October 2, 2012
CTE UPDATE
A newsletter from Career and Technical Education - Washington
Staffing Changes in CTE
Business and Marketing Program Supervisor, Venetia Willis-Holbrook has taken a position as the new career counselor at Mt. Tahoma High School in Tacoma. Venetia worked at OSPI for three years and was instrumental in the development of the Microsoft IT Academy in Washington, as well as helping strengthen business and marketing programs throughout the state. We wish her well.

We are currently hiring for the next member of our team, the next business and marketing program supervisor. Announcement here.

At the same time, OSPI welcomes Kristin Collins as the new program supervisor for the Jobs for America's Graduates (Jobs for Washington's Graduates) program. Kristin can be reached at kristinc.jag@k12.wa.us or (360) 725-4964.

We also welcome Marianna Goheen, new program supervisor for Health Science. She can be reached at marianna.goheen@k12.wa.us or (360) 725-6257.
Skill Centers Promotional Video

The Washington State Skill Centers have completed a great three minute video related to skill centers. I thought you would be interested in seeing the production. It was created by Wenatchee Valley Technical Skill Center.

 

Watch the video at: https://vimeo.com/49251948. 

STEM Lighthouse Schools Grant Application Due

OSPI iGrants Form Package 545 is open for 2012-13 STEM Lighthouse School applications until October 5. STEM Lighthouse schools originated in 2010 with the Legislature's passage of House Bill 2621. The bill directs the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction to designate as many as three elementary, three middle and three high schools each year as lighthouse schools. The schools "serve as resources and examples of how to combine the following best practices:

  • 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."

Criteria used to determine the lighthouse schools included demonstration of increased student achievement; how the instruction mirrors the world beyond the classroom; involvement of under-represented populations; and involvement of business, industry, community, parents and postsecondary practitioners. Awards for selected schools are approximately $20,000.

 

Program Contact: Dennis Milliken, STEM Program Supervisor, OSPI, (360) 725-4467 or  dennis.milliken@k12.wa.us.

GRADS Start-Up Grants
Visit iGrants form package 640 to access the new Graduation, Reality And Dual-role Skills (GRADS) program grants.

The grants are intended to:
  • Increase the number of successful GRADS program in the state.
  • Expand access to and awareness of educational opportunities for pregnant and parenting students.
Grant applications are due October 29.

Contact Brad Burnham, GRADS program coordinator, for more information, at brad.burnham@k12.wa.us or (360) 725-0417.
Vancouver GRADS Student Interviewed by NPR

A high school student from the Evergreen School District in Vancouver, WA, was interviewed by National Public Radio's The Story as part of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's American Graduate Project. The student, Bailey, attends her school's GRADS program, which is a secondary school program for pregnant and parenting students, both female and male. Her story of dropping out, getting pregnant, and then refocusing on earning her high school diploma is inspirational. Now, she is taking care of herself and her child and is on track to graduate this year. She even has plans for further education and a career.

 

Her story begins 22 minutes into the program after an interview of a North Carolina student. The Story's program and an introductory article about the students can be found at:  http://thestory.org/archive/the_story_092712.mp3/view.

Family and Consumer Sciences Fall Conference
On October 28-30, join fellow educators at the Heathman Lodge in Vancouver, WA. Registration begins Sunday, October 28, at 1pm, for the preconference, and Monday, October 29, at 7:30am, for the full conference.

Registration deadline: October 15. Register at http://www.wafacse.org/conferences.html. Questions: contact Vicki Zimmerman at vzimbo@hotmail.com or (509) 464-8547.
CAD Modeling Competition

The University of Nevada, Reno is organizing a competition for high school and home-schooled students, whose objective is to 

attract them to 3D CAD modeling. CAD modeling is an important STEM area. The competition is based on an innovative free web browser based CAD system, and it is completely free for the students.

 

The goal for students will be to create the best 3D design in NCLab using PLaSM, NCLab's free web browser based CAD tool. Usage of PLaSM is very simple as you will find in this tutorial. The contest is not limited to the U.S. but the official language is English. PLaSM is a new addition to NCLab so all competitors have equal starting conditions. Once more - everything takes place directly in the web browser, no purchasing or installation of any software is needed. First webinar will take place on September 5.

 

The competition will close on November 30, and winning designs will be announced on December 15.  

More information, including registration info is available at  http://cadchallenge.net.

SkillsUSA Leadership Training
Join the SkillsUSA Advisor/Student/Chapter Leadership Training, October 5-7, Cispus Learning Center in Randle. $65/Person which includes accommodations, food and ropes course. 10 clock hours will be available for advisors. Registration due September 28. Contact Bruce McBurney (bruce.mcburney@skillsusawashington.org)or go to http://www.skillsusawashington.org/ for more information.
Call for Volunteers: SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA Washington needs trades and industry individual to help form Technical Advisory Committee to plan, organize and carry out the 80 + contest held at the State Conference. In additional judges are needed. 

 

Please invite applicable advisory committee members  to attend this Wednesday, September 12, planning meeting at Renton High School, 5:30pm. Dinner will be provided. Please RSVP with Bruce ( bruce.mcburney@skillsusawashington.org or Denny (dennis.wallace@k12.wa.us).

Grants for SkillsUSA

Two grants are available from Lowe's to benefit SkillsUSA Chapters and projects:

  • Schools in Need - Deadline November 1. Grants range from $2500 to $25000. Classroom improvements, upgrading or providing tangible tools for learning technical skills, leadership development opportunities or providing for competition clothing .
  • CareerSafe Vouchers - Deadline December 1. CareerSafe vouchers allow students to take an online assessment and earn their OSHA 10-Hours Construction or General Industry safety credential.

For more information, visit http://skillsusa.org/educators/lowes.shtml.

SkillsUSA Advisors Materials

SkillsUSA Advisors materials available at http://www./skillsusa.org/educators/change2.shtml. 

 

Be sure to look for the "Chapter Activity Planner" and the "Personal Leadership Inventory."

SkillsUSA 2013 Lowes Grants

Two grants are available from Lowe's to benefit SkillsUSA Chapters and projects.

  • Schools in Need - Deadline November 1. Grants range from $2,500 to $25,000. Classroom improvements, upgrading or providing tangible tools for learning technical skills, leadership development opportunities or providing for competition clothing.
  • CareerSafe Vouchers - Deadline December 1. CareerSafe vouchers allow students to take an online assessment and earn their OSHA 10-Hours Construction or General Industry safety credential.
Real World Design Challenge

Registration is now open for the 2012-2013 Real World Design Challenge. The Challenge starts in the fall, but you can sign up today.

 

The Real World Design Challenge is an annual aviation design competition for teams of 3-7 high school students. The Challenge is free for students and teachers. And each teacher that signs up a team will receive $1 million in professional engineering software as well as access to mentors from industry, government and academia. 

 

Every team that wants to participate needs to register even if they participated in the past.

 

Teams can register by clicking the following link Registration for the 2012-2013 Real World Design Challenge is now open. Sign up today, or by going to  www.realworlddesignchallenge.org and following the registration link there.  The team's teacher/coach should do the registration.
Professional Development for Aerospace/Manufacturing
Training available for aerospace grantee instructors. October 26 and 27, Skills Inc Training Center, 425 C Street NW  Auburn, WA 98001. There are 12 slots with costs to be determined.

Hands-on Core Projects training on October 26, 1:00am - 3pm and October 27, 7:00am - 3:00pm. Contact Denny Wallace to confirm interest at d
dennis.wallace@k12.wa.us.
HTEC Machinist Conference and Tooling U

HTEC-Northwest Association of Machinist Instructors conference taking place October 24 - 26 at Auditorium M103 at Bates Technical College (1101 South Yakima Ave. Tacoma, WA.) Reserve your seat online at www.HTECNetwork.org

 

Industry speakers, lab demonstrations and tours, Tooling U working session and vendor/partner exhibits. Meet your community college and industry partners. This event is free. Go to https://www.htecnetwork.org/training.cfm?id=10242012 for more information.

 

All individual interested in learning more about Tooling U can join Toni Neary at the HTEC Conference. Contact Denny Wallace at dennis.wallace@k12.wa.us for more information. 

Student Contest for CTE Month
ACTE has launched a new student contest for CTE Month in February (CTE Month Promotional Poster Contest). Application are due October 19.

Go to
https://www.acteonline.org/ctemonth.asp#Challenge  for rule and more information.
K-12 Energy Apprenticeship Awareness Program

Earn clock hours and participate hands-on activities.

  • East Side: Avista/Spokane Community College Pre-Apprentice Lineworker Schools at Avista's Jack Stewar Training Center in North Spokane. October 16, 8:30am to noon.
  • West Side: Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery Visitor Center/Mossyrock Dam Tour. October 19, 10:00am to 2:00 pm. 

Contact Kairie Pierce, at (360) 943-0608 or email at kpierce@wslc.org.

Career Bridge Ready for Work

Washington's Career Bridge website (www.CareerBridge.wa.gov) was upgraded in May and now allows students and teachers to sign in and register to save their career and education searches to a personal dashboard. 

 

This free, state website provides detailed information to students across the state on over 5,000 education programs and hundreds of careers. The site also features direct home page access to state labor market data that shows how much a particular job pays in Washington and whether it's in demand. 

 

Created and administered by the state's Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board, Career Bridge is used by high school and middle school students, and by job counselors and job seekers at state WorkSource career centers.

 

Start using Career Bridge in your classroom with these lesson plans: www.k12.wa.us/SecondaryEducation/CareerGuidance/default.aspx.

Microsoft Certification for Students: Article
The September 3 edition of The Daily News ran an article on Kalama High School student Morgan VanRiper, who has earned certificates in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook and recently recieved a $1,000 scholarship. Read the article here.
Virtual Business Scholarship
The 2012-13 Virtual Business Scholarship application is now available online. The application is accessible at: www.KnowledgeMatters.com/scholarships.

Business, marketing and personal finance students currently enrolled in their junior and senior years of high school throughout the United States are eligible for the scholarship. The applications will be judged nationally and the winner will receive $2,000. Applications are due by April 1, 2013.
 
Questions email to Ginley@KnowledgeMatters.com or call toll-free at (877) 965-3276.

AP/CTE Pilot Program

Planning is underway for a new AP/CTE pilot program. This year OSPI is seeking nominations from CTE directors for teachers who would like to teach AP Studio Art 2D or 3D and AP Economics (Studio Art 2D/3D would appeal to CTE instructors who teach a wide variety of courses in such as photography, graphic arts, animation, textiles, architecture, engineering, metal shop, and jewelry making to name a few. Economics would appeal to teachers in business or agri-business.)

 

Teachers accepted into the pilot will receive three days of instruction from AP/CTE teacher mentors and from the College Board. All meetings are at Puget Sound Skills Center with lunch provided. District match in the project is substitutes for the participating teachers. 

 

Nominations are needed right away as the first session will be October 24 and there will only be room for a limited number of teachers. Contact Barbara Dittrich, AP program supervisor, for more info at barbara.dittrich@k12.wa.us
FACSE Newsletter
If you don't already receive Mary Nagel's family and consumer sciences newsletter, write her at mary.nagel@k12.wa.us to be added to the list. For recipients and non-recipients, below is her Welcome Back newsletter with lots of information about a wide variety of upcoming events.

Welcome Back newsletter.
American Honda Foundation Grant for STEM
The American Honda Foundation engages in grant making that supports youth education with a specific focus on the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects in addition to the environment. 

Grant applications are due November 1 for an award of up to $75,000. Access grant information here.

SciGirls CONNECT Educator Workshop

Local educators are invited to participate in a fun, activity-filled SciGirls CONNECT full-day workshop hosted by the Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project. The event takes place in Lynnwood, WA, November 7, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm.


We welcome you to practice proven strategies for engaging girls in STEM while building a device to measure wind speed, lighting up a room with dough creatures, and putting your own lungs to the test! SciGirls Connect is an education program for staff and educators interested in engaging girls in STEM and learning 20 hands-on, video enhanced STEM activities. This training was developed as the outreach component of SciGirls, an Emmy award winning PBS KIDS weekly series and website. 

  

Details: http://www.ngcproject.org/scigirls-connect-educator-workshop

 

SciGirls CONNECT:  http://scigirlsconnect.org

SciGirls Seven:  http://www.pbs.org/teachers/scigirls/philosophy

Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Competition
From now until October 31, Samsung is accepting applications for its exciting education program, Samsung Solve for Tomorrow. By entering, schools have a chance to win up to $110,000 in technology grants  The competition is open to public middle and high school classes and there is not a limit on how many classes can enter from a particular school. Also, applicants don't have to be Science or Math teachers. Any teacher and their group of students (specials, AT, etc.) can submit an application. 
Last year Washington State was 5th in the total number of entrants (calculation is based on total number of teachers per state) and Neah Bay School (Cape Flattery School District) was among top 12 finalist nationwide receiving technology award of $70,000. Let's keep it up and achieve even better results for 2012/2013 school year. 
Visit www.samsung.com/solvefortomorrow to apply.
K-12 MERIT Registration

The Department of Early Learning (DEL) is excited to release new options to become an early childhood state-approved trainer in the MERIT system. This is part of the second phase of trainer approval designed to support those trainers who provide educational opportunities and training to professionals in the K-12 and school-age system. 

 

K-12 /ESD Educator Registration: This application is available if you are a current K-12 educator in Washington Similar to the registration process for higher education instructors, this application does not require a Professional Development Unit Example to be submitted, official transcripts or letters of recommendation. Official transcripts may be submitted optionally if the applicant chooses to participate in the Washington State Career Lattice.

Recruiting Washington Teachers Partnership Grant Program

The Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB), in coordination with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, is requesting proposals for the Recruiting Washington Teachers Program authorized under ESSB 5955, an act relating to educator preparation, professional development and compensation enacted by the 2007 State Legislature.

 

The three goals of the program are to:

  • Recruit, train and support underrepresented, multicultural and multilingual students for teaching careers;
  • Design and deliver programs aimed at encouraging high school students to consider and explore teaching careers in content specific areas of mathematics, science, bilingual education, English language learner and special education;
  • Coordinate and integrate support services designed to overcome barriers for underrepresented populations to complete higher education teacher preparation programs and enter the teaching profession. 
Funding may be available for up to two partnership grants. Applicants may request up to $20,000 for the 2012 - 13 year with the opportunity for continued funding the following year (2013 - 14) if funds are allocated for the RWT program by the legislature. 

Applications may be returned electronically via e-mail attachment in Word, mailed or delivered to the PESB Office at the email and address listed below. Applicants must ensure that the application reaches PESB offices by 5 pm, November 1. No faxes will be accepted.
 

Email Mea Moore for more information at mea.moore@k12.wa.us.

Read the full bulletin here.
Healthy School Makeover Contest

To support National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, SPARK has teamed-up with other leading health and physical education organizations to provide a nationwide Healthy School Makeover Contest, with the winner receiving a grand prize worth $45,000 in educational materials, training, and equipment.

 

Just submit a short video explaining why your school needs a healthy school makeover and how you'll use the Grand Prize award to improve the health of your students. 

 

To enter visit  www.healthyschoolmakeover.com.

 

All entries must be received by October 31.
Imagine Tomorrow - Redesign. Reform. Refuel

Imagine Tomorrow is a problem-solving competition that challenges 9th thru 12th grade students to explore the fundamental changes people must make in order to enable the transition to alternative energy sources. What types of inventions will be needed? How will suburbs, towns, and cities need to be redesigned? What types of behavior reforms will be necessary, and how do we bring those about?  Students focus on the topic from a technological, design, behavior, or biofuels standpoint. Over $100,000 in cash awards are presented to students and their schools, including many awards for first time participants. Held May 17-29 at Washington State University, the time to start planning is now. 

 

Learn more at imagine.wsu.edu

Project Lead the Way Student Assessment

The student rostering process for the 2012-13 End of Course Assessments is now open. All high schools with a PLTW program will be required to roster their PLTW students through the my.pltw.org data reporting website.

 

This process allows schools to submit a single file for all PLTW students that will capture the required student demographic information. Teachers will be able to verify their class rosters prior to their test date. An add/drop request capability will also be provided.

 

PLTW will accept student roster files during the following windows based on a school's schedule:

  • September 17 - November 15: Full-year classes testing in the spring
  • September 17 - November 15: Semester-length classes testing in the fall/winter
  • March 15 - April 15: Semester-length classes testing in the spring

A document containing detailed information on the rostering process is available through the Assessment Forum on the Virtual Academy. A short video tutorial on how to complete the Student Roster process has also been added to the my.pltw.org website.

 

If you have any questions regarding the Student Rostering process, please contact the School Support team .
PLTW Courses to Align with CCSS

PLTW curriculum sits at the intersection of academic and applied learning as PLTW students apply the knowledge and skills of STEM to solve real world-problems. As a result, PLTW courses naturally connect to national standards in academic subjects in a deep and enduring way that might otherwise be isolated in a traditional course.

  • All PLTW courses and units will be aligned to Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematics and English Language Arts by October 15, 2013.
  • Alignments will be available at alignment.pltw.org.
  • Support resources including answers to general questions and a video tutorial are available at alignment.pltw.org.
Alignments to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) will be completed and available soon after those standards are finalized and released.
2012 WA-ACTE and FACSE/WAFCS Fall Conference

October 28-30, at the Heathman Lodge, Vancouver, WA. Conference Brochures with descriptions, scholarship application and more are available for download at the website: 

http://www.wafacse.org/conferences.html.

ProStart Training

The Washington Restaurant Association Education Foundation ProStart training institute will take place October 5 and 6 in Seattle, at the Washington Athletic Club and October 17 at the Red Lion River Inn, Spokane, WA.

 

 

Please contact Jennifer Dixon if you have any questions at (360) 357-9232.

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In This Issue
Staffing Changes in CTE
Skill Centers Promotional Video
STEM Lighthouse Schools Grant Application Due
GRADS Start-Up Grants
Vancouver GRADS Student Interviewed by NPR
Family and Consumer Sciences Fall Conference
CAD Modeling Competition
SkillsUSA Leadership Training
Call for Volunteers: SkillsUSA
Grants for SkillsUSA
SkillsUSA Advisors Materials
SkillsUSA 2013 Lowes Grants
Real World Design Challenge
Professional Development for Aerospace/Manufacturing
HTEC Machinist Conference and Tooling U
Student Contest for CTE Month
K-12 Energy Apprenticeship Awareness Program
Career Bridge Ready for Work
Microsoft Certification for Students
Virtual Business Scholarship
AP/CTE Pilot Program
FACSE Newsletter
American Honda Foundation Grant for STEM
SciGirls
Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Competition
K-12 MERIT Registration
Recruiting Washington Teachers Partnership Grant Program
Healthy School Makeover Contest
Imagine Tomorrow
Project Lead the Way Student Assessment
PLTW Courses to Align with CCSS
2012 WA-ACTE and FACSE/WAFCS Fall Conference
ProStart Training
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