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Deadline Extended for the Call for Presentations for Achieving Excellence in CTE: The National Career Clusters Institute

February 12th, 2014

This is a reminder that the Call for Presentations is NOW OPEN for Achieving Excellence in Career Technical Education: The National Career Clusters® Institute.

We are looking for sessions that feature high-quality programs of study, with proven track records of success; offer strategies for successful collaboration, implementation and innovation at the classroom, district or system level; and/or provide opportunities for participants to engage in interactive and hands-on learning activities.

CTE_Logo_RGBMORE DETAILS
  • Where: Point Hilton Tapatio Cliffs, Phoenix, AZ
  • When: June 16-18, 2014
  • Registration is slated to go live mid-February.
  • Watch for details on our website at www.careertech.org.
Proposal Deadline has been extended
Proposals will be accepted through February 28, 2014. Speakers will be notified of status early March, 2014.
Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

Calling all Presenters for Achieving Excellence in Career Technical Education: The National Career Clusters Institute

January 16th, 2014

CTE_Logo_RGBCalling all Presenters!

The Call for Presentations is NOW OPEN for Achieving Excellence in Career Technical Education: The National Career Clusters Institute.

We are looking for sessions that feature high-quality programs of study, with proven track records of success; offer strategies for successful collaboration, implementation and innovation at the classroom, district or system level; and/or provide opportunities for participants to engage in interactive and hands-on learning activities.

MORE DETAILS
  • Where: Point Hilton Tapatio Cliffs, Phoenix, AZ
  • When: June 16-18, 2014
  • Registration is slated to go live mid-February.
  • Watch for details on our website at www.careertech.org.
Proposal Deadlines
Proposals will be accepted through February 21, 2014. Speakers will be notified of status early March, 2014.
Submit your proposal now!
Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

Call for Presentations NOW OPEN for Achieving Excellence in Career Technical Education: The National Career Clusters Institute

December 23rd, 2013

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The Call for Presentations is NOW OPEN for Achieving Excellence in Career Technical Education: The National Career Clusters® Institute.

We are looking for sessions that feature high-quality programs of study, with proven track records of success; offer strategies for successful collaboration, implementation and innovation at the classroom, district or system level; and/or provide opportunities for participants to engage in interactive and hands-on learning activities.

MORE DETAILS
  • Where: Point Hilton Tapatio Cliffs, Phoenix, AZ
  • When: June 16-18, 2014
  • Registration is slated to go live mid-February.
  • Watch for details on our website at www.careertech.org.
Proposal Deadlines
Proposals will be accepted through February 21, 2014. Speakers will be notified of status early March, 2014.
Submit your proposal now!
Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

Summer CTE Camps Abound Across America

August 2nd, 2013

PrintAll across the U.S., exciting opportunities are happening for students in Career Technical Education (CTE) programs that represent a host of Career Clusters®. Here is a sampling of these programs:

  • Summer Architecture Workshops at Cerritos College in Long Beach, CA (report by Josh Dulaney)
  • Renewable Energy Summer Camp at the Career and Technical Education Center in Alamance County, NC (report by Isaac Groves )
  • Operation Catapult Program at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terra Haute Campus, IN (report by Lisa Trigg)
  • Summer Career Connections Camp at the Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES, NY (report by Kelsey Durham)
  • Student Introduction to Engineering hosted by the University of Alabama’s College of Engineering, AL (report by Ed Enoch)
  • Green STEM Camp hosted by  Montgomery County Community College, PA (report by  Tri County Record)
  • STEM summer camps sponsored by Utica Community Schools, the city of Sterling Heights and Macomb Community College, MI (report by Ross Raybin ) to students Kindergarten through ninth grade
  • Modern Manufacturing Technology Summer Camp hosted by STIHL, Inc. in Virginia Beach, VA (report by Catherine Rogers )
  • HealthScience and Technology Academy summer institute on the campus of Marshall University, WV (report by Clark Davis )

In addition to offering students a chance to explore a career interest and receive hands-on learning, these programs receive support from their communities, business and industry, and other stakeholders who see the value in CTE as a way to offer student success, leading to a rewarding career.

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

Resources Now Available for Advanced Placement® Across the Career Clusters® Webinar July 25 Broadcast

July 26th, 2013

Resources are now available for the July 25 webinar: Advanced Placement® Across the Career Clusters®.

PrintTraditionally Advanced Placement® (AP) courses and exams have not been recommended for students in Career Technical Education (CTE) programs. To bust this myth, NASDCTEc and the College Board worked together to draft a document – Career and Technical Education and Advanced Placement – that shows how AP courses and exams can be relevant to a student’s program of study across the 16 Career Clusters®.

This webinar featured that work, explored how AP courses and exams are being embedded in students’ programs of study at the local level, and engaged participants around additional strategies for including AP courses and other rigorous courses within CTE Career Pathways.

When:  Thursday July 25 at 3 p.m. ET and featured the following speakers:

  •  Kate Blosveren, Associate Executive Director, The National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc)
  • Barbara Dittrich, Program Supervisor, Advanced Placement, Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Tom Evans, Principal, Eastern Technical High School, Baltimore County, Maryland
  • Betty Klattenhoff, CTE Director, Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Wanda Monthey, Senior Director, Career Readiness and CTE, The College Board

Webinar Recording

Power Point of webinar in PDF format

Accompanying brief Career and Technical Education and Advanced Placement

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

NASDCTEc Introduces On-Demand Webinar Series

July 24th, 2013

NASDCTEc is excited to introduce a new series: On-Demand Webinars!

CTE_LogoWhether you are new to Career Technical Education or want to brush up on a topic of interest, NASDCTEc’s new on-demand resources are a succinct introduction to relevant and timely issues, projects and resources. These new resources are being provided as on-demand webinars, where NASDCTEc experts guide you through a topic and link you to other valuable resources. The best thing – you can access these when and where you want! To kick off this new series, we are starting with two high-interest and timely topics:

GREAT NEWS FOR NASDCTEc MEMBERS: The Power Points and accompanying scripts for the above two On-Demand webinars are available now for your convenience. Look for the green Members tab on the home page at www.careertech.org. All you need to do is log in using your member username and password!

PrintOver the coming months, we’ll be adding more on-demand webinars to build a robust, virtual library. These on-demand resources might be a good introduction for you, your staff, key stakeholders, or even media. Consider using them in presentations or professional development. If you like these resources and have other topics you’d like us to cover, please submit your recommendations.

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

Career Clusters® Institute Series: Online Resources are Rich in Content

June 27th, 2013

The 2013 National Career Clusters® Institute was held June 10-12 in Fort Worth Texas, and resources are now available on our Web site Institute resources page. Primarily Power Points and handouts, the resources highlight the presenters’ sessions. There are many resources available for viewing.

Several resources were provided by one of our presenters Gregg Christensen, Entrepreneurship and Career Education Specialist at the Nebraska Department of Education. Nebraska’s State Director is Rich Katt, who is leading several innovative initiatives in Nebraska, including the development and growth of collaboration programs such as the ones described below in Gregg’s session.

Gregg’s session includes links to some of his resources, giving you examples of the rich content available on our resources page.Print

Session: Building Strategic Alliances with Business/Industry, Workforce Development and Economic Development

Bringing together key partners to achieve buy-in, support and advocacy for important Career Technical Education initiatives and projects has never been more crucial.  But, there must be a win-win dynamic in place and their investment of time, energy and resources must be respected at every stage.  This session will share best practices for building strategic alliances with diverse groups.  Participants will review examples and outcomes of collaborative work that has taken place in Nebraska including the Nebraska Standards for Career Ready Practice, Career Readiness Modules, Professional Development Modules, H3 Website, Preparation for Tomorrow Food and Nutritional Sciences project and others.

Gregg highlighted the Nebraska Career Education Web site, and shared the resource Nebraska Workforce System Model, showing partnership groups. Gregg shared these resources and several others from this session; they are available on our resources page.

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

 

 

Career Clusters® Institute Series: Resources Now Available

June 21st, 2013

The 2013 National Career Clusters® Institute was held June 10-12 in Fort Worth Texas, and resources are now available on our Web site Institute resources page. These are primarily Power Points, provided by our presenters.Print

Several presenters also blogged about their sessions prior to the Institute. To find these blog posts, go to http://blog.careertech.org/ and search under Career Clusters® Institute Series. Following is a blog (with the Power Point found on our Web site Institute resources page) for the breakout session Rigorous and Relevant Technical Writing in the High School by Carol Larkin, Instructor, Mentor Public Schools/Lake Shore Compact, Lyndhurst, Ohio:

Blog: Rigorous and Relevant Technical Writing in the Career and Academic Classroom

The Art of Writing is more than telling stories and responding to literature; it is the gymnastics of the mind on paper. Writing fires synapses, pumps ions, and speeds neurons along their path. Writing puts our thoughts and vision into something that a wide range of audience can comprehend. The Common Core State Standards has untethered writing from the English department and sent it across the curriculum. Writing now takes on the role of a real world application for our students. How do we integrate this real world writing into our Technology courses? Through an understanding of technical writing—its style, function and form—and technical writing projects! Why should technical writing be integrated into both academic and technical courses?

  • Engages students in critical thinking and writing
  • Prepares your students for college level writing
  • Makes writing real and relevant to the student

The foundation of technical writing begins in English class with the study of form, style and function; while students apply what they learned about writing in their technical classes. As an Applied English teacher, I work with the technology instructors. We plan projects that require trip reports, progress reports, research, flyers, brochures, instruction manuals, presentations and much more. Our program has existed for over 15 years. On a yearly basis less than five percent of our students need writing remediation upon entering college. This session provides you with three critical components to create rigorous writing assignments:

  • Knowledge of how technical writing differs from academic writing
  • Structure for the Academic and Tech teachers to create rigorous writing assignments
  • Real time projects combining technical class work with Language Arts writing.

Please join us for some “Take It With You Ideas” for your program.

Take advantage of the Power Point and blog resources available at www.careertech.org and learn more about the work of these outstanding presenters.

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

Career Clusters® Institute Blog Series: Business and Industry Partnerships: The Key to High-Quality CTE

June 9th, 2013

This blog series provides readers with insight on the valuable content that is being shared at the Career Clusters ® Institute. Guest bloggers are among teachers, faculty, researchers and other experts that will present at the national gathering in Fort Worth, TX in June. Today’s guest blogger is Sherilyn Lau, Perkins Administrator at the Hawaii Department of Education.

In this session, you’ll learn how to engage business and industry so that they are central to your program improvement efforts and ambassadors for your program.  You will also participate in a problem-based scenario similar to what students experience in the statewide performance-based assessment event.

Key Ingredients for High-Quality CTE Programs

Standards that reflect what business and industry wants; not textbook content

  • Learn how Hawaii’s statewide Pathway Advisory Councils are instrumental to the development of CTE course standards

ŸAssessments that measure student mastery of the standards

  • Learn how Hawaii uses written and performance-based assessments to measure student mastery of the standards

ŸSystemic program improvement supported by business and industry

  • Learn how the statewide performance-based assessment showcases CTE students and  generates advocacy from the business and industry community

Ms. Lau and Mrs. Barbara White will present at this session on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 from 8:45 – 9:45 am.

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

Career Clusters® Institute Blog Series: Career Guidance: Everyone Has a Role to Play

June 9th, 2013

This blog series provides readers with insight on the valuable content that is being shared at the Career Clusters ® Institute. Guest bloggers are among teachers, faculty, researchers and other experts that will present at the national gathering in Fort Worth, TX in June. Today’s guest blogger is Ms. Margaret “Meg” Smith, an Education Administrator at the Alabama Department of Education.

Alabama is moving forward in the area of career development.  It has become a focus for our state’s college and career ready activities. Across the state and the nation, college completion has become a larger issue as more students drop out within their first year. When asked why they dropped out, students answered:  “I just did not fit in,” “I don’t really know why I was there,” “I really did not like my classes,” or “I am not sure what I want to do.”

A student who has an understanding of self, the reasons for taking a series of courses, and a plan for the future will have greater opportunities.  They will have a clearer understanding of the knowledge and skills needed to prepare for a career field that is right for them. Career development is critical to ensuring students’ future success.

School counselors in Alabama cannot do it all. The counselor-to-student ratio at both the middle and high school levels is very high, and counselors cover a range of responsibilities. As a result, they may not see students more than two or three times a year, while a teacher sees a student every day. Alabama is working to provide both counselors and teachers with tools to help them help students.

Ms. Smith’s session will outline how Alabama is developing guidance activities for grades K-12 and how the same strategies may be used in other states. For more information, visit www.alcareerinfo.org.

This session is scheduled for Tuesday, June 11, 2013 from 8:45 – 9:45 am.

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

 

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