CTE Community Conversations
Career and technical education has the potential to engage students through relevant learning experiences and, when infused with rigorous academic standards, to thoroughly prepare students for college and career success. Yet, in many areas of the nation and for a variety of reasons, career and technical education yet to achieve its full potential for students. Whether the right partnerships have yet to be formed, updated instructional approaches have yet to be implemented, or data systems have yet to be aligned, many students do not have access to the most effective career and technical education programs. Read Secretary Arne Duncan’s recent remarks on the need to revitalize and bring to scale effective career and technical education programs.
For this reason, the Department has established a career and technical education strategy group that is seeking solutions to ensure that all students are ready for, have access to, and complete college-career pathways leading to 21st Century jobs. The Department also is gearing up for the reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education (Perkins) Act, which is the primary source of federal funding for career and technical education. Although the legislation does not expire until 2013, a set of guiding principles will be formulated to ensure that this legislation most effectively supports strong college-career pathways in the future.
To develop its reform strategies and reauthorization principles, the Office of Vocational and Adult Education is holding a series of Career and Technical Education (CTE) Community Conversations across the country. These sessions are designed to gather feedback on four broad questions:
- How can states and local programs better prepare students for college (without the need for remediation) and careers?
- What has been your experience in implementing programs of study [career pathways] and what actions need to be taken to further support their availability and effectiveness for students?
- What partnerships have you formed to implement your programs of study and what supports should be provided to continue and expand those relationships?
- How do you measure your student’s success, particularly as it relates to college and career readiness, and what information (data) do you need to better track and improve program outcomes?
Comments are now available from the CTE Community Conversation kick-off session at the National Association for State Directors for Career and Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) Fall 2010 Meeting in Baltimore, MD.
Comments are also available from the following sessions:
- ACTE, NOCTI Pre-Session, Las Vegas, NV, Dec.1, 2:45 pm
- ACTE, Las Vegas, NV, Dec. 2, 2:00 pm
- ACTE, Las Vegas, NV, Dec. 2, 4:15 pm
- TCTW, Charleston, SC, Jan. 25, 4:30 pm
- AACC , Newport Beach, CA, Jan. 27, 10:00 am
- NAWB , Washington, DC, Feb. 7, 11:25 am
- Jefferson City, MO, Feb. 22, 1:00 pm
- St. Louis, MO, Feb. 23, 8:30 am
- St. Louis, MO, Feb. 23, 10:00 am
- St. Louis, MO, Feb. 23, 1:00 pm
- St. Louis, MO, Feb. 23, 4:00 pm
- Detroit, MI, Mar. 10, 9:00 am
- Detroit, MI, Mar. 10, 2:30 pm
- Detroit, MI, Mar. 11, 9:30 am
- Hershey, PA, Mar. 3, 2:45 pm
- Las Cruces, NM, Mar. 15, 9:15 am
- Las Cruces, NM, Mar. 15, 1:00 pm
- Anthony, NM, Mar. 16, 9:20 am
- NAPE, DC, Apr. 13, 8:00 am
- National Organizations, DC, Apr. 1, 8:30 am
- Vulnerable Student Organizations, DC, Oct. 6, 1:00 pm
- Perrysburg, OH, Sept. 6, 12:00 pm
- Perrysburg, OH, Sept. 6, 12:40 pm
- Parma Heights, OH
- Parma Heights, OH
- Parma Heights, OH, Sept. 7, 12:45 pm
- Milwaukee, WI, Sept. 8, 9:45 am
- National FFA Convention, Indianapolis, IN, Oct. 20, 3:30 pm
- National FFA Convention, Indianapolis, IN, Oct. 21, 8:00 am
- National FFA Convention, Indianapolis, IN, Oct. 21, 12:00 pm
Please share your comments about career and technical education on this blog (below) or via e-mail to CTEconversations@ed.gov.