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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

Legislative Update: President Obama’s Inauguration; House Votes To Suspend Debt Limit

January 25th, 2013

President Obama’s Inauguration
This week saw the 57th Presidential inauguration and the second inauguration of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. As mandated by the 20th Amendment, President Obama was sworn in to begin his new term at noon on the 20th, but as that fell on a Sunday a public ceremony was also held on Monday. The inaugural theme was “Faith in America’s Future”, however two objects from the past also played a prominent role as Obama recited the oath of office while he placed his hand on bibles owned by Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Lincoln.

The inaugural speech itself referenced the importance of math and science; building roads, networks and research labs; the creation of sustainable energy sources; and the school reform movement. These issues are very closely linked with Career Technical Education (CTE), so the next four years look like being significant and exciting times in the CTE sphere.

House Votes to Suspend Debt Limit
Earlier this week, the House voted to suspend the nation’s debt limit thereby allowing the Treasury Department to ignore the $16.4 trillion cap on government borrowing. The measure would allow additional debt to be incurred in order to allow government to keep on functioning and making payments until May 18th, at which point the debt limit would reset at a higher level.

The House measure requires the Senate to pass a budget by April 15th or have their pay withheld and kept in escrow until the current Congressional term ends in 2015. Still on the horizon are the sequestration cuts, scheduled to come into effect on March 1st unless a deal can be reached between the two parties.

David Beckett, Advocacy Manager

NOCTI Assessments Receive Recommendations from the National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS)

October 11th, 2012


This blog, in coordination with the NASDCTEc Fall Meeting, is provided by one of our sponsors. Our guest blog organization being highlighted today is NOCTI.

NOCTI is pleased to be a Gold Sponsor for the 2012 fall NASDCTEc meeting. We appreciate NASDCTEc’s leadership provided to the CTE Community and appreciate their relationship with our organization. NOCTI is proud to have been a part of the CTE community for over 45 years. We take our role in CTE seriously and feel privileged to serve as another voice in CTE by telling the stories of CTE success from the data the NASDCTEc member states supply us. NOCTI has continued to build on its solid foundation through new products, services, and collaborations.

Recently twenty NOCTI assessments received recommendations from the National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS) encompassing 1500 colleges across the United States. This means that students scoring at the NCCRS cut score on approved NOCTI tests are eligible for up to six college credits. We have also continued to beta test numerous technological advancements, including mobile devices, tablets, testing algorithms, classroom response systems, state data reporting, and instructional improvement systems.

Please stop by our table to say hello, to learn about our new products, or to share your success story! You may also send us an e-mail if you are interested in learning more about any of the products or services we offer.

Amie (Birdsall) Bloomfield
Customer Care and Outreach Division Manager
NOCTI and Nocti Business Solutions
1-800-334-6283 x213
[email protected]

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

Cisco Networking Academy and Cisco NetSpace Support Students

October 11th, 2012

This blog, in coordination with the NASDCTEc Fall Meeting, is provided by one of our sponsors. Our guest blog organization being highlighted today is Cisco Networking Academy.

For 15 years, the Cisco Networking Academy has been partnering with education institutions and governments to equip students for the ICT workforce with an innovative education program that is comprehensive and free to nonprofit institutions. Using technology, hands on activities, simulations and gaming students build 21st century skills, both soft and technical. The program provides a community of support for instructors that includes on-line resources, best practice sharing and professional development. Courses are taught in high schools, community colleges and universities around the world to prepare students for higher education, careers and industry recognized certifications. The program also aligns to U.S. education standards, helping institutions meet STEM, Common Core and grant requirements.

Networking Academy recently announced the new learning platform, Cisco NetSpace™ to better support of instructors and students. This interactive learning environment combines best-of-breed SaaS applications for teaching, learning, and collaboration, all driven by community needs and the latest educational models, trends, and best practices. You can learn more about how Cisco is using innovative technology to support education with the overview in your attendee bag at the event.

To learn more please visit our Web site or e-mail us at [email protected]

Together, we can change the way we learn!

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

DQC Webinar: Update from the US Department of Education on Privacy, Security, and Confidentiality

September 27th, 2012

The Data Quality Campaign is hosting a webinar on October 19th that will feature U.S. Department of Education officials talking about new privacy resources, and their perspective on trends and challenges in privacy, security, and confidentiality. Join Chief Privacy Officer Kathleen Styles, Statistical Privacy Advisory Michael Hawes, and new Family Policy Compliance Office Director Dale King for this informative webinar!

Date: October 19, 2012

Time: 2 p.m – 3 p.m ET

Register now and submit questions to be answered during the webinar.

 

Nancy Conneely, Director of Public Policy

 

Register NOW for 2012 NASDCTEc Fall Meeting – Online Registration Closes October 1

September 27th, 2012

Don’t forget to register now for the 2012 Fall meeting before the online registration window closes October 1st.

The Fall Meeting is October 11-13, 2012 at the Embassy Suites Omaha – Downtown/Old Market, Omaha, NE.

You can look forward to:

  • An exciting, value-laden professional development opportunity for attendees – a full day of Gallup training offering rich content
  • Dr. Brenda Dann-Messier, Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) will provide remarks/updates during the October 11 dinner event
  • A variety of topical breakout sessions featuring Career Technical Education and Common Core
  • Working sessions on the Common Career Technical Core, and Perkins Reauthorization
  • Unveiling of the book The Career Pathways Effect: Linking Education and Economic Prosperity, a joint publication by CORD and NASDCTEc
  • An OVAE update that provides the latest information available for you to take back to your states

For more information on the Fall Meeting, check out our Web site
Questions? Please call 301-588-9630 – we are looking forward to seeing you in Omaha, Nebraska!

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

NASDCTEc Webinar: CTE Trend Analysis: Career Clusters/Programs of Study, CTE Teacher Shortages

September 21st, 2012

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 Clusters and Programs of Study; CTE Teacher/Faculty Shortages and Recruitment Initiatives; Governance; and CTE Funding.

This month’s webinar will focus on the first two synopsis papers: Career Clusters and Programs of Study and CTE Teacher/Faculty Shortages and Recruitment Initiatives.

Kara Herbertson, NASDCTEc’s Education Policy Analyst, will give an overview of trends in these areas. Collie Wells from the Alabama Department of Education will discuss Alabama’s Business and Industry Certification, awarded from the International Organization for Standardization (IOS), and how the certification ensures high quality CTE programs. Also, a representative from New Jersey will discuss an alternate route for certifying CTE teachers.

Join us for this informative webinar on Thursday, October 4th at 3:00 pm ET. Register now!

Kara Herbertson, Education Policy Analyst 

REGISTER NOW for the 2012 NASDCTEc Fall Meeting

September 12th, 2012

Don’t miss this exciting professional development opportunity for State Directors, Career Technical Education (CTE) Leaders, and individuals who contribute to the CTE community at the national, state, and local levels. This meeting is different from any you’ve experienced. We are dedicating an entire day to professional development, focusing on the multiple roles you face as change agent, coalition builder, leader, advocate – and equipping you with the tools you need to be an effective leader in a constantly changing environment.

  • We have a full day of professional development planned with Gallup, a day you do not want to miss!
  • Registration rates are at their best right now through September 14. After September 14, rates will increase. Register now
  • Special Room reservation notice: Our group rates at the Embassy Suites – Omaha run through September 16. After that date, you will no longer be able to secure the group rate. Reserve your room now

We’re looking forward to seeing you this fall in the heartland of America – Omaha, Nebraska. Here is general information as you make your plans.

  • When: October 11-13, 2012
  • Where: Embassy Suites Omaha – Downtown/Old Market, 555 South 10th Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68102 1-402-346-9000
  • Check-in: 3 p.m. Check-out: NOON
  • Parking: Self-parking is $10.00 daily; valet parking is $16.00 daily
  • Reservations: We have secured a special group rate of $91 plus any applicable taxes for suite rooms. This rate is effective through September 16, 2012. After that date, all rooms available are subject to the prevailing regular hotel rates and we will no longer be able to get the group rate – reserve your room before this deadline RESERVE YOUR ROOM NOW
  • Registration Rates now through September 14, 2012 are NASDCTEc Member – $425; Non-Member – $600. On or after September 15, 2012 the registration rates are NASDCTEc Member – $525; Non-Member – $700 REGISTER NOW
  • Transportation Distance from airport: The hotel is within 4 miles of Eppley Airfield – only 5 minutes away
  • Shuttle Service: The hotel has a complimentary airport shuttle to/from the airport. Guests may call the hotel directly at 402-346-9000 for pickup service as they land. The hotel’svan will meet guests across the street outside of door #4. As guests depart the hotel, the hotel runs the shuttle service every ½ hour. Guests may coordinate travel schedule needs with the bell desk, valet or Front Desk agent. The hotel’s shuttle is also available complimentary within a 3 mile radius of the hotel.
  • Attire: Business casual. October weather in Omaha can range from the mid-40s to the mid-60s; you will want to pack a light jacket or sweater.

Quick Links

Questions?Please call 301-588-9630 and we will be happy to help! We are looking forward to seeing you at the 2012 NASDCTEc Fall Meeting!

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

Representatives to Host CTE Congressional Caucus Event, Highlight Harvard Report

July 20th, 2012

Representatives Jim Langevin (D-RI) and Glenn Thompson (R-PA), co-chairs of the Congressional Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus will present a briefing on the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Pathways to Prosperity Project on Tuesday, July 24. 

Pathways to Prosperity: Meeting the Challenge of Preparing Young Americans for the 21st Century, is a report that has resonated across the country, and the authors have now spoken in more than 30 states.  The report addresses the challenges associated with preparing young Americans for successful careers and closing the “skills gap.” William Symonds, the report’s primary author and director of the Pathways to Prosperity Project, will lead the discussion.

Panelists:

  • William Symonds, Director, Pathways to Prosperity Project
  • Kimberly Green, Executive Director, National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc)
  • Jeff Mays, President, Illinois Business Roundtable
  • Jason Tyszko, Deputy Chief of Staff, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
  • Eric Regelin, Director, National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) and Chairman, Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)                                   

When: 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Where: Rayburn House Office Building, Gold Room (2168)

Learn more: http://www.gse.harvard.edu/news-impact/tag/pathways-to-prosperity/

Erin Uy, Communications & Marketing Manager

29th Annual Entrepreneurship Education FORUM

September 2nd, 2011

Plan now to attend the leading Entrepreneurship Education networking conference in the USA. The National FORUM is to be held November 4-7, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The conference will be held at the Hilton Netherland Plaza, a beautiful and historic hotel in the heart of downtown Cincinnati. This is a time for learning how to start, operate, and enhance entrepreneurial preparation programs for students from elementary, middle, high schools and colleges as well as community based educators. Educators from through-out the life-long learning spectrum attend to learn and share ideas. One of the highlights is the entrepreneurs who will share their living case studies so that educators can learn how to direct those with whom they work toward successful entrepreneurial ventures.

Scholarships are available for teachers which include conference registration, and two nights stay in the conference hotel. All that is left for the educator to fund is the travel expense and perhaps a substitute teacher for a day. The deadline for scholarship applications is September 23, 2011.

Great featured speakers, teacher directed learning sessions, as well as interactive round table sessions allow for enjoyable learning and networking. Check out the information regarding the National FORUM at www.entre-ed.org and click on FORUM on the left rail. Get prepared now to attend the National Forum this November!

Dean Folkers, Deputy Executive Director

 

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