Hello everyone! I apologize for the delay in updating;
anyone involved in education knows how busy the first several weeks of a new
school year can be. While it is busy and sometimes frustrating, I do enjoy this
time of year!
In addition to my teaching duties at Sturgis Brown High
School (SBHS), I coordinate the Teachers as Advisors program, serve as a senior
class advisor and serve as the CTE Coordinator, which involves all
responsibilities related to the Perkins grant—writing the grant, ordering
approved items, monitoring the budget and inventory, collecting and submitting
the data, utilizing the data to justify programs and equipment requests … It is
a big responsibility and one that I take seriously. Without the Perkins grant,
SBHS would not have the quality CTE staff or programs to assist our students in
the pursuit of their career/education goals. Many of you wear more than one hat
in your school or career center as well. Thank you for what you do to assist
students in reaching their career goals.
I recently had the opportunity to attend the NCLA Best Practices Conference in Hot Springs, AR. The conference is a well-kept secret in
the field of career and technical education. The keynote speakers shared
statistics related to education-levels and job availability. The break-out
sessions focused on career fairs, integration of math and automotive standards,
green technology and jobs, career counseling, and other related topics. A highlight
of the conference was touring the National Park Community College. Director
David Hughes served as tour guide and showcased the programs available to area
high school students as well as sharing how students can take the high school
CTE credits and transfer them to the postsecondary institute sharing the same
campus. If you have not attended the NCLA Best Practices Conference in the
past, I encourage you to consider attending next year’s conference. Watch the
ACTE Web site and Techniques magazine for details.
Additional activities I am involved with include the
continued planning and preparation for the Leadership Training Program
scheduled for November 19 in St. Louis.
The Leadership Task Force has been busy finalizing the details for November as
well as working on the March session to be held in conjunction with the National
Policy Seminar. If you are interested in seeking a leadership position at the
state, regional or national level or just want to learn more about association
leadership, please consider participating in the Leadership Training Program. While
a Memorandum of Understanding is required to be eligible for the travel
stipend, anyone may register and attend.
As South Dakota prepares for the 2012 Legislative Session, I
will be working with the SDACTE Legislative Committee to update our CTE data
brochure (it is available at both the SDACTE Web page and the ACTE State Association Resource Page) as well as reviewing the governor’s proposed budget
and its impact on education. If you have not yet reviewed your 2010-2011 CTE
data, please schedule time to review it with other CTE instructors in your
school/center. Are your students meeting the standards for language
arts/reading, math and technical skills attainment? Where are your students
going once they graduate? If you serve secondary students, how do CTE concentrator
graduation rates compare to the school as a whole? If the data is positive,
have you shared it with your administrators, school board, advisory board, and
state and federal legislators? If the data is less than favorable, what needs
to change? How can you utilize limited resources to better meet the needs of
the learners you serve? ACTE staff is working hard to promote career and
technical education and preserve funding streams. Help make their jobs easier by
promoting your programs in the state and national legislators as well as with the
local board of education.
I hope you have had a successful start to the school year.
Continue to collect the data that proves what we all know—CTE is an important
component of a student’s secondary education and a vital link in getting our
economy back on track by providing relevant, timely education for adults.