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  • Spring Meeting Recap: Ohio’s Unified State Plan and Vermont’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy « NASDCTEc Blog
    behest of Governor Kasich the state has been engaged in a collaborative planning process among state agencies with the goal of creating and submitting a unified state plan under the Workforce Investment Act WIA that would fulfill planning requirements for the state s three largest workforce programs WIA Adult Basic and Literacy Education and the Carl D Perkins Career and Technical Education Act Perkins The vision for the collaboration was to make sure Ohio had a literate and prepared workforce by ensuring Ohioans had the knowledge skills and abilities to fill the top in demand jobs in the state This meant a shift in thinking away from planning driven by institutions or the delivery system and instead a focus on students and career pathways The state also developed a Workforce Success Measures data dashboard and common metrics focused on outcomes employment increased skills increased wages and value to employers to help guide the work Some lessons learned Leadership must be committed This is crucial Leadership needs to be engaged at the highest levels and be committed to a shared vision In Ohio the Governor set the vision and tasked agency leadership with the specific goal of developing the unified plan Be patient Change is difficult and often feared This sort of shift takes time and building of trust In Ohio this was accomplished through a lot of outreach meetings learning and stakeholder public input Be Open to Learning A lot of learning happened as the agencies shared through what they do who they serve etc With the shared commitment and focus on student success an openness to see the potential of new partnerships and ways to serve Ohioans emerged The Ohio unified state plan was submitted to the federal agencies for approval At the time of the presentation the plan was pending approval The state will likely have to resubmit a plan under WIOA but with the groundwork laid to break down silos and to focus on students and results Ohio is well positioned to lead the way For more information make sure to check out a copy of Ohio s presentation delivered by Steve Gratz Tony Landis and Bill Bussey Last summer after facing a series of economic and natural challenges Vermont became one of only a handful of states in the country to develop and implement a comprehensive economic development strategy CEDS The strategy brought together stakeholders from the state s education workforce and economic development communities to develop a cohesive economic development road map for the next five years Much of this planning was supported by funding from the U S Department of Commerce s Economic Development Administration s EDA CEDS program which sought to help businesses prosper in the state while ensuring all student populations both traditional and nontraditional were fully served So what was notable about this endeavor Quite a bit according to Vermont CTE Director John Fischer and David Ives a Sustainability and Planning Coordinator for EDA The two took an in depth look

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  • Spring Meeting Recap: Featuring Excellence in the Press « NASDCTEc Blog
    Newsroom Press Releases NASDCTEc Meetings 2014 Spring Meeting 2014 Fall Meeting Archived NASDCTEc Meetings Achieving Excellence in CTE Career Cluster Institute Archived Career Cluster Institutes Webinars Archived Webinars Newsletters Members Membership Directory Members Only Webinars Member Only On Demand Webinars Member CCTC Resources Organizational Resources Board of Directors Finance Committee Nine CTE Programs of Study Receive the Excellence in Action Award Spring Meeting Recap Advancing Employer Engagement in Education Spring Meeting Recap Featuring Excellence in the Press Last week NASDCTEc held its 2015 Spring Meeting in Washington D C bringing together leaders from across the country in Career Technical Education CTE As part of the meeting NASDCTEc hosted a panel Featuring Excellence in the Press highlighting why the media is telling CTE s story and to offer insights into how CTE advocates can best and most effectively engage the media in support of CTE The panel began stressing how the CTE conversation has shifted over the years including rebranding from the more traditional vocational education programming Along with the shift in moving from vocational education to career technical education panelists noted a focus on the concept of college and career readiness and showing students early in schooling how their education is relevant to careers they can have in the future In addition speakers saw a noted shift in CTE s inclusion of career ready and employability skills as integral to today s CTE Emily Hanford Education Corresponded at American RadioWorks and correspondent and producer of Ready to Work highlighted how her year working on the documentary greatly influenced her perspective on CTE CTE is really exciting and refreshing said Hanford I came away from filming this documentary with a sense of envy No one had challenged me to see what I wanted to do Panelists also offered up tips to the audience on how to best tell their CTE story Emily Ann Brown K 12 Education Policy Reporter at Education Daily stressed the importance of introducing high quality data along with providing access to a variety of stakeholders when pitching a story to the press Caralee Adams Contributing Writer at Education Week emphasized showing the press that your story is backed up by local and national trends but also showing how those trends translate into real life successes by including the voice of teachers administrators and students Hanford on the other hand suggested a missing voice in the CTE narrative is alumni of CTE reflecting on how their education successfully prepared them for their career Check on a wide array of materials and resources shared by the speakers on our Spring meeting resource page Katie Fitzgerald Communications Associate This entry was posted on Thursday April 16th 2015 at 12 50 pm and is filed under Meetings and Events NASDCTEc Resources NASDCTEc Spring Meeting Resources You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2 0 feed Both comments and pings are currently closed Comments are closed Series This Week in CTE Legislative Updates State CTE Policy Updates CTE

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  • Microsoft IT Academy & CTE Community: Bridging the worlds of technology education and business « NASDCTEc Blog
    Microsoft IT Academy CTE Community Bridging the worlds of technology education and business This blog series provides readers with insight on the valuable content that is being shared at the NASDCTEc Spring Meeting Guest bloggers are partner organizations supporters and other experts that will be present at the national gathering in Washington DC in April Demand for technology education is surging from both students and employers Interest in technology programs is spiking amongst incoming college freshmen according to academic surveys source Concurrently the business world is facing a shortfall of tech literate graduates with a projected one million more jobs than qualified graduates by 2020 as well as reports that 77 of all jobs require some degree of technology skills IDC Research Academic institutions face the critical challenge of responding to student and business demand for technology curriculum in a race to produce enough skilled workers to fill future jobs This is where Microsoft and the Career Technical Education community join forces to close the gap Microsoft IT Academy ITA brings academic institutions and their educators students and staff classroom ready digital curriculum and certifications covering three areas of study Productivity Computer Science and IT infrastructure providing essential technology skills to be successful in today s evolving world Currently there are 17 Microsoft IT Academy statewide partnerships in place with several more in the works for the next academic year Microsoft IT Academy and the CTE community are helping drive economic development by improving education outcomes for students and pathways for current workers to advance their careers See our blog for recent success stories Microsoft certifications differentiate students in today s competitive job market and broaden their employment opportunities Microsoft Office Specialist MOS exams prepare students to be more productive in school and business careers For students considering IT careers Microsoft Technology Associate MTA exams provide an entry level opportunity to explore various technical careers Both MOS and MTA certification validates a student s knowledge of specific technology concepts and helps them stand out when submitting college and internship applications Bring Computer Science Into Any Classroom Jobs requiring computer science skills outnumber trained graduates by 3 to 1 yet 90 of schools don t teach it Reverse the trend and prepare your students for success with the Microsoft IT Academy Computer Science curriculum For more information on Microsoft IT Academy benefits visit http www microsoft com education itacademy Pages benefits aspx Microsoft IT Academy is a proud sponsor of the 2015 NASDCTEc Spring Meeting Amy Merrill and Lance Baldwin will be representing Microsoft Learning Experiences Group LeX and IT Academy at the conference For the latest information on Microsoft IT Academy follow us on social media Twitter MS ITAcademy Facebook https www facebook com MicrosoftITAcademy Contacts Amy Merrill MS Learning Business Deployment Manager amyme microsoft com Lance Baldwin MS Learning Senior Solutions Specialist Lance Baldwin microsoft com This blog was contributed by Microsoft IT Academy diamond level sponsor at the 2015 Spring Meeting Tags Microsoft IT Academy Program Sponsors This

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  • Microsoft IT Academy Program « NASDCTEc Blog
    CCTC Resources Organizational Resources Board of Directors Finance Committee Posts Tagged Microsoft IT Academy Program Microsoft IT Academy CTE Community Bridging the worlds of technology education and business Monday March 23rd 2015 This blog series provides readers with insight on the valuable content that is being shared at the NASDCTEc Spring Meeting Guest bloggers are partner organizations supporters and other experts that will be present at the national gathering in Washington DC in April Demand for technology education is surging from both students and employers Interest in technology programs is spiking amongst incoming college freshmen according to academic surveys source Concurrently the business world is facing a shortfall of tech literate graduates with a projected one million more jobs than qualified graduates by 2020 as well as reports that 77 of all jobs require some degree of technology skills IDC Research Academic institutions face the critical challenge of responding to student and business demand for technology curriculum in a race to produce enough skilled workers to fill future jobs This is where Microsoft and the Career Technical Education community join forces to close the gap Microsoft IT Academy ITA brings academic institutions and their educators students and staff classroom ready digital curriculum and certifications covering three areas of study Productivity Computer Science and IT infrastructure providing essential technology skills to be successful in today s evolving world Currently there are 17 Microsoft IT Academy statewide partnerships in place with several more in the works for the next academic year Microsoft IT Academy and the CTE community are helping drive economic development by improving education outcomes for students and pathways for current workers to advance their careers See our blog for recent success stories Microsoft certifications differentiate students in today s competitive job market and broaden their employment opportunities Microsoft Office Specialist MOS exams prepare students to be more productive in school and business careers For students considering IT careers Microsoft Technology Associate MTA exams provide an entry level opportunity to explore various technical careers Both MOS and MTA certification validates a student s knowledge of specific technology concepts and helps them stand out when submitting college and internship applications Bring Computer Science Into Any Classroom Jobs requiring computer science skills outnumber trained graduates by 3 to 1 yet 90 of schools don t teach it Reverse the trend and prepare your students for success with the Microsoft IT Academy Computer Science curriculum For more information on Microsoft IT Academy benefits visit http www microsoft com education itacademy Pages benefits aspx Microsoft IT Academy is a proud sponsor of the 2015 NASDCTEc Spring Meeting Amy Merrill and Lance Baldwin will be representing Microsoft Learning Experiences Group LeX and IT Academy at the conference For the latest information on Microsoft IT Academy follow us on social media Twitter MS ITAcademy Facebook https www facebook com MicrosoftITAcademy Contacts Amy Merrill MS Learning Business Deployment Manager amyme microsoft com Lance Baldwin MS Learning Senior Solutions Specialist Lance Baldwin microsoft com This blog was contributed

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  • Sponsors « NASDCTEc Blog
    Member CCTC Resources Organizational Resources Board of Directors Finance Committee Posts Tagged Sponsors Microsoft IT Academy CTE Community Bridging the worlds of technology education and business Monday March 23rd 2015 This blog series provides readers with insight on the valuable content that is being shared at the NASDCTEc Spring Meeting Guest bloggers are partner organizations supporters and other experts that will be present at the national gathering in Washington DC in April Demand for technology education is surging from both students and employers Interest in technology programs is spiking amongst incoming college freshmen according to academic surveys source Concurrently the business world is facing a shortfall of tech literate graduates with a projected one million more jobs than qualified graduates by 2020 as well as reports that 77 of all jobs require some degree of technology skills IDC Research Academic institutions face the critical challenge of responding to student and business demand for technology curriculum in a race to produce enough skilled workers to fill future jobs This is where Microsoft and the Career Technical Education community join forces to close the gap Microsoft IT Academy ITA brings academic institutions and their educators students and staff classroom ready digital curriculum and certifications covering three areas of study Productivity Computer Science and IT infrastructure providing essential technology skills to be successful in today s evolving world Currently there are 17 Microsoft IT Academy statewide partnerships in place with several more in the works for the next academic year Microsoft IT Academy and the CTE community are helping drive economic development by improving education outcomes for students and pathways for current workers to advance their careers See our blog for recent success stories Microsoft certifications differentiate students in today s competitive job market and broaden their employment opportunities Microsoft Office Specialist MOS exams prepare students to be more productive in school and business careers For students considering IT careers Microsoft Technology Associate MTA exams provide an entry level opportunity to explore various technical careers Both MOS and MTA certification validates a student s knowledge of specific technology concepts and helps them stand out when submitting college and internship applications Bring Computer Science Into Any Classroom Jobs requiring computer science skills outnumber trained graduates by 3 to 1 yet 90 of schools don t teach it Reverse the trend and prepare your students for success with the Microsoft IT Academy Computer Science curriculum For more information on Microsoft IT Academy benefits visit http www microsoft com education itacademy Pages benefits aspx Microsoft IT Academy is a proud sponsor of the 2015 NASDCTEc Spring Meeting Amy Merrill and Lance Baldwin will be representing Microsoft Learning Experiences Group LeX and IT Academy at the conference For the latest information on Microsoft IT Academy follow us on social media Twitter MS ITAcademy Facebook https www facebook com MicrosoftITAcademy Contacts Amy Merrill MS Learning Business Deployment Manager amyme microsoft com Lance Baldwin MS Learning Senior Solutions Specialist Lance Baldwin microsoft com This blog was contributed by Microsoft

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  • Today’s Class – Interactive Online Textbook and eLearning Tool « NASDCTEc Blog
    Press Releases NASDCTEc Meetings 2014 Spring Meeting 2014 Fall Meeting Archived NASDCTEc Meetings Achieving Excellence in CTE Career Cluster Institute Archived Career Cluster Institutes Webinars Archived Webinars Newsletters Members Membership Directory Members Only Webinars Member Only On Demand Webinars Member CCTC Resources Organizational Resources Board of Directors Finance Committee This Week in CTE CTE Research Review Today s Class Interactive Online Textbook and eLearning Tool This blog series provides readers with insight on the valuable content that is being shared at the NASDCTEc Spring Meeting Guest bloggers are partner organizations supporters and other experts that will be present at the national gathering in Washington DC in April Today s Class is an interactive online textbook and eLearning resource The educational program with learning management system delivers interactive coursework to school systems and technical institutions Today s Class programs are designed with the instructor in mind and enhance an instructor s curriculum with content vivid animation and interactive exercises The program provides quizzes final exams eBooks and a student time just to name a few features By supplying concepts and theory it allows for up to 25 reduction in lecture time which allows instructors more time for hands on lab work and in class demonstrations Currently Today s Class offers automotive cosmetology health science anatomy physiology and agriscience programs Assessments are included for automotive cosmetology and health science programs The cosmetology program aligns with NIC standards that most states base their curriculum from providing comprehensive theory and step by step methodology Also included within the program is an assessment to gauge if the student is ready to take their state board exam The health science program explores body systems the protocol for vital sign measurement emergency response ethical legal responsibilities and other necessary health science courses The automotive program covers the eight core NATEF areas the new Maintenance and Light Repair MLR series and other automotive related materials to enhance student development The Automotive Service Technician AST modules will be released this summer Job sheets crosswalks and blueprints are included in the automotive modules The agriscience program contains Concepts of Agriscience Science of Agricultural Animals Science of Agricultural Plants Science of Agricultural Environment and Science of Agricultural Mechanization Many attendees know Dr Rod Boyes a long time NASDCTEc supporter and President of the organization Also representing Today s Class at the meeting will be Peggy Albano please say hello to them both and learn more about Today s Class programs and initiatives Today s Class is a Gold Level Sponsor at the NASDCTEc Meeting Thank you to Today s Class for being a NASDCTEc Spring Meeting Sponsor Tags Sponsor Today s Class This entry was posted on Monday March 16th 2015 at 10 09 am and is filed under Meetings and Events NASDCTEc Spring Meeting Resources You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2 0 feed Both comments and pings are currently closed Comments are closed Series This Week in CTE Legislative Updates State CTE Policy Updates

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  • Sponsor « NASDCTEc Blog
    Monday March 16th 2015 This blog series provides readers with insight on the valuable content that is being shared at the NASDCTEc Spring Meeting Guest bloggers are partner organizations supporters and other experts that will be present at the national gathering in Washington DC in April Today s Class is an interactive online textbook and eLearning resource The educational program with learning management system delivers interactive coursework to school systems and technical institutions Today s Class programs are designed with the instructor in mind and enhance an instructor s curriculum with content vivid animation and interactive exercises The program provides quizzes final exams eBooks and a student time just to name a few features By supplying concepts and theory it allows for up to 25 reduction in lecture time which allows instructors more time for hands on lab work and in class demonstrations Currently Today s Class offers automotive cosmetology health science anatomy physiology and agriscience programs Assessments are included for automotive cosmetology and health science programs The cosmetology program aligns with NIC standards that most states base their curriculum from providing comprehensive theory and step by step methodology Also included within the program is an assessment to gauge if the student is ready to take their state board exam The health science program explores body systems the protocol for vital sign measurement emergency response ethical legal responsibilities and other necessary health science courses The automotive program covers the eight core NATEF areas the new Maintenance and Light Repair MLR series and other automotive related materials to enhance student development The Automotive Service Technician AST modules will be released this summer Job sheets crosswalks and blueprints are included in the automotive modules The agriscience program contains Concepts of Agriscience Science of Agricultural Animals Science of Agricultural Plants Science of Agricultural Environment and Science of Agricultural Mechanization Many attendees know Dr Rod Boyes a long time NASDCTEc supporter and President of the organization Also representing Today s Class at the meeting will be Peggy Albano please say hello to them both and learn more about Today s Class programs and initiatives Today s Class is a Gold Level Sponsor at the NASDCTEc Meeting Thank you to Today s Class for being a NASDCTEc Spring Meeting Sponsor By Katie Fitzgerald in Meetings and Events NASDCTEc Spring Meeting Resources Tags Sponsor Today s Class Pathways for all With CTE at the Heart Monday March 9th 2015 This blog series provides readers with insight on the valuable content that is being shared at the NASDCTEc Spring Meeting Guest bloggers are partner organizations supporters and other experts that will be present at the national gathering in Washington DC in April For a very long time American education has offered an either or choice for students Either follow a career track OR enter the default baccalaureate track which while well intended is failing LARGE numbers of students Today s Pathways model offers a third choice combining the best of both And CTE Leaders have an incredible opportunity today to provide leadership in defining and driving the Pathways agenda At NC3T National Center for College and Career Transitions we promote the notion that school districts thrive when they work with employers and postsecondary partners to create a pathways for all approach The Pathways for All approach is more flexible individualized and based on the real needs and opportunities in today s workforce where skills and knowledge not years of schooling leads to meaningful work and family sustaining earnings To accomplish this each district develops a broad array of pathways some which are more career or occupation specific and some which are more thematic like social justice visual arts and global leadership Ideally each pathway is designed to lead to several post secondary options such as programs leading to certificate programs associate degrees and baccalaureate degrees To explore this comprehensive Pathways for All system CTE local administrators and state leaders are well positioned probably best positioned to help drive the conversation You can drive the Pathways conversation from several entry points including Readiness Teaching and Learning Effective Employer Engagement Postsecondary Connections and Career Development Help Define Student Readiness For Work and Life Success CTE leaders can continue to advance the idea that readiness requires more than academic skills Readiness for all students includes Learning Skills Thinking Skills Communication Skills Executive Skills Persistence and Work Ethic Interpersonal Competencies Career Search and Career Management Civic Awareness and Commitment We should stand against definitions that define Career Readiness separately from Postsecondary Readiness Yes there are specific technical skills that are a gateway for certain careers But apart from that narrow band of skills for the most part the skills and knowledge and attitudes for work success and postsecondary success are the same but they re just applied differently based on the learner s or worker s context A student is really just a worker whose immediate job is learning Create Dynamic Teaching and Learning CTE leaders can work to ensure that CTE teachers learn and apply the most promising and effective teaching practices utilizing active learning strategies like project based problem based and inquiry based learning Although CTE content is based on industry based skills CTE instruction can easily fall prey to the same trap as a core academic course in which a teacher stands and delivers conveying information about a career field or the processes of that field without challenging the students to engage in deeper learning problem solving and creativity Some CTE teachers deep down may believe that their students can t learn more deeply and that simple regurgitation of information and imitation of skills are the best they will be able to accomplish This is where strong professional development and challenging teacher perceptions through collaborative leadership are essential Model effective employer involvement In a strong pathways system employers and volunteers are actively involved in classrooms interacting regularly with students and helping students get into the workplace CTE programs can always get better at utilizing employers in multiple facets of their work A good first step is to re purpose your program Advisory Councils into Partnership Councils with the goal of driving deep business industry involvement in all aspects of instruction career mentoring and experiential learning Engage leaders from postsecondary education Each pathway program of study needs active collaboration among teachers and faculty so that curriculum can be well aligned and offer early college credits CTE teachers and administrators can create the structures and processes for collaboration and recognizing student learning for college credit that others in the school system and colleges can build upon Inform Career Exploration CTE leaders and staff usually have the best understanding and access for career based information They can help inform a comprehensive K 12 career exploration and career development system Start the Bigger Conversation CTE leaders are particularly able and well positioned to develop good working relationships with K 12 system leaders postsecondary education and employers As a result they are the ideal point people to convene these sectors and begin to explore what a Pathways System looks like You can host a business education summit create a Readiness forum among K 12 postsecondary and employers or call partners together to discuss the merits and challenges of the Pathways for All approach Positive Momentum If you re in the CTE movement you may already recognize that the wind is behind our backs in this work Many educators parents and business community leaders are troubled and looking for better answers They realize that core standards and testing are necessary but not sufficient because alone they do not adequately engage enough students They recognize that too many students are pursuing college and taking on debt without a realistic career objective And they understand there is a broad continuum of postsecondary options for which our guidance systems and programs of study don t match up well The result is that only 40 percent of our young adults complete an Associate s degree or BA program and about half of young adults lack tangible knowledge and skills that are in demand Just promoting college going isn t enough We must promote discovery exploration and postsecondary education that has purpose So the wind is behind our backs but it could change direction at any time We need to act quickly and help build consensus about what a Pathways for All system can be in our communities Federal rules regulations and funding are slow in coming which is why the pioneering leadership we re seeing at the state and local levels now is so critical CTE isn t the full answer but it is a foundational part of what a pathways system will become and CTE leaders can help leverage and engage all facets of our education system to create Pathway Systems that work Thank you for your indispensable leadership We are standing with you Hans Meeder President and Co Founder National Center for College and Career Transitions Thanks to NC3T for being a NASDCTEc Spring meeting sponsor By Katie Fitzgerald in Meetings and Events NASDCTEc Spring Meeting Resources Tags Sponsor Spring Meeting CompTIA The IT Industry Trade Association Friday March 6th 2015 This blog series provides readers with insight on the valuable content that is being shared at the NASDCTEc Spring Meeting Guest bloggers are partner organizations supporters and other experts that will be present at the national gathering in Washington DC in April CompTIA is the voice of the world s information technology IT industry As a non profit trade association we advance the global interests of IT professionals and IT channel organizations and enable them to be more successful with industry leading certifications and business credentials education resources and the ability to connect with like minded leading industry experts Learn about our focus areas and find out who we are and what we do Membership Becoming a CompTIA member indicates a commitment to learning growing and personal and business success in the IT channel All of our benefits are aimed at providing our members with a wealth of resources that when leveraged result in measurable impact to the member organization Education You can t get a job or successfully run a business without all the right tools In the ever changing IT industry education is essential CompTIA s educational efforts include a comprehensive suite of channel training a variety of events and meetings and a steady stream of research and market intelligence studies Everything is designed to help you succeed Certifications It all started with A Back in 1993 we developed a revolutionary IT certification that was not tied to a particular manufacturer but vendor neutral The concept took off and today CompTIA offers four IT certification series that test different knowledge standards from entry level to expert Public Advocacy TechAmerica the public sector and public policy department of CompTIA champions member driven business and policy priorities that impact the entire continuum of technology companies from small IT service providers and software developers to large equipment manufacturers and communications service providers Philanthropy The shortage of IT workers in the U S stands at about 300 000 and there continues to be high demand for motivated and capable employees It s the job of CompTIA s philanthropic arm the Creating IT Futures Foundation to help unemployed individuals and populations under represented in the field obtain the right training for an IT role not just a job but a foothold into a career In order to help supply the IT worker pipeline Creating IT Futures is exploring ways to nudge more youth in the direction of tech careers Click here to learn more about CompTIA and get involved today Thanks to CompTIA for being a NASDCTEc Spring meeting sponsor By Katie Fitzgerald in NASDCTEc Spring Meeting Resources Tags 2015 Spring Meeting comptia Sponsor NOCTI Honoring our Past and Embracing our Future Tuesday March 3rd 2015 This blog series provides readers with insight on the valuable content that is being shared at the NASDCTEc Spring Meeting Guest bloggers are partner organizations supporters and other experts that will be present at the national gathering in Washington DC in April From our early days 49 years ago as part of the vocational teacher certification process to our current leadership in the areas of technical data driven instructional improvement credentialing and digital badging NOCTI has always been proud to be an important member of the career and technical education CTE community As a non profit entity lead by a board elected by the 56 state directors of CTE around the country and in US territories we do our best to stay ahead of the needs of the field we serve Though we won t discuss the specifics of those needs in this blog we will mention how NOCTI is working to provide forward thinking solutions for the CTE community At our core we consider everyone we work with to be a partner striving to make CTE as strong as it can be Recognizing outstanding established and promising CTE teachers and administrators is important to NOCTI and one reason why we provide awards each year to these CTE professionals NOCTI s awards focus on the qualities important to our founders and are awarded each year at the ACTE Vision conference In addition we participate in additional opportunities for our students to show off their skills most recently through the NOCTI sponsored Video Contest as part of CTE Month NOCTI received 44 video submissions from media classrooms across the nation focused on the 2015 theme Mission CTE Check out the videos here Finally here are a few other resources worth mentioning Collaborations In addition to the numerous industry association partnerships we maintain we believe that connecting to our community and related communities is critical NOCTI has close relationships with NASDCTEc and Association for Career and Technical Education ACTE as well as the National Academy Foundation the International Baccalaureate Program Mozilla the National College Test Administrators and the Association of Test Publishers Teacher Tests We continue to fulfill our commitment to expand our current teacher testing battery We recognize that we are the only organization with the ability to assure that incoming instructors have experiences in all aspects of their particular industry and that this has always been part of our history NOCTI has increased its teacher test offerings to reinforce a commitment to this important population Prior Learning Assessment PLA By leveraging our association with the National College Credit Recommendation Service NCCRS NOCTI is able to assess experiences that have occurred outside the classroom through Prior Learning Assessments This service has been particularly successful with our returning servicemen and servicewomen and community college partners Digital Badges NOCTI currently offers over 120 digital badges We are collaborating with multiple partners to deliver badges that include both summative and formative structures as well as badges for both cognitive and hands on skills Badges are also being explored that are based on both asynchronous and synchronous evaluation Lastly we have also started work with a number of our industry partners in building customized badging platforms Deep Analytical Reports By utilizing NOCTI collected data we can assist states and regions in identifying which programs and by extension which teachers are able to deliver technical instruction that facilitates student competence What would you do as a curricular leader in your state if you were able to objectively identify the best blueprint reading program in your state We think we know the answer and we are providing the data to help states get there Industry Credentials All NOCTI assessments are industry credentials and include benchmarks established by industry When utilized properly the assessments provide a way to compare student competence against current industry standards in over 100 unique programs of study Local industry practitioners play an important role in assisting with the comparison between knowledge and skills learned and applied NOCTI also currently delivers over 40 collaborative industry association credentials Contact us at nocti nocti org to see how we can help you NOCTI is excited to be a Gold sponsor of the NASDCTEc Spring Meeting in Washington D C be sure to seek us out and say hello Thank you NOCTI for sponsoring the 2015 Spring Meeting By Katie Fitzgerald in Meetings and Events NASDCTEc Spring Meeting Resources Tags Sponsor Spring Meeting CTE Programs Motivate Students with Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship Friday November 7th 2014 Industry recognized certification is a key part of successful CTE programs allowing schools to validate technology skills while helping students build their resumes and preparing them to win jobs and internships Certiport a Pearson VUE business is the world leader in performance based certification exams and practice test solutions for academic institutions currently delivering nearly 3 million certification exams each year around the world Many students see the value of certification but a good healthy dose of competition never hurts Thirteen years ago Certiport held the first Microsoft Office Specialist MOS World Championship a competition to designed to inspire more students to earn MOS certification Over time the competition has grown in popularity and now educators use it to inspire greatness and generate excitement about certification among their students This year more than 300 000 students in the United States entered the MOS competition to demonstrate their level of proficiency in utilizing the world s foremost desktop computing applications 40 finalists traveled to Atlanta Georgia to the MOS U S National Championship where they participated in timed exams and interviews to demonstrate their expertise in Microsoft Office Word Excel and PowerPoint programs The champions in each program along with a chaperone won an all expense paid trip to participate in the 2014 MOS World Championship in Anaheim California One of those world finalists Tyler Millis is a student of Dunbar High School in Florida Dunbar is a magnet school in Ft Myers Florida with an enviable CTE program Dunbar s Technology Academy Programs offer an outstanding 24 certifications and has certified hundreds of high school students in MOS over the past several

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  • Today’s Class « NASDCTEc Blog
    and Career Readiness Effective Models On Demand Webinars CTE Videos Research from the Field News Events Newsroom Press Releases NASDCTEc Meetings 2014 Spring Meeting 2014 Fall Meeting Archived NASDCTEc Meetings Achieving Excellence in CTE Career Cluster Institute Archived Career Cluster Institutes Webinars Archived Webinars Newsletters Members Membership Directory Members Only Webinars Member Only On Demand Webinars Member CCTC Resources Organizational Resources Board of Directors Finance Committee Posts Tagged Today s Class Today s Class Interactive Online Textbook and eLearning Tool Monday March 16th 2015 This blog series provides readers with insight on the valuable content that is being shared at the NASDCTEc Spring Meeting Guest bloggers are partner organizations supporters and other experts that will be present at the national gathering in Washington DC in April Today s Class is an interactive online textbook and eLearning resource The educational program with learning management system delivers interactive coursework to school systems and technical institutions Today s Class programs are designed with the instructor in mind and enhance an instructor s curriculum with content vivid animation and interactive exercises The program provides quizzes final exams eBooks and a student time just to name a few features By supplying concepts and theory it allows for up to 25 reduction in lecture time which allows instructors more time for hands on lab work and in class demonstrations Currently Today s Class offers automotive cosmetology health science anatomy physiology and agriscience programs Assessments are included for automotive cosmetology and health science programs The cosmetology program aligns with NIC standards that most states base their curriculum from providing comprehensive theory and step by step methodology Also included within the program is an assessment to gauge if the student is ready to take their state board exam The health science program explores body systems the protocol for vital sign measurement emergency response ethical legal responsibilities and other necessary health science courses The automotive program covers the eight core NATEF areas the new Maintenance and Light Repair MLR series and other automotive related materials to enhance student development The Automotive Service Technician AST modules will be released this summer Job sheets crosswalks and blueprints are included in the automotive modules The agriscience program contains Concepts of Agriscience Science of Agricultural Animals Science of Agricultural Plants Science of Agricultural Environment and Science of Agricultural Mechanization Many attendees know Dr Rod Boyes a long time NASDCTEc supporter and President of the organization Also representing Today s Class at the meeting will be Peggy Albano please say hello to them both and learn more about Today s Class programs and initiatives Today s Class is a Gold Level Sponsor at the NASDCTEc Meeting Thank you to Today s Class for being a NASDCTEc Spring Meeting Sponsor By Katie Fitzgerald in Meetings and Events NASDCTEc Spring Meeting Resources Tags Sponsor Today s Class Series This Week in CTE Legislative Updates State CTE Policy Updates CTE Research Review Friends of CTE Blog Series Inside International CTE Archives Select Month January 2016 2 December

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