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

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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