January 23, 2017

“HowieDoing”: GCIT HVACR instructor presents at national CTE conference

GCITs Mark Howie at the 2016 ACTE Vision Conference

GCITs Mark Howie at the 2016 ACTE Vision Conference

Mark Howie, Gloucester County Institute of Technology’s (GCIT) teacher of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR), was among the educators selected to present at the Association for Career and Technical Education’s (ACTE) Career Tech Vision 2016 Conference.

Howie accepted the opportunity to represent GCIT and other vocational technical instructors from throughout the country to spread his innovative blended teaching style to a national audience.

Howie’s students call the blending of the “old school” and 21st century teaching methodologies the “HowieDoing” method.

His methods consist of a station-based rotational learning and cycling students through multiple projects until they master each station.

“Spiraling the curriculum at a quicker pace than usual has made the classroom exciting and now the students learn in the the same way they are used to receiving information through today’s technology.  Repetition is built in for unlocking the student’s success,” Howie explained.

“It’s too good an idea not to share with others, and it was the realization of a dream come true to present these methods at a national level,” he said.  “It is adaptable and convertible for almost every educational environment”

“HowieDoing” has attracted interest at the district, state and now a national level.

ACTE’s Vision Conference is the premier annual gathering of CTE professionals, providing an exciting, educational, informative and inspirational agenda packed with CTE sessions, expo show and career pavilion, awards and recognition, and networking opportunities.

To learn more about ACTE, visit www.careertechvision.com.