Webinars: Focusing on CTE
NASDCTEc hosts webinars on a variety of topics and pressing issues of interest to the CTE community and others. These webinars bring NASDCTEc staff together with leading experts from across the nation to share their expertise on issues including policy, research and best practices. Participants can take full advantage of these opportunities by asking questions during the live session, or you can follow up with comments and questions afterward.
All NASDCTEc webinars are recorded and archived online for convenient access and reference. We encourage you to browse previous topics below—and listen to any you might have missed.
Upcoming webinar to be announced soon!
Most recent webinars
Supporting 21st Century Educators: How States Are Promoting Career and Technical Educator Effectiveness
Teacher effectiveness is a critical issue on the minds of educators, administrators and state leaders across the country. With many early reform efforts focusing solely on how to improve and measure the effectiveness of educators in the core academic areas, now many are turning their attention to those “untested subjects,” including Career Technical Education (CTE).
To dig into this issue and highlight some early lessons learned from states, the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc), the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders, the Central Comprehensive Center, the Mid-Atlantic Comprehensive Center, and the South Central Comprehensive Center co-hosted a webinar on Supporting 21st Century Educators: How States Are Promoting Career and Technical Educator Effectiveness.
Date: March 7, 2014
CTE is Your STEM Strategy
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education is attracting interest across the nation. In many states, top policy leaders, including governors, K-12 chief state school officers and economic development commissioners, have made STEM central to their reform platforms. A significant number of states have STEM coalitions in place to coordinate STEM activities across agencies and industries. Business leaders routinely call for more STEM-ready graduates broadly and within specific industry and specialty areas at the national, state and local levels.
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.
•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
•Linda Rosen, Chief Executive Officer, Change the Equation
Date: December 17, 2013
Time: 3 p.m. Eastern
Link to RECORDING
Link to PDF of PowerPoint of CTE is Your STEM Strategy
Link to CTE is Your STEM Strategy REPORT
The State of Career Technical Education: An Analysis of State CTE Standards.
Join the National Association of State Directors for Career Technical Education Consortium (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.
When: November 19, 2013
Time: 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Eastern
Link to RECORDING
Legislative Update - Back to School Edition: Policy and Funding
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.
Are there specific questions you would like us to address? Email Kara at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be sure to address your question during this webinar.
Time: September 26, 2013 at 3 p.m. Eastern
Power Point Presentation PDF
Advanced Placement® Across the Career Clusters®
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 and 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.
When: the webinar will take place on Thursday July 25 at 3 p.m. ET and feature:
- 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
Power Point PRESENTATION IN PDF
Career Academies: An Investment in Students, the Workforce and the Economy
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.
Broadcast aired Thursday, May 9th at 3 p.m. ET. Speakers:
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
Moderator Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager, NASDCTEc
Power Point Presentation PDF
Area CTE Centers: Conquering the Skills Gap through Business-Industry Collaboration
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.
When: April 25th at 3 p.m. ET. Speakers included:
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
Power Point Presentation PDF
Associated publication on this topic – Area CTE Centers: Conquering the Skills Gap through Business and Industry Collaboration. The paper provides information on the history, benefits, and cost effectiveness of area CTE centers. Several examples of best practices are highlighted including Miami Valley Career Technology Center in Ohio and Canadian Valley Technology Center in Oklahoma. Read more
Workforce Readiness – Learn how your Students can Earn an Industry Certification in Sustainability 101 and all about GEF’s Green Building Curriculum!
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. The curriculum includes the following seven modular units that can be taught in conjunction with an existing course, as a semester or yearlong offering or standalone:
• Introduction to Sustainability and Green Building
• Sustainable Sites
• Materials and Resources
• Energy and the Built Environment
• Indoor Environmental Quality
• Water Efficiency in Buildings
• The Present and Future of Green Building
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
When: April 3, 2013
Power Point Presentation PDF
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The Research Behind Branding Best Practices
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 on www.careertech.org 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.
Melinda Lloyd, Ed.D, Communications Consultant for NASDCTEc
Sandra Porter, Associate Director for Workforce Training, Arkansas Department of Career Education
Donna Brant, Education Specialist, Oregon Department of Career and Technical Education
Jennell Ives, Education Specialist, Oregon Department of Career and Technical Education
Larry Cheyne, Education Specialist, Oregon Department of Community College and Workforce Development
Sharon Wendt, Director, Wisconsin Career and Technical Education
Sara Baird, Career Pathways Consultant, Wisconsin Career and Technical Education
When: March 21, 2013 at 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Eastern (1 hour)
Power Point Presentation PDF version
CTE Trend Analysis: Governance and Funding Issues from Across the Nation
When: February 21, 2013
CTE Trend Analysis: Governance and Funding Issues from Across the Nation
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 ClustersTM 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.
Power Point presentation
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. Opportunity for question and answers associated with the implementation process of the CCTC will also be provided.
Dean Folkers, Deputy Executive Director of NASDCTEc, will lead the discussion.
Legislative Update: Policy, Funding and the Year Ahead
February 22, 2012
Join Nancy Conneely, NASDCTEc's Public Policy Manager, as she walks you through all the policy happenings in Washington. 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.
Recording of webinar and Slides in PDF format
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.
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, such as the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSI) in English Language Arts and Mathematics.
PowerPoint in PDF version
Infusing Green and Sustainability Knowledge and Skill Statements
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 Clusters™ 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.
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. Join Nancy Conneely, NASDCTEc's Public Policy Manager, as she walks you through the federal funding maze. During this webinar you will hear about Fiscal Year 13 federal funding, the Budget Control Act, and sequestration.
Power Point presentation
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 ClustersTM 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 ClustersTM and Programs of Study and CTE Teacher/Faculty Shortages.
Kara Herbertson, Education Policy Analyst, will give an overview of trends in these areas. Collie Wells from the Alabama Department of Education will discuss Alabama’s Business and Industry Certification, awarded from the International Organization for Standardization (IOS), and how the certification ensures high quality CTE 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 (known as Table 7 on www.careertech.org) used by SEAs and LEAs for career guidance as well as Perkins accountability.
Pradeep Kotamraju, Deputy Director, National Research Center for Career and Technical Education (NRCCTE), Louisville, KY
Bruce Steuernagel, Consultant, National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) and National Research Center for Career and Technical Education (NRCCTE), Burnsville, MN
Dean Folkers, Deputy Executive Director, National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc)
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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.
•Donna Dutcher, Special Populations/Disabilities Coordinator, Middle Georgia Technical College
•Courtney Reed Jenkins, Director of Professional Development, National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity
•Jeanette Thomas, Consultant, Iowa Department of Education
Recording of webinar
Accompanying student math study guide document:
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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.
Miriam Burt, Adult ESL Specialist, Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL), Washington, DC
Heather Tatton-Harris, Computer Literacy Instructor, Curriculum Specialist, Carlos Rosario International Charter School, Washington, DC
Christopher Pepin, Culinary Arts Instructor at Carlos Rosario International Charter School, Washington, DC
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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 Clusters™, 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.
Team Leader Presenters:
Dean Folkers, Deputy Executive Director, NASDCTEc
Kimberly Green, Executive Director, NASDCTEc
Richard Hinckley, President and CEO, CORD
Debra Mills, Vice President, Partnerships, CORD
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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. PowerPoint Presentation in PDF format and Recording
NSDI Up to Speed Webinar Oct 6 2011
Title of webinar: Bringing New State Directors and Leaders Up to Speed on what’s on NASDCTEc’s Radar, Thursday, October 6, 2011 3 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time
Description: There are many new changes in the air for NASDCTEc. As new State Directors and Leaders, NASDCTEc staff want to ‘bring you up to speed’ on all the new happenings going on in your new organization. Speakers Dean Folkers, Erin Uy and Ramona Schescke will share key activities, programs, and projects, and put you ‘in the know’ so when you attend the upcoming Fall Meeting you will be as informed as your peers.
• Dean Folkers, Deputy Executive Director, NASDCTEc
• Erin Uy, Communications and Marketing Manager, NASDCTEc
• Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager, NASDCTEc
Investment in Career Technical Education: Linkages to Greater Earnings, Higher Employability, and Positive Benefit-Cost Ratio - September 27
Policy makers 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.
NASDCTEc’s latest issue brief on the same topic, the last in our series of vision papers, will be available on the day of the webinar.
Tuesday, September 27th from 2:00 to 2:45 pm ET.
For more information, please contact Kara Herbertson at email@example.com.
Green Education Foundation Pilot Curriculum Project - September 27
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.
GEF also showcased its brand new professional development course for K-12 faculty entitled Sustainability Education Concepts and Teaching Methods.
For more information about the webinar content, please contact Dean Folkers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Ins and Outs of Advocating - September 14
Recent cuts to the Perkins Act and the threat of further cuts to all discretionary programs reinforces the need to let Congress know that CTE programs are vitally important to preparing individuals for careers and turning around the economy.
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.
For NASDCTEc Members only: The Common Career Technical Core – An Update - August 25
The Webinar will discuss the progress of updating the Career Clusters™ Knowledge and Skill Statements and the creation of the Common Career Technical Core Standards. Specifically, learn about the timeline, emerging communication strategies that engage state in participating, reviewing, and embracing the concept and resources, and the opportunities associated with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
Presenter: Dean Folkers
Members, you may access the recording link after logging in with your username and password.
States Lead Development of Statewide POS - 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.