August 10, 2015 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues —

Over the past few days, our office has reached out to State Career and Technical Education Directors regarding the Department’s Customer Satisfaction Survey. This survey is the prime way that our office holds itself accountable to the quality, timeliness, and effectiveness of the services and products it provides to you each year.

For those of you who have completed the survey, we extend our deepest thanks! For those of you who have not, it’s not too late! The survey will remain open until Friday, August 14.

If you have any questions about the survey, please feel free to contact me directly at sharon.miller@ed.gov or (202) 245-7846.

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

August 5, 2015 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues —

We are excited to announce that the selection process is underway for the 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program that will include the "inaugural class" of 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education, pursuant to the June 22, 2015, Presidential Executive Order!

On July 22, 2015, Dr. Marina C. McCarthy, Chair of the Commission of Presidential Scholars and Ms. Simone Olson, Executive Director of the Presidential Scholar Program issued a letter to Chief State School Officers announcing the nomination process for the 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholars and requesting nomination from each jurisdiction to include five (5) students who demonstrate excellence in career and technical education (CTE). Download the letter (PDF, 108 KB).

To facilitate your involvement in the process of nominating outstanding CTE students, we will be holding a Webinar over the next week or so to walk you through the nomination process and answer any questions you may have. Meanwhile, we encourage you to reach out to your Chief State School Officer, if haven't already made contact, to begin the process of identifying students in your State. See suggested criteria for use in the nomination process (PDF, 430 KB)

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

July 15, 2015 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues —

We are pleased to announce that we will be holding an in-person Data Quality Institute (DQI) this year! The event will be held from November 4-5, 2015, at the Conference Center at the Maritime Institute in Linthicum Heights, Maryland. The invitation and agenda was sent to State CTE directors by Acting Assistant Secretary Johan Uvin. All the information pertaining to the event is available under Upcoming Events. We look forward to seeing you in November!

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

July 1, 2015 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues —

Happy New Year! Today marks year nine in the authorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 and DATE staff are busily working to issue the State's July 1, 2015, Perkins grant awards. We hope that, like us, you feel that we have a lot to celebrate this year. In addition to all of our day-to-day efforts to elevate high-quality CTE, our work has been recognized at the highest levels of government with the issuing of the Executive Order (EO) to recognize scholarship in CTE. Congress, the White House, and our Department leaders are talking about our work and its role in preparing all students for college and careers. Next year at this time, we will have an inaugural group of U.S. Presidential Scholars in CTE who, along with subsequent cohorts, will remind the nation of the value and outcomes of CTE for students.

In commemoration of the EO, our team worked with the White House to host yesterday's convening, "Celebrating Innovations in Career and Technical Education." The First Lady Michelle Obama headlined the events and spoke about the significance and need for high-quality CTE programs.  Her remarks can be found at: https://www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and-video/video/2015/06/30/first-lady-speaks-career-and-technical-education-cte. Educators, business and industry leaders, and, most importantly, students shared their experiences with CTE programs and how these programs transformed their professional and personal lives.

And, the best is yet to come! Over the coming year, we will have more announcements about exciting opportunities to scale-up high-quality CTE programs and ensure that all students, regardless of background or circumstance, have access to participate. Please stay tuned!

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

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