February 5, 2018 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues –

Our office is pleased to announce the posting in the Federal Register of a notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2018 for the Native American Career and Technical Education Program (NACTEP). NACTEP provides grants to improve career and technical education (CTE) program that are consistent with the purposes of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins) and that benefit Native Americans and Alaska Natives.

The link to the Federal Register Notice is available at: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/02/05/2018-02246/applications-for-new-awards-native-american-career-and-technical-education-program. A pdf of the notice is also available under Quick Links on this website. The deadline for the transmittal of applications is March 19, 2018.

Our office plans to host a webinar within the next two weeks for interested applicants. Stay tuned to the calendar of this website for further information and registration for the webinar.

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

February 2, 2018 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues –

On behalf of the Division of Academic and Technical Education (DATE), happy CTE month! February marks the annual time that we reflect on the major accomplishments of CTE programs across the country and the remarkable outcomes they produce for the millions of students who participate each year!

This year's theme is "Celebrate Today, Own Tomorrow." For our part, we will be taking to social media to tweet, blog, and otherwise acknowledge—and express our appreciation for—the national, State, and local leaders and practitioners who work so diligently each day to prepare our nation’s students for postsecondary education and in-demand careers. And, we look forward to continuing efforts to develop, build, and sustain high-quality CTE programs that prepare students for the 21st century global economy.

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

January 23, 2018 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues –

I am pleased to provide our office's requirements for each eligible agency to receive a program year twelve grant award, beginning July 1, 2018, under Title I of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV), 20 U.S.C. 2301 et seq., as amended by Public Law 109-270. We are issuing this guidance as we await a final appropriation from Congress for fiscal year (FY) 2018.

Please note that States that include Perkins as part of their WIOA Two-Year Plan Modifications Update must complete and certify their submissions by Thursday, March 15, 2018. All other States must complete and certify their submissions by Monday, April 23, 2018.

Online training sessions for State directors and their staffs regarding the Perkins State Plan submission process and WIOA State plan submission and portal usage processes for the upcoming year will be sent under separate cover and posted to the Calendar of the Perkins Collaborative Resource Network (PCRN) at http://cte.ed.gov/calendar/upcoming-events.

Please feel free to contact your Perkins Program Administration Liaison (PAL) or RAS if you have questions regarding your submission. A State-by-State listing of these staff members is available on the PCRN at http://cte.ed.gov/contact/staff-by-state-responsibility.

We look forward to continuing to work with you to improve career and technical education for young people and adults throughout our nation.

 

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

January 17, 2018 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues –

We hope you had a joyful and restful holiday season! We are looking forward to another productive new year in 2018 and moving forward our efforts to prepare all students for college and careers.

Thank you for your efforts to submit your Perkins Consolidated Annual Reports (CARs) covering FY 2016-17, the tenth program year under the Perkins IV legislation. We know many of you worked long and hard on these reports over the holidays and we greatly appreciate your efforts.

Earlier this week, the DATE team began reviewing the narrative information, financial status reports (FSRs), and accountability data contained in your CAR reports. As in years past, we are reviewing your reports in light of the following criteria:

  • Completeness of the report (i.e., whether you addressed all the required report elements).
  • Compliance with the Perkins IV legislation (i.e., whether you undertook activities that were consistent with the intent and provisions of Perkins IV).
  • Accuracy and completeness of accountability data (i.e., whether you met all requirements for annual performance reporting under Perkins IV).

If your State received an extension for one or more portions of your report, we will complete your State’s review once all your information is submitted to us.

As in years past, we expect to complete our reviews and issue outcome letters to you in mid-March. If you have any questions about the CAR review process, please feel free to contact Edward Smith or Denise Garland (edward.smith@ed.gov or denise.garland@ed.gov).

 

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

December 21, 2017 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues –

On behalf of the Division of Academic and Technical Education, please accept our best wishes for a joyous holiday and prosperous new year!

 

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

December 1, 2017 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues –

In case you have not seen this invitation yet, the College and Career Readiness and Success Center (CCRS) at American Institutes for Research (AIR) is hosting the above-referenced Webinar on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 1:00–2:15 p.m. ET. Our office has helped to conceptualize and fund the resources that will be shared during the Webinar.

Please click here for a full description of the Webinar and to register for the event.

 

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

November 9, 2017 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues –

On behalf of the entire Division of Academic and Technical Education (DATE), please accept our best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving!

 

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

October 26, 2017 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues –

Attached please find an invitation to the above-referenced session, which will be held via Web Ex. The session is open to all State CTE directors and staff.

To register for the event, please visit http://cte.ed.gov/cal/new-state-directors-orientation-2017.

 

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

October 24, Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues –

 

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) supports initiatives that are based on evidence, focused on outcomes and improve education for students at all ages, including early childhood, elementary and secondary education, career and technical education, adult education, and post-secondary education. Pay for Success (PFS) is one of several strategies that ED can use to promote evidence-based policy. It is an innovative financing model that tests and advances promising and proven interventions, while providing taxpayer (or other) dollars only for successful outcomes for students, families, communities, States, and regions.

Today, the Department released a feasibility toolkit to provide State and local leaders with general information on PFS, as well as important elements to consider in the feasibility phase (the first of 3 phases) of a PFS project.

The toolkit is available on the Department's Pay for Success Website at: https://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/pay-for-success/index.html.

We will also provide a link to this toolkit on the Perkins Collaborative Resource Network (PCRN) where we share information about our PFS project underway in CTE: http://cte.ed.gov/initiatives/pay-for-success

 

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

October 23, 2017 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues –

I am pleased to share word that our Consolidated Annual Report (CAR) forms pursuant to the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV) has received Information Clearance (IC) approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This new IC is approved for a three-year period until October 2020.

Accordingly, attached is a program memo detailing the opening of the CAR reporting window on October 23, 2017. State's CAR submissions are due by close of business on December 31, 2017.

As always, if you have questions regarding the CAR, please feel free to reach out to Sharon Head at Sharon.Head@ed.gov or your Perkins Regional Accountability Specialist.

Thank you in advance your efforts to provide information and data on your State's progress in implementing its CTE programs and services.

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

October 16, 2017 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues –

On October 12, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) released the Secretary's proposed priorities for competitive grant programs and launched a 30-day public comment period. Once the Department considers the comments received and issues the Secretary’s final priorities, the Secretary may choose to use one or more of them in competitions for new discretionary grant awards this year and in future years. These priorities align with the vision set forth by the Secretary in support of high-quality educational opportunities for students of all ages.

The proposed priorities are:

  • Empowering Families to Choose a High-Quality Education that Meets Their Child’s Unique Needs
  • Promoting Innovation and Efficiency, Streamlining Education with an Increased Focus on Improving Student Outcomes, and Providing Increased Value to Students and Taxpayers
  • Fostering Flexible and Affordable Paths to Obtaining Knowledge and Skills
  • Fostering Knowledge and Promoting the Development of Skills that Prepare Students to be Informed, Thoughtful, and Productive Individuals and Citizens
  • Meeting the Unique Needs of Students And Children, including those with Disabilities and/or with Unique Gifts and Talents
  • Promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education, With a Particular Focus on Computer Science
  • Promoting Literacy
  • Promoting Effective Instruction in Classrooms and Schools
  • Promoting Economic Opportunity
  • Encouraging Improved School Climate and Safer and More Respectful Interactions in a Positive and Safe Educational Environment
  • Ensuring that Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families Have Access to High-Quality Educational Choices

For more information about the Secretary’s priorities, including the rationale for each, and to submit comments, please see the posting in the Federal Register at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/10/12/2017-22127/proposed-supplemental-priorities-and-definitions-for-discretionary-grant-programs.

The closing date for comments is November 13, 2017.

 

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

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