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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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Upcoming school year shaping up to be a busy one with educator effectiveness, new science standards and more

Terry Holliday

Terry Holliday

The 2014-15 school year is upon us, and it’s going to be an exciting and busy school year for Kentucky public school students, educators and parents.

Many new and continuing initiatives will require the time and attention of the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), school districts, schools and educators. All of these efforts support our ultimate goal in Kentucky: college and career readiness for ALL students.

Here is a quick look at some of the major initiatives and undertakings this coming school year.

Professional Growth and Effectiveness System

We have elevated the expectations of our students with the Kentucky Core Academic Standards and corresponding assessments, and we have high expectations of our teachers, principals and superintendents as well. The Professional Growth and Effectiveness System (PGES) is designed to provide all Kentucky educators with fair and meaningful feedback grounded in evidence and based on a set of consistent professional standards. The feedback is intended to empower the individual educator to improve his or her practice through personalized professional growth planning and professional learning opportunities. The goal is that every child will be taught by an effective teacher, every school led by an effective principal and every district led by an effective superintendent.

The teacher, leader and superintendent growth and effectiveness blueprint has taken Kentucky educators more than four years of careful planning, negotiation, testing and tweaking. Full implementation of the Read the full story

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Pulaski County ATC adds Natural Gas Pipeline Technician Program to its offerings

David Hargis, left, Somerset Fuel Center Manager, explains natural gas fueling processes to Maci New, the first student to sign up for Pulaski County Area Technology Center's natural gas pipeline technician program. Photo by Tim Thornberry, May 23, 2013

David Hargis, left, Somerset Fuel Center Manager, explains natural gas fueling processes to Maci New, the first student to sign up for Pulaski County Area Technology Center’s natural gas pipeline technician program.
Photo by Tim Thornberry, May 23, 2013

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

Beth Hargis knows how important partnerships are to the success of Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. It is the foundation on which the programs are built, she said.

As principal of the Pulaski County Area Technology Center (ATC), Hargis has enjoyed partnerships between local business and industry, local government and the local community college.

Those relationships have gotten the ATC’s newest project off the ground. A Natural Gas Pipeline Technician Program began this year at the school, signaling the development of a program to fill not only a local need but a growing demand for technicians across the country.

“I believe this program will provide a meaningful and lasting occupation for those students who become involved,” she said.

Hargis added that with the introduction of this program at the ATC comes the recognition of it being the first of its kind in the state’s secondary education sector, and the most comprehensive program at the high school level in the country.

“We have researched this for months to make sure we have all the proper components in place to ensure success and have not found anything like it anywhere, from a secondary education standpoint,” said Hargis.

The program began as an initiative from Somerset Mayor Eddie Girdler, who was frustrated trying to hire qualified gas pipeline technicians, explained Hargis.

Somerset owns a natural gas pipeline that spans seven counties, and the city recently opened a natural gas fueling center and is moving toward a natural gas fleet of city vehicles. Read the full story

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Creating a world-class system of technical centers

Terry Holliday

Terry Holliday

What do you envision when someone says career and technical education?  Unfortunately too many people harken back to days gone by of a “shop” with kids who couldn’t cut it in regular academic classes and were destined for low-paying jobs.  While that may or may not have been an accurate account in the past, today it could not be further from the truth.

Not only does career and technical education (CTE) demand a strong foundation in academics, but often leads to higher paying jobs that are in greater demand than those held by college graduates with a bachelor’s degree. And CTE isn’t just for one group of students. In 2012-13, almost 70 percent of Kentucky high school students participated in career and technical education.

The goal of Kentucky K-12 public education is to prepare students for life after high school which means readying students for college and/or career.  To achieve that goal, there must be viable alternative pathways.

In 2010, Gov. Steve Beshear created the Transforming Education in Kentucky Task Force. This group worked to develop Read the full story

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Board of Education approves educator effectiveness system

Floyd County Superintendent Henry Webb, Kenton County Superintendent Terri Cox-Cruey and Chief of Staff Tommy Floyd update the Kentucky Board of Education on the Superintendent Professional Growth and Effectiveness System. Photo by Amy Wallot, April 9, 2014

Floyd County Superintendent Henry Webb, Kenton County Superintendent Terri Cox-Cruey and Chief of Staff Tommy Floyd update the Kentucky Board of Education on the Superintendent Professional Growth and Effectiveness System.
Photo by Amy Wallot, April 9, 2014

At its meeting yesterday the Kentucky Board of Education unanimously approved a new statewide evaluation system for teachers and principals and received an update on a new evaluation system for superintendents.

The goal of the Professional Growth and Effectiveness System model is that every student is taught by an effective teacher; every school is led by an effective principal; and every district is run by an effective superintendent. Currently, multiple systems are being used across the state with no consistency or meaningful difference in performance levels or support.

Over the past four years, two steering committees and Kentucky Department of Education staff have developed a model for teachers and one for principals that focuses on professional growth and continuous improvement. It includes elements of both formative and summative evaluation. Feedback from participants in a field test, statewide pilot and other stakeholders have helped shape the system.

“It’s scary, it’s change, but I have seen the benefit of it,” Stephanie Harris, principal at Mapleton Elementary (Montgomery Read the full story

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Franklin County CTC looking to lead state in secondary Career and Technical Education

Franklin County Career and Technology Center instructor Kathy Meador and senior Hailey Boden examine internal organs on a model during class. Photo by Tim Thornberry, March 21, 2014

Franklin County Career and Technology Center instructor Kathy Meador and senior Hailey Boden examine internal organs on a model during class.
Photo by Tim Thornberry, March 21, 2014

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

Franklin County Public Schools Superintendent Chrissy Jones has one main goal for the district’s Career and Technical Center (CTC): to be the best in the state.

And with a new facility, an innovative blend of programs and an experienced staff, she feels that goal is very obtainable.

Students began this school year in a new facility complete with updated state-of-the-art labs and classrooms, including those for Information Technology and Health Science programs and welding, carpentry and automotive technology. The facility also includes and a whole STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) wing for the pre-engineering program.

Jones said the new building was needed as almost 40 percent of all district high school students attend the CTC.

“We were operating in a facility that was built in the 60s and, in trying to improve and expand the programs, we basically outgrew that building,” she said. “We needed a building that would service the needs of the 21st century.

Jones said the local board of education agreed with the need to update the old building and the new structure was literally built around it. Read the full story

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Strong leadership will let Kentucky soar, not stagnate

Terry Holliday

Terry Holliday

Governor Steve Beshear recently convened a group of business leaders, legislators, educators, and policy makers from across the southern region to study career and technical education. This group was convened under the support of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) for which Gov. Beshear is the chair in 2014. The group will complete its work with a report in late summer. I was excited to be a part of the group since KDE was also conducting a career and technical education study with the support of the Southern Regional Education Board.

During a recent meeting, all of the southern region states made presentations about different aspects of career and technical education. We had presentations from national and international leaders.  And we received numerous research reports that will inform our final recommendations. One of the reports comes from Anthony Carnevale, one of the most respected researchers in the field of education and workforce, at the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. The report is titled “A Decade Behind: Breaking Out of the Low-Skill Trap in the Southern Economy.” I want to share a Read the full story

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Elevating and integrating career and tech ed

Terry Holliday

Terry Holliday

In a few weeks, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) will release findings from a study of our career and technical education programs. KDE requested the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) study pursuant to recent legislation that merged the former Office of Career and Technical Education within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet with our local Carl Perkins programs in the Department of Education. It was important for the department to have an independent outside voice make key findings and recommendations on how to elevate and integrate career and technical education in the Commonwealth. Once we report the findings, we will ask the House and Senate Education chairs to provide time either during session or during the interim period to review the findings and recommendation from the report.

Why do we want to elevate and integrate career and technical education in Kentucky? The simple answer is that we need to do a better job preparing and advising students for the career options that are available in Kentucky and the United States. While some of these jobs will require 4-year degrees, the vast majority of jobs that pay a living wage require 1-year technical or 2-year associate degrees.

A few years ago, I read a book titled “The Coming Jobs War” by Jim Clifton. Mr. Clifton provides projections that globally, more than 3 billion people are looking for jobs that pay a living wage; there are currently only 1.2 billion such jobs. That leaves a gap of 1.8 billion jobs. Read the full story

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