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

 

April 22, 2016 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues —

This is just a gentle reminder about the upcoming Virtual Financial and Management Institute (VFMI) to be hosted by our office. It will be held on Friday, June 3, 2016, from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm EST. The session is designed for State staff responsible for the financial management of grants under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV). In preparation for the institute, we hope you will view the five pre-event modules and take the Knowledge Check.

If you haven’t done so already, please register for the VFMI at:
https://rti.connectsolutions.com/e3ls0tlh7dg/event/registration.html

If you have any questions about the VFMI, please contact Dr. Edward Smith at Edward.Smith@ed.gov.

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

March 09, 2016 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues —

I am delighted to share word that today, March 9, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education (the Department) announced in the Federal Register its Career and Technical Education (CTE) Makeover Challenge (the Challenge), a prize competition funded by the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV or Act). See the link to the Federal Register Notice below. The Challenge calls upon eligible high schools to design models of makerspaces--across a wide range of facility types, such as classrooms, libraries, and mobile spaces--that strengthen student's career and technical skills through making. Applications are due by April 1, 2016.

Please widely share this announcement with your colleagues and eligible schools.

CTE Makeover Challenge Federal Register Notice

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

March 07, 2016 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues —

I am pleased to pass along three announcements that were made on March 3, 2016, pursuant to WIOA State Plans:

  1. The Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration has issued Training and Employment Guidance Letter 14-15 which provides: the vision and content requirements for Unified and Combined State Plans under WIOA; the deadline and submission process for Unified and Combined Plans under WIOA; the requirements to have approved Unified or Combined State Plans in place for Program Year 2016 and beyond for the core programs of WIOA; and the options for States to incorporate all or portions of partner programs into their State plan submissions if they choose to submit a Combined State Plan.
  2. The Department, together with the Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, Agriculture, and Housing and Urban Development have also announced the opening of the portal for States to post their unified or combined WIOA Plan.
  3. The Departments have prepared a series of short training modules for the States, including an overview of planning requirements, "how to use the portal," the benefits of the online submission portal, and a description of the Federal review period and process.

Shortly, you will receive further guidance from our office on accessing the WIOA portal if your State plans to submit Perkins as part of a WIOA Combined State Plan.

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

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