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 7/26/2012 2:17 PM
As iPads are becoming main stream supplies/tools/resources in almost every grade level and have a plethora of applications to enhance and expand almost any class, there are a few key things to think about before buying them for the whole school.  Beyond the price of these electronic education enhancers, a teacher needs training, a plan for use in the classroom, technology support, and time to become proficient at using them with their curriculum.

Check out these two resources on what NOT to do when implementing iPads and steer clear of some of the challenges you might face, but don't have to.

5 Things Not To Do During an iPad Rollout: K-12 teachers and administrators pinpoint five different areas that schools should be aware of when rolling out iPad initiatives. - By Bridget McCrea (07/25/2012) the Journal Top 10 Things NOT to do in a 1:1 iPad Initiative:...
By Martin Kollman on 7/25/2012 9:47 AM
Through the legislation, funding is provided to pay the tuition of Kansas high school students who enroll in a CTE course or program at nearby Kansas community or technical colleges or institutes of technology. In addition, funding is available to school districts to help provide transportation for students who enroll in postsecondary CTE courses while in high school. While Kansas middle and high schools provide excellent opportunities for students to pursue education within a career pathway, these new benefits will assist students in getting a jumpstart on completing their CTE pathway. That will allow them to enter the workforce sooner and begin earning a competitive wage.

Another provision of the legislation provides a cash incentive to Kansas school districts for each high school senior who graduates having achieved an industry-recognized credential in a high-need area. In part, the incentive is to be used to provide eligible students with up to half the cost of a credential assessment.

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By Martin Kollman on 7/24/2012 10:46 AM
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CTE Summer Conference 2012 - Conference Brochure (PDF) July 29-August 1, 2012 Hyatt Regency, Wichita, KS 2012 is the year of transformation and YOU are the transformers! This change and personal leadership keynote is for leaders and their teams who are in working in times of intense technological innovation and among multi-generational teams. 2012 and beyond will prove to be times of innovation and will require high levels of contribution from leaders and their teams. Now it is time to focus on the future and move forward with aligned focus on vision and results.

Keynote Speaker: Cheryl Cran

Cheryl Cran strongly believes that in 2012 and beyond, the future is about collaboration, innovation, and leading change. Cheryl’s presentations on leading change in a fast-paced, technological, and multigenerational workplace...
By Martin Kollman on 7/23/2012 3:06 PM

Regardless of school size, properly developed career cluster pathways enable students to meet both graduation and career ready requirements.  Learn how to integrate academics and CTE to benefit ALL students in this one day workshop.  This workshop is designed for CTE teachers, counselors, administration, and other teachers interested in CTE pathways in the state of Kansas.

All Drive-in Workshops start with check-in at 8:30, workshop at 9:00am and will be completed by 3:00pm.

  • September 18th - Clarion Inn - Garden City, KS
  • October 4th - Wichita Holiday Inn - Wichita, KS
  • Otoberr 9th - Olathe Instructional Resource Center - Olathe, KS
  • October 24th - Webster Conference Center - Salina, KS

For more information, visit  or call (785) 296-3951.

By Martin Kollman on 7/18/2012 1:49 PM
Parent Talk host Kim Burkhalter is joined by Jim Means, USD 259’s executive director of Career and Technical Education, to discuss changes in CTE through the years and the variety of CTE options available now to Wichita Public Schools’ students. View the Video
By Martin Kollman on 7/18/2012 1:14 PM
This isn't the only RPOS program in the United States, as all states and organizations are working to improve student achievment, graduation, and growth of CTE pathways.  Below you will find a link to a recent 4 year study by the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education (NRCCTE) where they looked at adding rigor to a number of high schools and its affects on students.  While they took a slightly different approach to RPOS in their target schools, they did find a positive affect of POS and students graduating and moving on to post-secondary education. For more information . . .

The objective of this study is to evaluate the federal education policy that was mandated in October 2006 in the reauthorization of the Perkins legislation that funds career and technical education nationwide. This new mandate is known as programs of study (POS), and this study proposes to measure its impact on student academic and technical...
By Martin Kollman on 7/13/2012 2:31 PM

a. K-ACTE  July 29th-Aug 1st  Wichita, KS

b. MSC Train the Trainer: Aug 3rd  HCCC @ Hutchinson, KS

c. Math-in-MFG (MATC):  September 14th - 9:00am-3:00pm @ Manhattan, KS

d. KS Council on Workforce Education: Nov 1st & 2nd Butler @ Eldorado, KS

e. KSDE Conference:  Nov 5th – 7th Wichita, KS

f. OSHA 511 (Train the Trainer): WATC @ Wichita, KS

By Martin Kollman on 7/11/2012 3:18 PM
A Rigorous Program of Study is a comprehensive, structured approach for delivering academic and career and technical education to prepare students for postsecondary education and career success that utilizes a framework of 10 supporting elements viewed as instrumental for creating and implementing a high quality, comprehensive POS.


1. Legislation & Policies- Federal, state, and local legislation or administrative policies promote POS development and implementation.

2.  Partnerships- Ongoing relationships among education, business, and other community stakeholders are central to POS design, implementation, and maintenance.

3.  Professional Development- Sustained, intensive, and focused opportunities for administrators, teachers, and faculty foster POS design, implementation, and maintenance.

4.   Accountability and Evaluation Systems- Systems and strategies to gather quantitative and qualitative data on both POS components and student outcomes are crucial for ongoing...
By Martin Kollman on 7/11/2012 2:53 PM
On May 11, 2010, the Kansas State Board of Education approved policy motions that reflect a progressive, challenging agenda that seek to ensure Career and Technical Education’s contributions and potential are realized. These policy motions not only embrace the priorities of the Reflect, Transform, Lead: New Vision for Career and Technical Education, but also strategically ensure that all students will achieve challenging academic and technical standards and be prepared for high-skill, high-wage, or high-demand occupations in current or emerging professions by improving high school completion and the transitions to and success in postsecondary degree or credentialing programs. 1) Create an integrated system of assessments for each of the career clusters, the tested academic content areas and the 21st Century Profiles that provide both state/federal accountability and career-readiness certification.

 2) Adopt integrated core content standards with CTE Career Cluster Pathways utilizing the 21st...
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