2012 NCPN Featured Speakers
Opening General Session
Thursday, October 18, 10:15–11:30 A.M.
Welcome Remarks from the Governor's Office
Director, Education and Workforce Development
Virginia Governor's Office
Greetings from the National Association of State Directors of CTE Consortium
Executive Director, NASDCTEc
Famous Brothers in Aviation
As a young person, Ben Robinson suffered from "academic unconsciousness" and was dismissed from
college. But, he and his brother were always interested in building airplane models growing up. Both became pilots
and Ben went on to become a Brigadier General in the U.S. Air Force. Following that, he was a Boeing Executive
and Director of Boeing Aerospace Operations for six years. He did return to college and received bachelor's and
master's degrees. Ben now has an appreciation for engaging in rigorous academic programs with a strong emphasis
on STEM. Each month he visits schools in Oklahoma and helps mentor young engineering students. Ben also helped
form the Oklahoma Aerospace Education and Industry Partnership.
Ben Robinson, Owner/President, Sentry One LLC., Oklahoma City, OK
Thursday, October 18, 4:45–5:45 P.M.
West Virginia DOE Update and Introduction of Keynote Speaker
Assistant State Superintendent, Technology and Adult Education
West Virginia Department of Education
Legislation, Regulations, and Funding Affecting CTE
This presentation will offer an unbiased picture of recent developments at the federal level on policy and fiscal issues impacting the CTE enterprise. Michael Brustein will discuss the Administration's recent efforts to reauthorize Perkins and simplify data reporting requirements. He will track CTE funding through both DOL and ED, and the implications of sequestration on future Perkins funding. Michael will profile the proposed OMB changes on Perkins audits and allowable costs, as well as ED's recent shift from a compliance mode to a focus on results. There will be ample time for questions.Michael Brustein, Brustein and Manasevit Attorneys at Law, Washington D.C.
Friday, October 19, Noon–1:15 P.M.
Welcoming Remarks and Virginia DOE Update
Office of Career and Technical Education Services
Virginia Department of Education
If I Had a Hammer
As a child, Perry Wilson did not do well in school and was later diagnosed with dyslexia, but not before he had failed
fifth grade, been passed on from grade to grade without being able to read, and dropped out of two colleges.
Today he is a master carpenter who learned to read and do complicated math through his trade. Because of his
school trouble, Wilson created the If I Had a Hammer program to teach elementary and middle school
students the value of mathematics and give them a chance to learn math in a different way. So far, over 500,000
children in the U.S. Canada, and Puerto Rico have benefited from its methods. Come hear Perry's compelling
story about "Hammer" and how it's being used to transform lives of many students, especially those from low-income
families who are learning how to succeed. He also trains college students to deliver the math/construction lessons
to the young students.
Perry Wilson, Founder, If I Had a Hammer, Nashville, TN
Friday, October 19, 4:00–5:00 P.M.
Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go
As the mother of one of the greatest athletes of all time, Lucille O'Neal's journey has been marked by much
more than being "Shaquille O'Neal's mom." A master motivator and champion of family and education, O'Neal's
circumstances shaped her perspective and strengthened her resolve to overcome the challenges she would
encounter later. She is the author of Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go . In 1997, O'Neal fulfilled
her longtime dream of going back to school. She graduated cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in
business administration from the Adult Education Program at Bethune-Cookman University and completed her
graduate program (master of arts in organizational management) at the University of Phoenix.
Lucille O'Neal, Speaker and Author of Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go