ASSOCIATION FOR CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION®
By: Marla Sterling, ACTE Fellow
National Policy Seminar (NPS) began with informative and exciting speakers. Teacher of the Year Robin McLean kicked off the opening general session sharing her thoughts on career and technical education (CTE). NPS attendees were encouraged to use social media during the conference and to continue throughout the year. McLean made attendees think about how they were introduced to CTE and asked if we had shared our Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) success story. Were we preparing our students to tell their CTSO success stories? She sparked our thoughts on ACTE membership incentives, what they are and the need to share those with new members. McLean ended her speech encouraging attendees to share with colleagues how we help students apply academic, career and life skills.
Dr. Anthony P. Carnevale was the keynote speaker and discussed the need for CTE. He reminded attendees that the baby boomer retirement will create many jobs in the next few years, up to approximately 32 million jobs. Of those jobs, many of them will require some form of postsecondary education or training. This means that the majority of new jobs over the next few years will require some form of degree or certificate beyond high school. Dr. Carnevale also discussed the fact that non-repetitive tasks require more skills than repetitive tasks. Jobs with non-repetitive tasks call for skilled workers, not just machines; education and training is important for these jobs. Attendees were also informed that "what you make depends on what you take." Today's economy requires education or learning after high school.
Both speakers gave attendees the information and resources needed to advocate for their programs, to go back to their schools and communities and encourage administrators or school boards to make CTE courses--and not just one course, but a 3-course CTE pathway--a graduation requirement.
Marla Sterling is a 2013 ACTE Fellow for Region V as well as a Family and Consumer Sciences educator and FCCLA adviser at Cherryvale High School in Cherryvale, Kansas.
Posted by Catherine Imperatore on 03/12/2013 at 02:29 PM in NPS | Permalink
By: Robin McLean, ACTE Teacher of the Year
As I finish sending my last email to thank Senate and House staff who met with the New Jersey delegation during National Policy Seminar (NPS), I can finally sit down to share about the experience. Last week, I attended my first ever National Policy Seminar. I went with no expectations other than I might be tweeting a lot, so I packed a back-up battery for my phone. The presenters did not disappoint. Jim Stone with the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education provided a strong start with “Making the Case for CTE.” There was live tweeting from the session and the key takeaway points from the session entered my discussions as I made visits on Capitol Hill. I was equally inspired by Ashley Parker’s presentation, “Delivering the Message that ‘CTE Works’ to Media and the Public.” Although I am fairly active on social media, the tools for building relationships with news outlets will prove to be beneficial.
The real reason we were in Washington, DC was to visit with our legislators and help share the message that career and technical education works. As we visited our Congressmen and their staff, we made sure to issue an invitation to join the CTE Caucus. Our trio of New Jersey CTE teachers shared examples of what our programs were doing and how CTE helps prepare students with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills, as well as to be career ready. Of course, I was taking photos and uploading them to Twitter to help build the story of #climbingthehill on Twubs. Additionally, following our time in DC, I tweeted a thank you to any legislators who had a Twitter handle.
Besides working on building relationships with legislators, I was able to further develop the relationships with some of the people I “follow” on Twitter and actually put real names and faces together. One of these meetings inspired the creation of a #CTEChat that will happen at 8pm EST on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month. Our first chat will be this Wednesday, March 13 and will be a debrief of NPS. Hopefully you can join the conversation.
Additionally, I was at NPS was to share my story as ACTE Teacher of the Year. Through the theme of “Tell Your Story,” I posed questions to hopefully get people thinking about how they can tell their own and their students’ stories of why career and technical education works. I hope I can live up to my own challenge issued towards the end: “How will you be a consistent advocate for career and technical education?” I know that electronic media from Twitter to email to the resources provided by ACTE can help me live up to that challenge.
Robin McLean is the current ACTE Teacher of the Year and an agriscience teacher and FFA adviser at Northern Burlington County Regional School District in Columbus, New Jersey. You can follow Robin on Twitter at https://twitter.com/rcmclean.
Posted by Catherine Imperatore on 03/12/2013 at 02:01 PM in NPS | Permalink
Today, the attendees of the 2013 National Policy Seminar climbed the Hill to meet with legislators and advocate for CTE!
One of the day's highlights was a panel session at the Capital Visitors Center with key education policy staff from both sides of the aisle, who shared their perspectives on what to expect from the new Congress, followed by the presentation of the Policymaker of the Year award to Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA) and Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI), co-chairs of the Congressional CTE Caucus.
Following that, many NPS attendees met with state and district policymakers to tell the stories and share the data that illustrate CTE's effectiveness at engaging and educating students and meeting workforce needs. We know you made an impression with legislators such as Missouri Senator Roy Blunt:
Posted by Catherine Imperatore on 03/05/2013 at 02:55 PM in NPS | Permalink
Today saw a terrific start to the 2013 National Policy Seminar, with such highlights as Dr. Anthony Carnevale, a recognized expert on education and workforce issues; a panel with organizations that are recognizing and incorporating CTE, including The College Board, Opportunity Nation and the Brookings Institute; and breakout sessions on the Common Core State Standards and Common Career Technical Core, teacher evaluation and effectiveness, media advocacy and new Members of Congress.
We are also using an audience polling system to get your feedback on hot topics in CTE. Below is what NPS attendees had to say about business-education partnerships, a hot topic in CTE!
Later in the week, you'll be hearing from 2013 NPS attendees themselves about their experiences.
Posted by Catherine Imperatore on 03/04/2013 at 02:56 PM in NPS | Permalink
The legislative season in Washington is in full swing, and there has never been a better time to advocate for career and technical education. ACTE needs YOU to attend this year’s National Policy Seminar to ensure the CTE voice is heard!
Last week, the House of Representatives’ Committee on Education and the Workforce announced its latest attempt to reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act of 1998. The committee is expected to hold a markup of the reauthorized bill, the SKILLS Act, during the week of NPS, March 4 – 6. Your voice on Capitol Hill during this important time will be a boon for CTE, youth, and community colleges in the future of the workforce system.
The timing of this year’s NPS is also opportune related to critical discussions about the federal budget. The President and Congress will be debuting their budgets shortly after NPS attendees visit Capitol Hill offices, so you will be able to make your views known concerning potential cuts that directly impact CTE funding for your classroom.
Worried that you don’t know enough about policy or advocacy?
Leave those worries at home because ACTE will make sure you are prepared for anything you might encounter on Capitol Hill. At NPS, you will participate in policy sessions to learn about the SKILLS Act, the federal budget and other CTE related legislation being considered in Congress. If you are new to advocacy or NPS, you will have access to our first-timers session where you will learn about the legislative process and how to advocate to your senators and representative.
Members of Congress need to hear from YOU, the career and technical education EXPERT. ACTE’s National Policy Seminar will ensure your voice and your students are heard! Register for NPS on ACTE’s new website, and climb the Hill with us for CTE and your students!
Download an updated draft of our National Policy Seminar with speakers and sessions.
Posted by Brendan Desetti on 02/25/2013 at 05:04 PM in NPS, WIOA | Permalink
We need you to Climb the Hill with us during next month’s National Policy Seminar (NPS) to tell legislators in Washington, D.C. that career and technical education (CTE) needs their support!
The knowledge you communicate about your local CTE programs and students will be the most important information that Members of Congress and staff receive. ACTE will provide the latest updates on what is happening in Washington, the background and information on CTE positions and the support needed to ensure your visits to Capitol Hill are a success!
Participate in our First-timers Pre-session, intended for attendees who have never met with a Member of Congress or their staff. Join the New Members of Congress Breakout if you have a newly elected Member of Congress or go to the Media Advocacy Breakout to determine the best strategies for promoting your message, program and institution.
Later in the conference, ACTE staff will provide an hour-long Issues Briefing focused on the topics that Congress and the Obama Administration are discussing right now, and the schedule also includes a State Roundtable planning session for you to discuss and plan any joint meetings with your state colleagues.
Learn from someone who has been to the Hill before or use the ACTE Legislative Handbook, the resource provided to all conference attendees, intended to aide in CTE advocacy while you are at the conference and when you return home!
You will receive all the support you need. NPS provides the best professional development opportunity regarding CTE policy, advocacy and networking with your colleagues and CTE leaders from around the nation. Don’t delay, register today!
NPS Confirmed Panelists and Speakers include:
Sarah Bolton, Senior Budget and Policy Advisor, Senate Budget Committee – Majority
Dr. Anthony Carnevale, Director and Research Professor of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce
The Honorable Brenda Dann-Messier, Assistant Secretary, Office of Vocational and Adult Education
Mark Edwards, Executive Director, Opportunity Nation
Jamie Fasteau, Deputy Director of Education Policy, House Committee on Education and the Workforce – Minority
Tina Grant, Director, National College Credit Recommendations Service
Kim Green, Executive Director, National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium
Kristin Hamilton; Director, Standards; National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
Steve Klein, Principal Investigator, NCICTE
Laura Knapp, Center Director, NCICTE
Rosemary Lahasky, Professional Staff Member, House Committee on Education and the Workforce – Majority
Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI), Co-Chair, Congressional CTE Caucus
Robin McLean, ACTE Teacher of the Year
Margaret Reed Millar; Senior Program Associate, Standards, Assessment and Accountability; Council of Chief State School Officers
Patrick Murray, Education Policy Advisor, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee – Minority
Liz Ross, Project Director, National Association of State Boards of Education
Martha Ross, Fellow, Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program
Tom Rudin;, Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Government Relations & Development; The College Board
Thomas Showalter, Education Policy Advisor, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee – Majority
James Stone, Professor and Director, National Research Center of Career & Technical Education, University of Louisville
Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA), Co-Chair, Congressional CTE Caucus
Erica Williams, Senior Policy Analyst, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
For more information or to check the latest updated agenda, please visit ACTE's National Policy Seminar Web site.
Posted by Steve DeWitt on 02/18/2013 at 03:10 PM in NPS | Permalink
In addition to the focus on Congress and the Obama Administration, ACTE's upcoming National Policy Seminar (NPS) will includes sessions on broader policy topics affecting the CTE community. Our session “CTE in Focus: A Place at the Table” will spotlight a few of the growing number of national organizations which now recognize the value and potential of CTE.
This session will feature Opportunity Nation, which has launched a national campaign and a shared plan to expand economic opportunity and close the opportunity gap in the United States. Career and technical education is a key part of the shared plan, and Opportunity Nation has received significant attention and support from non-profits, businesses, education institutions and others.
Also featured will be the work of The College Board. You are undoubtedly familiar with the College Board’s work on SAT® and AP®, but did you know the organization recently announced a substantial commitment to delivering high quality career technical education? Earlier this year, ACTE participated on two panels hosting by The College Board focused on rigorous CTE.
ACTE has also worked with the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program as the organization researched ingredients of effective, demand-driven workforce development and career and technical education (CTE) strategies. This work is helping states and the federal government to support effective and promising bottom-up, industry-driven skills strategies.
Hear from three experts in these organizations who have been leading these efforts. Learn what they are doing and how the work has potential to impact your programs and students!
Tom Rudin, Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Government Relations & Development, The College Board
Don’t miss this session and the other dynamic sessions and activities planned for this year’s NPS. Register now to Climb the Hill with us! For more information or to check the updated agenda, please visit ACTE's National Policy Seminar website.
Posted by Catherine Imperatore on 02/12/2013 at 02:57 PM in NPS | Permalink
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