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2017 ACP Conference Keynotes

The 2017 ACP Conference featured three national education leaders who provided TEDx style keynotes as well as facilitated breakout sessions. Following the keynote talks, a higher education panel discussed ways to connect to opportunities for transition to higher education. 

William Symonds

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Bill Symonds is director of the Global Pathways Institute, and Professor of Practice at Arizona State University. The Global Pathways Institute was created in 2014 to help lead a national movement to find effective solutions to our national failure to prepare many young people to lead successful lives. GPI believes that providing young people with high-quality multiple pathways is the best way to help them develop their potential and achieve economic independence. Prior to coming to ASU, Symonds helped launch the Pathways to Prosperity Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2008, and served as its director through June, 2013. While at Harvard, he was the primary author of the seminal report: Pathways to Prosperity: Meeting the Challenge of Preparing Young Americans for the 21st Century. Since the report’s release in 2011, Symonds has been invited to speak about the report in 40 states, as well as in New Zealand and Canada.

Presentation, Keynote

Dr. James R. Stone

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Dr. James Stone earned his B.S. and Ed. D. degrees at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a Master’s in School Administration at George Mason University. Stone has held faculty positions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Minnesota (Professor Emeritus) and Professor and Distinguished University Scholar in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Louisville (retired). Stone has served as director of the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education (NRCCTE) since 2002 which is now part of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB). Dr. Stone has maintained an active program of research over the past thirty-five years. He has been responsible for more than $40 million in external grants focusing primarily on the role of schools in linking youth and adults to the workplace. He was the lead researcher on the Math-in-CTE study of contextualizing math in occupational curricula and co-lead researcher on several studies of career pathways. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 reports of research, journal articles, or books. More recently, Stone has written on high quality CTE and published in the American Educator Magazine and the Journal of School and Society. 

Presentation Keynote

Dr. V. Scott Solberg 

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V. Scott Solberg, PhD, is Associate Dean for Research at Boston University’s School of Education and Professor in the Department of Counseling and Human Development. Past experiences include development of Success Highways, a resiliency curriculum used in schools throughout the country, directing an online career information system, and leading an effort to localize it for Singapore. In collaboration with the Rennie Center on Education Research and Policy, MassINC, and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Dr. Solberg has launched the Massachusetts Institute for College and Career Readiness that is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Educational Science. Dr. Solberg  leads a range of college and career readiness research, practice and policy efforts in collaboration with the National Collaboration on Workforce and Disability for Youth. He has served on a number of editorial boards including the Journal of Counseling Psychology, Career Development Quarterly, and the Journal of Latina/o Psychology.

Presentation Keynote

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