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Announcing Webinar on Building Strategic Partnerships at NCPN Conference October 14

September 19th, 2013

The first of the Youth and Adult Pathways (YAP) series, Building Strategic Partnerships webinar will focus on building partnerships to support your career pathways programs through structure, governance, and strategic planning.  Event themes include:  partnerships goals; identifying partners; structure & governance; roles & responsibilities; partnership operation and sustaining a partnership.  Debra Mills, Director of the National Career Pathways Network (NCPN) will be the host.

The webinar will be recorded live at the NCPN Conference in San Antonio on Monday, October 14th.  If you miss the live webinar, all materials and webinar records will be available for download at:  https://community.lincs.ed.gov/group/career-pathways

The YAP Event Series is designed to bring together professionals with a shared interest in connecting youth and adult learners with career pathways.  Presenters are experts in their fields, and events are designed to enhance your knowledge and give you usable information in each area.  While the live webinar is the central event, each topic is presented as a month-long “microgroup” within the Career Pathways community on the LINCS site and will include ongoing engagement and discussion before and after the live events.  For more information sign up for the LINCS mailing list  or request more information by emailing:  [email protected]

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

NASDCTEc Fall Meeting Update – Agenda Highlighted

September 6th, 2013

CTE_Logo_RGBNASDCTEc Fall Meeting Update

The Fall Meeting is geared toward professional development, sharing of best practices, state policy updates and other topical sessions. An important topic covered at this meeting will be the release of “The State of Career Technical Education: An Analysis of State CTE Standards.” It is a national report examining how states organize and implement CTE standards, using the Common Career Technical Core as the benchmark.

The agenda now includes confirmed presenters and will provide the professional development and content you need to stay on top of all the latest Career Technical Education happenings.

Important Updates

  • Access the robust Fall Meeting AGENDA to see confirmed presenters!
  • Early bird REGISTRATION rate is available until September 23; main registration available September 24 through time of meeting
  • Reduced group RESERVATION rate will end September 20. After that date, special rates and room availability are not longer guaranteed

Make your plans to attend the Fall Meeting in Baltimore, MD.

When: October 21-23, 2013

Where: BWI Airport Marriott, 1743 Nursery Road, Linthicum, MD 21090

Who: State Directors, Associate Members, and CTE Leaders and Stakeholders

Range of topics will include:

  • Competency-Based Education
  • State Career Readiness Data and Reporting
  • Career-Ready Assessments
  • Common Core & CTE Implementation Strategies
  • Federal Policy Update
  • Update from OVAE’s Assistant Secretary
  • OECD Report: Skills Beyond School
  • Update on New State CTE Policies

The meeting is at the BWI Airport Marriott and will open with a dinner and program Monday evening, October 21; sessions all day Tuesday, October 22, and sessions till 10 a.m. or Noon on Wednesday, October 23. See agenda for more details.

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

Community Colleges in the Spotlight

May 8th, 2013

This week, the National Center for Education and the Economy released a new report at a day-long event in Washington, DC. The report – “What Does It Mean to Be College and Work Ready?” –  explores the first-year expectations for students across nine different disciplines (Accounting, Automotive Technology, Biotech/Electrical Technology, Business, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Information Technology/Computer Programming, Nursing, and General Studies) in mathematics and English Language Arts, and finds that there is a misalignment between what students learn in high school and what they need to know for success in their first year at community college.

Specifically in mathematics, the report finds that the first-year expectations are rarely above the Algebra I bar and largely focus on mathematics taught in middle school. The report identifies some key content areas that are typically untaught in high school, namely schematics, geometric visualization, and complex applications of measurement. One recommendation is to refocus K-12 mathematics instruction so students can gain a deeper conceptual understanding of the foundational knowledge and skills in elementary and middle school mathematics rather than rushing them to, and through, advanced course-taking in high school.

In English, the report finds that while the texts assigned in the first-year of community college programs are at the 11th and 12th grade level, the assignments and tests demand little from students by way of reading comprehension or writing – or, in other words, there is high text complexity but low test rigor. The Common Core State Standards’ focus on discipline-specific literacy, reading informational texts, and writing from evidence should help shore up students’ abilities in these areas, but community colleges will need to adjust their instruction in kind.

Over the course of six panel discussions, a number of topics were explored, but two themes came up time and again, the first being the tradeoff between community colleges shifting their mission away from providing open access to all students to the accountability-driven goal of retaining students. The question was raised, but largely unanswered, of whether this shift has led community colleges to lower their expectations and standards for incoming students to ensure more stay enrolled and complete. On the other hand, remediation has long been an issue among community colleges and hasn’t dramatically improved since institutions have begun to focus on completion.

The other major theme discussed was the need for more curricular pathways for students in high school, particularly in mathematics. While the report recommends that Algebra II no longer be required for all students, most of the panelists agreed that Algebra II still had value to students, but that there need to be more contextualized learning opportunities for students, based on their learning styles and post-high school interests.

What struck me about the event is that Career Technical Education (CTE) has long been tackling the challenges and opportunities raised in the report and event including building partnerships between K-12 and community college and between community colleges and employers, and offering contextualized learning pathways to students. While CTE was barely mentioned (explicitly) over the course of the day – and is not mentioned at all in the report – it is a major component of any strategy to address students’ readiness for college and careers.

Click here to read the report and watch video from the release event.

Kate Blosveren, Associate Executive Director

NASDCTEc Spring Meeting: Early Bird Registration Rate Deadline is March 4 – Register NOW

February 26th, 2013

79px-Capitol_Washington_DCANNOUNCEMENT: the early bird registration rate for the 2013 NASDCTEc Spring Meeting, to be held in Washington, DC at the Omni Shoreham, is set to end March 4. After that date, regular registration rates will kick in.
To get the best rate, register now. Please share this information with anyone else you work with who is also considering attending the Spring Meeting.

More information:

• We have an updated Agenda for you
• Make your hotel reservations now. Our negotiated group rate will close March 22; after that date, you may not be guaranteed the special group rate.
• Register NOW

We have crafted a program that will bring together leading policymakers, Congressional representatives, and researchers to share with you, hear from you and for all of us to learn together. There will be a blend of plenary sessions and breakout sessions and opportunities for informal learning and networking.

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager
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2013 Spring Meeting Agenda Now Posted on NASDCTEc Web Site

February 22nd, 2013

Are you planning on attending the NASDCTEc Spring Meeeting and want to know what special sessions are being prepared for you? The agenda for this meeting is now posted online.

The Spring Meeting will be held from 9 a.m. on Monday, April 15 through 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17. In keeping with our collaboration with the Office of Vocational and Adult Education of the U.S. Department of Education (OVAE), we are coordinating on program content and are excited that OVAE will be hosting the meeting at the U.S. Department of Education on April 17 to continue critical presentations and discussions. All meeting functions will take place at the Omni Shoreham on April 15 and 16.
More information

Hotel rooms should be reserved at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, details below, for all meeting days. On April 17, NASDCTEc will provide breakfast at the Omni, then attendees will be responsible for their own transportation to the U.S. Department of Education. More details will be provided to confirmed meeting attendees.

We have crafted a program that will bring together leading policymakers, Congressional representatives, and researchers to share with you, hear from you and for all of us to learn together. There will be a blend of plenary sessions and breakouts sessions and opportunities for informal learning and networking.

NOTE: Early bird registration is ending March 4!

Registration Rates
•Member on or before March 4, 2013: $450.00
•Non-member on or before March 4, 2013: $625.00
•Member after March 4, 2013: $550.00
•Non-member after March 4, 2013: $725.00

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Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

Webinar Reminder: Register for CTE Trend Analysis: Governance and Funding Issues

February 15th, 2013

Every other year, the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) conducts a survey of the membership to gauge trends in Career Technical Education (CTE) across the country. Based on analyses of this year’s survey results from 50 states and territories, and comparisons to surveys administered in 2008 and 2010, NASDCTEc has authored a series of synopsis papers that describe trends in four key areas: Career ClustersTM and Programs of Study, CTE Teacher/Faculty Shortages, Governance, and Funding. February’s webinar will focus on the final two synopsis papers: CTE Governance and CTE Funding.

Date: Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 3:00 pm ET
Register

Please join us as Kara Herbertson, NASDCTEc Research and Policy Manager, gives an overview of trends in CTE funding and governance. Rich Katt, CTE State Director of Nebraska, will describe how his state successfully garnered support for state CTE funding through social media and CTE student organizations.

Please note: this webinar is not intended to provide a legislative update. NASDCTEc will hold a separate legislative update webinar in March. Stay tuned for more details.

Kara Herbertson, Research and Policy Manager

State of the Union

February 12th, 2013
State of the Union

This evening, President Obama delivered his State of the Union speech which included many promising aspects for the Career Technical Education (CTE) community. The President spoke of the importance of ensuring that a high school diploma puts America’s young people on a path to a good job and spoke glowingly of the Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) in New York which does just that. P-TECH works in partnership with New York Public Schools, the City University of New York and IBM to ensure their students graduate with both a high school diploma and an associates degree in computing or engineering. The President also spoke of equipping high school graduates for the demands of a high-tech economy by rewarding schools that develop new partnerships with colleges and employers and create classes that focus on the skills employers are looking for to fill jobs now and in the future.

And in a night which saw bipartisan support for the benefits of CTE, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) also focused on issues important to NASDCTEc. In his role speaking for the Republicans to respond to President Obama, Senator Rubio spoke of incentivizing school districts to offer more vocational and career training and building an education system that gives people the skills today’s jobs entail and the knowledge that tomorrow’s world will require.

With each party focusing on the importance of CTE and the role it will play in our future, there are positive signs that this renewed focus will result in a welcome prioritization for CTE issues, which can only be a good thing with reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career Technical Education Act not far away.  We are hopeful that the priorities laid out in the State of the Union will be reflected in the President’s budget proposal, due out next month, as well as Congressional support for Perkins reauthorization. NASDCTEc will be carefully monitoring the flurry of Congressional and Administration proposals likely to come from tonight’s speeches.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Beckett, Advocacy Manager

CTE Month: National CTE Leaders Celebrate CTE Month

February 4th, 2013

The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc), and Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) and career and technical education (CTE) professionals across the country will celebrate CTE Month™ in February, raising the public’s awareness of the value of CTE programs for students, schools, communities, business and industry and the economic well-being of our nation. CTE encompasses 94 percent of high school students and 13 million postsecondary students in the United States.

During the month of February, CTE programs and CTSOs across the country host a variety of events showcasing their programs and students’ successes to their community, policymakers and business leaders. This year’s theme is “Career and Technical Education Works!” to emphasize that CTE works for students, business and industry and the economy. CTE programs can be found at the secondary and postsecondary levels and prepares students to be college-and career-ready by providing core academic skills, employability skills and technical, job-specific skills. High school students involved in CTE are more engaged, perform better and graduate at higher rates. The average high school graduation rate for students concentrating in CTE programs is 90.18 percent, compared to an average national freshman graduation rate of 74.9 percent.

As the American economy recovers, the role of CTE is critically important. The skilled trades are the hardest jobs to fill in the United States, with recent data citing 550,000 jobs open in the trade, transportation and utilities sector and 246,000 jobs open in manufacturing. Additionally, middle-skill jobs, or jobs that require education and training beyond high school but less than a bachelor degree, are a significant part of the economy. Of the 46.8 million job openings created by 2013, 30 percent will require some college or a two-year associate degree.

As part of the CTE Month activities, ACTE is hosting a Social Media Advocacy Week, February 11-15. CTE professionals and students from across the country will bring their stories and voices to social media platforms to illustrate the positive impacts of CTE programs.

ACTE provides free promotional resources for CTE professionals wishing to participate in CTE Month, including student-made PSA videos, promotional posters that can be downloaded, a calendar of nationwide activities during the month and more. For more information on CTE Month and the activities ACTE, NASDCTEc and the CTSOs are hosting, please visit www.ctemonth.com.

For more information about CTSO’s, NASDCTEc and ACTE, please visit:

Business Professionals of America: http://www.bpa.org
DECA Inc.: http://www.deca.org
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America: http://www.fcclainc.org
Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda: http://www.fbla-pbl.org
Future Educators Association: http://www.futureeducators.org/
Health Occupations Students of America: http://www.hosa.org
The National FFA: www.ffa.org
SkillsUSA: www.SkillsUSA.org
Technology Student Association: www.tsaweb.org
National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium: http://www.careertech.org
Association for Career and Technical Education: www.acteonline.org

NDD Summit Town Hall Meeting

February 1st, 2013

Earlier this week the nondefense discretionary (NDD) Summit, the body that organizes opposition to spending cuts in education and social programs, held a Town Hall meeting in order to discuss the current issues looming regarding sequestration. Sequestration is a crucial issue for the Career Technical Education (CTE) community, as it would result in a significant reduction in spending on CTE programs.  Among the speakers were Sharon Parrott and Ellen Nissenbaum from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities who stated that 72% of the cuts already made had fallen on program spending reductions, with only 28% coming from increased revenue through taxation. They also shared concerns over the possibility that any future deal made in Congress to avoid sequestration could shift even greater cuts onto social programs, rather than the status quo where cuts have been shared fairly evenly between NDD spending and defense spending.

Later in the Town Hall, speakers also discussed potential action and advocacy to ensure no more cuts to social programs were carried out, including the creation of a Twitter hashtag #NDDUnited, a day of action in February and a letter of objection to the cuts which can be found here. The event was rounded off with a summary of important dates, including the President’s budget being revealed in March and the House and Senate budgets being due for completion by April 15th.

David Beckett

Advocacy Manager

Announcing the 2013 NASDCTEc Spring Meeting

January 31st, 2013

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

The Spring Meeting will be held from 9 a.m. on Monday, April 15 through 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17. In keeping with our collaboration with the Office of Vocational and Adult Education of the U.S. Department of Education (OVAE), we are coordinating on program content and are excited that OVAE will be hosting the meeting at the U.S. Department of Education on April 17 to continue critical presentations and discussions. All meeting functions will take place at the Omni Shoreham on April 15 and 16.

Hotel rooms should be reserved at the Omni Shoreham Hotel for all meeting days. On April 17, NASDCTEc will provide breakfast at the Omni, then attendees will be responsible for their own transportation to the U.S. Department of Education. More details will be provided to confirmed meeting attendees.

We have crafted a program that will bring together leading policymakers, Congressional representatives, and researchers to share with you, hear from you and for all of us to learn together. There will be a blend of plenary sessions and breakouts sessions and opportunities for informal learning and networking.

We have invited speakers to address the following topics. As speakers are confirmed, we’ll be regularly updating the agenda online.

  • The Future of Federal Funding (sequestration, appropriations and budget)
  • Is Congress talking about CTE? A panel of Congressional Staff will discuss Congressional proposals impacting CTE
  • Will Perkins’ reauthorization happen this year? A panel Congressional staff and association leaders will forecast and discuss issues related to Perkins reauthorization
  • Career Pathways: Updates on the numerous federal projects have emerged supporting career pathways development in states
  • Measuring Success: Learning about the emerging Workforce Data Quality Campaign and efforts to align education and workforce data systems
  • National College and Career Readiness Center and Great Teachers and Leaders Center Update
  • Innovations in CTE curriculum
  • Leading the Way: State Policies Promoting CTE
  • Reauthorization Perspectives: Views of Leading Policy Organizations
  • Career Readiness
  • Updates on the CCTC Gap Analysis, the SCED and Crosswalks Projects
  • Updates on FAUPL negotiations
  • The National Center on Innovation in CTE

For more information about registration, hotel reservations and more CLICK HERE.
We look forward to seeing you in Washington, DC!

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

 

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