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Registration Now Open for Achieving Excellence in CTE: The National Career Clusters Institute

March 6th, 2014

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We are excited to invite state and local secondary and postsecondary educators, administrators and leaders, as well as workforce and economic development partners to join us at the premier Career Technical Education (CTE) professional development event of the year - Achieving Excellence in CTE: The National Career Clusters Institute.

The Achieving Excellence Institute includes engaging hands-on workshops and interactive breakout sessions offering new perspectives and techniques on cultivating high-quality CTE in your school, district, and state.

  • Hear from our Excellence in Action Award Winners who were selected for exemplary performance in the implementation of a Career Cluster-related program of study.
  • Get to experience excellence in action hands-on by visiting business and educational institutions at the cutting edge of CTE.

Session Topics 

A sampling of robust breakout sessions will include:

  • Best practices/models of exemplary Career Cluster programs of study design and implementation
  • Perkins reauthorization
  • Leveraging data
  • Effective strategies for building and sustaining business-education partnerships
  • Integration of the Common Core State Standards and CTE
  • And other sessions not-to-be-missed!

Exciting Pre-sessions

We are pleased to be featuring both half-day and full-day pre-session workshops exploring The Career Pathways Effect: Linking Education and Economic Prosperity.
Full pre-session descriptions

General Session Speaker Dr. Mark Milliron

Dr. Milliron will present a framework for thinking about technology in education and how enormous changes and challenges in the digital age impact us every day – and how we can meet these challenges.

 Great Hotel Rates

Attendees of the Achieving Excellence Institute will stay at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs resort at a special group rate of $79 per night.
Reservation Information

When and Where is the Achieving Excellence Institute?

When: June 16-18, 2014

Where: Achieving Excellence in CTE: The National Career Clusters Institute is at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort in Phoenix, AZ

Where Do I Register?

Register by April 8, 2014 to get the Early Bird rate!  REGISTER NOW

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

Deadline Extended for the Call for Presentations for Achieving Excellence in CTE: The National Career Clusters Institute

February 12th, 2014

This is a reminder that the Call for Presentations is NOW OPEN for Achieving Excellence in Career Technical Education: The National Career Clusters® Institute.

We are looking for sessions that feature high-quality programs of study, with proven track records of success; offer strategies for successful collaboration, implementation and innovation at the classroom, district or system level; and/or provide opportunities for participants to engage in interactive and hands-on learning activities.

CTE_Logo_RGBMORE DETAILS
  • Where: Point Hilton Tapatio Cliffs, Phoenix, AZ
  • When: June 16-18, 2014
  • Registration is slated to go live mid-February.
  • Watch for details on our website at www.careertech.org.
Proposal Deadline has been extended
Proposals will be accepted through February 28, 2014. Speakers will be notified of status early March, 2014.
Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

Announcing Excellence in Action Award – Now Accepting Applications

January 17th, 2014

CTE_Logo_RGBThe National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) is pleased to announce our first annual Excellence in Action award, which will recognize and honor superior Career Technical Education (CTE) programs of study from around the nation.  Selected programs of study will exemplify excellence in the implementation of the Career Clusters, and have a meaningful impact on student achievement and success. All winners will be honored at the Achieving Excellence in Career Technical Education: National Career Clusters Institute in Phoenix, Arizona on June 16, 2014.
This award is a terrific opportunity for CTE educators at all levels with truly excellent programs of study to be recognized on a national stage. Winning programs will be selected by a panel of State CTE Directors.

All winners will receive:
• The opportunity to share their programs of study with other CTE educators at the 2014 Achieving Excellence in Career Technical Education: National Career Clusters Institute.
• Two free registrations to the Achieving Excellence Institute.
• A banner to hang in their school or institution of higher education.
• A digital banner to use in email and print materials as they so choose.
Winners will also be featured:
• In a national press release, which will be distributed to national media.
• In a one-pager, used as part of NASDCTEc’s federal advocacy toolkit.
• In a monthly newsletter sent to members of Congress.
• In a stand-alone blog on Learning that Works blog.

How to apply: You can complete the application online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ExcellenceActionAward or email a hard copy version to info@careertech.org with the subject line: Excellence in Action Award

Application deadline: All applications are due by 5 p.m. ET on Tuesday February 4.

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Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

Calling all Presenters for Achieving Excellence in Career Technical Education: The National Career Clusters Institute

January 16th, 2014

CTE_Logo_RGBCalling all Presenters!

The Call for Presentations is NOW OPEN for Achieving Excellence in Career Technical Education: The National Career Clusters Institute.

We are looking for sessions that feature high-quality programs of study, with proven track records of success; offer strategies for successful collaboration, implementation and innovation at the classroom, district or system level; and/or provide opportunities for participants to engage in interactive and hands-on learning activities.

MORE DETAILS
  • Where: Point Hilton Tapatio Cliffs, Phoenix, AZ
  • When: June 16-18, 2014
  • Registration is slated to go live mid-February.
  • Watch for details on our website at www.careertech.org.
Proposal Deadlines
Proposals will be accepted through February 21, 2014. Speakers will be notified of status early March, 2014.
Submit your proposal now!
Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

Call for Presentations NOW OPEN for Achieving Excellence in Career Technical Education: The National Career Clusters Institute

December 23rd, 2013

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The Call for Presentations is NOW OPEN for Achieving Excellence in Career Technical Education: The National Career Clusters® Institute.

We are looking for sessions that feature high-quality programs of study, with proven track records of success; offer strategies for successful collaboration, implementation and innovation at the classroom, district or system level; and/or provide opportunities for participants to engage in interactive and hands-on learning activities.

MORE DETAILS
  • Where: Point Hilton Tapatio Cliffs, Phoenix, AZ
  • When: June 16-18, 2014
  • Registration is slated to go live mid-February.
  • Watch for details on our website at www.careertech.org.
Proposal Deadlines
Proposals will be accepted through February 21, 2014. Speakers will be notified of status early March, 2014.
Submit your proposal now!
Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

Career Clusters® Institute Series: Online Resources are Rich in Content

June 27th, 2013

The 2013 National Career Clusters® Institute was held June 10-12 in Fort Worth Texas, and resources are now available on our Web site Institute resources page. Primarily Power Points and handouts, the resources highlight the presenters’ sessions. There are many resources available for viewing.

Several resources were provided by one of our presenters Gregg Christensen, Entrepreneurship and Career Education Specialist at the Nebraska Department of Education. Nebraska’s State Director is Rich Katt, who is leading several innovative initiatives in Nebraska, including the development and growth of collaboration programs such as the ones described below in Gregg’s session.

Gregg’s session includes links to some of his resources, giving you examples of the rich content available on our resources page.Print

Session: Building Strategic Alliances with Business/Industry, Workforce Development and Economic Development

Bringing together key partners to achieve buy-in, support and advocacy for important Career Technical Education initiatives and projects has never been more crucial.  But, there must be a win-win dynamic in place and their investment of time, energy and resources must be respected at every stage.  This session will share best practices for building strategic alliances with diverse groups.  Participants will review examples and outcomes of collaborative work that has taken place in Nebraska including the Nebraska Standards for Career Ready Practice, Career Readiness Modules, Professional Development Modules, H3 Website, Preparation for Tomorrow Food and Nutritional Sciences project and others.

Gregg highlighted the Nebraska Career Education Web site, and shared the resource Nebraska Workforce System Model, showing partnership groups. Gregg shared these resources and several others from this session; they are available on our resources page.

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

 

 

Career Clusters® Institute Series: Resources Now Available

June 21st, 2013

The 2013 National Career Clusters® Institute was held June 10-12 in Fort Worth Texas, and resources are now available on our Web site Institute resources page. These are primarily Power Points, provided by our presenters.Print

Several presenters also blogged about their sessions prior to the Institute. To find these blog posts, go to http://blog.careertech.org/ and search under Career Clusters® Institute Series. Following is a blog (with the Power Point found on our Web site Institute resources page) for the breakout session Rigorous and Relevant Technical Writing in the High School by Carol Larkin, Instructor, Mentor Public Schools/Lake Shore Compact, Lyndhurst, Ohio:

Blog: Rigorous and Relevant Technical Writing in the Career and Academic Classroom

The Art of Writing is more than telling stories and responding to literature; it is the gymnastics of the mind on paper. Writing fires synapses, pumps ions, and speeds neurons along their path. Writing puts our thoughts and vision into something that a wide range of audience can comprehend. The Common Core State Standards has untethered writing from the English department and sent it across the curriculum. Writing now takes on the role of a real world application for our students. How do we integrate this real world writing into our Technology courses? Through an understanding of technical writing—its style, function and form—and technical writing projects! Why should technical writing be integrated into both academic and technical courses?

  • Engages students in critical thinking and writing
  • Prepares your students for college level writing
  • Makes writing real and relevant to the student

The foundation of technical writing begins in English class with the study of form, style and function; while students apply what they learned about writing in their technical classes. As an Applied English teacher, I work with the technology instructors. We plan projects that require trip reports, progress reports, research, flyers, brochures, instruction manuals, presentations and much more. Our program has existed for over 15 years. On a yearly basis less than five percent of our students need writing remediation upon entering college. This session provides you with three critical components to create rigorous writing assignments:

  • Knowledge of how technical writing differs from academic writing
  • Structure for the Academic and Tech teachers to create rigorous writing assignments
  • Real time projects combining technical class work with Language Arts writing.

Please join us for some “Take It With You Ideas” for your program.

Take advantage of the Power Point and blog resources available at www.careertech.org and learn more about the work of these outstanding presenters.

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

Career Clusters® Institute Blog series: All Really Does Mean All – The Next Big Challenge Facing Career Clusters®

June 8th, 2013

This blog series provides readers with insight on the valuable content that is being shared at the Career Clusters ® Institute. Guest bloggers are among teachers, faculty, researchers and other experts that will present at the national gathering in Fort Worth, TX in June. Today’s guest blogger is Scott Hess, Vice President of Community Partnerships, Ascend Learning CTE (pictured below right).

So you want to be a social worker? Well how about being a nurse instead? They help people too (and, um, we don’t have that Program Of JC Pic 1Study)…

Questions and answers like these are not uncommon for students and their counselors as they try to create a Program of Study (POS) aligned with the student’s career goals and interests.

The dilemma facing many schools today is that, while they want to encourage kids to explore careers in all 16 Career Clusters®, in actuality, they may only offer options in 5 or 6 clusters.  Student participation should not be determined by the size or location of the school they attend.

The traditional ‘Vocational Education’ came under scrutiny because it only provided opportunities for a few students in a few jobs. In reality, we aren’t much better off today. The lack of access to a variety of programs of study is one of the biggest issues facing Career Technical Education (CTE), and it doesn’t only affect rural schools. We have heard from districts in the Washington, DC suburbs that want to respond to their students’ growing interest in local and organic farming, but do not have agricultural programs.  The only way to provide opportunities to all students is by “thinking out of the box,” using a little imagination, taking advantage of technology and creatively addressing outdated policies and other roadblocks.

Recognizing this dilemma, Ascend Learning’s CTE group is working with schools to help them develop and implement blended learning solutions. We bring schools modular content and interactive digital resources that can be used to craft courses that help students study towards industry-recognized credentials wherever they and whenever they have time to study. During our breakout session, we will share some of theseascendCTE_logo_color resources and talk about strategies teachers can use to engage students in a blended learning format.

We also want to help you share your insights about blended learning with other teachers. We will be putting recommendations from the breakout session participants on the Ascend Learning CTE blog following the conference.

Scott’s vendor session is scheduled for Monday, June 10 from 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

Career Clusters® Institute Series: Make the National Career Clusters® Institute Unforgettable with Kuder, Inc.

June 6th, 2013

This blog series provides readers with insight on the valuable content that is being shared at the Career Clusters ® Institute. Guest bloggers are among teachers, faculty, researchers and other experts that will present at the national gathering in Fort Worth, TX in June. Today’s guest blog is from  Kuder, Inc.
KuderAnnivAs a longtime National Career Clusters® Institute presenter and exhibitor, Kuder, Inc. is determined to make this year’s event unforgettable. 2013 marks our 75th anniversary and we want to celebrate it with you! There are a variety of ways you can connect with us during the institute to learn a little more about who we are, what we do, and how we’ve helped over 150 million users worldwide achieve lifelong success.

Let the celebration begin as you attend our pre session, “Become a Career Advising Idol,” on Sunday, June 9 at 1:00 p.m. in Texas Ballroom A. Be the envy of colleagues for your commitment to excellence and clients ‘wow’ your guidance, simply by engaging in professional development training. Our courses will increase personal performance and help you better assist those you serve.

Join us on Tuesday, June 11 at 1:20 p.m. in Fort Worth Ballroom 8 for our breakout session, “Facilitating Career Success Through One Seamless Pipeline of Comprehensive Solutions.” We’ll feature our customizable line of end-to-end education and career planning solutions uniquely tailored to the individual and developmental needs of every student and adult. Our systems are proven to boost academic performance, increase retention and completion rates, and give users hope and direction for the future.

After our breakout session, stop by our table at the sponsor showcase until 5:00 p.m. for more information.

For instant updates from us during the 2013 National Career Clusters® Institute, search for @Kuder or #KuderCCI13 on Twitter.

We look forward to meeting you and making this year’s event unforgettable!

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

Career Clusters® Institute Series: Sessions on the Common Career Technical Core and on Implementing the Common Core State Standards in the Context of CTE

June 4th, 2013

This blog series provides readers with insight on the valuable content that is being shared at the Career Clusters ® Institute. Guest bloggers are among teachers, faculty, researchers and other experts that will present at the national gathering in Fort Worth, TX in June. Today’s guest blogger is Kate Blosveren, Associate Executive Director, National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc), Silver Spring, MD.

With the Common Core State Standards being implemented by nearly every state in the nation and the (common) Next Generation Science Standards recently released, there is increasingly broad understanding of the value in having consistent standards used across states to allow for the sharing of materials, best practices and even economies of scale. The Career Technical Education (CTE) community has long valued cross-state models of CTE expectations, largely driven by the National Career Clusters® Framework and national industry-developed standards and assessments.

Looking ahead, CTE is poised to enter its next stage of consistent expectations with the introduction of the Common Career Technical Core (CCTC). The CCTC are a set of end-of-program of study standards, developed for states by states, to anchor CTE teaching and learning across the country at both the secondary and postsecondary level.Print

The 2013 Career Clusters® Institute will offer a number of opportunities for participants to learn more about the development of the CCTC, their design, and what comes next, including state adoption and local implementation.

CTE & the Common Core State Standards

The Career Clusters® Institute will also feature a wide array of sessions on how Career Technical Education and the Common Core State Standards intersect, with sessions on instructional tools, professional development strategies, and statewide initiatives. (This session is Monday, June 10 from 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.)

I’m excited to lead two sessions on CTE and CCSS, the first of which exploring how many of the skills we often consider to be “career skills” or “employability skills” are carefully embedded in the CCSS and the implications of that blend. The other session will focus on a project done in partnership between the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium and Achieve to develop a protocol and set of tools to help mathematics and CTE educators come together to develop and modify instructional tasks. During this session, participants will learn about the process and model the process themselves. (Kate is referring to the session Common Core & CTE: Aligned Instructional Tasks, Wednesday, June 12 from 10 a.m.-11 a.m.)

I’m looking forward to seeing you all in Texas next week!

Kate’s session, Introduction to the Common Career Technical Core is Tuesday, June 11 from 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. and repeated 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.; she also has a session called “Office Hours” meant to answer your questions about the Common Career Technical Core-a follow up to the earlier two sessions.

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

 

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