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CTE is the ‘new cool’ in Adair County

Tyler Moore is the first Adair County student to participate in a new pre-apprenticeship program with area business Dr. Schneider Automotive Systems. Moore is working at the facility as part of his CTE program, gaining valuable apprenticeship hours in the industrial maintenance field.   Photo by Tim Thornberry, March 11, 2015

Tyler Moore is the first Adair County student to participate in a new pre-apprenticeship program with area business Dr. Schneider Automotive Systems. Moore is working at the facility as part of his CTE program, gaining valuable apprenticeship hours in the industrial maintenance field.
Photo by Tim Thornberry, March 11, 2015

By Tim Thornberry
tim.thornberry@education.ky.gov

Alan Reed, superintendent of Adair County Public Schools is excited about where his district is going educationally and he gives a lot of credit to the high school’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) wing.

Reed tells visitors to the district’s website that students will have more choices and opportunities than ever before with the opening of a new satellite technology campus of Lake Cumberland Area Technology Center (LCATC) and 39 career paths leading to industry certifications in health care occupations and welding/metal fabrication.

The 2014-15 school year marked the first for the satellite program and has brought about a heightened awareness of how valuable CTE programs can be to students and the community. Read the full story

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Q&A with Dr. Jack McElroy, a longtime CTE educator

Jack McElroy  has been training Career and Technical Education (CTE) teacher in Kentucky since 1969. Photo by Tim Thornberry, Feb. 12, 2015

Jack McElroy has been training Career and Technical Education (CTE) teacher in Kentucky since 1969. Photo by Tim Thornberry, Feb. 12, 2015

Chances are, if you’re a Career and Technical Education (CTE) teacher in Kentucky, you were trained under the guidance of Jack McElroy.

“Dr. Jack” as he is known, began his career of teaching Kentucky teachers in 1969 at the University of Kentucky (UK), but it was his involvement in trade skills as a teenagers in Erie, Pa., that set the stage for a lifelong involvement in CTE.

McElroy’s father was a machinist in an area where manufacturing was prevalent at the time and it was through a conversation he had with him that led McElroy to the local tech high school.

He entered into an apprenticeship after graduation. But it was on the advice of a friend who taught a machine shop class that would send him into the teaching profession.

“I would help him out at the night class he taught and my friend said I was a natural at working with the students and said I should be a teacher,” said McElroy. Read the full story

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Law and order attracts students to program at Scott County school

Sophomore Bailey Campagna gives opening remarks for the prosecution in the trial of Brutus for the murder of Julius Caesar in the Law and Justice Village at Elkhorn Crossing School (Scott County). The trial was an activity after the students had read Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. Photo by Amy Wallot, March 20, 2015

Sophomore Bailey Campagna gives opening remarks for the prosecution in the trial of Brutus for the murder of Julius Caesar in the Law and Justice Village at Elkhorn Crossing School (Scott County). The trial was an activity after the students had read Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.
Photo by Amy Wallot, March 20, 2015

By Mike Marsee
michael.marsee@education.ky.gov

Michael Tackett’s courtroom and his classroom are now one and the same.

Tackett, a practicing attorney who turned to teaching, has a classroom that contains a working courtroom more advanced than many of those in Kentucky’s courthouses.

It’s the centerpiece of a three-classroom unit in the Law and Justice Village at Scott County’s Elkhorn Crossing School, which is designed to introduce students to career opportunities involving various aspects of government and the legal system. Read the full story

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State becoming a leader in CTE academic integration

Laura Arnold talks with David Horseman, an administrative field consultant, about the Technology Centers That Work initiative. Photo by Tim Thornberry, March 26, 2015

Laura Arnold talks with David Horseman, an administrative field consultant, about the Technology Centers That Work initiative.
Photo by Tim Thornberry, March 26, 2015

By Tim Thornberry
Tim.thornberry@education.ky.gov

For decades there has been a misconception that Career and Technical Education (CTE) and mainstream academics were separate educational entities leading students in separate directions.

But, as the need for more students with real-world work skills has grown, so has the realization that an academic core has existed in CTE programs. The problem has been a matter of speaking two different education languages, one from CTE teachers and the other from their academic counterparts.

A recent report by the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) regarding CTE in Kentucky found that CTE teachers across the state felt they needed professional learning opportunities and a focus on the academics to bridge this gap. Read the full story

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Breckinridge County ATC joins NASA Hunch project

Breckinridge County ATC Computerized Manufacturing and Machining teacher Dean Monarch discussed some of the roles students will be involved in as part of the school’s partnership with the NASA HUNCH program.

Breckinridge County ATC Computerized Manufacturing and Machining teacher Dean Monarch discussed some of the roles students will be involved in as part of the school’s partnership with the NASA HUNCH program.
Photo by Tim Thornberry, Sept. 18, 2014

By Tim Thornberry
tim.thornberry@education.ky.gov

When Dean Monarch’s students got the opportunity to work on a project with NASA, he wanted to make sure they didn’t take the easy way out.

Machine tool technology students at the Breckinridge County Area Technology Center are helping to create training hardware as part of High School Students United with NASA to Create Hardware (HUNCH).

Monarch, their instructor, said he wanted to make sure his students were challenged.

“I try and push the students every day to learn as much as they can,” Monarch said. “I told the students when we started I picked the hardest project NASA had because I knew they could handle it. They fussed at me when they saw some of the other things we could be building. But if we can do something to showcase our talents, we’re going to do it to the fullest extent we can.”

They are building hardware that will be integrated into NASA’s mockups of the International Space Station (ISS) and used by crews every day in their hands-on environment to train those people who support the ISS. Read the full story

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New policy seeks to boost dual credit program

Class monitor Kelli Cash helps senior Laney Coplen with her computer science dual credit class, offered through Murray State University, at Mayfield/Graves County ATC. Coplen expects to graduate high school with 12 college credits due to being able to take dual credit classes. Photo by Amy Wallot, Dec. 10, 2014

Class monitor Kelli Cash helps senior Laney Coplen with her computer science dual credit class, offered through Murray State University, at Mayfield/Graves County ATC. Coplen expects to graduate high school with 12 college credits because of dual credit classes.
Photo by Amy Wallot, Dec. 10, 2014

By Brenna R. Kelly
Brenna.kelly@education.ky.gov

They may look like high school students, but many of the students at Mayfield-Graves Area Technology Center are already in college. They have college transcripts, ID cards and credit hours.

The students are enrolled in dual credit courses, classes for which they will earn both high school and college credit through West Kentucky Community and Technical College in Paducah.

“What we stress to them is, when we enroll you in this, even though you are taking the class here, you are now a college student,” said Mike Miller, principal of Mayfield-Graves ATC. “We do have good success with the students who sign up; very seldom do we have a kid who does not perform well.”

The school, which serves students from Mayfield, Graves County and Carlisle County high schools, offers dual credit in five subjects. Students pay $50 a semester for up to two of the college-credit classes.

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Education and the State of the Commonwealth

Terry Holliday

Terry Holliday

It was my honor to attend the State of the Commonwealth speech last week when Gov. Steve Beshear made his eighth and final such address. A written copy of the full speech is available online, as is a video and audio recording courtesy of KET.

It was very exciting to have the governor list the amazing accomplishments in Kentucky that have taken place over the last seven years. He emphasized health care, workforce development and business climate accomplishments in the speech. And when citing progress, he often mentioned education, which has been realized with the vision and hard work of many – from the Capitol to the classroom. Some of the education highlights can be found below.

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Deadline extended for CTE Excellence in Action award

The National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) has extended the deadline to apply for its Excellence in Action award, through which superior career technical education programs of study from around the nation are recognized and honored. Selected programs of study will exemplify excellence in the implementation of career cluster-based programs of study and have a meaningful impact on student achievement and success.

Winning programs will be featured in NASDCTEc communications, marketing and advocacy materials and used during congressional visits and with members of the media and other CTE stakeholders to support a more positive image of CTE.

The application deadline is Dec. 18. Find the award application here, or get more information about the application process here.

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Red Zone success helps high school bounce back

Mandy Lawson talks with the language arts PLC members Willie Stepp, Tamelia Webb, Natalie Wheeler and Kathryn McClain at Sheldon Clark High School (Martin County). Extra time in the school day allows for PLC meetings during the day. Photo by Amy Wallot Nov. 20, 2014

Mandy Lawson talks with language arts PLC members Willie Stepp, Tamelia Webb, Natalie Wheeler and Kathryn McClain at Sheldon Clark High School (Martin County). Extra time in the school day allows for PLC meetings during the day.
Photo by Amy Wallot Nov. 20, 2014

By Brenna R. Kelly
Brenna.Kelly@education.ky.gov

A social studies teacher at Sheldon Clark High School (Martin County) might teach 30 minutes of reading. A science teacher might teach 30 minutes of mathematics. And that’s okay with them.

The time is called the Red Zone.

It’s an extra 30-minute period each day in which students are placed in groups to receive intensive instruction targeted to their needs. The goal is to help more students reach proficiency and benchmarks for college/career readiness.

The program uses the Response to Intervention (RtI) framework, which calls for using data to group students, providing intense interventions, then continually monitoring students’ progress.

Most teachers already know which of their students need the most help, but in a typical class they might not have the time to work with them, said Mandy Lawson, who teaches English.

“Now we get this bonus time to take the kids we’ve already targeted,” she said, “and we get to work with them on what they specifically need.”

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Creating a world-class system of career and technical education

Associate Commissioner Dale Winkler and Vice President of the Southern Regional Education Board Gene Bottoms present "From Two Systems to One World-Class System of Technical Centers" to the interim joint committee on education. Photo by Amy Wallot, June 9, 2014

Associate Commissioner Dale Winkler and Vice President of the Southern Regional Education Board Gene Bottoms present “From Two Systems to One World-Class System of Technical Centers” to the interim joint committee on education.
Photo by Amy Wallot, June 9, 2014

By Brenna R. Kelly
Brenna.kelly@education.ky.gov

If Kentucky wants a world-class system of career and technical centers producing students who are ready for college and careers, the state is on the right track but has a lot of work to do, according to a report by the Southern Regional Education Board.

The board studied the state’s current system of state-operated technical centers and centers operated by the school district and made several recommendations on how Kentucky can move career and technical education into the 21st Century.

In 2012, the 53 state-operated centers and 42 locally-operated centers came under the guidance of the newly-created Office of Career and Technical Education within the Kentucky Department of Education. However, there are still differences in funding, teacher professional learning and how the centers operate, the report stated.

The two systems also had separate standards for their curriculum so the departments developed a uniform curriculum framework, said Dale Winkler, associate commissioner for the Office of Career and Technical Education.

“Aligning of the standards was the first thing we did after the office was created, the second was getting this report done, then we’ll look at governance, Read the full story

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