July 1, 2013
A newsletter from Career and Technical Education - Washington

Washington IT Academy Awards Nomination

If you or someone you know has had an IT Academy success story and you think deserves recognition, please click here for the nomination form. Please complete and submit back to Ashley Flyare at ashley.flygare@k12.wa.us. The deadline has been extended to
July 15, 2013.


There are four exciting categories to choose from:


WA IT Academy Innovative Teaching Strategies

A teacher or program that has integrated IT Academy Resources into the classroom in a manner that integrates content-area knowledge, exhibits creativity or problem solving, or illustrates a 21st Century Learning environment.


WA IT Academy Outstanding Achievement

A teacher, program or district that illustrates an achievement in testing success, certification success, certification ratio to student population, or progression of student certification to Microsoft Office Expert or Microsoft Technology Associate.


WA IT Academy Game Changer Award

A teacher, program, or district that overcame implementation challenges to certify students in the 2011-2012 school year.


WA IT Academy Lighthouse Award

A program or district that reflects overall success in the IT Academy program.


If you questions, please contact Lance Wrzesinski at (360) 725-6258 or email at lance.wrzesinski@k12.wa.us.

New Student Leadership Organization

Washington State now has eight recognized student leadership organizations. 


The Health Occupation Student Association (HOSA) is the new addition with Marianna Goheen as the state supervisor and Kathryn Russell as the state adviser. Marianna received the HOSA charter for Washington State in June.


The purpose of the HOSA organization is to develop leadership and technical skill competencies through a program of motivation, awareness and recognition, which is an integral part of the Health Science Education instructional program.


Click here for the HOSA website and here for the CTE website.

CTSO Leadership Development for SkillsUSA Instructors

CTSO Leadership Development workshop to be offered if there are 25 participants.


Topics covered: 1) Learn employability skills training from experts and seasoned teacher; 2) Learn how to integrate the PDP (Professional Development Program) into their program; 3) Teach your students to manage their education; 4) Learn how to maximize business and industry partnerships, and 5) Learn about the online version of PDP.


Estimated Cost of the Program should be under $100 and participant will earn 8 clock hours.


If your teachers are interested in attending a Regional Professional Development workshop, please contact Denny Wallace at (360) 725-6241 or email at dennis.wallace@k12.wa.us


WA-ACTE Summer Conference

The WA-ACTE Summer Conference theme for this year is "Career and Technical EDGE...Setting the Standard". It will be held at the Yakima Convention Center from August 11-14, 2013. Clock hours are available.


Pre-Conference sessions include:

  • Common Core Math and English
  • Financial Literacy
  • First Aid
  • Next Generation Science
  • Project Management
  • Project Lead the Way 


Conference sessions incude some of the following topics:

  • Education Overviews
  • Washington Job Outlook
  • Positive Learning Environments
  • Best Practices for CTE
  • Building and Developing Business Partners
  • CTE Safety
  • Civil Rights Onsite Reviews
  • High Skills/High Wages
The Chad Foster will be the opening keynote speaker. He is one of America's most sought-after speakers for his outstanding work in creating and implementing critical 21st Century Skills resources for students. His best selling books include Teenagers Preparing for the Real World, Financial Literacy for Teens, Career Readiness for Teens and High School 101.


The Shark Tank Grannies will be the closing keynote speakers. They are two women from Yelm, Washington, who have put their entrepreneurial talents together about their Ice Chips CandyŽ. They were called to make a pitch at Shark Tank and managed to obtain national support from two Sharks, Barbara Corcoran and Mark Cuban. They are enjoying the notoriety and profit from this life-changing business venture. Read their book Two Grannies in a Garage and be encouraged!


Click here to read more and to register.

Best Buy Children's Foundation To Donate $2 Million in Community Grants
Best Buy Children's Foundation will donate up to $2 million in Community Grants to local and regional nonprofit organizations that provide teens with places and opportunities to develop 21st century technology skills that will inspire future education and career choices.

Examples of program activities include:Best Buy

  • Computer Programming
  • Digital imaging (photography, graphic design, videography)
  • Music production
  • Robotics
  • Gaming and Mobile App Development


Community Grants are designed to support local efforts and are reviewed for consideration by Best Buy teams across the United States. The average grant amount is $5,000 and will not exceed $10,000.


Proposal Deadlines and Administration


Proposal Due Date

July 1, 2013 - Proposal must be submitted online here no later than 11:59 pm EDT on July 1, 2013.

Proposal Requirements and Information

Proposals must be submitted electronically. Hard copy applications will not be considered. Please include a program budget and organization budget. Click here for complete details.

Notification Date

September 15, 2013


bestbuygrant@easymatch.com or 866-625-4350.


 Click here for details.

Food Service Teen Fact Sheet

For the latest information from the Department of Labor and Industries regarding what is permitted and prohibited work activities for youth ages 14 to 17 years old, please click here.

Common Core Math Applications for Quilting
Applying Common Core Math to hands-on quilt top construction is something you can use in your classrooms. Attend an exciting workshop in which you will use the Buggy Barn Crazy method to construct a quilt.
      Date: August 11, 2013
      Time: 12-5 p.m.
      Place: Selah High School
      Cost: $35
Click here for details.  Contact Kathi Hendrix to reserve a place.   
Project Management for CTE
Project Management for CTE professional development will help to make your job easier by utilizing the best practics of traditional conferences and the best features of e-learning and "webucation". 
Questions about the course?
Contact Jim Noeldner at jim@rpmteam.com
Click here for flyer.  Check out Project Management here.
Lego Robotics EV3 Training

When:  August 10 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.             

              August 11 from 8 a.m. -4 p.m.


Where: Yakima Valley Technical Skills Center

              1120 South 18th Ave, Yakima, WA 98901


Presenting: Ian-Chow Miller of the Lego Education Advisory Board, experienced Lego Robotics Instructor


What: Two-Day Intensive Lego Robotics EV3 Workshop (Enrollment limited to 30 participants)


Cost: $150.00 registration fee (includes lunches and 12 clock hours)


Who: Teachers new to Lego Robotics or migrating from NXT to EV3 (10 clock hours)

  • Click here to register.
  • Please bring your own laptop. Internet access will be provided.


Jump$tart Washington National Educator Conference

The Jump$tart National Educator Confererence will be held November 1-3, 2013, at the JW Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The Jump$tart National Educator Conference:

  • Is devoted to the teaching of personal finance in PreK-12 classrooms.
  • Subsidizes costs for teachers, making it affordable despite economic conditions.
  • Improves teachers' own level of financial literacy.
  • Introduces teachers to new information, techniques, and resources to help them bring personal finance to life in their classrooms.
  • Gives teachers the opportunity to network with resource providers, industry leaders, and-most importantly-fellow financial educators from across the country.
Click here for complete details.

Principles of Applied Technology Workshop

MatEd (The National Resource Center for Materials Technology Education) and Edmonds Community College will be offering their Principles of Applied Technology (PT) workshop this summer. The workshop will emphasize critical thinking and quantitative reasoning skills to teach applied physics from a technology perspective. Teachers will work together on exciting labs and hands-on exercises that they can take back to the classroom and use to engage their students.


The objective of PT is to relate student development of competencies and other STEM subjects to in-demand jobs in technical career pathways.


The workshop will be held:

  • July 8-12, 2013
  • 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
  • Edmonds Community College's, Monroe Hall
  • 6606 196th Street SW, Lynnwood, WA 98036-5999


Class fee is $495, and is eligible for 40 OSPI clock hours.


Register online here or call (425) 640-1840.

Key Peninsula Aerospace Program

What could be more fun than learning about space, launching a raw egg into the fringe of outer space, and setting a world record?
The students in the Key Peninsula Middle School aerospace program made the news for breaking a record for the highest successful egg drop!
Please click here for details.  

Project Lead the Way Provides Alignments

PLTW is excited to provide alignments for the GTT, PTE and BMS programs to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).


PLTW curriculum is 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.


Alignment to standards for PLTW is determined by the following rigorous description:


Students complete a designated task(s) that demonstrates the outlined knowledge and/or skills of the specific standard or objective.


These and other alignments, including those to Common Core State Standards, are available here.
Guitar Building Workshop for Educators
Bringing math, science and music center stage, these two workshops will provide educators with 40 clock hours.
Mark your calendars for July 15-19, 2013 at the EMP Museum in Seattle. Register here. 
Regional SkillsUSA Competition

Please go to http://www.skillsusawashington.org and then click on "regions" and select specific region to see dates, times and locations of regional competitions.

Student Spaceflight Experiments Program

The Student Spaceflight Experiments Program was designed as a model U.S. national STEM education initiative to inspire and engage the next generation. 


This is a wonderful opportunity for a school district or individual schools to engage a few hundred Grade 5-12 students in a very real Microgravity Experiment Design for Flight to the International Space Station (ISS).


Note: this program is not for an individual class.


Important Dates:

  • September 4, 2013  (Deadline for communities to be aboard)
  • September 9-November 11, 2013 (Week Experiment Design Phase in Your Community)
  • December 12, 2013  (Selection of Community Flight Experiment  and Ferry Flight to ISS)
  • Spring 2014  (Ferry Flight Return to Earth)
  • July 2014  (Launch plus 6 weeks National Conference at Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.


Please click here for details.  Click here for the website. 

The SiemThe Journalens Foundation has opened its annual Competition in Math, Science and Technology. This year's program will offer scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $100,000. The competition, administered by the College Board, calls on high school students to submit original research in technology, science, or math, either as individuals or in teams. Regional competitions will be held at six United States universities in November, with finalists competing in Washington, D.C., in December 2013Click here for details.
STEM Jump Start Grant Opportunity 
Thanks to corporate support up to 10 schools can still qualify for up to $5,000 in STEM JUMP START GRANT funding support for 2013-14. The grant funding can be applied to STEM 101 consulting, professional development of curriculum services. Request a meeting with a STEM 101 advisor here.




Learn about STEM 101 programming by viewing a 15 minute overview presentation. Click here.




Read here about STEM 101 schools are winning awards all over the country.




The battle ground for the hearts and minds of students as it relates to STEM education is happening at the middle grade level. Click here for details.


To view the flyer, click here.

STEM Fuse Offers 18 Week Free Game Design Curriculum 

In pursuit of their founding mission "to develop leading STEM curriculum and promote STEM education nationwide" STEM Fuse is excited to announce "GAME:IT 10,000 a STEM Initiative". Through this program all Washington high schools have the opportunity to access, deliver and teach STEM Fuse's nationally recognized GAME:IT curriculum 100% free of charge! The course was designed as an introductory level game design course that can be taught regardless of technical experience. This is an outstanding opportunity for Washington schools to teach a fully aligned, rigorous, yet highly engaging CTE / STEM course and save thousands of dollars often spent on STEM / technology curriculum and materials.


STEM Fuse will allow for virtually unlimited access and usage for participating schools and they even encourage multiple uses within the school and exposure to as many students as possible. YourGame IT  school will find STEM Fuse to be easy to work with in helping you register for this curriculum. They will provide ongoing support, help and training to WA schools that want to participate in this program to ensure that they are fully prepared to successfully teach GAME:IT. 


Click here to view:
  •   Course information regarding GAME:IT
  •   Terms of usage and course implementation
  •   Project registration and implementation process for GAME:IT
  •   Service, training and professional development"
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.

Supply Chain Careers Assessment

The Center of Excellence for Global Trade & Supply Chain Management, formerly International Trade, Transportation, and Logistics is offering students a free Career Assessment to see if Supply Chain Careers are right for them. Go to http://www.ittlwa.com/ to take that assessment and learn more about opportunities. 

State Farm Grant Opportunity

State FarmŽ is offering a grant opportunity for schools to possibly win either one of 10 $100,000 grants; one of 90 $25,000 grants; or a grand prize concert for a school by a chart-topping music artist. The program Celebrate My DriveŽ is a safe driving program where one's community will also be encouraged to make safe driving commitments on behalf of a school during the commitment period.


The more commitments made, the better the chances of winning a grant for a school and maybe even a concert by a chart-topping music artist. For more information on the program, please go to http://www.celebratemydrive.com.

Northwest Center of Excellence for Marine Manufacturing & Technology

The Northwest Center of Excellence for Marine Manufacturing & Technology has numerous activities and information on career opportunities  listed on their website.


Go here to learn more about activities and events.

GATE: Ways of Expression 

The stories of students and young people can have a profound impact across the state of Washington, from the classrooms and communities to the state legislature.


Students stories need to be heard
Graduation: A Team Effort (GATE) is a state initiative working to better serve the youth of Washington by aligning dropout prevention, intervention, and reengagement efforts in our state. GATE is looking for teen artists to publish on the GATE website to broadcast the youth voice of Washington. If you're a student, share your story and compete with teens from around the state to become one of the GATE:
Ways of Expression Artists of the Month.


Every month, there is a new theme for the contest. Delve deeper into the themes to consider how the themes have affected your life and your community.


What's in it for students?

  •  A chance to share their story and art with other youth, parentsschool staff and policy makers.
  •  Awards and accolades to add to their portfolio and resume.
  •  Art, student advocacy, and statewide impact.

How to enter
Step 1: Read the Guidelines
Step 2: Review the Monthly Themes
Step 3: Make Art!
Step 4: Submit Your Art


For more information


Contact GATE at GATE@k12.wa.us

Battle Ground Public Schools Recruiting Family and Consumer Sciences Teachers

There is an opening in the Battle Ground Public Schools for a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher.


Position Listing ID: 130509002

Battle Ground Public Schools

District Office
PO Box 200
Battle Ground, WA 98604


Phone: (360) 885-5300 

For specific information, please click here.  Click here for the website.

Monroe Public Schools Recruiting Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher

There are two openings in the Monroe Public Schools for Family and Consumer Sciences teachers. 

Monroe Public Schools
200 E. Fremont
Monroe, WA 98272


Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Summer Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Phone: (360) 804-2530
Fax: (360) 804-2549

Email: HumanResources@monroe.wednet.edu

For specific information, please click here.
Family and Consumer Sciences News
For the latest information on what is happening in Family and   Consumer Sciences in Washington State, please click here.


Mary Nagel, FACS Program Supervisor,

can be reached at (360) 725-6242 or by

email at mary.nagel@k12.wa.us.

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IT Academy Awards Nominations
New Student Leadership Organization
CTSO Leadership Development for SkillsUSA Instructors
WA-ACTE Summer Conference
Best Buy Children's Foundation to Donate $2 Million
Food Service Teen Fact Sheet
Common Core Math Applications for Quilting
Project Management for CTE
Lego Robotics EV3 Training
Jump$tart Washington National Educator Conference
Principles of Applied Technology Workshop
Key Peninsula Aerospace Program
Project Lead the Way Provides Alignments
Guitar Building Workshop for Educators
Regional SkillsUSA Competition
Student Spaceflight Experiments Program
Student STEM Competition
STEM Jump Start Grant Opportunity
STEM Fuse Offers 18 Week Free Game Design Curriculum
STEM Grant Funding
Supply Chain Careers Assessment
State Farm Grant Opportunity
Northwest Center of Excellence for Marine Manufacturing & Technology
GATE: Ways of Expression
Battle Ground Public Schools Recruitment for FACSE Teacher
Monroe Public Schools Recruitment for FACSE Teachers
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