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

Monday, 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.

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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

By Ramona in Career Clusters®, Meetings and Events, National Career Clusters Institute, News
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New NASDCTEc Paper & Webinar: CTE Is Your STEM Strategy

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Today the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) released a new policy paper entitled CTE Is Your STEM Strategy, exploring the inherent relationship between CTE and STEM goals, elements and expectations.

Simply put, STEM must not be viewed as a separate enterprise from CTE. While a state’s CTE programs may not encompass everything within a state’s STEM strategy, high-quality CTE programs can provide a strong foundation for and serve as a delivery system of STEM competencies and skills for a broader range of students. Too often, STEM strategies are created separately from and without a clear understanding of how CTE can support and strengthen such efforts. This paper aims to bring this disconnect to the forefront and demonstrate the natural connection for the many stakeholders working to advance CTE and STEM in their communities.

Looking ahead, state and local leaders should work collaboratively to identify where CTE is delivering high-quality STEM skills and competencies successfully, where efforts need to be shored up, and how to best scale those programs with the greatest value to students, employers and our nation.

The paper was released during a webinar featuring Tina Marcus, Project Manager, STEM Education and Leadership, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction; Dr. Tony Baldwin, Superintendent of Buncombe County Schools in North Carolina; Dr. Linda Rosen, CEO of Change the Equation; and Kate Blosveren, NASDCTEc’s Associate Executive Director.

Click here to download CTE Is Your STEM Strategy and access the recording and slides from the webinar here.

Kate Blosveren, Associate Executive Director

By Kate Blosveren in NASDCTEc Resources, Publications, Webinars
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Summer CTE Camps Abound Across America

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

PrintAll across the U.S., exciting opportunities are happening for students in Career Technical Education (CTE) programs that represent a host of Career Clusters®. Here is a sampling of these programs:

In addition to offering students a chance to explore a career interest and receive hands-on learning, these programs receive support from their communities, business and industry, and other stakeholders who see the value in CTE as a way to offer student success, leading to a rewarding career.

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

By Ramona in Career Clusters®, News
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Resources Now Available for Advanced Placement® Across the Career Clusters® Webinar July 25 Broadcast

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Resources are now available for the July 25 webinar: Advanced Placement® Across the Career Clusters®.

PrintTraditionally Advanced Placement® (AP) courses and exams have not been recommended for students in Career Technical Education (CTE) programs. To bust this myth, NASDCTEc and the College Board worked together to draft a document – Career and Technical Education and Advanced Placement – that shows how AP courses and exams can be relevant to a student’s program of study across the 16 Career Clusters®.

This webinar featured that work, explored how AP courses and exams are being embedded in students’ programs of study at the local level, and engaged participants around additional strategies for including AP courses and other rigorous courses within CTE Career Pathways.

When:  Thursday July 25 at 3 p.m. ET and featured the following speakers:

Webinar Recording

Power Point of webinar in PDF format

Accompanying brief Career and Technical Education and Advanced Placement

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

By Ramona in Career Clusters®, Publications, Webinars
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NASDCTEc Introduces On-Demand Webinar Series

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

NASDCTEc is excited to introduce a new series: On-Demand Webinars!

CTE_LogoWhether you are new to Career Technical Education or want to brush up on a topic of interest, NASDCTEc’s new on-demand resources are a succinct introduction to relevant and timely issues, projects and resources. These new resources are being provided as on-demand webinars, where NASDCTEc experts guide you through a topic and link you to other valuable resources. The best thing – you can access these when and where you want! To kick off this new series, we are starting with two high-interest and timely topics:

GREAT NEWS FOR NASDCTEc MEMBERS: The Power Points and accompanying scripts for the above two On-Demand webinars are available now for your convenience. Look for the green Members tab on the home page at www.careertech.org. All you need to do is log in using your member username and password!

PrintOver the coming months, we’ll be adding more on-demand webinars to build a robust, virtual library. These on-demand resources might be a good introduction for you, your staff, key stakeholders, or even media. Consider using them in presentations or professional development. If you like these resources and have other topics you’d like us to cover, please submit your recommendations.

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

By Ramona in Career Clusters®, News
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Reminder to Register Now for Upcoming NASDCTEc Webinar on AP® and Career Clusters®

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

PrintThis is a reminder to sign up now for Advanced Placement® Across the Career Clusters® webinar.

Traditionally Advanced Placement® (AP) courses and exams have not been recommended for students in Career Technical Education (CTE) programs. To bust this myth, NASDCTEc and the College Board worked together to draft a document – Career and Technical Education and Advanced Placement – that shows how AP courses and exams can be relevant to a student’s program of study across the 16 Career Clusters®.

Join us for a webinar that will feature that work, explore how AP courses and exams are being embedded in students’ programs of study at the local level, and engage participants around additional strategies for including AP courses and other rigorous courses within CTE Career Pathways.

When: the webinar will take place on Thursday July 25 at 3 p.m. ET and feature:

Register NOW

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

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Report Shows Successful Journey Toward Deeper Learning with Roadtrip Nation

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Roadtrip Nation is a non-profit organization that helps students explore pathways they never knew existed, through programs and resources focused on self-discovery. Their approach shows positive results and encouraging outcomes for students, as shared in the research report Journey Toward Deeper Learning: An Evaluation of the Roadtrip Nation Experience in the San Jose PLUS Academies.

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This study was conducted by Educational Policy Improvement Center (EPIC). The results of students participating in the Roadtrip Nation (RTN) study show several benefits to students, and among those include:

According to Dr. Patrick Ainsworth, former State Director of California, “It is an approach that really resonates with high school aged students of all abilities and backgrounds. The schools participating in RTN love the model and are enthusiastic about the changes they see in their students’ attitudes and performance.”

In a keynote presentation and breakout session at the 2011 National Career Clusters® Institute, members of Roadtrip Nation shared the story of their movement – how they support, empower, and encourage individuals who want to define their own roads in life –and also shared stories that related to the Career Technical Education (CTE) vision as outlined in Reflect, Transform, Lead: A New Vision for Career Technical Education.

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

By Ramona in CTE: Learning that works for America, News, Research
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Register Now for Upcoming NASDCTEc Webinar on AP® and Career Clusters®

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Sign up now for Advanced Placement® Across the Career Clusters®

Traditionally, Advanced Placement® (AP®) courses have not been recommended for students in Career Technical Education (CTE) programs. To bust this myth, NASDCTEc and the College Board worked together to draft a document – Career and Technical Education and Advanced Placement® – that shows how AP® courses are relevant to a student’s program of study. Print

Join us for a webinar that will feature that work, explore how AP® courses and exams are being embedded in students’ programs of study at the local level, and engage participants around additional strategies for including AP courses and other rigorous courses within CTE pathways.

When: July 25th at 3 p.m. ET

Register NOW

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

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Career Clusters® Institute Series: Resources Now Available

Friday, 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?

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:

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

By Ramona in Career Clusters®, National Career Clusters Institute
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Career Clusters® Institute Blog Series: Career Guidance: Everyone Has a Role to Play

Sunday, June 9th, 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 Ms. Margaret “Meg” Smith, an Education Administrator at the Alabama Department of Education.

Alabama is moving forward in the area of career development.  It has become a focus for our state’s college and career ready activities. Across the state and the nation, college completion has become a larger issue as more students drop out within their first year. When asked why they dropped out, students answered:  “I just did not fit in,” “I don’t really know why I was there,” “I really did not like my classes,” or “I am not sure what I want to do.”

A student who has an understanding of self, the reasons for taking a series of courses, and a plan for the future will have greater opportunities.  They will have a clearer understanding of the knowledge and skills needed to prepare for a career field that is right for them. Career development is critical to ensuring students’ future success.

School counselors in Alabama cannot do it all. The counselor-to-student ratio at both the middle and high school levels is very high, and counselors cover a range of responsibilities. As a result, they may not see students more than two or three times a year, while a teacher sees a student every day. Alabama is working to provide both counselors and teachers with tools to help them help students.

Ms. Smith’s session will outline how Alabama is developing guidance activities for grades K-12 and how the same strategies may be used in other states. For more information, visit www.alcareerinfo.org.

This session is scheduled for Tuesday, June 11, 2013 from 8:45 – 9:45 am.

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

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