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  • Using Assessment Data to Improve Instruction for CTE Programs: A National Research Center Professional Development Initiative | NRCCTE
    Research Center Professional Development Initiative Nov 2010 Authors Patricia Kelley Sandy Pritz NOCTI Abstract NOCTI is conducting a National Research Center intervention study to help secondary CTE teachers and administrators use technical assessment data to improve program curriculum and to identify individual and group instructional needs The findings from a first year survey study were used to create a relevant professional development to assist educators in making decisions about how to improve instruction in order to foster student achievement The intervention developed in Center Year 3 is comprised of the materials to implement an interactive initial workshop and a facilitator led delivery system that involves on site visits mentoring and development of both site and off site electronic communities of practice for maintaining the system within the school setting Data from measurement instruments will provide for a preliminary evaluation of the effectiveness and feasibility of the program The program will be discussed along with the results of implementation at nine pilot sites in five states Download the related paper PDF Pritz S Kelley P 2010 November Using assessment data to improve instruction for CTE programs A National Research Center professional development initiative Presentation made at the annual meeting of the

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  • Presentations | NRCCTE
    Cross Study Examination Relative Impact of Interventions to Improve Postsecondary Achievement and Retention Rigorous Tests of Student Outcomes in CTE POS Science in CTE Secondary Data Analyses Six Stories About Six States Programs of Study Systematic Reviews of Research Postsecondary Transitions Technical Assistance Academy Green Programs of Study Technical Skill Attainment and Post Program Outcomes of Pennsylvania CTE Graduates Vanguard Practices in CTE Findings from 2009 2010 Field Tests of an Induction Model for Alternatively Certified Career and Technical Education Teachers The U S Office of Vocational and Adult Education funded the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education and the Southern Regional Education Board to develop an induction model for individuals entering the career and technical education CTE teaching profession through alternative routes The induction model is being developed to increase new CTE teacher competence and self efficacy with the long term goal of increasing rates of CTE teacher career commitment Read more Research Based Professional Development Designed for CTE Teachers A New National Research Center Offering Drowning in data is a phrase we hear in education often these days Teachers frequently don t have the time or the expertise to make sense of the assessment data they receive much less use it for instructional improvement The NRCCTE has recently completed a national study on how to use end of program technical assessment data to improve instruction through professional development Read more Teacher Certification Models This interactive presentation will focus on the various strategies and measurement tools incorporated in several national teacher certification models The discussion will provide background on statewide and national systems implemented to support the nontraditional preparation of CTE teachers in a variety of different certificate areas An explanation of how the various processes have improved the quality of the technical teaching force will also

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  • The math debate continues: Is Algebra necessary? | NRCCTE
    mathematics is required to be college and career ready is robust Most states have increased graduation requirements in this academic area to three or often four courses as a means of increasing student performance Algebra II is now considered critical to college and career success Not everyone agrees this is a wise or even needed policy The following is one of many recent opinions offered on the subject from Andrew Hacker of the New York Times There are many defenses of algebra and the virtue of learning it Most of them sound reasonable on first hearing many of them I once accepted But the more I examine them the clearer it seems that they are largely or wholly wrong unsupported by research or evidence or based on wishful logic I m not talking about quantitative skills critical for informed citizenship and personal finance but a very different ballgame Making mathematics mandatory prevents us from discovering and developing young talent In the interest of maintaining rigor we re actually depleting our pool of brainpower I say this as a writer and social scientist whose work relies heavily on the use of numbers Read more About SREB About James R Stone III

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  • CTE + STEM + math in the middle school | NRCCTE
    Corner CTE STEM CTE STEM math in the middle school Jul 27th 2012 Last school year students in the Student Technology Leadership Program STLP at Bowling Middle School Owen County programmed some basic computer games but Jenna Gray thought they didn t have much substance or applicability to the classroom The instructional technology teacher and STLP coordinator knew there had to be more to game design than just the programming Games are a medium that have incredible potential to support what teachers are already trying to do in the classroom but with a powerful 21st century digital structure Chisholm UW Madison said We see games as a really powerful tool that teachers can use as part of the classroom ecosystem The games can be designed as computer games or as board games The finished product is less important than the research critical thinking and application of knowledge that goes into designing the game he said Our aim is really to use game design in service of the learning he said Jessica Beasley STLP co coordinator and gifted and talented and career and technology teacher at Anderson County Middle School said students are natural gamers so having them design games won t seem like work If kids are having fun doing something they re going to learn and they may not even realize they are learning she said They already like gaming and they ll sit for hours playing a game So why not try to combine the two If you can make it to where they re learning and they don t realize they re learning even better Read more About SREB About James R Stone III NRCCTE Staff Contact Us Jim s Corner Core Issues View All Career Pathways Programs of Study Curriculum Integration Retention Completion Accountability Assessment Newsletter

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  • Where does learning about craft work fit? | NRCCTE
    to the machinery we depend on says Michael Hout a sociologist at the University of California Berkeley People who work with their hands he went on are doing things today that we call service jobs in restaurants and laundries or in medical technology and the like Young people grow up without developing the skills to fix things around the house says Richard T Curtin director of the Thomson Reuters University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers They know about computers of course but they don t know how to build them Ask the administration or the Republicans or most academics why America needs more manufacturing and they respond that manufacturing spawns innovation brings down the trade deficit strengthens the dollar generates jobs arms the military and kindles a recovery from recession But rarely if ever do they publicly take the argument a step further asserting that a growing manufacturing sector encourages craftsmanship and that craftsmanship is if not a birthright then a vital ingredient of the American self image as a can do inventive we can make anything people Craft work has higher status in nations like Germany which invests in apprenticeship programs for high school students Corporations in Germany realized that there was an interest to be served economically and patriotically in building up a skilled labor force at home we never had that ethos says Richard Sennett a New York University sociologist who has written about the connection of craft and culture Traditional vocational training in American public high schools is gradually declining stranding thousands of young people who seek training for a craft without going to college Colleges for their part have since 1985 graduated fewer chemical mechanical industrial and metallurgical engineers partly in response to the reduced role of manufacturing a big employer of them Read more

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  • U.S. manufacturing sees shortage of skilled factory workers | NRCCTE
    NRCCTE at SREB Jim s Corner U S manufacturing sees U S manufacturing sees shortage of skilled factory workers May 14th 2012 The shortage of skilled workers was noted before the recession but the phenomenon has become more acute with the recent recovery Through a combination of overseas competition and productivity gains the United States has lost nearly 4 million manufacturing jobs in the past 10 years But many manufacturers say the losses have not yielded a surplus of skilled factory workers Instead as automation has transformed factories and altered the skills needed to operate and maintain factory equipment the laid off workers who may be familiar with the old fashioned presses and lathes are often unqualified to run the new But attracting younger workers onto the factory floor can be difficult Machine shop classes have been cut in some high schools Many high schools moreover would rather focus on helping children get into four year colleges than preparing them for vocational pursuits Read more Regards jrs About SREB About James R Stone III NRCCTE Staff Contact Us Jim s Corner Core Issues View All Career Pathways Programs of Study Curriculum Integration Retention Completion Accountability Assessment Newsletter Signup Get the

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  • As Arizona goes, so goes the nation? | NRCCTE
    ground for minority kids in Northern cities the education establishment s response to the voc ed problem only made things worse Over time it morphed into the theology that every child should go to college a four year liberal arts college at that and therefore every child should be required to pursue a college prep course in high school The results have been awful High school dropout rates continue to be a national embarrassment And most high school graduates are not prepared for the world of work The unemployment rate for recent high school graduates who are not in school is a stratospheric 33 The results for even those who go on to higher education are brutal four year colleges graduate only about 40 of the students who start them and two year community colleges graduate less than that about 23 College for everyone has become a matter of political correctness says Diane Ravitch a professor of education at New York University In Arizona and more than a few other states that is beginning to change Indeed the old notion of vocational education has been stood on its head It s now called career and technical education CTE and it has become a pathway that even some college bound advanced placement students are pursuing About 27 of the students in Arizona opt for the tech ed path and they are more likely to score higher on the state s aptitude tests graduate from high school and go on to higher education than those who don t It s not rocket science says Sally Downey superintendent of the spectacular East Valley Institute of Technology in Mesa Ariz 98 5 of whose students graduate from high school It s just finding something they like and teaching it to them with rigor To

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  • Jim's Corner | NRCCTE
    reflections on the latest news from the field here in his Jim s Corner blog Jim s wide ranging commentaries on CTE related issues have addressed such topics as national and international CTE practices workforce development the labor market and changing global economy the role and impact of technology and the perils and pitfalls of the college for all approach to education Want to receive updates on his latest entries Join our mailing list through the link on the right hand side of this page If programs of study are the solution what s the problem Programs of study POS also known as career pathways are the most recent effort in the United States to improve the transition of youth from high school to the workplace Read more A jobless future As we think about how to help young people prepare to become successful adults the question of technology s impact is becoming more important The NYT reported on this phenomenon last March in an article entitled Armies of Expensive Lawyers Replaced by Cheaper Software Read more Previous 11 of 11 About SREB About James R Stone III NRCCTE Staff Contact Us Jim s Corner Core Issues View All Career

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