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 4/24/2013 10:42 AM
One of the main components of CTE, in the State of Kansas, is the opportunity for students to have meaningful career exploration that can help direct them with their Individual Plan Of Study (IPOS), selecting a pathway in CTE, post-secondary opportunities and the certification/credentials they will need to attain a career of their choice.  This can be met through the awareness opportunities that comes at the elementary level, online career exploration at the middle school level, or actual job shadowing or real-world experience at the high school level.  All of these are key components to helping students identify areas of interest and the requirements to enter into a career area before making the transition to a type of post-secondary education or available job opportunities. Read more on what other states are doing to improve their own career exploration in High School.  READ MORE . . .
By Martin Kollman on 4/17/2013 1:18 PM
Cincinnati.Com - Written by Denise Smith Amos

Some educators are bracing for what is expected to be a major shift in teaching and learning under the Common Core State Standards. The standards call for a greater focus on nonfiction material and more reading, writing and vocabulary lessons in social studies and science courses. In social studies, that could mean reading the U.S. Constitution, Martin Luther King Jr.'s Letter from the Birmingham Jail and other historical documents, while science courses could include reading scientific journals. READ MORE . . . .
By Martin Kollman on 4/8/2013 10:23 AM

One way to curtail a wandering mind during class: more testing

By Carolyn Y. Johnson, The Boston Globe Staff

You are sitting in a classroom, listening to a lecture. The subject may be something that you find genuinely interesting. But at a certain point, attention erodes. The information begins to wash over you. Nothing sinks in. 

One remedy, according to a study led by Szpunar, may be to sprinkle tests and quizzes throughout a lecture. Szpunar and colleagues found in the study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that interspersing videotaped lectures with quizzes improved students’ ability to stay focused, take relevant notes, and learn material. Read More . . . . .

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?
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