Institute Spotlight: Career Clusters and Programs of Study: Guidance, Instruction, and Assessment


Are you an administrator or educator looking for professional development opportunities at the Career Clusters Institute? This year, we have aligned 83 breakouts to 4 different “strands” to allow you to more easily navigate the breakout options according to your particular profession. Over the past few weeks we have spotlighted  Strand 1, Career Clusters as a Model for Collaboration and Strand 2, Innovations in Implementing Career Clusters. If you are an educator looking for workshops on bringing together industry, education and workforce, take a look at Strand 1 for examples of courses designed for you. If you are an administrator interested in real-life examples of how to implement Career Clusters, take a look at Strand 2.

Today we are spotlighting Strand 3, Career Clusters and Programs of Study: Guidance, Instruction, and Assessment, designed specifically for state and district administrators and teachers. Sessions in this strand will share examples of the impact Career Clusters’ innovative teaching and learning strategies can have in shaping programs of study and career technical education efforts in secondary schools and postsecondary systems.

Here are just a few examples of the courses being offered within this strand:

Career and Technical Programs of Study: A Design Framework
Scott Hess, Chief, College & Career Transitions, Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) Department of Education

The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act calls for states to offer “career and technical programs of study.” To help states and local recipients meet these requirements and ensure some consistency across the nation, OVAE, in collaboration with major national associations, organizations, and states, have formulated a “career and technical programs of study design framework.” During this session these components will be discussed allow participants with an opportunity to compare and contrast their programs of study with this suggested national model.

Scenario-Based Assessments of Core IT Applications Across Career Clusters
Linda Scott, Project Manager, Education Development Center, Inc.

The NSF-ATE IT Across Careers (ITAC) project has a dynamic collection of classroom-ready resources and tools for teachers to help students achieve success in developing their Essential Knowledge and Skills for Information Technology, including materials to build, assess, and chart students’ skill development. Attend this session and learn how you can integrate these materials in your classes and programs of study.

Integrating Your Career Cluster Curriculum with the Reality of the Workplace
Michael Connolly, Coordinator of Applied Learning, Pawtucket, RI School Department

A Career Cluster program of study must integrate the classroom curriculum with the demands of the workplace. This presentation will provide help in coordinating course curriculum, applied learning experiences, and post secondary requirements for students to continue their preparation for entry into the workforce. This session will give practical advice for establishing an effective career cluster academy.

Look for more exciting courses, all with CEU earning potential, within any of the strands on the Institute webpage.

General registration ends May 7th, 2010. Register now and avoid the late registration fee!


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