2015 Data Quality Institute

The theme of this year’s Institute is "Data Sharing." Institute sessions are designed to support states in accessing and using data to improve the collection and reporting of performance information on CTE students and program outcomes over time. Sessions are organized around three strands. Each strand addresses a specific set of issues related to the identification, collection and use of CTE student and program data. These strands include:

  • Strand I:  Choosing the Metrics
  • Strand II: Sourcing the Data
  • Strand III: Using and Presenting Information
SAVE THE DATE!
Who: State secondary and postsecondary CTE agency staff
When: November 4–5, 2015
Where: The Conference Center at the Maritime Institute, outside Baltimore, Maryland

2015 DQI Agenda (PDF, 328 KB)
2015 DQI Reminder Letter (PDF, 288 KB)

Notes:

  • Participants will need to use their federal Perkins or state funds to attend.
  • There is no registration cost associated with the meeting. However, all individuals attending will need to compensate RTI for lunch and snacks provided ($18 per day).
  • Beginning September 1st, states may register up to two individuals to attend. After September 14th states may register additional individuals on a first-come, first-serve basis until the event attendance cap is reached. Hotel rooms subject to availability.
  • The room block sets rate at $139/night and includes meal charges (Breakdown: $102 for room, $10 for breakfast, $24 for dinner, $3 service charge).

For more information, contact: Allison Hill at Allison.Hill@ed.gov or (202) 245-7775.

White House Convening, "Celebrating Innovations in Career and Technical Education (CTE)"

As part of her Reach Higher initiative, the First Lady will deliver remarks at the Celebrating Innovations in Career and Technical Education (CTE) event.

This event will be livestreamed at wh.gov/live.

Skills on Purpose – Creating the Next Generation of Manufacturers Webinar #3

Career Pathways in Manufacturing – Rethinking the Pipeline with the End in Mind

Career pathways are based in the coordination of efforts between colleges, schools, and employers to assure the skill needs of the workforce. By avoiding haphazard approaches, pathway programs put in place a coherent, articulated sequence of rigorous academic and career-technical courses—secondary to postsecondary that support career development for individuals, and fuel the growth of industry. This webinar highlighted the process of constructing effective career pathway programs in the manufacturing sector.

Presenters:

  • Debbie Mills, Vice President, Director, National Career Pathways Network
  • Libby Livings-Eassa, Founding Partner, the Divergent Group
  • Ann Ifekwunigwe, Career Pathways Supervisor, Newport News Public Schools

Please send questions about the webinar to SkillsOnPurpose@ed.gov.
The recorded webinar will be archived at: http://cte.ed.gov/initiatives/skills-on-purpose.

Skills on Purpose – Creating the Next Generation of Manufacturers Webinar #1

Employer-Centered Talent Development for Small- and Medium-Sized Firms

In this webinar, small- and medium-sized companies shared workforce development strategies that efficiently and effectively engage training and education stakeholders and institutions. Such engagements are critical in assuring the quality and prepardness of incoming talent, and have become an essential part of the growth strategy for many manufacturing firms.

Presenters:

  • Brent Weil, Senior Vice President for Education and Workforce Development, The Manufacturing Institute
  • Mary Isbister, President, GenMet
  • Dante Fierros, President, Nichols Precision
  • Rosalyn Boxer, Vice President–Workforce Development, Arizona Commerce Authority

Please send questions about the webinar to SkillsOnPurpose@ed.gov.
The recorded webinar will be archived at: http://cte.ed.gov/initiatives/skills-on-purpose.

Skills on Purpose – Creating the Next Generation of Manufacturers Webinar #2

State and Local Policy and the Implementation of Industry-Education Partnerships

Workforce partnerships are built upon the coordination of efforts between colleges, schools, and employers to assure the skill needs of the workforce. This webinar described ways that state governments can serve the work of local partnerships, helping effective approaches to spread, and magnifying the impact on growth and employment.

Presenters:

  • Lindsay Woolsey, Director, The Woolsey Group
  • Stephanie Steffens, Director, Colorado Workforce Development Council
  • Scott Stump, Chief Operating Officer, Vivayic

Please send questions about the webinar to SkillsOnPurpose@ed.gov.
The recorded webinar will be archived at: http://cte.ed.gov/initiatives/skills-on-purpose.

Uniformed Guidance Webinar for Grantees

Join the U.S. Department of Education to Discuss Implementation of the Uniform Guidance

Dear Colleagues,

The U.S. Department of Education invites our grantees and constituents to participate in a discussion of the Department’s implementation of the interim final rule for 2 CFR Part 200, the Uniform Administrative Requirements; Cost Principles, & Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (known as the “Uniform Guidance”) to better understand its impact on your work and administration of your grants. 

These rules were published initially by the Office of Management and Budget in the Federal Register on December 26, 2013. The Department adopted the Uniform Guidance on December 19, 2014, and it took effect with regard to all discretionary and formula grant program grants that were or will be issued on or after December 26, 2014. For effective implementation of these new rules, the Department is hosting a webcast to help grantees:

  • Understand the goals of the Uniform Guidance (2 CFR Part 200);
  • Learn what the Department is doing to implement the Uniform Guidance;
  • Understand what’s new and what’s not in key issue areas, for example:
    • Administrative requirements for managing a grant,
    • Subaward monitoring and management,
    • The relationship between internal controls and new flexibilities,
    • Cost Principles,
    • Audit requirements;
  • Learn the timeline for transitioning to the Uniform Guidance; and
  • Be aware of available resources and future training opportunities

The discussion will also help the Department determine if additional guidance would be helpful to grantees and constituents.

Webinar Details

Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Time: 1:30 PM ET - 3:00 PM ET

Webcast site: ED Stream Webcast

We invite you to submit questions before and during the presentation, at UniformGrantGuidanceImplementation@ed.gov.  This mailbox will remain open throughout this transition year as we implement the Uniform Guidance.

We will answer as many questions as possible during the presentation.  Answers to other questions will be provided in the frequently asked questions (the “FAQs”) document, posted on our ED.gov Uniform Guidance Technical Assistance for ED Grantees webpage.  We frequently update our Uniform Guidance technical assistance website, so you might want to bookmark that site for reference. 

No registration is required for this webcast.

The archived recording of this webcast will be posted on the ED.gov The Department will provide captioning services for the webcast.  If you require other reasonable accommodation to participate in this event, i.e. sign-language interpreter, Braille, large print or CD Rom, please contact Kathy Killian (ODS) by phone (202-245-6147) or email at (Kathy.Killian@ed.gov) no later than 12:00 pm EST May 25, 2015.  If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text telephone (TTY), call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1-800-877-8339.

State Leaders in Agricultural Education

The 2015 State Agricultural Education Leaders’ Webinar series continues on May 19th! Join us to hear the latest news, updates, and information from the Safety in Agriculture for Youth (SAY) Project, the Missouri FFA Association, National Agricultural Education Organizations, and the U.S. Department of Education (ED)! The webinar series brings leaders in agricultural education to a computer near you, and provides timely and relevant information, strategies, resources, and promising practices that you can use within your state.

Be sure to tune in as each webinar will feature guest speakers from the agricultural education community who will discuss opportunities and promising practices in agricultural education that may benefit your agriculture educators and students. For more information, see the Save the Date (PDF, 151 KB)

Pre-registration is required! Register for this event.

New State Directors Orientation

The Division of Academic and Technical Education (DATE) is pleased to invite you to the inaugural "New State Directors Orientation."  The orientation will be held on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, in the Governors Room at the Omni Shoreham Hotel (site of the 2015 NASCTEc Spring Meeting) in Washington, DC.

The New State Director Orientation sessions will provide an overview of the following topical areas:

  • CAR Submission and Review Process
  • State Plan Submission & Review Process
  • Perkins grant award cycle:  July 1st and October 1st grant award process
  • DATE Monitoring Process

Please RSVP by Tuesday, March 31, 2015, to Edward R. Smith, Chief of DATE’s Program Administration Branch at Edward.Smith@ed.gov or by telephone at 202-245-7602.

We look forward to a productive and lively session!

State Plan Training Session 2

The Division of Academic and Technical Education (DATE) will be hosting a State Plan Submission training Thursday, February 13 at 11:00 am EST. These training sessions are designed to support you and your team in the submission of State Plan revisions, budgets and performance levels for Program nine FY 2015-16 Perkins IV grant awards electronically through the Perkins IV State Plan Submission Web site.

Webinar Connection Information

Audio
Phone Number: 1-866-740-1260
Participant Access Code: 8494942

Web Presentation
URL: www.readytalk.com
Participant Access Code: 8494942

State Plan Training Session 1

The Division of Academic and Technical Education (DATE) will be hosting a State Plan Submission training Tuesday, February 11 at 2:00 pm EST. These training sessions are designed to support you and your team in the submission of State Plan revisions, budgets and performance levels for Program nine FY 2015-16 Perkins IV grant awards electronically through the Perkins IV State Plan Submission Web site.

Webinar Connection Information

Audio
Phone Number: 1-866-740-1260
Participant Access Code: 8494942

Web Presentation
URL: www.readytalk.com
Participant Access Code: 8494942

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Call Information

Office Hours for CTE State Directors

The Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) welcomes state directors and their teams to meet with Department staff members for guidance and assistance with CTE and Perkins issues.

Meetings will be held in the Calvert Room of the Omni Shoreham Hotel (2500 Calvert St., NW, Washington, DC 20008).

The registration period for this event has closed. For more information, please contact Margaret Romer at margaret.romer@ed.gov.

State Plan Training Session 4

The Division of Academic and Technical Education (DATE) will be hosting a State Plan Submission training Thursday, February 26 at 1:00 pm EST. These training sessions are designed to support you and your team in the submission of State Plan revisions, budgets and performance levels for Program nine FY 2015-16 Perkins IV grant awards electronically through the Perkins IV State Plan Submission Web site.

Webinar Connection Information

Audio
Phone Number: 1-866-740-1260
Participant Access Code: 8494942

Web Presentation
URL: www.readytalk.com
Participant Access Code: 8494942

State Plan Training Session 3

The Division of Academic and Technical Education (DATE) will be hosting a State Plan Submission training Tuesday, February 24 at 1:00 pm EST. These training sessions are designed to support you and your team in the submission of State Plan revisions, budgets and performance levels for Program nine FY 2015-16 Perkins IV grant awards electronically through the Perkins IV State Plan Submission Web site.

Webinar Connection Information

Audio
Phone Number: 1-866-740-1260
Participant Access Code: 8494942

Web Presentation
URL: www.readytalk.com
Participant Access Code: 8494942

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