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.
Accompanying student math study guide document
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.
Recording of webinar
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.
Recording of webinar
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.