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    of Education USDE has already started to unpack the new law recently sending a Dear Colleague Letter to state education agencies and soliciting input from the public for how best to implement some of ESSA s key provisions Comments on this solicitation are due no later than January 21 2016 USDE has also created a dedicated email for stakeholders to ask questions regarding ESSA implementation as the Department begins to develop guidance for the law s implementation essa questions ed gov Earlier this week ESSA was officially enrolled and is now available to view in its entirety here NASDCTEc applauds the passage of this landmark legislation and is looking forward to the upcoming implementation process where states and local school districts will have several key opportunities to coordinate align and strengthen supports for CTE Congress Approves Massive 1 1t Spending Bill Throughout most of 2015 Congress has struggled to come to consensus on how to fund the federal government for Fiscal Year FY 2016 After missing the initial FY 2016 funding deadline on October 1 Congress passed a series of stop gap measures known as continuing appropriations resolutions CR that temporarily extended previous FY 2015 funding levels in an effort to avert a government shutdown this past autumn These CRs also served the dual purpose of providing additional time for lawmakers to negotiate a broader agreement on federal spending for the remainder of FY 2016 This negotiation process unfolded in two interrelated stages Following the passage of the first CR in October Congress and the Obama Administration announced and later ratified a two year budget deal that provided much needed relief from the Budget Control Act s sequester caps current legislative requirements that constrain federal spending on domestic programs such as the Perkins Act s basic state grant BSG program into the next decade This agreement increased these caps for FY 2016 and FY 2017 but left the important task of designating specific funding amounts for programs to separate appropriations legislation Last week this type of agreement known as an omnibus that combines several appropriations bills into one comprehensive spending package was unveiled by Congressional negotiators last week and quickly passed by both Chambers before the President signed the measure into law The omnibus provides level funding for the Perkins Act BSG program for FY 2016 and restores earlier proposed cuts to the law s national programs section which supports CTE research and technical assistance projects While other education and workforce development programs received modest funding increases from this legislation those programs are largely authorized by laws that were recently renewed by Congress such as ESSA and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act WIOA a fact that underscores the importance of Congress taking up Perkins reauthorization in the second session of the 114 th Congress Odds Ends New Acting U S Secretary of Education John King visited Westinghouse High School in Pittsburgh PA last week to tour the school s CTE programs More on the visit here The American Federation of Teachers AFT and IBM called for the reauthorization of the Perkins Act in a U S News and World Report Op Ed this week Read the piece here The Technical Education and Career Help TEACH Act was introduced last week in the House a companion bill to the Creating Quality Technical Educators Act introduced earlier this year in the Senate The bill aims to strengthen the CTE teacher pipeline by supporting partnerships between LEAs and teacher preparation programs among other positive provisions Read the bill here USDE recently announced that they will host a webinar on their ongoing Experimental Site initiative for dual and concurrent enrollment programs on January 13 2016 Letters of interest are due no later than February 1 2016 and additional information on this particular Ex Site effort is located here Register for the webinar here The Workforce Data Quality Campaign recently released its second annual Mastering the Blueprint report which assesses state progress towards strengthening and expanding their workforce data infrastructure Read the report here Steve Voytek Government Relations Manager Tags ESEA ESSA FY 2016 Funding Perkins perkins funding Posted in Legislation News Public Policy Comments Off NASDCTEc Welcomes Jeralyn Jargo December 22nd 2015 Jeralyn Jargo is Minnesota s newest State CTE Director and has big plans for CTE in the state Jargo has held a wide array of jobs in the education sector including teaching high school science setting up programs of study in respiratory therapy serving as an academic dean for a two year college and most recently was the vice president of advancement and innovation at Century College Throughout Jargo s career one thing that has always held true is that collaboration across sectors and industries is critical to creating the best possible outcomes for students One project Jargo facilitated in her most recent position was a Shark Tank like grant initiative where students participated in a series of workshops and mentorships before delivering an idea or product to a multi disciplinary panel of judges comprised of community leaders business partners and faculty in science engineering and marketing Winners were awarded 5 000 scholarships This innovative approach at awarding scholarships allowed students to work across disciplines and sectors an experience they are sure to repeat in their careers As the State CTE Director Jargo is working to build an environment where collaboration like this and innovation are key components in the way her department functions and how programs of study are delivered to students The majority of us aren t going to go to Harvard or play for the Cubs so how do we help the masses of folks who learn by touching and smelling and participating who are going to have a job that requires critical thinking and transferrable skills concepts that all come from a foundation of CTE One way Jargo will tackle this challenge is by building meaningful and authentic partnerships with business industry and policymakers in the state There is a huge window of opportunity to focus on the understanding of CTE said Jargo It s a very good time to promote CTE The business community is more and more engaged and they are powerful advocates for the system In addition Jargo wants to improve the support students receive as they move in out and back into education A successful program would be one where students are supported through these transitions or as Jargo put it If you fly over the Twin Cities and look at the on and off ramps That s what CTE would look like Traffic would be flowing at a steady rate Katie Fitzgerald Communications Associate Posted in Uncategorized Comments Off Excellence in Action Marine Academy of Science and Technology December 17th 2015 Thank you to all of you who submitted applications to our 2016 Excellence in Action awards We are digging through the applications now and are blown away by the number of innovative exciting and inspiring programs of study from big cities to tiny rural towns We re looking forward to announcing the winners in late February While learning about all these new programs of study we thought it would be a good time to look back at one of our 2015 award winners the Marine Academy of Science and Technology MAST the award recipient in the Science Technology Engineering Mathematics Career Cluster This program has been educating secondary students in Highland New Jersey for 34 years Students get the chance to work with the nearby National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOAA lab a 65 foot research vessel and a four year naval science program through the NJROTC all while earning up to 17 college credits In addition to the program of study s goal of preparing students for postsecondary education students are also provided with work based learning opportunities working hand in hand with some of the best scientists in the country at the North East Fisheries Science Center or on research projects with the National Park Service MAST has set up students for incredible success with 100 percent of students graduating high school and enrolling in postsecondary education 50 percent of whom enrolled in a STEM field Learn more about MAST and our 2015 award winners Katie Fitzgerald Communications Associate Posted in Uncategorized Comments Off Upcoming Webinar CTE and Global Competency December 17th 2015 Being globally competent is increasingly a requirement in today s economy where individuals are called upon to compete connect and cooperate on an international scale Career Technical Education CTE programs offer a unique platform for teaching global competencies providing the rigorous and authentic setting necessary to prepare students for the competitive world economy while offering a more engaging motivating and relevant education To explore the ways in which CTE and global education intersect and can be integrated Asia Society Longview Foundation NASDCTEc and ACTE partnered on the new publication Preparing a Globally Competent Workforce Through High Quality Career and Technical Education which will be released in early January 2016 Join us on Wednesday January 13 2016 from 3 4 p m ET for a webinar on this critical issue featuring local leaders sharing what globally minded CTE programs look like at the classroom level Register today Speakers include Jo Anne Honeycutt State CTE Director North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Larisa K Schelkin CEO President Founder Global STEM Education Center Inc Mark Tronicke Global Exchange Coordinator Bergen County Academies in New Jersey Heather Singmaster Assistant Director Asia Society Jennifer Manise Executive Director Longview Foundation Kate Blosveren Associate Executive Director NASDCTEc Steve DeWitt Deputy Executive Director ACTE Tags Webinars Posted in NASDCTEc Announcements Webinars Comments Off This Week in CTE ESSA December 11th 2015 TWEET OF THE WEEK Glad to see Congress pass bipartisan ESSA bill good news for students educators families and the country https t co M0ZAALFuRi Arne Duncan arneduncan December 9 2015 ARTICLE OF THE WEEK Congress is Getting Rid of No Child Left Behind Here s What Will Replace It Yesterday President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act into law replacing No Child Left Behind While the vast majority of power is shifted from the Federal Government back to the States here s a rundown of what s left of No Child Left Behind and what changes with the new law More VIDEO OF THE WEEK President Obama signs the Every Student Succeeds Act Katie Fitzgerald Communications Associate Posted in Uncategorized Comments Off NASDCTEc Endorses Proposed Every Student Succeeds Act December 2nd 2015 The National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium NASDCTEc is excited to announce its endorsement of the Every Student Succeeds Act ESSA the proposed legislation to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act ESEA The Every Student Succeeds Act is a significant bipartisan legislative achievement that provides states and schools with the opportunity to offer every student equitable access to a high quality education that truly prepares them for postsecondary and career success said Kimberly Green NASDCTEc Executive Director The Career Technical Education CTE community has long advocated for federal policy that improves collaboration between academic and CTE courses and programs By recognizing that all students need a combination of academic technical and employability skills in order to succeed and thrive in the dynamic global economy ESSA represents an important step forward in federal policy To that end we urge members in both chambers of Congress to vote in support of this legislation s swift passage The Every Student Succeeds Act is the product of bipartisan bicameral negotiations to reauthorize ESEA the law formerly known as No Child Left Behind which has been due for renewal since 2007 Earlier this year NASDCTEc released a set of legislative recommendations calling for a bill that would more effectively leverage CTE in a new ESEA law The conference report for the Every Student Succeeds Act was released earlier this week and is expected to be voted on by the U S House of Representatives later today It will then move to the Senate next week for further consideration Katie Fitzgerald Communications Associate Posted in Uncategorized Comments Off Welcome to Colorado s Newest State CTE Director Sarah Heath November 30th 2015 Sarah Heath Colorado s newest State CTE Director began her career in education by chance occasionally substitute teaching a computer applications class at a local high school while finishing her undergraduate degree in business in Georgia Dr Heath found that working with students was much more compelling and fulfilling than her previous work on management information and database systems and when the job became available Dr Heath took on a full time teaching position Upon completion of her master s degree in business education at the University of Georgia Dr Heath became very active in the Georgia Association for Career and Technical Education attended the national conference and worked on a variety of committees Finding she excelled in leadership roles Dr Heath rose the ranks quickly after transitioning to the administrative side of education and became the state program director in Georgia After completing her PhD in Georgia Dr Heath moved to Colorado and worked as the local district CTE director for the Jefferson County Jeffco Public School system the largest public school system in Colorado while also serving as ACTE s national president While at Jeffco she experienced a completely different CTE system than in Georgia In Georgia the state oversees much of its CTE from professional development of educators to course selection In comparison in Colorado CTE is controlled primarily at the local level And whereas Georgia has a long history and tradition of CTE Dr Heath saw a greater need for stronger workforce and employer engagement strategy in Colorado In her new role as the State CTE Director Dr Heath is committed to creating stronger connections between business and industry partners and local districts Instead of business taking a passive approach to CTE Dr Heath envisions a system where employers from the state regional and local level will take center stage and not only serve on advisory committees but also direct the curriculum of CTE programming Employers can talk about their needs and CTE can be an answer to those needs said Dr Heath We need to help agencies associations industry and education across the state be a part of each other s way of doing business CTE is relevant to what business is doing and the more we can demonstrate that the brighter our future will be In addition to engaging industry as equal partners in the development of CTE in the state Dr Heath will focus on using the data and employment projections from labor and workforce agencies and organizations in Colorado to assist in deciding what is relevant to a student s education and training locals to make programmatic decisions the same way In addition to building relationships between education and industry Dr Heath wants to create more defined transitions between secondary and postsecondary CTE along with raising the profile of CTSOs and their value to students After years of working with Dr Heath in her role as ACTE national president NASDCTEc is excited to have her join our ranks as one our newest State CTE Directors Katie Fitzgerald Communications Associate Tags Colorado State CTE Director Posted in Uncategorized Comments Off NASDCTEc Legislative Update Congress Aims to Move Past No Child Left Behind as Funding Deadline Edges Closer Once More November 24th 2015 Congressional negotiators have announced an agreement on the long overdue reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act ESEA the law formerly known as No Child Left Behind NCLB Due for reauthorization since 2007 lawmakers have struggled to find consensus for how to address NCLB s most readily apparent flaws while honoring its long legislative legacy rooted in the civil rights movement As we shared earlier this summer both the House and the Senate passed respective bills to reauthorize ESEA Since that time both Chambers have been working on a bipartisan and bicameral basis to develop a framework agreement that would serve as the basis for a compromise between the two proposals Last week that framework was announced along with the creation of a formal conference committee a move that has been exceptionally rare over the past decade ESEA conferees were announced last week and met twice before approving this framework along with a few amendments last Thursday by a margin of 39 1 A summary of this framework agreement now known as the Every Child Succeeds Act or ESSA can be found here It is important to note that this agreed upon framework must now be turned into a final bill and Congressional staff are now busy translating the aspects of this agreement into formal legislative text That text must then be approved by both Chambers of Congress and signed into law by the President The conference report and final text of ESSA is expected to be available on November 30 th The House is expected to consider the legislation shortly after this followed by the Senate Lawmakers are aiming for final passage before the end of this December While the official legislative text has not been finalized ESSA seeks to significantly roll back the federal role in K 12 education by providing states broad authority and flexibility for how to implement the law A broad overview of the agreement s main contours can be found here NASDCTEc will provide a detailed analysis of ESSA s CTE related provisions of interest once it has been finalized and will continue to keep the CTE community abreast of this ongoing reauthorization effort Congress Passes Budget Agreement Providing Temporary Relief from Sequester Caps As we shared previously Congress passed and the President signed into law the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 BBA which provides 80 billion in sequester relief over the next two fiscal years by temporarily raising current limits on federal spending known as sequester caps through FY 2017 for both defense and non defense discretionary programs The deal also suspends but does not raise the nation s debt ceiling through

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    of Education USDE has already started to unpack the new law recently sending a Dear Colleague Letter to state education agencies and soliciting input from the public for how best to implement some of ESSA s key provisions Comments on this solicitation are due no later than January 21 2016 USDE has also created a dedicated email for stakeholders to ask questions regarding ESSA implementation as the Department begins to develop guidance for the law s implementation essa questions ed gov Earlier this week ESSA was officially enrolled and is now available to view in its entirety here NASDCTEc applauds the passage of this landmark legislation and is looking forward to the upcoming implementation process where states and local school districts will have several key opportunities to coordinate align and strengthen supports for CTE Congress Approves Massive 1 1t Spending Bill Throughout most of 2015 Congress has struggled to come to consensus on how to fund the federal government for Fiscal Year FY 2016 After missing the initial FY 2016 funding deadline on October 1 Congress passed a series of stop gap measures known as continuing appropriations resolutions CR that temporarily extended previous FY 2015 funding levels in an effort to avert a government shutdown this past autumn These CRs also served the dual purpose of providing additional time for lawmakers to negotiate a broader agreement on federal spending for the remainder of FY 2016 This negotiation process unfolded in two interrelated stages Following the passage of the first CR in October Congress and the Obama Administration announced and later ratified a two year budget deal that provided much needed relief from the Budget Control Act s sequester caps current legislative requirements that constrain federal spending on domestic programs such as the Perkins Act s basic state grant BSG program into the next decade This agreement increased these caps for FY 2016 and FY 2017 but left the important task of designating specific funding amounts for programs to separate appropriations legislation Last week this type of agreement known as an omnibus that combines several appropriations bills into one comprehensive spending package was unveiled by Congressional negotiators last week and quickly passed by both Chambers before the President signed the measure into law The omnibus provides level funding for the Perkins Act BSG program for FY 2016 and restores earlier proposed cuts to the law s national programs section which supports CTE research and technical assistance projects While other education and workforce development programs received modest funding increases from this legislation those programs are largely authorized by laws that were recently renewed by Congress such as ESSA and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act WIOA a fact that underscores the importance of Congress taking up Perkins reauthorization in the second session of the 114 th Congress Odds Ends New Acting U S Secretary of Education John King visited Westinghouse High School in Pittsburgh PA last week to tour the school s CTE programs More on the visit here The American Federation of Teachers AFT and IBM called for the reauthorization of the Perkins Act in a U S News and World Report Op Ed this week Read the piece here The Technical Education and Career Help TEACH Act was introduced last week in the House a companion bill to the Creating Quality Technical Educators Act introduced earlier this year in the Senate The bill aims to strengthen the CTE teacher pipeline by supporting partnerships between LEAs and teacher preparation programs among other positive provisions Read the bill here USDE recently announced that they will host a webinar on their ongoing Experimental Site initiative for dual and concurrent enrollment programs on January 13 2016 Letters of interest are due no later than February 1 2016 and additional information on this particular Ex Site effort is located here Register for the webinar here The Workforce Data Quality Campaign recently released its second annual Mastering the Blueprint report which assesses state progress towards strengthening and expanding their workforce data infrastructure Read the report here Steve Voytek Government Relations Manager Tags ESEA ESSA FY 2016 Funding Perkins perkins funding Posted in Legislation News Public Policy Comments Off NASDCTEc Welcomes Jeralyn Jargo December 22nd 2015 Jeralyn Jargo is Minnesota s newest State CTE Director and has big plans for CTE in the state Jargo has held a wide array of jobs in the education sector including teaching high school science setting up programs of study in respiratory therapy serving as an academic dean for a two year college and most recently was the vice president of advancement and innovation at Century College Throughout Jargo s career one thing that has always held true is that collaboration across sectors and industries is critical to creating the best possible outcomes for students One project Jargo facilitated in her most recent position was a Shark Tank like grant initiative where students participated in a series of workshops and mentorships before delivering an idea or product to a multi disciplinary panel of judges comprised of community leaders business partners and faculty in science engineering and marketing Winners were awarded 5 000 scholarships This innovative approach at awarding scholarships allowed students to work across disciplines and sectors an experience they are sure to repeat in their careers As the State CTE Director Jargo is working to build an environment where collaboration like this and innovation are key components in the way her department functions and how programs of study are delivered to students The majority of us aren t going to go to Harvard or play for the Cubs so how do we help the masses of folks who learn by touching and smelling and participating who are going to have a job that requires critical thinking and transferrable skills concepts that all come from a foundation of CTE One way Jargo will tackle this challenge is by building meaningful and authentic partnerships with business industry and policymakers in the state There is a huge window of opportunity to focus on the understanding of CTE said Jargo It s a very good time to promote CTE The business community is more and more engaged and they are powerful advocates for the system In addition Jargo wants to improve the support students receive as they move in out and back into education A successful program would be one where students are supported through these transitions or as Jargo put it If you fly over the Twin Cities and look at the on and off ramps That s what CTE would look like Traffic would be flowing at a steady rate Katie Fitzgerald Communications Associate Posted in Uncategorized Comments Off Excellence in Action Marine Academy of Science and Technology December 17th 2015 Thank you to all of you who submitted applications to our 2016 Excellence in Action awards We are digging through the applications now and are blown away by the number of innovative exciting and inspiring programs of study from big cities to tiny rural towns We re looking forward to announcing the winners in late February While learning about all these new programs of study we thought it would be a good time to look back at one of our 2015 award winners the Marine Academy of Science and Technology MAST the award recipient in the Science Technology Engineering Mathematics Career Cluster This program has been educating secondary students in Highland New Jersey for 34 years Students get the chance to work with the nearby National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOAA lab a 65 foot research vessel and a four year naval science program through the NJROTC all while earning up to 17 college credits In addition to the program of study s goal of preparing students for postsecondary education students are also provided with work based learning opportunities working hand in hand with some of the best scientists in the country at the North East Fisheries Science Center or on research projects with the National Park Service MAST has set up students for incredible success with 100 percent of students graduating high school and enrolling in postsecondary education 50 percent of whom enrolled in a STEM field Learn more about MAST and our 2015 award winners Katie Fitzgerald Communications Associate Posted in Uncategorized Comments Off Upcoming Webinar CTE and Global Competency December 17th 2015 Being globally competent is increasingly a requirement in today s economy where individuals are called upon to compete connect and cooperate on an international scale Career Technical Education CTE programs offer a unique platform for teaching global competencies providing the rigorous and authentic setting necessary to prepare students for the competitive world economy while offering a more engaging motivating and relevant education To explore the ways in which CTE and global education intersect and can be integrated Asia Society Longview Foundation NASDCTEc and ACTE partnered on the new publication Preparing a Globally Competent Workforce Through High Quality Career and Technical Education which will be released in early January 2016 Join us on Wednesday January 13 2016 from 3 4 p m ET for a webinar on this critical issue featuring local leaders sharing what globally minded CTE programs look like at the classroom level Register today Speakers include Jo Anne Honeycutt State CTE Director North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Larisa K Schelkin CEO President Founder Global STEM Education Center Inc Mark Tronicke Global Exchange Coordinator Bergen County Academies in New Jersey Heather Singmaster Assistant Director Asia Society Jennifer Manise Executive Director Longview Foundation Kate Blosveren Associate Executive Director NASDCTEc Steve DeWitt Deputy Executive Director ACTE Tags Webinars Posted in NASDCTEc Announcements Webinars Comments Off This Week in CTE ESSA December 11th 2015 TWEET OF THE WEEK Glad to see Congress pass bipartisan ESSA bill good news for students educators families and the country https t co M0ZAALFuRi Arne Duncan arneduncan December 9 2015 ARTICLE OF THE WEEK Congress is Getting Rid of No Child Left Behind Here s What Will Replace It Yesterday President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act into law replacing No Child Left Behind While the vast majority of power is shifted from the Federal Government back to the States here s a rundown of what s left of No Child Left Behind and what changes with the new law More VIDEO OF THE WEEK President Obama signs the Every Student Succeeds Act Katie Fitzgerald Communications Associate Posted in Uncategorized Comments Off NASDCTEc Endorses Proposed Every Student Succeeds Act December 2nd 2015 The National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium NASDCTEc is excited to announce its endorsement of the Every Student Succeeds Act ESSA the proposed legislation to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act ESEA The Every Student Succeeds Act is a significant bipartisan legislative achievement that provides states and schools with the opportunity to offer every student equitable access to a high quality education that truly prepares them for postsecondary and career success said Kimberly Green NASDCTEc Executive Director The Career Technical Education CTE community has long advocated for federal policy that improves collaboration between academic and CTE courses and programs By recognizing that all students need a combination of academic technical and employability skills in order to succeed and thrive in the dynamic global economy ESSA represents an important step forward in federal policy To that end we urge members in both chambers of Congress to vote in support of this legislation s swift passage The Every Student Succeeds Act is the product of bipartisan bicameral negotiations to reauthorize ESEA the law formerly known as No Child Left Behind which has been due for renewal since 2007 Earlier this year NASDCTEc released a set of legislative recommendations calling for a bill that would more effectively leverage CTE in a new ESEA law The conference report for the Every Student Succeeds Act was released earlier this week and is expected to be voted on by the U S House of Representatives later today It will then move to the Senate next week for further consideration Katie Fitzgerald Communications Associate Posted in Uncategorized Comments Off Welcome to Colorado s Newest State CTE Director Sarah Heath November 30th 2015 Sarah Heath Colorado s newest State CTE Director began her career in education by chance occasionally substitute teaching a computer applications class at a local high school while finishing her undergraduate degree in business in Georgia Dr Heath found that working with students was much more compelling and fulfilling than her previous work on management information and database systems and when the job became available Dr Heath took on a full time teaching position Upon completion of her master s degree in business education at the University of Georgia Dr Heath became very active in the Georgia Association for Career and Technical Education attended the national conference and worked on a variety of committees Finding she excelled in leadership roles Dr Heath rose the ranks quickly after transitioning to the administrative side of education and became the state program director in Georgia After completing her PhD in Georgia Dr Heath moved to Colorado and worked as the local district CTE director for the Jefferson County Jeffco Public School system the largest public school system in Colorado while also serving as ACTE s national president While at Jeffco she experienced a completely different CTE system than in Georgia In Georgia the state oversees much of its CTE from professional development of educators to course selection In comparison in Colorado CTE is controlled primarily at the local level And whereas Georgia has a long history and tradition of CTE Dr Heath saw a greater need for stronger workforce and employer engagement strategy in Colorado In her new role as the State CTE Director Dr Heath is committed to creating stronger connections between business and industry partners and local districts Instead of business taking a passive approach to CTE Dr Heath envisions a system where employers from the state regional and local level will take center stage and not only serve on advisory committees but also direct the curriculum of CTE programming Employers can talk about their needs and CTE can be an answer to those needs said Dr Heath We need to help agencies associations industry and education across the state be a part of each other s way of doing business CTE is relevant to what business is doing and the more we can demonstrate that the brighter our future will be In addition to engaging industry as equal partners in the development of CTE in the state Dr Heath will focus on using the data and employment projections from labor and workforce agencies and organizations in Colorado to assist in deciding what is relevant to a student s education and training locals to make programmatic decisions the same way In addition to building relationships between education and industry Dr Heath wants to create more defined transitions between secondary and postsecondary CTE along with raising the profile of CTSOs and their value to students After years of working with Dr Heath in her role as ACTE national president NASDCTEc is excited to have her join our ranks as one our newest State CTE Directors Katie Fitzgerald Communications Associate Tags Colorado State CTE Director Posted in Uncategorized Comments Off NASDCTEc Legislative Update Congress Aims to Move Past No Child Left Behind as Funding Deadline Edges Closer Once More November 24th 2015 Congressional negotiators have announced an agreement on the long overdue reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act ESEA the law formerly known as No Child Left Behind NCLB Due for reauthorization since 2007 lawmakers have struggled to find consensus for how to address NCLB s most readily apparent flaws while honoring its long legislative legacy rooted in the civil rights movement As we shared earlier this summer both the House and the Senate passed respective bills to reauthorize ESEA Since that time both Chambers have been working on a bipartisan and bicameral basis to develop a framework agreement that would serve as the basis for a compromise between the two proposals Last week that framework was announced along with the creation of a formal conference committee a move that has been exceptionally rare over the past decade ESEA conferees were announced last week and met twice before approving this framework along with a few amendments last Thursday by a margin of 39 1 A summary of this framework agreement now known as the Every Child Succeeds Act or ESSA can be found here It is important to note that this agreed upon framework must now be turned into a final bill and Congressional staff are now busy translating the aspects of this agreement into formal legislative text That text must then be approved by both Chambers of Congress and signed into law by the President The conference report and final text of ESSA is expected to be available on November 30 th The House is expected to consider the legislation shortly after this followed by the Senate Lawmakers are aiming for final passage before the end of this December While the official legislative text has not been finalized ESSA seeks to significantly roll back the federal role in K 12 education by providing states broad authority and flexibility for how to implement the law A broad overview of the agreement s main contours can be found here NASDCTEc will provide a detailed analysis of ESSA s CTE related provisions of interest once it has been finalized and will continue to keep the CTE community abreast of this ongoing reauthorization effort Congress Passes Budget Agreement Providing Temporary Relief from Sequester Caps As we shared previously Congress passed and the President signed into law the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 BBA which provides 80 billion in sequester relief over the next two fiscal years by temporarily raising current limits on federal spending known as sequester caps through FY 2017 for both defense and non defense discretionary programs The deal also suspends but does not raise the nation s debt ceiling through

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    of Education USDE has already started to unpack the new law recently sending a Dear Colleague Letter to state education agencies and soliciting input from the public for how best to implement some of ESSA s key provisions Comments on this solicitation are due no later than January 21 2016 USDE has also created a dedicated email for stakeholders to ask questions regarding ESSA implementation as the Department begins to develop guidance for the law s implementation essa questions ed gov Earlier this week ESSA was officially enrolled and is now available to view in its entirety here NASDCTEc applauds the passage of this landmark legislation and is looking forward to the upcoming implementation process where states and local school districts will have several key opportunities to coordinate align and strengthen supports for CTE Congress Approves Massive 1 1t Spending Bill Throughout most of 2015 Congress has struggled to come to consensus on how to fund the federal government for Fiscal Year FY 2016 After missing the initial FY 2016 funding deadline on October 1 Congress passed a series of stop gap measures known as continuing appropriations resolutions CR that temporarily extended previous FY 2015 funding levels in an effort to avert a government shutdown this past autumn These CRs also served the dual purpose of providing additional time for lawmakers to negotiate a broader agreement on federal spending for the remainder of FY 2016 This negotiation process unfolded in two interrelated stages Following the passage of the first CR in October Congress and the Obama Administration announced and later ratified a two year budget deal that provided much needed relief from the Budget Control Act s sequester caps current legislative requirements that constrain federal spending on domestic programs such as the Perkins Act s basic state grant BSG program into the next decade This agreement increased these caps for FY 2016 and FY 2017 but left the important task of designating specific funding amounts for programs to separate appropriations legislation Last week this type of agreement known as an omnibus that combines several appropriations bills into one comprehensive spending package was unveiled by Congressional negotiators last week and quickly passed by both Chambers before the President signed the measure into law The omnibus provides level funding for the Perkins Act BSG program for FY 2016 and restores earlier proposed cuts to the law s national programs section which supports CTE research and technical assistance projects While other education and workforce development programs received modest funding increases from this legislation those programs are largely authorized by laws that were recently renewed by Congress such as ESSA and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act WIOA a fact that underscores the importance of Congress taking up Perkins reauthorization in the second session of the 114 th Congress Odds Ends New Acting U S Secretary of Education John King visited Westinghouse High School in Pittsburgh PA last week to tour the school s CTE programs More on the visit here The American Federation of Teachers AFT and IBM called for the reauthorization of the Perkins Act in a U S News and World Report Op Ed this week Read the piece here The Technical Education and Career Help TEACH Act was introduced last week in the House a companion bill to the Creating Quality Technical Educators Act introduced earlier this year in the Senate The bill aims to strengthen the CTE teacher pipeline by supporting partnerships between LEAs and teacher preparation programs among other positive provisions Read the bill here USDE recently announced that they will host a webinar on their ongoing Experimental Site initiative for dual and concurrent enrollment programs on January 13 2016 Letters of interest are due no later than February 1 2016 and additional information on this particular Ex Site effort is located here Register for the webinar here The Workforce Data Quality Campaign recently released its second annual Mastering the Blueprint report which assesses state progress towards strengthening and expanding their workforce data infrastructure Read the report here Steve Voytek Government Relations Manager Tags ESEA ESSA FY 2016 Funding Perkins perkins funding Posted in Legislation News Public Policy Comments Off NASDCTEc Welcomes Jeralyn Jargo December 22nd 2015 Jeralyn Jargo is Minnesota s newest State CTE Director and has big plans for CTE in the state Jargo has held a wide array of jobs in the education sector including teaching high school science setting up programs of study in respiratory therapy serving as an academic dean for a two year college and most recently was the vice president of advancement and innovation at Century College Throughout Jargo s career one thing that has always held true is that collaboration across sectors and industries is critical to creating the best possible outcomes for students One project Jargo facilitated in her most recent position was a Shark Tank like grant initiative where students participated in a series of workshops and mentorships before delivering an idea or product to a multi disciplinary panel of judges comprised of community leaders business partners and faculty in science engineering and marketing Winners were awarded 5 000 scholarships This innovative approach at awarding scholarships allowed students to work across disciplines and sectors an experience they are sure to repeat in their careers As the State CTE Director Jargo is working to build an environment where collaboration like this and innovation are key components in the way her department functions and how programs of study are delivered to students The majority of us aren t going to go to Harvard or play for the Cubs so how do we help the masses of folks who learn by touching and smelling and participating who are going to have a job that requires critical thinking and transferrable skills concepts that all come from a foundation of CTE One way Jargo will tackle this challenge is by building meaningful and authentic partnerships with business industry and policymakers in the state There is a huge window of opportunity to focus on the understanding of CTE said Jargo It s a very good time to promote CTE The business community is more and more engaged and they are powerful advocates for the system In addition Jargo wants to improve the support students receive as they move in out and back into education A successful program would be one where students are supported through these transitions or as Jargo put it If you fly over the Twin Cities and look at the on and off ramps That s what CTE would look like Traffic would be flowing at a steady rate Katie Fitzgerald Communications Associate Posted in Uncategorized Comments Off Excellence in Action Marine Academy of Science and Technology December 17th 2015 Thank you to all of you who submitted applications to our 2016 Excellence in Action awards We are digging through the applications now and are blown away by the number of innovative exciting and inspiring programs of study from big cities to tiny rural towns We re looking forward to announcing the winners in late February While learning about all these new programs of study we thought it would be a good time to look back at one of our 2015 award winners the Marine Academy of Science and Technology MAST the award recipient in the Science Technology Engineering Mathematics Career Cluster This program has been educating secondary students in Highland New Jersey for 34 years Students get the chance to work with the nearby National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOAA lab a 65 foot research vessel and a four year naval science program through the NJROTC all while earning up to 17 college credits In addition to the program of study s goal of preparing students for postsecondary education students are also provided with work based learning opportunities working hand in hand with some of the best scientists in the country at the North East Fisheries Science Center or on research projects with the National Park Service MAST has set up students for incredible success with 100 percent of students graduating high school and enrolling in postsecondary education 50 percent of whom enrolled in a STEM field Learn more about MAST and our 2015 award winners Katie Fitzgerald Communications Associate Posted in Uncategorized Comments Off Upcoming Webinar CTE and Global Competency December 17th 2015 Being globally competent is increasingly a requirement in today s economy where individuals are called upon to compete connect and cooperate on an international scale Career Technical Education CTE programs offer a unique platform for teaching global competencies providing the rigorous and authentic setting necessary to prepare students for the competitive world economy while offering a more engaging motivating and relevant education To explore the ways in which CTE and global education intersect and can be integrated Asia Society Longview Foundation NASDCTEc and ACTE partnered on the new publication Preparing a Globally Competent Workforce Through High Quality Career and Technical Education which will be released in early January 2016 Join us on Wednesday January 13 2016 from 3 4 p m ET for a webinar on this critical issue featuring local leaders sharing what globally minded CTE programs look like at the classroom level Register today Speakers include Jo Anne Honeycutt State CTE Director North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Larisa K Schelkin CEO President Founder Global STEM Education Center Inc Mark Tronicke Global Exchange Coordinator Bergen County Academies in New Jersey Heather Singmaster Assistant Director Asia Society Jennifer Manise Executive Director Longview Foundation Kate Blosveren Associate Executive Director NASDCTEc Steve DeWitt Deputy Executive Director ACTE Tags Webinars Posted in NASDCTEc Announcements Webinars Comments Off This Week in CTE ESSA December 11th 2015 TWEET OF THE WEEK Glad to see Congress pass bipartisan ESSA bill good news for students educators families and the country https t co M0ZAALFuRi Arne Duncan arneduncan December 9 2015 ARTICLE OF THE WEEK Congress is Getting Rid of No Child Left Behind Here s What Will Replace It Yesterday President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act into law replacing No Child Left Behind While the vast majority of power is shifted from the Federal Government back to the States here s a rundown of what s left of No Child Left Behind and what changes with the new law More VIDEO OF THE WEEK President Obama signs the Every Student Succeeds Act Katie Fitzgerald Communications Associate Posted in Uncategorized Comments Off NASDCTEc Endorses Proposed Every Student Succeeds Act December 2nd 2015 The National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium NASDCTEc is excited to announce its endorsement of the Every Student Succeeds Act ESSA the proposed legislation to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act ESEA The Every Student Succeeds Act is a significant bipartisan legislative achievement that provides states and schools with the opportunity to offer every student equitable access to a high quality education that truly prepares them for postsecondary and career success said Kimberly Green NASDCTEc Executive Director The Career Technical Education CTE community has long advocated for federal policy that improves collaboration between academic and CTE courses and programs By recognizing that all students need a combination of academic technical and employability skills in order to succeed and thrive in the dynamic global economy ESSA represents an important step forward in federal policy To that end we urge members in both chambers of Congress to vote in support of this legislation s swift passage The Every Student Succeeds Act is the product of bipartisan bicameral negotiations to reauthorize ESEA the law formerly known as No Child Left Behind which has been due for renewal since 2007 Earlier this year NASDCTEc released a set of legislative recommendations calling for a bill that would more effectively leverage CTE in a new ESEA law The conference report for the Every Student Succeeds Act was released earlier this week and is expected to be voted on by the U S House of Representatives later today It will then move to the Senate next week for further consideration Katie Fitzgerald Communications Associate Posted in Uncategorized Comments Off Welcome to Colorado s Newest State CTE Director Sarah Heath November 30th 2015 Sarah Heath Colorado s newest State CTE Director began her career in education by chance occasionally substitute teaching a computer applications class at a local high school while finishing her undergraduate degree in business in Georgia Dr Heath found that working with students was much more compelling and fulfilling than her previous work on management information and database systems and when the job became available Dr Heath took on a full time teaching position Upon completion of her master s degree in business education at the University of Georgia Dr Heath became very active in the Georgia Association for Career and Technical Education attended the national conference and worked on a variety of committees Finding she excelled in leadership roles Dr Heath rose the ranks quickly after transitioning to the administrative side of education and became the state program director in Georgia After completing her PhD in Georgia Dr Heath moved to Colorado and worked as the local district CTE director for the Jefferson County Jeffco Public School system the largest public school system in Colorado while also serving as ACTE s national president While at Jeffco she experienced a completely different CTE system than in Georgia In Georgia the state oversees much of its CTE from professional development of educators to course selection In comparison in Colorado CTE is controlled primarily at the local level And whereas Georgia has a long history and tradition of CTE Dr Heath saw a greater need for stronger workforce and employer engagement strategy in Colorado In her new role as the State CTE Director Dr Heath is committed to creating stronger connections between business and industry partners and local districts Instead of business taking a passive approach to CTE Dr Heath envisions a system where employers from the state regional and local level will take center stage and not only serve on advisory committees but also direct the curriculum of CTE programming Employers can talk about their needs and CTE can be an answer to those needs said Dr Heath We need to help agencies associations industry and education across the state be a part of each other s way of doing business CTE is relevant to what business is doing and the more we can demonstrate that the brighter our future will be In addition to engaging industry as equal partners in the development of CTE in the state Dr Heath will focus on using the data and employment projections from labor and workforce agencies and organizations in Colorado to assist in deciding what is relevant to a student s education and training locals to make programmatic decisions the same way In addition to building relationships between education and industry Dr Heath wants to create more defined transitions between secondary and postsecondary CTE along with raising the profile of CTSOs and their value to students After years of working with Dr Heath in her role as ACTE national president NASDCTEc is excited to have her join our ranks as one our newest State CTE Directors Katie Fitzgerald Communications Associate Tags Colorado State CTE Director Posted in Uncategorized Comments Off NASDCTEc Legislative Update Congress Aims to Move Past No Child Left Behind as Funding Deadline Edges Closer Once More November 24th 2015 Congressional negotiators have announced an agreement on the long overdue reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act ESEA the law formerly known as No Child Left Behind NCLB Due for reauthorization since 2007 lawmakers have struggled to find consensus for how to address NCLB s most readily apparent flaws while honoring its long legislative legacy rooted in the civil rights movement As we shared earlier this summer both the House and the Senate passed respective bills to reauthorize ESEA Since that time both Chambers have been working on a bipartisan and bicameral basis to develop a framework agreement that would serve as the basis for a compromise between the two proposals Last week that framework was announced along with the creation of a formal conference committee a move that has been exceptionally rare over the past decade ESEA conferees were announced last week and met twice before approving this framework along with a few amendments last Thursday by a margin of 39 1 A summary of this framework agreement now known as the Every Child Succeeds Act or ESSA can be found here It is important to note that this agreed upon framework must now be turned into a final bill and Congressional staff are now busy translating the aspects of this agreement into formal legislative text That text must then be approved by both Chambers of Congress and signed into law by the President The conference report and final text of ESSA is expected to be available on November 30 th The House is expected to consider the legislation shortly after this followed by the Senate Lawmakers are aiming for final passage before the end of this December While the official legislative text has not been finalized ESSA seeks to significantly roll back the federal role in K 12 education by providing states broad authority and flexibility for how to implement the law A broad overview of the agreement s main contours can be found here NASDCTEc will provide a detailed analysis of ESSA s CTE related provisions of interest once it has been finalized and will continue to keep the CTE community abreast of this ongoing reauthorization effort Congress Passes Budget Agreement Providing Temporary Relief from Sequester Caps As we shared previously Congress passed and the President signed into law the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 BBA which provides 80 billion in sequester relief over the next two fiscal years by temporarily raising current limits on federal spending known as sequester caps through FY 2017 for both defense and non defense discretionary programs The deal also suspends but does not raise the nation s debt ceiling through

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    of Education USDE has already started to unpack the new law recently sending a Dear Colleague Letter to state education agencies and soliciting input from the public for how best to implement some of ESSA s key provisions Comments on this solicitation are due no later than January 21 2016 USDE has also created a dedicated email for stakeholders to ask questions regarding ESSA implementation as the Department begins to develop guidance for the law s implementation essa questions ed gov Earlier this week ESSA was officially enrolled and is now available to view in its entirety here NASDCTEc applauds the passage of this landmark legislation and is looking forward to the upcoming implementation process where states and local school districts will have several key opportunities to coordinate align and strengthen supports for CTE Congress Approves Massive 1 1t Spending Bill Throughout most of 2015 Congress has struggled to come to consensus on how to fund the federal government for Fiscal Year FY 2016 After missing the initial FY 2016 funding deadline on October 1 Congress passed a series of stop gap measures known as continuing appropriations resolutions CR that temporarily extended previous FY 2015 funding levels in an effort to avert a government shutdown this past autumn These CRs also served the dual purpose of providing additional time for lawmakers to negotiate a broader agreement on federal spending for the remainder of FY 2016 This negotiation process unfolded in two interrelated stages Following the passage of the first CR in October Congress and the Obama Administration announced and later ratified a two year budget deal that provided much needed relief from the Budget Control Act s sequester caps current legislative requirements that constrain federal spending on domestic programs such as the Perkins Act s basic state grant BSG program into the next decade This agreement increased these caps for FY 2016 and FY 2017 but left the important task of designating specific funding amounts for programs to separate appropriations legislation Last week this type of agreement known as an omnibus that combines several appropriations bills into one comprehensive spending package was unveiled by Congressional negotiators last week and quickly passed by both Chambers before the President signed the measure into law The omnibus provides level funding for the Perkins Act BSG program for FY 2016 and restores earlier proposed cuts to the law s national programs section which supports CTE research and technical assistance projects While other education and workforce development programs received modest funding increases from this legislation those programs are largely authorized by laws that were recently renewed by Congress such as ESSA and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act WIOA a fact that underscores the importance of Congress taking up Perkins reauthorization in the second session of the 114 th Congress Odds Ends New Acting U S Secretary of Education John King visited Westinghouse High School in Pittsburgh PA last week to tour the school s CTE programs More on the visit here The American Federation of Teachers AFT and IBM called for the reauthorization of the Perkins Act in a U S News and World Report Op Ed this week Read the piece here The Technical Education and Career Help TEACH Act was introduced last week in the House a companion bill to the Creating Quality Technical Educators Act introduced earlier this year in the Senate The bill aims to strengthen the CTE teacher pipeline by supporting partnerships between LEAs and teacher preparation programs among other positive provisions Read the bill here USDE recently announced that they will host a webinar on their ongoing Experimental Site initiative for dual and concurrent enrollment programs on January 13 2016 Letters of interest are due no later than February 1 2016 and additional information on this particular Ex Site effort is located here Register for the webinar here The Workforce Data Quality Campaign recently released its second annual Mastering the Blueprint report which assesses state progress towards strengthening and expanding their workforce data infrastructure Read the report here Steve Voytek Government Relations Manager Tags ESEA ESSA FY 2016 Funding Perkins perkins funding Posted in Legislation News Public Policy Comments Off NASDCTEc Welcomes Jeralyn Jargo December 22nd 2015 Jeralyn Jargo is Minnesota s newest State CTE Director and has big plans for CTE in the state Jargo has held a wide array of jobs in the education sector including teaching high school science setting up programs of study in respiratory therapy serving as an academic dean for a two year college and most recently was the vice president of advancement and innovation at Century College Throughout Jargo s career one thing that has always held true is that collaboration across sectors and industries is critical to creating the best possible outcomes for students One project Jargo facilitated in her most recent position was a Shark Tank like grant initiative where students participated in a series of workshops and mentorships before delivering an idea or product to a multi disciplinary panel of judges comprised of community leaders business partners and faculty in science engineering and marketing Winners were awarded 5 000 scholarships This innovative approach at awarding scholarships allowed students to work across disciplines and sectors an experience they are sure to repeat in their careers As the State CTE Director Jargo is working to build an environment where collaboration like this and innovation are key components in the way her department functions and how programs of study are delivered to students The majority of us aren t going to go to Harvard or play for the Cubs so how do we help the masses of folks who learn by touching and smelling and participating who are going to have a job that requires critical thinking and transferrable skills concepts that all come from a foundation of CTE One way Jargo will tackle this challenge is by building meaningful and authentic partnerships with business industry and policymakers in the state There is a huge window of opportunity to focus on the understanding of CTE said Jargo It s a very good time to promote CTE The business community is more and more engaged and they are powerful advocates for the system In addition Jargo wants to improve the support students receive as they move in out and back into education A successful program would be one where students are supported through these transitions or as Jargo put it If you fly over the Twin Cities and look at the on and off ramps That s what CTE would look like Traffic would be flowing at a steady rate Katie Fitzgerald Communications Associate Posted in Uncategorized Comments Off Excellence in Action Marine Academy of Science and Technology December 17th 2015 Thank you to all of you who submitted applications to our 2016 Excellence in Action awards We are digging through the applications now and are blown away by the number of innovative exciting and inspiring programs of study from big cities to tiny rural towns We re looking forward to announcing the winners in late February While learning about all these new programs of study we thought it would be a good time to look back at one of our 2015 award winners the Marine Academy of Science and Technology MAST the award recipient in the Science Technology Engineering Mathematics Career Cluster This program has been educating secondary students in Highland New Jersey for 34 years Students get the chance to work with the nearby National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOAA lab a 65 foot research vessel and a four year naval science program through the NJROTC all while earning up to 17 college credits In addition to the program of study s goal of preparing students for postsecondary education students are also provided with work based learning opportunities working hand in hand with some of the best scientists in the country at the North East Fisheries Science Center or on research projects with the National Park Service MAST has set up students for incredible success with 100 percent of students graduating high school and enrolling in postsecondary education 50 percent of whom enrolled in a STEM field Learn more about MAST and our 2015 award winners Katie Fitzgerald Communications Associate Posted in Uncategorized Comments Off Upcoming Webinar CTE and Global Competency December 17th 2015 Being globally competent is increasingly a requirement in today s economy where individuals are called upon to compete connect and cooperate on an international scale Career Technical Education CTE programs offer a unique platform for teaching global competencies providing the rigorous and authentic setting necessary to prepare students for the competitive world economy while offering a more engaging motivating and relevant education To explore the ways in which CTE and global education intersect and can be integrated Asia Society Longview Foundation NASDCTEc and ACTE partnered on the new publication Preparing a Globally Competent Workforce Through High Quality Career and Technical Education which will be released in early January 2016 Join us on Wednesday January 13 2016 from 3 4 p m ET for a webinar on this critical issue featuring local leaders sharing what globally minded CTE programs look like at the classroom level Register today Speakers include Jo Anne Honeycutt State CTE Director North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Larisa K Schelkin CEO President Founder Global STEM Education Center Inc Mark Tronicke Global Exchange Coordinator Bergen County Academies in New Jersey Heather Singmaster Assistant Director Asia Society Jennifer Manise Executive Director Longview Foundation Kate Blosveren Associate Executive Director NASDCTEc Steve DeWitt Deputy Executive Director ACTE Tags Webinars Posted in NASDCTEc Announcements Webinars Comments Off This Week in CTE ESSA December 11th 2015 TWEET OF THE WEEK Glad to see Congress pass bipartisan ESSA bill good news for students educators families and the country https t co M0ZAALFuRi Arne Duncan arneduncan December 9 2015 ARTICLE OF THE WEEK Congress is Getting Rid of No Child Left Behind Here s What Will Replace It Yesterday President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act into law replacing No Child Left Behind While the vast majority of power is shifted from the Federal Government back to the States here s a rundown of what s left of No Child Left Behind and what changes with the new law More VIDEO OF THE WEEK President Obama signs the Every Student Succeeds Act Katie Fitzgerald Communications Associate Posted in Uncategorized Comments Off NASDCTEc Endorses Proposed Every Student Succeeds Act December 2nd 2015 The National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium NASDCTEc is excited to announce its endorsement of the Every Student Succeeds Act ESSA the proposed legislation to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act ESEA The Every Student Succeeds Act is a significant bipartisan legislative achievement that provides states and schools with the opportunity to offer every student equitable access to a high quality education that truly prepares them for postsecondary and career success said Kimberly Green NASDCTEc Executive Director The Career Technical Education CTE community has long advocated for federal policy that improves collaboration between academic and CTE courses and programs By recognizing that all students need a combination of academic technical and employability skills in order to succeed and thrive in the dynamic global economy ESSA represents an important step forward in federal policy To that end we urge members in both chambers of Congress to vote in support of this legislation s swift passage The Every Student Succeeds Act is the product of bipartisan bicameral negotiations to reauthorize ESEA the law formerly known as No Child Left Behind which has been due for renewal since 2007 Earlier this year NASDCTEc released a set of legislative recommendations calling for a bill that would more effectively leverage CTE in a new ESEA law The conference report for the Every Student Succeeds Act was released earlier this week and is expected to be voted on by the U S House of Representatives later today It will then move to the Senate next week for further consideration Katie Fitzgerald Communications Associate Posted in Uncategorized Comments Off Welcome to Colorado s Newest State CTE Director Sarah Heath November 30th 2015 Sarah Heath Colorado s newest State CTE Director began her career in education by chance occasionally substitute teaching a computer applications class at a local high school while finishing her undergraduate degree in business in Georgia Dr Heath found that working with students was much more compelling and fulfilling than her previous work on management information and database systems and when the job became available Dr Heath took on a full time teaching position Upon completion of her master s degree in business education at the University of Georgia Dr Heath became very active in the Georgia Association for Career and Technical Education attended the national conference and worked on a variety of committees Finding she excelled in leadership roles Dr Heath rose the ranks quickly after transitioning to the administrative side of education and became the state program director in Georgia After completing her PhD in Georgia Dr Heath moved to Colorado and worked as the local district CTE director for the Jefferson County Jeffco Public School system the largest public school system in Colorado while also serving as ACTE s national president While at Jeffco she experienced a completely different CTE system than in Georgia In Georgia the state oversees much of its CTE from professional development of educators to course selection In comparison in Colorado CTE is controlled primarily at the local level And whereas Georgia has a long history and tradition of CTE Dr Heath saw a greater need for stronger workforce and employer engagement strategy in Colorado In her new role as the State CTE Director Dr Heath is committed to creating stronger connections between business and industry partners and local districts Instead of business taking a passive approach to CTE Dr Heath envisions a system where employers from the state regional and local level will take center stage and not only serve on advisory committees but also direct the curriculum of CTE programming Employers can talk about their needs and CTE can be an answer to those needs said Dr Heath We need to help agencies associations industry and education across the state be a part of each other s way of doing business CTE is relevant to what business is doing and the more we can demonstrate that the brighter our future will be In addition to engaging industry as equal partners in the development of CTE in the state Dr Heath will focus on using the data and employment projections from labor and workforce agencies and organizations in Colorado to assist in deciding what is relevant to a student s education and training locals to make programmatic decisions the same way In addition to building relationships between education and industry Dr Heath wants to create more defined transitions between secondary and postsecondary CTE along with raising the profile of CTSOs and their value to students After years of working with Dr Heath in her role as ACTE national president NASDCTEc is excited to have her join our ranks as one our newest State CTE Directors Katie Fitzgerald Communications Associate Tags Colorado State CTE Director Posted in Uncategorized Comments Off NASDCTEc Legislative Update Congress Aims to Move Past No Child Left Behind as Funding Deadline Edges Closer Once More November 24th 2015 Congressional negotiators have announced an agreement on the long overdue reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act ESEA the law formerly known as No Child Left Behind NCLB Due for reauthorization since 2007 lawmakers have struggled to find consensus for how to address NCLB s most readily apparent flaws while honoring its long legislative legacy rooted in the civil rights movement As we shared earlier this summer both the House and the Senate passed respective bills to reauthorize ESEA Since that time both Chambers have been working on a bipartisan and bicameral basis to develop a framework agreement that would serve as the basis for a compromise between the two proposals Last week that framework was announced along with the creation of a formal conference committee a move that has been exceptionally rare over the past decade ESEA conferees were announced last week and met twice before approving this framework along with a few amendments last Thursday by a margin of 39 1 A summary of this framework agreement now known as the Every Child Succeeds Act or ESSA can be found here It is important to note that this agreed upon framework must now be turned into a final bill and Congressional staff are now busy translating the aspects of this agreement into formal legislative text That text must then be approved by both Chambers of Congress and signed into law by the President The conference report and final text of ESSA is expected to be available on November 30 th The House is expected to consider the legislation shortly after this followed by the Senate Lawmakers are aiming for final passage before the end of this December While the official legislative text has not been finalized ESSA seeks to significantly roll back the federal role in K 12 education by providing states broad authority and flexibility for how to implement the law A broad overview of the agreement s main contours can be found here NASDCTEc will provide a detailed analysis of ESSA s CTE related provisions of interest once it has been finalized and will continue to keep the CTE community abreast of this ongoing reauthorization effort Congress Passes Budget Agreement Providing Temporary Relief from Sequester Caps As we shared previously Congress passed and the President signed into law the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 BBA which provides 80 billion in sequester relief over the next two fiscal years by temporarily raising current limits on federal spending known as sequester caps through FY 2017 for both defense and non defense discretionary programs The deal also suspends but does not raise the nation s debt ceiling through

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    of Education USDE has already started to unpack the new law recently sending a Dear Colleague Letter to state education agencies and soliciting input from the public for how best to implement some of ESSA s key provisions Comments on this solicitation are due no later than January 21 2016 USDE has also created a dedicated email for stakeholders to ask questions regarding ESSA implementation as the Department begins to develop guidance for the law s implementation essa questions ed gov Earlier this week ESSA was officially enrolled and is now available to view in its entirety here NASDCTEc applauds the passage of this landmark legislation and is looking forward to the upcoming implementation process where states and local school districts will have several key opportunities to coordinate align and strengthen supports for CTE Congress Approves Massive 1 1t Spending Bill Throughout most of 2015 Congress has struggled to come to consensus on how to fund the federal government for Fiscal Year FY 2016 After missing the initial FY 2016 funding deadline on October 1 Congress passed a series of stop gap measures known as continuing appropriations resolutions CR that temporarily extended previous FY 2015 funding levels in an effort to avert a government shutdown this past autumn These CRs also served the dual purpose of providing additional time for lawmakers to negotiate a broader agreement on federal spending for the remainder of FY 2016 This negotiation process unfolded in two interrelated stages Following the passage of the first CR in October Congress and the Obama Administration announced and later ratified a two year budget deal that provided much needed relief from the Budget Control Act s sequester caps current legislative requirements that constrain federal spending on domestic programs such as the Perkins Act s basic state grant BSG program into the next decade This agreement increased these caps for FY 2016 and FY 2017 but left the important task of designating specific funding amounts for programs to separate appropriations legislation Last week this type of agreement known as an omnibus that combines several appropriations bills into one comprehensive spending package was unveiled by Congressional negotiators last week and quickly passed by both Chambers before the President signed the measure into law The omnibus provides level funding for the Perkins Act BSG program for FY 2016 and restores earlier proposed cuts to the law s national programs section which supports CTE research and technical assistance projects While other education and workforce development programs received modest funding increases from this legislation those programs are largely authorized by laws that were recently renewed by Congress such as ESSA and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act WIOA a fact that underscores the importance of Congress taking up Perkins reauthorization in the second session of the 114 th Congress Odds Ends New Acting U S Secretary of Education John King visited Westinghouse High School in Pittsburgh PA last week to tour the school s CTE programs More on the visit here The American Federation of Teachers AFT and IBM called for the reauthorization of the Perkins Act in a U S News and World Report Op Ed this week Read the piece here The Technical Education and Career Help TEACH Act was introduced last week in the House a companion bill to the Creating Quality Technical Educators Act introduced earlier this year in the Senate The bill aims to strengthen the CTE teacher pipeline by supporting partnerships between LEAs and teacher preparation programs among other positive provisions Read the bill here USDE recently announced that they will host a webinar on their ongoing Experimental Site initiative for dual and concurrent enrollment programs on January 13 2016 Letters of interest are due no later than February 1 2016 and additional information on this particular Ex Site effort is located here Register for the webinar here The Workforce Data Quality Campaign recently released its second annual Mastering the Blueprint report which assesses state progress towards strengthening and expanding their workforce data infrastructure Read the report here Steve Voytek Government Relations Manager Tags ESEA ESSA FY 2016 Funding Perkins perkins funding Posted in Legislation News Public Policy Comments Off NASDCTEc Welcomes Jeralyn Jargo December 22nd 2015 Jeralyn Jargo is Minnesota s newest State CTE Director and has big plans for CTE in the state Jargo has held a wide array of jobs in the education sector including teaching high school science setting up programs of study in respiratory therapy serving as an academic dean for a two year college and most recently was the vice president of advancement and innovation at Century College Throughout Jargo s career one thing that has always held true is that collaboration across sectors and industries is critical to creating the best possible outcomes for students One project Jargo facilitated in her most recent position was a Shark Tank like grant initiative where students participated in a series of workshops and mentorships before delivering an idea or product to a multi disciplinary panel of judges comprised of community leaders business partners and faculty in science engineering and marketing Winners were awarded 5 000 scholarships This innovative approach at awarding scholarships allowed students to work across disciplines and sectors an experience they are sure to repeat in their careers As the State CTE Director Jargo is working to build an environment where collaboration like this and innovation are key components in the way her department functions and how programs of study are delivered to students The majority of us aren t going to go to Harvard or play for the Cubs so how do we help the masses of folks who learn by touching and smelling and participating who are going to have a job that requires critical thinking and transferrable skills concepts that all come from a foundation of CTE One way Jargo will tackle this challenge is by building meaningful and authentic partnerships with business industry and policymakers in the state There is a huge window of opportunity to focus on the understanding of CTE said Jargo It s a very good time to promote CTE The business community is more and more engaged and they are powerful advocates for the system In addition Jargo wants to improve the support students receive as they move in out and back into education A successful program would be one where students are supported through these transitions or as Jargo put it If you fly over the Twin Cities and look at the on and off ramps That s what CTE would look like Traffic would be flowing at a steady rate Katie Fitzgerald Communications Associate Posted in Uncategorized Comments Off Excellence in Action Marine Academy of Science and Technology December 17th 2015 Thank you to all of you who submitted applications to our 2016 Excellence in Action awards We are digging through the applications now and are blown away by the number of innovative exciting and inspiring programs of study from big cities to tiny rural towns We re looking forward to announcing the winners in late February While learning about all these new programs of study we thought it would be a good time to look back at one of our 2015 award winners the Marine Academy of Science and Technology MAST the award recipient in the Science Technology Engineering Mathematics Career Cluster This program has been educating secondary students in Highland New Jersey for 34 years Students get the chance to work with the nearby National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOAA lab a 65 foot research vessel and a four year naval science program through the NJROTC all while earning up to 17 college credits In addition to the program of study s goal of preparing students for postsecondary education students are also provided with work based learning opportunities working hand in hand with some of the best scientists in the country at the North East Fisheries Science Center or on research projects with the National Park Service MAST has set up students for incredible success with 100 percent of students graduating high school and enrolling in postsecondary education 50 percent of whom enrolled in a STEM field Learn more about MAST and our 2015 award winners Katie Fitzgerald Communications Associate Posted in Uncategorized Comments Off Upcoming Webinar CTE and Global Competency December 17th 2015 Being globally competent is increasingly a requirement in today s economy where individuals are called upon to compete connect and cooperate on an international scale Career Technical Education CTE programs offer a unique platform for teaching global competencies providing the rigorous and authentic setting necessary to prepare students for the competitive world economy while offering a more engaging motivating and relevant education To explore the ways in which CTE and global education intersect and can be integrated Asia Society Longview Foundation NASDCTEc and ACTE partnered on the new publication Preparing a Globally Competent Workforce Through High Quality Career and Technical Education which will be released in early January 2016 Join us on Wednesday January 13 2016 from 3 4 p m ET for a webinar on this critical issue featuring local leaders sharing what globally minded CTE programs look like at the classroom level Register today Speakers include Jo Anne Honeycutt State CTE Director North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Larisa K Schelkin CEO President Founder Global STEM Education Center Inc Mark Tronicke Global Exchange Coordinator Bergen County Academies in New Jersey Heather Singmaster Assistant Director Asia Society Jennifer Manise Executive Director Longview Foundation Kate Blosveren Associate Executive Director NASDCTEc Steve DeWitt Deputy Executive Director ACTE Tags Webinars Posted in NASDCTEc Announcements Webinars Comments Off This Week in CTE ESSA December 11th 2015 TWEET OF THE WEEK Glad to see Congress pass bipartisan ESSA bill good news for students educators families and the country https t co M0ZAALFuRi Arne Duncan arneduncan December 9 2015 ARTICLE OF THE WEEK Congress is Getting Rid of No Child Left Behind Here s What Will Replace It Yesterday President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act into law replacing No Child Left Behind While the vast majority of power is shifted from the Federal Government back to the States here s a rundown of what s left of No Child Left Behind and what changes with the new law More VIDEO OF THE WEEK President Obama signs the Every Student Succeeds Act Katie Fitzgerald Communications Associate Posted in Uncategorized Comments Off NASDCTEc Endorses Proposed Every Student Succeeds Act December 2nd 2015 The National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium NASDCTEc is excited to announce its endorsement of the Every Student Succeeds Act ESSA the proposed legislation to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act ESEA The Every Student Succeeds Act is a significant bipartisan legislative achievement that provides states and schools with the opportunity to offer every student equitable access to a high quality education that truly prepares them for postsecondary and career success said Kimberly Green NASDCTEc Executive Director The Career Technical Education CTE community has long advocated for federal policy that improves collaboration between academic and CTE courses and programs By recognizing that all students need a combination of academic technical and employability skills in order to succeed and thrive in the dynamic global economy ESSA represents an important step forward in federal policy To that end we urge members in both chambers of Congress to vote in support of this legislation s swift passage The Every Student Succeeds Act is the product of bipartisan bicameral negotiations to reauthorize ESEA the law formerly known as No Child Left Behind which has been due for renewal since 2007 Earlier this year NASDCTEc released a set of legislative recommendations calling for a bill that would more effectively leverage CTE in a new ESEA law The conference report for the Every Student Succeeds Act was released earlier this week and is expected to be voted on by the U S House of Representatives later today It will then move to the Senate next week for further consideration Katie Fitzgerald Communications Associate Posted in Uncategorized Comments Off Welcome to Colorado s Newest State CTE Director Sarah Heath November 30th 2015 Sarah Heath Colorado s newest State CTE Director began her career in education by chance occasionally substitute teaching a computer applications class at a local high school while finishing her undergraduate degree in business in Georgia Dr Heath found that working with students was much more compelling and fulfilling than her previous work on management information and database systems and when the job became available Dr Heath took on a full time teaching position Upon completion of her master s degree in business education at the University of Georgia Dr Heath became very active in the Georgia Association for Career and Technical Education attended the national conference and worked on a variety of committees Finding she excelled in leadership roles Dr Heath rose the ranks quickly after transitioning to the administrative side of education and became the state program director in Georgia After completing her PhD in Georgia Dr Heath moved to Colorado and worked as the local district CTE director for the Jefferson County Jeffco Public School system the largest public school system in Colorado while also serving as ACTE s national president While at Jeffco she experienced a completely different CTE system than in Georgia In Georgia the state oversees much of its CTE from professional development of educators to course selection In comparison in Colorado CTE is controlled primarily at the local level And whereas Georgia has a long history and tradition of CTE Dr Heath saw a greater need for stronger workforce and employer engagement strategy in Colorado In her new role as the State CTE Director Dr Heath is committed to creating stronger connections between business and industry partners and local districts Instead of business taking a passive approach to CTE Dr Heath envisions a system where employers from the state regional and local level will take center stage and not only serve on advisory committees but also direct the curriculum of CTE programming Employers can talk about their needs and CTE can be an answer to those needs said Dr Heath We need to help agencies associations industry and education across the state be a part of each other s way of doing business CTE is relevant to what business is doing and the more we can demonstrate that the brighter our future will be In addition to engaging industry as equal partners in the development of CTE in the state Dr Heath will focus on using the data and employment projections from labor and workforce agencies and organizations in Colorado to assist in deciding what is relevant to a student s education and training locals to make programmatic decisions the same way In addition to building relationships between education and industry Dr Heath wants to create more defined transitions between secondary and postsecondary CTE along with raising the profile of CTSOs and their value to students After years of working with Dr Heath in her role as ACTE national president NASDCTEc is excited to have her join our ranks as one our newest State CTE Directors Katie Fitzgerald Communications Associate Tags Colorado State CTE Director Posted in Uncategorized Comments Off NASDCTEc Legislative Update Congress Aims to Move Past No Child Left Behind as Funding Deadline Edges Closer Once More November 24th 2015 Congressional negotiators have announced an agreement on the long overdue reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act ESEA the law formerly known as No Child Left Behind NCLB Due for reauthorization since 2007 lawmakers have struggled to find consensus for how to address NCLB s most readily apparent flaws while honoring its long legislative legacy rooted in the civil rights movement As we shared earlier this summer both the House and the Senate passed respective bills to reauthorize ESEA Since that time both Chambers have been working on a bipartisan and bicameral basis to develop a framework agreement that would serve as the basis for a compromise between the two proposals Last week that framework was announced along with the creation of a formal conference committee a move that has been exceptionally rare over the past decade ESEA conferees were announced last week and met twice before approving this framework along with a few amendments last Thursday by a margin of 39 1 A summary of this framework agreement now known as the Every Child Succeeds Act or ESSA can be found here It is important to note that this agreed upon framework must now be turned into a final bill and Congressional staff are now busy translating the aspects of this agreement into formal legislative text That text must then be approved by both Chambers of Congress and signed into law by the President The conference report and final text of ESSA is expected to be available on November 30 th The House is expected to consider the legislation shortly after this followed by the Senate Lawmakers are aiming for final passage before the end of this December While the official legislative text has not been finalized ESSA seeks to significantly roll back the federal role in K 12 education by providing states broad authority and flexibility for how to implement the law A broad overview of the agreement s main contours can be found here NASDCTEc will provide a detailed analysis of ESSA s CTE related provisions of interest once it has been finalized and will continue to keep the CTE community abreast of this ongoing reauthorization effort Congress Passes Budget Agreement Providing Temporary Relief from Sequester Caps As we shared previously Congress passed and the President signed into law the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 BBA which provides 80 billion in sequester relief over the next two fiscal years by temporarily raising current limits on federal spending known as sequester caps through FY 2017 for both defense and non defense discretionary programs The deal also suspends but does not raise the nation s debt ceiling through

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    of Education USDE has already started to unpack the new law recently sending a Dear Colleague Letter to state education agencies and soliciting input from the public for how best to implement some of ESSA s key provisions Comments on this solicitation are due no later than January 21 2016 USDE has also created a dedicated email for stakeholders to ask questions regarding ESSA implementation as the Department begins to develop guidance for the law s implementation essa questions ed gov Earlier this week ESSA was officially enrolled and is now available to view in its entirety here NASDCTEc applauds the passage of this landmark legislation and is looking forward to the upcoming implementation process where states and local school districts will have several key opportunities to coordinate align and strengthen supports for CTE Congress Approves Massive 1 1t Spending Bill Throughout most of 2015 Congress has struggled to come to consensus on how to fund the federal government for Fiscal Year FY 2016 After missing the initial FY 2016 funding deadline on October 1 Congress passed a series of stop gap measures known as continuing appropriations resolutions CR that temporarily extended previous FY 2015 funding levels in an effort to avert a government shutdown this past autumn These CRs also served the dual purpose of providing additional time for lawmakers to negotiate a broader agreement on federal spending for the remainder of FY 2016 This negotiation process unfolded in two interrelated stages Following the passage of the first CR in October Congress and the Obama Administration announced and later ratified a two year budget deal that provided much needed relief from the Budget Control Act s sequester caps current legislative requirements that constrain federal spending on domestic programs such as the Perkins Act s basic state grant BSG program into the next decade This agreement increased these caps for FY 2016 and FY 2017 but left the important task of designating specific funding amounts for programs to separate appropriations legislation Last week this type of agreement known as an omnibus that combines several appropriations bills into one comprehensive spending package was unveiled by Congressional negotiators last week and quickly passed by both Chambers before the President signed the measure into law The omnibus provides level funding for the Perkins Act BSG program for FY 2016 and restores earlier proposed cuts to the law s national programs section which supports CTE research and technical assistance projects While other education and workforce development programs received modest funding increases from this legislation those programs are largely authorized by laws that were recently renewed by Congress such as ESSA and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act WIOA a fact that underscores the importance of Congress taking up Perkins reauthorization in the second session of the 114 th Congress Odds Ends New Acting U S Secretary of Education John King visited Westinghouse High School in Pittsburgh PA last week to tour the school s CTE programs More on the visit here The American Federation of Teachers AFT and IBM called for the reauthorization of the Perkins Act in a U S News and World Report Op Ed this week Read the piece here The Technical Education and Career Help TEACH Act was introduced last week in the House a companion bill to the Creating Quality Technical Educators Act introduced earlier this year in the Senate The bill aims to strengthen the CTE teacher pipeline by supporting partnerships between LEAs and teacher preparation programs among other positive provisions Read the bill here USDE recently announced that they will host a webinar on their ongoing Experimental Site initiative for dual and concurrent enrollment programs on January 13 2016 Letters of interest are due no later than February 1 2016 and additional information on this particular Ex Site effort is located here Register for the webinar here The Workforce Data Quality Campaign recently released its second annual Mastering the Blueprint report which assesses state progress towards strengthening and expanding their workforce data infrastructure Read the report here Steve Voytek Government Relations Manager Tags ESEA ESSA FY 2016 Funding Perkins perkins funding Posted in Legislation News Public Policy Comments Off NASDCTEc Welcomes Jeralyn Jargo December 22nd 2015 Jeralyn Jargo is Minnesota s newest State CTE Director and has big plans for CTE in the state Jargo has held a wide array of jobs in the education sector including teaching high school science setting up programs of study in respiratory therapy serving as an academic dean for a two year college and most recently was the vice president of advancement and innovation at Century College Throughout Jargo s career one thing that has always held true is that collaboration across sectors and industries is critical to creating the best possible outcomes for students One project Jargo facilitated in her most recent position was a Shark Tank like grant initiative where students participated in a series of workshops and mentorships before delivering an idea or product to a multi disciplinary panel of judges comprised of community leaders business partners and faculty in science engineering and marketing Winners were awarded 5 000 scholarships This innovative approach at awarding scholarships allowed students to work across disciplines and sectors an experience they are sure to repeat in their careers As the State CTE Director Jargo is working to build an environment where collaboration like this and innovation are key components in the way her department functions and how programs of study are delivered to students The majority of us aren t going to go to Harvard or play for the Cubs so how do we help the masses of folks who learn by touching and smelling and participating who are going to have a job that requires critical thinking and transferrable skills concepts that all come from a foundation of CTE One way Jargo will tackle this challenge is by building meaningful and authentic partnerships with business industry and policymakers in the state There is a huge window of opportunity to focus on the understanding of CTE said Jargo It s a very good time to promote CTE The business community is more and more engaged and they are powerful advocates for the system In addition Jargo wants to improve the support students receive as they move in out and back into education A successful program would be one where students are supported through these transitions or as Jargo put it If you fly over the Twin Cities and look at the on and off ramps That s what CTE would look like Traffic would be flowing at a steady rate Katie Fitzgerald Communications Associate Posted in Uncategorized Comments Off Excellence in Action Marine Academy of Science and Technology December 17th 2015 Thank you to all of you who submitted applications to our 2016 Excellence in Action awards We are digging through the applications now and are blown away by the number of innovative exciting and inspiring programs of study from big cities to tiny rural towns We re looking forward to announcing the winners in late February While learning about all these new programs of study we thought it would be a good time to look back at one of our 2015 award winners the Marine Academy of Science and Technology MAST the award recipient in the Science Technology Engineering Mathematics Career Cluster This program has been educating secondary students in Highland New Jersey for 34 years Students get the chance to work with the nearby National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOAA lab a 65 foot research vessel and a four year naval science program through the NJROTC all while earning up to 17 college credits In addition to the program of study s goal of preparing students for postsecondary education students are also provided with work based learning opportunities working hand in hand with some of the best scientists in the country at the North East Fisheries Science Center or on research projects with the National Park Service MAST has set up students for incredible success with 100 percent of students graduating high school and enrolling in postsecondary education 50 percent of whom enrolled in a STEM field Learn more about MAST and our 2015 award winners Katie Fitzgerald Communications Associate Posted in Uncategorized Comments Off Upcoming Webinar CTE and Global Competency December 17th 2015 Being globally competent is increasingly a requirement in today s economy where individuals are called upon to compete connect and cooperate on an international scale Career Technical Education CTE programs offer a unique platform for teaching global competencies providing the rigorous and authentic setting necessary to prepare students for the competitive world economy while offering a more engaging motivating and relevant education To explore the ways in which CTE and global education intersect and can be integrated Asia Society Longview Foundation NASDCTEc and ACTE partnered on the new publication Preparing a Globally Competent Workforce Through High Quality Career and Technical Education which will be released in early January 2016 Join us on Wednesday January 13 2016 from 3 4 p m ET for a webinar on this critical issue featuring local leaders sharing what globally minded CTE programs look like at the classroom level Register today Speakers include Jo Anne Honeycutt State CTE Director North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Larisa K Schelkin CEO President Founder Global STEM Education Center Inc Mark Tronicke Global Exchange Coordinator Bergen County Academies in New Jersey Heather Singmaster Assistant Director Asia Society Jennifer Manise Executive Director Longview Foundation Kate Blosveren Associate Executive Director NASDCTEc Steve DeWitt Deputy Executive Director ACTE Tags Webinars Posted in NASDCTEc Announcements Webinars Comments Off This Week in CTE ESSA December 11th 2015 TWEET OF THE WEEK Glad to see Congress pass bipartisan ESSA bill good news for students educators families and the country https t co M0ZAALFuRi Arne Duncan arneduncan December 9 2015 ARTICLE OF THE WEEK Congress is Getting Rid of No Child Left Behind Here s What Will Replace It Yesterday President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act into law replacing No Child Left Behind While the vast majority of power is shifted from the Federal Government back to the States here s a rundown of what s left of No Child Left Behind and what changes with the new law More VIDEO OF THE WEEK President Obama signs the Every Student Succeeds Act Katie Fitzgerald Communications Associate Posted in Uncategorized Comments Off NASDCTEc Endorses Proposed Every Student Succeeds Act December 2nd 2015 The National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium NASDCTEc is excited to announce its endorsement of the Every Student Succeeds Act ESSA the proposed legislation to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act ESEA The Every Student Succeeds Act is a significant bipartisan legislative achievement that provides states and schools with the opportunity to offer every student equitable access to a high quality education that truly prepares them for postsecondary and career success said Kimberly Green NASDCTEc Executive Director The Career Technical Education CTE community has long advocated for federal policy that improves collaboration between academic and CTE courses and programs By recognizing that all students need a combination of academic technical and employability skills in order to succeed and thrive in the dynamic global economy ESSA represents an important step forward in federal policy To that end we urge members in both chambers of Congress to vote in support of this legislation s swift passage The Every Student Succeeds Act is the product of bipartisan bicameral negotiations to reauthorize ESEA the law formerly known as No Child Left Behind which has been due for renewal since 2007 Earlier this year NASDCTEc released a set of legislative recommendations calling for a bill that would more effectively leverage CTE in a new ESEA law The conference report for the Every Student Succeeds Act was released earlier this week and is expected to be voted on by the U S House of Representatives later today It will then move to the Senate next week for further consideration Katie Fitzgerald Communications Associate Posted in Uncategorized Comments Off Welcome to Colorado s Newest State CTE Director Sarah Heath November 30th 2015 Sarah Heath Colorado s newest State CTE Director began her career in education by chance occasionally substitute teaching a computer applications class at a local high school while finishing her undergraduate degree in business in Georgia Dr Heath found that working with students was much more compelling and fulfilling than her previous work on management information and database systems and when the job became available Dr Heath took on a full time teaching position Upon completion of her master s degree in business education at the University of Georgia Dr Heath became very active in the Georgia Association for Career and Technical Education attended the national conference and worked on a variety of committees Finding she excelled in leadership roles Dr Heath rose the ranks quickly after transitioning to the administrative side of education and became the state program director in Georgia After completing her PhD in Georgia Dr Heath moved to Colorado and worked as the local district CTE director for the Jefferson County Jeffco Public School system the largest public school system in Colorado while also serving as ACTE s national president While at Jeffco she experienced a completely different CTE system than in Georgia In Georgia the state oversees much of its CTE from professional development of educators to course selection In comparison in Colorado CTE is controlled primarily at the local level And whereas Georgia has a long history and tradition of CTE Dr Heath saw a greater need for stronger workforce and employer engagement strategy in Colorado In her new role as the State CTE Director Dr Heath is committed to creating stronger connections between business and industry partners and local districts Instead of business taking a passive approach to CTE Dr Heath envisions a system where employers from the state regional and local level will take center stage and not only serve on advisory committees but also direct the curriculum of CTE programming Employers can talk about their needs and CTE can be an answer to those needs said Dr Heath We need to help agencies associations industry and education across the state be a part of each other s way of doing business CTE is relevant to what business is doing and the more we can demonstrate that the brighter our future will be In addition to engaging industry as equal partners in the development of CTE in the state Dr Heath will focus on using the data and employment projections from labor and workforce agencies and organizations in Colorado to assist in deciding what is relevant to a student s education and training locals to make programmatic decisions the same way In addition to building relationships between education and industry Dr Heath wants to create more defined transitions between secondary and postsecondary CTE along with raising the profile of CTSOs and their value to students After years of working with Dr Heath in her role as ACTE national president NASDCTEc is excited to have her join our ranks as one our newest State CTE Directors Katie Fitzgerald Communications Associate Tags Colorado State CTE Director Posted in Uncategorized Comments Off NASDCTEc Legislative Update Congress Aims to Move Past No Child Left Behind as Funding Deadline Edges Closer Once More November 24th 2015 Congressional negotiators have announced an agreement on the long overdue reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act ESEA the law formerly known as No Child Left Behind NCLB Due for reauthorization since 2007 lawmakers have struggled to find consensus for how to address NCLB s most readily apparent flaws while honoring its long legislative legacy rooted in the civil rights movement As we shared earlier this summer both the House and the Senate passed respective bills to reauthorize ESEA Since that time both Chambers have been working on a bipartisan and bicameral basis to develop a framework agreement that would serve as the basis for a compromise between the two proposals Last week that framework was announced along with the creation of a formal conference committee a move that has been exceptionally rare over the past decade ESEA conferees were announced last week and met twice before approving this framework along with a few amendments last Thursday by a margin of 39 1 A summary of this framework agreement now known as the Every Child Succeeds Act or ESSA can be found here It is important to note that this agreed upon framework must now be turned into a final bill and Congressional staff are now busy translating the aspects of this agreement into formal legislative text That text must then be approved by both Chambers of Congress and signed into law by the President The conference report and final text of ESSA is expected to be available on November 30 th The House is expected to consider the legislation shortly after this followed by the Senate Lawmakers are aiming for final passage before the end of this December While the official legislative text has not been finalized ESSA seeks to significantly roll back the federal role in K 12 education by providing states broad authority and flexibility for how to implement the law A broad overview of the agreement s main contours can be found here NASDCTEc will provide a detailed analysis of ESSA s CTE related provisions of interest once it has been finalized and will continue to keep the CTE community abreast of this ongoing reauthorization effort Congress Passes Budget Agreement Providing Temporary Relief from Sequester Caps As we shared previously Congress passed and the President signed into law the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 BBA which provides 80 billion in sequester relief over the next two fiscal years by temporarily raising current limits on federal spending known as sequester caps through FY 2017 for both defense and non defense discretionary programs The deal also suspends but does not raise the nation s debt ceiling through

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    of Education USDE has already started to unpack the new law recently sending a Dear Colleague Letter to state education agencies and soliciting input from the public for how best to implement some of ESSA s key provisions Comments on this solicitation are due no later than January 21 2016 USDE has also created a dedicated email for stakeholders to ask questions regarding ESSA implementation as the Department begins to develop guidance for the law s implementation essa questions ed gov Earlier this week ESSA was officially enrolled and is now available to view in its entirety here NASDCTEc applauds the passage of this landmark legislation and is looking forward to the upcoming implementation process where states and local school districts will have several key opportunities to coordinate align and strengthen supports for CTE Congress Approves Massive 1 1t Spending Bill Throughout most of 2015 Congress has struggled to come to consensus on how to fund the federal government for Fiscal Year FY 2016 After missing the initial FY 2016 funding deadline on October 1 Congress passed a series of stop gap measures known as continuing appropriations resolutions CR that temporarily extended previous FY 2015 funding levels in an effort to avert a government shutdown this past autumn These CRs also served the dual purpose of providing additional time for lawmakers to negotiate a broader agreement on federal spending for the remainder of FY 2016 This negotiation process unfolded in two interrelated stages Following the passage of the first CR in October Congress and the Obama Administration announced and later ratified a two year budget deal that provided much needed relief from the Budget Control Act s sequester caps current legislative requirements that constrain federal spending on domestic programs such as the Perkins Act s basic state grant BSG program into the next decade This agreement increased these caps for FY 2016 and FY 2017 but left the important task of designating specific funding amounts for programs to separate appropriations legislation Last week this type of agreement known as an omnibus that combines several appropriations bills into one comprehensive spending package was unveiled by Congressional negotiators last week and quickly passed by both Chambers before the President signed the measure into law The omnibus provides level funding for the Perkins Act BSG program for FY 2016 and restores earlier proposed cuts to the law s national programs section which supports CTE research and technical assistance projects While other education and workforce development programs received modest funding increases from this legislation those programs are largely authorized by laws that were recently renewed by Congress such as ESSA and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act WIOA a fact that underscores the importance of Congress taking up Perkins reauthorization in the second session of the 114 th Congress Odds Ends New Acting U S Secretary of Education John King visited Westinghouse High School in Pittsburgh PA last week to tour the school s CTE programs More on the visit here The American Federation of Teachers AFT and IBM called for the reauthorization of the Perkins Act in a U S News and World Report Op Ed this week Read the piece here The Technical Education and Career Help TEACH Act was introduced last week in the House a companion bill to the Creating Quality Technical Educators Act introduced earlier this year in the Senate The bill aims to strengthen the CTE teacher pipeline by supporting partnerships between LEAs and teacher preparation programs among other positive provisions Read the bill here USDE recently announced that they will host a webinar on their ongoing Experimental Site initiative for dual and concurrent enrollment programs on January 13 2016 Letters of interest are due no later than February 1 2016 and additional information on this particular Ex Site effort is located here Register for the webinar here The Workforce Data Quality Campaign recently released its second annual Mastering the Blueprint report which assesses state progress towards strengthening and expanding their workforce data infrastructure Read the report here Steve Voytek Government Relations Manager Tags ESEA ESSA FY 2016 Funding Perkins perkins funding Posted in Legislation News Public Policy Comments Off NASDCTEc Welcomes Jeralyn Jargo December 22nd 2015 Jeralyn Jargo is Minnesota s newest State CTE Director and has big plans for CTE in the state Jargo has held a wide array of jobs in the education sector including teaching high school science setting up programs of study in respiratory therapy serving as an academic dean for a two year college and most recently was the vice president of advancement and innovation at Century College Throughout Jargo s career one thing that has always held true is that collaboration across sectors and industries is critical to creating the best possible outcomes for students One project Jargo facilitated in her most recent position was a Shark Tank like grant initiative where students participated in a series of workshops and mentorships before delivering an idea or product to a multi disciplinary panel of judges comprised of community leaders business partners and faculty in science engineering and marketing Winners were awarded 5 000 scholarships This innovative approach at awarding scholarships allowed students to work across disciplines and sectors an experience they are sure to repeat in their careers As the State CTE Director Jargo is working to build an environment where collaboration like this and innovation are key components in the way her department functions and how programs of study are delivered to students The majority of us aren t going to go to Harvard or play for the Cubs so how do we help the masses of folks who learn by touching and smelling and participating who are going to have a job that requires critical thinking and transferrable skills concepts that all come from a foundation of CTE One way Jargo will tackle this challenge is by building meaningful and authentic partnerships with business industry and policymakers in the state There is a huge window of opportunity to focus on the understanding of CTE said Jargo It s a very good time to promote CTE The business community is more and more engaged and they are powerful advocates for the system In addition Jargo wants to improve the support students receive as they move in out and back into education A successful program would be one where students are supported through these transitions or as Jargo put it If you fly over the Twin Cities and look at the on and off ramps That s what CTE would look like Traffic would be flowing at a steady rate Katie Fitzgerald Communications Associate Posted in Uncategorized Comments Off Excellence in Action Marine Academy of Science and Technology December 17th 2015 Thank you to all of you who submitted applications to our 2016 Excellence in Action awards We are digging through the applications now and are blown away by the number of innovative exciting and inspiring programs of study from big cities to tiny rural towns We re looking forward to announcing the winners in late February While learning about all these new programs of study we thought it would be a good time to look back at one of our 2015 award winners the Marine Academy of Science and Technology MAST the award recipient in the Science Technology Engineering Mathematics Career Cluster This program has been educating secondary students in Highland New Jersey for 34 years Students get the chance to work with the nearby National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOAA lab a 65 foot research vessel and a four year naval science program through the NJROTC all while earning up to 17 college credits In addition to the program of study s goal of preparing students for postsecondary education students are also provided with work based learning opportunities working hand in hand with some of the best scientists in the country at the North East Fisheries Science Center or on research projects with the National Park Service MAST has set up students for incredible success with 100 percent of students graduating high school and enrolling in postsecondary education 50 percent of whom enrolled in a STEM field Learn more about MAST and our 2015 award winners Katie Fitzgerald Communications Associate Posted in Uncategorized Comments Off Upcoming Webinar CTE and Global Competency December 17th 2015 Being globally competent is increasingly a requirement in today s economy where individuals are called upon to compete connect and cooperate on an international scale Career Technical Education CTE programs offer a unique platform for teaching global competencies providing the rigorous and authentic setting necessary to prepare students for the competitive world economy while offering a more engaging motivating and relevant education To explore the ways in which CTE and global education intersect and can be integrated Asia Society Longview Foundation NASDCTEc and ACTE partnered on the new publication Preparing a Globally Competent Workforce Through High Quality Career and Technical Education which will be released in early January 2016 Join us on Wednesday January 13 2016 from 3 4 p m ET for a webinar on this critical issue featuring local leaders sharing what globally minded CTE programs look like at the classroom level Register today Speakers include Jo Anne Honeycutt State CTE Director North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Larisa K Schelkin CEO President Founder Global STEM Education Center Inc Mark Tronicke Global Exchange Coordinator Bergen County Academies in New Jersey Heather Singmaster Assistant Director Asia Society Jennifer Manise Executive Director Longview Foundation Kate Blosveren Associate Executive Director NASDCTEc Steve DeWitt Deputy Executive Director ACTE Tags Webinars Posted in NASDCTEc Announcements Webinars Comments Off This Week in CTE ESSA December 11th 2015 TWEET OF THE WEEK Glad to see Congress pass bipartisan ESSA bill good news for students educators families and the country https t co M0ZAALFuRi Arne Duncan arneduncan December 9 2015 ARTICLE OF THE WEEK Congress is Getting Rid of No Child Left Behind Here s What Will Replace It Yesterday President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act into law replacing No Child Left Behind While the vast majority of power is shifted from the Federal Government back to the States here s a rundown of what s left of No Child Left Behind and what changes with the new law More VIDEO OF THE WEEK President Obama signs the Every Student Succeeds Act Katie Fitzgerald Communications Associate Posted in Uncategorized Comments Off NASDCTEc Endorses Proposed Every Student Succeeds Act December 2nd 2015 The National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium NASDCTEc is excited to announce its endorsement of the Every Student Succeeds Act ESSA the proposed legislation to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act ESEA The Every Student Succeeds Act is a significant bipartisan legislative achievement that provides states and schools with the opportunity to offer every student equitable access to a high quality education that truly prepares them for postsecondary and career success said Kimberly Green NASDCTEc Executive Director The Career Technical Education CTE community has long advocated for federal policy that improves collaboration between academic and CTE courses and programs By recognizing that all students need a combination of academic technical and employability skills in order to succeed and thrive in the dynamic global economy ESSA represents an important step forward in federal policy To that end we urge members in both chambers of Congress to vote in support of this legislation s swift passage The Every Student Succeeds Act is the product of bipartisan bicameral negotiations to reauthorize ESEA the law formerly known as No Child Left Behind which has been due for renewal since 2007 Earlier this year NASDCTEc released a set of legislative recommendations calling for a bill that would more effectively leverage CTE in a new ESEA law The conference report for the Every Student Succeeds Act was released earlier this week and is expected to be voted on by the U S House of Representatives later today It will then move to the Senate next week for further consideration Katie Fitzgerald Communications Associate Posted in Uncategorized Comments Off Welcome to Colorado s Newest State CTE Director Sarah Heath November 30th 2015 Sarah Heath Colorado s newest State CTE Director began her career in education by chance occasionally substitute teaching a computer applications class at a local high school while finishing her undergraduate degree in business in Georgia Dr Heath found that working with students was much more compelling and fulfilling than her previous work on management information and database systems and when the job became available Dr Heath took on a full time teaching position Upon completion of her master s degree in business education at the University of Georgia Dr Heath became very active in the Georgia Association for Career and Technical Education attended the national conference and worked on a variety of committees Finding she excelled in leadership roles Dr Heath rose the ranks quickly after transitioning to the administrative side of education and became the state program director in Georgia After completing her PhD in Georgia Dr Heath moved to Colorado and worked as the local district CTE director for the Jefferson County Jeffco Public School system the largest public school system in Colorado while also serving as ACTE s national president While at Jeffco she experienced a completely different CTE system than in Georgia In Georgia the state oversees much of its CTE from professional development of educators to course selection In comparison in Colorado CTE is controlled primarily at the local level And whereas Georgia has a long history and tradition of CTE Dr Heath saw a greater need for stronger workforce and employer engagement strategy in Colorado In her new role as the State CTE Director Dr Heath is committed to creating stronger connections between business and industry partners and local districts Instead of business taking a passive approach to CTE Dr Heath envisions a system where employers from the state regional and local level will take center stage and not only serve on advisory committees but also direct the curriculum of CTE programming Employers can talk about their needs and CTE can be an answer to those needs said Dr Heath We need to help agencies associations industry and education across the state be a part of each other s way of doing business CTE is relevant to what business is doing and the more we can demonstrate that the brighter our future will be In addition to engaging industry as equal partners in the development of CTE in the state Dr Heath will focus on using the data and employment projections from labor and workforce agencies and organizations in Colorado to assist in deciding what is relevant to a student s education and training locals to make programmatic decisions the same way In addition to building relationships between education and industry Dr Heath wants to create more defined transitions between secondary and postsecondary CTE along with raising the profile of CTSOs and their value to students After years of working with Dr Heath in her role as ACTE national president NASDCTEc is excited to have her join our ranks as one our newest State CTE Directors Katie Fitzgerald Communications Associate Tags Colorado State CTE Director Posted in Uncategorized Comments Off NASDCTEc Legislative Update Congress Aims to Move Past No Child Left Behind as Funding Deadline Edges Closer Once More November 24th 2015 Congressional negotiators have announced an agreement on the long overdue reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act ESEA the law formerly known as No Child Left Behind NCLB Due for reauthorization since 2007 lawmakers have struggled to find consensus for how to address NCLB s most readily apparent flaws while honoring its long legislative legacy rooted in the civil rights movement As we shared earlier this summer both the House and the Senate passed respective bills to reauthorize ESEA Since that time both Chambers have been working on a bipartisan and bicameral basis to develop a framework agreement that would serve as the basis for a compromise between the two proposals Last week that framework was announced along with the creation of a formal conference committee a move that has been exceptionally rare over the past decade ESEA conferees were announced last week and met twice before approving this framework along with a few amendments last Thursday by a margin of 39 1 A summary of this framework agreement now known as the Every Child Succeeds Act or ESSA can be found here It is important to note that this agreed upon framework must now be turned into a final bill and Congressional staff are now busy translating the aspects of this agreement into formal legislative text That text must then be approved by both Chambers of Congress and signed into law by the President The conference report and final text of ESSA is expected to be available on November 30 th The House is expected to consider the legislation shortly after this followed by the Senate Lawmakers are aiming for final passage before the end of this December While the official legislative text has not been finalized ESSA seeks to significantly roll back the federal role in K 12 education by providing states broad authority and flexibility for how to implement the law A broad overview of the agreement s main contours can be found here NASDCTEc will provide a detailed analysis of ESSA s CTE related provisions of interest once it has been finalized and will continue to keep the CTE community abreast of this ongoing reauthorization effort Congress Passes Budget Agreement Providing Temporary Relief from Sequester Caps As we shared previously Congress passed and the President signed into law the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 BBA which provides 80 billion in sequester relief over the next two fiscal years by temporarily raising current limits on federal spending known as sequester caps through FY 2017 for both defense and non defense discretionary programs The deal also suspends but does not raise the nation s debt ceiling through

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    of Education USDE has already started to unpack the new law recently sending a Dear Colleague Letter to state education agencies and soliciting input from the public for how best to implement some of ESSA s key provisions Comments on this solicitation are due no later than January 21 2016 USDE has also created a dedicated email for stakeholders to ask questions regarding ESSA implementation as the Department begins to develop guidance for the law s implementation essa questions ed gov Earlier this week ESSA was officially enrolled and is now available to view in its entirety here NASDCTEc applauds the passage of this landmark legislation and is looking forward to the upcoming implementation process where states and local school districts will have several key opportunities to coordinate align and strengthen supports for CTE Congress Approves Massive 1 1t Spending Bill Throughout most of 2015 Congress has struggled to come to consensus on how to fund the federal government for Fiscal Year FY 2016 After missing the initial FY 2016 funding deadline on October 1 Congress passed a series of stop gap measures known as continuing appropriations resolutions CR that temporarily extended previous FY 2015 funding levels in an effort to avert a government shutdown this past autumn These CRs also served the dual purpose of providing additional time for lawmakers to negotiate a broader agreement on federal spending for the remainder of FY 2016 This negotiation process unfolded in two interrelated stages Following the passage of the first CR in October Congress and the Obama Administration announced and later ratified a two year budget deal that provided much needed relief from the Budget Control Act s sequester caps current legislative requirements that constrain federal spending on domestic programs such as the Perkins Act s basic state grant BSG program into the next decade This agreement increased these caps for FY 2016 and FY 2017 but left the important task of designating specific funding amounts for programs to separate appropriations legislation Last week this type of agreement known as an omnibus that combines several appropriations bills into one comprehensive spending package was unveiled by Congressional negotiators last week and quickly passed by both Chambers before the President signed the measure into law The omnibus provides level funding for the Perkins Act BSG program for FY 2016 and restores earlier proposed cuts to the law s national programs section which supports CTE research and technical assistance projects While other education and workforce development programs received modest funding increases from this legislation those programs are largely authorized by laws that were recently renewed by Congress such as ESSA and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act WIOA a fact that underscores the importance of Congress taking up Perkins reauthorization in the second session of the 114 th Congress Odds Ends New Acting U S Secretary of Education John King visited Westinghouse High School in Pittsburgh PA last week to tour the school s CTE programs More on the visit here The American Federation of Teachers AFT and IBM called for the reauthorization of the Perkins Act in a U S News and World Report Op Ed this week Read the piece here The Technical Education and Career Help TEACH Act was introduced last week in the House a companion bill to the Creating Quality Technical Educators Act introduced earlier this year in the Senate The bill aims to strengthen the CTE teacher pipeline by supporting partnerships between LEAs and teacher preparation programs among other positive provisions Read the bill here USDE recently announced that they will host a webinar on their ongoing Experimental Site initiative for dual and concurrent enrollment programs on January 13 2016 Letters of interest are due no later than February 1 2016 and additional information on this particular Ex Site effort is located here Register for the webinar here The Workforce Data Quality Campaign recently released its second annual Mastering the Blueprint report which assesses state progress towards strengthening and expanding their workforce data infrastructure Read the report here Steve Voytek Government Relations Manager Tags ESEA ESSA FY 2016 Funding Perkins perkins funding Posted in Legislation News Public Policy Comments Off NASDCTEc Welcomes Jeralyn Jargo December 22nd 2015 Jeralyn Jargo is Minnesota s newest State CTE Director and has big plans for CTE in the state Jargo has held a wide array of jobs in the education sector including teaching high school science setting up programs of study in respiratory therapy serving as an academic dean for a two year college and most recently was the vice president of advancement and innovation at Century College Throughout Jargo s career one thing that has always held true is that collaboration across sectors and industries is critical to creating the best possible outcomes for students One project Jargo facilitated in her most recent position was a Shark Tank like grant initiative where students participated in a series of workshops and mentorships before delivering an idea or product to a multi disciplinary panel of judges comprised of community leaders business partners and faculty in science engineering and marketing Winners were awarded 5 000 scholarships This innovative approach at awarding scholarships allowed students to work across disciplines and sectors an experience they are sure to repeat in their careers As the State CTE Director Jargo is working to build an environment where collaboration like this and innovation are key components in the way her department functions and how programs of study are delivered to students The majority of us aren t going to go to Harvard or play for the Cubs so how do we help the masses of folks who learn by touching and smelling and participating who are going to have a job that requires critical thinking and transferrable skills concepts that all come from a foundation of CTE One way Jargo will tackle this challenge is by building meaningful and authentic partnerships with business industry and policymakers in the state There is a huge window of opportunity to focus on the understanding of CTE said Jargo It s a very good time to promote CTE The business community is more and more engaged and they are powerful advocates for the system In addition Jargo wants to improve the support students receive as they move in out and back into education A successful program would be one where students are supported through these transitions or as Jargo put it If you fly over the Twin Cities and look at the on and off ramps That s what CTE would look like Traffic would be flowing at a steady rate Katie Fitzgerald Communications Associate Posted in Uncategorized Comments Off Excellence in Action Marine Academy of Science and Technology December 17th 2015 Thank you to all of you who submitted applications to our 2016 Excellence in Action awards We are digging through the applications now and are blown away by the number of innovative exciting and inspiring programs of study from big cities to tiny rural towns We re looking forward to announcing the winners in late February While learning about all these new programs of study we thought it would be a good time to look back at one of our 2015 award winners the Marine Academy of Science and Technology MAST the award recipient in the Science Technology Engineering Mathematics Career Cluster This program has been educating secondary students in Highland New Jersey for 34 years Students get the chance to work with the nearby National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOAA lab a 65 foot research vessel and a four year naval science program through the NJROTC all while earning up to 17 college credits In addition to the program of study s goal of preparing students for postsecondary education students are also provided with work based learning opportunities working hand in hand with some of the best scientists in the country at the North East Fisheries Science Center or on research projects with the National Park Service MAST has set up students for incredible success with 100 percent of students graduating high school and enrolling in postsecondary education 50 percent of whom enrolled in a STEM field Learn more about MAST and our 2015 award winners Katie Fitzgerald Communications Associate Posted in Uncategorized Comments Off Upcoming Webinar CTE and Global Competency December 17th 2015 Being globally competent is increasingly a requirement in today s economy where individuals are called upon to compete connect and cooperate on an international scale Career Technical Education CTE programs offer a unique platform for teaching global competencies providing the rigorous and authentic setting necessary to prepare students for the competitive world economy while offering a more engaging motivating and relevant education To explore the ways in which CTE and global education intersect and can be integrated Asia Society Longview Foundation NASDCTEc and ACTE partnered on the new publication Preparing a Globally Competent Workforce Through High Quality Career and Technical Education which will be released in early January 2016 Join us on Wednesday January 13 2016 from 3 4 p m ET for a webinar on this critical issue featuring local leaders sharing what globally minded CTE programs look like at the classroom level Register today Speakers include Jo Anne Honeycutt State CTE Director North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Larisa K Schelkin CEO President Founder Global STEM Education Center Inc Mark Tronicke Global Exchange Coordinator Bergen County Academies in New Jersey Heather Singmaster Assistant Director Asia Society Jennifer Manise Executive Director Longview Foundation Kate Blosveren Associate Executive Director NASDCTEc Steve DeWitt Deputy Executive Director ACTE Tags Webinars Posted in NASDCTEc Announcements Webinars Comments Off This Week in CTE ESSA December 11th 2015 TWEET OF THE WEEK Glad to see Congress pass bipartisan ESSA bill good news for students educators families and the country https t co M0ZAALFuRi Arne Duncan arneduncan December 9 2015 ARTICLE OF THE WEEK Congress is Getting Rid of No Child Left Behind Here s What Will Replace It Yesterday President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act into law replacing No Child Left Behind While the vast majority of power is shifted from the Federal Government back to the States here s a rundown of what s left of No Child Left Behind and what changes with the new law More VIDEO OF THE WEEK President Obama signs the Every Student Succeeds Act Katie Fitzgerald Communications Associate Posted in Uncategorized Comments Off NASDCTEc Endorses Proposed Every Student Succeeds Act December 2nd 2015 The National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium NASDCTEc is excited to announce its endorsement of the Every Student Succeeds Act ESSA the proposed legislation to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act ESEA The Every Student Succeeds Act is a significant bipartisan legislative achievement that provides states and schools with the opportunity to offer every student equitable access to a high quality education that truly prepares them for postsecondary and career success said Kimberly Green NASDCTEc Executive Director The Career Technical Education CTE community has long advocated for federal policy that improves collaboration between academic and CTE courses and programs By recognizing that all students need a combination of academic technical and employability skills in order to succeed and thrive in the dynamic global economy ESSA represents an important step forward in federal policy To that end we urge members in both chambers of Congress to vote in support of this legislation s swift passage The Every Student Succeeds Act is the product of bipartisan bicameral negotiations to reauthorize ESEA the law formerly known as No Child Left Behind which has been due for renewal since 2007 Earlier this year NASDCTEc released a set of legislative recommendations calling for a bill that would more effectively leverage CTE in a new ESEA law The conference report for the Every Student Succeeds Act was released earlier this week and is expected to be voted on by the U S House of Representatives later today It will then move to the Senate next week for further consideration Katie Fitzgerald Communications Associate Posted in Uncategorized Comments Off Welcome to Colorado s Newest State CTE Director Sarah Heath November 30th 2015 Sarah Heath Colorado s newest State CTE Director began her career in education by chance occasionally substitute teaching a computer applications class at a local high school while finishing her undergraduate degree in business in Georgia Dr Heath found that working with students was much more compelling and fulfilling than her previous work on management information and database systems and when the job became available Dr Heath took on a full time teaching position Upon completion of her master s degree in business education at the University of Georgia Dr Heath became very active in the Georgia Association for Career and Technical Education attended the national conference and worked on a variety of committees Finding she excelled in leadership roles Dr Heath rose the ranks quickly after transitioning to the administrative side of education and became the state program director in Georgia After completing her PhD in Georgia Dr Heath moved to Colorado and worked as the local district CTE director for the Jefferson County Jeffco Public School system the largest public school system in Colorado while also serving as ACTE s national president While at Jeffco she experienced a completely different CTE system than in Georgia In Georgia the state oversees much of its CTE from professional development of educators to course selection In comparison in Colorado CTE is controlled primarily at the local level And whereas Georgia has a long history and tradition of CTE Dr Heath saw a greater need for stronger workforce and employer engagement strategy in Colorado In her new role as the State CTE Director Dr Heath is committed to creating stronger connections between business and industry partners and local districts Instead of business taking a passive approach to CTE Dr Heath envisions a system where employers from the state regional and local level will take center stage and not only serve on advisory committees but also direct the curriculum of CTE programming Employers can talk about their needs and CTE can be an answer to those needs said Dr Heath We need to help agencies associations industry and education across the state be a part of each other s way of doing business CTE is relevant to what business is doing and the more we can demonstrate that the brighter our future will be In addition to engaging industry as equal partners in the development of CTE in the state Dr Heath will focus on using the data and employment projections from labor and workforce agencies and organizations in Colorado to assist in deciding what is relevant to a student s education and training locals to make programmatic decisions the same way In addition to building relationships between education and industry Dr Heath wants to create more defined transitions between secondary and postsecondary CTE along with raising the profile of CTSOs and their value to students After years of working with Dr Heath in her role as ACTE national president NASDCTEc is excited to have her join our ranks as one our newest State CTE Directors Katie Fitzgerald Communications Associate Tags Colorado State CTE Director Posted in Uncategorized Comments Off NASDCTEc Legislative Update Congress Aims to Move Past No Child Left Behind as Funding Deadline Edges Closer Once More November 24th 2015 Congressional negotiators have announced an agreement on the long overdue reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act ESEA the law formerly known as No Child Left Behind NCLB Due for reauthorization since 2007 lawmakers have struggled to find consensus for how to address NCLB s most readily apparent flaws while honoring its long legislative legacy rooted in the civil rights movement As we shared earlier this summer both the House and the Senate passed respective bills to reauthorize ESEA Since that time both Chambers have been working on a bipartisan and bicameral basis to develop a framework agreement that would serve as the basis for a compromise between the two proposals Last week that framework was announced along with the creation of a formal conference committee a move that has been exceptionally rare over the past decade ESEA conferees were announced last week and met twice before approving this framework along with a few amendments last Thursday by a margin of 39 1 A summary of this framework agreement now known as the Every Child Succeeds Act or ESSA can be found here It is important to note that this agreed upon framework must now be turned into a final bill and Congressional staff are now busy translating the aspects of this agreement into formal legislative text That text must then be approved by both Chambers of Congress and signed into law by the President The conference report and final text of ESSA is expected to be available on November 30 th The House is expected to consider the legislation shortly after this followed by the Senate Lawmakers are aiming for final passage before the end of this December While the official legislative text has not been finalized ESSA seeks to significantly roll back the federal role in K 12 education by providing states broad authority and flexibility for how to implement the law A broad overview of the agreement s main contours can be found here NASDCTEc will provide a detailed analysis of ESSA s CTE related provisions of interest once it has been finalized and will continue to keep the CTE community abreast of this ongoing reauthorization effort Congress Passes Budget Agreement Providing Temporary Relief from Sequester Caps As we shared previously Congress passed and the President signed into law the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 BBA which provides 80 billion in sequester relief over the next two fiscal years by temporarily raising current limits on federal spending known as sequester caps through FY 2017 for both defense and non defense discretionary programs The deal also suspends but does not raise the nation s debt ceiling through

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