Nominations for 2017-2018 Career and Technical Education Curriculum Review Committees
School divisions may nominate a CTE teacher for each of the 34 committees. Approximately 12 applicants will be selected to serve on each committee. All nominees who wish to serve on a committee must complete the Web-based application using the CTE Application Processing System (CTEAPS). Schedule for the committees. For more information, see Superintendent’s Memo 124-17.
Nominations for Career Success Stars in Career and Technical Education
A new initiative called “Career Success Stars” will begin in 2018. It will replace the long running R U “College & Career” Ready Magazine, a VDOE production that has come to an end with its final publication of the 2017 Edition. The new initiative will feature video profiles of the Commonwealth’s brightest Career Success Stars, former students who are now in their 20s and 30s. The Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education is seeking CTE program completers to showcase for each of the 16 career clusters, an entrepreneur, active military personnel, and an apprentice or intern. For more information see, Superintendent’s Memo 053-17. Nominations form.
Save the Date: June 27-28, 2017, “Experience Works – A Convening of Business Leaders and Educators”
The Experience Works professional development opportunity will be held June 27-28, 2017, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Richmond – Midlothian, 1021 Koger Center Boulevard, in Richmond, Virginia 23235. The targeted audience includes Work-Based Learning (WBL) instructors and coordinators, CTE administrators, school counselors, and career coaches.
Experience Works will bring together business, industry and educators to strengthen and build positive WBL experiences for CTE students throughout the Commonwealth. For more information about the WBL methods of instruction, please visit the Virginia Department of Education Work-Based Learning webpage. Online pre-registration is required and must be completed by May 19, 2017. Hotel reservations can be made online. For more information, refer to Superintendent’s Memo 112-17, Save the Date Flyer-This is a PDF document. (PDF), and Industry Tour Descriptions-This is a Word document. (Word).
Principles of Technology Workshop
A 40-hour workshop will be offered for technology education and physics teachers at Carver College and Career Academy in Chester, Virginia from July 17-20, 2017. The workshop will focus on new instructional methods for delivering physics content. For more information and registration form, please see Superintendents’ Memo #092-17.
Cybersecurity Instructional Workshop
In collaboration with the Cybersecurity Innovation Center (CIC), a cybersecurity instructional workshop in conjunction with the Career and Technical (CTE) professional association summer conference will be held at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott on July 25, 2017. The workshop will focus on implementation of the Cybersecurity Fundamentals course and will provide instructional methodology and resources. For more information, see Superintendent’s Memo 093-17.
Announcing Summer Professional Development Institute for Technology and Engineering Educators
In collaboration with Old Dominion University, the 2017 Summer Professional Development Institute will be offered for technology and engineering educators. The Institute will be conducted in Norfolk, Virginia on July 24-27. The Institute registration is open and teachers are encouraged to preregister early, as workshop space is limited. For more information, please see Superintendent’s Memo 121-17.
Teacher Training for Manufacturing Technician Level 1 Certification Course
This training is specifically for currently licensed technology education teachers in divisions that offer or plan to offer either Manufacturing Systems program or Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Computer Integrated Manufacturing course and for trade and industrial teachers in divisions who plan to offer the Precision Machining, Industrial Robotics, or Industrial Maintenance courses. For more information, see Superintendent’s Memo #301-16.
The technology education program provides experiences that lead to the development of technologically literate people. At the elementary school level, students are introduced to technology and begin learning to use it in the classroom. At the middle school level, students considering a career in technology may explore the subject in several overview courses. At the high school level, students take courses to prepare them for technical or professional programs of higher education, such as STEM careers, engineering or architecture.Consistent with their abilities, interests, and educational needs, students completing a technology education program will achieve the following goals:
- Comprehend the dynamics of technology, including its development, impact, and potential.
- Employ the technological processes of problem-solving, creating and designing.
- Analyze the behavior of technological systems and subsystems, including the tools, materials, processes, energy, time, information, and people involved in systems.
- Apply scientific principles, engineering concepts, and technological systems in the processes of technology.
- Discover and develop personal interests and abilities related to a wide variety of technology-oriented careers.
NEW: A Strategic Review of Technology Education: Preparing Students for Successful Transition to College and Careers -This is a PDF document. (PDF) – This review represents a culmination of state and national research and extensive input from stakeholders representing business and industry, secondary and postsecondary educators, students, and professional organizations. Additionally, it reinforces the need for secondary education to be responsive to current and future trends in technology and engineering education.
Instructional ResourcesThe following courses were revised for implementation during the 2016-2017 school year. All curriculum frameworks are available through VERSO from the CTE Resource Center:
- Aerospace Engineering (PLTW) (8428)
- Civil Engineering and Architecture (PLTW) (8430)
- Introduction to Engineering Design (PLTW) (8439)
- Digital Electronics (PLTW) (8440)
- Principles of Engineering (PLTW) (8441)
- Computer Integrated Manufacturing (PLTW) (8442)
- Engineering Design and Development (PLTW) (8443)
- Modeling and Simulation (8460)
- Software Engineering (PLTW) (8470) – New Course
- Entertainment Design and Technology (8489) – New Course
- Technology Education Course Listing (PDF)
- Essential Competency List for Technology Education Service (Virginia's CTE Resource Center)
- Administrative Planning Guide for Technology Education
- Industry Credentialing
- Equipment Resource Guide - See Equipment for CTE Programs
Virginia Association of the Technology Student Association (TSA)
Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO)
Provides the application and integration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) concepts through co-curricular instruction, leadership development, competitive events and related programs. For more information, visit the CTSO web page.
WBL is a school-coordinated, coherent sequence of on-the-job experiences that are related to students’ career goals and/or interests, are based on instructional preparation and are performed in partnership with local businesses, industries or other organizations in the community. For more information on WBL methods of instruction, visit Work-Based Learning.
Federal and State Labor Laws for Youth Work-Based Learning – Know the Rules-This is a PDF document. (PDF) is a resource that compares federal and state labor laws for nonagricultural and agricultural occupations, parental exemption, and prohibited and hazardous occupations as they relate to youth work-based learning.
- 2016-2017 Reference Sheet (PDF)
- 2016-2017 Calendar of Events (PDF)
- Licensure Regulations for School Personnel – Technology Education
- Leadership and Professional Development Regions (PDF)
- Career Planning Guide
- Manufacturing Skills Institute
- Project Lead the Way
- Virginia Technology and Engineering Education Association (VTEEA)
- International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA)
- Virginia Children's Engineering Council (VCEC)
- Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE)
- Virginia Association for Career and Technical Education (Virginia ACTE)