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1 Special Education Supervisors Annual Institute Special Education Supervisors Annual Institute Danielle Mezera, Assistant Commissioner for Career and Technical EducationDanielle Mezera, Assistant Commissioner for Career and Technical Education Nov 7, 2013Nov 7, 2013

2 2 Realizing Postsecondary & Career Readiness through CTE o Overview of CTE Multi-Phased Course Revision Process o Linking Secondary-Postsecondary-Industry: Pathways Tennessee o Reforming Work-Based Learning o Early Postsecondary Opportunities for High School Students Interlinked Initiatives

3 3  Career Cluster: 16 nationally recognized occupational areas (USDOE, USDOL)  CTE: Career & Technical Education  CTE Concentrators: Students who take three (3) or more courses in a Program of Study (POS) or Career Cluster  CTE Courses: Elective - graduation requirements: 3 credits in an Elective Focus – CTE, Math and Science, Fine Arts, Humanities, Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB)  EPSO: Early PostSecondary Opportunities, which allow students to obtain postsecondary credit hours while in high school  Pathway: Robust, aligned learning experience, which blends a seamless academic/career pathway from grades 7 th -16 th  Postsecondary: TN College of Applied Technology, 2-yr Community College, 4-yr University/College  Programs of Study: Progressive sequence of subject/topic specific courses within a promoted Career Cluster Realizing Postsecondary & Career Readiness through CTE Career & Technical Education: Terms

4 4 In the past, careers were stable, linear and singular. People chose one path and pursued it over the course of their lives from high school to postsecondary to retirement. Now, careers are complex, fragmented, specialized, collaborative and ever evolving. More often than not, our work life will be made up of a portfolio of micro-careers. Realizing Postsecondary & Career Readiness through CTE

5 5 Today’s Career & Technical Education is not your old Vocational Education Realizing Postsecondary & Career Readiness through CTE

6 6 Redefining Student Learning Tennessee’s CTE must be a Robust, Aligned Academic/Career 7 th -16 th Learning Pathway Realizing Postsecondary & Career Readiness through CTE

7 Multi-Phased Course Revision ProcessMulti-Phased Course Revision Process

8 Multi-Phased Approach: Overview 8 PhaseGoalImplementation Phase I Streamline our existing courses and programs of study SY Phase II Add relevant new courses and new programs of study, revise courses to align to higher student expectations SY Phase III Measure success of students with rigorous assessment options for all courses SY Immediate Wins: Eliminate redundancies Streamline for greater flexibility Organize curriculum in POS using existing courses Deeper Dive: Revise existing courses Develop new courses Increase relevance of POS to reflect stronger alignment Provide opportunities to measure student achievement using assessment options Realizing Postsecondary & Career Readiness through CTE

9 Course Standards Revision Phase I Results 9 Eliminated redundancy and misalignment of Programs of Study Reduced POS by 68% from 207 to 68 for SY Aligned remaining POS, and accompanying courses Inserted General Education courses where appropriate Retired more than 50 non-aligned or redundant courses Provided more flexibility in the selection and sequencing of courses, particularly helpful for smaller, more rural School Districts o Provided options for capstone courses Realizing Postsecondary & Career Readiness through CTE Moved from 7 broad Program Areas to 16 Career Clusters

10 10 Realizing Postsecondary & Career Readiness through CTE Phase I : Moved from 7 broad areas of focus to 16 career clusters cte/Career_Clusters/Career_ Clusters.shtml

11 Multi-Phased Approach: Overview 11 PhaseGoalImplementation Phase I Streamline our existing courses and programs of study SY Phase II Add relevant new courses and new programs of study, revise courses to align to higher student expectations SY Phase III Measure success of students with rigorous assessment options for all courses SY Immediate Wins: Eliminate redundancies Streamline for greater flexibility Organize curriculum in POS using existing courses Deeper Dive: Revise existing courses Develop new courses Increase relevance of POS to reflect stronger alignment Provide opportunities to measure student achievement using assessment options Realizing Postsecondary & Career Readiness through CTE

12 12 General Education Career &Technical Education 21 st Century Skills Work- Based Learning Complex Texts DC/DE Project Based Learning CTSO Activities Critical Thinking Team Work / Collaboration STEM Work Ethic Technology Fluency Technical Skill Attainment Math Courses ELA Courses Social Studies Courses Science Courses Common Core State Standards Standards / Instruction Assessments PD / Training Learning Environment Sequential Courses Communication Skills Writing Prompts Industry Certifications Career Cluster Programs of Study Problem Solving Creativity Citizenship Academic Learning Robust, Aligned Academic/Career 7 th -16 th Learning Pathway Realizing Postsecondary & Career Readiness through CTE Critical Thinking Communication

13 Project Management Data Gathering & Research Use labor and economic data to determine relevant pathways for Tennessee; examine and crosswalk current postsecondary offerings; gather stakeholder feedback on current course offerings Skills Identification & Alignment Determine knowledge and skills (hard/soft) necessary for all identified courses and pathways. Reduce duplication in existing courses, identify gap areas Writing & Reviewing Draft course standards to ensure logical building of knowledge and skills (hard/soft) throughout each pathway. Review revisions with critical stakeholders (teachers, industry, postsecondary) Course Standards Revision Phase II Overview 1. Data Gathering and Research: Determine needs and opportunities of state and the strengths of existing CTE course offerings. 2. Skills Identification and Alignment: Determine specific knowledge/skills needed for students to be successful in identified courses and pathways. 3. Writing and Reviewing: Craft revised course standards and vet recommendations with key stakeholders. Realizing Postsecondary & Career Readiness through CTE 13 Collaborative process with external experts

14 Course Standards Revision Phase II Results CTE Consultants revised course standards by:  Infusing revised standards from other existing CTE courses  Embedding stronger technical skills  Aligning developed and revised course standards with Common Core State Standards for Literacy in Technical Subjects (and Math where applicable)  Aligning and referencing general education standards (e.g. Biology), where applicable Stakeholders reviewed draft standards and provided critical feedback:  78 Tennessee CTE teachers across multiple subjects Average of 14 years of experience Representing: East (34%), Middle (41%), and West (25%)  Professional CTE Teacher Associations  Other TDOE divisions  Industry Advisory Councils and Individual Companies  22 Tennessee Postsecondary Faculty and Teacher Prep Faculty Realizing Postsecondary & Career Readiness through CTE 14

15 Current: Plant and Soil Science 5.0 Analyze the chemical elements essential to plant nutrition and the importance and benefits of proper soil fertility. 5.1 Specify and explain terms related to soil chemistry and plant nutrition. 5.7 Measure soil pH and its effects on nutrient availability. 5.8 Assess the nutrient deficiency symptoms in plants. New: Plant and Soil Science 9.Assess the importance of the sixteen nutrients essential to plant growth and development. Identify nutritional deficiencies and disorders, distinguish among signs of nutrient deficiency in plants, make recommendations for appropriate treatments, and prescribe preventative control measures for major agricultural crops, including corn, soybean, cotton, tobacco, hay, pasture, and forest. (TN CCSS Reading 2, 5; TN CCSS Writing 2, 4, 9; TN Biology II 7) 15 Course Standards Revision Standards Comparison Career Cluster: Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources Realizing Postsecondary & Career Readiness through CTE 1 st Reading Approval

16 High School Program of Study (Advanced Manufacturing Career Cluster) Technology College (Industry Certification) Mechatronics Engineer $82,440 Community College (A.A./A.S) Mechanical Engineering Technician $50,660 University or College (B.A./B.S) CNC Operator $35,580 High School Program of Study (Agriculture Career Cluster) Technology College (Industry Certification) Veterinarian $125,300 Community College (A.A./A.S) Veterinary Tech $37,000 University/College Advanced Degrees Vet Assistant / Lab Caretaker $30,200 Realizing Postsecondary & Career Readiness through CTE 16 What Does A Pathway Look Like? SUSTAINABLE Secondary & Postsecondary Academic Alignment Industry Engagement Community Engagement RELEVANT Work-Based Learning (grades 7-14) Career Awareness (Grades 7-14) Stackable Credentials (Grades 9+) Early Postsecondary Opportunities (Grades 9-12)

17 LINKING SECONDARY-POSTSECONDARY-INDUSTRY: PATHWAYS TENNESSEE Overview

18 18 Realizing Postsecondary & Career Readiness through CTE Pathways to Prosperity Report Published in February 2011 William Symonds, Robert Schwartz & Ronald Ferguson Harvard Graduate School of Education Widely acclaimed nationally and globally March 2012: Bob Schwartz - featured speaker, Education & Industry Summit, VW April 2012: Invited to submit Letter of Interest June 2012: Selected to join Pathways to Prosperity Network (9 states currently); HGSE, JFF conveners to_Prosperity_Feb2011.pdf

19 19 Realizing Postsecondary & Career Readiness through CTE Pathways Tennessee Overall Goal To provide Tennessee students in grades 7 th -14 th /16 th access to rigorous academic/career pathways, which are interlinked with local, regional, and state economic/labor market needs and trends in order to develop and promote a workforce that is educated and skilled in their chosen fields. Statewide Plan Goal will be achieved through a statewide policy-oriented, initiative-driven, data-supported plan based on identified regional strengths/opportunities and willing local and regional network partners. Statewide Planning & Implementation Team Department of Economic & Community Development Department of Education Department of Labor & Workforce Development Governor’s Office State Collaborative on Reforming Education Tennessee Business Roundtable Tennessee Higher Education Commission Tennessee State Board of Education Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association

20 20 Realizing Postsecondary & Career Readiness through CTE Pathways Tennessee IS NOT: Is not state mandated - no forced participation Is not sustained on the state level Is not trying to “reinvent the wheel” Is not just an education initiative Is not intended to be additional work IS: Is a way to think regionally Is an alignment initiative Is a shift in culture - education, industry and communities must work together Is thoughtful planning and data-driven decision making Is done with the best interests of our students and our communities in mind

21 21 Realizing Postsecondary & Career Readiness through CTE Pathways Must:  Have multiple entry and exit points  Transition seamlessly from secondary to postsecondary, allowing for college credit and industry certifications in high school  Encourage/support active industry involvement in student learning  Have regional workforce relevance

22 22 Have multiple entry and exit points Transition seamlessly from secondary to postsecondary Allow for college credit and industry certifications in high school Encourage/ support active industry involvement in student learning Have regional workforce relevance Realizing Postsecondary & Career Readiness through CTE Pathways Must:

23 LINKING SECONDARY-POSTSECONDARY-INDUSTRY: PATHWAYS TENNESSEE IN ACTION Upper CumberlandUpper CumberlandSoutheastSouthwest

24 24 Realizing Postsecondary & Career Readiness through CTE Pathways Tennessee Regions

25 25 Realizing Postsecondary & Career Readiness through CTE Pathways Tennessee Regions Upper Cumberland (Jackson, Overton, Putnam, Warren, White) Intermediary: Highlands of Tennessee Advanced Manufacturing Health Sciences Grade 7 Module for 2014 cohort Implementation of Academic/Career Coaches Southeast (Bradley, Hamilton, Marion, McMinn) Intermediary: Chattanooga Public Education Foundation Advanced Manufacturing Information Technology Will have courses in place for 2014 school year

26 High School Program of Study (Advanced Manufacturing Career Cluster) Technology College (Industry Certification) Mechatronics Engineer $82,440 Community College (A.A./A.S) Mechanical Engineering Technician $50,660 University or College (B.A./B.S) CNC Operator $35,580 High School Program of Study (Agriculture Career Cluster) Technology College (Industry Certification) Veterinarian $125,300 Community College (A.A./A.S) Veterinary Tech $37,000 University/College Advanced Degrees Vet Assistant / Lab Caretaker $30,200 Realizing Postsecondary & Career Readiness through CTE 26 What Does A Pathway Look Like? SUSTAINABLE Secondary & Postsecondary Academic Alignment Industry Engagement Community Engagement RELEVANT Work-Based Learning (grades 7-14) Career Awareness (Grades 7-14) Stackable Credentials (Grades 9+) Early Postsecondary Opportunities (Grades 9-12)

27 27 Example of Aligned Partnerships: Upper Cumberland Regional Partnerships High School Program of Study (Advanced Manufacturing) Cookeville HS Monterey HS Upperman HS Jackson County HS Technology College (Industry Certification) TTU – College of Engineering Community College (A.A./A.S) Nashville State Community College - Cookeville University or College (B.A./B.S) TCAT - Livingston High School Program of Study (Health Sciences) Cookeville HS Livingston Academy Monterey HS Upperman HS Jackson County HS White County HS Technology College (Industry Certification) TTU – School of Nursing Community College (A.A./A.S) Volunteer State Community College- Livingston University or College (B.A./B.S) TCAT - Livingston Regional Notes: 13 feeder middle schools participating in Pathways TN dedicated industry for pathways e.g. Automated Tool Company Cummins Filtration Cookeville Regional Hospital Highlands Medical Center Realizing Postsecondary & Career Readiness through CTE

28 Southwest Tennessee Region  Region Identified April 2013  Fact Finding Trip Completed August 2013  Asset Mapping Completed September 2013  Regional Convenings Held October 2013  Regional Intermediary – TBD  Regional Steering Committee – TBD  Pathways - TBD 28 Realizing Postsecondary & Career Readiness through CTE

29 REFORMING WORK-BASED LEARNING

30 30 Industry Awareness Career Awareness Career Exploration Career Preparation Career Training Work-Based Learning Work-based learning builds on past experiences and prepares for a student for postsecondary and career Realizing Postsecondary & Career Readiness through CTE Schooling

31  Apprenticeship  Clinical Experience  Internship  Co-Op  Field trips  Job Shadow 31 Realizing Postsecondary & Career Readiness through CTE Work-Based Learning Examples:  Service-Learning  Project-Based Learning (In- or out-of-school)  Teacher Externships  Career Fairs  Classroom Speakers

32  Start in early grades, plan with your community partners, allow for experiences to build to ensure positive outcomes  Industry Partners gain: strong relationships with their education systems (secondary/postsecondary), inspire future workforce to stay local, improves skilled talent pool  Students gain: Exposure to and experience in diverse settings, development of hard/soft skills to complement classroom learning  Schools gain: classroom learning becomes more relevant and meaningful to the students, curriculum adapts more quickly to industry trends 32 Realizing Postsecondary & Career Readiness through CTE Work-Based Learning Win-Win Approach:

33 Early Postsecondary Opportunities for High School Students

34 34 Expanding Early Postsecondary Opportunities Realizing Postsecondary & Career Readiness through CTE

35 OPCA established in 2012 by the Department of Education o Designed to expand and promote early postsecondary credit opportunities for all high school students. o Responsible for collecting and disseminating information related to postsecondary opportunities to students, parents, and educators. 35 Office of Postsecondary Coordination and Alignment Realizing Postsecondary & Career Readiness through CTE Early Postsecondary Opportunities are those courses and exams that allow high school students to earn college-level credits, which can then be used toward a postsecondary credential and/or degree. In TN, those course and exam opportunities include: Dual Enrollment (DE) Dual Credit (DC) Advanced Placement (AP) International Baccalaureate (IB) College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

36 36 Expanding Early Postsecondary Opportunities Statewide Dual Credit Articulated Pilot Courses College Algebra (Advanced Algebra/Trig) Intro to Agribusiness Intro to Ornamental Horticulture SY (proposed) Pre-Calculus Art History Health Informatics Intro to Sociology Intro to Criminal Justice World History Realizing Postsecondary & Career Readiness through CTE Current EPSO-Related Legislation Public Chapter 967 (2012) o Consortium of Cooperative Innovative Education Charged with increasing and expanding opportunities for high school students o OPCA Charged with implementing the vision and recommendations of Consortium Public Chapter 351 (2013) o Advanced Placement/Industry Certification Exam fee waivers Two-year pilot SY

37 37 Realizing Postsecondary & Career Readiness through CTE o Overview of CTE Multi-Phased Course Revision Process o Linking Secondary-Postsecondary-Industry: Pathways Tennessee o Reforming Work-Based Learning o Early Postsecondary Opportunities for High School Students Interlinked Initiatives - Review

38 Danielle Mezera Assist Commissioner, CTE www. tn.gov/education/cte


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