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 6/25/2013 10:41 AM
A recent report shows that although project-based learning is a growing trend in education, only about 1% of schools nationwide use the practice on a regular, committed basis. Educators say training and collaboration are key to rolling out the initiative, but it's also important to believe in students to find answers in their own ways. "If that trust is not present, then the teachers will be tempted to give students answers, resort to teaching lectures that are textbook dependent," said Sue Ramlo, a physics and education professor at the University of Akron in Ohio.  READ MORE . . .
By Martin Kollman on 6/25/2013 10:40 AM
A review of student engagement should focus on emotion and cognition, as well as student behavior, according to the coauthors of a new research paper. Researchers Jacquelynne S. Eccles, of the University of Michigan, and Ming-Te Wang, of the University of Pittsburgh, found that students were more emotionally and cognitively engaged if they believed lessons were meaningful in their lives. "Enhancing student engagement has been identified as the key to addressing problems of low achievement, high levels of student misbehavior, alienation, and high dropout rates," Wang said. READ MORE . . .
By Martin Kollman on 6/6/2013 1:58 PM
RPOS teachers flying their quad-copter dronesThe RPOS schools and colleges are all about pushing the limits of traditional Manufacturing education in the classroom and in the lab, but when business, post-secondary and high school teachers team up, you never know what will happen.  June 3rd – 5th, a number of RPOS manufacturing teachers traveled to Butler Community College, in Andover, KS, to attend their summer Manufacturing Workshop, led by Buford Pringle, to learn about “Drones” and possible project/lesson opportunities in their own classroom.

With the market growth in drone technologies and the past history of aerospace industry in the Wichita, KS area, this is a high demand occupation for high school students and college graduates, but the technical training and skills are not currently available at those levels.  To help prepare students for the workforce, business and industry are teaming up with regional colleges to identify areas and sectors that students need to be prepared in and providing input on core curriculum.  Through this collaboration, Butler Community College has begun work on a variety of drone projects and lessons that can be implemented into their manufacturing and engineering classes, as well as some that can be implemented at the high school level.

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