Teachers learn new methods at conference
RACHEL BENJAMINTech Pep Reporter
Nov. 19-21, communications teachersJeanette Pelster and Kathy Skach went onan educational business trip to Nashville, TN for the annual Association of Career and Technical Education National Con-ference (ACTE), where they learned about other communications programs in thecountry, as well and the newest and thebest practices in career technical educa-tion.“We reaffirmed our philosophy of ex-cellence.” Mrs. Skach said. Over all, bothteachers view the conference as extreme-ly useful and affective. The primary point of the conference was for teachers to discover new ap-proaches, find solution for shared chal-lenges, share their best practices with col-leagues help teachers find funding solu-tions and increase student achievement in their district, and leave with construc-tive new ideas to take back to their schoolin hopes that they would gain valuableinsights and proven strategies that willimprove their programs. The conference consisted of more than250 sessions, and over 200 exhibitors, and3 general sessions, two of which were in-spirational speakers, chef Jeff Hendersonand businessman Stedman Graham. Thelast was an in-depth discussion led by BillDaggett from the international Center for Leadership in Education; and a celebra-tion for the closing of the conference. The trip was not only business, theteachers also had a little fun while they
Events calendar: The beauty of Portland
SANDRA VANTech Pep Editor
Hawthorne Theater Wednesday Nightmare Before X-MasSwamp Monster, Idols, SkywardCollapse, And The SirensSang, Unveiling The End7 p.m. - $825thRose Quarter Trail Blazers vs Denver Nuggets
27thHawthorne Theater Sunday Free Press, In Case of Emergency, Chin Up Rocky,Plain Memo$828thRose Quarter Trail Blazers vs Philadelphia76ers7 p.m. Aladdin Theater Tuesday, December 29 SquirrelNut Zippers w/ Steve Sotoand The Twisted Hearts$25 - 8 p.m.30thHawthorne Theater Wednesday Blue Ember, Target For Tomorrow, The Dirty Merchants, Honest To Em-pire, Of Saints & Shadows$8Rose Quarter Trail Blazers vs Los Angles Clip-pers7 p.m.Crystal BallroomRAILROAD EARTH8 p.m. - $25
Aladdin Theater Railroad Earth$60 – 8 p.m.
2ndHawthorne Theater Saturday Violet Isle, Lindsey Pool, Anodyne Gearhart,Mnemonic 7 p.m. $8.00Rose Quarter Trail Blazers vs Golden State Warriors7 p.m.18thHawthorne Theater Behemoth, Shining, Septicflesh7 p.m. - $1719thHawthorne Theater Anti - Flag, Aiden, Cancer Bats,Fireworks6p.m. - $16Rose Quarter Slayer/Megadeth7 p.m. Testament VIP Package7 p.m. Aladdin Theater Steve Earle w/ Hayes Carll8p.m. - $36.5020th Aladdin Theater Steve Earle w/ Hayes Carll8 p.m. - $36.50
Aladdin Theater Saturday, January Herb Alpert & Lani Hall8 p.m. - $39.5025thRose Quarter Trail Blazers vs New OrleansHornets7 p.m.26th Aladdin Theater Mindy Smith8 p.m. - $16.5027thRose Quarter Trail Blazers vs Utah Jazz7 p.m.28thHawthorne Theater Nile, Immolation, Krisiun, Abigail Williams, Dreaming Dead8 p.m. - $2029thRose Quarter Disney Live! Rockin’ Road Show3:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. Aladdin Theater Friday, January 29 Paula Pound-stone8 p.m. - $30 Wonder Ballroom The Cribs, Jemina Pearl8 p.m. - $1431st Crystal BallroomGreat Northwest Music Tour HEAD FOR THE HILLS(Time to be determined) - Free
1st Rose Quarter Trail Blazers vs Charlotte Bob-cats7 p.m.4thRose Quarter Trail Blazers vs San AntonioSpurs7:30 p.m. Aladdin Theater Friday, February 5 Crazy 8s w/Derby 8 p.m. - $156thRose Quarter Trail Blazers vs Los Angles Lak-ers7 p.m.9thRose Quarter Trail Blazers vs Oklahoma City Thunder 7 p.m.10thRose Quarter Billy Joel and Elton John7:30 p.m.13thRose Quarter Monster Jam2:00 p.m. &7:30 p.m. Aladdin Theater Saturday, February 13 JakeOken-Berg / Echo Helstrom w/ Justin Jude8 p.m. - $1014thRose Quarter Monster Jam2 p.m.15thHawthorne Theater Epica, Threat Signal, Black-guard, Almost Is Nothing 8p.m. - $15
Rose Quarter Trail Blazers vs Los Angles Clip-pers7 p.m.
Rose Quarter Trail Blazers vs Boston Celtics7:30 p.m.Harlem Globetrotters 2010Magical Memories World Tour 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Aladdin Theater James McMurtry 8 p.m. - $1620th Aladdin Theater Solas8 p.m. - $2521st Rose Quarter Trail Blazers vs Utah Jazz7:30 p.m. Aladdin Theater The Magnetic Fields8 p.m. - $3022nd Aladdin Theater The Magnetic Fields8 p.m. - $3023rd Aladdin Theater Los Lonely Boys / Alejandro Es-covedo / Carrie Rodriguez8 p.m. - $4224thRose Quarter Walking with Dinosaurs the Arena Spectacular 7 p.m. Aladdin Theater David Garrett 8p.m. - $3325thRose Quarter Walking with Dinosaurs the Arena Spectacular 7p.m.26thRose Quarter Walking with Dinosaurs the Arena Spectacular 7p.m. Aladdin Theater Friday, February 26 Suzanne Vega8 p.m. - $32.5027thRose Quarter Walking with Dinosaurs the Arena Spectacular 11 AM, 3:30 p.m., & 7 p.m. Aladdin Theater Jonathan Coulton8p.m. - $224th Aladdin Theater Terry Bozzio, Allan Holdsworth, Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto$25 – 8 p.m.5thRose Quarter Trail Blazers vs Memphis Griz-zlies7 p.m. Aladdin Theater Wednesday, January 6Cowboy Mouth / Junior Brown$25 - 8 p.m.7thHawthorne Theater Thursday Liferuiner, Unveiling The End, Skyward Collapse,On Edge$108thHawthorne Theater Friday Adio Sequance$8Rose Quarter Trail Blazers vs Los Angles Lak-ers7 p.m.9thHawthorne Theater Saturday Sunny Ledfurd, Tango Alpha Tango, Meteorwest, The Control Freaks$1010thHawthorne Theater The Expendables, Iration, Pas-safire, Pour Habit, RootsDown Below6p.m. - $18Rose Quarter Tyler Perry’s “Laugh To KeepFrom Crying”5 p.m. Trail Blazers vs Cleveland Cava-liers6:00 p.m.Crystal BallroomSWITCHFOOT 7 p.m. - $2213thRose Quarter Trail Blazers vs MilwaukeeBucks7 p.m.15thRose Quarter Trail Blazers vs Magic 7:30 p.m. Aladdin Theater Howie Day w/ Serena Ryder 9 p.m. - $20 Wonder BallroomState Radio8 p.m. - $14.00
Communi-cationsteacherJeanettePelster andKathySkach at-tend na-tional con-ference
were in Tennessee. Ms. Skach describedtheir hotel as “beautiful and humun-gous”, she said reminiscently “We walked 3 to 4 miles a day in thehotel because it was so huge.”From what the teachers told me, it seems like the trip was well worth it. For more information on the ACTE you can visit: http://acteonline.org/convention09.aspx.