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Upcoming Webinar: Badging 101

August 25th, 2014

badge1Sometimes called “the next disrupter” in education, open badges offer an innovative platform for recognizing and displaying a students’ competency demonstrated either inside or outside the traditional classroom. Yet questions remain about how badges work at the institution and state level, how they can be folded into existing education systems, and what it takes to ensure their quality, reliability and validity.

On Tuesday October 7 @ 1 pm ET, join NASDCTEc and NOCTI for Badging 101: The What, The Why & The How, which will dig into some of these tough questions and explore open badges from national, state and local perspectives.

Speakers include:

  • Jade Forester, Marketing & Community Manager, Badge Alliance
  • John Foster, CEO, NOCTI and NBS
  • Marie Perotti, Project Coordinator CTE TEACH, Colton, Redlands, Yucaipa Regional Occupational Program
  • Russ Weikle, State CTE Director, California Department of Education

Register here today!

Kate Blosveren, Associate Executive Director

Mark Your Calendars: Webinar on Career Readiness Indicators

May 12th, 2014

May 27 | 2:00 – 3:00 pm | Career Readiness Indicators in Accountability and Public Reporting Systems

To provide guidance to states interested in building more indicators of career preparation into accountability and public reporting systems, the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) and Achieve be hosting a webinar on May 27 from 2:00-3:00 ET to release findings from a new joint publication.

The report and accompanying webinar will offer a view of how states are currently approaching this challenge and what state policy leaders need to consider as they look to reform their own reporting and accountability systems to ensure that the “career” in college- and career-ready accountability and public reporting is a powerful lever to focus priorities, drive progress, and ultimately see more students – and their communities – succeed.

To join the webinar, please dial:  1 (800) 697-5978 and enter: 6460 369#

To access the webinar slides, please CLICK HERE

NASDCTEc Welcomes Andrea Zimmermann and Evan Williamson

April 29th, 2014

NASDCTEc is glad to welcome its two newest staff members, State Policy Associate Andrea Zimmermann and Communications Associate Evan Williamson!

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Andrea’s path to Washington, DC, started in Illinois, wound through Eastern Europe and eventually ended here in the nation’s capital.

Hailing from southern Illinois, she pursued both her undergraduate and master’s degree in the Land of Lincoln and finished her graduate program at the University of Illinois-Springfield in 2008 with a specialty in political journalism that primarily focused on state government.  After graduation, she worked as a journalist in Illinois covering local, state and national news.

Drawn to fulfill a lifelong dream to serve internationally, Andrea joined the Peace Corps shortly thereafter. For nearly three years, Andrea lived and worked in Ukraine, where she taught English, conducted teacher training and worked on local issues such as youth leadership and HIV/AIDS.

She discovered her passion for education while in Ukraine. Upon returning to the United States, she moved to Washington, DC, and worked for the U.S. Department of Education prior to joining NASDCTEc. Her own family’s close ties to Career Technical Education makes this position a perfect fit. Andrea will focus on state-level policies and trends in CTE.

Andrea says she loves living in Washington, though never misses a chance to return home to Illinois to see family and friends.

 

Evan Williamson

Evan2 (214x300)Evan joins NASDCTEc after two years working in communications on Capitol Hill. Evan’s prior experience includes stints working in environmental policy and communications, political and campaign volunteerism during the last four election cycles and work in the offices of U.S. Representatives Luis Gutierrez (IL-04) and Peter Visclosky (IN-01).

Evan is a native of Champaign, Illinois. He graduated Cum Laude from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a B.A. in Political Science, minoring in Sustainability Studies. In the course of his undergraduate study, he uncovered his passion for political communications as an exchange student in Manchester, England, while studying the United Kingdom’s 2010 general election. Returning to the states, Evan outlined a path into the world of issue-oriented communications and advocacy that has culminated in his arrival at NASDCTEc.

With deep personal and professional connections to education, Evan is committed to raising the profile of CTE as a means to improve student outcomes, reduce youth and adult unemployment and promote American economic competitiveness. As communications associate, Evan will conduct media outreach on behalf of NASDCTEc, spearhead communications initiatives, publicize Association and Foundation events and manage the organization’s online presence.

Evan is soccer devotee, his playing career beginning as a kindergarten all-star in 1993 and continuing to the present. Expanding his profile, he has also coached for three consecutive seasons with the Arlington Aces soccer club. An avid sports fan as well as participant, he boasts having attended at least one Illinois basketball game every year since 1996 and, to less satisfying results, attending at least one game in each of the last 15 seasons of his beloved Chicago Cubs. He also attempts (with limited success) cooking, bass guitar, the New York Times Sunday Crossword and long-distance running in his spare time.

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

Position Announcement: Administrator, Professional-Technical Education – Idaho

April 15th, 2014

The Idaho Division of Professional-Technical Education has a position opening for Administrator, Professional-Technical Education.

Please click link below to access position announcement:
https://labor.idaho.gov/DHR/ATS/StateJobs/jobannouncement.aspx?announcement_no=NONCLS058071

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

Register for a Webinar on How States Are Promoting CTE Educator Effectiveness

February 4th, 2014

Teacher effectiveness is a critical issue on the minds of educators, administrators and state leaders across the country. With many early reform efforts focusing solely on how to improve and measure the effectiveness of educators in the core academic areas, now many are turning their attention to those “untested subjects,” including Career Technical Education (CTE).

To dig into this issue and highlight some early lessons learned from states, the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc), the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders, the Central Comprehensive Center, the Mid-Atlantic Comprehensive Center, and the South Central Comprehensive Center are pleased to be co-hosting a webinar on Supporting 21st Century Educators: How States Are Promoting Career and Technical Educator Effectiveness.

The webinar will explore:

Date: Friday March 7, 2014, 2:00-3:30 ET.

Register now!

Please Welcome Dr. Pradeep Kotamraju, New State CTE Director for Iowa

January 24th, 2014

We are pleased to announce Dr. Pradeep Kotamraju has accepted the position of Chief of the Bureau of Career and Technical Education, Division of Community Colleges, Iowa Department of Education.

He most recently served as the deputy director of the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education (CTE) at the University of Louisville.  His extensive prior experience includes serving as the Minnesota CTE/Perkins system director and in various other positions within the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and the Minnesota Department of Economic Security (now Employment and Economic Development).  In Minnesota, he provided leadership for the development of secondary and postsecondary Perkins consortia and grant activities supporting adult education career pathway development. 

Before entering the public sector, Dr. Kotamraju taught at several higher education institutions.  Pradeep is a prolific writer and researcher with a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Illinois and degrees from George Washington University and the University of Delhi.  Among other work, he has served as a senior consultant for Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant evaluations, president of the Association for CTE Research, and on the National Council on Workforce Education Board.Pradeep_Kotamraju_72ppi

As chief of the CTE bureau, Pradeep will be responsible for the direction of statewide efforts related to secondary and postsecondary CTE and veterans’ education. This includes connecting research, policy, and practice to advance secondary CTE modernization and representing Iowa nationally as the state director for CTE.

When asked about his new role, Pradeep said “I am excited to become Iowa’s State CTE Director and join a team at the Iowa Department of Education that is already undertaking many wide-ranging projects involving secondary CTE, community colleges, adult education, and workforce development, all working together to rethink Iowa’s CTE programs, administration, policy, and accountability systems. The overarching goal of these endeavors is to ensure that all Iowans are able to access a fully vibrant 21st century CTE.”

Please welcome Pradeep, who can be reached at [email protected]

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

Announcing the 2014 NASDCTEc Spring Meeting

January 17th, 2014

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ANNOUNCING the 2014 NASDCTEc Spring Meeting

NASDCTEc is pleased to invite you to participate in our annual Spring Meeting, a must-attend professional development experience in the nation’s Capital!

Get ready for exciting sessions for State Career Technical Education (CTE) Directors, CTE leaders, and individuals who contribute to the CTE community at the national, state, and local levels. These sessions will equip you with the information and tools you need to be an effective leader in an ever-changing environment.

We have invited speakers to address the following topics. As speakers are confirmed, we’ll be regularly updating the agenda online and adding more detail and depth to the conversation.

  • Federal funding (i.e., updates on appropriations and budget)
  • View from the Hill on Perkins and other relevant legislation
  • Trends from NASDCTEc’s state Perkins Implementation Survey
  • Skill building for CTE leaders
  • Views from leading policy organizations on CTE and pending legislation
  • Initiatives in data and accountability
  • And much more!

When: 8 a.m. Tuesday, April 1, 2014 – Noon Thursday, April 3, 2014

Where: Omni Shoreham, 2500 Calvert Street NW, Washington, DC 20008

Agenda DRAFT is online. As speakers are confirmed, we’ll be regularly updating the agenda online.

Registration Information

Meals included in your registration fee include three continental breakfasts and two lunches.

Registration Rates and Dates:

  • NASDCTEc Member: $450 early bird/$550 main; Non-Member (General Registration) $625 early bird/$725 main

Early Bird Registration: January 17, 2014 – February 3, 2014; Main Registration: February 4, 2014 – online registration will close March 17, 2014

Be sure to REGISTER NOW

Hotel Information

Guest rooms have been reserved at the historic Omni Shoreham, 2500 Calvert Street NW (at Connecticut Avenue), Washington DC 20008. Hotel rooms should be reserved at the Omni Shoreham Hotel for all meeting days. You can make your hotel reservations today in one of two ways:

RESERVE YOUR ROOM NOW at our special group reservations link (preferred) or Guests can call 1-800-THE-OMNI (1-800-843-6664) 24 hours a day to make their reservations and request group name: NASDCTEc Spring Meeting 2014.

Please use one of these registration methods to be assured the special room rate of $224, plus applicable taxes. This rate is only available until March 7, 2014 or when our block fills – whichever comes first. So make your reservation today! At the time of your lodging reservation, you will be asked for a major credit card to hold your room. Reservations may be cancelled up until 3 days prior to arrival – by noon Eastern Time, or forfeit one night’s stay plus tax.

More about the Omni Shoreham

  • Hotel map and directions (includes various transportation options)
  • Guest room accommodations
  • Check in is 3 p.m./check out is Noon.
  • Parking: Valet parking including in/out privileges ($35 + 18% tax  per car daily); subject to increase at any time

Travel to hotel:

The least expensive way to get to the hotel is by metro. Save money by using Washington DC Metro’s Trip Planner to get to the hotel. It’s fast, easy and inexpensive. The Metro rail is just steps away from the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), and the Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan metro stop about a 5 minute walk away.

We look forward to seeing you in Washington, DC!

Spring Meeting information page

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

 

 

NASDCTEc Recognizes All Stars at Fall Meeting

October 25th, 2013

Earlier this week, the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) held a luncheon at its Fall meeting to honor the organization’s All-Star sponsors. NASDCTEc is fortunate to have a group of dedicated sponsor partners who provide critical and ongoing support to the organization and its work. The NASDCTEc All Stars include:

  • Certiport
  • Cisco
  • CORD
  • CTECS
  • Kuder
  • NOCTI
  • Oracle Academy
  • Realityworks
  • Today’s Class

Representatives from eight All Stars attended the luncheon and received a certificate of appreciation, presented by NASDCTEc Vice President Scott Stump, and Region XI Representative Bernadette Howard.

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

NASDCTEc Welcomes Government Relations Associate Steve Voytek

August 23rd, 2013

SteveNASDCTEc would like to welcome Steve Voytek, who recently joined our team as a Government Relations Associate. Steve will be promoting the organization’s policy priorities and legislative objectives for Career Technical Education by engaging policymakers and stakeholders at an important time for CTE legislation.

Steve began his career at the National Aquarium in Baltimore where he worked as a Governmental Affairs Assistant before moving on to the National Institute of Standards & Technology in the Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs. Most recently, Steve worked as a Research Associate for the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) where he tracked legislation and programs of interest for the organization. During his time at NAWB he developed a keen interest in workforce development issues and focused particularly on the Workforce Investment Act.

A Maryland native, Steve completed his B.A. in Political Science and Economics from Hiram College. After graduation he completed a transatlantic dual M.A. degree under the auspices of the Atlantis Program, jointly administered and funded by the U.S. Department of Education and European Commission’s Directorate General for Education and Culture. Over the course of his studies Steve had the opportunity to spend over a year living abroad in both Poland and Estonia.

Steve’s unique educational background and work experiences have helped him develop an intimate understanding of the challenges facing education and the workforce in an ever more globalized labor market.  Through this lens Steve appreciates that Career Technical Education policy is a vital ingredient to developing a strong and sustainable workforce for the future.

In his spare time he enjoys books, film, and coaching youth wrestling. When asked what he is looking forward to most in his new position he responded, “I look forward to meeting all of our members and acting as a strong voice for their interests on the Hill.”

Please extend a warm welcome to Steve Voytek, who can be reached at [email protected].

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

Please Welcome New NASDCTEc Associate Executive Director Kate Blosveren Kreamer

April 30th, 2013

NASDCTEc is pleased to welcome new staff member, Kate Blosveren Kreamer, who serves as the Associate Executive Director of the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc), leading policy and communications efforts to ensure all students have access to high-quality career technical education.

From 2006 to 2013, Kate worked at Achieve, beginning as a policy analyst and leaving the associate director of strategic initiatives, leading a range of policy, research, and communications projects to support states’ adoption and implementation of the college- and career-ready agenda.

Prior to her time at Achieve, Kate was a policy advisor at Third Way, where she acted as a policy liaison between the organization and its Corporate Leadership Committee, engaging on a very broad legislative agenda. Kate also spent a year as a research assistant at the Progressive Policy Institute, focusing exclusively on education policy issues.

Kate serves as the co-founder and President of Young Education Professionals-DC (YEP-DC), a nonpartisan organization, created by and for young professionals that connects tomorrow’s education leaders around the common goal of improving education through policy, research, and practice. Kate also helped co-found and acts as a strategic advisor to YEP National, the umbrella organization that supports the now eight YEP chapters across the country.

An Orange, Connecticut native, Kate received her bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Studies from Cornell University, and her master’s of public policy from the Georgetown Public Policy Institute in 2006, with a concentration in Education, Family, and Social Policy.

In addition to serving as an organizational spokesperson, Kate’s other responsibilities include:

  • Supporting states’ adoption and implementation of the CCTC and the related policies/programs, through the development of relevant research, policy guidance and other tools/resources
  • Overseeing the organization’s communications strategy, including the expansion of the CTE: Learning that works for America® campaign

When asked for her goals in her position, Kate said she wants to help ensure CTE is a full partner and component of the broader college- and career-ready agenda currently underway in most states; to raise the visibility of CTE as the most effective strategy in graduating all students and preparing them for life after high school; to develop and maintain strong partnerships with key national and state-based organizations; and to help ensure even stronger support and engagement from business/industry around CTE.

Please extend a warm welcome to Kate. She can be reached at [email protected] or 301-588-9630.

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

 

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