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    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 Three Weeks Left to Apply to the Excellence in Action Award November 18th 2015 Three Weeks Left to Apply to the 2016 Excellence in Action Award The National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium is searching the country for superior programs of study across the 16 Career Clusters that have a meaningful impact on student success Why Should I Apply Receiving the Excellence in Action award means your program of study will be showcased on a national level through conferences webinars in a monthly newsletter to members of Congress in the media on our website and in our blog It s a chance to show the rest of the country how your program of study prepares students for successful and meaningful careers through high quality CTE If you want to see examples of some stellar programs of study take a look at the 2014 and 2015 winners some of which were featured at the White House How to Apply Complete the Award Application and follow steps for submission of your application by the application deadline Wednesday December 9 2015 5 00 p m ET For questions or more information email awards careertech org Katie Fitzgerald Communications Associate Posted in Uncategorized Comments Off This Week in CTE YesSheCan November 13th 2015 TWEET S OF THE WEEK The White House hosted an all day forum on Friday Advancing Equity for Women and Girls of Color taking on topics such as education health economic conditions and portrayal in the media Check out the WhiteHouse fact sheet on Advancing Equity for Women and Girls of Color YesSheCan https t co Hq2Xb3Kqzh Valerie Jarrett vj44 November 13 2015 White House to announce 118 million to improve lives of women and girls of color https t co m8QQXoNJqP yesshecan raiseyourvoice4girls Alliance for Girls AFGBA November 13 2015 RT if you agree It s time to CloseTheGap so more women have a shot at success https t co 7dJl9Ki5xj YesSheCan pic twitter com fJvswfcmI7 The White House WhiteHouse November 13 2015 Today s foci 1 Path to economic empowerment 2 preventive health 3 changing the cultural lens of women girls of color YesSheCan White House Af Am Ed AfAmEducation November 13 2015 RESOURCE OF THE WEEK Earlier this week the White House hosted the Summit on Next Generation High Schools and announced more than 375 million to support secondary education that re imagines the high school experience with things such as including personalized learning providing access to work based

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  • Excellence in Action: Marine Academy of Science and Technology « NASDCTEc Blog
    On Demand Webinars Member CCTC Resources Organizational Resources Board of Directors Finance Committee Upcoming Webinar CTE and Global Competency NASDCTEc Welcomes Jeralyn Jargo Excellence in Action Marine Academy of Science and Technology 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 This entry was posted on Thursday December 17th 2015 at 11 28 am and is filed under

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  • Upcoming Webinar: CTE and Global Competency « NASDCTEc Blog
    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 ESSA Excellence in Action Marine Academy of Science and Technology Upcoming Webinar CTE and Global Competency 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 This entry was posted on Thursday December 17th 2015 at 7 10 am and is filed under NASDCTEc Announcements Webinars You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2 0 feed Both comments and pings are

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  • NASDCTEc Announcements « NASDCTEc Blog
    community colleges https t co NcUll60wk5 The Joyce Foundation JoyceFdn October 19 2015 WEBINAR S OF THE WEEK THE EMPLOYABILITY CHALLENGE Better Outcomes for Students Employers and Institutions Wednesday November 4th 1 2 p m ET More and more postsecondary institutions are being tasked with not only providing academically rigorous programs but also integrating career preparedness opportunities into their student s education Learn how both education and business are working together to provide students with the tools they need to succeed in the workplace Register Ability to Benefit Monday November 9 3 4 p m ET Staff from the U S Department of Education will provide guidance on the partially restored Ability to Benefit provision of the Higher Education Act which allows students who do not have a high school diploma but who are enrolled in a career pathway program to apply for financial aid Register Innovative Teaching and Transportation Industry Partnerships Thursday November 12 3 15 4 30 p m ET This webinar features teachers administrators and industry partners who will provide insights and examples of innovative programs and teaching models when delivering transportation related curricula for high school students Register RESOURCE OF THE WEEK October is Connected Educator Month where educators and education stakeholders take part in professional development opportunities and the Office of Educational Technology at the U S Department of Education is hosting a variety of engagement opportunities from twitter chats to panels Learn More NASDCTEc RESOURCE OF THE WEEK On Monday October 26 NASDCTEc is launching the third round of Excellence in Action awards recognizing high quality and innovative programs of study in each Career Cluster Learn more about 2014 and 2015 award winners Katie Fitzgerald Communications Associate Posted in NASDCTEc Announcements News Resources Webinars Comments Off This Week in CTE June 26th 2015 TWEET OF THE WEEK CTE and STEM Education Two Sides of the Same Vital Coin http t co u1MLugPZJd CTEWorks VSGersing Kelli Wells KelliLWells June 22 2015 ARTICLE OF THE WEEK Kaine s CTE Push Wins a White House Nod Earlier this week President Barack Obama expanded the U S Presidential Scholars Program to include up to 20 CTE students per year a big win for Senator Tim Kaine who led the charge More RESOURCE OF THE WEEK Reflect Transform Lead Five Year Progress Reports This week NASDCTEc released five progress reports looking back at five years of the CTE Vision Learn what successes and achievements we ve accomplished and what work still needs to be done More INTERNATIONAL ARTICLE OF THE WEEK The Government Confirms that it has Smashed its Target of Supporting 20 000 Higher Apprenticeship Starts For the past two years The United Kingdom has not only increased the number of people participating in apprenticeships but also improved the quality of those apprenticeships The government will support another three million apprenticeships by 2020 More Katie Fitzgerald Communications Associate Posted in NASDCTEc Announcements NASDCTEc Resources News Publications Resources Comments Off STEMSuccess for Women Empowering Educators to Recruit and Retain More Women in STEM April 6th 2015 We are excited to invite you to an upcoming virtual conference STEMSuccess for Wome n Empowering Educators to Recruit and Retain More Women in STEM where you ll learn from leaders across the country who are engaging more women in the STEM fields One example Professor Barbara DuFrain of Del Mar College who was able to increase female enrollment in her intro to computer programming classes by 62 percent and improve overall retention by 45 percent Some of the other case studies you will hear over the course of the 12 sessions from April 13 April 16 include How one department chairperson was able to increase female enrollment in her college s STEM programs by 95 percent How a professor improved retention of female engineering students by 42 percent in one semester in only 12 teaching contact hours and How another professor increased the number of women who declared a computer science major from 11 percent to 46 percent by changing the introductory computer science course This free event is completely online and you can participate via phone or computer STEMSuccess for Women is hosted by Donna Milgram Executive Director of the Institute for Women in Trades Technology and Science Learn more about this National Science Foundation funded virtual event here Katie Fitzgerald Communications Associate Posted in Career Clusters NASDCTEc Announcements Resources Comments Off This Week in CTE February 6th 2015 TWEET OF THE WEEK OfficeofEdTech BarackObama s budget incl 200M to ensure Ts receive support training to effectively use edtech tools http tech ed gov eett edchat Read More ARTICLE OF THE WEEK Getting Credit for What You Know Increasingly occupational certifications in areas like IT manufacturing healthcare and energy are filling the skills gap and helping students find well paying jobs Read More RESEARCH REPORT OF THE WEEK Gallup Student Poll Job Confidence Lower in Higher Grades A new poll by Gallup finds students in elementary and middle school are more optimistic about job prospects than those in high school Only about half of students grades 10 through 12 strongly agreed with the statement I know I will find a good job after I graduate compared to 68 percent of fifth graders that strongly agree Read More RESOURCE OF THE WEEK Delivering Career Technical Education Fact Sheet We recently released a fact sheet Delivering Career Technical Education providing a quick overview of the variety of systems career technical education is delivered through from comprehensive high schools to career academies Read More ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE WEEK NASDCTEc and ACTE Release State Policies Impacting CTE 2014 Year in Review February 5 NASDCTEc and the Association for Career Technical Education released State Policies Impacting CTE 2014 Year in Review providing a state by state review of policy changes impacting CTE during 2014 across the country To learn more read our blog post press release and full report CTE MONTH Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker proclaimed February CTE Month Read More Katie Fitzgerald Communications Associate Tags

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  • This Week in CTE: ESSA « NASDCTEc Blog
    Campaign User Agreement Relevant Resources Issue Briefs Papers Jobs and the Economy College 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 NASDCTEc Endorses Proposed Every Student Succeeds Act Upcoming Webinar CTE and Global Competency This Week in CTE ESSA 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 This entry was posted on Friday December 11th 2015 at 3 17 pm and is filed under 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 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 2015 6 November 2015 9 October 2015 13 September 2015 11 August 2015

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  • NASDCTEc Endorses Proposed Every Student Succeeds Act « NASDCTEc Blog
    Resources Board of Directors Finance Committee Welcome to Colorado s Newest State CTE Director Sarah Heath This Week in CTE ESSA NASDCTEc Endorses Proposed Every Student Succeeds Act 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 This entry was posted on Wednesday December 2nd 2015 at

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  • Welcome to Colorado’s Newest State CTE Director, Sarah Heath! « NASDCTEc Blog
    Welcome to Colorado s Newest State CTE Director Sarah Heath 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

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  • Colorado « NASDCTEc Blog
    workforce development programs are delivered South Dakota lawmakers also passed a bill that would dramatically change the governance of the state s four technical institutes such as the one President Barack Obama visited last week The current governing system described as a turf war has the technical institutes controlled by K 12 districts but funded by the state and competing with the Board of Regents which governs the university system for students and course offerings The new law will allow the institutes to establish their own governing body A separate joint resolution which will require an amendment to the state s constitution and go before the voters in July clarifies the roles of the institutes and the Board of Regents In Arkansas new Gov Asa Hutchinson signed a series of three bills that made sweeping changes to career education and workforce training The bills did the following created the Career Education and Workforce Development Board to establish and administer a comprehensive statewide workforce education program as well as the Office of Skills Development to award 15 million in grants for workforce training programs started a 2 million program to provide workforce training planning grants at community colleges and established the Arkansas Workforce Development Board which will be comprised of industry representatives Despite some notable CTE funding boosts 22 states are reportedly facing budget deficits according to a recent analysis from the Associated Press and the effects of tight budgets are being felt In Arizona new Gov Doug Ducey signed a historically lean state budget that cut universities dramatically eliminated state aid for Pima and Maricopa Community Colleges and cut 30 million from the state s Joint Technical Education Districts which is the primary delivery system for Arizona secondary CTE programs Florida lawmakers wrapped up their session in early May without passing a budget a first for the state and thus leaving school districts in limbo Gov Rick Scott in March called for historic levels of K 12 funding but as lawmakers reconvene in June to tackle the budget it remains to be seen where it will land Andrea Zimmermann State Policy Associate By Andrea Zimmermann in Legislation Public Policy Tags Arizona Arkansas budget Colorado Florida governors JTED Montana South Dakota technical institutes workforce development Governors call on Congress to Act on Perkins ESEA Wednesday January 7th 2015 As the 114 th Congress officially starts this week the nation s governors called on lawmakers to reauthorize long overdue federal education laws including the Carl D Perkins Career and Technical Education Act Elementary and Secondary Education Act and Higher Education Act The National Governors Association NGA held its third annual State of the States address on Tuesday in Washington DC NGA Chair and Colorado Gov John Hickenlooper used the speech as a platform elevate important state issues regarding education veterans workforce development and more Forty three states are operating under waivers from No Child Left Behind said Utah Gov Gary Herbert who serves as NGA s vice chair government by waiver is a sign that underlying laws do not work and are in need of reform Education was a focus of remarks from both Herbert and Hickenlooper as they both recognized that the key to a better skilled workforce starts with better education Read the full remarks from both governors here 2015 State Legislative Sessions Get Under Way Just as Congress gets back to work so are many state legislatures across the country By the week s end nearly 20 state legislatures will have reconvened to tackle pressing issues affecting education workforce development and more With much turnover at all levels following the November elections and many states still funding K 12 and higher education below pre recession levels NASDCTEc will be tracking CTE related legislation across the country and keep you informed as it develops Later this month NASDCTEc and the Association for Career and Technical Education will publish our second annual State CTE Policy Review covering major state CTE activity from 2014 Be sure to check out our Feb 5 webinar register now In case you missed our 2013 brief you can get caught up here Andrea Zimmermann State Policy Associate By Andrea Zimmermann in News Webinars Tags ACTE Colorado Legislation NGA state policy Utah New Report The State of Employer Engagement in CTE Wednesday December 3rd 2014 Today the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium NASDCTEc released a new report exploring how employers are partnering with the CTE enterprise to help prepare students for success in careers The report drew from a survey of 47 State CTE Directors as well as a dozen interviews to understand how and in what ways employers were engaging with CTE across the country and to illuminate the state s role in fostering employer engagement Overwhelmingly the State Directors reported that employer engagement has increased over the past decade and they expect this growth to continue in the next five years As the second installment in the State of Career Technical Education series the report also examined the wide range of levers that states are using through state and federal policy At the state level the most common tools used to foster employer engagement include interagency collaboration and pilot initiatives as well as standards development and credentials selection Via the federal Carl D Perkins Career and Technical Education Act states also have the flexibility to levy additional requirements beyond what is detailed in the law for locals seeking Perkins funds More than 40 states said they require local advisory committees and another 10 states said they also require locals to incorporate work based learning employer related professional development and or monetary or in kind contributions In addition to the report NASDCTEc has created an extensive list of state examples that can be used as a resource A recording and slides from today s webinar will be posted in the coming days Andrea Zimmermann State Policy Associate By Andrea Zimmermann in News Public Policy Publications Research Resources Webinars Tags Alabama Colorado

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