CANCELED – 21st Annual Building Bridges Conference

Due to the low number of registrations, DESE has decided to CANCEL the Building Bridges & Pathways to Prosperity 2015 Conference.  We thank you for your support, and hope to see you at future conferences.



This year the annual Building Bridges conference has merged with Pathways to Prosperity!

 Building Bridges & Pathways to Prosperity 2015 Conference 

“Pathways and Bridges to Success

for All Students”

When: March 2 & 3, 2015

Where: Tan-Tar-A Resort, Lake of the Ozarks, MO

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Schedule at a Glance

Sunday, March 1  
5-7 p.m. Registration
Monday, March 2  
7 a.m.-2 p.m. Registration
7-8 a.m. Breakfast
8-9 a.m. Opening Keynote, J.D. Hoye
9:15 a.m. – Noon Action/Breakout Sessions
Noon-1 p.m. Lunch
1-2 p.m. Panel Presentation, “Connecting Education with Workforce Needs”
2:15-4:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions
  Dinner on Your Own
Tuesday, March 3  
7-8 a.m. Breakfast
8-9 a.m. Closing Keynote, Amy Loyd
9:15-11:30 a.m. Breakout Sessions



Opening Keynote :

Bridging the Gap: How NAF Connects Education and Industry

JD Hoye, President

National Academy Foundation

JD Hoye is the President of the National Academy Foundation (NAF), where she oversees an acclaimed network of 667 career academies that open doors for over 80,000 underserved high school students to viable careers. Through NAF academies, young people gain access to industry-specific curricula, paid internships, and relationships with business professionals. This past year, 97% of seniors graduated with 93% reporting plans to attend college.

Post Keynote Session:  

Given extended time with the President of the National Academy Foundation (NAF), participants will able to explore the components of the NAF Academy model:  the industry-focused curricula, business/industry engagement, and work-based learning experiences and resources that support the 82,000 students and nearly 670 academies nationwide.  Additionally, participants will learn more about the five career academy themes: Finance, Hospitality & Tourism, Information Technology, Engineering, and Health Sciences and the process by which they can access the NAF Network and start NAF Academies in their communities.


Business Panel Discussion:

Education Connecting with Workforce Needs

Moderator:  Brian Crouse, Vice President of Education, Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry


Closing Keynote:

Amy Loyd, Jobs for the Future

Director of Pathways to Prosperity Network


Featured Session Presenters:

Dave Shepard  A native of rural North Carolina and a product of public education in four states, Dave Shepard brings experience, common sense and practicality to any educational gathering. He has dealt with middle and high school students for all of his thirty-five years in education. His experiences include teaching, coaching, curriculum writing, program design and administration. He has also assisted school districts in over thirty-five states to help develop and refine their educational programs by providing quality professional development and teacher in-services.

His sessions include “Rules of Engagement: Winning the War against Study Apathy,” “Educational Administration vs. Instructional Leadership,” “Specific Steps for Improving Parental Involvement,” “Nine Skills to Master When Facing Confrontation in a School Setting,” and a special needs session (title TBD).

From the Southern Regional Education Board

Lynda Jackson, Director, Technology Centers that Work, will present “Ensuring CT Assignments Reflect Real-World Requirements” and “Are you Data Wise?”

Lois Barnes, Director, State Services for School Improvement will present Conducting a Data Inquiry Workshop, SREB’s Advanced Career, “Educating about Changes in the Workforce and the Connection to Quality CTE,” “Counseling for Careers,” & “Reducing the Post-Secondary Readiness Gap for Seniors.”

Deborah Bass, Director, Making Middle Grades Work will present “Overage Students Stuck in the Middle” & “Leading School Change.”


Additional Action/Breakout Session Titles:

  • What is the Local Economy Telling You?
  • Education Plus Business Gateway – Connecting with Employers
  • Academy Schools
  • An Early College Model that is Working
  • Implementing Pathways to Prosperity
  • Post-Secondary:  It is not just . . .
  • Hook Students Through Project Based Learning
  • SPARK!: Where Curiosity and Creativity Ignite Solutions to Real-World Problems
  • Get Your Advisory Committee Members Talking
  • Missouri Connections
  • MSIP 5 Annual Performance Report
  • Going Beyond Google Drive
  • Including Students with Disabilities in Work-Based Learning
  • Anchor Organizations
  • Student Summer Jobs Model
  • Collaboration 101
  • Developing & Managing a Successful Application for a Vocational-Technical Education Enhancement Grant
  • Junior Achievement: Connecting to Work-Based Learning Resources
  • Personal Plans of Study:  Students’ Pathway to Success
  • Innovation Campus
  • DESE Educator Evaluation System


Check back for more updates!