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.
Members' only webinars can be accessed here.
Employer Engagement: State Perspectives
February 10, 2015
Take an in-depth look at how specific states and employers inform, align and enhance their CTE systems at the secondary and postsecondary levels. Speakers included:
- Dr. Philip C. Cleveland, Alabama State Director of CTE and Workforce Development
- George Clark, President and CEO of Manufacture Alabama and Chairman of the Alabama Workforce Investement Board
- Keven Ward, Public Sector Consultant, Trane
- Dr. Blake Flanders, Vice President of Workforce Development, Kansas Board of Regents
- Andrea Zimmermann, State Policy Associate, NASDCTEc
- Steve Voytek, Government Relations Manager, NASDCTEc
2014 State CTE Policy Review
February 5, 2015, 3-4 p.m. ET
States are increasingly looking to CTE as a means to help close the skills gap and boost the number of people with a postsecondary credential. Join us as we step through the major state policy trends affecting CTE from 2014 including new laws, executive actions and regulatory activity. This webinar coincided with the release of the second annual "2014 State CTE Policy Review," a joint publication from ACTE and NASDCTEc.
- Catherine Imperatore, Research Manager, Association for Career and Technical Education
- Andrea Zimmermann, State Policy Associate, National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium
Strategies for Financing CTE
January 15, 2015
Authors of the new report, “State Strategies for Financing CTE,” unpacked the study’s important findings. Co-hosted by the National Conference of State Legislatures, this webinar explored the ways in which states are financing CTE at the secondary and postsecondary levels using state and federal funds, including a closer look at performance-based funding approaches. For an overview of the report, check out our Learning that Works blog. Speakers included:
- Steve Klein -- Director, Center for Career & Adult Education and Workforce Development, RTI International/Principal Investigator for the National Center for Innovation in Career and Technical Education
- Laura Rasmussen Foster -- Program Director, RTI International/National Center for Innovation in Career and Technical Education
- Suzanne Hultin -- Policy Specialist, Education Program, National Conference of State Legislatures
- Andrea Zimmermann -- State Policy Associate, NASDCTEc
The State of Employer Engagement in CTE
December 3, 2014
From its earliest roots, employer engagement has been a part of CTE's legacy. Yet little is known about what is really happening consistently and systematically across the country, and what state leaders can do to accelerate effective engagement.
Over the summer, NASDCTEc conducted a survey of the State CTE Directors to better understand how and in what ways employers are engaging in CTE today. This webinar unpacked the survey's results and illustrated the employer engagement landscape with a particular focus on the ways in which states are and can foster and sustain meaningful employer engagement to strengthen their CTE system for all students.
Badging 101: The What, The Why & The How
October 7, 2014
Sometimes called “the next disrupter” in education, open badges offer an innovative platform for recognizing and displaying a students’ competency demonstrated either inside or outside the traditional classroom. Yet questions remain about how badges work at the institution and state level, how they can be folded into existing education systems, and what it takes to ensure their quality, reliability and validity. On Tuesday October 7 at 1 pm ET, NASDCTEc and NOCTI co-hosted a webinar that will dig into some of these tough questions and explore open badges from national, state and local perspectives.
The Common Career Technical Core, Programs of Study & Industry-Based Standards
July 29, 2014
In 2012, NASDCTEc released the Common Career Technical Core, a set of standards developed by states, that lay out what a student should know and be able to do upon completion of a program of study. Since the Common Career Technical Core (CCTC) were released, a common question asked is how do the CCTC relate to industry-based standards? On July 29, 2014 at 3:00 pm ET, NASDCTEc Associate Executive Director Kate Blosveren will discuss our new report, The Common Career Technical Core, Programs of Study & Industry-Based Standards, which analyzed a range of industry-based standards to help clarify how they might fit into a program of study undergirded by the CCTC, the methodology used, and its implications for the field.
Legislative Update: Summer Edition
June 5, 2014
As the school year wound down for summer vacation NASDCTEc's Government Relations Associate, Steve Voytek delivered a legislative update on federal activity related to Career Technical Education (CTE) and an outlook on the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 funding landscape on June 5 from 3-4 p.m. ET.
Since late last year, Congress has taken steps tward reauthorizing several pieces of legislation that impact CTE including the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act and the Workforce Investmen Act. In addition to updates on these key pieces of legislation, the Obama Administration and the U.S. Departmen of Education have undertaken a number of CTE-related initiatives this year in an effort to boost its support for CTE.
Members-Only Resource: Presentation Outline & Notes
Making Career Readiness Count
May 27, 2014
NASDCTEc, in partnership with Achieve, hosted a webinar to provide guidance to states interested in building more indicators of career preparation into accountability and public reporting systems, as NASDCTEc and Achieve simultaneously released a new joint publication on the topic.
On this webinar, we shared how states are currently approaching this challenge and what state policy leaders need to consider as they look to reform their own reporting and accountability systems to ensure that the “career” in college- and career-ready accountability and public reporting is a powerful lever to focus priorities, drive progress, and ultimately see more students and their communities succeed. We were joined by leaders from Missouri and Virginia to disuss their accountability and reporting systems.
Related Resource: Making Career Readiness Count
Supporting 21st Century Educators: How States Are Promoting Career and Technical Educator Effectiveness
March 7, 2014
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.
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 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.
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
PowerPoint Presentation PDF (No recording available)
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 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
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.
Dean Folkers, Deputy Executive Director of NASDCTEc, will lead the discussion.