Current Updates and Information for RPOS & Career & Technical Education (CTE)

Two overarching goals focus the RPOS project: A) Implementing the 10 frameworks of the Rigorous Programs of Study (RPOS) in Manufacturing Production pathway as well as other CTE pathways statewide and, B) Improving Educational Alignment between Secondary and Postsecondary Partners.

By Martin Kollman on 4/7/2014 10:27 AM
Of course, since we all live in the real world, it's unlikely that we will be successful in getting all our students participating  -- particularly in a cognitive way -- all the time.  However, there are a number of actions we can take to increase the odds of as many as our students being active learners and co-creators of what is happening in the classroom (what our school's principal ,Ted Appel, and vice-principal, Jim Peterson, call "whole-class engagement.").  These techniques can include use of individual whiteboards for students to use for writing and sharing responses; not having students raise hands and, instead, having teachers call on students (especially if they are given thinking and partner-sharing time for preliminary processing); and asking students reflective questions at the end of class for use as exit slips. READ MORE . . . . . 
By Martin Kollman on 1/6/2014 2:29 PM
The Amazon Kindle has become a new tool for education, by helping to reduce the number of books students need to carry every day. But management on an enterprise level was cumbersome until Amazon launched Whispercast to schools and businesses in October 2012.
 
The free service's central feature is a web-based interface that allows authorized staff — technology coordinators, ­media and curriculum specialists, and teachers, for example — to buy books using purchase orders or other forms of payment and then wirelessly deploy those books on any number of ­devices. Devices can be grouped, making it easy to send books by class section or grade level in just minutes.  READ MORE . . . . .
By Martin Kollman on 1/6/2014 1:34 PM
The program, which will be partially implemented in the fall, will shift focus in the district’s middle and high schools to project-based learning and allow students to enroll in one of four academies based on their interests. The district’s goal is to engage more students, increase graduation rates, close achievement gaps throughout the district and better prepare students for a transition to college, the workforce, or other training programs. READ MORE . . . .
By Martin Kollman on 12/30/2013 3:07 PM
In USD 247 Northeast’s first semester of providing every high-school student a Chromebook, educational traditions have gone out the window.
 
Lecture-based instruction has turned into dialogue, classrooms have been rearranged, students and teachers have held those roles interchangeably and the school district has become a leader in and teacher of educational technology while still learning.
 
Northeast High School principal Jason Clemenson said this is all part of preparing students for the world in which they will live and work.  Read more . . . .
By Martin Kollman on 11/14/2013 11:07 AM
"Every student has different desires and interests and now with house bill five teachers can tailor using plans based on each child and meet the job requirements in that region," said Trent Ashby, State Representative District 57.  The bill will reduce the number of end of course exams shifting student focus from testing to career readiness.

Community leaders discussed what skill sets businesses are looking for and what learning experience different businesses can offer students for life after high school.  "Curriculum must be designed around what their needs are so we are able to provide a quality work force," said Whiteker.  Read More.....

By Martin Kollman on 11/7/2013 11:36 AM
Kenwood Middle School seventh-graders visited Northwest High School Wednesday to observe classes in hopes of finding inspiration for a future career. “We researched and found that career exploration at an earlier stage in academics promotes more student interest and engagement,” KMS Principal Evelyn Martinez said. Students visited NWHS and Kenwood High School to observe academic courses aligned with their future careers. Students will use their observation notes as part of research evidence. The culminating activity is an explanatory essay, using various informational text sources about their career of choice. Read More . . . . .

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By Martin Kollman on 11/7/2013 11:01 AM

Instead of lecturing to students sitting passively at their desks, the teacher first gives a 15-minute mini-lesson to students, who are often gathered close by, sitting on a rug on the floor. Then students go out to work with partners, discuss the lesson with each other or confer with a teacher. Students then work independently. Finally the class comes back together to share what they've learned.

“Rather than feeding students knowledge, she's asking students to think,” Arnold said after showing a teacher's workshop-style science lesson. “The kids are totally engaged…. It's so exciting.”

Click Here to Read More: http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/news/education/article_c2a3e9c2-4694-11e3-b287-001a4bcf887a.html  
By Martin Kollman on 10/24/2013 12:45 PM
Wichita Area Technical College (WATC) hosted Wichita’s inaugural participation in National Manufacturing Day on October 4, 2013. The event brought more than 200 students and educators from Wichita Public Schools for a day of hands-on participation and exploration at WATC’s main campus, the National Center for Aviation Training (NCAT).  Manufacturing Day seeks to addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers and educators an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t. By working together during and after Manufacturing Day, manufacturers will begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry. - See more at: http://watc.edu/blog/2013/09/30/watc-to-host-first-manufacturing-day-in-kansas-bringing-200-attendees/ 
By Martin Kollman on 8/14/2013 12:54 PM
A calculator yields answers but not necessarily understanding. Using one takes little or no proficiency in math, which may discourage students from acquiring that skill. So in a world where calculators are ubiquitous, how do you encourage mathematical understanding?  READ MORE . . . .
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