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NASDCTEc Spring Meeting Blog Series: NOCTI, an Eye Toward the Future

March 28th, 2013

This blog series provides readers with insight on the valuable content that is being shared at the NASDCTEc Spring Meeting. Guest bloggers are partner organizations, supporters and other experts that will be present at the national gathering in Washington, DC in April.

Dr. John C. Foster is first and foremost a dedicated leader and advocate for individuals preparing for the workforce. He currently serves as the President/CEO of NOCTI and its sister company NOCTI Business Solutions. Amie Bloomfield is the Customer Care and Outreach Manager for NOCTI, and will also be in attendance at the spring meeting.

NOCTI--Navy-11-2009NOCTI and NOCTI Business Solutions provide technical performance assessment for career and technical, secondary, and post-secondary programs in 48 of the 50 states. They also provide career and technical teacher occupational competency testing for universities delivering teacher training. Lastly, these firms provide assessment development, delivery, and reporting help for private industry and associations.

NOCTI, An Eye Toward the Future

The Career Pathways Effect, a joint publication between NASDCTEc and CORD, offers many practical applications for CTE stakeholders. One section within the book is titled “Ensure” and the focus of the chapters within this section discuss proving the successfulness of Career Technical Education (CTE) and ensuring its continuous improvement. Another chapter titled “Certifications” discusses the vast amount of credentials available to CTE students. With available credentials reaching over 1500 options, a focus is clearly needed. Although there has been much debate regarding rubrics for evaluating the quality of certification systems and the resulting certificates, it really boils down to the credibility and applicability of the assessments that drive the certifications.

There is strong emphasis on college and career readiness and this focus continues to make gains in terms of public recognition. Conversely, there are numerous influences within the education community that are drawing the attention of administrators away from this emphasis. These influences include, but are certainly not limited to, the implementation of the common core standards, requirements states have put in place to include student growth measures based on third-party assessments for teacher and principal evaluation processes, the impact of free online learning (MOOCs), and the rising costs of higher education.

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 the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education (NRCCTE), NASDCTEc, and the Pathways to Prosperity program, just to name a few. New collaborations and initiatives are underway. Here are just a few worth mentioning:

  • Alignment of standards and assessments has been completed for three additional certifications and extensive discussions continue with three other organizations.
  • Formal discussions are underway with the International Baccalaureate program.
  • College credit is now available to CTE students for over 25 assessment titles, with 30 more slated for the 2013-14 school year.
  • A Student Growth Measures program has been developed as a tool for the new teacher evaluation requirements.
  • Finishing touches are being placed on modules to assist with training new CTE teachers regarding assessment and the use of data.
  • Work is underway to incorporate badges into CTE assessments.

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

The NASDCTEc Spring Meeting will be held in Washington, DC April 15-17 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. More information

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

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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