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  • Meetings and Events « NASDCTEc Blog
    Meeder President and Co Founder National Center for College and Career Transitions Thanks to NC3T for being a NASDCTEc Spring meeting sponsor Tags Sponsor Spring Meeting Posted in Meetings and Events NASDCTEc Spring Meeting Resources Comments Off This Week in CTE March 6th 2015 TWEET OF THE WEEK CareerBuilder The title says it all 13 growing occupations with certifications to boost your hireability and pay grade http cb com 1DENJld More ARTICLE OF THE WEEK How Google and Coursera May Upend the Traditional College Degree Coursera the online education firm and Google who needs no introduction have teamed up to bring together Instagram and a variety of other tech companies to launch microdegrees These microdegrees will consist of online courses and a hands on capstone project designed with input from universities and tech industry focused on providing learners less expensive and customizable degrees More VIDEO OF THE WEEK Power of Entrepreneurship Intel released this video on how today s technology can help people overcome barriers to starting the businesses they want More EVENT OF THE WEEK NASDCTEc 2015 Spring Meeting NASDCTEc s Spring Meeting is only a month away Join us in Washington D C to hear from national leaders work together to build common solutions to problems facing Career Technical Education get the latest state and federal policy updates hear from best practice programs of study from across the country and network with State CTE Directors and partnering organizations Registration closes March 20 so register today More Katie Fitzgerald Communications Associate Posted in CTE Learning that works for America Meetings and Events NASDCTEc Spring Meeting News Resources Comments Off NOCTI Honoring our Past and Embracing our Future 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

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  • This Week in CTE « NASDCTEc Blog
    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 Getting to Know Idaho Welcome to Utah s New State CTE Director Thalea Longhurst This Week in CTE TWEET OF THE WEEK Which skills are most important on the job and which skills are in short supply http t co zMtAzx4VIz National Network nationalnetwork September 23 2015 WEBINAR OF THE WEEK The Alliance for Excellent Education and Asia Society are hosting a webinar Raising the Bar for the Quality of Career Preparation Pathways Apprenticeships on October 2 from 1 2 p m EDT Panelists will focus on the success of the Swiss apprenticeship program and how the U S education system can integrate some aspects of the Swiss program Register today RESOURCE OF THE WEEK The U S Chamber of Commerce launched a new website this week where the business community can learn more about college and career ready standards Achieving Tomorrow is complete with videos op eds from chamber leaders resources and a map with state assessment information college completion rates and skills gap projects Learn more Katie Fitzgerald Communications Associate This entry was posted on Friday September 25th 2015 at 2 06 pm and is filed under News Resources Webinars 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 Research Review Friends of CTE Blog Series Inside International CTE Archives

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  • This Week in CTE « NASDCTEc Blog
    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 Foy H Moody High School Recognized at the White House CTE Research Review Manufacturing Edition This Week in CTE TWEET OF THE WEEK More than just farmers N J agricultural education is on the rise state says http t co ULG6IlrFaE new jersey new jersey July 23 2015 ARTICLE OF THE WEEK Vocational Education Should be for Everyone Despite some negative perceptions of vocational or Career Technical Education CTE schools across the country are taking different approaches in improving CTE and connecting academic technical and real world learning for students We re thinking about that now to take more old school programs and reimagine them into career pathways so we re thinking about how you take traditional construction and woodworking classes and change the structure so it aligns with a high demand advanced manufacturing pathway said Laurent Trent Manager of Strategic Partnerships at Denver Public School s Office of College and Career Readiness More VIDEO OF THE WEEK Learn about competency based learning in 60 seconds RESOURCE OF THE WEEK Join The E in STEM Education Why Engineering is Vital to Science Standards webinar on July 28 from 3 4 p m to learn why engineering is vital to STEM and the role the Next Generation Science Standards plays in incorporating engineering in content standards The webinar will feature leaders from Portland Oregon and Washington D C More Katie Fitzgerald Communications Associate This entry was posted on Friday July 24th 2015 at 8 00 am and is filed under News Resources Webinars You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2 0 feed Both comments and

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  • Webinars « NASDCTEc Blog
    in News Publications Resources Webinars Comments Off This Month in CTE February 27th 2015 In lieu of our This Week in CTE series we are providing an overview of resources and information that came out of a stellar CTE month Thank you to all who participated and advocated for CTE this February TWEETS OF THE MONTH NRAEF Economists say millennials should consider careers in trades http n pr 1xCirYM via NPR CTEMonth cc CTEWorks actecareertech More You can also catch up on our Twitter chat with the College Career Readiness Success Center here ARTICLES OF THE MONTH What all Educators can Learn from CTE Teachers Due to new college and career readiness standards all teachers need to be trained and prepared to integrate learning opportunities into their lessons CTE teachers are a viable resource as providing real world hands on training to their students is integral to their teaching Teachers can focus on three areas to include technical and employability skills in their education More College Career Tech In Nashville Teens do Both Students in Nashville TN public schools are encouraged to take at least three Career and Technical Education courses by the time they graduate often leading them to certifications they can use directly after high school and college credit if they decide to continue their education More Michigan Awards 50M for Skilled Trades Training Michigan awarded 18 community colleges 50 million towards equipment and training benefiting an estimated 34 000 graduates More MEDIA OF THE MONTH Find out the top 10 metropolitan areas for engineers More This infographic shows how Ohio is preparing students to be globally competitive More The American Association of Community Colleges released an infographic on 2015 Community College facts More EVENTS OF THE MONTH Students showed their stuff on Capitol Hill for CTE Month More Association for Career and Technical Education hosted a school visit at Montgomery College where we heard from stellar students on how CTE has influenced their education and career goals along with community partners and educators on what makes their programs of study such a success More NASDCTEc RESOURCES OF THE MONTH CTE and Student Achievement Fact Sheet Get the facts on students who engage in high quality CTE More NASDCTEc Webinars In case you missed them NASDCTEc held two webinars this month First we provided an overview of our 2014 State Policy Review highlighting trends in policy in each state Second we took a deep look into Alabama and Kansas to see how they engage employers in CTE More NASDCTEc YouTube Videos This month we updated our YouTube channel with eight new videos Seven are based on the workshops based on the book developed in partnership with the Center for Occupational Research and Development The Career Pathways Effect Linking Education and Economic Prosperity covering topics aimed at supporting CTE practitioners and leaders in the implementations and improvement of career pathways The eighth video provides an overview of the development process for the Common Career and Technical Core More Katie Fitzgerald Communications Associate Tags CTE Month Posted in NASDCTEc Resources News Publications Resources Webinars Comments Off Register Today for Upcoming Webinars February 2nd 2015 There s still time to register for NASDCTEc s upcoming webinars 2014 State CTE Policy Review February 5 2015 3 4 p m ET States are increasingly looking to CTE as a means to help close the skills gap and boost the number of people with a postsecondary credential Join us as we step through the major state policy trends affecting CTE from 2014 including new laws executive actions and regulatory activity This webinar will coincide with the release of the second annual 2014 State CTE Policy Review a joint publication from ACTE and NASDCTEc Speakers Catherine Imperatore Research Manager Association for Career and Technical Education Andrea Zimmermann State Policy Associate National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium Register Today Employer Engagement State Perspectives February 10 2015 2 3 p m ET Join us for an in depth discussion as we take a closer look at how Alabama and Kansas in concert with their employer partners work together to inform align and enhance their CTE systems at the secondary and postsecondary levels This webinar is the second in a series on employer engagement To learn more about employer engagement in CTE check out our newest report Speakers Dr Philip C Cleveland Alabama State Director of CTE and Workforce Development George Clark President Manufacture Alabama and Chair of the Alabama Workforce Investment Board Dr Blake Flanders Vice President of Workforce Development Kansas Board of Regents Keven Ward Public Sector Consultant Trane Register Today Tags Alabama Employer Engagement kansas state policy Webinars Posted in Meetings and Events NASDCTEc Resources Resources Uncategorized Webinars Comments Off This Week in CTE January 23rd 2015 TWEET OF THE WEEK US Labor Department USDOL Jan 20 Apprenticeship is an earn while you learn training model that works Find opportunities http www dol gov apprenticehsip SOTU More ARTICLE OF THE WEEK Top 5 Issues for 2015 Expanded Education Learn about the top five issues states will likely address this year including school readiness for all academic success for at risk populations and innovative state accountability systems More RESOURCE OF THE WEEK Consortia Formation and Characteristics under Perkins IV The National Center for Innovation in Career and Technical Education released the first two units of a five unit training that shares data and findings from a recent study of consortia formation under the Carl D Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 More VIDEO OF THE WEEK Federal Flash Weekly Video Series A new video series from the Alliance for Excellent Education features Bob Wise and Phillip Lovell providing a five minute roundup on this week s State of the Union address including reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act More PARTNER UPDATE OF THE WEEK 2014 State CTE Policy Review Webinar and Paper In partnership with Association for Career Technical Education ACTE we are hosting a webinar discussing the

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  • NASDCTEc Legislative Update: Retirements and Resignations Abound as Deadlines Loom and Congress Passes Short-Term Perkins Funding « NASDCTEc Blog
    will have the unenviable task of balancing the increasingly opposed interests of two influential wings of the Republican Party all while trying to avoid a catastrophic default on the nation s debt if Congress does not act to raise the federal government s borrowing limit by November 5 th a deadline laid out by the U S Treasury Department that is fast approaching The intraparty division in the Republican Party is equal parts ideology and political approach Staunch conservative elements in the GOP are pushing for a new Speaker who would be willing to use the debt limit deadline and the need to fund the federal government later this year as leverage to advance a legislative agenda that is completely anathema to Congressional Democrats and President Obama More establishment Republicans have been less willing to use these twin deadlines as a political tool calculating that the risks of going over a fiscal cliff failing to raise the debt ceiling and or causing a government shutdown far outweigh the potential benefits Finding a candidate for Speaker who is able to placate these opposing factions has resulted in the current impasse in finding a suitable replacement candidate and has had a rather ironic short term consequence ensuring that Speaker Boehner remains in the top post of the House Republican leadership for the foreseeable future Congress Passes Short Term Perkins Funding Bill Right after Speaker Boehner s announcement late last month Congress was still struggling to pass appropriations legislation to fund the federal government As we shared previously both Chambers of Congress completed the 12 necessary funding bills that fund all federal programs Despite this progress these pieces of legislation all adhered to the sequester caps mandated by the Budget Control Act of 2011 BCA a harmful program of austerity that imposes tight restrictions on federal spending well into the next decade Because these bills would maintain sequestration and continue to perpetuate a path of federal disinvestment in education and programs like the Perkins Act President Obama signaled that he would not sign them into law Since that time the bills have been in limbo and lawmakers have been unable to come to an agreement for how to fund the federal government for the upcoming 2016 fiscal year something that was set to begin on October 1 st With only days left to pass legislation to fund these programs and avert a government shutdown the Senate acted first passing a measure known as a continuing appropriations resolution CR to provide temporary funding for the federal government through December 11 th After passing through the Senate by a wide margin 78 20 Speaker Boehner s resignation announcement helped to ensure that this short term stopgap measure was able to pass through the House 277 151 albeit with significant Republican opposition While this CR is meant to extend current FY 2015 spending levels for the next few months including for the Perkins Act basic state grant program a 0 2108 percent across the board spending

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  • Celebrating CTE at the White House « NASDCTEc Blog
    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 Beyond the Booth Training Skilled Welders on the Fine Art of Teaching CTE Research Review A Call for Career Pathways Celebrating CTE at the White House Yesterday the U S Department of Education and theWhite House hosted Celebrating Innovations in Career and Technical Education honoring CTE students educators and programs that exemplify everything CTE has to offer which Kim Green NASDCTEc Executive Director Rod Duckworth Chancellor for Career and Adult Education in Florida and NASDCTEc President and I had the honor of attending One major highlight of the day long event was a keynote from First Lady Michelle Obama who acknowledged the power of CTE and encouraged the audience to keep pushing themselves and their peers I don t know how many people know about CTE but more people should because in today s world a high school diploma isn t enough If you want to learn cutting edge skills if you want to prepare yourself for college and a good career it s important for students to realize that a four year university is not your only option She continued For many young people and their families CTE can be the best option because you can get all the professional skills you need for a good job in a high demand field and you can do it at a fraction at the time and more importantly a fraction of the cost To summarize Career and tech programs make a whole lot of sense Throughout the day excellence and innovation were on display with remarks from Principal Sandra Clement of Foy H Moody High School a 2014 Excellence in Action winner discussing how CTE has propelled all of their students in a high minority and low income district to apply for postsecondary education high school seniors Anne and Anna Raheem who championed the development of a STEM course in their school and are on their way to Harvard next year and Jacob Smith who introduced the First Lady and is starting at Johnson Wales with a full scholarship in the fall A number of students and schools also shared projects on topics including 3D printing fingerprinting and robotics during an innovation fair The day concluded with the recognition ceremony where 16 national student innovators and 10 educator innovators as selected by ACTE and Career Technical Student Organizations CTSOs five Excellence in Action award winners and 16 CTSOs leaders were honored Kate Blosveren Kreamer Associate Executive Director This entry was posted on Wednesday July 1st 2015 at 11 08 am and is filed under CTE Learning that works for America News Uncategorized 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

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  • Accreditation « NASDCTEc Blog
    been Deputy Secretary of Education since January of this year will replace Duncan as the next Secretary of Education pending Senate approval Duncan s tenure as the head of the U S Department of Education ED particularly the ESEA flexibility system granting waivers to states from many provisions contained in No Child Left Behind NCLB has been one of the main motivations behind Congressional activity to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act ESEA this year As we have shared previously both Chambers of Congress were successful in passing rewrites of the law earlier this summer Currently lawmakers from the Senate and House Education Committees have been engaged in conference negotiations to reconcile the differences between the two bills These discussions are still ongoing More recently Democratic Senators Murphy D CT Warren D MA and Booker D NJ hosted a roundtable discussion with Secretary Duncan and Deputy Secretary King focused on accountability issues within ESEA reauthorization Holding states and local communities accountable for student achievement has been one of the most polarizing issues during the reauthorization process for ESEA and many Congressional Democrats along with the White House hope to strengthen such accountability provisions in a final bill when conference negotiations wrap up Despite the progress being made in ESEA conference negotiations a pathway forward for a bill containing stronger accountability requirements than what is currently in either the Senate or the House rewrites something the Obama Administration and many Democrats would like to see remains an uphill battle As with much of the Congressional agenda this fall the outcome of the race to replace Speaker Boehner will likely have a significant impact on ESEA s chances of passage in the 114 th Congress As the Thomas B Fordham Institute points out ESEA s chances are a hard maybe at this point Obama Administration Pushes Forward on a Number of Higher Ed Initiatives Congressional efforts to reauthorize HEA are still ongoing and in lieu of a comprehensive proposal from Congress the Obama Administration has continued to prioritize higher education issues For instance the Office of Management and Budget recently released the Admisntration s final set of Agency Priority Goals which outlines ED s objective to increase the percentage of adults aged 25 34 who have an associate s degree or higher to nearly 50 percent by 2017 Late in September ED also released much anticipated guidance for experimental sites who are pursuing innovative models of awarding federal financial aid for competency based education CBE programs These sites were first announced in 2014 as part of the experimental sites initiative authorized under HEA The new CBE Experiment Reference Guide can be used both for the institutions and accrediting bodies participating in the initiative as well as for institutions who might like to pursue CBE programs in the future More information on the guidance can be found here U S Undersecretary of Education Ted Mitchell has also announced that ED intends to expand this initiative by the end of the year Another

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  • Arne Duncan « NASDCTEc Blog
    been Deputy Secretary of Education since January of this year will replace Duncan as the next Secretary of Education pending Senate approval Duncan s tenure as the head of the U S Department of Education ED particularly the ESEA flexibility system granting waivers to states from many provisions contained in No Child Left Behind NCLB has been one of the main motivations behind Congressional activity to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act ESEA this year As we have shared previously both Chambers of Congress were successful in passing rewrites of the law earlier this summer Currently lawmakers from the Senate and House Education Committees have been engaged in conference negotiations to reconcile the differences between the two bills These discussions are still ongoing More recently Democratic Senators Murphy D CT Warren D MA and Booker D NJ hosted a roundtable discussion with Secretary Duncan and Deputy Secretary King focused on accountability issues within ESEA reauthorization Holding states and local communities accountable for student achievement has been one of the most polarizing issues during the reauthorization process for ESEA and many Congressional Democrats along with the White House hope to strengthen such accountability provisions in a final bill when conference negotiations wrap up Despite the progress being made in ESEA conference negotiations a pathway forward for a bill containing stronger accountability requirements than what is currently in either the Senate or the House rewrites something the Obama Administration and many Democrats would like to see remains an uphill battle As with much of the Congressional agenda this fall the outcome of the race to replace Speaker Boehner will likely have a significant impact on ESEA s chances of passage in the 114 th Congress As the Thomas B Fordham Institute points out ESEA s chances are a hard maybe at this point Obama Administration Pushes Forward on a Number of Higher Ed Initiatives Congressional efforts to reauthorize HEA are still ongoing and in lieu of a comprehensive proposal from Congress the Obama Administration has continued to prioritize higher education issues For instance the Office of Management and Budget recently released the Admisntration s final set of Agency Priority Goals which outlines ED s objective to increase the percentage of adults aged 25 34 who have an associate s degree or higher to nearly 50 percent by 2017 Late in September ED also released much anticipated guidance for experimental sites who are pursuing innovative models of awarding federal financial aid for competency based education CBE programs These sites were first announced in 2014 as part of the experimental sites initiative authorized under HEA The new CBE Experiment Reference Guide can be used both for the institutions and accrediting bodies participating in the initiative as well as for institutions who might like to pursue CBE programs in the future More information on the guidance can be found here U S Undersecretary of Education Ted Mitchell has also announced that ED intends to expand this initiative by the end of the year Another

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