November 14, 2018 Notes from the Director

‚ÄčNovember 14, 2018

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of Assistant Secretary Scott Stump, I am pleased to pass along the invitation (PDF , 140 KB) to the 20th annual Perkins Data Quality Institute (DQI).  This event will be held on February 12-13, 2019, at OCTAE Headquarters in Washington, DC. 

Looking forward to an productive event –

Sharon Lee Miller
Director, Division of Academic and Technical Education

October 26, 2018 Notes from the Director

October 26, 2018

Dear Colleagues,

In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Department of Education is proposing a revision to the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act Consolidated Annual Report (CAR), information collection 1830-0569, to reflect changes made by the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V).  As you will recall, under Perkins V, the Department is proposing to collect narrative information and fiscal status reports through the CAR, and performance data through the EDFacts Submission System (ESS).  A separate notice inviting public comment on the ESS was issued in an email from me yesterday, November 7, 2018.

Today’s Federal Register includes a notice inviting public comment on this draft Perkins V CAR. Comments will be accepted for 60 days, ending on January 7, 2019.  The Federal Register notice is available at the following link: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=ED-2018-ICCD-0121-0001

To access and review the draft Perkins V CAR and related documents, please visit https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=ED-2018-ICCD-0121-0001.  You may submit written comments electronically through Regulations.gov or via postal mail, commercial delivery, or hand delivery.  You will find more information about where to mail or deliver comments in the Federal Register notice.

We look forward to your comments.

Sharon Lee Miller
Director, Division of Academic and Technical Education

October 19, 2018 Notes from the Director

October 19, 2018

Colleagues –

On behalf of the Division of Academic and Technical Education (DATE), I am pleased to announce the new Perkins Regional Coordinators who will serve as your single point of contact as you implement the new Strengthening CTE for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V).  Beginning on November 1, your Perkins Regional Coordinator will handle all matters pertaining to Perkins V from your State, including serving as lead for reviewing your new Perkins V State Plan.    

The Perkins Regional Coordinators will be participating in the upcoming Advance CTE, ACTE, AACC, and NAPE Regional Meetings and will look forward to meeting you and your State colleagues then.

 

Region

States

Coordinator

1 - Northern

Alaska, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington, Wyoming

Jose Figueroa
(202) 245-6054
Jose.figueroa@ed.gov

2 – Southwestern

Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah

Andrew (Andy) Johnson

(202) 245-7786
Andrew.johnson@ed.gov

3 – Mid-Northern

Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin

Jamelah Murrell
(202) 245-6981
Jamelah.murrell@ed.gov

4 – Southern

Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee

Marilyn Fountain
(202) 245-7346
Marilyn.fountain@ed.gov

5 – Northeastern

Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virgin Islands

Sharon Head
(202) 245-6131
Sharon.Head@ed.gov

6 – Mid-Atlantic

Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Palau, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia

Allison Hill
(202) 245-7775
Allison.hill@ed.gov

 

Best –

Sharon Lee Miller
Director, Division of Academic and Technical Education

September 25, 2018 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues,

The Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE), Division of Academic and Technical Education (DATE) invites States and discretionary grantees to apply for customized technical assistance (TA) for Program Year (PY) 2018-2019.  The TA is designed to support high-quality accountability and data reporting systems through services provided by our contractors at RTI International.

With the recent passage of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V), a priority of TA will be assisting States and discretionary grantees in transitioning to the legislation’s new student definitions and measurement approaches. Transition-related TA topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • Collecting data on secondary and postsecondary concentrators as newly defined in the legislation
  • Implementing measures of career and technical education (CTE) program quality
  • Improving the quality of CTE data collection and reporting
  • Using data for program approval, monitoring, improvement, and stakeholder outreach
  • Establishing new baseline levels and State determined performance levels for the section 113(b) core indicators

Given the anticipated interest in the new legislation, TA activities this year may also include cross-State or cross-local discussions of accountability.

As a reminder, this TA is intended to supplement, not supplant, State or local efforts to improve CTE accountability system. Projects should build on information and data currently available and be of manageable size and scope. RTI will assist DATE in identifying appropriate national subject matter expert(s) as needed and provide on-site consultation if necessary. Recipients will need to commit to bi-monthly meetings with the technical assistance team and provide access to relevant documentation, State and local experts, and other key stakeholders.

TA projects will culminate in summary reports with recommendations that have value for other States and discretionary grantees addressing similar issues. Products and reports from past TA projects can be viewed on the Perkins Collaborative Resource Network at https://cte.ed.gov/accountability/technical-assistance-to-states.

To be considered for PY 2018-19 TA:
Please submit a brief description (maximum of one page) of your TA needs via e-mail to Sandra Staklis at sstaklis@rti.org no later than Friday, October 12, 2018. If you have questions about the application process, contact Sandra by email or phone (503) 428-5676. DATE support for this project will be provided by John Haigh who can be reached at (202) 245-7735 or via email at john.haigh@ed.gov.

 

Best –
Sharon

Sharon Lee Miller
Director, Division of Academic and Technical Education

September 10, 2018 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues,

Please join newly-appointed Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education Scott Stump via Webinar as he shares the Department’s vision for the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) as an opportunity to re-think our nation’s CTE programs. The Webinar will be held on September 12, 2018, from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm EST. Assistant Secretary Stump will be presenting live from the AMTECK Facility in Lexington, Kentucky as one of his stops on the Secretary’s Back-to-School Tour.

Download Presentation (PDF, 1.3 MB)

We received a number of questions during the webinar regarding the Perkins V State Plan submission timeline and the transition to Perkins V, generally. While we shared some of our preliminary ideas for transition during the webinar, the State Plan template and accompanying guidance will convey the Department’s final policies for transition, including timeline for implementation of Perkins V. The draft State Plan template will be available for review during the paperwork clearance process this Fall, which we will share when it is available. In the meantime, please submit any questions, concerns, or ideas regarding Perkins V transition to cte@ed.gov.

Best –
Sharon

Sharon Lee Miller
Director, Division of Academic and Technical Education

August 21, 2018 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to pass along the 2019 Nomination Letter (DOCX, 92 KB) that was issued to Chief State School Officers (CSSOs) regarding the upcoming 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. As you may recall, beginning in 2016, the program includes recognition of up to 20 outstanding students who demonstrate excellence in career and technical education (CTE).

Please note that each State is requested to submit nominations, including up to 5 CTE students, by November 21, 2018. We encourage you to work with your CSSO during the nomination process for the CTE students. In addition, I have attached the suggested 2019 Suggested Selection Criteria (DOCX, 28 KB) for your reference.

We look forward to recognizing the next class of U.S. Presidential Scholars, including scholars in CTE!

Best –
Sharon

Sharon Lee Miller
Director, Division of Academic and Technical Education

July 27, 2018 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues,

As you know, on July 25, 2018, the House of Representatives (House) sent to the President's desk H.R. 2353, the bipartisan Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (acronym yet-to-be-determined). Sponsored by Reps. Glenn Thompson (R-PA) and Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), the legislation will help more Americans get the skills they need to prepare for postsecondary education and compete for good-paying, in-demand jobs.

Following approval of their bill, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce released a statement and a fact sheet.

President Trump then released a statement, applauding Congress for their efforts to reauthorize the Perkins legislation.

Secretary of Education DeVos issued a press release, also commending Congress on passage of the act.

As we await the President signing the bill into law, we understand that there are—and have already begun to receive—many questions pertaining to the administration, timelines, and implementation of the new law. To provide the most thorough and timely responses, we ask that you email your questions to: cte@ed.gov. We will be monitoring that mailbox and will respond as quickly as we can, even if all we can do at the moment is provide you a timeframe for when you will receive the information you request.

On behalf of the entire Division of Academic and Technical Education (DATE), we are so excited and energized to work with you to implement this new law and, in so doing, prepare our nation's students for a prosperous future!

Best –
Sharon

Sharon Lee Miller
Director, Division of Academic and Technical Education

July 23, 2018 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues,

I am providing you with revised State allocations for FY 2017 under Title I (Career and Technical Education Assistance to the States) of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV). The revised allocations reflect an increase in funding (FY 2017 supplement) for some but not all States as described in the memorandum. Please share these revised allocations with your secondary and/or postsecondary counterparts, fiscal staff, and other appropriate individuals. Download the memorandum (PDF, 1.3 MB).

Best –
Sharon Lee Miller, Director
Division of Academic and Technical Education

 

July 17, 2018 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce that the U. S. Department of Education (Department), in collaboration with its contractors at the CFI Group, has launched its FY 2018 Grantee Satisfaction Survey. On or about July 1, 2018, you should have received a link to the survey from the CFI Group with the subject line “Department of Education Grantee Satisfaction Survey 2018.”

As in year’s past, we encourage you to complete the survey. One way the Department of Education holds itself accountable is by conducting an annual survey that measures the satisfaction of our grantees and partners. The Department is committed to serving its customers, so the survey will ask about your experience as a grant recipient of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV). Our Office will use the results to improve the quality, timeliness and effectiveness of the services and products provided to you. 

The survey is administered by an independent third-party research firm, and your responses are anonymous. Department staff will not receive individual survey forms or information; they will only receive the aggregated survey results. Therefore, the Department will not be able to determine which grantee provided specific responses. While the survey is voluntary, we count on everyone’s participation to provide us with representative results and to help us identify how best to serve you. The survey should take no more than 20 minutes to complete.

If you have not received the survey from the CFI Group (please remember to check your junk or spam folder!) or have any questions about it, please contact Margaret Romer, Deputy Director of the Division of Academic and Technical Education, at margaret.romer@ed.gov or 202-245-7501.

Best –
Sharon Lee Miller, Director
Division of Academic and Technical Education

July 2, 2018 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues, 

Just a quick note to let you know that our office has issued to each State its first installment of its Perkins grant award for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 (program year 12). By now, you should have received a grant award letter signed by Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education Michael Wooten with instructions to access your electronically signed GAN document at http://www.g5.gov under the Grant Maintenance /Award Documents menu selection.  

If you did not receive your letter from AS Wooten, please contact Edward Smith, Chief, Program Administration Branch, at 202-245-7602 or Edward.smith@ed.gov.  If you have questions regarding accessing G5 or your GAN documents, please contact the G5 help desk at 888-336-8930.  

We look forward to working with you over the coming year to prepare our nation’s CTE students for a successful future!

Best –
Sharon Lee Miller, Director
Division of Academic and Technical Education

June 29, 2018 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues,

The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE), announced the posting of the Native Hawaiian Career and Technical Education Program (NHCTEP) notice inviting applications for new awards, in the June 27, 2018, Federal Register.

The Federal Register Notice is available at: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/06/27/2018-13856/applications-for-new-awards-native-hawaiian-career-and-technical-education-program-nhctep. Also, the Federal Register Notice and Application Package is available at: https://www.grants.gov. The deadline for the transmittal of applications is July 27, 2018.

The following entities are eligible to apply for funding:

(a) Community-based organizations primarily serving and representing Native Hawaiians. For purposes of the NHCTEP, a community-based organization means a public or private organization that provides career and technical education, or related services, to individuals in the Native Hawaiian community.
(b) A community-based organization may apply individually or as part of a consortium with one or more eligible community-based organizations. (Eligible applicants seeking to apply for funds as a consortium must meet the requirements in 34 CFR 75.127-75.129.)

Also, on July 12, 2018, the Department will host a Pre-Application Teleconference, designed to help interested applicants with the NHCTEP Application Process. For your reference throughout the application process, information can be found on the following page of the Perkins Collaborative Resource Network (PCRN) website at https://cte.ed.gov/grants/native-hawaiian-career-and-technical-education-program. Details regarding the Pre-Application Teleconference will be posted on the PCRN website before the July 12, 2018 teleconference.

If you have questions regarding the 2018 NHCTEP grant opportunity, submit them to NHCTEPgrant@ed.gov

Best –
Sharon Lee Miller, Director
Division of Academic and Technical Education

 

May 18, 2018 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues,

On Friday, May 18th, the Department published in the Federal Register the availability of $3 million demonstration program entitled, "Pathways to STEM Apprenticeship for High School Career and Technical Education (CTE) Students (Pathways to STEM Apprenticeship Grants)." View the Federal Register Notice.

Please note the following important dates pertaining to this notice:

To register for the pre-application Webinar, please visit: https://cte.ed.gov/cal/pathways-to-stem-apprenticeships-for-high-school-cte-students-pre-application-webinar.

Best –
Sharon Lee Miller, Director
Division of Academic and Technical Education

 

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