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  • July 19, 2016 11:54 AM | Meg Schultz (Administrator)

    Ohio ACTE and the Ohio Ophthalmological Society are partnering once again to offer FREE safety eyewear for students in programs requiring the use of eye protection.  This program is possible as part of a grant from the Ohio Department of Health to  promote eye safety and to encourage students to use protective eyewear in activities outside of the classroom as well.

    In order to participate, schools must agree to provide safety information to students and participate in a survey.  It is open to all schools and is not needs-based.

    The application deadline is August 31.  Please click here for the application and return the completed form to membership@ohioacte.org by August 31.  CLICK HERE FOR THE 2016 APPLICATION

    Since the inception of the program in 2009, more than 100,000 protective eyewear pieces have been distributed.  Programs benefiting from this partnership include: Automotive, BioMedical Science, Arts, Building and Grounds, HVAC, Dental Assisting, and more.

  • July 19, 2016 11:10 AM | Meg Schultz (Administrator)

    The U.S. Department of Education is proposing new rules to ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) to ensure "fewer but higher quality tests." These rules would reduce testing and would give seven states the ability to pilot testing flexibility. States could also pick a "nationally recognized high school assessment of their choosing" instead of a state-developed test. The rules also introduce regulations to alternative assessments due to students' disabilities. 

    To read more about these proposed rules, click here

    To read the fact sheet on the rules, click here

  • July 18, 2016 9:21 AM | Meg Schultz (Administrator)

    Starting in August, the Ohio Department of Education will be traveling to multiple sites around the state to discuss changes in federal education laws. ODE will also be hosting a series of webinars discussing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

    To see the meeting and webinar schedules, click here

  • July 15, 2016 9:13 AM | Meg Schultz (Administrator)

    The Ohio Department of Education is hosting a webcast to discuss details of the 2016 Ohio School Report Cards. Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria and department experts will provide an overview of the report card components and detail what’s new for the September release.  


    The webcast will be held on Wednesday, July 20, at 10 a.m. Click here to register for the webcast.


    The webcast recording will be available for playback within 48 hours following the live session.


  • July 14, 2016 9:46 AM | Meg Schultz (Administrator)

    Foreign language requirements for career-technical students continue to cause debates for the State Board of Education. The board's Standards and Graduation Requirements Committee is discussing requirements for those students pursuing a career-tech honors diploma. Currently, there are no foreign language requirements for this kind of diploma. The public expressed that the requirements would "put a heavy burden on career-tech students with already busy schedules." 

    Furthermore, research shows that career-technical students that have received an honors diploma in the past do not normally complete the three credit standard for foreign languages; in fact, only one percent of students took all three credits. Industry representatives, as well as ODE Career-Tech Director Emily Passias, have expressed a desire to focus on math, science, and problem-solving skills, rather than foreign language abilities. 

    However, opponents argue that students gain more than just language fluency; they claim that foreign languages introduce students to world geography and other cultures. 

    To read the full report, click here

  • June 28, 2016 9:38 AM | Meg Schultz (Administrator)

    I’d like to personally welcome each of you to the 2016 Ohio ACTE Annual Connections to Education Conference. It’s an exciting time for Ohio ACTE. We are celebrating  61 years as an association!  The achievements of Ohio ACTE are the result of the combined efforts of each member!


    The world of Career Technical and Adult Education (CTAE) is an exciting area in which to work, and we’ll continue to meet and bring inspired people together in forums like this, to ensure CTAE remains at the cutting edge.


    Over the next few days, you can choose from many topics to hear best practices, visit with our business partners to see the latest resources, hear from our state leaders about up and coming changes, attend division business meetings, and network with other CTAE educators.


    This year, we are spotlighting CTE successes as our key note speakers! The Kick-Off Networking/Connecting Event on Monday, July 25, is where we will recognize our outstanding colleagues. Chef Curtis Duffy, a CTE alumni from the Career and Technology Education Centers of Licking County (C-TEC), will share how relationships with CTE teachers helped mold him into the chef he has become. Chef Duffy will also share on Tuesday, July 26, how CTE skills helped him reach the Three-Star Michelin distinction at his restaurant, Grace, in Chicago. Richard Wheeler, an alumni from C-TEC, will highlight his CTE education, military experience, and current role in law enforcement during our lunchtime, general session. I hope you can join us as we celebrate our former students’ successes!    


    This conference is planned by a committee of CTE leaders and the Ohio ACTE staff. The committee would like to thank Meg Schultz and Christine Gardner for their coordination, leadership, and professionalism in making possible this conference. A special thank you is extended to each of the presenters, business partners, and ODE staff, who share during the conference. We look forward to hearing up-to-date CTE information and best practices.


    Before I close, I’d like to thank each of you for attending our conference and bringing your expertise to our gathering. You, as organization leaders, have the vision, the knowledge, the wherewithal, and the experience to help us pave our way into the future. You are truly our greatest asset today and tomorrow, and we could not accomplish what we do without your support and leadership. Throughout this conference, I ask you to stay engaged, keep us proactive, and help us shape the future of CTE. My personal respect and thanks goes out to all of you.


    On behalf of the Conference Committee and the Executive Board, I would like to once again thank you for attending the 2016 Ohio ACTE Annual Connections in Education Conference.


    Beth Bronkar

    Career Development Coordinator, C-TEC of Licking County

    Ohio ACTE Secretary and Conference Committee Chair


  • June 28, 2016 9:00 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    On June 15, 2016, the Department’s office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) and Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released a “Dear Colleague” letter regarding gender equity in CTE programs.  The letter summarizes legal obligations for recipients of Federal funding that offer CTE programs (“Recipients”), which serve to ensure equitable access to CTE programs.   The letter does not add requirements to applicable law, but provides information and examples to inform Recipients about how the Department evaluates whether covered entities are complying with their legal obligations. 

    The letter can be accessed by clicking here.

    Overview of Dear Colleague Letter

                Although disproportionate gender enrollment alone does not violate Federal law, Recipients must conduct their admission, recruitment, and counseling practices in a nondiscriminatory manner, and respond to substantially disproportionate enrollment of individuals of one sex by reviewing their policies and practices and, if applicable, addressing any unlawful sex discrimination or stereotypes in those policies and practices.


    1.     Sources of Federal Law: Recipients’ obligations to prevent and remedy sex discrimination in CTE programs arise from various different sources of legal authority.  (Sources of legal authority include: a) Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; b) Title IX Guidelines; c) the Methods of Administration (MOA) program; d) State Educational Agencies; and e) the Perkins Act.)

    2.      Specific Recipient Obligations: In order to ensure equitable opportunity for all students to participate in CTE programs, a Recipient:

    ·       Must recruit a diverse pool of students and may not discriminate on the basis of sex in recruitment activities;

    ·       Is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of sex in the admissions process and may not use any test or criterion that has a disproportionately adverse effect on individuals of one sex;

    ·       Must ensure that its counseling practices and appraisal materials are nondiscriminatory.


    3.     Title IX Procedural Requirements: The following procedural requirements are important for the prevention and correction of sex discrimination and play a critical role in improving equitable access, participation, and retention of students in CTE programs:

    ·       Notice of Discrimination: Recipients must publish a notice stating that they do not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education programs and activities they operate.

    ·       Title IX Coordinator: Recipients must designate at least 1 employee to coordinate their compliance with Title IX and notify all students and employees of the name or title and contact information for this person.

    ·       Grievance Procedures: Recipients must adopt and publish grievance procedures providing for the prompt and equitable resolution of sex discrimination complaints. 


    4.     Title IX Discriminatory Practices: Recipients must also take steps to eliminate any discriminatory practices that discourage continued enrollment and achievement. Title IX protects students from discrimination on the basis of marital and parental status, as well as on the basis of pregnancy, with respect to admissions to CTE institutions.  In addition, Title IX prohibits sex-based harassment by peers, employees, or third parties that is sufficiently serious to deny or limit a student’s ability to participate or benefit from the school’s education programs and activities. 


    5.     Case Examples: To help illustrate the legal requirements described above, the Department’s dear colleague letter provides hypothetical examples of how a recipient could fail to comply with federal law related to equitable access to CTE programs and the actions a recipient could take to remedy violations.  Listed below are two examples incorporated into the letter:


    Example 1: Recruitment and Promotional Activities

                A high school is planning to sponsor a career day for all students to promote its information technology program. This is the only promotional effort that the high school will undertake for its information technology program. All of the current students and recent graduates of the program who will be invited to speak at the career day are male, even though some female students are currently enrolled in and have recently graduated from the program. The high school has not revised its promotional materials in a number of years, and all of the materials distributed at the career day depict males and use male pronouns to refer to students in the program. The high school only distributed these promotional materials at the career day and did not distribute them to members of the student community who did not attend the career day. The inclusion of only male students and graduates as speakers at the career day and promotional materials depicting only males and using only male pronouns may perpetuate the stereotype that information technology is a field for men, and, thus, may violate Title IX guidelines.


                To remedy this potential violation, the high school could alter its plans for the career day and include presentations from both male and female current students and graduates of the program about their experiences in the information technology program. The materials distributed at the career day could depict both males and females performing information technology-related tasks, include information about information technology-related jobs and college programs, and use gender-neutral pronouns. The school could also ensure that the materials depicting more gender diversity are sent to all members of the student community. In addition, in future years, the school could ensure that its career day and promotional materials are both gender-neutral and inclusive.


    Example 2: Admissions 

                A community college requires students who wish to enroll in its construction management program to have taken classes in construction technology in high school. Few female students are enrolled in the college’s construction management program. Each year a number of female students who express interest in the program are not able to enroll because they did not take classes in construction technology in high school. Title IX and the Guidelines prohibit schools from using admissions criteria that have a disproportionate adverse effect on students of one sex unless the criteria are validated as essential to participate in the program and are shown to predict success in the program. The college has not determined whether the previous classes in construction technology are essential to participate in or predict success in the construction management program.


                To remedy this, the college could convene a committee to study whether taking previous classes in construction technology is essential to participate in the construction management program. If the committee determines that although previous classes in construction technology are helpful, they are not essential to or do not predict success in the program, the college can eliminate this admissions requirement. To make up for any potential knowledge gaps, the college could offer an introductory class in construction technology to all students who did not take classes in construction technology in high school or who want a refresher course. Alternatively, or in addition, even if the committee determines that the previous coursework is essential or predictive of success, the community college could explore whether outreach programs or partnerships with its area high schools could encourage all students to take the necessary prerequisite courses to build a more equal pipeline of students prepared for admission to the Program.


    Prepared by Ohio ACTE Legislative Counsel, Terrence O’Donnell and Will Vorys, Dickinson Wright PLLC Law Firm

    To read an editorial piece by the U.S. Department of Education regarding gender equity, click here. 

  • June 27, 2016 9:35 AM | Meg Schultz (Administrator)

    The U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have released new guidelines for ESSA regarding foster care students. These requirements provide stability for these students; for example, these students must be kept in their schools of origin unless “it’s in their best interests to change schools.” If a student must change schools, he or she must be immediately enrolled, even if they lack the records required.

    The guidance letter also includes guidelines for record-keeping, student data and privacy, and collaboration between welfare agencies and schools.

    To read the guidance letter in full, click here.

    To read an overview of the guidance letter, click here

  • June 26, 2016 11:11 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The following members are candidates for Ohio ACTE Officer positions:

    President Elect: 

    Nate Bishko, Excel - TEC


    Pam Hunt, Greene County Career Center

    Rob Robison, Warren County Career Center

    Click here for nominee's statements/information on the candidates.

    The President Elect will serve a one year term as President Elect, followed by a one year term as President and one year term as Past President.  The Treasurer will serve a two year term.  All terms begin Sept. 1. 

    Voting will take place at the Ohio ACTE Annual Conference, July 25-27, 2016, Hilton Easton, Columbus.  Absentee ballot is available for those not attending.  Absentee ballots must be received at Ohio ACTE by July 22.

    Click here for the absentee ballot and mailing instructions.

  • June 25, 2016 3:30 PM | Meg Schultz (Administrator)

    On Monday, June 27, Paolo DeMaria began his tenure as Ohio's 38th superintendent of public instruction at the Ohio Department of Education. He has more than 30 years of experience and served as a staff member in the Ohio Senate, assistant director and director of Ohio's Office of Budget and Management, and as chief policy adviser to former Governor Bob Taft.

    He succeeds Lonny Rivera, who has been serving as interim superintendent following the retirement of Richard Ross. 

    To read more about Supt. DeMaria, click here

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