Currently, I am completing my 13th year at CMTHS, when I first took over the Graphic Arts program we had only 18 students in the program and no students moving onto post-secondary education. Over the last few years we have an average of 58+ students and a post-secondary rate of 97%, with a combined total of over $125,000 dollars in scholarships last year alone. Check out our programs website - http://www.cmthsviscom.com/
After teaching for almost 12 years, and spending too many late nights at SkillsUSA events, I, with the help of other staff members, have come up with a few concepts and plans about what would make Central the Perfect Tech School”. I know that this school has so much more to offer, and I can’t think of a better time than now to run with these ideas. There is no doubt in my mind that we can be a model school not just academically, but culturally as well… and it starts with professional development.
015 Carl J. Schaefer Memorial Award Recipients Announced: This award is a tribute to Dr. Schaefer’s memory and recognizes an outstanding CTE teacher and a CTE teacher candidate continuing their educational journey. Steven Bross: Mr. Bross has served as a Commercial Art Instructor at Central Montco Technical High School for the past twelve years. With his leadership and motivating teaching techniques, Angel Kern, Assistant Director at Central Montco Technical High School congratulates Steve and said, "Steve is a veteran CTE teacher that has demonstrated many leadership qualities." Achievements: SkillsUSA - Lead Advisor, 2006 to Present - District2 PA, Treasurer, 2006 to 2011 - Manage PA District 2 Website - http://www.padistrict2skillsusa.com/ Central Montco Technical High School • Lead Advisor for Career and Technical Student Organization, 2006 to present • Marketing Committee Chair, 2005 to present • Teachers Union Vice President, 2006 to 2008 • Manage/Design, School Promotional Materials - http://www.cmths.org/ Montgomery County Educator in the Workforce Partnership • Manage/ Design, Website, and Promotional Materials - http://www.mcewp.org/ • Summer Counselor – Youth Empowerment Program, 08 to present • Presenter at “The Saint Gabriel’s System” Out Reach Program, 2011 Professional Development Presentations: Temple University, "Teaching with Technology", 2009 Teaching with Technology has been the focus on everyone’s mind in the education world, the question is how do you actually accomplish it. This was an hour class on how to actually use technology in the classroom, not just the theory side. Chester County Technical High School, "Running a Successful CTSO", 2010 • After running the CTSO program at Central Montco, the Director of Chester County asked myself and Troy Madden to give a presentation during one of their in-services sessions. Troy and I talked about the planning involved in running as successful year around program and recruiting students to participate at a higher level of involvement. CMTHS has had a State Officer in SkillsUSA for The Past 11 Years. Twentieth Annual Conference on Integrated Learning, "Teacher 2.0” Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel - November 14 - 16, 2010 • This conference is designed to share successful strategies that increase the academic and career and technical success for all students. Preparing Pennsylvania's 21st Century Workforce: "Teacher 2.0” An Education and Workforce Development Symposium February 24th - 26th, 2011 • Students entering the workforce of tomorrow will be facing challenges much different than new workers of the past. Globalization and new and emerging technologies are but two of the factors presenting challenges for new workforce entrants. SkillsUSA – National Conference - "Teacher 2.0” Teachers can stay updated on new trends, equipment, software, June 21st - 28th, 2011 • SkillsUSA University is an opportunity for students and educators to attend educational sessions scheduled throughout the SkillsUSA national conference. Sessions may include professional development, legislative updates, occupational and technical career trends and program overviews. Professional Development Summer Course Instructor - “Teacher 2.0” Summer of 2011 • A Central Montco Technical High School Professional Development Program by Steve Bross and Fred McCarthy, Visual Communications Instructors Career Tech Vision 2012 - Association for Career and Technical Education, Fall 2012 Founded in 1926, the Association for Career and Technical Education is the largest national education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. Twentieth Annual Conference on Integrated Learning, "How To Be Awesome”Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel - November 18 - 21, 2014 • This conference is designed to share successful strategies that increase the academic and career and technical success for all students.
Education: • Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Master’s Degree in Career & Technical Education, 2010 • Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, Ohio - Bachelor of Fine Arts, Visual Communications, 1996 • Bucks County Community College - Associates Degree – Visual Communications, 1993 Professional Career: • Creative Promotion Partners (Sr. Art Director) Princeton, NJ - 3/02 - 3/03 • Beach Advertising (Sr. Art Director), Philadelphia, PA, - 7/01 - 3/02 • Cross Current Corporation (Sr. Art Director), Lambertville, NJ - 3/00 - 6/01 • Dudnyk Advertising (Art Director), Horsham, PA - 5/96 - 3/00
I started with this statement because; I truly feel that the professional development, in my school, has never really gotten to the level that I would have expected. The one thing that sets me apart from a teacher that has been around for more than 10 years, is that; I have never stopped my own professional development. I mean, if all this works out, in the end, people might actually have to call me Dr. Bross… Scary I know. But, when I look around the school, I see a lot of teachers out of the loop and just using the same teaching techniques they have grown comfortable with. I often questioned, what is our professional development plan? Is there a plan or is it just keeping up with state requirements as far paperwork. I believe my school makes plans for putting the ideas they have in place; I just don’t ever really feel it gets off the ground.