2010 Innovations in Career Technical Education Conference

Our behavior is regulated by our beliefs and values that have developed through our experiences. Barriers to our success are often created by our self-perceptions resulting from cultural expectations these experiences generate. Stereotype threat is a phenomenon that occurs when an individual identifies with a particular stereotypical group and is, therefore, negatively affected by the implicit need to conform to that group. Current research suggests that the stigma consciousness associated with gender and race stereotypes negatively impact an individual’s intellectual performance, especially related to standardized testing and career choice. Overcoming this phenomenon begins with “awareness”. This presentation is designed to help start the process of dealing with stereotype threat in ourselves and others. Part II Project Implicit was developed as a device for exploring our unconscious roots of feelings and thoughts. The project has evolved as a tool to assist individuals in gaining understanding about their true unconscious beliefs and preferences. There are two concepts the IAT helps us to unravel - an unwillingness to share private attitudes with others and being unable to identify private attitudes. The distinction between the two states is like the difference between purposely hiding something from others and unconsciously hiding something from yourself. The Implicit Associations Test make it possible to penetrate both of these types of hiding. The IAT measures implicit attitudes and beliefs that people are either unwilling or unable to report. This workshop will take individuals through several IAT’s. The participants will respond to three questions individually and then discuss their thoughts in a small group setting. The goal is to generate an awareness of certain implicit biases and discuss strategies for gaining control of them.

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This presentation highlights NTO and Stereotype Threat - providing a brief overview of the two.
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Experiments that make you think

by PJ Dempsey Weldon Cooper
Five experiments conducted by Claude Steele and Joshua Aronson describing the impact of stereotype threat on academic performance
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All Brains are the Same Color

by PJ Dempsey Weldon Cooper
Article discussing issues about race equity
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Buried Prejudice

by PJ Dempsey Weldon Cooper
Article discussing how our implicit biases impact our actions
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Education is all in your mind

by PJ Dempsey Weldon Cooper
Article discusses how our beliefs and values inhibit our ability to make choices
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This short article discusses the benefits of single-sex classes. Teachers claim that boys are more likely to band together and help one another rather than compete among themselves as they do when girls are present. Reading is also looked at as less of a "girl thing" because they see only each other doing it in class.
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Project Implicit was developed as a device for exploring our unconscious roots of feelings and thoughts. The project has evolved as a tool to assist individuals in gaining understanding about their true unconscious beliefs and preferences. There are two concepts the IAT helps us to unravel - an unwillingness to share private attitudes with others and being unable to identify private attitudes. The distinction between the two states is like the difference between purposely hiding something from others and unconsciously hiding something from yourself. The Implicit Associations Test make it possible to penetrate both of these types of hiding. The IAT measures implicit attitudes and beliefs that people are either unwilling or unable to report. This workshop will take individuals through several IAT’s. The participants will respond to three questions individually and then discuss their thoughts in a small group setting. The goal is to generate an awareness of certain implicit biases and discuss strategies for gaining control of them. The goal is to generate an awareness of certain implicit biases and discuss strategies for gaining control of them.

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The New Labor Market of the 21st Century

by PJ Dempsey Weldon Cooper
Middle-skills jobs, those that reauire more than high school but less than a four year degree, make-up the largest part of America's labor market. Key industries are unable to find enough trained workers to fill these jobs. The result is economic growth is stifled. This workshop will provide an overview of the new labor market of the 21st century, highlighting careers in demand, the importance of CTE, and workplace readiness skills demanded by employers. A daily assessment for student created in Google docs (an open source platform) will also be shared. This assessment is a great way for introducing and reinforcing Workplace Readiness Skills.
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CTE and the 21st Century Workforce

by PJ Dempsey Weldon Cooper
This presentation provides an overview of the current workforce and the workforce of the 21st Century. The importance of CTE is discussed.
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Creating Awareness of NTO's

by PJ Dempsey Weldon Cooper
Nontraditional Occupations (NTO) are careers that employ 25% of less of one gender. Predictions for the job market over the next ten years suggest that NTO's will grow and dominate the market. This translates to a demand for individuals who have the talents and skills required to fill these jobs. For women, these jobs offer higher wages than most jobs dominated by females. For men the health sciences will offer the hig-wage, fast growing careers. Students pursuing careers in nontraditional occupations require encouragement and support to sustain their effotrs to break through the barriers they will face in their "new" environment. Focus of this presentation will include steps to planning events that will create awareness of NTO's and to encourage students to participate in NTO programs. Five planning areas will be showcased: Speakers - sharing their stories; Support Groups - creating a safe environment to discuss issues and concerns; Fieldtrips and Job Shadowing - checking out the real environment - a day in the life of. . .; and Leadership and Mentorship Training - the key to success. Step-by-Step guides will be used to allow participants to create successful events independently after they leave the workshop.
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