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Next Friday, October 4, is Manufacturing Day!

September 27th, 2013

Next Friday, October 4, 2013, more than 600 manufacturers, technical schools, and professional societies will host open houses, public tours, career workshops and other events to illustrate what manufacturing is really like in today’s modern economy. Career Technical Education (CTE) programs across the country are an integral part of preparing workers for these types of high-skill manufacturing careers.State Map

Manufacturing Day was first launched in 2012 by a group of industry associations led by the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and its Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association (FMA), the Manufacturing Institute (MI), and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).

Through this collective effort, Manufacturing Day is changing the public image of manufacturing and encouraging job seekers to pursue a career in this secure and growing sector of the economy. Manufacturing Day gives manufacturers the opportunity to connect directly with job seekers and students to showcase diverse manufacturing careers.

Next week’s Manufacturing Day events are an opportunity for policymakers, parents, educators, students, and the public at large to learn about career opportunities and celebrate manufacturing’s contributions to their local communities and the nation.

For more information about Manufacturing Day please click here for their official webpage. A comprehensive list of the day’s events can be found here.

Steve Voytek, Government Relations Associate 

NASDCTEc Fall Meeting Blog Series – NOCTI: Still Looking Forward

September 27th, 2013

NOCTI--Navy-11-2009This blog series provides readers with insight on the valuable content that is being shared at the NASDCTEc Fall Meeting. Guest bloggers are partner organizations, supporters and other experts that will be present at the national gathering in the Baltimore, MD area in October.

About this time last year we touted the resources contained in “The Career Pathways Effect”, a joint publication between NASDCTEc and CORD that offered many practical applications for CTE stakeholders.  The publication deserves to be mentioned again because it provides not only a context for policy conversations, but also a roadmap of sorts for program implementation at the local level.  This article still believes that it is the credibility and applicability of program assessment that will drive improvements to all phases of CTE. These assessments provide reliable, valid, and actionable data for continuous improvement.

NOCTI, a not-for-profit entity  governed by an unpaid board elected by the state directors of CTE in all 50 states, works solely for the CTE community to provide the data and support that schools and students need.  NOCTI works closely with ACTE, NRCCTE, NASDCTEc, and the Institute for Educational Sciences (IES), just to name a few.  New collaborations and initiatives are underway. Here are just a few worth mentioning:

  • Additional Certification credentials have been added to the NOCTI line-up including the American Medical Certification Association (AMCA), Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and the Green Education Foundation (GEF).
  • Discussions continue with the International Baccalaureate regarding the Career-Related certificate (IBCC) and with College Board.
  • College credit is now available to CTE students for over 50 assessment titles, with the remainder slated for the 2014-15 school year.
  • A new Student Growth Measures package is being implemented as a tool to assist with the new teacher evaluation requirements.
  • Reports aligning common core standards to all NOCTI technical assessments will be available in 2014.
  • Free modules to assist with training new CTE teachers regarding assessment and the use of data have been completed and are available for use.
  • A strategy for digital badges in CTE assessments will be beta tested this spring.

Contact us at [email protected] to see how we can help you.  NOCTI is also a gold sponsor of the NASDCTEc fall meeting; stop by and say hello!

The NASDCTEc Fall Meeting will be held October 21-23, 2013 at the BWI Airport Marriott Hotel in Linthicum, MD. More information

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

NASDCTEc Fall Meeting Update – Special Reservation Rate Ends Today

September 20th, 2013

Have you made your hotel reservations for the Fall Meeting yet? Today is the last day to get the group rate!

The reduced group RESERVATION rate will end today, September 20. After that date, special rates and room availability are not longer guaranteed.

The Fall Meeting will be held at the Marriott BWI Airport Hotel and 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 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.

  • 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
  • Meeting location: Marriott BWI Airport Hotel, 1743 Nursery Road, Linthicum, MD 21090 (near BWI airport – Baltimore area)
  • Meeting dates: October 21-23, 2013

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

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
Image of U.S. Capitol courtesy Wikimedia Commons

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

 

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