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  • National Career Clusters Institute « NASDCTEc Blog
    a month away 6 16 in Phoenix AZ Register now to ensure your spot at this fantastic professional development opportunity and to ensure you get signed up for your top priority tour Keep an eye on the CTE blog for more information on this event and if you haven t be sure to REGISTER TODAY Evan Williamson Communications Associate Posted in CTE Learning that works for America Meetings and Events National Career Clusters Institute Comments Off Witnessing Excellence in CTE Sunrise Mountain High School May 13th 2014 Sunrise Mountain High School is a comprehensive high school with a number of high quality programs of study that immerse their students in a wide swath of Career Clusters From automotive technology right to early education fire services lower right and everything in between bottom Sunrise Mountain has integrated quality CTE programs into its comprehensive structure emphasizing community service and student skill development making college career and citizen ready graduates Achieving Excellence Institute attendees are invited to join us learning about Sunrise Mountain s singular programs of study employer partnerships and postsecondary engagement strategies as one of the many unique professional development opportunities available at the Achieving Excellence Institute Don t forget the Achieving Excellence Institute is only a month away 6 16 in Phoenix AZ Register now to ensure your spot at this fantastic professional development opportunity and to ensure you get signed up for your top priority tour Keep an eye on the CTE blog for more information on this event and if you haven t be sure to REGISTER TODAY Posted in Career Clusters National Career Clusters Institute Comments Off Witnessing Excellence in CTE West Mec Aviation Program May 5th 2014 Come and witness the future engineers and airmen training at the West Mec Aviation Technology program the site of one of our Excellence in CTE tours at this year s Achieving Excellence Institute Students in West Mec s Aviation program are held to rigorous standards in the course of their hands on program of study spending four hours per day immersed in the study of airplane mechanics while receiving a quality comprehensive education besides After two school years and over 1900 hours of training students can pursue Federal Aviation Administration airframe powerplant and or general aviation certifications Click here to learn more about the Achieving Excellence Institute and to register today Evan Williamson Communications Associate Posted in CTE Learning that works for America National Career Clusters Institute Comments Off Witnessing Excellence in CTE SUMCO April 30th 2014 One of the all new tours on offer at Achieving Excellence in CTE The Career Clusters Institute will take attendees to SUMCO Corporation s Phoenix plant A multinational employing thousands of workers worldwide SUMCO s advanced manufacturing puts its workers many former students of Career Technical Education themselves at the cutting edge of both the STEM and Manufacturing Career Clusters Dependent upon a skilled workforce of dynamic employees the company knows the benefit of the highly skilled lifelong learners that walk out of CTE classes every day The SUMCO tour will put participants face to face with the type of workplace CTE graduates may eventually spend their career giving you a CTE experience to remember and to recount to parents students faculty and other CTE stakeholders in months and years ahead Don t miss this and the countless other incredible professional development opportunities at this year s Achieving Excellence Institute Build your school district or state s CTE team and register today Evan Williamson Communications Associate Posted in Career Clusters CTE Learning that works for America National Career Clusters Institute Comments Off Achieving Excellence Institute pre sessions announced April 22nd 2014 Achieving Excellence in Career Technical Education The National Career Clusters Institute will take place June 16 18 2014 and is full of new features to offer the best professional development and networking opportunities in CTE today Today we are pleased to announce our pre sessions pricing and registration information is available here designed to prepare attendees for the Achieving Excellence Institute and provide a deeper look at topics affecting how you deliver high quality CTE today Beginning June 15 2014 pre sessions at the Achieving Excellence Institute include Teaching for Success An interactive workshop focused on maximizing student outcomes by teaching to Career Pathways Integrating recent research in neuroscience case studies of effective CTE instruction practices and contextual learning all CTE stakeholders can benefit from this session s lessons either in half day or an extended full day form Counseling for Success Investigating the crucial role of adequate counseling services in ensuring student success this session will integrate counseling best practices alongside data on student outcomes and how they can improve through innovative counseling methods From career guidance to mentorship programs Counseling for Success provides a comprehensive overview of effective counseling s role in delivering high quality CTE Partnership Opportunities With the conversation surrounding employer and community engagement in the delivery of CTE gaining steam the Partnership Opportunities session will offer insight on the evolving relationship between employers community groups government and educators in establishing long term partnerships that improve the quality and continuity of CTE programs Building Programs of Study Many states districts institutions and educators are in the process of updating programs of study POS or are delving into POS for the very first time This session will give participants practical examples of quality POS from around the country built along the framework of the National Career Clusters Framework and The Career Pathways Effect Career Pathways Overview Designed to help participants learn to develop career pathways that fit their schools and students unique needs the Career Pathways Overview covers a host of topics that will help you integrate career pathways into your educational framework Each pre session registration includes a copy of The Career Pathways Effect and excellent networking opportunities with fellow CTE stakeholders from across the country Don t wait register today Evan Williamson Communications Associate Posted in Career Clusters CTE Learning that works for America National Career

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  • college and career readiness « NASDCTEc Blog
    2012 Program of International Student Assessment PISA were released PISA assesses literacy in mathematics science and reading for over 500 000 15 year olds from across over 60 countries The major takeaway is that U S students scores have remained flat from the last assessment released in 2009 although scores are largely remained unchanged since 2000 However as the U S stood still other countries demonstrated progress surpassing the U S On the math portion 28 countries tested better than the United States including Shanghai Singapore Hong Kong Taipei Korea Japan Latvia the United Kingdom Poland France Germany Slovenia and others In reading 19 countries had higher scores than U S students while 22 countries posted better results than the United States in science For the first time three states Massachusetts Connecticut and Florida participated in the test and were ranked as if they were individual countries to see how their students compared internationally Students in Massachusetts and Connecticut scored above the U S and PISA average in all three content areas while students in Florida lagged in math and science and was on par with the U S and PISA average in reading Education Week created an interactive tool for comparing PISA results found here A new report out of the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research by Tamar Jacoby President and CEO of ImmigrationWorks USA calls on the private sector to engage in Career Technical Education CTE Vocational Education 2 0 Employers Hold the Key to Better Career Training makes the case that CTE can provide reliably effective pathways to skilled and well paying careers but only with strong engagement and support from the business community The policy paper tracks the evolution of CTE from old school vocational education to a more rigorous career focused set of programs and explores the role CTE is playing as more attention is put on middle skill jobs or those that require some education and training beyond high school but less than a four year degree The paper lays out a few models for business engagement in CTE from Germany s apprenticeship model and ProStart which is supported by the National Restaurant Association among other companies to the National Center for Construction Education and Research which provides standardized assessments and credentials in the construction trades The Data Quality Campaign DQC of which NASDCTEc is a partner organization released its annual state progress report Data for Action 2013 Data for Action tracks states progress on the adoption and implementation of its 10 State Actions to Ensure Effective Data Use which include linking data systems across the K 12 postsecondary and workforce systems developing funding and governance structures implementing systems to provide timely access to information for stakeholders creating progress reports using individual student data to improve student performance among others For the first time two states Arkansas and Delaware have met all 10 Actions while most other states continue to make progress including 15 states that have met eight or nine Actions However only 19 states have linked their K 12 and workforce data leaving the majority of states limited in their ability to measure districts and schools success at supporting students career readiness The College Career Readiness Success Center at the American Institutes for Research has developed the CCRS Interactive State Map which provides snapshots of each state s key college and career readiness initiatives including CTE programs of study dual enrollment and early college high schools progress on state longitudinal data system and many others Kate Blosveren Associate Executive Director By Kate Blosveren in Research Tags college and career readiness Data global competition Public Policy Resource Update New Toolkits Now Available Tuesday November 26th 2013 This past week two new toolkits became available to assist in the implementation of Career Technical Education planning efforts 1 A new Planning for Students Successful Transition to Postsecondary Education and Employment Toolkit has been developed by members of the Career Pathways and Technical Education Task Force of the Minnesota Department of Education This tool contains the following transition elements with accompanying strategies example resources for implementations and partnerships Provide a comprehensive academic plan for completing a college and career ready curriculum premised on meeting state and local academic standards Developing 21st century skills such as teamwork collaboration and good work habits Emphasize academic rigor and high expectations Help students identify personal learning styles that may affect their postsecondary education and employment choices Help students succeed at gaining gain access to postsecondary education and career options Integrate strong academic content into career focused courses and integrate relevant career focused courses into strong academic content Help students and families identify and gain access to appropriate counseling and other supports and assistance that enable students to complete required coursework prepare for postsecondary education and careers and obtain information about postsecondary education costs and eligibility for financial aid and scholarship Help students and families identify collaborative partnerships of kindergarten through grade 12 schools postsecondary institutions economic development agencies and employers that support students transition to postsecondary education and employment and provide students with experiential learning opportunities 2 The Department of Health Human Services HHS Office of Family Assistance recently released Career Pathways Catalog of Toolkits an online compendium of free resources available for use in planning a Career Pathways initiative In an effort to better coordinate efforts by the Departments of Education Labor and HHS the catalog seeks to serve as a directory for model Career Pathways programs and details strategies for implementation Users are able to browse toolkits and filter results based on the indented audience target population career pathway element industry and publisher Ramona Schescke Member Services Manager By Ramona in Resources Tags career pathways college and career readiness postsecondary CTE Research Review Thursday November 21st 2013 Over the past few weeks a number of new reports and research papers came out with with implications for Career Technical Education and state leaders Below are summaries of a few of particular use The National Center for Education Statistics released a two pager Trends in CTE Coursetaking showing a decline over the past 19 years in CTE enrollment at the secondary level from about 4 2 credits earned by public high school graduates to 3 6 credits in 2009 In part this is due to higher enrollments in core academic courses such as science foreign languages and mathematics and it is also due to a change in NCES data collection and coding for CTE enrollment Importantly this NCES dataset does not take into account any CTE credits earned by high school graduates at the 1 200 area technical centers across the country Achieve released Closing the Expectations Gap The 2013 Annual Report on the Alignment of State K 12 Policies and Practice with the Demands of College and Careers its 8th report in this series The report based on surveys of the 50 states and the District of Columbia notes significant progress on the adoption of college and career ready CCR standards in English and mathematics with every state having met that milestone largely driven by the Common Core State Standards CCSS It also finds that progress on adopting graduation requirements and assessments aligned to those CCR standards has slowed although the two consortia developing assessments aligned to the CCSS should accelerate progress over the next few years Finally Achieve finds that no state has a reporting and accountability system that fully values academic college and career readiness for all students as defined by the collection and use of a number of key indicators e g percent of students completing a CCR curriculum percent of students scoring at the CCR level on a high school assessment percent of students earning college credit in high school and the percent of graduates enrolling in remedial coursework upon entrance to a postsecondary institution Achieve also surveyed states about their use of career ready indicators although this research was not reported out NASDCTEc will follow up The report also delves deeply into a number of policies and practices to support the implementation of the CCR standards and aligned assessments including the state role in developing and or supporting professional development and instructional materials and provides a handy CCSS implementation timeline for all 46 states The American Association of School Administrators AASA obtained a comprehensive dataset detailing school district revenues and expenditures for every school district in the nation for federal fiscal year 2011 to determine the impact of sequestration and other budget cuts on school districts The result of this analysis Unequal Pain Federal Public Education Revenues Federal Education Cuts and the Impact on Public Schools was released in November 2013 Briefly the report finds that about 12 of school funding comes from the federal level but that the distribution is unequal across the country In 15 states less than 10 of funding for public schools comes from the federal government mostly Northeast states In 17 states between 10 15 of public schools funding comes from the federal government In 16 states between 15 20 of public schools funding comes from the federal government In two states Mississippi and South Dakota over 20 of their school budgets come from federal funds Cut another way over a third of schools received a federal share of 12 or more about a quarter of schools had operating budgets in which federal revenues represented more than 15 of total budget revenues and about 6 of schools had operating budgets in which federal funds represented 25 or more of total budget revenues All of this is to say sequestration and budget cuts will disproportionally impact schools and districts educating large number of high need students AASA partnered with ProximityOne to create a map where users can examine school district revenue and expenditure patterns Weighing in on the very real debate over whether states should primarily support credit bearing postsecondary programs that lead to a degree Learning Works in California offers a new brief urging a deep look at what the authors identify as skills builders or students taking and passing community college courses without earning a degree or certificate The Missing Piece Quantifying Non Completion Pathways to Success cites research showing that about a third of all students in the California Community College system meet this construct of skills builders many of whom took courses in high skilled areas and enjoyed a salary bump as a result The brief encourages states to reconsider the ways they measure a community college s success to not limit the full range of community colleges benefits Finally the National Center for Education Statistic s recently updated its State Education Reform s webpage which compiles research from a wide range of organizations to provide a one stop site for information on states accountability systems standards assessments and graduation requirements staff qualifications and development school choice policies and students readiness and progress through school Kate Blosveren Associate Executive Director By Kate Blosveren in Research Tags budget college and career readiness common core state standards community colleges Friends of CTE Blog Series Career Technical Education s Role in Achieving Talent Sustainability Thursday November 7th 2013 Jorge Perez is senior vice president of Manpower North America overseeing ManpowerGroup s staffing business in the United States and Canada Perez recently named one of the 100 most influential leaders in the staffing industry by Staffing Industry Analysts is an expert in workforce trends and is passionate about equal employment opportunities Jorge Perez senior vice president of Manpower North America Historically the world s focus around sustainability has been on environment and natural resources But in a time of unprecedented unemployment combined with critical talent shortages there is also a great need and opportunity for the world to shift its focus to talent as a critical resource for sustainability At Manpower this is at the core of what we do connecting people to jobs to improve a person s employability which also builds communities countries and the lives of individuals Part of talent sustainability is equipping people with the tools opportunities and training they need to achieve their goals For many years we have been telling our young people that the training they need to achieve their goals is only in the form of a four year degree Unfortunately we ve been doing our young people a disservice with this advice As a result many young professionals are graduating from college with astronomical student loan debt and diminished career prospects due to the high unemployment still lingering from the recession It s Time for a Mindset Shift According to ManpowerGroup s 2013 Talent Shortage Survey 39 percent of U S employers are having difficulty finding staff with the right skills In the same survey employers report that the most difficult jobs to fill are skilled trades positions Drivers technicians and mechanics also make the list There is at least one thing each of these positions has in common all require technical or vocational training not a four year college degree Knowing the skills that are in demand why are we guiding the vast majority of students toward a university education There needs to be a collective mindset shift in how society views Career Technical Education CTE We have to acknowledge that the four year university experience is not for everyone and we ve made the mistake of steering too many kids in that direction in the past There was a perception that the jobs accessible to students who did not go the four year college route like manufacturing jobs were dirty and dangerous That s an outdated idea and we need to bring honor back to manufacturing and the skilled trades Parents teachers guidance counselors and students themselves need to understand what it s really like to work in a modern manufacturing environment it s clean it s high tech there is upward mobility It s very rewarding personally professionally and monetarily for those who choose this path Getting back to CTE it is a critical component of the educational system We need CTE because it prepares students for both college and career readiness CTE is focused on preparing students for their career path of choice with the understanding that most careers require some postsecondary education and training Right now this country needs students to be made aware of the demand for careers that call for skilled training as plumbers welders carpenters machinists and the like Students need to know that these career paths offer employment security at a time when job security is no longer a guarantee It s time to reinvent the image of technical training and associated technical careers so we can move toward talent sustainability The Friends of CTE Guest Blog Series provides advocates from business and industry to researchers and organizations an opportunity to articulate their support for Career Technical Education The monthly series features a guest blogger who provides their perspective on and experience with CTE as it relates to policy the economy and education Are you interested in being a guest blogger and expressing your support for CTE Contact Melinda Findley Lloyd Communications Consultant at mlloyd careertech org By Melinda in CTE Learning that works for America News Tags advocacy business and industry college and career readiness CTE Vision friends of cte ManpowerGroup technical skills Fall Meeting Recap Common Core State Standards Career Technical Education Tuesday October 29th 2013 Last week the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium NASDCTEc held its annual Fall Meeting which featured a panel of state CTE leaders sharing their strategies for implementation the Common Core State Standards CCSS Kicking off the panel was Meredith Liben Director of Literacy at Student Achievement Partners SAP who described the three major instructional shifts within the CCSS in English Language Arts Literacy which in essence boil down to texts worth reading questions worth answered and work worth doing Liben highlighted the challenge among CTE teachers who often don t have a literacy background in internalizing such shifts within their classrooms and gave a sneak peek into the work SAP plans to take on in this space moving forward Next up was Katharine Oliver Assistant State Superintendent of Career and College Readiness at the Maryland State Department of Education who described the state s efforts to identify ways to measure student growth in CTE through the development of student learning objectives SLOs as well as the professional development that brings interdisciplinary teams of teachers together to collaborate to understand and identify complex texts An early lesson learned is the importance of keeping teachers in like groups as CTE teachers want to be able to see literacy through the lens of their own content areas rather than for all CTE subjects Oliver also mentioned a new Blackboard site where the state will be posting lessons in those difficult to teach areas including CTE Russ Weikle Director of Career and College Transition Division at the California Department of Education framed much of the work in his state as deliberate alignments to the CCSS The approach California took when modifying their CTE standards framework was to create anchor standards a term borrowed from the CCSS s ELA Literacy standards that are consistent across all Career Clusters making them CTE standards that CTE teachers can own while still teaching CCSS Under the anchor standards are performance indicators that are specific to the state s Career Pathways Next the state convened educators to review the Career Pathway level standards and look for substantial and natural alignment between them and the CCSS The task put before them was to determine if a pathway standard would enhance reinforce or apply a specific core subject standard The result of this effort are Academic Alignment Matrices for each of the state s 15 Career Clusters In addition 500 educators in California have gone through a train the trainer module around disciplinary literacy and are not replicating the training in their schools and districts The module can be found here Sharing Wisconsin s efforts to date Sharon Wendt Director

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  • CTE & Upward Mobility « 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 Excellence in Action Award Deadline Extended Congress Considers a Cromnibus ED Announces Start of P3 Initiative CTE Upward Mobility Earlier this week the Thomas B Fordham Institute hosted a day long conference on Education for Upward Mobility Over the course of the day researchers writers and thought leaders shared reflections on how education can move students out of poverty and how lack of a quality education essentially shuts the door on economic success What was perhaps most remarkable is that no matter what topic each presenter and panel covered was that the conversation kept coming back to the role of Career Technical Education CTE in breaking the intergenerational cycle of poverty Tamar Jacoby from Opportunity America Bob Lerman from the Urban Institute and Bob Schwartz from Harvard University were on hand to talk about industry credentials and certifications apprenticeships and Pathways to Prosperity respectively but many of their peers also championed CTE work based learning career academies and related efforts We encourage you to check out all of the associated papers here watch the panels here and scroll through very lively Twitter feed here Kate Blosveren Associate Executive Director Tags college and career readiness Public Policy This entry was posted on Thursday December 4th 2014 at 4 03 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

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  • NASDCTEc Fall Meeting Blog Series: Teachers, Employers, Students and the System: What needs to change? « NASDCTEc Blog
    Resources Board of Directors Finance Committee Welcome to new Delaware State CTE Director Luke Rhine House CTE Caucus Hosts Field Hearing NASDCTEc Fall Meeting Blog Series Teachers Employers Students and the System What needs to change Earlier this week at NASDCTEc s annual Fall Meeting Brandon Busteed Executive Director of Gallup Education delivered a strong call to action to the CTE community Highlighting Gallup s research on the education system the economy in America today Busteed urged attendees to leverage this data to reframe CTE in national and local conversations about education and careers Gallup conducted a national poll of students and found that students become significantly less engaged each year they are in school More than 75 percent of elementary school students identify as engaged while only 44 percent of high school students report feeling engaged at some point during the school day Busteed noted that there are reasons for student disengagement Student success is measured through graduation rates SAT scores and G P A which rarely if ever takes into account the student as a whole person While these measures are certainly important hope mentorship and the opportunity to work on long term projects are stronger indicators of success What are we doing to identify entrepreneurship in our schools right now said Busteed We identify athletic talent with ease we identify IQ we don t work to identify the next Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg There are no indicators the education system uses to determine who will be an effective or successful entrepreneur To that end Busteed cited a recent interview with Laszlo Bock Senior Vice President of People Operations at Google who called grades and test scores worthless predictors of successful employees Just as internships are valuable experiences for students teacher externships can be incredible opportunities that may be key in helping connect classroom curriculum to the modern workplace Given the typical capacity issues for work based learning 3 million teacher externships would be the equivalent of more than 50 million student internships Businesses also value a stronger partnership with higher education Currently only 13 percent of business leaders think there is a great deal of collaboration between higher education and employers while almost 90 percent favor an increased level of collaboration What implications does this research have for CTE High quality CTE programs provide all the opportunities Busteed called essential to student success a focus on employability skills and technical skills mentorship through work based learning and curriculum that is made relevant by tying learning to the real world Busteed left the group with a final charge the CTE community needs to better communicate career technical education not as option B but instead as a staple of all students educational experience To view Busteed s PowerPoint please visit our 2014 Fall Meeting page Katie Fitzgerald Communications Associate Tags business and industry college and career readiness Data Job training workforce This entry was posted on Friday October 24th 2014 at 1 28 pm and is filed under

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  • American RadioWorks Profiles CTE in Documentary Series « NASDCTEc Blog
    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 Today s Class Partners for CTE Success Senate CTE Caucus Hosts Briefing on CTE and the Skills Gap American RadioWorks Profiles CTE in Documentary Series Evidence is mounting that the public is waking up to CTE s power to engage students and put them on a path to success 87 percent want more CTE in high schools according to Gallup s Poll of the Public s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools Through the years a number of stories have attempted to document the shift in both the practice and perception of CTE but often reveal only a fraction of CTE s long and important story In their one hour documentary Ready to Work American RadioWorks takes a look at the transition from vocational education to CTE the transformative effect modern CTE has had locally in districts like Metro Nashville Public Schools and the power of CTE to engage individual students like those at Minuteman Regional High School in Lexington MA In breadth depth and understanding Ready to Work exceeds most prior treatment of the subject and is a must listen for anyone concerned with the future of public education Get the whole story on American RadioWorks website here Evan Williamson Communications Associate Tags career academies career pathways college and career readiness This entry was posted on Wednesday September 17th 2014 at 10 32 am and is filed under CTE Learning that works for America 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

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  • College and Career Readiness in Context « NASDCTEc Blog
    and Career Readiness in Context The College and Career Readiness and Success Center recently released a report that provides an important overview of every state s college and career readiness definitions It found that 37 states including the District of Columbia have defined college and career readiness 15 states including Puerto Rico have none or are juggling multiple definitions While these definitions may yield insight into state priorities and nationwide trends the report focuses exclusively on definitions and does not examine the value and weight being given to college and career readiness within a state In fact when taking a closer look at a state s public report cards and accountability systems the story still appears to be college or career readiness with the focus of career readiness often being limited to a subset of students A recent report from NASDCTEc and Achieve titled Making Career Readiness Count found that although definitions abound for college and career readiness only a few states are paving the way with comprehensive frameworks for public reporting and or accountability formulas that encourages both college and career readiness Although 29 states publicly report at least one career ready indicator there could be a consequence unintended or not of siloing students and fields by developing a narrower approach to college and career ready indicators A one dimensional approach to college and career ready indicators could incentivize schools and districts to help students meet college or career ready benchmarks rather than a more comprehensive set When looking to improve existing public reporting and accountability systems states should consider an expanded framework for college and career readiness indicators thus ensuring that they are measuring whether all students are ready for both college and career rather than just a subset of students Andrea Zimmermann State Policy Associate Tags accountability

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  • Mark Your Calendars: Webinar on Career Readiness Indicators « 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 Progress NAEP Says Nope but Data Suggest Possible Positives for CTE Witnessing Excellence in CTE Sunrise Mountain High School Mark Your Calendars Webinar on Career Readiness Indicators May 27 2 00 3 00 pm Career Readiness Indicators in Accountability and Public Reporting Systems To provide guidance to states interested in building more indicators of career preparation into accountability and public reporting systems the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium NASDCTEc and Achieve be hosting a webinar on May 27 from 2 00 3 00 ET to release findings from a new joint publication The report and accompanying webinar will offer a view of how states are currently approaching this challenge and what state policy leaders need to consider as they look to reform their own reporting and accountability systems to ensure that the career in college and career ready accountability and public reporting is a powerful lever to focus priorities drive progress and ultimately see more students and their communities succeed To join the webinar please dial 1 800 697 5978 and enter 6460 369 To access the webinar slides please CLICK HERE Tags accountability college and career readiness This entry was posted on Monday May 12th 2014 at 11 35 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 currently closed Comments are closed Series This Week in CTE Legislative Updates State CTE Policy Updates CTE Research

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  • President Visits Career Academy in Nashville, Talks CTE, Opportunity Agenda « NASDCTEc Blog
    our main goals has been to provide the support and flexibility to allow districts to focus on aligning secondary and postsecondary studies with their practical application and with career opportunities Programs like teacher externships and business partnerships have been key MNPS has done an excellent job taking advantage of them Even before the Obama Administration announced the visit MNPS was on the President s radar Early in January the President cited MNPS for overhauling its structure and boosting graduation rates 22 percent Yet MNPS s place as an exemplar didn t happen overnight Rather it took years of sustained effort Several years ago MNPS audited its CTE programs and discovered that they were not as effective as they could be MNPS teamed up with the Nashville Chamber of Commerce to comb through workforce data to identify the area s most in demand jobs in Nashville Then working with the Ford Next Generation Learning Project Alignment Nashville the PENCIL Foundation and local stakeholders MNPS decided to shift to the career academy model The new format promised students the chance to select particular academies of interest the CMT Academy of Digital Design Communication or the US Community Credit Union Academy of Business and Finance at McGavock for instance in 10 th grade Pairing core academic classes with CTE students combine what they learn in science math and language arts with courses teaching career specific skills Speaking about the process Executive Director of Ford Next Generation Learning Cheryl Carrier said You have to have all of the key stakeholders at the table School districts business partners and government have to be at the table together and work towards a common aligned vision MNPS and the Nashville community were able to create a five year plan that looked at all aspects of the academy s development and it took off That development led to an innovative CTE program that incorporates all 16 Career Clusters Seven years into the project MNPS now also serves as a model for the Ford PAS program with hundreds of visitors coming each year to observe the academies and devise ways to implement similar models in their districts As the President said it s a simple but powerful idea Steele said It doesn t require that you change as much as some might think but it requires you to change the way you think about education In his remarks during the visit the President emphasized changing the conversation surrounding education with a similar shift in perspective Young people are going to do better when they re excited about learning and they re going to be more excited if they see a connection between what they re doing in the classroom and how it is applied Schools like this one teach you everything you need to know in college but because of that hands on experience schools like this one are able to create pathways so that folks if they choose not to go to a four year institution can get

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