September 16, 2015 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues —

Our office is pleased to announce a new round of customized technical assistance to support the development and refinement of Perkins IV accountability systems.  States and discretionary grantees are eligible to apply.  Technical assistance will be provided through our contractors at RTI International.  Examples of the types of products that have been developed for states are available on the PCRN at:  http://cte.ed.gov/accountability/technical-assistance-to-states/

For logistical infomation about the submission of projects, please see the Announcement Letter (PDF, 430 KB). The deadline for submission is Friday, October 16, 2015. If you have questions about this opportunity, please contact John Haigh in our office at John.Haigh@ed.gov, or Sandra Staklis at RTI International at sstaklis@rti.org.

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

September 1, 2015 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues —

I am pleased to announce that the Department announced today the availability of $1.9 million in discretionary grant funding for the Juvenile Justice (JJ) Reentry Education Program.  This program is designed to build on existing efforts to improve reentry outcomes for justice-involved youths, make CTE the education focus of their efforts, and build strong partnerships to implement a comprehensive, collaborative approach to improving education, employment, and other well-being outcomes for justice-involved youths. 

On any given day, more than 60,000 young people under age 21 are confined in juvenile justice facilities throughout the United States.  Youths involved in the juvenile justice system typically have a history of poor school attendance, grade retention, or disengagement from school due to academic failure and school disciplinary issues.  Many youths in the juvenile justice population have had little employment experience before confinement, and their employment challenges often intensify post release, with many struggling to find and keep jobs. The JJ Reentry Program is designed to tackle these issues and facilitate the successful reentry of these most vulnerable youth.

The Federal Register Notice Inviting Applications can be found here: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-08-31/pdf/2015-21533.pdf

We also invite you to a pre-application Webinar on September 9, 2015, at 3:30 pm EDT. View webinar details.

Finally, we encourage you to check for updated information on the program on the PCRN under National Activities, JJ Reentry Education Program.

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

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

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