August - September 2020


2020 VIRTUAL Forum for Excellence
September 24 & 25, 2020

This Year's Conference Theme - EQUITY AND INNOVATION
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Session "Sneak Peek" - September 24, 2:30 pm

“Welcoming Students and Teachers Online: Creating Collaborative Online Learning Communities” presented by Joey Lehrman, Program Effectiveness Coordinator at Delgado Community College

The global health pandemic has forced many organizations to adapt to remote learning for students and virtual collaboration amongst colleagues. This rapid response to distance learning presents some unique challenges and opportunities. In this session, we will explore how to curate an environment where students are engaged and supported in the new instructional setting, where staff are encouraged to innovate and build new skills, and where our programs are leveraging the power of the internet to transform adult learning. The session will include a tour of the award winning eLearn model.
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In 2017-2018, nearly 11.8 million students in the United States participated in Career Technical Education (CTE) - 8.8 million in secondary and 2.9 million in postsecondary. Of those students, 877,983 were secondary learners with disabilities, and 126,110 were postsecondary learners with disabilities.

When students with disabilities have access to and the supports needed to thrive in high-quality CTE programs, the outcomes are promising. In general, participation in CTE courses has been tied to “a positive impact on wages, with an increase of 2 percent for every high-level class” in which a student participates.[1] This effect is reinforced for students with disabilities. Recent research links “concentrated CTE participation to improved graduation and employment for students with [physical and learning] disabilities.”[2]

However, state leaders still face challenges when attempting to equitably serve students with disabilities. Advance CTE’s latest resource, developed in collaboration with the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD), outlines five actions state CTE leaders can take to ensure that secondary and postsecondary students with disabilities have access to and the supports needed to thrive in high-quality CTE programs. Specifically, Making Good on the Promise: Improving Equity and Access to Quality CTE Programs for Students with Disabilities examines how state CTE leaders can:

  • Leverage the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) to ensure that secondary and postsecondary learners with disabilities have access to high-quality CTE programs and instruction;
  • Ensure that systems are in place to provide high-quality career guidance and advisement to secondary and postsecondary learners with disabilities;
  • Leverage data to identify and close equity gaps;
  • Provide professional development to staff, instructors and support personnel; and
  • Ensure that learners with disabilities have access to high-quality work-based learning opportunities.

This resource is part of the Making Good on the Promise series, which confronts the negative aspects of CTE’s legacy and defines the key challenges learners face today. The series provides promising solutions to help state leaders close equity gaps in CTE to ensure that each learner is able to attain the promise of CTE — a high-skill, high-wage, in-demand career. 

[1] Kreisman, D., & Stange, K. (2019). Depth over breadth: The value of vocational education in U.S. high schools. Education Next, 19(4), 76-84.
[2] Theobald, R. J., Goldhaber, D. D., Gratz, T. M., & Holden, K. L. (2019). Career and technical education, inclusion, and postsecondary outcomes for students with learning disabilities. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 52(2), 109–119. 
Wednesday Webinars

August Double-Feature

The Collaborative Career Pathway Approach and Integrating Labor Market Information (LMI) Effectively in Service Approach
August 26, 2020 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Update of WIOA Services and Definitions in the Illinois Workforce Development System (IWDS)
August 26, 2020 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Developing a WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) for Work
September 2, 2020 10:00 am - 11:30 am
The National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) is pleased to release the Equity in Youth Apprenticeship Programs toolkit. This free NAPE resource is made possible by our partcipation in the Partnership to Advance youth Apprenticeship (PAYA) led by New America.
Civil Rights Fact: The "I Have a Dream" Speech Almost Didn't Happen!
The march on Washington at which King gave his famous 'I have a dream' speech, was sabotaged in two different ways: 1) externally when someone tried to ruin the PA system that delivered the sound 2) internally by another student leader called John Lewis who wanted to deliver a speech so incendiary and radical that most of the other speakers refused to join him on stage. 

Source: Things you probably don’t know about the US Civil Rights movement. Professor George Lewis, Professor of American History at the University of Leicester.