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

January 3, 2017 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 2017 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 2015-16, the ninth 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.

Beginning next week, the DATE team will begin reviewing the narrative information, financial status reports (FSRs), and accountability data contained in your CAR reports. As in years past, we will review 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 outcome 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 8, 2016 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues –

Just a gentle reminder that the deadline for the FY 2015-16 Perkins Consolidated Annual Report (CAR) is December 31, 2016. Our team of dedicated and committed Program Administrative Liaisons (PALs) and Regional Accountability Specialists (RASes) stands ready to assist you in any way necessary! Please feel free to reach out as needed.

Most importantly, on behalf of the entire Division of Academic and Technical Education, please accept our best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and prosperous new year!

 

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

 

 

December 5, 2016 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues –

Just a quick reminder about next week's release of a new report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) that explores strategies for building effective work-based learning systems. Commissioned by the U.S. Department of Education, Work-based learning for youth at risk: Getting employers on board, draws on the OECD’s extensive international research to identify best practices in work-based learning and strategies for overcoming one of the key challenges to scaling—engaging employers. Dr. Andreas Schleicher, who leads the Directorate of Education and Skills at the OECD, will present the report’s key findings, including international comparisons and policy lessons. We will also hear from leaders from the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor, along with a number of policy experts, on the implications of the report’s findings for future policy and practice.

The session will be held on December 7, 2016, from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm (EST), at the New America in Washington, DC. Recognizing that timing and distance may prohibit your ability to attend, the event will also be available via Live Stream. The link for in person of Live Stream registration is available at: http://www.newamerica.org/education-policy/events/beyond-classroom/

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

November 23, 2016 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues –

On behalf of the Division of Academic and Technical Education (DATE), we wish you a restful and joyful Thanksgiving with family and friends. Among the things we are thankful for this holiday season is working with such a dedicated, talented, and collaborative group of professionals on a common goal of preparing all students for college and careers.

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

 

October 21, 2016 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues –

Our office is currently working with the Department’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) to implement a Fast Response Survey System (FRSS) survey on career and technical education (CTE) programs in public school districts.  The purpose of the FRSS survey is to collect nationally representative data from public school districts about CTE programs offered by the districts, whether offered at district facilities or in a partnering off-site location, such as area CTE facilities or postsecondary institutions.  The sample will focus on school districts with high schools because CTE programs are generally designed for high school students.  The survey topics will focus on the extent to which districts provide high-quality CTE programs and how these programs are developed, designed, and implemented.

In developing the survey instrument, NCES staff conducted a number of feasibility calls with State and local administrators and practitioners.  The survey is now ready for you to provide comments via the Federal Register at the following link:
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/10/21/2016-25508/agency-information-collection-activities-submission-to-the-office-of-management-and-budget-for

Please note that comments are due by November 21, 2016.

We look forward to your valuable input!

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

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