August 3, 2016 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues —

I am pleased to pass along the letter that was just issued to Chief State School Officers (CSSOs) regarding the upcoming 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. As you may recall, beginning in 2016, the program includes recognition of up to 20 outstanding students who demonstrate excellence in career and technical education (CTE).

Please note that each State is requested to submit nominations, including up to 5 CTE students, by November 23, 2016. We encourage you to work with your CSSO during the nomination process for the CTE students. In addition, I have attached the CTE selection criteria for your reference.

Please also stay tuned to the Perkins Collaborative Resource Network at cte.ed.gov for important updates on this program! We look forward to recognizing the next class of U.S. Presidential Scholars, including scholars in CTE!

 

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

 

July 26, 2016 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues —

Today, a Notice was published in the Federal Register for the Providing High-Quality Career and Technical Education Programs for Underserved, High-Need Youth through a Pay For Success Model Program. The purpose of this program is to support the development of a financing model, high-quality Pay for Success (PFS), to implement new or scale up existing high-quality career and technical education (CTE) projects for underserved, high-need youth (CTE PFS Project).

To this end, the Department will award a $2 million grant for a 48-month period to an Intermediary to provide technical assistance for the first two of three phases of a PFS financing model. In phase one, the Intermediary will complete feasibility studies in four local CTE sites. In phase two, the Intermediary will provide or support transaction structuring, based on the limited funding level, for up to three out of the previously identified four local sites to the extent that the local site’s CTE PFS project is determined to be feasible. While it is our intent that all of the selected local CTE PFS projects will result in a fully-structured PFS project ready to launch, each program may have different challenges that might result in not all projects completing these first two phases by the end of the grant period. The ultimate aim of the CTE PFS TA program is to improve outcomes for underserved, high-need youth through fully-structured high-quality PFS projects ready to be implemented in the local CTE sites using high-quality CTE programs.

Applications are due to the Department on Thursday, August 25, 2016. Our office will host a Bidder's Conference on Tuesday, August 2, 2016. View webinar details. We would appreciate your assistance in disseminating this notice and information with your networks.

 

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

 

July 14, 2016 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues —

Happy new year! We are pleased to notify you that the Department has issued the July 1, 2016, Perkins State grant award, covering year ten, under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. These awards represent roughly two-thirds of the $1.1 billion investment that the Department will make in career and technical education for FY 2016-17. Thank you for your steadfast efforts to submit your State plan revisions and budgets, and enter into thoughtful and thorough performance level negotiations with our team for the upcoming year.

As you also know, the U.S. Departments of Labor (DOL) and Education (ED) have made publicly available five rules to implement the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) (Pub. L. 113-128). President Barack Obama signed WIOA into law on July 22, 2014. WIOA is landmark legislation that is designed to strengthen and improve our nation's public workforce system and help get Americans, including youth and those with significant barriers to employment, into high-quality jobs and careers and help employers hire and retain skilled workers. The final rule is available here: https://doleta.gov/wioa/Docs/wioa-regs-joint-final-rule.pdf. We also strongly encourage you to visit DOL’s Employment and Training Website at https://doleta.gov/wioa/ for updated information on WIOA, including a new set of resources that States can use for performance accountability.

Finally, stay tuned for notification about the nomination process for next year's 2017 class of U. S. Presidential Scholars in CTE. As with last year, a letter will be issued by the Department through the Chief State School Officers, requesting 5 CTE students as nominees for the upcoming year. The selection criteria, review process, and timeline will remain the same. We will notify you when the letter is issued and will post it on the PCRN Website.

On behalf of the entire DATE team, we wish you the best for a relaxing and rejuvenating summer and look forward to working with you in the new year!

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

June 17, 2016 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues —

Today, the Department’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) and Office for Civil Rights (OCR) joined issued a Dear Colleague Letter (PDF, 590 KB)to make clear to recipients that all students, regardless of their sex or gender, must have equal access to the full range of CTE programs offered. Ensuring equitable access to CTE by eliminating discriminatory practices and taking proactive steps to expand participation of students in fields where one sex is underrepresented can increase overall participation and success in high-growth fields, such as nursing, advanced manufacturing, information technology, computer science, and cybersecurity, for both men and women. This letter serves to support and inform recipients by clarifying the legal obligations to ensure equitable access to CTE programs, and by providing examples of issues that may raise concerns regarding compliance with these obligations.

The Department is committed to ensuring that all students have access to high-quality CTE programs, including classes in fields where their sex is underrepresented. In support of this goal, OCTAE will release technical assistance resources outlining promising practices for expanding recruitment and outreach efforts, building staff capacity and knowledge of equity issues, partnering with families to mitigate perceptions of CTE fields that might impact program participation, and using data to monitor recruitment, enrollment, and persistence trends. Please stay tuned to the Perkins Collaborative Resource Network at http://cte.ed.gov/ for further information and tools you can use.

Thank you for leadership and efforts to advance equal access to CTE programs for students in your State.

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

May 23, 2016 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues —

Recently, we’ve seen an increasing level of interest among community colleges to broaden their efforts to embed stackable, industry-recognized credentials within technical associate degree programs. The Mapping Upward initiative, a new project supported by the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE), is designed to provide technical assistance (TA) to sector-focused networks of community and technical colleges seeking to advance their work in stackable credential design. Over the course of a year, selected networks will receive customized virtual and face-to-face TA from subject matter experts and a dedicated TA coach who will guide the network and its colleges through needs assessment, goal setting, and action planning. The TA will address issues such as employer engagement, industry certification alignment, faculty collaboration, awarding of credit, and credit transfer agreements.

OCTAE has extended its call for applications and will consider adding one or two additional networks to the group of colleges who will receive TA support. To apply for participation, please visit the Mapping Upward project web page where you can access the application form, an overview of technical assistance services, and materials from the informational webinar hosted on May 3rd. Applications are due Thursday, June 2, 2016, by 5:00 pm CST.

We encourage your institution and partner colleges to consider applying for participation in this unique technical assistance and peer learning opportunity.

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

May 18, 2016 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues —

On behalf of the Division of Academic and Technical Education (DATE), I want to remind you that we are offering technical assistance (TA) to CTE leaders to deepen CTE’s role in career pathways systems development. Two exciting opportunities are available now:

The CTE Leaders Academy: A year-long institute that will help elevate CTE’s role in career pathways system development and implementation within your state. Your state leadership team will meet and work with teams from other states to cultivate the next generation of CTE leaders and change agents.

Intensive Technical Assistance: A year of technical assistance on career pathways system development and implementation that will be customized to meet the needs of your state. Led by your state CTE office, your state career pathways team will work with a dedicated state coach to take concrete steps to build or expand an effective career pathways system in your state.

Participation request forms for the CTE Leaders Academy (https://fs23.formsite.com/msgbsee/form17/index.html) and Intensive Technical Assistance (https://fs23.formsite.com/msgbsee/form18/index.html) are due June 1, 2016. For questions, please email infoCP@manhattanstrategy.com.

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

May 11, 2016 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues —

I am delighted to share word that the White House and the Department just announced the finalists in the Reach Higher Career App Challenge. Five finalists will share a $225,000 prize pool and proceed to the Virtual Accelerator phase of the competition to improve their concepts with support from subject matter experts in design, business modeling, civic tech, and career counseling. Meet the Finalists >>

 

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

May 9, 2016 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues —

I am pleased to share an updated letter of continued commitment to career pathways systems development from an expanded group of Federal agency partners. As you will recall, an initial letter was issued in 2012 from three Federal agencies. The current letter, signed by 12 Federal agencies, updates the definition for career pathways to be aligned with the newly-enacted Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act of 2014 (WIOA), reiterates the six key elements of a career pathways system, and provides updated tools and resources from the expanded group of Federal agency partners. Download 2016 Career Pathways Joint Letter (PDF, 394 KB)

Please continue to visit our Career Pathways Webpage on the PCRN at: http://cte.ed.gov/initiatives/career-pathways-systems for the latest information, tools, and resources on career pathways from our office.

 

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

May 4, 2016 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues —

I am pleased to share news that the Department has announced the 52nd class of U.S. Presidential Scholars, recognizing their accomplishments in academic, the arts, and, for the first time, career and technical education.

Below is the list of the inaugural 20 CTE scholars by State, name, and high school. The full list of scholars is available on the Department’s Website at: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/psp/index.html. The Department's Press Release about the scholars is found at: http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/160-students-across-country-named-2016-us-presidential-scholars.

The scholars will be recognized in a ceremony on June 19th in Washington, DC, with each honoree receiving a Presidential Scholar Medallion. We extend congratulations to each of these students for their incredible leadership, service, and accomplishments and wish them continued success in their future endeavors!

 

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

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List of 20 U. S. Presidential Scholars in CTE

Arkansas

AR - Jonesboro - [**] Jordan Lee, Nettleton High School

Connecticut

CT - Stamford - [**] Tanusri V Balla, Academy of Information Technology

Georgia

GA - Roswell - [**] Jose L Espinel, Alan C. Pope High School

Hawaii

HI - Mililani - [**] Joseph A Fujinami, Mililani High School

Illinois

IL - Cerro Gordo - [**] Sierra R Day, Cerro Gordo High School

IL - Chicago - [**] Madeline P Poole, Chicago HS Agricultural Science

Maryland

MD - Fulton - [**] Meghna S Sreenivas, Reservoir High School

MD - Severna Park - [**] Norman Xiong, Severna Park Senior High School

MD - Woodstock - [**] Nicholas M Santangelo, Marriotts Ridge High School

Massachusetts

MA - North Adams - [**] Samantha N Dorwin, Charles H Mccann Technical School

Michigan

MI - Coldwater - [**] Mindy S Young, Coldwater Senior High School

Nebraska

NE - Lyons - [**] Brent R Miller, Lyons-Decatur Northeast School

Nevada

NV - Las Vegas - [**] Mackenzie R Wooten, Northwest Career and Tech Academy

North Carolina

NC - Mount Olive - [**] Carter M Jones, Southern Wayne High School

Tennessee

TN - McMinnville - [**] Marlie A Montandon, Warren County High School

Texas

TX - Spring - [**] Mohammad H Rahim, Carl Wunsche Sr. High School

Utah

UT - Bountiful - [**] Makayla Hendricks, Bountiful High School

Washington

WA - Silverdale - [**] Madison Largey, Central Kitsap High School

WA - Sumner - [**] Alyssa M McGee, Sumner High School

Wisconsin

WI - Cambridge - [**] Kendra L Spier, Cambridge Senior High School

May 02, 2016 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues —

I am pleased to let you know that that the U.S. Department of Education, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, has just awarded $5.7 million in new grants aimed providing career and technical education programs, reentry services, and employment training opportunities for students who have been involved in the criminal justice system. The four grantees are: Portland (Oregon) Community College, Saint Paul (Minnesota) Public Schools, Shelby County (Tennessee) Board of Education and the School District of Philadelphia (Pennsylvania). Information about these grantees will be posted shortly on the Perkins Collaborative Resource Network at: http://cte.ed.gov/initiatives/juvenile-justice-reentry-education-program.

The Department has also released a new toolkit to provide guidance to educators and others to support a successful reentry system for formerly incarcerated youth and adults. The toolkit is located at: http://lincs.ed.gov/reentryed/

These announcements are part of the Obama Administration’s National Reentry Week, led by the U.S. Department of Justice and supported by the Education Department and other agencies. Education Secretary John King kicked off the week with a roundtable conversation with students whose parents are incarcerated or were formerly incarcerated, as well as educators and others who support students and their families.

If you are interested in further information about the grants or toolkit, please feel free to contact Sean Addie at Sean.Addie@ed.gov.

 

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

April 27, 2016 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues —

On Tuesday, April 26, 2016, the Department of Education announced the availability of just over $3 million in funding for round two of the Performance Pilot Partnership (P3) program. A collaboration among seven Federal agencies, the P3 program enables pilot sites to test innovative, outcome-focused strategies to achieve significant improvements in educational, employment, and other key outcomes for disconnected youth using new flexibility to blend existing Federal funds and to seek waivers of associated program requirements.

The Department expects to award approximately 10 new awards for up to a 3 year period. Interested applicants are asked, but not required, to submit a notice of intent to apply by May 26, 2016. Applications are due on June 27, 2016. The full notice inviting applications is available at: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/04/26/2016-09748/applications-for-new-awards-performance-partnership-pilots

Please note that Federal agency representatives will host a Bidder’s Conference for round two P3 grants on May 9 at 1:00 pm Eastern time. You may register for the session at http://youth.gov/youth-topics/reconnecting-youth/performance-partnership-pilots/round-2-bidders-conference-registration.

If you would like further information on the P3 program, please contact Marilyn Fountain at Marilyn.Fountain@ed.gov or Rosanne Andre at Rosanne.Andre@ed.gov.

 

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

April 25, 2016 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues —

I am pleased to share an April 13, 2016, Dear Colleague Letter on the topic of STEM education issued jointly by our office and the Department’s Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII), Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, and Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services. The purpose of the letter is to help State education agencies (SEAs), local education agencies (LEAs), and their partners better understand how to use Federal funds to support innovative Pre-K-12 STEM education strategies to ensure equity in outcomes for students regardless of background or circumstance. It provides examples of how the major Federal education funds, including the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV), can be used for STEM education. Download Dear Collegue Letter (PDF, 6 MB)

I encourage you to share this letter with your colleagues, subrecipients, and key stakeholders.

 

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

 

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