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Career Clusters® Institute Blog Series: Become a Career Advising Idol

May 3rd, 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 we are sharing an Institute Pre Session. Attendees can register for a Pre Session and attend the Sunday or Monday before the Institute begins. There is a nominal fee to attend these sessions and registration can be made in addition to general registration online. There are several topics to choose from.Print

Highlighted Pre Session: Become a Career Advising Idol  

Make colleagues idolize your commitment to excellence and clients worship the guidance you give, simply by engaging in professional development that focuses on career advising. No matter your occupation or intended level of understanding career guidance, Kuder, Inc. will help you quickly grow with flexible online training.

By attending this session, you’ll learn about Kuder’s new Career Advisor Training program that offers three course options to fit the schedules of busy professionals. The program covers the 12 core competencies of career development, which are also used by the National Career Development Association (NCDA) and Kuder® Career Development Facilitator Training™ curriculum, in a fast-paced, condensed format requiring an investment of only 10, 30, or 40 course hours. This signature training program lays the foundation for supporting and guiding students and adults in making informed career decisions throughout their lifetimes.KuderAnniv

Fee: This is a seminar; there are no fees to attend.

When: June 9, 2013

Time: June 9, 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Already registered? You can add a Pre Session even if you’ve already registered. If you have questions, please send them to institute@careertech.org and we will be happy to add a Pre Session to your registration.

The National Career Clusters® Institute is June 9-12 at the Omni Fort Worth, 1300 Houston Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102

More information about the National Career Clusters® Institute

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

Career Clusters® Institute Blog Series: Lessons Learned in Seven States

May 2nd, 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 we are sharing an Institute Pre Session. Attendees can register for a Pre Session and attend the Sunday or Monday before the Institute begins. There is a nominal fee to attend these sessions and registration can be made in addition to general registration online. There are several topics to choose from.Print

Highlighted Pre Session: Lessons Learned in Seven States  

Recent state-wide evaluations were completed of school counseling programs in six states. Results showed that when more fully implemented programs and practices were in place, student results showed significantly higher achievement on NCLB and Perkins accountability measures. School guidance and counseling programs do make a difference! This pre session will focus on evaluation results completed by the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Additionally, New Jersey implemented a pilot program for implementing Personalized Student Learning Plans (PSLPs) in 2009, and has learned many valuable lessons from participating schools. A PSLP is defined as a formalized plan and process that involves students setting learning goals based on personal, academic and career interests, beginning in the middle school grades and continuing throughout high school with the close support of adult mentors that include teachers, counselors and parents. New Jersey’s Personalized Student Learning Plan Pilot Program has focused on exploring meaningful, creative and flexible ways to personalize the learning environment for students in a variety of settings. Come learn about the successes and challenges in implementation of PSLP from the experiences of participating pilot schools and the results of an evaluation study completed by Rutgers University.

Presenters:

Ms. Marie Barry, Director, Office of Career and Technical Education, New Jersey Department of Education
Ms. Donna Hoffman, Nebraska Department of Education, School Guidance and Counseling Programs

Date: Sunday, June 9, 2013
Time: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Fee: $100

For more information, please Donna Hoffman at donna.hoffman@nebraska.gov

Already registered? You can add a Pre Session even if you’ve already registered. If you have questions, please send them to institute@careertech.org and we will be happy to add a Pre Session to your registration.

The National Career Clusters® Institute is June 9-12 at the Omni Fort Worth, 1300 Houston Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102

More information about the National Career Clusters® Institute

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

Career Clusters® Institute Blog Series: New Tools for Beginning CTE Teachers

May 2nd, 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 we are sharing an Institute Pre Session. Attendees can register for a Pre Session and attend the Sunday or Monday before the Institute begins. There is a nominal fee to attend these sessions and registration can be made in addition to general registration online. There are several topics to choose from.

Highlighted Pre Session New Tools for Beginning CTE TeachersPrint

CTE schools require industry experience of their teachers and in some cases, the tradeoff for that experience is limited preparation in teaching pedagogies. The culmination of the needs of the CTE community and current research have brought together university experts, researchers and NOCTI to produce several modules designed to provided new teachers with research based information about assessments, certifications and third party testing.

This pre-session will explain the evolution, the collaboration and walk participants through one of the 2 modules. This information could also be used as professional development information. Each participant completing this training session will be rewarded with $100.00 gift certificate for pre test use!

Presenters:

Dr. John C. Foster, john.foster@nocti.org

Amie Bloomfield amie.bloomfield@nocti.org

Time Slot: June 9, 2013 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Fees: $125 NOTE: on-site rate $150

Already registered? You can add a Pre Session even if you’ve already registered. If you have questions, please send them to institute@careertech.org and we will be happy to add a Pre Session to your registration.

The National Career Clusters® Institute is June 9-12 at the Omni Fort Worth, 1300 Houston Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102

More information about the National Career Clusters® Institute

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

Career Clusters® Institute Blog Series – CTEDDI: Instructional Improvement for Individual CTE Sites Now Available

May 2nd, 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 we are sharing an Institute Pre Session. Attendees can register for a Pre Session and attend the Sunday or Monday before the Institute begins. There is a nominal fee to attend these sessions and registration can be made in addition to general registration online. There are several topics to choose from.Print

Highlighted Pre Session CTEDDI: Instructional Improvement for Individual CTE Sites Now Available  

A new opportunity now exists to opt for CTEDDI professional development at a single CTE site! The CTEDDI (Career Technical Educators Using Data-Driven Improvement) model developed by NOCTI through the National Research Center for Career Technical Education (NRCCTE) is a research-based professional development program designed, piloted, and implemented to help administrators and CTE teachers use assessment data to improve programs and to target individual and group instructional needs in the secondary-level CTE classroom.

Previously available only on a statewide basis, now school participants can arm themselves with the tools to collect and analyze data and the skills necessary to develop an action plan to enhance instruction in areas in need of improvement.

Each participant completing this training session will be rewarded with $100 gift certificate for pretest use! Gain a great head start toward CTEDDI implementation.

Presenters: Dr. Sandra G. Pritz, sandypritz@aol.com and Dr. John C. Foster, john.foster@nocti.org

Pre session offered Monday, June 10 from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at the Omni Shoreham, site of the National Career Clusters® Institute.

Fee: $125; NOTE: On-site rate is $150.

Already registered? You can add a Pre Session even if you’ve already registered. If you have questions, please send them to institute@careertech.org and we will be happy to add a Pre Session to your registration.

The National Career Clusters® Institute is June 9-12 at the Omni Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX, Omni Fort Worth, 1300 Houston Street Fort Worth, TX 76102

More information about the National Career Clusters® Institute

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

Career Clusters® Institute Blog Series: Introduction to Career Clusters® and Pathways 101 Pre Session

April 30th, 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.Print

Today we are highlighting the Institute Pre Sessions. Attendees can register for a Pre Session and attend the Sunday or Monday before the Institute begins. There is a nominal fee to attend these sessions and registration can be made in addition to general registration online. There are several topics to choose from.

Highlighted Pre Session: Introduction to Career Clusters® and Pathways 101: Using the Updated Implementation Tool Kit

This is the starting place for all things Career Clusters® for first time attendees or for those who are looking for tools to take back to begin implementing Career Clusters® in your system, campus or school. This session is definitely for people that are new to Career Clusters® and are looking for a resource to use to teach others brand new as well.

Together, we will:

  • Explore the Career Clusters® Framework and key components
  • Define the benefits of utilizing Career Clusters®
  •  Discuss the core tenets of Career Cluster® implementation
  •  Map a strategy for implementing Career Clusters® in phases
  • Identify the tools and resources available

This workshop will help you connect all the parts and pieces related to CTE, Perkins, Programs of Study, technical skill assessment, career guidance, workforce development, industry partnership, certification, high school reform, and seamless transitions.

Use this pre-session to get the most out of your Career Clusters® Institute attendance.

Attendees will receive the new Career Clusters® Implementation Tool Kit, a $75 value.

Fee: $150

Time slot: Sunday, June 9, 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Already registered? You can add a Pre Session even if you’ve already registered. If you have questions, please send them to institute@careertech.org and we will be happy to add a Pre Session to your registration.

The National Career Clusters® Institute is June 9-12, 2013

Location: Omni Fort Worth, 1300 Houston Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102

More information about the National Career Clusters® Institute

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

Career Clusters® Institute Blog Series: The Creative Brain and Entrepreneurship Pre Session

April 30th, 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.Print

Today we are introducing the Institute Pre Sessions. Attendees can register for a Pre Session and attend the Sunday or Monday before the Institute begins. There is a nominal fee to attend these sessions and registration can be made in addition to general registration online. There are several topics to choose from.

Highlighted Pre Session: The Creative Brain and Entrepreneurship

This interactive pre session explores teaching entrepreneurship and the creative brain. The focus will be on mindsets and how to teach to inventive thinking. Participants will receive a book entitled “Developing an Understanding of How We Learn,” which was written by Dr. Carol Folbre and Sandy Mittelsteadt. Everyone will leave with sample project-based activities, both individual and group, for their classroom.

Presenters:
Sandy Mittelsteadt: sandra.mittelsteadt@gmail.com
Dr. Carol Folbre: carol.folbre@gmail.com

Fee: $130
Time slot: Sunday, June 9 from 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

For more information, please contact Sandy Mittelsteadt at sandra.mittelsteadt@gmail.com.

Already registered? You can add a Pre Session even if you’ve already registered. If you have questions, please send them to institute@careertech.org and we will be happy to add a Pre Session to your registration.

The National Career Clusters® Institute is June 9-12, 2013

Location: Omni Fort Worth, 1300 Houston Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102

More information about the National Career Clusters® Institute

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

Mosquero Municipal Schools Dedicates new Media Center

April 5th, 2013

Mosquero Municipal Schools will be holding a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony April 7 to announce their new Media Center. The school district serves a rural and sparsely populated area in Harding County, New Mexico.

Mosquero schools stand as a testament to small rural schools overcoming capacity issues to reinvent their education system, with the visionary leadership of parents, current and past school board members, educators, city council members, and long-time community residents. In a guide for school leaders, “Redesigning the High School Experience for College and Career Readiness,” a publication jointly produced by the National Career Technical Education Foundation (NCTEF) and Microsoft Corporation’s U.S. Partners in Learning, the story of Mosquero’s success is showcased, sharing how this school created a different kind of learning experience using innovative initiatives.

With the goal of “Fostering an Entrepreneurial Spirit in Arts, Audio/Visual Technology and Communications,” Mosquero developed a Digital Media Entrepreneur Curriculum, a unique program that uses best practices for encouraging 21st century skill development with a focus on transferrable, rather than occupation skills, keeping the program relevant to a broad base of students. This program uses the Career Clusters® Framework as a model.

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

Announcing the 2013 National Career Clusters™ Institute Call for Presentations

November 14th, 2012

The National Career Technical Education Foundation (NCTEF) is currently accepting presentations for the 2013 National Career Clusters™ Institute. We are looking for Institute sessions that promote the use of Career Clusters™ to drive collaboration and innovation in state and local education and workforce systems. The 2013 Institute theme is Career Clusters™: Achieving Excellence

Presenter candidates, our participants are looking for:
• Specific how-to, replicable advice that goes beyond awareness of Career Clusters™ to specific implementation strategies;
• Interactive sessions which engage the attendee and provide collaborative discussion and/or hands-on activities; and
• Sharing of best practices and awesome take-aways!

How to Submit:

Simply go online to access and complete a submission form. All presentations must be received by December 13, 2012 by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. NCTEF looks forward to reading your submissions. Notification e-mails will be sent December 18, 2012. The National Career Clusters™ Institute will be in Fort Worth, TX at the Omni Fort Worth June 10-12, 2013. Aimed toward providing a venue for sharing of effective practices, ideas, and research, the Institute is designed to increase student success and ensure our nation’s economic growth and security.

General registration is slated to go live mid-January 2013.

Learn more about Career Clusters™
Printable Call for Presentations announcement

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

Pilot Project on Improving Data Exchange Between Industry Certification Organizations and State Education and Workforce Longitudinal Data Systems

October 31st, 2012

NASDCTEc is serving on the advisory committee, led by ACTE and collaboration of national and state partners, to support a project that expands and improves data exchange between industry certification organizations and state longitudinal data systems.

 The project is based on a multi-year roadmap for the development of a national data exchange clearinghouse that will allow states and educational institutions to gain access to data on industry-recognized certifications earned by students.

The clearinghouse could serve as an excellent resource to inform the decisions associated with programming, teaching and learning within CTE and provide a crucial missing link in the pursuit of quality data reflecting student performance of CTE programs.

Over the next year, in addition to a focus on raising awareness of the need for improving data exchange a pilot project will be conducted between states and industry partners on how data can be effectively and securely exchanged and used for the benefit of all parties. Current industry partners include CompTIA and The Manufacturing Institute (an affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers, or NAM).

The Department of Education is also interested in the development and outcome of this project. Industry certifications and licensure are a growing part of the expected outcomes of career and technical education (CTE) programs, and the Department is interested in the identification of solutions to the issues surrounding state collection of valid and reliable data.

This pilot project is based on a recent Illinois and CompTIA project that demonstrated the feasibility of linking state and certification data, and states are currently being recruited to participate.

To find out more about the project or to submit a state application to participate in the pilot project please go to the web page to view the documents and information or contact Alisha Hyslop at ACTE.

 

Dean Folkers, Deputy Executive Director

 

NASDCTEc releases Request for Proposal

October 26th, 2012

The National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) is issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) to identify a contractor to conduct an alignment study to compare the Common Career Technical Core (CCTC) against state Career Technical Education (CTE) standards.

The CCTC, released in June 2012, includes a set of standards for each of the 16 Career ClustersTM and supporting career pathways, a comprehensive collection of industry-validated expectations of what students should know and be able to do after completing instruction in a program of study. The CCTC also includes an overarching set of Career Ready Practices that apply to all 16 Career Clusters™. The Career Ready Practices include 12 statements that address the knowledge, skills and dispositions that are important to becoming career ready.

To help states facilitate the adoption and implementation of the CCTC, the NASDCTEc Board of Directors has called for a comparable, uniform evaluation of current state and territory standards against the CCTC. The purpose of the alignment study is two-fold. First, to provide feedback to individual states and territories about alignment to inform the development of an adoption plan and an implementation plan. Second, to provide a broad understanding of the needs of states and territories in adopting and implementing the CCTC so that NASDCTEc can develop targeted technical assistance and resources. NASDCTEc also anticipates that the results of this study could contribute to the development of assessments in the future.

NASDCTEc plans to publicly release the results of the full gap analysis in October 2013 during the fall membership meeting. NASDCTEc plans to share each individual state or territory report with the respective CTE State Director by August 31, 2013, prior to the public release.

The RFP and Budget Template can be found online at: http://www.careertech.org/career-technical-education/cctc/cctcrfp.html.

 

Dean Folkers, Deputy Executive Director

 

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