Posted by: Tom Ross | April 10, 2013

In the News

When you write a blog you work on leads. You’re a cub reporter, like Jimmy Olsen.

notjimmy2(Actually he would say, “Jeepers!”)

In this information age, leads can come from anywhere—from another local blog or Listserv to the New York Times, from some new technology you learn of at a conference to something inspiring you see in the field. Often they present a subject that inspires discussion and further research. Other leads stand on their own, a snapshot of the world of CTE, nonetheless interesting.

This is a list of recent leads I’ve followed. Yell “Great Caesar’s Ghost!” if you see anything that interests you.*

Contemplating a ‘Tech Bubble’ for K-12 (12/2012):

Do educational technology companies and entrepreneurs face the risk of a “tech bubble,” similar to the massive boom-and-bust that rocked the market the late 1990s? A recent paper says it’s a real possibility. The paper, “Obstacles and Opportunities for Entrepreneurs in Education,” was released in December by the MIT Enterprise Forum of the Northwest, a chapter of the MIT Enterprise Forum, a global nonprofit organization that seeks to support technology entrepreneurs.

Release of Historic Report Links STEM Students Interests with STEM Jobs by State and Joy Type from My College Options and STEMconnector. (1/15/2013):

Where Are the Stem Students? What are their Career Interests? Where are the STEM Jobs? This report identifies the STEM interests of more than one million U.S. high school students interested in  pursuing STEM careers, and links them to increasing demand for over 16 million STEM jobs by 2018. It also provides in-depth profiles of more than one million students interested in STEM majors and careers with breakouts for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The report is also designed to motivate students interested in STEM careers by providing a breakdown of “hot” STEM jobs, salary figures, and a projection of the future STEM job market.

Plus “6 Things You Didn’t Know About STEM Jobs and Students” from the above report.

Freshman Survey: Focused on Jobs, from the Chronicle of Higher Education (1/24/2013):

Today’s freshmen are focused on the future. They are certain they’ll finish their degrees in four years, despite evidence to the contrary; they want to land good jobs after graduation; and they increasingly aspire to be well off.

The True Cost of High School Dropouts from the New York Times (01/25/2013):

High school completion is, of course, the most significant requirement for entering college. While our economic competitors are rapidly increasing graduation rates at both levels, we continue to fall behind.

From Track to Field: Trends in Career and Technical Education Across Three Decades from RTI International (02/2013):

Historically, CTE and occupational studies provided low-achieving or academically disengaged students with courses that prepared them for immediate entry into the labor market. However, the expansion of new types of career education within magnet schools, career academies, and traditional high schools, and the increasingly accepted perspective that all students can benefit from training that improves their workplace skills, suggests that the older dichotomies between college-bound academic education and work-oriented occupational preparation are less salient.

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces Board Approval of Sweeping Updates to Career Technical Education Standards from a CDE News Release (2/12/2013):

“This new framework sheds light on many new 21st century industry pathways, from game design and mental and behavioral health to green energy and international business,” Torlakson said. “They also tie in well with the rigorous academics and modern relevance demanded under the Common Core State Standards.”

School Finance Reform: Can It Support California’s College and Career-Ready Goal? from Ed Source (2/14/2013):

As the 2013 legislative session begins, the governor is once again proposing K-12 finance reform. In broad strokes, his proposed Local Control Funding Formula would provide a uniform base amount for each student a school district serves, adjusted by grade span and with extra funding based on student needs. The Report questions the impact on CTE.

Adults Are Flocking to College That Paved Way for Flexibility from the New York Times (2/24/13):

In September, Jennifer Hunt of Brown County, Ind., was awarded a bachelor’s degree from Thomas Edison State College in New Jersey without ever taking a Thomas Edison course. She was one of about 300 of last year’s 3,200 graduates who managed to patch together their degree requirements with a mix of credits — from other institutions, standardized exams, online courses, workplace or military training programs and portfolio assessments.

Career Technical Education Linked to Boys’ High School Survival from Education Week (3/04/2013):

Earning three or more CTE credits within a focused sequence of courses was second only to 9th grade students’ grade point average as the strongest variable affecting high school survival for boys.

Torlakson Announces Partnership to Teach 21st Century Skills (3/12/2013):

California Department of Education has joined the national Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) network of 18 states, designed to teach every student real-world skills to meet the needs of a competitive global economy.

Better Colleges Failing to Lure Talented Poor from the New York Times (3/16/2013):

Most low-income students who have top test scores and grades do not even apply to the nation’s best colleges, according to a new analysis of every high school student who took the SAT in a recent year.

Jobs, Value and Affirmative Action: A Survey of Parents About College, from Inside Higher Ed (3/20/2013):

It’s not the college of your dreams, it’s the college you can afford. And the one that will find you a job.

California’s skilled workforce of the future must begin training in the classroom from California Forward (3/27/2013):

“It’s about time we start building career pathways with academic rigor and career relevance for every young person in California so that they can have an educational experience,” said State Senator president pro Tem Darrell Steinberg. “We want their education to be meaningful and relevant in whatever they may choose to do after school.”

About One-Third of Students Get Offers From College Wait Lists, from the National Association for College Admission Counseling (4/05/2013):

April is the month of decision making for high school seniors weighing their college options. It’s difficult enough to compare the solid offers, but for many, there is the added layer of angst over being put on a wait list.

Education Schools Innovate to Supply STEM Teachers from U.S. News and World report (4/8/2013):

“You want strong support in a total immersion program, preferably one that partners with K-12 schools and provides teacher-mentors,” says Charles Coble, co-director of an Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities initiative to overhaul teacher training.

Jimmy Olsen, out.

*Catchphrase of Perry White, Jimmy’s boss and the Editor-in-Chief of the Metropolis newspaper The Daily Planet. But don’t call him “Chief.”

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