strategies. Content will be tailored to highlight the panel’s work with special populations and CTE pedagogy.
Beginning and intermediate would fit best. Participant who are advanced and more may find this panel presentation too elementary. Education as a role would be best as the panel will be education arena focused.