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 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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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
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