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Recording of Webinar 1 of 4 on Programs of Study for Sept 2 is now available

September 4th, 2009

Webinar 1 of 4 in the Programs of Study Webinar Series, Everything You Are Afraid to Ask (But Should Know) about Programs of Study aired September 2, and featured Glenn Cummings, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Office of Vocational and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education. He shared the U.S. Department of Education’s view and vision for programs of study in meeting the Administration’s goals. Other call speakers included Corinne Alfeld, AED National Institute for Work and Learning; Steve Klein, MPR Associates, Jim Schoelkopf, MPR Associates, and Kimberly Green, Executive Director, NASDCTEc. Access the recording now.

New Teacher Project Releases Race To The Top Resource

August 27th, 2009

The New Teacher Project, a national non-profit, released a brief last week that could serve as a tremendous resource for states applying for Race to the Top funding and for education leaders and policymakers pursuing reform.

The brief, Interpreting “Race to the Top”: TNTP Summary & Analysis of USDE Draft Guidelines, includes a summary of the Race to the Top application and selection criteria, an analysis of each of the four Race to the Top assurances (standards/assessments, data systems, effective teachers and leaders, and struggling schools), and a preliminary analysis of each state’s current competitiveness for funding, given its existing policy framework.

Washington Public Policy webinar

July 23rd, 2009

NASDCTEc hosted Washington Update from Your NASDCTEc Public Policy Team, a webinar which outlined the action happening on Capitol Hill and in the Obama Administration:

  • Votes are occurring on appropriations bills in both the House and Senate this month;
  • The Employment and Training Administration Assistant Secretary is in place and is testifying about the reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act;
  • Congress is turning President Obama’s community college proposal into legislation; and
  • A new OVAE Assistant Secretary has been nominated by the President.

If you missed it, don’t worry! You can access an archived version of the webinar at: Download the PowerPoint slides here.

Green Jobs Advocacy Tool

July 20th, 2009

As we all know, green jobs are a hot topic in the media and on Capitol Hill.  Check out “Green Jobs and CTE”, a leave behind that we will use to inform legislators and their staff on the Hill about the link between CTE and green.  You can access it here.

This leave behind looks at the possible definitions of a green job, links green jobs to economic growth, and outlines the ways in which CTE programs prepare students to compete in the green economy.  Please feel free to use this document to inform policymakers and legislators in your state about the benefits of CTE!

CTE: Education for a Strong Economy

June 26th, 2009

We collaborated with ACTE to produce “CTE: Education for a Strong Economy,” a leave behind that we will use to inform legislators and their staff on the Hill about the benefits of CTE and how CTE can help build and sustain our economy.  You can access it here.

It begins with a brief overview of the beginnings of CTE and how the 2006 reauthorization changed the landscape of CTE.  It then delves into the benefits of CTE – both for students and for the economy.  These include dropout prevention, better career prospects, preparation for 21st century careers, and helping the unemployed.   Please feel free to use this document to inform policymakers and legislators in your state about the benefits of CTE!

CTE and School Counseling Webinar

June 23rd, 2009

NASDCTEc hosted CTE and School Counseling: Partners in Student Success, a webinar which highlighted state examples from Nebraska, Missouri and Utah that are models of effective collaboration between CTE and comprehensive guidance and counseling.  Presenters included:

  • Donna Vrbka, School Counseling Specialist, Nebraska Department of Education (powerpoint)
  • Bragg Stanley, Director of Guidance and Placement, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (powerpoint)
  • Dawn Stevenson, Coordinator of K-12 School Counseling, Career Awareness and Student Services, Utah State Office of Education (powerpoint)

This was a hot topic, as close to 100 people attended.  If you missed it, don’t worry!  You can access an archived version of the webinar at:

Green Economy Webinar

May 20th, 2009

Education for the Green Economy: Opportunities, Resources and Models

This webinar is sponsored by:

  • National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium
  • Association for Career and Technical Education
  • American Association of Community Colleges
  • Green For All

This webinar focused on the following topics:

  1. Different types of green jobs, presented by Carolyn Teich, American Association of Community Colleges (powerpoint);
  2. Professional development, certification, and curricular material for teachers at both the high school and community college levels in the green jobs area, presented by Debra Rowe, U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development (powerpoint);
  3. Partnership models between businesses, government, and educators to crate more effective entry, re-entry and professional development for workers in the emerging green economy, presented by Marcy Drummond, Vice President for Workforce Education and Economic Development at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College (powerpoint)

Speaker links (ppt )   Recording (1 hour, 2 mins)