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

January 18, 2017 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues –

Yesterday, Portia Wu, Assistant Secretary for the Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, and Johan Uvin, Acting Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education, U. S. Department of Education jointly signed the Framework on Registered Apprenticeship (RA) for High School Students.  This document provides guidance from the U.S. Departments of Labor (USDOL) and Education (ED) to the public workforce and education systems on the components of a high-quality RA program for high school students.  It provides recommendations on key elements of RA programs for high school students and encourages greater use of RA and pre-apprenticeship programs for in-school youth at least 16 years old, enrolled in secondary schools.

The full document can be found at:  https://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?docn=4799.  We will be posting it shortly to the Perkins Collaborative Resources Network at http://cte.ed.gov/initiatives/potential-of-apprenticeships-in-secondary-education.

 

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

January 11, 2017 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues –

The Division of Academic and Technical Education (DATE) extends congratulations to the States of Delaware, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Tennessee and Wisconsin that will each receive $2 million over three years to expand and improve career pathways for all high school students.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. today announced nearly $20 million in grants to ten states to dramatically increase the number of students who graduate from high school prepared for careers. These state grants are one part of the $75 million, five-year New Skills for Youth initiative developed by JPMorgan Chase & Co., in collaboration with the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), Advance CTE and Education Strategy Group, aimed at strengthening career-focused education starting in high school and ending with postsecondary degrees or credentials aligned with high-skill jobs.

 

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

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