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 3/21/2013 9:57 AM
KQED - Mind/Shift  March 20, 2013 | 8:00 AM | By Katrina Schwartz A good example is a long term research project. There are several common stages in longer projects and researchers have studied how students feel, think and act around the different stages. Students initiate the project, select a topic, explore it further, begin to formulate an approach, collect specific materials relevant to a focus and finally present on their findings.

During the process, students will go through different stages of emotions. They might feel uncertainty as they begin, optimism when they select a project, then confusion or frustration when they’ve gathered a lot of information and don’t know where to go with it. As they begin to sift through the information, they gain a sense of clarity and direction and begin formulating and executing the project. By the end of the process, they’ll have a sense of satisfaction or disappointment on the outcome of their presentation.  Read More. . . . .

By Martin Kollman on 3/19/2013 9:57 AM
The complexity of the 21st-century job market has high schools blending traditional college and vocational pathways. High schools in a California district have adopted this approach, with one school offering students specialized plans to prepare them for careers in forensics, police and fire departments and agriculture besides a traditional academic curriculum. 

By Martin Kollman on 3/7/2013 8:53 AM
- OVAE Connection Issue 140

The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) recently released a research brief, Community College Contributions, that highlights the multifunctional nature of the community college mission and the contributions the colleges make to society. For example, the AACC notes that “ … America’s community colleges are the brokers of opportunity for a stronger middle class and more prosperous nation.” The brief cites research conducted by A. Carnevale, N. Smith, and J. Strohl to show that by 2018 over 63 percent of new jobs will require some postsecondary education and training. This makes them integral to ensuring American workers have the knowledge and skills needed to thrive in an increasingly competitive labor market. The brief goes on to state that “the latest national estimate of the return on investment to state and...
By Martin Kollman on 3/1/2013 10:59 AM
By Jamie Gumbrecht, CNN

In his State of the Union speech, President Barack Obama talked about redesigning schools for a high-tech future. He gave a shout-out to a technical high school in Brooklyn, and to 3-D printing. In a moment of seeming agreement, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio mentioned incentives for schools to add vocational and career training.
But long gone are the days of shop class, or even "vocational training," said Stephen DeWitt, the senior director of public policy for the Association for Career and Technical Education. For many years, he saw career and technical education cut by shrunken budgets or "literally and figuratively left in the back of the school, separate from academics."

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