September 6, 2013
A newsletter from Career and Technical Education - Washington
Open iGrants and Due Dates

Please find the latest information on the open iGrants and respective due dates.




Due Date

Form Package


605 - FIRST LEGO League


606 - FIRST Tech Challenge


656 - AP Computer Science


550 - JAG


669 - Advanced Project Lead the Way



414 - High Demand Programs


662 - Dropout Prevention through Farm



424 - FIRST Robotics Competition


545 - STEM Lighthouse Grant Awards


461 - Non Traditional Grants



Microsoft IT Academy Program Renewed

The IT Academy program has been renewed for another year! OSPI, Microsoft, and CCI Learning have teamed up to provide you with a comprehensive package of software, curriculum and certification resources for 21st century skills development. As of today, almost every county in the state is certifying students in Microsoft Office - prepping them for successful futures.


Are you taking advantage of these benefits and credentials for your students, staff and teachers? IT Academy provides ready-to-go curriculum solutions that can be used in all programs of study and for school-wide professional development. Integrate technology into the learning experience to engage your students and equip them with fundamental skills that will help them to be more productive in school, work and life. Don't wait, get on board for fall!


Get Started Today:

There are many resources to help you get started with the IT Academy on our SkyDrive page: and you will find specific information for WA schools here.


Contact Us:

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions or need help! Email your Washington deployment managers at or at OSPI for ITA program questions. For Microsoft certification support, contact CCI Learning at 800- 668-1669 or email


Three Students Competed in International Competition
Three Washington state students, from Kalama High School, compted the Certiport Microsoft Office Specialist international competition.
Juniors Morgan VanRiper and James Willman, and sophomore Brady Harmon, pictured above, participated in numerous competitions and came away with some amazing experiences.


The IT Academy helps students attain industry recognized certification in a variety of Microsoft technologies.


Click here for Microsoft IT Academy details.


Click here for Microsoft Office SpecialistWorld Championship details.


WA-ACTE Fall Conference 

The WA-ACTE Summer Conference theme for this yearis "CTE and STEM: Moving from Innovation to Integration and Implementation". It will be held at the Great Wolf Lodge from October 31-November 1, 2013.


Conference sessions incude some of the following topics:

  • Best Practices in innovation and integration of CTE and STEM
  • CTE & STEM Course Development & Planning
  • CTE & STEM Promotion
  • Business/Industry Partnerships
  • Career Counseling and Guidance
  • Course Equivalencies and Graduation Requirements
  • Professional Development
  • Programs of Study & Multiple Pathways
  • Work Based Learning
Registration Fee:
  • $300 (Thru October 15, 2013)
  • $350 (After October 15, 2013)
Call for Presenters: Please click here to submit a proposal for consideration.
Click here for WA-ACTE Fall Conference flyer.
Contact Franciene Chrisman at or (360) 786-9286.
Education Leadership Opportunity
The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Economic Education Group (FRBSF Econ Ed) is forming an Education Advisory Group (EAG) for 2014.
Who is able to apply?
High school economics, business, and/or social studies teachers; social studies curriculum directors; language arts teachers; math teachers. 
Two-Day FRBSF Education Advisory Group Conference
Thursday, December 5 - Friday, December 6, 2013
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA
Compensation for Attending the Two-Day Conference
  • Round-trip airfare to and from San Francisco
  • Hotel accommodations in San Francisco (the nights of December 4 and 5)
  • Meals will be provided both days of the conference (breakfast and lunch)
  • $100 travel stipend to cover transportation costs to and from the airport and any incidentals
  • Up to $150 per day for substitute teacher pay, for up to two days
  • $500 stipend for full participation in all required activities (payable in 2015)
We invite you to apply for a position within the EAG by submitting the following information by September 20, 2013.
  • First & last name
  • School name
  • School address/City/State/Zip
  • Email
  • Primary contact phone number
  • Subjects taught this year
  • Number of years teaching

Please click here for further details.  Send all inquiries and submissions to  

PLTW Student Rostering Is Open

PLTW student rostering for the fall is now open.


Based on network feedback, we have made some key enhancements to the rostering process for the upcoming school year. A list of these enhancements can be found in myPLTW.  


It is a key responsibility of the principal, delegate, or school administrator to roster their students. Student rostering is a prerequisite for enrolling students (including middle school students) into the LMS.


If you have questions, please contact our School Support Team at or (877) 335-PLTW (7589). 
AT&T Foundation Awards $30,000

Great news! A $30,000 incentive grant from the AT&T Foundation through Jobs for Washington's Graduates (JWG) was given to the Stanwood High School for a new JWG start up site for 2013-14.

Lexus and Scholastic Launch Contest for Middle and High School Students
Lexus and Scholastic are accepting applications for its Lexus Eco Challenge.  This challenge is an educational program and contest designed to inspire and empower middle and high school students in the United States to learn about the environment and take action to improve it. 
Students in grades 6-12, who are either registered and home-schooled or enrolled in a public or accredited private school, and who are legal residents of the U.S. or the District of Columbia are eligible to apply.  Additionally, teams of students can enter if they are part of an afterschool science or environmental club; the challenge is not open to clubs outside of school.  Awardees will receive a total of $500,000 in grants and scholarships. 
To obtain additional information and an application, click here.
Deadlines: October 7; November 11; and January 17, 2014.
Applied Math Council Workshops
Have you ever taught a lesson then found that very few students actually connected? Is your district struggling to raise academic attainment in mathematics? Would you like to learn about various instructional strategies in math? The Washington Applied Math Council Workshops are just for you.


2013 Fall In-Services-8:30 a.m. Start

In-Service Registration Fee: $100 ($125 onsite)


Westside - Wednesday, October 9, 2013

ESD 113

6005 Tyee Drive SW

Tumwater, WA 98512

8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (lunch included)


Eastside - Friday, October 11, 2013

Spokane Community College

North 1810 Greene Street

Spokane, WA 99207 | "The Lair" Building #6

8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (lunch included)


2014 Winter In-Service-8:30 a.m. Start

In-Service Registration Fee: $100 ($125 onsite)


Friday, February 21, 2014

YV Tech

1120 S. 18th StreetYakima, WA 98901


2014 Spring In-Service - Dates and Locations Coming Soon


WAMC Summer Conference Logo

2014 WAMC Summer Conference

In-Service Registration Fee: $525
($565 after May 23, 2014)


Monday, June 23-Friday, June 27, 2014

Red Lion Hotel, Kennewick, WA

Reservations (509) 783-0611


To register for any of the workshops, please click here.


Please contact Ron Noble, State Coordinator, if you have any questions at (509) 684-5541 or email at

Childcare Basics Training 

The childcare basics course, formerly known as STAR's, has moved from a 2 credit,  

20 hour class to a 3 credit, 30 hour class. Plan to have all child development instructors attend one of these trainings and receive the updated final childcare basics curriculum written by 3 of our instructors and 2 college instructors.


September 30, 2013

12-4 p.m.

Spokane, WA


October 1, 2013

9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Pasco, WA


October 29, 2012

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.


(Pre-conference training in connection with the FACS Conference.)


November 18, 2013

12-4 p.m.

Wenatchee, WA


December 9, 2013

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Edmonds, WA


More details will be released soon on how to register.

State Farm Grant Opportunity For High Schools
State Farm® 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 Kelly Clarkson, a chart-topping music artist.


2,196 high schools have already registered.

Only 41 days left to register!


The program Celebrate My Drive® 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 of October 18-26, 2013.


The more commitments made, the better the chances of winning a grant for a school.

For more information on the program, please click here.

Agricultural Education

Washington utilizes the Three-Circle Model to Agricultural Education; an approach which results in higher graduation rates, increased post-secondary opportunities, and the development of leadership in students. 


Classroom Instruction: Students are given opportunities to practically apply theories of science, with a development of an understanding of how the theory can be applied in the agriculture field; the largest science industry within the nation.

Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE): Students learn industry skills through a hands-on project supervised by the instructor. Projects can include research, production, placement at an existing business, or utilizing the entrepreneurial spirit to begin a new business.

FFA/Leadership: Membership in the National FFA Organization is the premiere delivery of leadership instruction within and outside of the classroom. Practical application of 21st Century Skills results in the development of community conscious, motivated citizens.

For further details about this model and what is happening in Agricultural Education, please click here for the AG Ed White Paper and here for the September 2013 AG Ed Update.

Please contact Rebecca Wallace, Agricultural Education Program Supervisor, with any questions or feedback you have at (360) 725-6244 or

Family and Consumer Sciences Fall Conference 
Please save the date for the FACSE and FCS Fall Conference.  This year's theme is "Managing Change Through Famiy & Consumer Sciences".
Date:  October 27-29, 2013
Place:  Heathman Lodge
               7801 NE Greenwood Drive
               Vancouver, WA 98662
               (360) 254-3100
Cost:    $225 for members.  $350 for nonmembers.
Includes:  1 breakfast, 2 lunches, and clock hours.
Early bird registration deadline is September 30, 2013.
Online registration only at
For additional informaton, please contact Vicki Zimmerman at or
(509) 464-8547.


FACS Professional Development Opportunity

Generate excitement in your classroom by introducing FUN into your Financial Literacy curriculum! Discover how collaboration with the Math department will add value to your lessons and demonstrate how FCS can support core subjects and STEM.  


A 21st Century education requires new thinking...start on September 24!  The "money management" process presented in this webinar not only fulfills FCS Financial Literacy curriculum, but also is a great way for kids to learn about the "value" of things. Students learn how to calculate value before they "pay." This helps them respect the resources they are using in class and elsewhere in their lives, and it provides non-punitive incentives that inspire responsible behavior. 


Everyone will benefit: your students, their families, and FCS and math teachers.


Money Management FUN for Secondary Students

Presented by Angela DeHart, CFCS


90-Minute Online Event

Tuesday, September 24th at 4:00pm ET


Register Now!


$35 for AAFCS members ($50 for non-members)


If you have quesions, please contact Daila Boufford at (703) 706-4609 or email at dboufford@aafcs.og.



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.
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.

FACS 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

Aerospace Core+ Workshop for New Grantees

Core Curriculum Deep Dive, Tools, Equipment and Supplies and Core Project's training. 


Save the Tentative Dates:

   October 18, 2013

   October 19, 2013


Aerospace Grants winner announcements should be made in mid-September. Confirmation on date, location, time and agenda will be sent out as soon as award winners are identified.

AYES Instructors

Professional Development on "Electrical System Troubleshooting Made Easy" will be held:


    Date:   October 11, 2013

    Time:  8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. | Half hour provided lunch

    Place:  Professional Automotive Training Center at Shoreline


Bob Biesieszinski (Honda Program Instructor) will be conducting the free workshop.


8 clock hours will be available.


Register to Marvin Linville (

Pathways to Apprenticeship Event

The Center of Excellence invites you to attend and recieve advanced instruction and on the job training in high demand careers. NOW is the time to consider apprenticeship! 

Date:           September 25, 2013


Time:          8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Where:       Spokane Ironworkers

                      16610 E. Euclid

                      Spokane Valley, WA 99216


Cost:           $50


Includes:  8 clock hours, continental breakfast, lunch

The apprenticeship training will include:
  • Valuable careeer guidance tools and academic resources
  • In-depth knowledge of the apprenticeship system
  • Connections to apprenticeship programs representing many industries
  • Tour of apprenticesip training center for tour and hands-on experience of multiple trades

Click here to register.  For questions and for payment options, contact Vicki Plemmons.

SkillsUSA Membership
To register for SkillsUSA memberships, please click here.
  • Student ($16.00, State & National dues)
  • Professional ($22.00, State & National dues)
First Semester Deadline:  December 13, 2013
Second Semester Deadline:  February 14, 2014.
Click here to register online. 
SkillsUSA Regional Advisor's Fall Meeting

Get involved with SkillsUSA!


Meet State Director (Denny Wallace) and Executive Director (Bruce McBurney) and learn about SkillsUSA, membership and processes, updates from OSPI , network, and plan the regions activities:


Puget Sound Region

September 17, 2013 | 5:00pm

Renton Secondary Learning Center


Olympic Region

September 18, 2013 | 5:00 p.m.

No. 1 Buffet in Bremerton


Southwest Region

September 18, 2013 | 4:00 p.m.

Clark County Skills Center


Eastern Region

September 25, 2013 | 6:00 p.m.

Northern Lights in Spokane


Central Region

September 26, 2013 | 5:00 p.m.

YV Tech Skills Center


For additional information, please contact Bruce McBurney at

Lowe's & SkillsUSA Grants

CareerSafe Grants: Vouchers that will allow students to take on online assessment and earn their OSHA 10 hours Construction or General Industry Safety Credential. 


Schools in Need Grant: Provide basic needs to improve the quality of students' education experience. Grants between $2500 and $25,000 are available.


Applications will become available on September 1, 2013.

Applications must be received by November 1, 2013.

Vouchers will be awarded in January 2014.


Click here for more information and to secure an application.

Educated and Skilled to Lead America's Video Competition 

SkillsUSA Members are encouraged to create a video that showcases how members are becoming educated (what are you learning, what facilities or equipment are you training on) and skilled (what skills have your learned). Tell their story.


Videos should be between 2-3 minutes in length and must be uploaded to YouTube at by November 15, 2013.


For more information contact Kelly Horton at

"Image" Photos For SkillsUSA Magazine
The SkillsUSA Magazine staff is seeking photo submission for the "Image" page. In this contest, students and advisors can submit photos that show SkillsUSA Members in action. They currently do not have a photo selected for the next issue, so get your submission in.
The photographer's chapter will receive $150 prize check and, of course, the thrill of seeing his or her work in print.
For details, email Tom Hall at
The Dirty Job America Must Now Embrace-Closing the Skills Gap

Julie Kantor, Chief Partnership Officer, STEMconnector®, a for-profit powerhouse convening force in the STEM Universe (Science Technology Engineering Math) founded by one of her great mentors CEO Edie Fraser and Diversified Search.


Julie is a veteran leader and tireless ambassador of the STEM and entrepreneurial ecosystem workforce serving in CXO roles since 1992. Julie is a known in the community as a people person, a brand-builder, national thought leader, writer for Huffington Post Business and networked fundraiser with a proven track record.

Click here for intriguing Article highlighting Mike Rowe and SkillsUSA.

Aerospace Core + Workshop for New Grantees

Core Curriculum Deep Dive, Tools, Equipment and Supplies and Core Project's Training.

Save the Tentative Date: October 18-19, 2013.


Aerospace Grants winner announcements should be made in mid-September.


Confirmation on date, location, time, and agenda will be sent out as soon as award winners are identified.

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.
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 2013.
The application period for the awards is open. Applications are due September 30, 2013.
Click here for details.

GAME: IT -- A STEM Initiative

GAME:IT teaches students to build 12 real working games and along the way, they learn the math and physics concepts used in game development, how the engineering design cycle is used to design games, the components of a good game, color theory used in game deGame ITsign, how to create sprites and animation, and so much more!


Use as a CTE course, after-school club, summer learning program, student retention tool, community education class or to supplement a math or physics class. 


Thousands have taken advantage of our STEM initiative where we are
GIVING AWAY our GAME:IT curriculum to the first 10,000 schools that register. 


Click here to sign up today!
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 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.
Click here to learn more about this opportunity.

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.
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.

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.


Click here to take that assessment and learn more about opportunities. 

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.

FBLA 9 Regional Conferences | FBLA National Conference
There are 9 Regional Conferences being held around the state during the months of October through November. The National FBLA Conference will be held November 22-23, 2013 in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Click here for FBLA National Conference details.

How does FBLA benefit students?

  • Orientation to business careers
  • Leadership skills
  • Improved career skills
  • Recognition at conferences
  • Travel opportunities
  • Scholarship opportunities
  • Resumé enhancement
  • Meet new people
  • Network with business professionals
  • Establish occupational goals
  • Get firsthand experience with business people
  • Practice effective money management
  • Learn the value of community responsibility
  • Get on-the-job training in a wide range of business activities, including planning, fundraising, conducting meetings, and managing finances, time, and resources 

How does FBLA benefit teachers?

Teachers who serve as chapter advisers receive materials on student activities, workshops, and competitions that encourage interest, develop business skills, and increase knowledge of the business world. These materials can be integrated into the classroom curriculum to enrich teaching methods.


FBLA also provides teachers with opportunities for:

  • Professional development through meetings with fellow educators, conference workshops, and seminars.
  • Networking and interaction with the local business community.
  • Visibility and recognition through chapter participation in school and community activities.
  • Enhancement of the quality of education for your students.

How does FBLA benefit schools?

The business curriculum-and the school as a whole-can be enriched by this co-curricular activity.


Schools benefit from:

  • Increased interest and enrollment in business programs
  • Positive publicity created by being involved in newsworthy events
  • Opportunities for building partnerships and gaining connections with local businesses
  • Encourages student involvement in local civic and business activities

Please contact Judy Reynolds, FBLA Executive Director, or Dawne Schmidt, FBLA Program Specialist with questions or for information at (360) 753-5666.  Click here for the Washington FBLA website.

Riverside School District Recruiting Woods/Welding/Metals Teacher

There is an opening at Riverside High School for a 0.4 FTE teacher with experience in woods and welding or .2 wood, .2 welding.


Riverside School District

34515 N. Newport Highway
Chattaroy, WA 99003


Phone: (509) 464-8201


Click here for district information.

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Open iGrants, Microsoft IT Academy Program Renewed, International Competition, WA-ACTE Fall Conference, Education Leadership Opportunity, PLTW
Open iGrants
Microsoft IT Academy Program Renewed
Three Students Competed in International Competition
WA-ACTE Fall Conference
Education Leadership Opportunity
PLTW Student Rostering Is Open
AT&T Foundation Awards $30,000
Lexus and Scholastic Launch Contest
Applied Math Council Workshops
Childcare Basics Training
State Farm Grant Opportunity For High Schools
Agricultural Education
FACSE and FCS Fall Conference
FACS Professional Development Opportunity
Jump$tart Washington National Educator Conference
Food Service Teen Fact Sheet
Aerospace Core+ Workshop for New Grantees
AYES Instructors
Pathways to Apprenticeship Event
SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference
SkillsUSA Regional Advisor's Fall Meeting
Lowe's & SkillsUSA Grants
Educated and Skilled to Lead America's Video Competition
"Image" Photos For SkillsUSA Magazine
The Dirty Job America Must Now Embrace-Closing the Skills Gap
Aerospace Core + Workshop for New Grantees
Project Lead the Way Provides Alignments
Student Spaceflight Experiments Program
Student STEM Competition
GAME: IT -- A STEM Initiative
STEM Jump Start Grant Opportunity
STEM Grant Funding
Northwest Center of Excellence for Marine Manufacturing & Technology
Supply Chain Careers Assessment
New Student Leadership Organization
FBLA 9 Regional Conferences | FBLA National Conference
Riverside School District Recruiting Woods/Welding/Metals Teacher
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