December 3, 2012
CTE UPDATE
A newsletter from Career and Technical Education - Washington
Make Your Voice Heard - Teacher and Principal Evaluation System Survey

The Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and American Institutes for Research (AIR) are conducting an important survey to get your feedback on the new evaluation systems as well as the Common Core State Standards. 

 

Because feedback from this survey will inform the future directions of these important policies it is very important that all CTE directors complete it before the close date of December 7. 

 

Although some of you may have already have completed the survey already, the current response rate for CTE directors is particularly low. These policies will directly impact your schools, so if you have not already done so, please take a moment to complete this brief 10 - 15 minute survey.

 

All CTE directors should have received an email with a unique link to the survey (so that AIR can link your survey to your district). If you cannot access or did not receive that email please use this link instead: http://survey.learningpt.org/WATPEPStatewide/district.aspx?did=1000.

 

Thank you for taking a few moments to assist with this effort.
Course Re-Approvals Due Soon

The deadline for submitting re-approval information is January 31 for each school year. All CTE courses from districts with CTE programs must be re-approved. 

  

For more information, visit our Course Approval webpage: http://www.k12.wa.us/CareerTechEd/courseapproval.aspx.

New Video Highlights Importance of Youth Work Experience

Washington's workforce development strategic plan calls for greater employer involvement in the education and training of our youth. Nowhere is that more important than in providing work experiences and mentoring. Listen to employers and young people talk about the value of youth work experience in this new video.

 

For more information: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/youth.asp.
Summer Academy for Advancing Deaf & Hard of Hearing Students
Do you know of a deaf or hard of hearing student, in high school or college, who excels in math, science or computing? The 2013 Summer Academy for Advancing Deaf & Hard of Hearing in Computing at the University of Washington, is looking for the top 15 deaf and hard of hearing students, 16 and over, in high school and in college who excel in and enjoy math, science and/or computing.
 
This challenging academic program, in its seventh year, allows participants to earn college credit while learning about various aspects of and opportunities in computing. The Summer Academy is designed to introduce computing to deaf and hard of hearing students interested in computing as a career, or who want to find out more about how math and/or science intersects with computer science.
 
Admission is very competitive, based on an assessment of academic ability and enthusiasm to participate in an intensive learning experience in all things computing. The program is fully funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Johnson Scholarship Foundation, National Science Foundation, and other grants; tuition, room & board and round-trip transportation will be provided at no cost to selected applicants. 
 
Find out more at  www.washington.edu/accesscomputing/dhh/academy. It includes program information, the program brochure, a video about the Summer Academy, and an online application form and instructions. There are two deadlines: December 21, 2012, and January 25, 2013. 

*Info provided by the CSTA member listserv.
FCCLA News
News of all sorts in the world of FCCLA. Take a look here.
New WithinReach Website
WithinReach has launched a website designed to empower Washington teens to connect with health and food resources. With a special focus on teen parents, WashingTeenHelp.org connects teens to health and food state benefit programs, community resources, and relevant health information. Order free promotional materials online, or contact WithinReach with any questions at joannm@withinreachwa.org. This unique resource was developed in partnership with Washington State Department of Health, OSPI and the GRADS program.
Agriscience Awards Nominations

The 2013 Agriscience Awards Nominations are open. Agrisciencs teachers are encouraged to participate in the federal Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation Agriscience Awards.

 

The deadline for nominations is Tuesday January 29, 2013. Online nominations only. Go to www.agriscienceawards.com for more information.

CASE Training

The Agriculture Education Pathway will be offering AFNR CASE training for 20 Washington Agriculture Education Teachers during the summer of 2013. Location and dates will be announced in late December or early January. Keep an eye out for more information. 

 

Agriculture teachers can email hw.gilman@k12.wa.us if interested in this training. 

Agriculture Teachers Summer Conference

June 23 through 27, 2013, this conference will be in Spokane Valley, WA at the Mirabeau Conference Hotel. Room costs are $95/night plus tax. Hotel reservations can be made at 1 (866) 584-4647 or (509) 924-9000. The conference is sponsored by the Washington Association of Agriculture Educators, OSPI Agriculture Education and Washington State University. This is a must conference for all Washington Agriculture Educators. 

 

Contact Gary gparkert@comcast.net or Becky bstrite@colsd.org for more information. 

STEM Grant Funding
The STEM Academy is pleased to extend $2,500 STEM Jumpstart Grant opportunities for schools throughout the country. The grant support is eligible for schools who are interested in advancing STEM literacy for all students via STEM curriculum treatment which features postsecondary dual credit and industry recognized certification. Schools may also qualify for grant support dedicated to elevate instructor STEM capacity through professional development, facility analysis and curriculum review.

Learn more about this opportunity here: http://www.stem101.org/grants.asp. 

The practices, strategies and programming utilized within The STEM Academy (K-16 Program) were developed from identified national best practices by the National Academy of Engineering and National Science Foundation. Curriculum features dual-credit agreements with over 180+ post-secondary institutions. Instructors may earn up to 9 graduate school credits through the STEM 101 professional development program.

Northwestern Automotive Teachers Conference

AYES is presenting a Free One Day Conference at Sno-Isle Tech Skill Center on Thursday, February, 14, 2013, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Continental breakfast & lunch included. Learn about the new NATEF Accreditation Maintenance & Light Repair Model. Contact Richie del Puerto at delpuertors@mukilteo.wednet.edu to register or for more information.  

SkillsUSA Interstate Battery's Fundraising Project

SkillsUSA is excited to announce a new partnership with Interstate Battery's fundraising program for local chapters. This is a great opportunity for our chapters to raise funds in partnership with a company whose mission and product align very closely with SkillsUSA. Through this partnership, local chapters would sell Interstate Battery's products and will receive 50 percent of the sales. 

 

Also, the National Office is offering an incentive: the states with the highest sales from November 1 to June 1, 2013, will receive a cash prize. 1st place will receive $1000, 2nd will receive $750 and 3rd place will receive $500. Sign up today. I hope you will promote this program in your communications and encourage your chapters to participate in this program as they seek to raise funds for district and state events and leadership development activities and materials.

Regional SkillsUSA Competition

In preparation for this year's regional competitions, please contact Bruce McBurney to request how many copies of the 2013/2014 SkillsUSA Technical Standards you need for the upcoming Regional contests. We want to be sure that all contest hosts/judges use the latest standards. Please be aware that the standards CD's do not have the score sheet included. Please identify which contest you will need score sheets so Bruce can get them to you. 

Call for SkillsUSA Talent

SkillsUSA seeks talented singers for the Opening and Awards Ceremonies during the 2013 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. Ability to sing the national anthem or another patriotic song either a capella or to a pre-recorded instrument track. 

 

Send in all audition videos on DVD, postmarked by February 1, 2013, to Heidi Walsh, SkillsUSA, 14001 SkillsUSA Way, Leesburg, Va 20176. Questions may be directed to Heidi at (703) 737-0610 or hwalsh@skillsusa.org. 

Safety in Construction Webinar

Safety in Construction, Marine Manufacturing and Global Trade and Supply Chain webinar on offer for free on December 11. 3:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m. Topics include how do OSHA regulations affect supply chain workplaces? What is happening with Green Building Safety Training in Washington? What safety factors are considered in marine technology? And how can all this connect to your students and employees? Register here

Automotive Equipment Fire Sale
Burlington-Edison is closing their automotive program and would like to receive call/emails of interest regarding purchasing equipment, tools and supplies. Please contact Tom Crook at (425) 530-0631 or   tcrook@be.wednet.edu.
Videos illustrate 'soft skills' all young workers need

The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy has developed a series of free video vignettes, available at  http://s.dol.gov/XH, as part of its "Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success" curriculum.

 

Youth services programs, educators and others helping young job seekers prepare for employment are encouraged to view, display, share and lead discussions about the videos, which aim to help all youth, including those with disabilities, develop and strengthen six essential skills needed to succeed in today's workforce: communication, networking, enthusiasm and attitude, teamwork, problem-solving and critical thinking, and professionalism.

Sustainable Engineering and Design Class Gets Noticed
Northshore School District's Sustainable Engineering & Design program is featured in Alaska Air/Horizon's magazine (November issue) - the one you look at when bored on your flight. Read at the following link - it starts on page 30. Article.
GRADS Program Gains Awareness
Similar to the above, check out this article on the GRADS Program at Evergreen Public Schools, as featured in The Oregonian recently.
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In This Issue
Make Your Voice Heard
Course Re-Approvals Due Soon
New Video Highlights Importance of Youth Work Experience
Summer Academy for Advancing Deaf & Hard of Hearing Students
FCCLA News
New WithinReach Website
Agriscience Awards Nominations
CASE Training
Agriculture Teachers Summer Conference
STEM Grant Funding
Northwestern Automotive Teachers Conference
SkillsUSA Interstate Battery's Fundraising Project
Regional SkillsUSA Competition
Call for SkillsUSA Talent
Safety in Construction Webinar
Automotive Equipment Fire Sale
Videos illustrate 'soft skills' all young workers need
Sustainable Engineering and Design Class Gets Noticed
GRADS Program Gains Awareness
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