To Be or Not to Be---What is the Question?

Report
Career Clusters and
Career Pathways: So
What’s Next???
Ann Benson
[email protected]
Essential Question:
What does the work on
Plans of Study mean for us
in our states and schools?
NEW DEFINITION
THEN
Vocational Education
NOW
Career and Technical
Education
For a Few Students
For All Students
For a Few “Jobs”
For All “Careers”
6 to 7 “Program
Areas”
In-lieu of Academics
16 Clusters – 81
Pathways
Aligns/Supports
Academics
High School Focused
High School and College
Partnerships
How are We Doing?
What is the Problem?
2006 HSTW CTE Students:
Percentage Meeting Reading
Performance Goal-279
100
63
60
57
57
55
40
54
48
50
42
37
20
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Te
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0
A
%
80
2006 HSTW CTE Students:
Percentage Meeting Mathematics
Performance Goal-297
100
72
67
65
60
60
59
56
56
47
44
40
20
O
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%
80
2006 HSTW CTE Students:
Percentage Meeting Science
Performance Goal-299
80
59
47
40
50
44
39
37
29
20
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60
58
56
2006 HSTW CTE Students:
Percentage Having Intensive
Science Experiences
60
40
%
27
21
21
20
19
20
18
15
15
10
ic ily
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2006 HSTW CTE Students:
Percentage Having Intensive
Work-based Learning Experiences
80
55
53
55
51
52
52
50
49
51
40
20
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60
Okay, Now What?
Some Recommendations. . . . .
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Link Career Technical instruction to a
career theme
Strengthen the senior year
Make sure instruction relates to the
students’ career interests and
aspirations
More Recommendations. . .


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Link instruction to careers and
postsecondary education – What will
the students need in 10-15 years?
Make all CTE programs more
intellectually demanding- (High
expectations)
Make sure all students are following a
plan/program of study
So where do Career Clusters
fit in? What are they?


Career Clusters are groupings of
occupations and industries
These groupings are used as an
organizing tool for:



Curriculum Design
Instructional + Guidance Model
Seamless Transition
What about Career Pathways?

A Career pathway represents a
grouping of occupations within a
cluster based on commonalities
What are the Plans of Study?


A sequenced listing of courses, both
academic and CTE/degree major, that
connects student’s high school and
postsecondary educational experiences
A set of course descriptions for the
CTE/degree major courses based on
knowledge and skill statements
Our Rules for Development-POS
1.
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3.
4.
5.
6.
POS are only samples
Template is set-No Tinkering!
Coursework must be rigorous enough
to ensure postsecondary success
Course titles are only examples
CTE/degree major courses must be
based on K & S statements
POS are only samples
The Most Important Aspects
of Career Clusters???


Cluster Foundation Knowledge
and Skills
Career Pathway Knowledge and
Skills
What about Local
Implementation?
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What do Plans of Study look like
and how are they developed for the
local level?
Can I still teach all of the same
courses?
How will I know what to teach?
What’s Next?
If I can provide you with any assistance,
please contact:
Ann Benson
405-743-2919 office
405-880-5383 cell
[email protected]

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