Posts Tagged ‘model programs’

Unpacking Putting Learner Success First: Committing to Program Quality

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

A little over one year ago, Advance CTE launched Putting Learner Success First: A Shared Vision for the Future of CTE. This document, which was developed using input from a broad array of stakeholders, calls for a systematic transformation of the education system grounded in five principles. This blog series will dive into each principle, detailing the goals and progress made in each area.

For more resources related to Putting Learner Success First, including state and local self-assessments, check out our Vision Resources page.

All CTE programs are held to the highest standards of excellence

This first principle of Putting Learner Success First is a topic that has been an area of focus for many states for a while now. Many states and districts have worked to improve program quality, though the country still lacks an agreed-upon, detailed definition of high-quality for all programs of study. More work is needed from all stakeholders to ensure that all learners have access to excellent programs, no matter their zip code.

Those who have signed onto the principle have committed to accomplishing this objective through the following actions:

Since the launch of Putting Learner Success First, Advance CTE has been conducting research and policy scans to raise up examples and promising practices related to this principle. Now, when state leaders put their commitment to quality into action, they have access to multiple resources related to program approval, program evaluation and academic and CTE standards integration.

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Ashleigh McFadden, State Policy Manager

By Ashleigh McFadden in Advance CTE Resources, Resources
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Oklahoma CTE school delivers model for equity, STEM achievement

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Recognizing the value of equity and its vital role in cultivating a qualified and robust workforce, NASDCTEc and partner organizations this week highlighted a model program in Oklahoma dedicated to advancing the cause.

At a Capitol Hill briefing, July 28 NASDCTEc, the Association for Career and Technical Education and the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity awarded the Francis Tuttle Career Technology Center program Girl Tech with the 2009 winner of the “Programs and Practices That Work: Preparing Students for Nontraditional Careers” award. GirlTech, founded in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, has made strides in encouraging female high school students to enter science, technology, engineering and math postsecondary tracks.

With the nation’s economy shifting, Dave Buonora, NASDCTEc assistant director of programs, said Girl Tech underscores the importance of not excluding any cohort – based on gender, demographics or race – from entering the STEM/CTE pipeline. All students should be prepared with the academic background and skill sets to compete in a competitive workforce.
Established in 2005, GirlTech implements a rigorous curriculum that is complemented with intensive resources, including female mentors in the STEM fields, to support students. Since its inception in 2005, all but one of GirlTech students graduated from the program’s Pre-Engineering Academy and declared engineering or a technical field as her college major through 2008, according to Building New Possibilities: Promising Practices for Recruiting and Retaining Students in Career and Technical Education Programs That are Nontraditional for their Gender – a report issued by the award’s sponsors.

By Erin in Advance CTE Announcements
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