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.

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Current information on the Rigorous Program of Study (RPOS) grant and CTE pathway/events in the state of Kansas.
By Martin Kollman on 10/23/2012 1:36 PM
Geometry in Construction: 

This last week I attended the National Career Pathway Network (NCPN) conference in Richmond, VA and left energized about blending CTE and Academics in the classroom.  While this has always been something that has been highlighted by the 10 frameworks in the RPOS grant, it is a challenge that we are really just starting to tackle.  Kansas has had a long history with Math-in-CTE from the NCRCTE, but it really never lit the fire in CTE teachers.

A semi-recently formed group in Loveland,CO high school, who started with the same concept, but tackled just geometry and construction are making huge waves in the CTE world with their success of putting application in the math classroom and matching concepts/vocabulary.  A true blending of not only content and lessons, but also classrooms have lead to overwhelming success in student knowledge and understanding.  This has lead to a greater value...
By Martin Kollman on 9/20/2012 1:54 PM
The National Career Pathways Network (NCPN) conference (Oct 17-19 Richmond, VA) has never been more relevant. Increasing numbers of people, institutions, and agencies are recognizing that Career Pathways is what this country needs to bring relevancy to education and increased skills to the workplace. This will lead to more qualified graduates and increased economic prosperity for all.

The annual NCPN conference brings together practitioners from secondary, postsecondary, and business to network, listen, and learn from each other. They include those who work with traditional students and those who focus on adult education learners. The presenters at this conference have great experiences to share, but those presenters are also here to learn from you and the many others who come together.

In addition to more than 130 breakout sessions divided among seven topic strands, I have listed a few things below which deserve your attention at the 2012 conference:

By Martin Kollman on 8/27/2012 10:56 AM
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.

Topics include

Best Practices Assessments Proficiency-based Credit Articulation Agreements Adding Pathways Rigorous Programs of Study (RPOS) Framework Dates and Locations

September 18 — Clarion Inn — Garden City, KS October 4 — Wichita Holiday Inn — Wichita, KS October 9 — Olathe Instructional Resource Center —...
By Martin Kollman on 8/24/2012 10:18 AM
Improving academic skills to meet the demands of a complex, technology-based economy. CTE has the unique capacity to make college-preparatory academics available to students who have not experienced academic success by embedding and teaching rigorous academic content in the context of real-world problems, projects and activities. This can be done through programs of study (also called career pathways) that enable academic and CTE teachers to work together to help more students acquire and apply complex knowledge in mastering a multitude of real-world skills.

Increasing the nation's supply of highly qualified workers by connecting high school programs of study with postsecondary programs and students' career goals. Too few students prepare for careers that require an apprenticeship, certification, an associate or a bachelor's degree. To enter these careers, students must begin early in high school to complete a sequence of challenging academic and career courses that are aligned with college- and career-readiness...
By Martin Kollman on 8/22/2012 10:26 AM
The February CTE Conference is intended to be a hands on conference where teachers, counselors and administrators can bring back useful knowledge to their districts and become power users of the tools that Career Pathways provide. Conference Web Site

Call for Presenters: Click Here

For more information contact:

Marie Hall-Conference Manager

Office: 785.862.7840

Cell: 785.249.8772



Martha Maxwell

Office: 620.584.3300



Joe Ryan

Office: 785.825.9185

Cell: 785.819.2050


By Martin Kollman on 8/13/2012 9:13 AM
The Common Career Technical Core (CCTC) is a state-led initiative to establish a set of rigorous, high-quality standards for Career Technical Education (CTE) that states can adopt voluntarily. The standards have been informed by state and industry standards and developed by a diverse group of teachers, business and industry experts, administrators and researchers.

The initiative is being coordinated by the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc), which represents the state and territory heads of secondary, postsecondary and adult CTE across the nation. Forty-two states the District of Columbia and Palau participated in the development stage of the CCTC.

The development of the CCTC was a multi-step process that incorporated input from approximately 3,500 individuals representing K-12 education, business and industry and higher education from across the nation.

By Martin Kollman on 8/8/2012 9:41 AM
In this article by Robert Rothman in the Harvard Education Letter, he discusses how the Common Core will be change classroom practice in our public schools.  It is natural to assume that what affects the academic classes will also affect the Career and Technical Education (CTE) classes.  While the academic teachers do a good job of teaching concepts and building foundations, it is generally the CTE teacher that provides application and real-world situations that students can use the knowledge and build retention.  CTE is an essential part of every school and can't be left out of this new era we are moving into.

Read this article on the 9 ways things might be changing in your school and think how blending some of the academic and CTE classes could help students be successful in learning and future career/post-secondary aspirations.

"In a recent survey, William Schmidt, a University Distinguished Professor of education at Michigan State University, found some good news and bad news for supporters of...
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.

- For...
By Martin Kollman on 7/24/2012 10:46 AM
Conference Web Site:

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...
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