June 29, 2015 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues —

We are pleased to announce that our office has worked with the White House team to host a CTE Convening tomorrow, June 30, entitled, Celebrating Innovations in Career and Technical Education (CTE). The event will celebrate students and educators for their work connecting the classroom to real-life career opportunities. First Lady Michelle Obama will headline the event and connect CTE to her REACH Higher initiative.

This event follows the release of an Executive Order (EO) expanding the U.S. Presidential Scholars program to establish a new category of outstanding scholars in CTE.  Information about the EO can be found here (PDF, 8 KB).

We will look forward to sharing outcomes and next steps from the convening.

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

June 22, 2015 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues —

We are pleased to notify you that today, June 22, 2015, President Obama signed an Executive Order to establish a U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education Program. This Executive Order will enable the Presidential Commission to choose up to 20 students each year to be selected on the basis of outstanding scholarship and demonstrated ability and accomplishment in career and technical education. The Executive Order can be read here (PDF, 8 KB).

We will provide you with further details on this initiative as plans unfold!

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

June 19, 2015 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues —

I am pleased to let you know of a newly-issued letter from Deborah Delisle, Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education, regarding summer learning. In her letter, she notes that "Summer can be a stressful time as families seek to ensure that students stay actively engaged in learning outside of the traditional school year." With this in mind, she reminds us that Federal funds may be used to support robust summer learning in a number of programs, including career and technical education (CTE) programs funded under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV). She encourages State and local practitioners to consider offering such programs, if they do not already. The full letter is available here (PDF, 602 KB).

If you have questions about the use of funds for summer programs using Perkins funds, please contact Edward Smith at Edward.Smith@ed.gov or 202-245-7602.

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

June 2015 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues —

Earlier this year, our office released a fourth version of questions and answers (Q&As) regarding the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV).  To promote readability and usability, our office has developed one compiled version (PDF, 350 KB).

This month, DATE staff is reviewing State Plan revisions and budgets, as well as negotiating performance levels for the upcoming program year, beginning July 1, 2015.  We will look forward to issuing grant awards on schedule, as well as celebrating another year in working with you to foster the college- and career-readiness of our nation’s youth and adults.

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

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