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  • Secondary « NASDCTEc Blog
    Arkansas Missouri South Dakota Utah and Virginia have received NCLB waivers that give them flexibility in meeting performance targets under NCLB This latest round of recipients brings the total number of states with NCLB waivers to 24 Additional information on state requests and other documents can be found here By Nancy in Public Policy Tags accountability college and career readiness NCLB ESEA Secondary CTE in the News Why we Need Vocational Education Career Technical Education Friday June 8th 2012 Career technical education at both the secondary and post secondary level should be highly valued well funded and effectively implemented said Mark Phillips professor emeritus of secondary education at San Francisco State University in a recent blog featured on the Washington Post Society must shed its negative notions about vocational education as a dumping ground for non academic students if it wants to adequately prepare all students in the global economy noted Phillips This bias against vocational education is dysfunctional It is destructive to our children They should have the opportunity to be trained in whatever skills their natural gifts and preferences lead them to rather than more or less condemning them to jobs they ll find meaningless Phillips said in his blog It is also destructive to our society Many of the skills most needed to compete in the global market of the 21 st century are technical skills that fall into the technical vocational area Shifting perception and societal values around CTE will take time he acknowledged but quality CTE programs exist across the nation and their success with students will help to highlight their value he noted Erin Uy Communications and Marketing Manager By Erin in News Tags postsecondary Secondary technical skills NASDCTEc Collects More than 1 700 Reviews of Common CTE Standards Moving Development Forward Thursday May 31st 2012 More than 1 700 reviews of the Common Career Technical Core CCTC a shared set of rigorous high quality Career Technical Education CTE standards were submitted during the recent public comment phase Input on the CCTC was collected from a broad range of CTE stakeholders including educators administrators and business and industry representatives Career Technical Education CTE leaders believed it was critical to engage leading experts in the education industry and technical fields to help develop and validate CTE standards that truly reflect the timely education and workforce needs of today s global economy Dr Dean Folkers Deputy Executive Director of the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium NASDCTEc The robust participation by a broad range of CTE stakeholders demonstrates the desire to develop standards that prepare our students for the future NASDCTEc is coordinating the CCTC initiative Forty two states Washington DC and Palau participated in the development of the CCTC The development of the CCTC was a multi step process that incorporated input at various stages from approximately 3 500 individuals representing K 12 education business and industry and higher education from across the nation The public comment period ran from April 30 May 11 2012 and was an opportunity for CTE stakeholders to participate in the development of the CCTC The final standards are slated for public release at the National Career Clusters Institute on June 19 2012 Click here and learn more about the CCTC online or visit www careertech org By Erin in Common Career Technical Core Tags business and industry CCTC college and career readiness postsecondary Secondary Standards Eight More States Receive NCLB Waivers Wednesday May 30th 2012 The U S Department of Education this week announced that eight additional states will receive waivers for No Child Left Behind NCLB requirements so long as they implement college and career ready standards and reform their accountability systems Waivers were given to Connecticut Delaware Louisiana Maryland New York North Carolina Ohio and Rhode Island These states join 10 others Colorado Florida Georgia Indiana Kentucky Massachusetts Minnesota New Jersey Oklahoma and Tennessee in receiving a waiver States receiving waivers no longer have to meet 2014 performance targets set by NCLB but must set new performance targets for improving student achievement and closing achievement gaps For more information visit the Department s waiver webpage Nancy Conneely Public Policy Manager By Nancy in Public Policy Tags accountability college and career readiness NCLB ESEA Secondary Standards New District Level Race to the Top Competition Announced Tuesday May 22nd 2012 The U S Department of Education today announced the proposed criteria for a new district level Race to the Top grant program Like the original Race to the Top grants the district level completion will revolve around four reform areas higher standards data driven decision making greater support for teachers and turning around low performing schools School districts may compete for a piece of the 400 million pot by showing how their plans for individualized classroom instruction will help close achievement gaps and prepare all students for college and career With this competition we are inviting districts to show us how they can personalize education for a set of students in their schools We need to take classroom learning beyond a one size fits all model and bring it into the 21 st century Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said School districts or groups of districts serving at least 2 500 students with 40 percent or more qualifying for free or reduced price lunch are eligible to apply Awards will range from 15 million to 25 million depending on the population of students served You may submit comments by June 8 on the district level Race to the Top program here The Department has stated that it plans to release the application in July and that it will be due in October Grant awards will be announced no later than Dec 31 2012 Nancy Conneely Public Policy Manager By Nancy in Public Policy Tags college and career readiness Data federal grants funding Public Policy race to the top school reform school turnaround Secondary Secretary Duncan Standards teachers Legislative Update Agriculture Education Rule Appropriations Friday May

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  • CTE in the News: Georgia Lt. Gov. Urges Business, Industry, Education Leaders to Address Skills Gap « NASDCTEc Blog
    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 Resources Available for NASDCTEc Webinar on Nontraditional Participation and Completion under Perkins Duncan Outlines ED Priorities for Second Term CTE in the News Georgia Lt Gov Urges Business Industry Education Leaders to Address Skills Gap Education that prepares students to compete for jobs in the global economy must be a top priority for business industry and education leaders Georgia Lt Gov Casey Cagle warned a crowd of nearly 200 at the College and Career Academy Summit this week according to the Rome News Tribune Each of us has the chance to shape what this economy and what this future for all of us is going to look like Cagle said Thursday It s a huge responsibility Quite honestly I don t think there is anything as a public policy maker that is more important today than the education system in this state The three day event featured the theme Business and Education Partnerships Success in Action and was hosted by Floyd County College and Career Academy and Georgia Northwestern Technical College Leaders were scheduled to address workforce skills gaps in health care technology manufacturing and energy amidst a growing regional interest in the career academy movement According to Rome News Tribune Cagle said that significant economic opportunities have been rising in the U S because of events occurring in Asia and Europe companies such as the manufacturing giant Caterpillar Inc and Baxter a pharmaceutical company are bringing work opportunities to Georgia What is interesting about those industries is that they are all located where there was a college and career academy Cagle said We re leading the nation in workforce development because of what we re doing with our college and career academies Floyd County Schools College and Career Academy have experienced a powerful transformation that has encouraged partnerships between secondary and postsecondary education and the business community according to a Floyd County Schools news release On Friday discussions were designed to focus on the enhancement and expansion of career academy development Erin Uy Communications and Marketing Manager Tags business and industry partnerships Georgia global economy postsecondary Secondary skills gap This entry was posted on Friday November 16th 2012 at 12 34 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

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  • global economy « NASDCTEc Blog
    economy CTE in the News Georgia Lt Gov Urges Business Industry Education Leaders to Address Skills Gap Friday November 16th 2012 Education that prepares students to compete for jobs in the global economy must be a top priority for business industry and education leaders Georgia Lt Gov Casey Cagle warned a crowd of nearly 200 at the College and Career Academy Summit this week according to the Rome News Tribune Each of us has the chance to shape what this economy and what this future for all of us is going to look like Cagle said Thursday It s a huge responsibility Quite honestly I don t think there is anything as a public policy maker that is more important today than the education system in this state The three day event featured the theme Business and Education Partnerships Success in Action and was hosted by Floyd County College and Career Academy and Georgia Northwestern Technical College Leaders were scheduled to address workforce skills gaps in health care technology manufacturing and energy amidst a growing regional interest in the career academy movement According to Rome News Tribune Cagle said that significant economic opportunities have been rising in the U S because of events occurring in Asia and Europe companies such as the manufacturing giant Caterpillar Inc and Baxter a pharmaceutical company are bringing work opportunities to Georgia What is interesting about those industries is that they are all located where there was a college and career academy Cagle said We re leading the nation in workforce development because of what we re doing with our college and career academies Floyd County Schools College and Career Academy have experienced a powerful transformation that has encouraged partnerships between secondary and postsecondary education and the business community according to a Floyd County Schools

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  • CTE in the News: Successful, local programs highlighted in Nevada, Ohio « NASDCTEc Blog
    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 Report Indispensable Role of Transfer for Community Colleges PARCC Sets Benchmark to Define Academic Preparation Necessary for College and Career Readiness CTE in the News Successful local programs highlighted in Nevada Ohio CTE programs have been a topic of interest among local news sources which are highlighting innovative programs that have the potential to help area students compete for a job in this challenging economy The articles illustrate the evolving profile of CTE among the general public who are looking to CTE as a potential resource in empowering the future U S workforce In Nevada industry professionals and organizations collaborated with Great Basin College which has a reputation for fostering well skilled students in the state to create an education and training system that equips students with credentials that are portable nationally according to Elko Daily Free Press Specifically the college collaborated with the National Center for Construction Education and Research NCCER an organization committed to building a safe productive and sustainable workforce of craft professionals According to Dean of Applied Sciences Bret Murphy NCCER sets a curriculum standard that is recognized by industry nationwide the article said Further NCCER also convenes a Construction Users Round Table CURT an organization of construction company owners who help to ensure the curriculum reflects expectations of the industry nationwide Another example can be found in Ohio The Washington High School community recently celebrated a decision by the Massillon City Schools Board of Education to approve an education agreement with Affinity Medical Center that allows CTE students in health care studies to learn more about their chosen careers from medical experts according to an IndeOnline article Students enrolled in the nursing pharmacy medical assistant and exercise science programs at the school will have access to on site experience through observations and hands on learning opportunities at Affinity Medical Center the article noted When you can take what you have learned and apply it to a real life setting it is just as valuable as anything you have learned Washington High Career and Technical Education Director Dan Murphy said The hands on application is phenomenal Erin Uy Communications Marketing Manager Tags business and industry partnerships postsecondary Secondary This entry was posted on Friday November 2nd 2012 at 1 34 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

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  • Issue brief « NASDCTEc Blog
    professional development Thursday October 29th 2009 The nation spends about 9 billion annually on teacher professional development however most programs do not provide nor do states ask for data demonstrating that such investments actually improve student learning according to a recent National Governors Association Center for Best Practices issue brief At a time when educators and administrators are facing enormous pressures to boost student achievement it is critical that training resources provided by state leaders are in fact effective in improving student achievement Recent opportunities through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to fund professional development programs have lent some help to states according to the issue brief However making the right investments that can provide the most impact on student achievement appears to be a challenge Deficits exist with regard to the content and delivery of professional development and continuing large investments in this system may not be justified unless improvements are made based on the limited research that is available according to State Policies to Improve Teacher Professional Development The brief notes that most professional development does not collect or offer data that could provide information on the impact programs have on student achievement Thus it outlines approaches states can take to improve the quality of teacher professional development by setting standards implementing accountability strategies and identifying quality programs that encourage the implementation of effective professional development Generally the report outlines four core approaches to improving professional development systems o Gather and use student achievement data to assess the effectiveness of professional development o Use teacher evaluations and student learning data to create individualized professional development plans for teachers o Establish research based state standards to create a vision for high quality professional development and o Create an incentive driven professional development initiative for teachers to acquire advanced skills Some states have made traction in regards to evaluating and monitoring professional development programs according to the brief For instance Iowa requires the school districts to include in their professional development plans an evaluation piece that examines the impact programs have on student learning In New Jersey state standards mention the use of research based professional development with a demonstrated ability to improve student learning In order for other states to follow such leads the NGA Center notes that governors state education leaders higher education institutions teachers associations and professional development providers must collaborate to make systemic changes Perhaps the nation s current fiscal crisis may be the needed impetus to encourage a focus on wise investments in professional development according to the brief By Erin in Publications Research Tags highly qualified teachers Issue brief professional development Public Policy Teacher Shortage Undermines CTE Monday August 10th 2009 The Bureau of Labor Statistics projected that the fastest growing careers in 2008 would be in CTE fields such as healthcare and trade and industrial occupations However in order to cultivate a workforce to fill these jobs students will require training from quality secondary and postsecondary CTE teachers resources that are lacking

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  • Continuing Resolution Extends Highly Qualified Teacher Provision « NASDCTEc Blog
    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 Webinar CTE Trend Analysis Career Clusters Programs of Study CTE Teacher Shortages New Report CTE Key to Landing Middle Class Jobs Continuing Resolution Extends Highly Qualified Teacher Provision On Saturday the Senate passed a six month continuing resolution that will fund the federal government through March 27 2013 This bill extends for an additional year a provision that allows teachers who are participating alternative certification programs to be considered highly qualified This means that at least until the end of the 2013 2014 school year teachers in alternative certification programs will be considered highly qualified The Department of Education will also be required to send a report to Congress no later than December 31 2013 detailing how many special education students rural students English language learners and low income students are being taught by teachers in an alternative certification program Nancy Conneely Director of Public Policy Tags Alternative Certification highly qualified teachers NCLB ESEA Public Policy Secondary teachers This entry was posted on Monday September 24th 2012 at 11 29 am and is filed under Legislation 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

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  • Alternative Certification « NASDCTEc Blog
    the No Child Left Behind Act In 2010 Congress passed legislation that allowed students enrolled in alternative certification programs to be considered highly qualified teachers The House Labor HHS Education appropriations bill seeks to extend this definition for two more years There was general support for alternative routes to certification on both sides of the aisle during the hearing Chairman of the subcommittee Rep Duncan Hunter CA had this to say Alternative certification routes help address teacher shortages in particular geographic areas and subject matter as well as strengthen the overall quality of the teaching profession While Republicans know there is no one size fits all federal solution to help put more effective teachers in the classroom supporting the availability and acceptance of alternative certification programs is one way the public and private sectors can join together to ensure more students have access to a quality education from an extraordinary educator Cynthia Brown Vice President for Education Policy at the Center for American Progress agreed that alternative certification programs hold a lot of promise but that there need to be policies in place to ensure that they are high quality innovative and effective which also holds true for traditional teacher preparation programs She suggested that Congress focus on teacher effectiveness rather than alternative routes to certification More Details on Career Academies Proposal Last week Secretary of Education Arne Duncan spoke at the National Academy Foundation s NEXT Conference about the President s FY13 budget proposal to invest 1 billion in career academies Funding at this level could increase the number of career academies by 3 000 and serve an additional 500 000 students According to Duncan 200 million in grants to states would be available in FY13 and 400 million would be available in both FY14 and FY15 Grants to would total 4 million each to states and would be given over a three year period States would distribute those funds competitively to locals As part of the grant program the Department of Education is proposing a definition of career academy that each state must use for the in state competition A career academy is a secondary school program as organized as a small learning com munity or school within a school to provide the support of a personalized learning environment The academy must begin in ninth grade and combine credit bearing academic and techni cal curriculum The academy must organize curriculum around a career theme like those proposed by NAF hospitality and tourism IT health sci ence and engineering and be aligned with states college and career ready standards The academy must provide work based learning and career exploration activities through partnerships with local employers The academy must articulate entrance re quirements of postsecondary education programs to ensure students graduate from high school ready to pursue a higher education degree or credential Nancy Conneely Public Policy Manager By Nancy in Public Policy Tags Alternative Certification career academies Career Exploration college and career readiness Congress credentials federal grants funding highly

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  • CTE Courses: Creating Commonality with SCED « NASDCTEc Blog
    in MA TX and UT Wisconsin State Director Dan Clancy Retires CTE Courses Creating Commonality with SCED One of the challenges of CTE for national policymakers has been the difficulty of comparing information about program performance around the country While there is much valuable data and research available about CTE more high quality research is always helpful in advocacy and program improvement benchmarking One of the contributing factors is inconsistent and out of date information about CTE courses identified in the national School Codes for Exchange of Data SCED system The course coding system is often used for national research studies and student transcript work across the country as a common set of courses An effort to update these course names and descriptions is underway and this e mail serves as an invitation to consider participating in the project specifically for Career Technical Education courses The CTE Courses Creating Commonality with SCED project will include input from the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium NASDCTEc ACTE the Department of Education DOE and most importantly practitioners in the field Working groups of 6 8 people per Career Cluster will work together to update and align CTE course names and definitions with the help of resources provided by the steering committee of ACTE NASDCTEc and DOE representatives CTE teachers administrators teacher educators state education agency consultants or local education agencies and postsecondary institutions are all qualified to participate Ideally each working group will include a variety of participants across the profession and across states Check out the SCED webpage for more information on the project and if interested please complete the online volunteer application at https www acteonline org content aspx id 18105 terms sced Applications accepted through October 22 Dean Folkers Deputy Executive Director Tags accountability Career

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