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Welcome New CTE ColleaguePlease join the Career and College Readiness Department in welcoming Obe Quarless to our team. Obe accepted the Jobs for Washington’s Graduates (JWG) Field Supervisor position with the Career and Technical Education Office. September 12 was his first day.
Obe comes to us from the College Success Foundation where he worked as the college-readiness advisor serving students whom were low-income at Foss High School in Tacoma, WA. He also has 4 years of recruitment, financial aid, and academic advising experience as an admission counselor for Pacific Lutheran University. Outside of education, Obe is also an accomplished steel pan musician.
He received his Bachelor of Arts from Whitworth University in music and is currently finishing his Masters in Music Performance from Northern Illinois University.
OSPI Website. Where Did The CTE Drop Down Menu Go?OSPI is addressing ADA website compliance and the drop down menus have been eliminated. In order to help you navigate the OSPI website, there are two-ways to access CTE from the OPSI homepage.
Offices & Programs
1. Select the "Offices & Programs" tab.
2. Under "Quick Links" the first bulleted item is Career and Technical Education.
3. Select "Career and Technical Education", it will take you to the CTE homepage.
1. Select the "Family Resources" tab located in the middle of the OSPI homepage.
2. Select "Career and Tech Ed", the first bulleted item at the top of the third column, it will take you to the CTE homepage.
PerkinsThis is a friendly reminder the Perkins 5-Year Plan, Form Package 215 and Perkins End of Year Report, Form Package 477, is due on 9/30/2016.
Applications not received by the deadline will not be considered for funding.
Please note, OSPI will provide feedback on applications within 45 days of receipt. Once OSPI has taken action, the district will have 30 days to address the changes requested. The process of responding to changes may require some ongoing communication; any "back and forth" communication between the district and OSPI must take place within this 30-day window (i.e. don't wait until day 28 to address the changes and resubmit, for there may be additional changes requested of you which may put you outside of the 30-day window). Once you have submitted your "final" application, OSPI will issue approval within 15 calendar days.
Please contact Jonathan Jackson, Program Supervisor, Grants & Innovative Programs Career and Technical Education, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-725-6253 with questions.
House Passes Perkins Reauthorization BillThe U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5587, the Strengthening CTE for the 21st Century Act, by a vote of 405 to 5 on September 13, 2016.
ACTE and Advance CTE applauded the bill’s passage in a joint statement on the bill:
The passage of H.R. 5587 is an important step toward reauthorizing the primary federal legislative investment in Career Technical Education (CTE). The bill would afford states and local secondary and postsecondary recipients the flexibility to build upon their existing efforts to deliver high-quality CTE programs while also promoting innovation and program alignment, all within a framework of streamlined administrative requirements and a more intentional focus on local needs. The legislation will ultimately help fuel the talent pipeline and prepare workers for the high-skill, high-wage, high-demand careers of the 21st century.
Perkins reauthorization efforts have now shifted to the Senate.
iGrants Due DatesThere are 16 iGrant form packages open. Please note that 7 form packages are due this month. The CTE team is partnering with business and industry and other agencies to read through the iGrant form packages and determine award winners.
2016 Fall Professional Development & Technical AssistanceThe state CTE Pathway Supervisor will be providing technical assistance/support throughout the state, beginning in October, to ensure district personnel understand the required framework components. If, after one year, your submissions are not brought up to standard, the conditional approval will expire.
The below dates and locations have been confirmed. Each training day will be held from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Please hold the dates below which correspond to your ESD. Specific locations are being determined. Final notification will be sent to the CTE directors.
CTE Course EquivalenciesIt has been brought to our attention that there is some confusion with regards to CTE course equivalencies when submitting data to CEDARS. The following information is intended to help facilitate this process:
- When reporting to CEDARS, districts must identify whether or not a course is a CTE course using Elements D10 and H17.
- For every course reported as CTE using Elements D10 and H17, the district must indicate whether or not the course is a Statewide Equivalency Course using Elements D12 and H28.
- Unless the course was offered using an unmodified, state-developed framework, districts should enter a value of “C – No Course Equivalency”. If the course was offered using an unmodified, state-developed framework, the district must select “A – Statewide Equivalency Course”.
- While a district may have determined a CTE course to be equivalent at the local level, for reporting purposes we are currently only tracking data on Statewide Equivalency Courses.
- Please note, this element is not designed to track whether or not the student actually applied the course to their transcript to meet a graduation requirement, only that the credit was made available to them upon completion of the course.
- A student may only receive one credit upon completion of a Statewide Equivalency Course; if the course is designed in such a way that the student can earn either a math or science credit, for example, only one credit may be earned by the student and reported in Element H29.
If you have further questions or concerns, please contact Jonathan Jackson, Program Supervisor for Grants and Innovative Programs – email@example.com
Course Re-Approval Program Review CycleIt is important for districts to keep updated frameworks on file. The State Auditor and Consolidated Program Review teams will be reviewing them.
Conditional CTE Certificate RequirementsThe 1-year conditional CTE certificate enables a school district, which cannot find a regularly certificated CTE instructor in a specific area, to hire someone who is highly qualified and experienced in that area. The certificate is subject to specific limitations and the teacher must complete a written training plan developed in coordination with the CTE administrator and the CTE advisory committee.
Limitations: (must comply with one of following)
- The candidate is highly experienced in the knowledge and occupational skills of the CTE program to be certified
- The candidate may be employed in new and emerging occupations as identified by the Professional Educator Standards Board or its designee.
- No person with CTE certification in the field is available.
- Certification is for a limited assignment and responsibility in a specified CTE program area.
- The candidate will be oriented and prepared for the specific assignment and will be apprised of any legal liability, the lines of authority, and the duration of the assignment.
- The CTE administrator and local program advisory committee state the basis on which they have determined that the candidate is competent for the assignment
- A written work and/or educational experience training plan is on file with the employing district.
- The certificate may be reissued on submission of a new application and evidence that requirements continue to be met.
The certificate is valid for one school year or less.
The certificate is valid only for the teaching area specified on the certificate.
Precision ExamsPrecision Exams has added 11 new exams, 47 exams were revised, and over 100,000 exams were delivered across the 16 Career Clusters and the 21st Century Skills area. As your students settle into their classes, finding that perfect teacher (you) and that perfect course, don’t forget to pretest so you can get a good “starting point” of your students’ knowledge so you can help prepare them to earn a Washington State Career Skills Certificate and also show some good reflective student growth when you post-test at the end of your course.
Go to Precision Exams and click on Exam List. Scroll down to see the 16 Career Cluster areas (plus the 21st Century Skills and the exams under that category). Click on any of the Career Clusters to see the exams under each area. Click on any of the exams to see the Knowledge Standards and Performance Standards.
Precision Exams is the most comprehensive testing solution, delivering the National Health Science Assessment (NCHSE), as well as 170+ Career Skills Exams & Certifications™ at a very affordable cost.
- Helping schools across the nation provide tremendous value to their students and educators while fulfilling multiple needs, Technical Skill Attainment, Student Growth Measurement, Career Skills Certificate
- Everything is delivered through a 100% online, easy-to-use exam delivery system, available in Pre/Post or single assessment format, and complete with instant standards-level, detailed reporting functionality available to all teachers, proctors, and administrators.
FEPPPPlease join FEPPP members; State Superintendent, Randy Dorn; state and local officials; and financial education champions in celebrating this great accomplishment
Date: September 27, 2016
Location: Junior Achievement World
Address: 650 University Park Way Yakima, Washington
3:00–4:00 pm: FEPPP General Membership Meeting
4:15–6:00 pm: Program and Reception with special guest speakers
Appetizers and beverages will be served.
This will be a great opportunity to learn about financial education efforts in Yakima and make new partnerships.
FEPPP brings together public and private sectors to provide quality financial education for Washington state schools. FEPPP will continue the work of:
• Identifying strategies to increase the financial education of students;
• Providing quality financial education information for school districts; and
• Providing financial education instructional materials and professional development
Space is limited. Please register.
WA-ACTE 2016 Award WinnersThe Washington Association for Career and Technical Education (WA-ACTE) 2016 Excellence Award recipients were announced at the WA-ACTE Summer CTE Conference on August 9, 2016, at The Davenport Grand Hotel in Spokane. Congratulations to the winners!
Verizon Innovative Learning App ChallengeThe Verizon Innovative Learning App Challenge, a program of the Verizon Foundation in partnership with the Technology Student Association is underway. With an attractive grand prize for eight "Best in Nation" schools ($20,000 for each national winning school), this competition has become extremely popular. Submissions have come from all disciplines – from STEM-focused groups to language arts and the humanities. This contest has been increasingly attractive because it does NOT require technology experience or computer programming – just creativity and communication skills to come up with a novel app idea.
Since this NASSP approved student contest launched in 2012, almost 3,500 middle and high school teams from all 50 states and the District of Columbia have submitted app concepts. The competition has engaged more than 24,000 boys and girls in urban, suburban, and rural areas, including many underserved communities. About half the winning students are female.
Please visit the website and the view the App Challenge FAQ flyer for more information. REGISTRATION CLOSES NOVEMBER 18, 2016.
Employability SkillsEmployability skills are general skills that are necessary for success in the labor market at all employment levels and in all sectors. These skills, which may be taught through the education and workforce development systems, fall into three broad categories:
- Effective Relationships—The interpersonal skills and personal qualities that enable individuals to interact effectively with clients, coworkers, and supervisors
- Workplace Skills—The analytical and organizational skills and understandings that employees need to successfully perform work task
- Applied Knowledge—The thoughtful integration of academic knowledge and technical skills, put to practical use in the workplace
Interested in participating in an "Integrating Employability Skills: A Framework for All Educators" 4-hour professional learning module?
Request for Family and Consumer Science Round Table PresentersDo you have a fun, interesting, creative, lessons that work for you in your classroom? Do you have a great strategy for classroom management? Do you have a tried and true recipes that can be done in one lab? Can you share home interior, fashion design/construction, or trending ideas in an area?
Consider sharing what you do. Please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
AP Macro and Micro EconomicsOSPI is offering professional development to a limited number of teachers interested in offering a CTE course in AP Macro and/or AP Micro Economics. This pilot program includes three one-day workshops at the Puget Sound Skills Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with mentorship from an experienced AP Economics/CTE teacher and a College Board presenter.
- December 7
- February 15
- March 22
Interested teachers and CTE directors should contact Barbara Dittrich before October 15, 2016 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WA State Department of Early LearningDid you know licensed child care providers in Washington State are now able to sign up to receive text alerts/messages from DEL? Text EARLYED & one of our keywords (below) to GOV311 (468311).
Text "EARLYED" and the keyword of your choice to receive content-specific messaging! Here are our keywords/categories so far (more to come):
- Topic Name: Licensed family home child care providers - Keyword: PROVIDERS
- Topic Name: ESIT information - Keyword: ESIT
- Topic Name: Licensed child care centers - Keyword: CENTERCARE
- Topic Name: Licensed school-age child care providers - Keyword: SCHOOLAGE
- Topic Name: Family, Friends & Neighbors - Keyword: FFN
- Topic Name: Early Achievers - Keyword: ACHIEVERS
- Topic Name: Head Start State Collaboration Office - Keyword: HEADSTART
Upcoming Learning OpportunitiesJWG Fall Training 2016 September 20-21 | WANIC Skill Center | Kirkland, WA
Applied Math Fall Inservice 2016October 5 | ESD 113 | Tumwater, WA | 6 Clock Hours
Applied Math Fall Inservice 2016October 7 | Spokane Community College | "The Lair" Bldg. #6 | 6 Clock Hours
MBA Conclave Curriculum and Teacher Conference 2016October 7-10 | Save the Date | Mobile, AL
WACTA Fall Conference 2016October 10–11 | Wenatchee Convention Center & Coast Hotel | Wenatchee
2016 National Health Science Curriculum ConferenceOctober 12-14 | October 11 Preconference | Louisville Marriott Downtown | Louisville, KY
BAM 2016October 14-15 | Bellevue Red Lion | Bellevue, WA | Pre-Conference October 13
2016 Financial Literacy ConferenceOctober 14-15 | NW Viticulture Center| Salem, OR | 1 Day Option Available
GRADS Pre FACSE ConferenceOctober 23| Great Wolf Lodge | Grand Mound, WA
FACSE Annual ConferenceOctober 24-25 | Great Wolf Lodge | Grand Mound, WA
Project Lead the Way Fall Conference 2016October 25 | Washington State University | Spokane, WA | Contact Ella Kerr
GRADS & Frog Street Curriculum TrainingOctober 25-26| Great Wolf Lodge | Grand Mound, WA
WA-ACTE Fall STEM & Arts ConferenceNovember 3-4 | Great Wolf Lodge | Grand Mound, WA
Jump$tart National Educator ConferenceNovember 5-7 | International Dallas Hotel | Dallas, TX
DECA Western Region Leadership ConferenceNovember 17-20 | Sheraton Seattle Hotel & WA State Convention Center | Seattle, WA
ACTE's CareerTech Vision ConferenceNovember 30-December 3 | Las Vegas Convention Center | Las Vegas, NV
CTE Civic Engagement DayFebruary 1 | Olympia, WA
Applied Math Winter Inservice 2017February 24 | YV-Tech | Yakima, WA | 6 Clock Hours
DECA State Career Development ConferenceMarch 2-4 | Meydenbauer Center | Bellevue, WA
Project Lead the Way Spring Conference 2016March 9 | Seattle University | Seattle, WA | Contact Dr. Gnanapragasam & Annamarie Riese
WITEA Spring Conference 2017March 9-11 | Wenatchee Convention Center | Wenatchee
WA Association of Agriculture Educators Conference 2017June 25-29 | Moses Lake Best Western Lakefront Hotel | Moses Lake
WA-ACTE Summer CTE ConferenceAugust 6-9 | The Davenport Hotel | Spokane, WA
ACTE CareerTech Vision ConferenceDecember 6-9 | Nashville, TN
CTE Program AreasAgriculture Education SciencesPlease contact Rebecca Wallace, Agriculture Education Sciences Program Supervisor, with questions at 360-725-6244 or email@example.com.
AP/CTEFor the latest information in AP/CTE, check out the AP test fee reduction for qualified low-income students that will now pay $15 per exam. There is no limit to the number of exams a student may take.
Please contact Barbara Dittrich, AP Program Supervisor, with questions at 360-725-6097 or Barbara.Dittrich@k12.wa.us.
Business and MarketingMicrosoft Imagine Academy Update
Training webinars are being offered for Microsoft Imagine Academy OneNote. Also, just released, the OneNote versions of the MOAC 2016 books are now available on the Member site! This includes all titles for this school year – Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access, Word Expert and Excel Expert. And, the full curriculum kit has been updated with a course syllabus which includes mapping to Common Core standards. This can be found in the Instructor Guide folder.
There will be a CCGA MTA exam available in January.
Note - the download page shows multiple selections for the student textbook and the full curriculum kit. Select the top two for the most up to date files. The very top student textbook folder contains both the PDF and OneNote versions.
For the latest information about Business and Marketing, Microsoft Imagine Academy, Workbased Learning, DECA and FBLA, please contact Lance Wrzesinski, Business and Marketing Program Supervisor, with questions at 360-725-6258 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family and Consumer Sciences EducationHave you ever wanted to learn how to operate a serger? Would you like to participate in serger training and “borrow” a serger to take back to your school until May. Attend a 3-hour workshop at Annual conference and you will have an opportunity to take home a new serger to use in your classroom until Spring. At that time, you can decide if your school would like to purchase the serger, or return it. Serger skills need to be included in all textiles courses and are part of the Precision Exam for textiles.
Workshops offered by Josie Baird from B-Sew Inn.
When: 9 AM-noon or 1-4 PM on Sunday, October 23 at Great Wolf Lodge.
Workshop Cost: Free to Annual Conference Attendees
Pre-register for the workshop when you register for the conference.
Please bring completed loaner program forms to the workshop:
National Loaner Program Application - Loaner Program B Available through this training
National School Loaner Program Agreement
Questions? Please send questions to Dawn_Boyden@lkstevens.wednet.edu
For the latest information about Family and Consumer Sciences Education, FCCLA, FEPPP, and Early Childhood Development, please contact Mary Nagel, Family and Consumer Sciences Education Program Supervisor, with questions at 360-725-6242 or email@example.com.
Graduation, Reality, and Dual-role Skills (GRADS)In 2014, the Washington State Department of Health and OSPI requested that the Washington State Institute for Public Policy to conduct an outcome evaluation and benefit-cost analysis of the GRADS program. (GRADS is a high school class for pregnant and parenting teens.) In this evaluation, we compare teen mothers that participated in GRADS to a group of similar teen mothers from districts that did not offer the program.
For GRADS pre and post FACSE Conference training information, check out the Save the Dates flyer.
Congratulations to Jackie Brewster, GRADS Teacher of the Year, New Horizons High School! To earn the award, recipients must make significant contributions toward innovative, unique and novel programs that serve to improve and promote necessary skills for GRADS students. The 411 Your Information Source, page 3, has the complete article.
Please contact Denise Mileson, GRADS Program Specialist, with questions at 360-725-0417 or Denise.Mileson@k12.wa.us.
Health Sciences EducationThe National Health Science Standards are designed to provide the essential knowledge common across health professionals to prepare and increase the number of students that are college and career ready.
Please contact Marianna Goheen, Health Sciences Education Program Supervisor, with questions at 360-725-6257 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jobs for Washington's Graduates (JWG)Please contact Mary Kanikeberg, JWG Program Supervisor, with questions at 360-725-4964 or JWG@k12.wa.us.
Skilled and Technical SciencesFor the latest information in Skilled and Technical Sciences, SkillsUSA check out the September 2016 Skilled and Technical Sciences Newsletter.
Please contact Denny Wallace, Program Supervisor, with questions at 360-725-6241 or email@example.com.
STEMFor the latest information in STEM, check out the September 2016 STEM Newsletter.
Please contact C.J. Dancer, STEM Program Supervisor, with questions at 360-725-4467 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
EVERY STUDENT READY FOR CAREER, COLLEGE, AND LIFE
Led by State Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI oversees K-12 public education in Washington state. Our mission is to provide funding, resources, tools, data and technical assistance that enable educators to ensure students succeed in our public schools, are prepared to access post-secondary training and education, and are equipped to thrive in their careers and lives.