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

September 29, 2017 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues –

On behalf of the Division of Academic and Technical Education (DATE), I am pleased to announce five new grants totaling $4,046,951 that have been awarded under the High School Career and Technical Education Teacher Pathway Initiative (CTE-TPI). With valuable input from the CTE field, we recognized that consistent shortages of high school CTE teachers make it difficult to respond to student and community interest in creating or expanding CTE programs focused on in-demand industry sectors and occupations in States and communities where such shortages exist. CTE-TPI provides funding for activities designed to increase the recruitment and retention of high school CTE teachers for CTE programs that align to in-demand industry sectors or occupations.

The five grant award recipients are:

The School Board of Broward County: $749,662
Portland Community College: $622,101
Southeast Kansas Education Service Center: $899,407
New Jersey Department of Education: $876,081
Tennessee Department of Education: $899,700

Out of 32 applications submitted, these five grant recipients received the highest ranking from panels composed of nonfederal peer reviewers with expertise in CTE, the alignment of secondary or postsecondary CTE programs to address labor market needs, teacher certification, and teacher preparation and support.

Each CTE-TPI grant recipient has been awarded a single grant for a three-year project period. CTE-TPI is funded by the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV).

CTE-TPI project abstracts will be posted shortly to the Perkins Collaborative Resource Network at http://cte.ed.gov/initiatives/high-school-cte-teacher-pathway.

 

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

September 14, 2017 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues –

It is my pleasure to invite you to a webinar on the customized technical assistance (TA) we offer to States each year. During this webinar, you will learn about the application process and resources for TA from staff in our office and our contractors at RTI International, as well as hear from three of the 30 states that have received TA to date.

The TA to States Webinar will be held on September 21, 2017, from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm ET. Please click here for more information and registration. Download the invitation (PDF, 1 MB).

We look forward to sharing information with you on this exciting TA opportunity!

 

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

August 7, 2017 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues –

I am pleased to share the program memorandum (PDF, 1.3 MB) with revised State allocations for Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2016 under Title I of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV). As you may recall, these are funds that were restored from a prior reduction of advance funds for fiscal year (FY) 2016 as described in the memo. This memo is also available under Quick Links on the PCRN Home Page.

Grant award notices (GANs) pertaining to these supplemental allocations were issued by our office on August 4, 2017. Instructions for submitting revised budgets and any corresponding State plan revisions are provided in the memo.

If you have any questions, please contact Andrew Johnson at Andrew.Johnson@ed.gov or Edward Smith at Edward.Smith@ed.gov.

 

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

July 10, 2017 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues –

Happy new year! We are pleased to let you know that this past Saturday, July 1, 2017, our office issued each State's first installment of Title I funds for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017-18 pursuant to the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006. At that time, we also made each State's Grant Award Notification (GAN) document electronically available at http://www.g5.gov under the Grant Maintenance/Award Documents menu selection. If you had or continue to have any issues in accessing G5 or your GAN document, please call the G5 Help Desk at 888-336-8930.

Then, this past Monday, July 3, our office sent via email each State's grant award letter and Final Agreed Upon Performance Levels (FAUPL) form. If you did not receive this email or have any questions about these documents, please contact Edward Smith at Edward.Smith@ed.gov or 202-245-7602. We also sent these documents via hard copy; you should receive them this week.

On behalf of the entire Division of Academic and Technical Education (DATE), thank you for your thoughtful and thorough work in compiling and submitting your State plan revisions, budgets, and performance levels for the upcoming year eleven. We look forward our continuing working with you to prepare all students with the academic and technical skills needed for a successful future.

 

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

June 13, 2017 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues –

We are pleased to inform you of an important new grant opportunity being made available by the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education in the U.S. Department of Education— the High School Career and Technical Education (CTE) Teacher Pathway Initiative.

From your valuable input, we recognized that consistent shortages of high school CTE teachers make it difficult to respond to student and community interest in creating or expanding CTE programs focused on in-demand industry sectors and occupations. Announced on June 13, 2017, in the Federal Register, this grant opportunity will award up to $3.6 million for strategies and activities that seek to address these shortages. We anticipate awarding 5-7 grants under this initiative. Applications are due July 28, 2017.

Please plan to attend the pre-application webinar scheduled for Thursday, June 22, 2017, at 2:00 pm ET. Questions may be directed to: CTEteachergrant@ed.gov.

 

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

May 31, 2016 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues –

In a follow-up to the February 14, 2017, Program Memorandum from Deputy Assistant Secretary Kim R. Ford, I am pleased to provide you with the estimated State allocations for FY 2017 under Title I (Career and Technical Education Assistance to States) of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV or the Act). These are the figures your State must use when it resubmits its budget for FY 2017 as part of its State plan revisions that were originally due on April 26, 2017. The attached memo provides information on the resubmission process. Revised budgets are due to our office by June 15, 2017.

 

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

May 10, 2017 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues –

I am pleased to let you know that the Department just announced the 2017 Class of U.S. Presidential Scholars, including 20 scholars in career and technical education (CTE).

The press release and list of recipients is available on the Department's Web site at: https://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/161-students-across-country-named-2017-us-presidential-scholars.

Thank you again for your efforts within your States to recognize outstanding CTE students for this prestigious honor!

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

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