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 12/30/2013 3:07 PM
In USD 247 Northeast’s first semester of providing every high-school student a Chromebook, educational traditions have gone out the window.
Lecture-based instruction has turned into dialogue, classrooms have been rearranged, students and teachers have held those roles interchangeably and the school district has become a leader in and teacher of educational technology while still learning.
Northeast High School principal Jason Clemenson said this is all part of preparing students for the world in which they will live and work.  Read more . . . .
By Martin Kollman on 11/14/2013 11:07 AM
"Every student has different desires and interests and now with house bill five teachers can tailor using plans based on each child and meet the job requirements in that region," said Trent Ashby, State Representative District 57.  The bill will reduce the number of end of course exams shifting student focus from testing to career readiness.

Community leaders discussed what skill sets businesses are looking for and what learning experience different businesses can offer students for life after high school.  "Curriculum must be designed around what their needs are so we are able to provide a quality work force," said Whiteker.  Read More.....

By Martin Kollman on 11/7/2013 11:36 AM
Kenwood Middle School seventh-graders visited Northwest High School Wednesday to observe classes in hopes of finding inspiration for a future career. “We researched and found that career exploration at an earlier stage in academics promotes more student interest and engagement,” KMS Principal Evelyn Martinez said. Students visited NWHS and Kenwood High School to observe academic courses aligned with their future careers. Students will use their observation notes as part of research evidence. The culminating activity is an explanatory essay, using various informational text sources about their career of choice. Read More . . . . .

By Martin Kollman on 11/7/2013 11:01 AM

Instead of lecturing to students sitting passively at their desks, the teacher first gives a 15-minute mini-lesson to students, who are often gathered close by, sitting on a rug on the floor. Then students go out to work with partners, discuss the lesson with each other or confer with a teacher. Students then work independently. Finally the class comes back together to share what they've learned.

“Rather than feeding students knowledge, she's asking students to think,” Arnold said after showing a teacher's workshop-style science lesson. “The kids are totally engaged…. It's so exciting.”

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By Martin Kollman on 10/24/2013 12:45 PM
Wichita Area Technical College (WATC) hosted Wichita’s inaugural participation in National Manufacturing Day on October 4, 2013. The event brought more than 200 students and educators from Wichita Public Schools for a day of hands-on participation and exploration at WATC’s main campus, the National Center for Aviation Training (NCAT).  Manufacturing Day seeks to addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers and educators an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t. By working together during and after Manufacturing Day, manufacturers will begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry. - See more at: 
By Martin Kollman on 10/24/2013 7:58 AM
By Martin Kollman on 8/14/2013 12:54 PM
A calculator yields answers but not necessarily understanding. Using one takes little or no proficiency in math, which may discourage students from acquiring that skill. So in a world where calculators are ubiquitous, how do you encourage mathematical understanding?  READ MORE . . . .
By Martin Kollman on 8/13/2013 12:38 PM
Two Alpena High School teachers recently attended a conference at Michigan Technological University in Houghton-Hancock to learn how to build a 3D printer. The teachers have brought back the printer they constructed, along with a wealth of knowledge and ideas to further educate their students on the possibilities available in the 3D printing world. - Read More . . . .
By Martin Kollman on 8/13/2013 10:15 AM
Being creative isn’t just for artists, authors, and musicians. All of us can, and should, think about our careers creatively – working with the raw materials at hand to make something unique. In the context of career development, these raw materials might include your education and training accomplishments, past working experiences, interests and hobbies, volunteer service, as well as skills and abilities.  Read More . . . .
By Martin Kollman on 8/13/2013 10:09 AM
With an emphasis on developing verbal and analytical skills, the new Common Core standards will pose a big step up for most students.  Effective teachers have always taught students how to analyze, critique and debate through group and solitary work, writing and oral presentations. The difference is that Common Core has made as guiding principles the ability to “comprehend and evaluate complex tasks” and “construct effective arguments” across subjects and disciplines. Particularly in later grades, it stresses the ability to analyze and cite evidence from informational texts.  Read More . . . .
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