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  • April 07, 2014 9:40 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Byrl R. Shoemaker CTE Institute is now accepting applicants for the 2014-2015 group. The deadline is April 30 to complete the online application, but apply soon, space is limited. Click here for the application.

    The Shoemaker Institute is open to anyone who wants to improve their leadership skills and learn more about career-technical and adult education.  The program provides an opportunity for participants to increase leadership qualities, develop leadership characteristics and gain a holistic view of career-technical and adult education in Ohio. 

    The program is designed to be both inspirational and transformational.  Individuals will grow both personally and professionally and develop ways to positively influence students, colleagues, their communities, and CTE stakeholders.  

    Partners Include:

    Ohio ACTE

     Ohio Department of Education, Office of CTE

     Ohio Association of City and Compact Schools - in memory of Carin Doseck

     Ohio Association of Career-Technical Superintendents

     Ohio ACTE Administration Division

     Ohio ACTE PACE Division

     Ohio Career Technical Administrators

  • March 27, 2014 10:51 AM | Abbey Keyse (Administrator)


    Ohio ACTE co-sponsored an event at the Statehouse on March 26 to endorse Governor Kasich's proposal to deliver vocational education in the middle school grades.   A joint event with the Ohio Association of Career Technical Superintendents and Comprehensive and City Schools was held in the Ohio Statehouse to celebrate career technical education and advocate passage of the proposal.


    The event featured CTE instructors and students from various grades. Four students spoke about the importance of CTE in their lives, and also about how much they enjoy programming, designing and building machines in order to compete in the VEX Robotics Word Championship in California. The students who spoke and that are picture above include: Jeff Martin and Mathew Reebel, a junior and senior from Tri-Rivers Career Center, and Nathan Matlack and Zachary Kratowicz, a 4th and 7th grader from North Union Elementary and Middle Schools.


    "These students exemplify the best of career technical education," said Christine Gardner, executive director of Ohio ACTE. "We are thrilled the Governor is proposing to help younger students learn these sorts of skills and maximize their exposure to different career fields. We urge the General Assembly to pass this legislation and let our schools deliver career technical training to middle school students."


    Click here to read the full press release.


    For more pictures from the event, visit www.facebook.com/ohioacte


  • March 27, 2014 10:19 AM | Abbey Keyse (Administrator)

    Harry Snyder, Director of Adult Workforce Development at Great Oaks Career Campuses, testified in front of the Ohio House Finance Committee on behalf of Ohio ACTE, OACTS, and PACE in support of the new funding formula for Ohio's technical centers.


    The previous funding formula was based solely on the number of students served, but in FY 15, House Bill 484 proposes to fund 25% for program completion, 20% for retention for students completing half of a program, 50% for student employment gained, 5% for industry-recognized credentials attained, and a 3-year average guarantee.


    The funding formula allocates $15 million, and also gives schools access to resources set aside that require a local match from local businesses.


    Harry Snyder was quoted as saying, "We embrace this new model's accountability. We are proud that our completion and placement rates continue to be strong."


    Click here to read more of Harry Snyder's testimony.  

  • March 17, 2014 11:18 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Tri-Rivers Career center hosted US Senator Rob Portman and approximately 50 business and community leaders and educators at its RAMTEC facility on March 15.


    Tri-Rivers Superintendent Chuck Speelman and Sen. Portman lead the discussion that included remarks from the Senator, business partners and students. 


    Pictured here is Larry Hickman, Tri-Rivers Career Center and Ohio ACTE President, Christine Gardner, Ohio ACTE Executive Director and Sen. Portman.


    The focus of the discussion was the new RAMTEC center and providing for the workforce needs of manufacturing.


    For more photos, click here to visit Ohio ACTE's Facebook Page!

  • March 12, 2014 3:36 PM | Abbey Keyse (Administrator)

    Calamity Days: Summary of House Bill 416  

    See ODE's FAQ on calamity days - click here


    After months of discussion and amendments, the General Assembly will likely pass and the Governor likely sign the conference committee’s reported version of the calamity day bill, House Bill 416.  This bill has taken many iterations.  We summarize those provisions expected t be final.  For career and technical education, the relevant provisions from House Bill 416 are as follows:

    The bill waives make-up requirements for four additional days of closure because of calamity, but under the following conditions:

    1. The district has made up or invoked plans to make up at least four days of closure through its contingency plan.  (To simplify, calamity days 1–5 will not need to be made up, calamity days 6–9 will be made up through the contingency plan, and calamity days 10–13 will not need to be made up.)
    2. The board of education affirms its intention to request a make-up waiver for the additional days of closure by resolution in an open meeting.

    Note: The conference committee removed the teacher in-service requirements for calamity day make-ups that had previously been included in the bill.

    The bill authorizes schools to make up days of closure by increasing the length school days in half-hour increments.  As of January 1, 2014, districts may make up contingency days (i.e., days 6–9 of closure) using half-hour increments if their contingency plans allow for extending the school day.

    The bill permits joint vocational school districts to excuse twelfth graders from attendance after a board-designated culminating event without penalty.  (As recommended by Ohio ACTE and OACTS).

    The bill permits districts to update their contingency plans with the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) at any time during the current school year.  Districts may also submit applications for online lessons and blizzard bags to ODE at any point.

    Both the House and the Senate are likely to vote on this version of House Bill 416 in the near future.  Because it is an “emergency measure,” it will immediately become effective once signed into law by Governor Kasich.

  • March 12, 2014 11:46 AM | Abbey Keyse (Administrator)

    A recent State Impact article titled "Five Things to Know About Vocational Ed In Ohio" states that although vocational education has been in an almost twenty year decline, career technical education programs are back in vogue.


    The following are things every Ohioan should know about vocational education in Ohio:


    1. Ohio's career technical education programs date back to the Industrial Revolution.


    2. Roughly a fifth of eligible students take vocational ed.


    3. Vocational education is more than just auto shop and cosmetology.


    4. Every CTE student has a chance to earn college credit.


    5. Half of CTE students pursue post-secondary education.


    For the full State Impact article, click here.  

  • March 06, 2014 11:46 AM | Abbey Keyse (Administrator)

    The Ohio ACTE Success Series is a professional development program for career-technical teachers and instructors. It is delivered by teachers and for teachers at schools that offer to host the program.


    This pilot program in Health Services will be followed by other career fields if it is well received and fulfills members' needs for career-specific professional development.


    Health Services teachers and instructors (this includes Dental Assisting, Health Occupations Technologies, Medical Assisting, and Nurse Assisting) should attend this day long professional development opportunity at Springfield-Clark Career Technology Center from 9:00 am until 2:30 pm on Tuesday, April 29th, 2014.


    Registration Fees:

    $50.00 for Ohio ACTE members, $75.00 for non-members


    For more information and to register for this event, please click here.




    ***Contact Abbey Keyse at (614) 890-2283 or e-mail membership@ohioacte.org with any questions.

  • March 06, 2014 11:42 AM | Abbey Keyse (Administrator)

    To follow up February's National CTE Month, March has been designated Career Technical Education and Skilled Workforce Development Month in Ohio.


    For more information read the Legislative resolution and post pictures on Ohio ACTE's Facebook page!

  • March 06, 2014 11:24 AM | Abbey Keyse (Administrator)

    New to the 2014 Connections to Education Conference this year is a pre-conference opportunity dedicated to teachers and instructors new to career technical education!


    Attend the "Survive and Thrive: An Initiation for New CTE Teachers" Pre-Conference if you are looking for a refresher on what CTE teachers need to know to survive and thrive as career-technical educators! Teachers and instructors in all career fields and academic subjects should attend this day-long opportunity to connect, learn and grow as career-technical educators!


    10:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Wednesday, July 30th

    (Registration included in general Conference registration)


    Pre-Conference topics include:

    -The Image of CTE

    -What It Means to be a CTE Teacher

    -Alphabet Soup: Decoding the Language of CTE

    -Understanding Report Cards

    -Ohio's Unique System of CTE: How it All Works--Together!

    -Licensure Overview

    -What CTE Teachers Need to Know About Funding

    -Question and Answer Panel: Best Piece of Advice for New CTE Teachers


    Please click here to register for both the 2014 Connections to Education Conference and the "Survive and Thrive: An Initiation for New CTE Teachers" Pre-Conference!




    ***Contact Abbey Keyse at (614) 890-2283 or e-mail membership@ohioacte.org with any questions.

  • March 06, 2014 10:35 AM | Abbey Keyse (Administrator)

    Educators Needed For Paid Positions to Score Ohio Resident Educator Summative Assessments

    The Ohio Department of Education and Teachscape, a contractor that is administering the Ohio Resident Educator Summative Assessment for the department this year, are looking for teachers, administrators and university education faculty to serve as assessors who score assessment tasks submitted by third-year resident educators. These beginning teachers must successfully complete the five tasks of the assessment, among other requirements, to qualify for their five-year professional educator licenses.


    Applicants for the assessor positions, who will be compensated, must successfully complete online training, scoring practice and a certification test. Assessors will be allowed to work up to 30 hours per week. Each assessor applicant must have a minimum of five years of teaching experience in either a pre-kindergarten through grade 12 setting or in teacher education at a college or university. In addition to its general assessor recruiting, the program is specifically recruiting assessors who are in experienced vocational and career-technical fields (i.e. Health Careers Education, Industrial and Engineering Systems, Environmental and Agricultural Systems, and Family and Consumer Sciences).


    Selection of candidates will be ongoing until Teachscape has received a sufficient pool of applicants. The first online training opens in February. For more information about becoming an assessor, please see the job description and answers to frequently asked questions documents and learn more about the tasks through the RESA Handbook here: www.ohioresa.com. Those who are interested in applying should send their name and email address to Teachscape at RESA.assessor@teachscape.com.

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