January 5, 2012
A newsletter from Career and Technical Education - Washington
In This Issue
"STEM Pays" Video Streaming Now
2012 National STEM Video Game Challenge
CTE High-Demand and STEM Lighthouse School Grants Awarded
"Be the change" Global Health Nexus student competition
Imagine Tomorrow competition coming
Washington HealthierUS School Challenge Winners
Positioning MBA for the 21st Century Workshop
STEM Summit
Microsoft IT Academy Rollout
Fashion Industry Conference
Automotive Training Expo
NCCER Outreach Webinars
WASTS Tri-Cities Mini Conference
Program reapprovals due January 31, 2012
Nontraditional Fields Grant
Teaching Equity Conference
Do Something Awards
Congratulations to New National Board Certified Teachers
SkillsUSA Pin and T-Shirt Contest
Student Photo Contest for WithinReach
TSA State Conference
Financial Education and Training Institute
"STEM Pays" Video Streaming Now
If you haven't seen it yet, check out the "STEM Pays" video produced by the Manufacturing Industrial Council of Seattle. While the video focuses on just one high school, the message about STEM speaks to a wider audience. Thanks to Dave Gering for the link.

"STEM Pays"
2012 National STEM Video Game Challenge
The 2012 National STEM Video Game Challenge is underway.  The Challenge was launched in partnership with Digital Promise, a new initiative created by President Obama and Congress, supported through the Department of Education. The initiative is designed to unlock the promise of breakthrough technologies to transform teaching and learning.


Entrants have until March 12, 2012 to submit their ideas and games. The contest is open to students and game designers in four levels: middle school, high school, college and graduate students, and educators.


Inspired by the Educate to Innovate Campaign, President Obama's initiative to promote a renewed focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education, the National STEM Video Game Challenge is a multi-year competition whose goal is to motivate interest in STEM learning among America's youth by tapping into students' natural passion for playing and making video games.now your target audience. 
CTE High-Demand and STEM Lighthouse School Grants Awarded
Congratulations to the 2011-12 CTE High-Demand grant awardees. Grants ranged from $15-30,000, and could be in the program areas of manufacturing (aerospace, marine technology, etc.), biomedical sciences, health sciences and engineering. View a list of awardees.

STEM Lighthouse School grants were awarded to districts that combined best practices including:
  • Small, highly personalized learning communities;
  • An interdisciplinary curriculum with a strong focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), delivered through a project-based instructional approach; and
  • Active partnerships with businesses and the local community to connect learning beyond the classroom. 
View a list of STEM awardees.
"Be the change" Global Health Nexus student competition deadline extended
"Be the change" is a contest for high school, community college and undergraduate university students in Washington, the purpose of which is to advance solutions, awareness and innovation in global health. 

Choose a project that develops a global health solution or engages and motivates communities in support of global health. Build a team of students and get creative with your ideas using technology, social media, the arts, education and more. Win cash prizes, VIP visits and recognition.

The deadline for the initial two-page proposals is now January 13, 2012. Learn more about the competition and submit proposals here.
Imagine Tomorrow competition coming

The Imagine Tomorrow competition at Washington State University engages students in grades 9 - 12 in forging creative, carefully researched solutions to the world's energy challenges.This year, the competition will take place May 18-20, 2012.


Over $100,000 in cash awards will be awarded to student competitors and their schools, including up to 17 awards to newly participating schools. In all, more than 65 cash awards will be presented to student teams and their schools. Imagine Tomorrow is adding Biofuels to the menu of challenges that contestants may address. Other challenges--Behavior, Design, and Technology--ask students to consider energy problems from the perspective of different disciplines.


Registration will open March 1, 2012, and close April 2, 2012.  Only 175 teams may compete. The time for students to begin working on their projects is now. There is no entry fee and housing and dining expenses on campus are covered for student team members, their advisors and chaperones.


For full details, go to http://imagine.wsu.edu/ or contact Tena Old at imagine@wsu.edu or (509) 335-1467.

Washington HealthierUS School Challenge Winners

The HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) is a voluntary initiative established in 2004 to recognize those schools participating in the National School Lunch Program that have created healthier school environments through promotion of nutrition and physical activity.

The following schools will receive a monetary award honoring them for their efforts.

Awarded 12/7/11
Battle Ground School District
Captain Strong Primary School (Bronze)
Daybreak Primary School (Bronze)
Glenwood Heights Primary School (Bronze)
Maple Grove Primary School (Bronze)
Pleasant Valley Primary School (Bronze)
Tukes Valley Primary School (Bronze)
Yacolt Primary School (Bronze)

Highline School District
Beverly Park Elementary School (Silver)
Madrona Elementary School (Silver)
Southern Heights Elementary School (Silver)
White Center Elementary School (Silver)

Hockinson School District
Hockinson Intermediate School (Bronze)
Hockinson Primary School (Bronze)

Marysville School District
Cascade Elementary School (Bronze)
Liberty Elementary School (Bronze)
Quil Ceda Elementary School (Bronze)

Positioning MBA for the 21st Century Workshop:Meeting the Needs of Post-Millennial Students

On February 16 and 17, 2012, come to the Heathman Lodge in Vancouver, WA, to participate in a workshop designed for high school business and marketing teachers, except those focused solely on computer apps or technology. Attendance at most workshops has been approximately 50/50 business education and marketing education. Supervisors of local programs are welcome to attend. 

This highly interactive workshop will provide participants with specific, useable strategies and tactics for strengthening the overall business and marketing program. Leave with specific ideas that can be implemented immediately, and share ideas based on specific projects developed as part of the workshop. 


The workshop is limited to 25 participants. View the complete details and register here

STEM Summit
The second annual Integrating STEM into Today's Classroom to Develop Tomorrow's Leadership workshop is on Tuesday, February 9, and Friday, February 10, 2012 at Bellevue College.

For more information and registration please go to:
Microsoft IT Academy Rollout
In the upcoming weeks Microsoft will be scheduling another round of in-person trainings.  We are targeting the following locations (availability and schedule TBD): Tumwater, Yakima, Anacortes and Spokane as well as one on the Microsoft Campus in Redmond. Prior to the trainings, OSPI and Microsoft will be doing calls with the relevant CTE Directors to get an update on the Microsoft ITA rollout, recruiting for the trainings, and to review the EduConnect Benefit.

Note, an email went out in November for this benefit in error and this call will be to update everyone on the next steps to pair Washington high schools with their Microsoft mentor.

For more information, contact Jocelyn Paul at v-jopau@microsoft.com or at (425) 246-2579.

Fashion Industry Conference
You are invited to attend the Fashion Industry Conference at the Seattle Art Institute, to be held Saturday, February 4, 2012, from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. 

To register, contact Mary Nagel at mary.nagel@k12.wa.us to receive the event password and then sign up here


  • Stephen Cirona, Senior Vice President for Women's Sportswear from Tommy Bahama.
  • Nine (9) different hands-on interactive workshops with professionals from the fashion industry.

Compete for prizes:

  • Show off what you have been doing in your classroom.                                                                              
  • Enter our Construction, Recycle and Redesign, or Fashion Writing contests. See the details here 

The American Sewing Guild has funded scholarships for 25 students to attend the Fashion Industry Conference at a discounted rate.  Apply here.

Automotive Training Expo

Automotive instructors, register today for the Automotive Training Expo 2012, at https://atetrainingexpo.com/register.


The expo is February 24-26, 2012, in SeaTac, WA. Clock hours are available. Contact Brenda at brenda@asawa.com with questions.

NCCER Outreach Webinars

Any interested CTE Directors or Construction instructors are invited to learn about NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research) Programs and Credentials (certificate) by participating in one of the following webinars:

You can contact Karen Keith for more information at karen_keith@prehall.com.
WASTS Tri-Cities Mini Conference
Arts, A/V Technology & Communications Cluster targeted mini-conference, Saturday, February 29.

Open to all teacher who may benefit form workshops including: Adobe Lightroom, Anyone Can Draw, Social Networking and Mimeo Pads. Registration $99 includes clock hours, lunch and single day training. Go to
www.wasts.us for more information and registration.
Program Reapprovals Due January 31, 2012
Don't forget, program reapprovals are due January 31, 2012 for all courses in the current approval cycle. Visit our Course Approval page to see if your courses are up for reapproval and to complete the reapproval process.
Nontraditional Fields Grant

This grant is for occupations in which individuals from one gender comprise less than 25 percent of the individuals employed in the field of work.


The project would have to demonstrate development and implementation of nontraditional activities to promote preparation for high skills, high wage or high-demand occupations in nontraditional fields. 


This grant, form package 461, is due on Jan 13, 2012.

Teaching Equity Conference
An increasingly diverse student population needs culturally competent teachers. This conference is for future educators looking to increase their understanding of how to work effectively in today's diverse classrooms and for people of color interested in learning more about careers in education. 

The conference is April 28, 2012, at Highline Community College, Des Moines, WA. Register at www.teachingequity.com.
Do Something Awards

Since 1996, Do Something has annually honored young social change volunteers, ages 25 and under, with the Do Something Awards.


Award winners receive a community grant, participation in a televised award ceremony, media coverage, and continued support from Do Something.


In the 2012 program, five winners will receive a minimum of $10,000 in community grants and scholarships. (Only winners 18 and under are eligible for a scholarship of $5,000 and a $5,000 community grant; winners between the ages of 19 and 25 will receive their entire award in the form of a community grant.) Of the five winners, one will be selected as the grand-prize winner and will receive a total of $100,000 in community grants paid directly to the nonprofit of his or her choice.


To be eligible, applicants must be age 25 or younger and be a United States or Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

Do Something Award applications go through two stages. First, the Do Something Award Academy (comprised of former winners) reads through all the applications and selects the finalists. Finalists are then flown to New York City for interviews with representatives from the award selection committee.


Visit the Do Something Web site for complete program guidelines, application procedures, and information on previous winners. The deadline is March 1, 2012.

Congratulations to New National Board Certified Teachers
Below is a list of the 24 teachers who recently earned national board certification:

Junette Bender, Cle Elum-Roslyn
Mark Bloom, Eastmont
Heather Bulfinch, Yakima
Emily Fairall, Central Kitsap
James Finkbeiner, Asotin-Anatone
Nacole Grade, Pasco
Lisa Harvey, Evergreen (Clark)
Joneen Ingram, Brewster
Traci Laroche, Federal Way
Phillip Larsen, Kennewick
Patricia Littlefield, Sumner
Cassandra Mueller, Puyallup
Shawn Perez, Evergreen (Clark)
Cheryl Perry, West Valley (Spokane)
Kathryn Russell, Puyallup
Marci Sabin, Puyallup
Brynne Saskor, Shoreline
Janine Sather, Sumner
John Selfors, Peninsula
Marie Tamura, Spokane
Margaret Templeton, Central Kitsap
Jeff Tetrick, Bellingham
Jessica Walton, Edmonds
Kathryn Wilke, Central Kitsap
SkillsUSA Pin and T-Shirt Contest

February 1, 2012 is the deadline for the entries to the SkillsUSA National Conference Pin and T-shirt design competition. This event is open to all paid student members of SkillsUSA. A plaque for the teacher and student, plus a school grant to the advisor of the winning student, will be awarded. 


Rules are in the membership kit and are also posted on the SkillsUSA websiteQuestions may be directed to Heidi Ambrose at (703) 737-0615 or to  hambrose@skillsusa.org.

Student Photo Contest for WithinReach

WithinReach, a health-focused statewide non-profit is creating a new website for teen parents, and your student's photos could be highlighted. 


Submissions will be accepted February 13 - March 12, 2012. WithinReach requests digital color photos (themes will be announced in February). Winners will have their photos highlighted on WashingTeenHelp.org, which is launching in the spring of 2012. Winners will also receive a photography-related gift certificate. The grand prize winner and their photography teacher will be honored in person in Seattle at WithinReach's annual luncheon on April 25, 2012.


More details will be available in February at the WithinReach website. Contact the project coordinator, Creagh Miller, at creaghm@withinreachwa.org.

TSA State Conference

The 29th annual Washington TSA state conference is at the Bellevue Hilton on March 22-24, 2012.  The registration deadline is February 17, 2012.

For complete information about the conference visit: www.washingtontsa.org or the state conference page.

Financial Education and Training Institute

The Institute is a fun and informative two-day program, providing ample opportunities for discussion and participation.  The Financial Education Public Private Partnership, a committee created by the legislature that brings together organizations from both the public and private sector in an effort to provide quality financial education for students in our state, is proud to offer this program to you.


You will receive:

  • Training on financial concepts and methods using age appropriate active participation curriculums that both you and your students will enjoy
  • Financial education curriculums
  • Morning coffee break and lunch (both days)
  • 12 clock hours

Space is limited for this event. Apply hereYou will be notified via email by January 18, 2012 if you are accepted to attend the institute.


Organizations presenting at the conference include the Washington Council for Economic and Financial Education (Council for Economic Education), NEFE, FEFE, Washington Society of CPAs, WSECU, Department of Financial Institutions, OSPI, and Junior Achievement.


Information about FEPPP can be found at the website.

Questions? Contact Tracy Godat at OSPI, Tracy.Godat@k12.wa.us.
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