CTE is Your STEM Strategy
December 17, 2013
While states, districts and schools strive to operationalize a concept like STEM, many already are offering high-quality Career Technical Education (CTE) programs that impart critical academic, technical and employability skills. To connect the dots between CTE and STEM for policymakers and advocates, NASDCTEc will be releasing a new report entitled “CTE is Your STEM Strategy.” The paper makes the case that STEM must not be viewed as a separate enterprise from CTE, as high-quality CTE programs can help provide a strong foundation for and serve as a delivery system of STEM skills and competencies for a broad range of students.
Join NASDCTEc staff and field experts for a webinar that will discuss this paper, how CTE and STEM can advance one another, and provide examples from states successfully integrating their CTE and STEM strategies.
- Dr. Tony Baldwin, Superintendent, Buncombe County Schools
- Kate Blosveren, Associate Executive Director, National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc)
- Tina Marcus, Project Manager, STEM Education and Leadership, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
- Dr. Linda Rosen, Chief Executive Officer, Change the Equation
Related Resource: CTE Is Your STEM Strategy
The State of Career Technical Education: An Analysis of State CTE Standards
November 19, 2013
Join NASDCTEc and field experts as they share the major findings from their recently released national report comparing each state’s Career Technical Education (CTE) standards and the major policy levers and structures that support the adoption and implementation of CTE standards at both the secondary and postsecondary levels. The State of Career Technical Education: An Analysis of State CTE Standards is the first-ever report to analyze all state CTE standards using a common benchmark, the Common Career Technical Core, setting a new baseline for understanding CTE across the country.
Legislative Update - Back to School Edition: Policy and Funding
September 26, 2013
Join Kara Herbertson, NASDCTEc’s Research and Policy Manager, and Steve Voytek, NASDCTEc’s Government Relations Associate, as they walk you through the latest policy happenings in Washington. After years of anticipation, Congress has taken steps toward reauthorizing several pieces of legislation that impact CTE including the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, the Workforce Investment Act, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and the Higher Education Act. In addition to updates on these key pieces of legislation, we will discuss sequestration and debates over the FY14 budget.
Advanced Placement® Across the Career Clusters®
July 25, 2013
Traditionally Advanced Placement (AP) courses and exams have not been recommended for students in Career Technical Education (CTE) programs. To bust this myth, NASDCTEc and the College Board worked together to draft a document – Career Technical Education and Advanced Placement – that shows how AP courses and exams can be relevant to a student’s program of study across the 16 Career Clusters.
Join us for a webinar that will feature that work, explore how AP courses and exams are being embedded in students’ programs of study at the local level, and engage participants around additional strategies for including AP courses and other rigorous courses within CTE Career Pathways.
- Kate Blosveren, Associate Executive Director, The National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc)
- Barbara Dittrich, Program Supervisor, Advanced Placement, Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
- Tom Evans, Principal, Eastern Technical High School, Baltimore County, Maryland
- Betty Klattenhoff, CTE Director, Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
- Wanda Monthey, Senior Director, Career Readiness and CTE, The College Board
Career Academies: An Investment in Students, the Workforce and the Economy
May 9, 2013
Career academies are a proven way of delivering high-quality Career Technical Education (CTE). Through small learning communities, college-preparatory curriculum, and strong partnerships with local employers, career academies offer work-based learning opportunities and rigorous pathways to postsecondary education and careers. Research strongly supports the efficacy of career academies in increasing the academic success, attendance levels and future earning potential of participating students. Join us for a webinar that features state and local leaders who will discuss why career academies are a successful delivery mechanism for CTE, and what they are doing in this exciting field.
- Jan Struebing, Executive Director, National Career Academy Coalition
- Kathleen Taylor, Chief for the Bureau of Standards, Benchmarks and Frameworks, Division of Career and Adult Education, Florida Department of Education
- Sabrina Arney, Teacher, Aspirations in Medical Sciences Academy, Long Beach, California
- Kara Herbertson, Research and Policy Manager, NASDCTEc
Area CTE Centers: Conquering the Skills Gap through Business-Industry Collaboration
April 25, 2013
Area CTE Centers operate in a variety of ways – from shared-time centers offering primarily technical training to full-time centers that provide students with both academic instruction and technical training – but all provide opportunities for students to receive relevant, rigorous CTE. And at a time when employers say that they are unable to find workers who have the right skills to fill job vacancies, area CTE centers provide a crucial link between the knowledge and skills that students learn and those demanded by local businesses.
Join us for a webinar that features state and local leaders who will discuss area CTE centers in their states and how they are making connections to the needs of business and industry and their communities.
- Steve Gratz, Ph.D., Director, Office of Career-Technical Education, Ohio Department of Education
- Harold Niehaus, Director of Instructional Development, Miami Valley Career Technology Center
- Paula Bowles, Chief Communications and Marketing Officer, Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education
- Bill Kramer, Communications and Marketing Coordinator, Canadian Valley Technology Center, El Reno, OK
Workforce Readiness – Learn how your Students can Earn an Industry Certification in Sustainability 101 and all about GEF’s Green Building Curriculum!
April 3, 2013
Victoria Waters, Green Education Foundation (GEF) Institute President, introduces the Institute’s new offering for CTE schools – a Sustainability 101 Certification! Learn how Virginia Beach City Public Schools is implementing this valuable credential in the one of the largest school districts in Virginia and what their students are saying about it. GEF will also showcase how New Jersey is educating their CTE students on green construction at nine school districts throughout the state with the Institute’s Green Building Course.
- Patrick Konopnicki, Virginia Beach City Public Schools, CTE Director;
- Todd Menadier, Director of Field Implementation and Enhancement for the NJ Green Program of Study grant project; and
- Victoria Waters, CEO of GEF Institute
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The Research Behind Branding Best Practices
March 21, 2013
When the CTE: Learning that works for America® brand was created, state CTE offices were given the opportunity to be part of a national movement to change the image, definition and expectations for CTE. Through a series of interviews with the states participating in the branding campaign, NASDCTEc has discovered that eight best practices in branding can elevate a state’s branding campaign and increase their chances of successfully communicating the brand message.
Dr. Melinda Lloyd will discuss the research that was conducted and the key findings of that research. Two of the branding best practices – co-branding and engaging local educators – will also be highlighted during this Webinar. State staff from Arkansas, Oregon and Wisconsin will participate to share examples of their branding efforts. The Webinar will conclude with a brief introduction to a new set of resources that will serve as examples for states that are just getting started with their branding efforts or states that are hoping to take their branding efforts to a new level.
CTE Trend Analysis: Governance and Funding Issues from Across the Nation
February 21, 2013
Every other year, the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) conducts a survey of the membership to gauge trends in Career Technical Education (CTE) across the country. Based on analyses of this year’s survey results from 50 states and territories, and comparisons to surveys administered in 2008 and 2010, NASDCTEc has authored a series of synopsis papers that describe trends in four key areas: Career Clusters and Programs of Study, CTE Teacher/Faculty Shortages, Governance, and Funding. February’s webinar will focus on the final two synopsis papers: CTE Governance and CTE Funding.
- Kara Herbertson, NASDCTEc Research and Policy Manager, gave an overview of trends in these areas.
- Rich Katt, CTE State Director of Nebraska, described how his state successfully garnered support for state CTE funding through social media and CTE student organizations.
Common Career Technical Core (CCTC) Progress Update
January 31, 2013
The webinar is designed to share an update on the progress toward implementation and use of the Common Career Technical Core (CCTC) through the planning and engagement phase. Updated information about the gap analysis / alignment study process that will provide a state level policy scan, a pilot alignment study and a complete state-by-state gap analysis of CTE standards will be provided as well. Hear from the collaborative partner about the timing and efforts to support information and implementation of the CCTC in the states as well as the proposed timeline of the study.
The Career Pathways Effect: Linking Education and Economic Prosperity - A Conversation with the Book’s Team Leaders
December 13, 2012
Jointly published by CORD and the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc), The Career Pathways Effect meets a need for evidence-based support for concepts and principles associated with Career Cluster, Career Pathways and Programs of Study, and provides more uniform implementation across the nation.
The Team Leaders of the book discussed:
- Why the book was developed
- How it is organized
- How the book will stimulate conversation on topics such as new models, collection of evidence-based data, and how the successes achieved by CTE can improve all of education.
Building Adult Students’ English Language and Workforce Content Skills
December 6, 2012
Increasingly, many immigrants and other non-native English speakers are studying in career and technical education certificate or degree programs. Their acquisition of content may be compromised by challenges with English vocabulary, language structures and functions, and cultural information. In Washington, DC, the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) has been training workforce instructors at the Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School in sheltered instruction methodology that improves students’ English language proficiency and content knowledge. Hear about the project and its outcomes, and learn about some of the strategies instructors employ to build learners’ English language and workforce content skills.
National, State, and Local Strategies that Work to Increase Nontraditional Participation and Completion under Perkins
November 13, 2012
NASDCTEc sits on the advisory board for the STEM Equity Pipeline Project™, and we are pleased to offer this webinar that discusses a research-based program improvement process targeted at nontraditional participation and completion. The National Science Foundation has re-invested in the project for another five years, and we invite you to join us in discussing the specific, high-impact strategies that State Education Agencies and Local Education Agencies are implementing to increase participation and completion rates, particularly for female students in STEM-related programs.
Career Cluster® Crosswalks and the Crosswalk Validation Project
October 25, 2012
This webinar will discuss the Crosswalk Validation Project and provide an understanding of why it is necessary use a validated crosswalk when trying to develop and implement programs of study (POS), career pathways, or, more, generally career preparation areas. In addition, discussion about the crosswalk uses for state education agencies (SEAs) and local education agencies (LEAs) in building linkages for career guidance and a discussion about the necessity for SEAs and LEAs to use a validated resource for reporting Perkins accountability requirements.
The Crosswalk Validation Project was a two-year long project led jointly by the National Association of State Directors of Career and Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) and the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education (NRCCTE). The Crosswalk Validation Project focuses on updating and refining the original national crosswalk used by SEAs and LEAs for career guidance as well as Perkins accountability.
CTE Trend Analysis: Career Clusters and Programs of Study, CTE Teacher/Faculty Shortages
October 4, 2012
Every other year, the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) conducts a survey of the membership to gauge trends in Career Technical Education (CTE) across the country. Based on analyses of this year’s survey results from 50 states and territories, and comparisons to surveys administered in 2008 and 2010, NASDCTEc has authored a series of synopsis papers that describe trends in four key areas: Career Clusters and Programs of Study; CTE Teacher/Faculty Shortages; Governance; and CTE Funding. This month’s webinar will focus on the first two synopsis papers: Career Clusters and Programs of Study and CTE Teacher/Faculty Shortages.
Federal Funding Update: FY13 and Sequestration
September 25, 2012
Over the last several years federal funding for many programs, including Perkins, has been slashed. Following this trend of shrinking budgets along with the looming threat of sequestration, Fiscal Year 13 could result in more cuts. During this webinar you will hear about Fiscal Year 13 federal funding, the Budget Control Act, and sequestration.
Green and Sustainability Knowledge and Skills Statements: Connecting to the Curriculum
August 16, 2012
This co-sponsored webinar will present an overview of the process and resources associated with the development of Green and Sustainability Knowledge and Skills statements in six Career Cluster that are now available for use by states and local schools districts. Participants will learn the details of how the statements were developed, review the developed statements, obtain information about accessing additional resources, as well as hear about strategies for implementing the standards.
Infusing Green and Sustainability Knowledge and Skill Statements
July 17, 2012
Overview of the process and resources associated with the development of Green and Sustainability Knowledge and Skills statements in six Career Clusters that are now available for use by states and local school districts.
Common Career Technical Core Initiative
April 27, 2012
The National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) is coordinating the state-led effort, which will complement and support comprehensive college and career ready standards.
Achieve and State CTE Directors: Integrating the Common Core State Standards and Career Technical Education
March 20, 2012
As states and districts begin to implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), teachers may need to redesign their lessons and classroom activities to ensure that course content is rigorous and aligned to the CCSS. To help teachers and education leaders address this challenge, Achieve and NASDCTEc have joined to pilot a process in which secondary and postsecondary educators develop and evaluate instructional tasks that demonstrate how for high school mathematics expectations can be applied using Career Technical Education (CTE) content. Hear about the process, pilot results, and the plans for the future related to using the protocol.
Legislative Update: Policy, Funding and the Year Ahead
February 22, 2012
The last few years have seen cuts to Perkins funding and a stalemate in Congress over the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and the Workforce Investment Act, while Perkins is due to be reauthorized next year. During this webinar you will hear about the President's State of the Union Address and his proposed FY13 budget, as well as Congressional plans for funding and education legislation.
CTE: Keeping Adult Learners Competitive for High-Demand Jobs
December 8, 2011
In today’s turbulent economy, how can adult workers best position themselves to succeed in rewarding careers in high-demand fields? Further, how can employers aid in up-skilling current employees to meet increasingly complex job demands? Experts from the field answer these questions by describing how their programs directly and indirectly keep adult learners competitive for high-demand jobs.
Investment in Career Technical Education: Linkages to Greater Earnings, Higher Employability, and Positive Benefit-Cost Ratio
September 27, 2011
Policymakers today must direct scarce funds toward education programs that produce maximum results, and reduce or even eliminate funds for programs that do not measure up. States and programs that demonstrate the positive impact of Career Technical Education (CTE) through return on investment (ROI) analyses can provide compelling reasons for policy makers to support CTE. Unfortunately, diminishing resources and unavailability of longitudinal data limit many states and CTE programs from carrying out ROI studies.
NASDCTEc’s Education Policy Analyst, Kara Herbertson, frames the conversation by highlighting state and organization cost-benefit examples that aim to show the value of CTE and education to the community and the economy. We are also pleased to have Kevin Hollenbeck, Vice President and Senior Economist at the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, join us for this discussion.
September 27, 2011
Victoria Waters, GEF President, introduced two new GEF pilot offerings for CTE schools including their Green Building Course which is a one semester, environmental science elective that educates 11th and 12th grade students on green building attributes and benefits, and provides them with the educational resources necessary to understand, identify, and improve environmental inefficiencies within their own school buildings. Topics covered included: sustainable sites, energy sources and conservation, water efficiency and indoor environmental quality as related to building construction, operation and maintenance. The course utilizes a digital resource.
The Ins and Outs of Advocating
September 14, 2011
Join NASDCTEc’s Public Policy Manager, Nancy Conneely, as she walks you through how to be an effective advocate for Perkins and CTE. While many use the terms “lobbying” and “advocating” interchangeably, there is a difference. So, even if your state prohibits you from lobbying, there are still things you can do to bring attention to the importance of CTE at a time when it is needed more than ever.
March 8, 2011
Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, Ohio and Oregon will illuminate the statewide POS development process by sharing how OVAE’s 10-component framework informed their work and by giving a behind-the-scenes look at one of their milestone achievements.
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CTE: Up to the Challenge, Preparing Students to be College and Career Ready
November 16, 2010
NASDCTEc, Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), and the Partnership for 21st Century Skills highlight the demand for skills in the global economy and the ways in which educators can meet this demand by drawing on both career technical education (CTE) and 21st century skills.
Bridging Education and the Economy
October 12, 2010
In an effort to close the skills gaps within our economy, businesses are teaming up with high schools and community colleges to create rigorous career technical education (CTE) programs that respond to the needs of the labor market.
A Look Inside: A Synopsis of CTE Trends (Analysis of State CTE Data and Initiatives)
September 29, 2010
Career Technical Education (CTE) is growing in variety of ways. Hear highlights from the NASDCTEc staff about the recent trends seen in CTE governance, teacher shortages, funding and Career Clusters implementation.
CTE Gives States Edge in Global Economy
July 23, 2010
The global economy has added a new perspective for state leaders who are seeking ways to cultivate a competitive workforce. Today, students in their states must be ready to compete for jobs not only in their hometowns, but across the globe.
Already at the Top: CTE Programs Show Positive Impact on Student Achievement
May 28, 2010
A string of changes in global competition, demographics, as well as our collective conscience, require we ensure that every student in the United States is prepared for success. Hence, education systems are aiming to address these changes.
NASDCTEc Webinar: CTE and Common Core Standards
May 27, 2010
Gene Wilhoit, Executive Director of the Council of Chief State School Officers, and Dane Linn, Director, Education Division of the National Governor’s Association Center for Best Practices, will insights on states' adoption of common core standards.
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NASDCTEc Unveils New Vision Statement, Leads New Charge for CTE
March 18, 2010
NASDCTEc has developed a new vision statement on the future of CTE which will highlight the significant role CTE will play in our new economy.The vision statement consists of a set of forward-thinking principles that will serve as a guiding tool for CTE.
Return on Investment Strategies of selected states: Washington State, Oklahoma and Tennessee
January 14, 2010
Return on investment data is one of the most important factors that Congress and the Administration will look at to determine levels of funding for federal programs, like Perkins.