Month: November 2018

ADVANCE CTE – State Leaders Connecting Learning to Work

Fall Meeting | October 22-24, 2018 | Baltimore, MD

It was my honor to represent NCHSE at the recent Advanced CTE Fall Meeting in Baltimore.  This meeting is attended by CTE state directors, other state education leaders, and educational partners from across the country. There were over 300 people in attendance, which presented some barriers to introducing myself to everyone and give my NCHSE “elevator speech.” While the entire experience was a little overwhelming, my goal was to soak up as much information as possible while there.

2018 is a year of change with the spotlight on Career Technical Education (CTE) and the excitement of the passage of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V). Every reauthorization brings challenges and opportunities, attendees learned about the leadership levers within Perkins V to advance the state’s vision for CTE. Attendees had an opportunity to engage in a series of small group discussions designed to challenge and support state leaders in how best to approach this new law.

One of the notable opportunities mentioned were allowable use of funds for middle grades down to the 5th grade.  Another topic was having more responsibility for on-going engagement which might include public comment/input and other stakeholders’ engagement such as business and industry and higher education.  As always, individual states will address these and other components of Perkins V as they determine their plan.  All states are alike in some ways, but very different in others.

Here are a few snippets to ponder for the small group discussions:

Equity is more than non-traditional; for example, tribal organizations, students with disabilities, etc.

An Ohio representative shared they have created short 2-3-minute videos about procedural items and posted on their website. Perhaps this could be helpful for new teachers and CTE administrators.  (Could be a good idea just for health science programs and or even classrooms).

One question was “How do you ensure funds for middle grades are used effectively?”  One suggestion was to align professional development with high school teachers and their counterparts districtwide.

Remember in many cases business and industry and education don’t’ speak the same language.”

Many businesses want to engage with educators because they need workers.  One recommendation was “don’t just go to them when you need something.”  Build a relationship with your industry partners.

Overall, it was a great learning experience. Let us know if you believe having Perkins V topics for set up with small group discussions with rotations would beneficial future NCHSE events. Hope you have a great rest of the semester.

Phyllis Johnson, NCHSE Chair

Fall 2018 Board and Publishers/Educational Resources Group Update Summary








On Thursday, October 18, NCHSE organized the Board and Publishers/Educational Resources Group Fall Update Call. Thirty-nine individuals joined the hour-long event to hear about NCHSE activities over the last six months and new initiatives for 2019. Members were reminded of the 2019 NCHSE Annual Meeting, January 30-31, St. Charles Hilton, New Orleans, LA. RSVPs are due by Monday, December 10 to Nancy Allen,

Nominations are open as NCHSE is seeking candidates for the offices of secretary, a one-year term and treasurer, a two-year term.  If interested, contact Cindy LeCoq, Past Chair, Angel Clark (SC) is coordinating the agenda for the 2019 Health Science State Leaders Meeting, January 29. Final agendas for both meetings will be emailed in early December. Phyllis Johnson, NCHSE Board Chair, reviewed newly instituted board membership options: $2500 annually or $1500 without travel benefits. The affiliation fee for NCHSE Publishers/Educational Resources Group members is $1500. Phyllis revisited the organizational chart that will be included in the 2019 proposed NCHSE bylaws revisions. Proposed revisions will be emailed to the membership sixty (60) days in advance of the annual meeting. Assessment chair, Cindy LeCoq shared data to support two recent successful NCHSE Certificate Labs. One in Dallas, TX at the HOSA–Future Health Professionals 2018 International Leadership Conference, June 27-30, where 435 exams were delivered to 241 interested students and the second one in Denver, CO at the 2018 National Health Science Conference, where 108 teachers took 158 exams in a monitored environment. A summary of 2018 National Health Science Conference was communicated and can be found in a separate article in this newsletter. NCHSE is pleased to announce an organizational meeting of the Health Science Educators Association was conducted the national conference by Lara Morris, NCHSE Chair-elect. Interest appears high and membership is currently approaching 100.

Dates to remember:

  • 2018 Advance CTE Fall Meeting, October 22–24, Baltimore, MD; Phyllis Johnson, representative
  • ACTE CareerTech Vision 2018, November 28–December 1, San Antonio, TX; Nancy Allen and Phyllis Johnson, representatives
  • 2019 Health Science State Leaders Meeting, New Orleans, LA, January 29
  • 2019 NCHSE Board Meeting, New Orleans, LA, January 30–31