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The following Ohio ACTE members were among five finalists for national career-technical educator awards. They were recognized during the National ACTE Conference on Nov. 19 in St. Louis, Mo. in front of 3,000 attendees and represented ACTE Region 1.
Outstanding CTE Professional in Community Service - Tina Francis, Delaware Area Career Center/Buckeye Valley Middle School
Outstanding New Career and Technical Educator - Rose Hartschuh, Mohawk Local Schools
Outstanding Career and Technical Educator - Yvonne Kaszubowski, Warren County Career Center
Teacher of the Year - Paul Waldman, Millstream Career & Technology Center
An NPR (11/14, Lieszkovszky) "State Impact" piece reports on a new teacher evaluation system being developed in Ohio, noting that according to state Board of Education Vice President Tom Gunlock, who serves on a committee "tasked with creating a framework that all districts have to abide by when they write their own teacher evaluation systems," the new systems will be based on a 50% student growth assessment, while "50 percent will be made up of other assessments, such as teacher observations and communications with parents and students. Districts can decide how much weight to give these areas."
The Dayton (OH) Daily News (11/13, Larsen) reported, "Young Americans are spending more time with electronic media and fewer hours working with their hands, according to several studies, possibly leaving them out of the running for well-paying, high-skilled jobs in the future." Experts believe that "the declining number of young people who are capable of working with their hands could create a shortage of skilled workers to replace an aging workforce in the US manufacturing industry. Some 2.7 million manufacturing employees are age 55 or older and likely to leave the labor force over the next 10 years, according to the National Association of Manufacturers."
The Salem (OH) News (11/8, Shields) reports, "A growing need for welders is significant and the Columbiana County Career and Technical Center is responding to it, according to Huck Hughes, the school's welding and fabricating instructor." CCCTC "currently has 23 juniors, 23 seniors and 30 adult education welding students and turns away 15 to 20 people a year in the high school program. Juniors and seniors are in class for 2.5 hours a day with juniors receiving entry-level welding certification, seniors receiving advanced-level (pipe welding) certification while many return for a third year at the 'expert level,'" according to Hughes. "The school has already sent students into local industry like MAC Trailer, which donated an aluminum MIG welder to the school; Butech Bliss, Hickey Metal Fabrication and Dearing Compressor in Youngstown."
In an op-ed in support of Akron school levy Issue 14 in the Akron Beacon Journal (11/6), David W. James, the superintendent of the Akron Public Schools, wrote, "Issue 14 - a very modest property tax increase and the first APS levy since 2006 - will keep" our "students and our community moving forward." James wrote, "Our educators consistently seek firsthand input from Akron employers about human resources needs. As a result, we offer extensive career education programming." The "first safety/emergency medical services option at Buchtel High School," he wrote, enables "students to earn college credit at the University of Akron." While "our HVAC program at North High School is one of several in the building trades where APS students work side by side with skilled tradesmen building new homes."
Click here to read the article by the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research.
Clink here to see the entire story featured on CBS National News.
Steve Gratz has been named Interim Director, Office of CTE, following the promotion of Kathy Shibley to Senior Executive Director, Center for Student Support & Education Options.
The Ohio Department of Education is being restructured with the goal to “achieve better results in meeting the needs of Ohio’s students with greater efficiency and effectiveness.” The structure involves two main divisions: 1) Learning; and 2) Accountability and Quality Schools. Under the proposal, the Office of Career-Technical Education (CTE) falls within the Center for Student Support and Education Options of the Division for Accountability and Quality Schools. This shift is not expected to change the products and services of the Office of CTE.