E-Bulletin: February 2019

E-Bulletin: February 2019


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Special Event: 2019 Samuel Halperin Lecture and Youth Public Service Award (Friday, March 15, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. ET in Washington, DC)
The lecture and youth award, hosted by AYPF and the Institute for Educational Leadership, serves as an ongoing tribute to our founder Sam Halperin, who dedicated his life and career to improving education and workforce outcomes for youth. This year’s lecture will be presented by Roberto J. Rodríguez, former advisor on education to President Barack Obama and President & CEO of Teach Plus.

Capitol Hill Forum: Competency-based Education: Promising Policies and Practices for the Future of K-12 Education (Friday, March 22, 2019 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. ET on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC)
Educators across the globe are designing modern approaches to teaching and learning that focus on every child achieving mastery through Competency-based Education (CBE). By bringing together national experts and state and district leaders, this forum, which will be co-hosted by iNACOL, will highlight the growth of CBE in state policy, the benefits of CBE, and promising practices taking hold in the United States. The forum will also examine federal policy opportunities to advance CBE in the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, the Every Student Succeeds Act, and the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.


It’s National Career and Technical Education (CTE) month and we are pleased to feature various AYPF resources underscoring the important role CTE plays in preparing youth for workforce success.


A Guide for State Leaders: Equity in Career and Technical Education (CTE)
By: Maria Duarte

42 Years of CTE Policy: Progress and Lingering Challenges
By: Betsy Brand

The New CTE: Let’s Talk About Skills
By: Jesse Kannam

A Bigger Picture: Innovation in CTE and Career Pathways in Ohio
By: Danny Gillis

Top 5 Lessons from Miami: Career Pathways in Action
By: Carinne Deeds and Zachary Malter

Rethinking Career and Technical Education
By: George Knowles


Supporting High Quality Career and Technical Education through Federal and State Policy

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A Guide for State Leaders: Equity in Career and Technical Education (CTE)
By: Maria Duarte
Modern-day Career and Technical Education (CTE) is challenging what CTE programs have historically been able to accomplish. In the last decade, the movement has undergone a renaissance, transforming from low-quality programs to programs involving innovative, real-world experiences. This shift is in part due to changes in the US economyResearch shows there is a significant shortage of skilled workers in the US, a number that is projected to reach eight million by 2030. Moreover, in 2018 46 percent of US employers reported having difficulty filling roles.

42 Years of CTE Policy: Progress and Lingering Challenges
By: Betsy Brand
February is National Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month, a time to recognize the huge contributions the CTE enterprise makes to our economy and to helping young people figure out their futures and gain the skills needed for career success. In my 42 years of working on CTE policy in various capacities, I’ve seen support for CTE wax and wane, and I’m pleased that right now, CTE is getting the attention and support it deserves. At the same time, I’ve been reflecting on the advancements we’ve made in CTE, but also the challenges still facing us.

How States Can Leverage Service to Promote Equity
By: Jesse Kannam
“A day on, not a day off.” This is the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)’s slogan for theMartin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. The third Monday of January each year is not only a federal holiday, but also a national day of service, designated as such by Congress in 1994. Congress assigned CNCS to lead efforts on this day to promote and support service in communities in honor of Dr. King’s legacy. Hundreds of thousands of people participate in the Day of Service across the United States each year.


Check these out – recommended readings from the AYPF staff:

Advance CTE: Making Good on the Promise: Building Trust to Promote Equity in CTE
This brief maps out steps state leaders can take to rebuild trust in marginalized communities that CTE historically failed to serve equitably.

American Council on Education: Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education: A Status Report
This report examines over 200 indicators, looking at who gains access to a host of educational environments and experiences, and how these trajectories differ, by race and ethnicity.

The Aspen Institute: National Commission on Social, Emotional, & Academic Development: From a Nation at Risk to a Nation at Hope
Drawing on input from youth and parents, educators, scientists, and policymakers, this report provides six recommendations to accelerate and strengthen efforts in local communities to support the social, emotional, and academic development of all young people.

ExcelinEd: Funding for Value: Maximizing the Impact of Career and Technical Education Funding
This playbook outlines five steps state policymakers should consider as they design CTE funding structures to support high-quality, high-performance and high-value CTE programs of study.

National Council on Teacher Quality: State Teacher Policy Database
This new reporting tool and database allows educational policymakers and advocates to create custom reports that compare state data across more than 100 teacher policy topics.