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