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  • April 29, 2016 10:49 AM | Meg Schultz (Administrator)

    The Ohio ACTE Success Series offer career-technical educators unique, professional development opportunities that are specific to their career field. These events give educators the environment to connect with their colleagues and share ideas related to their career-technical programs.

    Whether it is a new occupational area that you are interested in or a topic that you have been teaching for years, Ohio ACTE wants to connect you with your peers! Submit your topic request to let Ohio ACTE know what Success Series events you are interested in.

    Click here to submit a topic request.

    Click here for more information about hosting a Success Series event.


  • April 25, 2016 9:24 AM | Meg Schultz (Administrator)

    The U.S. Department of Education released a series of case studies this month with examples of fewer and better student assessments from across the United States. The Department also announced proposed priorities for applicants of the Enhanced Assessment Grant, which is a grant program designed for states to improve their academic assessments. These assessments must have three priorities: innovative assessment item types and design approaches, improved assessment scoring and score reporting, and a reduction in unnecessary or low-quality tests. The grants amount to $9 million and will be awarded to states later this year. 

    These case studies and the Enhanced Assessment Grant build upon the Obama administration's Testing Action Plan, which attempts to create high-quality assessments without taking time away from teachers in the classroom. 

    To read more, click here

  • April 22, 2016 10:27 AM | Meg Schultz (Administrator)

    In early 2014, President Obama announced an initiative to double the number of apprenticeships in the United States. Since making this goal, the United States added 75,000 apprenticeships, the largest increase in nearly a decade. According to the US Department of Labor, the average starting salary for an apprenticeship graduate is more than $50,000 a year, and employers are able to train and retain skilled workers.  Every dollar invested by the public in apprenticeship sees a $27 dollar return in economic activity.

    To continue this growth, the Department of Labor announced another $90 million will be invested to support state strategies to expand apprenticeships and create industry partnerships. In addition to increasing apprenticeships, the United States seeks to increase diversity in industries to ensure that all types of students have access to an apprenticeship.

    To read more about increasing apprenticeships in the United States, click here

  • April 22, 2016 10:19 AM | Meg Schultz (Administrator)

    In this Education Week article, the author reports the results of a new study by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute on career and technical education (CTE). The study finds that students may benefit from concentrating in one area of career-technical education. Taking three or more related courses in one career area boosted a student’s chance of graduating from high school on time by around 21 percent. Furthermore, this concentration also had a correlation with an increase in jobs, two-year college enrollment, and a modest boost in pay. By focusing on a well-rounded education with a concentration in a certain career field, students can choose the future that they want as well as receiving a well-rounded education. 

  • April 22, 2016 10:13 AM | Meg Schultz (Administrator)

    Recent studies have shown that career-technical education can solve a labor gap in the United States economy and provide careers to students who may not want to attend college. However, with the push for career-technical programs growing, educators and legislators must focus on a long-term approach instead of quick start ups. Quick start-ups fail to address a number of issues facing career-technical education in today’s economy. For example, with baby boomers retiring and the number of specialized teachers shrinking, career-technical education faces a shortage in teachers. Furthermore, market forces drive what career-technical fields are in demand; now, heath science and STEM areas are most needed, which may not be the same areas that were in demand when many career-technical educators were first hired. Finally, quality over quantity is important; quick start-ups might offer more quantity, but they may have lower quality instruction and facilities.

    To read more about a long-term approach to career-technical education, click here

  • April 18, 2016 10:01 AM | Meg Schultz (Administrator)

    Eric Mathews, Marketing Management Teacher at Akron Public Schools, has been invited to the White House to be honored by President Barack Obama on May 3. The President will  recognize National Teachers of the Year, State Teachers of the Year, and other educators from across the United States. Mathews won the Ohio ACTE New Teacher of the Year Award and was named National New Teacher of the Year in 2015.

    Eric Mathews with his students after being named

    Ohio ACTE New Teacher of the Year

  • April 13, 2016 1:41 PM | Meg Schultz (Administrator)

    Kathy Greenich, superintendent of Knox County Career Center, has been recognized as a "Superintendent to Watch" by the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA). This recognition is awarded to superintendents with fewer than five years experience that value effective communication. Kathy Greenich is one of only 25 recipients from across the United States. She will be featured in an upcoming NSPRA publication and honored at the NSPRA National Convention in Chicago this July. 

    Mrs. Greenich has been in education for 25 years before becoming superintendent at Knox County Career Center in the fall of 2014. She values the use of technology in communication, but also works to improve students' face-to-face communication skills. 

    To read the full press release, click here

  • April 13, 2016 1:37 PM | Meg Schultz (Administrator)

    In its first year, Ohio's Adult Diploma Program has graduated 78 adults who did not previously have a high school diploma. The Adult Diploma Program provides adults over the age of 22 with job training and pathways. The program takes a "competency-based approach" that allows adults to work at their own pace and demonstrate their mastery of each skill. Each adult created a customized plan that leads to an in-demand job in their region.

    To read the announcement by the Ohio Department of Education, click here

  • April 11, 2016 10:23 AM | Meg Schultz (Administrator)

    The application period for the Fiscal Year 2017 Straight A Fund grant will open April 22 and close on May 6, 2016. Ohio’s biennial education budget dedicated $15 million to help Ohio schools launch creative new ideas for improving education.


    Ohio’s Straight A Fund supports ideas from local educators that promote academic achievement and economic efficiencies within schools and districts. Educators who have innovative and workable ideas that could advance student learning, achieve significant funding reductions, or reduce administrative overhead now enjoy the opportunity to receive money to jump-start their plans. Plans that include a shared services delivery model that increases efficiency and effectiveness, long-term sustainabilty, and scalability can also receive funds.


    Individual applicants can apply for grants worth up to $1 million dollars, and consortia can apply for grants worth up to $15 million dollars. The Straight A Fund Governing Board has indicated a preference for individual and consortium grants under $1 million dollars.


    The following entities may apply:

    • - City, local, exempted village or joint vocational school districts
    • - Individual school buildings
    • - Educational service centers
    • - Community schools
    • - STEM schools
    • - College-preparatory boarding schools
    • - Education consortia (representing partnerships among city, local or exempted village school districts; school buildings; community schools; or STEM schools)
    • - Institutions of higher education
    • - Private entities partnering with one or more of the entities listed above


    The grant application and more information can be found on the Ohio Department of Education’s website.

    Questions about the grant process may be sent to StraightAFund@education.ohio.gov.

  • April 08, 2016 6:30 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Governor Kasich delivered his 2016 State of the State Address in Marietta on April 6, 2016.

    His speech touched on all aspects of the State operations, including education.

    Kasich touched on career-technical and vocational education and specifically mentioned the importance and value of pre-apprenticeship programs. 

    “We are happy the Governor recognizes the important part career-technical and adult education plays in Ohio’s public education system,” said Christine Gardner, Ohio ACTE Executive Director.   We know the Governor understands there are many pathways to success and skilled workers are critical to Ohio’s economy, Gardner added.

    Governor Kasich also emphasized the importance of guidance counselors. “They are people that can put our young people on a pathway to a lifetime of success,” Kasich said during his address.

    The Governor stressed the importance of guidance counselors in his address, which is a plus, as more and more students need guidance on career choices.   “With so many career options, guidance counselors play an important role in helping all students discover their interests and talents and apply them to a career,” Gardner said.  Career-technical education would be happy to help with this endeavor and work on ways to provide students specific career guidance, Gardner said.

    In terms of adult education, the Governor touched on plans to increase affordability for higher education for students.   Career-technical education encourages students to continue their education, whether it is a degree or certification and making education more affordable helps CTE students.   “Ohio’s Technical Centers also offer adults an efficient, effective way to increase their skills and job prospects,” Gardner said.

    To read the full transcript of the Governor’s April 6 State of the State, visit http://www.governor.ohio.gov/MediaRoom/PressReleases/TabId/200/ArticleId/383/language/en-US/2016-state-of-the-state-transcript4-6-16.aspx


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