This Week in CTE

October 23rd, 2015

TWEET OF THE WEEK

WEBINAR(S) OF THE WEEK

THE EMPLOYABILITY CHALLENGE: Better Outcomes for Students, Employers, and Institutions
Wednesday, November 4th, 1 – 2 p.m. ET
More and more postsecondary institutions are being tasked with not only providing academically rigorous programs, but also integrating career preparedness opportunities into their student’s education. Learn how both education and business are working together to provide students with the tools they need to succeed in the workplace.
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Ability to Benefit
Monday, November 9, 3 – 4 p.m. ET
Staff from the U.S. Department of Education will provide guidance on the partially restored Ability to Benefit provision of the Higher Education Act, which allows students who do not have a high school diploma but who are enrolled in a career pathway program to apply for financial aid.
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Innovative Teaching and Transportation Industry Partnerships
Thursday, November 12, 3:15-4:30 p.m. ET
This webinar features teachers, administrators and industry partners who will provide insights and examples of innovative programs and teaching models when delivering transportation related curricula for high school students.
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RESOURCE OF THE WEEK

October is Connected Educator Month where educators and education stakeholders take part in professional development opportunities, and the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education is hosting a variety of engagement opportunities from twitter chats to panels.
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NASDCTEc RESOURCE OF THE WEEK

On Monday, October 26, NASDCTEc is launching the third round of Excellence in Action awards recognizing high quality and innovative programs of study in each Career Cluster. Learn more about 2014 and 2015 award winners.

Katie Fitzgerald, Communications Associate

This Week in CTE

October 16th, 2015

TWEET OF THE WEEK

ARTICLE OF THE WEEK

Wyoming Department of Education Turns Focus to Career Readiness
The Wyoming Department of Education recently launched the Wyoming Career Readiness Council to work with local businesses and colleges to develop a strategic plan around career readiness. The plan will be based on recommendations outlined in the report from Council of Chief State School Officers, Opportunities and Options: Making Career Preparation Work for Students.”
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RESOURCE OF THE WEEK

USA Funds is a new program that provides funding to four projects spanning 12 states determining the return on investment of higher education for a variety of stakeholders including students, parents, policymakers and postsecondary institutions.
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VISUAL OF THE WEEK

New America has released a variety of visual tools to help explain education in the United States. One of these maps delves into the geographic reach, economic impact and political activities in higher education.
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Katie Fitzgerald, Communications Associate 

This Week in CTE: Arne Duncan Resigns in December

October 2nd, 2015

TWEET OF THE WEEK

ARTICLE OF THE WEEK

Assistant Superintendent says CTE is Vital for State’s Future
West Virginia’s simulated workplace program has gained international attention for providing students with real-world experiences enhancing what their learning in the classroom. Kathy D’Antoni, assistant state superintendent of schools for the Division of Technical and Adult Education Services says CTE and this type of program is necessary to prepare students to for lifelong careers in West Virginia.
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RESOURCE OF THE WEEK

Southern Regional Education Board is offering 150 teacher training grants for high school teachers and technical centers to better prepare high school students for postsecondary education and careers. Contact advancedcareer@sreb.org for more information.

MEDIA OF THE WEEK

American Graduate Day is on Saturday, October 3, and the live seven-hour broadcast will focus on the people and organizations that keep students on track to graduate. Journalists, thought leaders and celebrities will raise awareness around such topics as college and career readiness, caring consistent adults, dropout prevention, and STEAM.
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Katie Fitzgerald, Communications Associate 

This Week in CTE

September 25th, 2015

TWEET OF THE WEEK

WEBINAR OF THE WEEK
The Alliance for Excellent Education and Asia Society are hosting a webinar, Raising the Bar for the Quality of Career Preparation Pathways: Apprenticeships on October 2 from 1 – 2 p.m. EDT. Panelists will focus on the success of the Swiss apprenticeship program and how the U.S. education system can integrate some aspects of the Swiss program.
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RESOURCE OF THE WEEK
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce launched a new website this week where the business community can learn more about college and career ready standards. Achieving Tomorrow is complete with, videos, op-eds from chamber leaders, resources and a map with state assessment information, college completion rates and skills gap projects.
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Katie Fitzgerald, Communications Associate

This Week in CTE

September 18th, 2015

TWEET OF THE WEEK

ARTICLE OF THE WEEK

The Council of State Governments September/October issue of Capitol Ideas magazine focuses on Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) with an article specifically on how Career Technical Education intersects with STEM.
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WEBINAR OF THE WEEK

NASDCTEc in partnership with the Appalachia Regional Comprehensive Center are hosting a webinar,. Reshaping Tennessee’s Work-based Learning on Thursday, October 15. The webinar will explore how Tennesee is reshaping work based learning to create a rigorous and relevant experience for all students.
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REPORT OF THE WEEK

Don’t Quit on Me, a report released by America’s Promise Alliance, explores how the role of relationships in a student’s life impacts their chances of graduating high school.
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AWARD OF THE WEEK

The Alliance for Excellent Education opened applications for their Excellence and Innovation In Secondary Schools award. The awards will identify exemplary high schools and/or districts that are improving outcomes for undeserved students.
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Katie Fitzgerald, Communications Associate 

This Week in CTE: President Obama Announces Apprenticeship Program

September 11th, 2015

TWEET OF THE WEEK

RESOURCE OF THE WEEK

Association for Career and Technical Education released a two-page brief describing the different types of credentials including who they are awarded by, what the credential indicates, and examples of each type.
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EVENT OF THE WEEK

National Tech Ag Day is hosting a live webcast on September 24 from 1:45 0 4:00 p.m. EDT where the American Farm Bureau Federation Office will host panels, national and state education leaders, agriculture teachers and more.
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ARTICLE OF THE WEEK

President Obama visited Michigan Technical Education Center in Michigan this week to announce a $175 million Labor Department program that will create 34,000 apprenticeships around the country.
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Katie Fitzgerald, Communications Associate 

This Week in CTE

September 4th, 2015

TWEET OF THE WEEK

ARTICLE OF THE WEEK

Why We Desperately need to Bring Back Vocational Training in Schools
While the four-year college system is failing many students, career technical education programs are being cut across the country leaving high school graduates with few skills and fewer job opportunities.
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VIDEO OF THE WEEK

NCCER and Build Your Future have partnered to create the I BUILT THIS video contest for professionals and instructors to highlight their construction projects and designs. Submit by October 18!
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RESOURCE OF THE WEEK

The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation announced it’s CTE program, ProStart, which teaches culinary arts and restaurant management, is now available throughout the United States.
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Katie Fitzgerald, Communications Associate 

National Council for Agricultural Education Releases Revised Content Standards

September 3rd, 2015

For the past 32 years, the National Council for Agricultural Education (The Council) has provided leadership for stakeholders in agriculture, food, fiber and natural resources systems education. As part of its goal of to stimulate positive growth in agricultural education, The Council recently completed a review and revision of the agriculture, food and natural resources (AFNR) Career Cluster Content Standards.

The AFNR Career Cluster Content Standards originally were developed as part of the 2003 U.S. Department of Education (USDE) Career Clusters Project. Last revised in 2009, the new version of the standards have a number of advancements, with the revision focused on ensuring that they:

  • Reflect essential and up-to-date knowledge and skills that students need to be ready for early-career success in a variety of AFNR disciplines;
  • Provide a sound basis upon which to design AFNR related Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses; and
  • Provide a sound basis for developing end of course/program assessments to measure students’ attainment of essential disciplinary knowledge and skills.

Another goal of this revision project was to identify strategies for encouraging greater adoption and use at the state and local level. One way we did this was by partnering with NASDCTEc to fully align our work to the Common Career Technical Core (CCTC) Career Ready Practices and the AFNR Career Cluster standards to encourage State Directors of CTE to see them as a viable resource to build courses in the AFNR cluster and assess performance, as well as to help agricultural educators better demonstrate how their students perform within the CCTC. Prior to the 2015 revision, the correlation and alignment between this standards set and the AFNR CCTC had been vague. The standards were also cross-walked to several other key frameworks including the Next Generation Science Standards, the Common Core Standards, and the National Standards for Financial Literacy.

The AFNR Career Cluster Content Standards provide state agricultural education leaders and educators with a high-quality, rigorous set of standards to guide what students should know and be able to do after completing a program of study in each of the eight AFNR career pathways.

State leaders and local educators are encouraged to use the standards as a guide for the development of well-planned curriculum and assessments for AFNR-related CTE programs. These standards are intended to help shape the design of all components of an agricultural education program including:

  • Classroom and laboratory instruction.
  • Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) experiences through organizations such as the National FFA Organization and the Post-Secondary Agriculture Students Organization (PAS).
  • Work-based learning experiences such as Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) Programs and internships.

Just as agriculture varies throughout our nation and around the world, so will our agricultural education programs. While adoption and use of these standards is voluntary, states and local entities are encouraged to adapt the standards to meet local needs. States should explore these standards in conjunction with state and local advisory committees to determine what is most relevant and appropriate for their students in providing that all-important link between the school and the business community.

The AFNR industry is a highly technical and ever-changing sector of the global economy upon which everyone is dependent. We will continue to meet national and global demand for a safe and abundant food, fiber and fuel supply only if we invest in the growth and development of the human capital for the AFNR industry. Strong, relevant AFNR CTE programs that are informed by industry and education stakeholders are one way we can meet workforce needs now and in the future.

For further information professionals are asked to consult the standards documents online at https://www.ffa.org/thecouncil/afnr or by contacting The Council directly at 317-753-3319 or mhoneycutt@ffa.org.

This post was contributed by Mike Honeycutt, Managing Director, National Council for Agricultural Education. 

This Week in CTE

August 28th, 2015

TWEET OF THE WEEK

ARTICLE OF THE WEEK
25 Ways to Strengthen Workforce Education
A California Community College task force comprised of representatives from community colleges, businesses, labor groups and public agencies, has released 25 recommendations to strengthen workforce education and close the skills gap in the state.
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VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Hawaii high school students created videos around the prompt, “What does CTE mean to you?” Check out the top three finalists in the video contest.
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RESOURCE OF THE WEEK
National Skills Coalition launched the first ever scan of sector partnership policies in all 50 states. The study found that 21 states have specific policies to support local sector partnerships. See how your state measures up.
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Katie Fitzgerald, Communications Associate 

This Week in CTE

August 21st, 2015

TWEET OF THE WEEK

ARTICLE OF THE WEEK

NJ County Vocational-Technical Schools Lead Newsweek’s ‘America’s Top High Schools’ List
Newsweek’s 2015 “America’s Top High Schools” list, six of the top ten schools are New Jersey county vocational-technical schools one of which is a 2015 Excellence in Action award winner. In all, 15 New Jersey vocational-technical schools are included in the top 150 (out of 500) high schools speaking to the high caliber of CTE in the state.
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REPORT OF THE WEEK

Despite the increasing demands placed on professionals in the education sectors whether in public education, government agencies, foundations or nonprofits to manage the K-12 education system, professional development opportunities are consistently left on the backburner. EdFuel released a report, Hidden in Plain Sight: Tomorrow Education Leaders Already Work for You, diving into the benefits and necessity of training and educating education leaders.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE WEEK

While women represent 50 percent of the labor force, only 25 percent of the manufacturing workforce are women. To celebrate and promote women in this sector, the STEP Ahead Awards program by the Manufacturing Institute launched the Women in Manufacturing award recognizing women at all levels of the industry. Nominate someone you know today!

Katie Fitzgerald, Communications Associate

 

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