Exploration of Career Pathways for Middle School - VIRTUAL - KCCTE

Exploration of Career Pathways for Middle School – VIRTUAL

September 13, 2022 12:00 am CST - October 11, 2022 12:00 am CST
Cost: $30.00
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3 Sessions

  • 09/13/2022 3:30 pm CST - 09/13/2022 4:30 pm CST
  • 09/27/2022 3:30 pm CST - 09/27/2022 4:30 pm CST
  • 10/11/2022 3:30 pm CST - 10/11/2022 4:30 pm CST


This is a Virtual Series from 3:30 – 4:30 pm each session


September 13: (Allison Lippe-Mackey & Jessica Dome)

Biodiversity and Butterflies Learn how the monarch butterflies can teach us about the carbon cycle, biodiversity and the affect of human impact on ecosystem with interactive, collaborative, evidence based activities and lessons.

Design With Others In Mind: Using STEM to Teach EmpathyMiddle School students often struggle to look beyond their needs and desires when designing. In engineering and other STEM-related fields, designers must use empathy to work to meet the needs of their clients while also working within criteria and constraints.

Participants will learn how to incorporate empathy lessons into their students’ design projects in order for them to design with others in mind. Participants will also preview a unit on Designing Inclusive Playgrounds and a unit on Building a Prosthetic Leg. Each unit incorporates design with CAD skills as well as reflective and persuasive writing. Each unit also has lesson delivery tips developed by a school counselor.


September 27: (Dr. Ceresa Schaffer & Nancy Pinard)

SCORE ModulesParticipants will be introduced to the modules created by the De Soto/Piper team. This will include the modules titled; Shark Tank, Consumer Health: Navigating your Health, and The Perfect School. A review of each of the three modules and lessons will be delivered. Modules are based upon CTE Pathways Connections that are applicable in many middle school
courses. An overview of each course and the highlights of the activities and outcomes will be shared. Modules are prepared thoroughly for teachers to be able to plug in and start using right away!

Fiber to Fashion – Textile Industry – Fiber to Fashion explores the beginning of the textile industry, the technology that made mass production of clothing possible, how natural and synthetic fibers are produced to make the textiles that turn into the clothing they wear, marketing strategies that are used to make us want the “newest” fashions available, and what fast fashion does to our environment.In this unit students can learn about how they can help the environment and make better decisions with their needs and wants


October 11: (Tiffany Dixon)

Entrepreneurship This session will provide material that can be used across content areas for cultivating an entrepreneurial mindset through a design thinking process.




Presenter Details

Andrew Taylor (Facilitator) is a freshman biology teacher in the Engineering Academy at Olathe Northwest High School. Andrew also coaches FIRST Robotics Team 1710. Andrew graduated from the University of Kansas in 2011 with a bachelors of science in ecology and evolutionary biology. Andrew earned his masters degree in biological sciences from Clemson University in the spring of 2020. Additionally, in 2020 the Kansas Association of Biology Teachers (KABT) and the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) recognized Andrew as the Outstanding biology teacher for the state of Kansas. Andrew currently serves as the vice president of KABT.

Ms. Allie Lippe-Mackey has been teaching Life Sciences and Earth/Space Sciences for 7 years. She has her masters in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in science  literacy, reading specialist certification, and is and ELL specialist.

Jessica Dome has been teaching STEM for the Spring Hill school district at Woodland Spring Middle School for 3 years. Prior to that, she taught 6-8 science for the same district for 15 years. She was awarded her district’s middle school teacher of the year award in 2017. She serves on her buildings leadership committee and coached for 6 years.

Dr. Ceresa Schaffer has been in the De Soto School District as the Coordinator of Secondary Schools for eight years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Education with an emphasis in English Language Arts, a Masters in Educational Leadership K-12, a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Superintendent Licensure.

Nancy Pinard has been in the teaching profession for 30+ years. She earned her MS in Technology Integration from Pittsburg State. Nancy has taught the Family Consumer Science classes at Sedan High School for 6 years. Prior to that she taught technology classes in the Jr/Sr High School and was in charge of the technology.

Tiffany Dixon has been an educator for 23 years; 12 of those years have been dedicated to teaching youth. She is now a business teacher in the Shawnee Mission School District. She is certified in middle school mathematics and secondary business education. Tiffany is also the founder of MOXIE Solutions Development, the home of NextPitch.