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 6/25/2013 10:41 AM
A recent report shows that although project-based learning is a growing trend in education, only about 1% of schools nationwide use the practice on a regular, committed basis. Educators say training and collaboration are key to rolling out the initiative, but it's also important to believe in students to find answers in their own ways. "If that trust is not present, then the teachers will be tempted to give students answers, resort to teaching lectures that are textbook dependent," said Sue Ramlo, a physics and education professor at the University of Akron in Ohio.  READ MORE . . .
By Martin Kollman on 6/25/2013 10:40 AM
A review of student engagement should focus on emotion and cognition, as well as student behavior, according to the coauthors of a new research paper. Researchers Jacquelynne S. Eccles, of the University of Michigan, and Ming-Te Wang, of the University of Pittsburgh, found that students were more emotionally and cognitively engaged if they believed lessons were meaningful in their lives. "Enhancing student engagement has been identified as the key to addressing problems of low achievement, high levels of student misbehavior, alienation, and high dropout rates," Wang said. READ MORE . . .
By Martin Kollman on 6/6/2013 1:58 PM
RPOS teachers flying their quad-copter dronesThe RPOS schools and colleges are all about pushing the limits of traditional Manufacturing education in the classroom and in the lab, but when business, post-secondary and high school teachers team up, you never know what will happen.  June 3rd – 5th, a number of RPOS manufacturing teachers traveled to Butler Community College, in Andover, KS, to attend their summer Manufacturing Workshop, led by Buford Pringle, to learn about “Drones” and possible project/lesson opportunities in their own classroom.

With the market growth in drone technologies and the past history of aerospace industry in the Wichita, KS area, this is a high demand occupation for high school students and college graduates, but the technical training and skills are not currently available at those levels.  To help prepare students for the workforce, business and industry are teaming up with regional colleges to identify areas and sectors that students need to be prepared in and providing input on core curriculum.  Through this collaboration, Butler Community College has begun work on a variety of drone projects and lessons that can be implemented into their manufacturing and engineering classes, as well as some that can be implemented at the high school level.

By Martin Kollman on 5/10/2013 10:20 AM
Students need to learn how to digest what they read rather than simply scan text for the answer to a question, science educator Fred Ende writes in this blog post. Ende notes many exams seek responses that allow students to "scavenge" texts, and he proposes three ideas -- including rewording questions -- to help teachers ensure students gain a deeper understanding of reading material. Read More . . . .
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...
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