Archive for December, 2012

NASDCTEc Releases Recommendations for Perkins Reauthorization

Friday, December 21st, 2012

In 2013, the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins) will be eligible for reauthorization. Over the last two years, NASDCTEc has gathered input from our membership – through surveys, working groups, conference sessions, and calls – resulting in a broad set of recommendations for Perkins reauthorization. These recommendations are an introduction to the issues that matter to the CTE community, and members will have additional opportunities to engage in the development of a more detailed version of these recommendations in 2013.

Kara Herbertson, Research and Policy Manager

By Kara in Legislation, News, Public Policy
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New Report: Understanding the Skills in the Common Core State Standards

Friday, December 21st, 2012

The Common Core State Standards “provide a strong platform for students to apply and master the skills they need, and as students apply those skills, they have more opportunities to fully master the content within the CCSS,” according to a recent analysis of the standards by Achieve.

The CCSS covers most of the skills in greatest demands by employers, postsecondary institutions and society overall, according to Understanding the Skills in the Common Core State Standards. The report suggests that because the skills — working collectively, thinking critically, communicating effectively solving routine and nonroutine problems, and analyzing information and data – imparted by the CCSS are needed to excel in academic, technical and life settings.

However, the report also does note that “some skills — mostly technical or work-based in nature, such as career planning, ethical reasoning and conflict resolution skills — are simply outside the scope of the mathematics and ELA/literacy CCSS.”

The report identifies the level of preparation all students learning to the CCSS will acquire and offers insight into opportunities for Career Technical Education to help address career-focused skills. Learn more at http://www.achieve.org/skills-ccss.

Erin Uy, Communications & Marketing Manager

 

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Register Now for NASDCTEc Webinar – Common Career Technical Core (CCTC) Progress Update

Friday, December 21st, 2012

This webinar is designed to share an update on the progress toward implementation and use of the Common Career Technical Core (CCTC) through the planning and engagement phase. Updated information about the gap analysis / alignment study process that will provide a state level policy scan, a pilot alignment study and a complete state-by-state gap analysis of CTE standards will be provided as well. Hear from the collaborative partner about the timing and efforts to support information and implementation of the CCTC in the states as well as the proposed timeline of the study. Opportunity for question and answers associated with the implementation process of the CCTC will also be provided.

Dean Folkers, Deputy Executive Director of NASDCTEc, will lead the discussion.

When: January 31, 2013 at 3 p.m. Eastern

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Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

By Ramona in Common Career Technical Core, Webinars
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Legislative Update: No Deal on Fiscal Cliff Despite New Proposals from Obama, Boehner

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Despite proposals from both sides of the aisle, President Obama and Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives, led by House Speaker John Boehner, have yet to reach an agreement on the fiscal cliff.

If no agreement is reached and the 8.2 percent across-the-board cuts, or sequestration, to federal programs occur in early January, Career Technical Education (CTE) would be one of many areas impacted. Sequestration would result in a $92 million reduction in Perkins funding for the next school year.

On Monday, President Obama made his third fiscal plan offer to House Republicans. The President’s offer would permanently repeal the sequester and backload $100 billion in nondefense discretionary cuts. Obama’s plan would include $1.2 trillion in new revenues from individual income taxes and include a permanent extension of Bush-era tax cuts for those making less than $400,000 per year. The plan also includes $1.22 trillion in spending reductions.

While White House staff hoped that House Republicans would work from Obama’s plan, Boehner announced Tuesday that he would pursue a Plan B bill that would raise income taxes for millionaires – extending the Bush-era tax rates for income less than $1 million – but would not address sequestration cuts, entitlement spending, and other expiring provisions. Boehner’s plan has already been stalled in the Senate and received a veto threat from the White House.

Since Monday, there have been no formal talks between the offices of Obama and Boehner. While House Republicans have rejected Obama’s offer, the President is encouraging them to “take the deal” in order to address the fiscal cliff crisis before the start of the new year. The end of the lameduck session, originally scheduled for December 14th, has been postponed until at least this Friday as Congress continues to work toward a deal.

Kara Herbertson, Research and Policy Manager

By Kara in News, Public Policy

Use of the CTE: Learning that works for Florida Logo Surges

Monday, December 17th, 2012


Thanks to State Director Rod Duckworth, third-party usage of the CTE: Learning that works for Americaâ„¢ logos experienced a burst of interest and many CTE Directors in Florida are now signed on to use the logo in their programs.

During their fall 2012 CTE Directors Meeting, Mr. Duckworth (pictured) was presenting, and used the CTE: Learning that works for Americaâ„¢ logos embedded in his Power Point. When he shared with the group that the new CTE: Learning that works for Americaâ„¢ logos were available through the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc), this created much excitement about having a way to promote Career Technical Education (CTE) and tie this initiative to jobs in Florida. Mr. Duckworth explained that the logo and associated resources can be used to assist in talking about CTE.

Florida requires third-party approval to enable use of the state logo images. Mr. Duckworth’s office sent out instructions to the CTE Director group, which included completion of the User Agreement, enabling the approval process.

What is the User Agreement? For access to digital artwork for the CTE brand, advocates must first complete and submit the CTE Brand User’s Agreement. Consistent usage and vigilant stewardship of the CTE brand are critical to effectively establish the brand. By signing the user’s agreement—and by using the CTE brand in the ways outlined in the CTE User’s Guidelines—applicants are helping to create awareness and recognition for CTE that enhances its leadership position among key target audiences.

Learn more:
• CTE: Learning that works for America Initiative
• Resources available
• Third-party User Agreement application

Find out how your state approves third-party usage of the CTE: Learning that works for America logos, and discover a great way to promote CTE by calling our office at 301-588-9630.

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

By Ramona in CTE: Learning that works for America

Legislative Update: House and Senate Announce Democratic Committee Assignments

Friday, December 14th, 2012

Democrats in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate have announced their committee assignments for the 113th Congress, and some changes could impact Career Technical Education (CTE).

Senator Blumenthal (CT), a CTE supporter, and Senator Merkley (OR) will be leaving the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee. Senators Christopher Murphy (CT), Elizabeth Warren (MA), and Tammy Baldwin (WI) will join HELP. On the Senate Appropriations Committee, which handles funding for federal programs, Senator Sherrod Brown (OH) will be leaving. View the full list of Democratic Senate Committee assignments here.

The House Education and the Workforce Committee will include several additional Democratic members including Representatives Jared Polis (CO), Gregorio Camacho Sablan (Northern Mariana Islands), and Joe Courtney (CT). The House Appropriations Committee will also add several Democrats including Representatives Tim Ryan (OH), Dutch Ruppersberger (MD), Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (FL), and Steve Israel (NY).

Review a current list of Congressional leadership for the 113th Congress on our Congressional Contacts webpage.

Kara Herbertson, Research and Policy Manager

By Kara in News, Public Policy

Jobs report shows lows and bright spots across sectors

Friday, December 14th, 2012

There are millions fewer jobs than there were before the recession and some job sectors yet to show promising signs of recovery, however there are bright spots, according a recent NPR report.

In last month’s jobs report, the United States gained 146,000 jobs last month. Sectors such as the health care have grown steadily throughout the recession and the recovery. Since January 2008, health care has gained 1.3 million jobs.

Sectors such as leisure and hospitality or professional services, experienced a drop in the number of jobs during the recession, but have recovered many of those jobs. Also, private education has made a slight, but steady increase.

Other sectors are showing slower signs of recovery. Construction and manufacturing sectors are still fighting to make gains. Construction is down 2 million jobs, and manufacturing is down 1.8 million. The two sectors make up most of the 4 million total jobs lost since the start of the recession, according to NPR.

Visit NPR’s article to view a graphic that breaks down job gains and losses by sector.

Erin Uy, Communications and Marketing Manager

By Erin in News
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Resources Now Available for The Career Pathways Effect Webinar

Friday, December 14th, 2012

You can now view the Power Point and the recording of NASDCTEc’s recent webinar on the Career Pathways Effect: Linking Education and Economic Prosperity – A Conversation with the Book’s Team Leaders.

Jointly published by CORD and the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc), The Career Pathways Effect meets a need for evidence-based support for concepts and principles associated with Career Clustersâ„¢, Career Pathways and Programs of Study, and provides more uniform implementation across the nation.

The Team Leaders of the book discussed the basis for developing the book; the book’s organization, and ways the book can stimulate conversation on topics such as new models, collection of evidence-based data, and how the successes achieved by Career Technical Education can improve all of education.

Team Leader Presenters:
Dean Folkers, Deputy Executive Director, NASDCTEc
Kimberly Green, Executive Director, NASDCTEc
Richard Hinckley, President and CEO, CORD
Debra Mills, Vice President, Partnerships, CORD

View Power Point 2.31MB
View Recording

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

By Ramona in Webinars

Please Welcome Eric Spencer, New Mexico State Director

Friday, December 7th, 2012

NASDCTEc is pleased to welcome Mr. Eric Spencer, new State Director of New Mexico.

Mr. Spencer was named director of the New Mexico Public Education Department’s (PED) College and Career Readiness Bureau in October 2012. Prior to assuming his new role, he served the PED for 12 ½ years in multiple roles to include Staff Manger for Career-Technical and Workforce Education, and most recently as the Budget Director for the Administrative Services Division.

Mr. Spencer began his career in education as a business teacher where he worked in one of New Mexico’s smaller high schools and in one of the largest high schools. His district level experience includes teaching at the elementary, middle and high school levels, working as an assistant to a principal at an elementary school, and as an assistant to a district superintendent. For the last 6 years, he has served as adjunct faculty member in the School of Business and Professional Studies at Luna Community College where he teaches accounting, finance and economics.

His bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Business Administration, and all the coursework required for his teaching and administrative licenses, were earned at New Mexico Highlands University. After completing these credentials he studied insurance and risk management at California State University – San Francisco. He continues to be a lifelong learner as he is currently studying architectural design and art at the Santa Fe Community College.

As a recipient of numerous educational awards, he has been recognized at the state and national levels for his many contributions to the education system. When asked for a goal he said “Nothing is more important to me than to ensure we provide the opportunity for all New Mexico students to engage in a meaningful and purposeful education to achieve their college and employment goals, and to support all those in the system that make it happen.”

Please extend a warm welcome to Eric Spencer, who can be reached at eric.spencer@state.nm.us.

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

By Ramona in Advance CTE State Director

Register NOW for NASDCTEc Webinar on the Career Pathways Effect: Linking Education and Economic Prosperity

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

Be sure to register for The Career Pathways Effect: Linking Education and Economic Prosperity – A Conversation with the Book’s Team Leaders to be broadcast December 13, 2012 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Eastern.

Jointly published by CORD and the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc), The Career Pathways Effect meets a need for evidence-based support for concepts and principles associated with Career Clustersâ„¢, Career Pathways and Programs of Study, and provides more uniform implementation across the nation.

The Team Leaders of the book will discuss:
• Why the book was developed
• How it is organized
• Share how the book will stimulate conversation on topics such as new models, collection of evidence-based data, and how the successes achieved by CTE can improve all of education.

Team Leader Presenters:
Dean Folkers, Deputy Executive Director, NASDCTEc
Kimberly Green, Executive Director, NASDCTEc
Richard Hinckley, President and CEO, CORD
Debra Mills, Vice President, Partnerships, CORD

LINK to register

Click here and purchase the book today

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

 

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