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.

Author: Created: 6/10/2011 9:58 AM
Current information on the Rigorous Program of Study (RPOS) grant and CTE pathway/events in the state of Kansas.
By Martin Kollman on 2/12/2015 10:09 AM
Increasingly, states are allowing high schools to move away from traditional course seat-time requirements for graduation and allowing competency-based assessments, grade point average, class rank, and course rigor as measures to show students are ready for college.

A new report released Feb. 10 from the Denver-based Education Commission of the States reviewed how states are letting districts use some flexibility in how students demonstrate proficiency using multiple measures to gauge college readiness. The goal of these policies is to ease the transition from high school to college and get more students to pursue post-secondary education.  READ MORE...
By Martin Kollman on 1/14/2015 4:00 PM
by Tommy Peterson When Ron Smith first saw a 3D printer in action, he knew the device belonged in his Engineering and Metal Fabrication program at Nestucca Junior/Senior High School in Cloverdale, Ore. The technology could guide students all the way through the manufacturing process — from concept to completion — and reward them with an object they could hold in their hands. But it wasn’t until Smith had an Afinia 3D printer in his classroom that he realized its value as an educational tool. Computer-assisted design (CAD) software by itself is great, he says. But being able to bring those designs to life with a 3D printer adds a whole new dimension to the student experience. “Motivating students is one of the biggest jobs in teaching,” Smith says. “It’s important that they learn to do technical drawings and to use the Inventor software, but when you make it come to life with the 3D printer and they can touch it and feel it, they want to do more and learn more.”  READ MORE...
By Martin Kollman on 1/7/2015 3:21 PM
Federal officials have dramatically overhauled the E-rate program to prioritize expanded support for broadband and wireless connectivity, through the approval of a series of changes that have been widely hailed by education, library, technology, and industry groups as much needed and long overdue. The capstone came last month, when the Federal Communications Commission approved a $1.5 billion annual funding increase for the program, which subsidizes schools' and libraries' purchases of telecommunications services. "The increase in support is significant. It is justified. And it is smart," FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said in a statement accompanying the decision. "In the 18 years since the E-rate was established, technology has evolved, the needs of students and teachers have changed, and basic connectivity has become inadequate." The commission voted to raise the E-rate's annual spending cap from $2.4 billion to $3.9 billion and approved a series of potentially significant rule changes in a contentious 3-2...
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 . . . . .

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.”

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