OVAE Hosts CTE Community Conversation with National Organizations

On Friday Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter and OVAE Assistant Secretary Brenda Dann-Messier hosted the latest CTE Community Conversation, hearing from representatives from national organizations about key issues related to CTE in preparation for Perkins reauthorization. This convening was designed to gather national association views on effective approaches for, and challenges facing, CTE. Each organization was given three minutes to make formal remarks, with Kim Green presenting for NASDCTEc.

Some of the areas addressed by presenters included accountability and data collection, secondary to postsecondary linkages, college and career readiness definitions, using research to guide policy, career pathways, career guidance, non-traditional occupations, and regional sector strategies.

After formal remarks, participants broke into small groups to answer the following questions:

• How can states and education institutions better prepare students for college and careers?

• What actions need to be taken to further support the availability and effectiveness of career pathways for students?

• What kinds of partnerships best support career pathways and how can effective relationships be brought to scale?

• What information (data) should be used to better track and improve student outcomes, particularly those related to college and career readiness?

Notes from this session will be available soon on the Department of Education’s blog here. You can also submit comments on any of the above questions to CTEConversations@ed.gov.

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