Nearly two weeks ago, Deputy Superintendent Michaela Miller announced that Career and Technical Education had been merged with Learning and Teaching, under the direction of Assistant Superintendent Kathe Taylor. Additionally, it was announced that I was appointed as the Executive Director of Career and Technical Education. I understand there have been many questions and potential concerns with these changes. While this change is relatively new, we look forward to continuing to share information as there are continued developments within OSPI and within our division. The merger with Learning and Teaching will allow state level leadership to model the best practices of working alongside our general educational partners to impact student learning and professional development initiatives. The position of Executive Director is brand new; and is a cabinet level position. This means that the voice of CTE will be carried by two individuals within the Superintendent’s cabinet leadership structure. Dr. Gil Mendoza continues his work as Associate Superintendent, and while not directly working within the Career and Technical Education division, he continues to be a strong supporter, and we are grateful for his contributions and leadership to our division. George Aszklar will be with our agency through the end of June. George will be supporting transition work, as well as taking on special agency projects as assigned. His work will include both CTE and non-CTE assignments. We appreciate the impact that George has made and would share that he is looking forward to new opportunities to make an impact directly within the programs and for the students at the local district level.
The past two weeks have flown by, and I am currently back in Washington D.C. at the Advance CTE meeting. I am looking forward to working with valued stakeholders including the leadership and membership of WA-ACTE to strengthen CTE in our state. It is important to me to develop a strong understanding of the needs in our system, with respect to each critical lens. When we build a plan, reflective of the Superintendent’s vision, it will be an exciting opportunity for dialogue and work. We will be exploring the most efficient means to garner feedback. At this time, please feel free to directly communicate concerns or questions, but I would also encourage members to utilize your professional development organization leadership and WA-ACTE representatives as a mechanism to share communication.
Additionally, below you will find links for two employment opportunities within our agency, and specifically the Career and Technical Education division. It is imperative for the continued growth and support of career and technical education, and the education initiatives that are important to our field, we fill the positions with strong candidates. If you believe in working to advance CTE and support local programs from the state perspective, please consider applying. If you have any questions about the agency, specifics to the positions, or any other wonderings, please feel free to contact me. We are excited to welcome new members into our team of passionate CTE professionals. Please feel free to share these opportunities with potential interested individuals.
If you have any questions or feedback please feel free to call, text or email me. I sincerely appreciate the messages of encouragement, support, and questioning that I’ve received thus far. I look forward to working with you all to advance CTE in Washington and support local programs to best serve the needs of all students.
Executive Director of Career and Technical Education
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
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