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

April 13, 2017 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues –

On behalf of the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE), I am pleased to invite you to participate in a Webinar, "Connecting Secondary Students to Apprenticeship Programs" on April 26, 2017, from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET. The Webinar will share lessons learned from site visits to eight programs that provide pathways from career and technical education to apprenticeships. The project team from Advance CTE, RTI International, and local program representatives will share observations and explore implications for state and local leaders.

Click here to view webinar details. We hope you’ll join us for this event!

 

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

March 20, 2017 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues –

On behalf of Deputy Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education Kim R. Ford, please see the attached letter inviting you to provide recommendations on a possible competition for a new national research center in career and technical education later this year. Braden Goetz, Director of our office's Policy, Research, and Evaluation Service (PRES) will be available on our upcoming State CTE directors Webinar (tentative date is April 6) to review this letter and respond to any questions you may have.

Please note that you may provide your recommendations via email to CTEresearch@ed.gov. Input is requested by Friday, April 28, 2017.

 

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

February 15, 2017 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues –

I am pleased to provide our office's requirements for each eligible agency to receive a program year eleven grant award, beginning July 1, 2017, under Title I of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV). We are issuing this guidance as we await a final appropriation from Congress for fiscal year (FY) 2017.

Please note that the deadline for the submission of information to the portal is Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

As always, please feel free to contact our office if you have questions or need assistance.

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

February 10, 2017 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues –

Just a quick note to let you know that the Department has posted the 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholar list (candidates) to its website: https://www2.ed.gov/programs/psp/2017/candidates.pdf

Invitations for candidates to formally apply for the 2017 program have been sent via mail and via email if the candidate’s email address was on file. Schools have been notified via mail.

Key upcoming dates are as follows:

  • Applications from candidates must be received by February 28, 2017 at 5 p.m. CT (6pm ET/3pm PT)
  • Semifinalists will be announced mid-April (most likely the week of April 17th)
  • Scholars will be announced in May (most likely the week of May 8th)
  • Scholars will be in Washington, DC for the National Recognition Program, June 18-20, 2017 (T)

Many thanks to all of you who were able to assist your States in the nomination process this year! We will keep you posted as the semi-finalists and scholars are announced in the coming months.

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

January 24, 2017 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues –

The U.S. Department of Education issued an updated Dear Colleague Letter to states, school districts, schools and education partners on how to maximize federal funds to support and enhance innovative science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education for all students under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The letter serves as a resource for decreasing the equity and opportunity gaps for historically underserved students in STEM and gives examples of how federal funds—through formula grant programs in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act—can support efforts to improve instruction and student outcomes in the STEM fields.  This letter is an update to a Dear Colleague Letter, issued last April, which identified similar opportunities under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

Outlined in the letter are examples of allowable uses of federal funds that can support the development, implementation, and expansion of STEM experiences to help improve student achievement under the ESSA. The examples include recommendations for both improving access for students and supporting educators in STEM disciplines. Specifically, the letter addresses ways to use federal funds to:

  • Increase students’ equitable access to STEM courses and experiences, including out-of-school programs, STEM-themed schools and career pathways.
  • Support educators’ knowledge and expertise in STEM disciplines through recruitment, preparation, support and retention strategies.
  • Increase student access to materials and equipment needed to support inquiry-based pedagogy and active learning.

 

Ensuring that all students have equitable access to STEM education is important to our nation’s future. Accordingly, STEM is a funding priority in numerous Department grant competitions—including the Arts—to enhance awareness of, interest in, and capacity in the STEM fields through high quality educational programs, both in and out of school. To help advance these goals, the STEM team at the Department helps to promote STEM priorities and coordinate throughout the Department and across other federal agencies.   For more information about STEM at the U.S. Department of Education, please visit the STEM office web site or email us at STEM@ED.gov.

Please share this announcement with your networks.

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

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