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 2/27/2013 8:37 AM
February. March 2013 CTE Update.pdf

2012-13 CTE Pathway Awards - Congratulations to the recipents of the 2012-13 CTE Pathway Awards! Recipients will be recognized at an upcoming Wichita Board of Education meeting.
By Martin Kollman on 2/22/2013 2:48 PM
Edutopia - Andrew Miller

More and more, we're hearing the term "Digital Citizenship." I think we should simply call it "Citizenship."

In our increasingly connected world, what it means to be a citizen is contextualized by more than just our countries and communities; we are global citizens. Part of being a citizen these days is manifested in what we do digitally, and because of that, I will adhere to the term "Digital Citizenship" -- for now. I hear parents, teachers and community members talking about their concerns over their children's online behavior, and rightfully so. I believe it is our job as educators to teach and assess Digital Citizenship, and I also believe PBL is a great way to target this objective in an engaging and authentic way.  Read More . . . . .

By Martin Kollman on 2/11/2013 2:24 PM
Benchmarking is a Big Boost for Math - Kansas City Star ( Joe Robertson ) 

Missouri schools are using "Benchmarking" techniques to make sure students are meeting competencies before moving on to other areas and subjects.  This is something that has been common place in project-based learning and CTE as students move from introductory classes to technical and application level courses.  Students must achieve a set level of competency before they are ready to move on to the next skill or explore new areas of information.  Is this a resource and concept that is practiced within your school and should academics take a lesson from CTE?
By Martin Kollman on 2/8/2013 11:46 AM
School district seeks more relevance in classrooms - Aiken Standard by Rob Novit Dr. King Laurence, the associate superintendent for instruction, had attended other events that featured Daggett, along with other district educators. The biggest part of the message, Laurence said, is that schools have to change the way they've operated. The tests given to students primarily assess knowledge. “What we need to be teaching and assessing is how knowledge can be applied to the real world,” Laurence said. Where are the most demanding reading requirements in a school environment? It's not advanced courses in traditional classrooms, Daggett said. Rather, the most challenging reading can be found in career courses, such as those found at the Aiken County Career and Technology Center and in the county high schools. Automotive technology and computer-aided design and drafting would be two examples of that. “It makes sense when you think about the readability of manuals that the students there read,” said Laurence....
By Martin Kollman on 1/16/2013 4:01 PM
- Association for Career and Technical Education and the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (May 2012) - 

The goal of ensuring that all students graduate from high school ready for college, careers and life has taken hold in every state across the nation. Yet all too often, the focus on “college readiness” and “career readiness” remains in two distinct silos, even though there is little question that reading, writing, communications and mathematical reasoning are all core skills for success in postsecondary education, in the workplace and for citizenship and that educators across all disciplines should help students develop, deepen and refine these core skills.

Right now, the moment is here, and the opportunity is clear: As states are working to align their education systems with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in support of the goal of graduating all students ready for college,...
By Martin Kollman on 1/10/2013 1:36 PM
(the Journal) The name of Ron Milliner’s FETC 2013 session on device-neutral assignments (“DNA for BYOD”) faintly resembles that of a new-age workout plan. Though the director of the Kentucky Academy of Technology Education (KATE) won’t be divulging the secret to attaining perfectly toned biceps, he will be giving teachers insights into how to sculpt successful lesson plans for schools implementing bring your own device programs. And, as with any good exercise regimen, Milliner emphasizes starting with the basics. ..... More
By Martin Kollman on 11/13/2012 1:51 PM

Questions and opportunities surround the still-nascent iPad textbook market. T.H.E. Journal looked at the offerings from the 'big three' publishers--Pearson, McGraw-Hill, and HMH--to discern where the industry is, and where it might be headed.

By Stephen Noonoo for "T.H.E. Journal" 11/08/12

By Martin Kollman on 11/13/2012 1:34 PM

Here you can search information on career education training opportunities from 26 Kansas public technical and community colleges. There are also a number of growing resources that are vailable to help promote and inform students of the opportunities available in Career Technical Education (CTE).

- Brochure

- Posters

By Martin Kollman on 11/6/2012 11:23 AM

Last post I mentioned the Geometry in Construction group from Loveland, CO and how they closely mirror many of the things that are done in Manufacturing and other pathways.  This time I would like continue with some of their resourcse available on the Conceptual Learning Concepts web site.  Under their "Downloads" section you will find a number of resources that might give you a inside look at how blending academics with CTE can be done and not spend all year trying to do it.

Check out their other resources and let me know if you are interested in learning more, bringing them in as a speaker, or having our own workshop in KS.

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...
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