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Metro Technology Centers Emphasizing Academics in the Career Tech Classroom Metro Technology Centers Shared-time center Five campuses 1,231 full-time students 501 secondary 730 adults 85 faculty Second year as a TCTW site Goals for Improving Academic Performance

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Metro Technology Centers

Emphasizing Academics in the Career Tech Classroom


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Metro Technology Centers

  • Shared-time center

  • Five campuses

  • 1,231 full-time students

    • 501 secondary

    • 730 adults

  • 85 faculty

  • Second year as a TCTW site


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Goals for Improving Academic Performance

  • Goal: 10 % student gain in reading, writing and science taught within context of CT course

  • Actual: 29% student gain

  • Goal: 10% increase in number of students achieving Career Readiness Certificates through Work Keys

  • Actual: 206% increase (85 CRCs earned in 2007-08; 260 CRCs earned in 2008-09)

  • Goal: Average 1 level gain in core areas of KeyTrain (reading, math and locating information)

  • Actual: 1.28 level gain (6-8hours focused work results in a one level gain)


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Goals….

  • Goal: 10% increase in the number of competency tests being passed

  • Actual: 14.2% increase

  • Goal: Attend all state-sponsored SREB workshops and cascade what is learned through our site development plan

  • Actual: Representation at each workshop and with presentations by 15 faculty to multiple peer groups


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Strategies

  • KeyTrain (web-based training system)

  • MAX reading strategies (Cornell Notes, Flip chart notes, previewing, anticipation guides)

  • Academic center teachers team teaching with CT teachers

  • Slowly changing faculty meetings to include more professional development / best practice sharing

  • Monetary incentive for both career tech and academic teachers who integrate academics


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Addressing ChallengesRigor

  • Students set SMART goals for learning and track their progress using quality tools

    • Students maintain classroom data centers and student note books to chart and monitor progress

      • Notebooks include standardized set of tabs for Academic and CT goals, CTSO, Character First, and a Learning Journal

    • Students use a problem solving model (PDSA & fishbone) to address gaps in meeting their goals

  • Identifying academic skill standards and grade level being taught within the CT curriculum (piloting at one campus this year)


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Addressing ChallengesTeacher Comfort Levels

  • Consistently emphasize academics at district-wide in-service

  • Invite faculty to share best practices at in-service and at faculty meetings

  • Two faculty are certified to provide peer support in using MAX teaching strategies

  • Starting small – document academic standards for one course

  • “The Seven Elements for a Math-in-CTE lesson plan (from the SREB numeracy workshop) helps teachers feel more comfortable in presenting new concepts to students” (from math and construction trades teachers)

  • Attendance at SREB summer conference expands our thinking and our comfort levels


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Addressing ChallengesStudent Learning Styles

  • Expanding blended learning

    • eLearning (80% of faculty are using eLearn to teach at least part of one course this year)

  • Using interactive white boards to teach vocabulary, math, and scientific, construction and graphing calculators – very interactive and engaging instructional tool

  • Guidance staff surveyed students to identify barriers to learning and implemented strategies to address these barriers

    • 24 of 26 high priority needs identified were addressed through individual or group interventions

    • Included very specific interventions to help students with disabilities to read more effectively


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Lessons Learned

  • Set realistic and measurable goals

  • Recognize small successes of both students and faculty

  • “Issue a challenge and involve teachers in creating methods to achieve the challenge; then express confidence teachers can do this”

  • Be systematic but flexible – what works on one campus or in one course / cluster may not work with another


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Denise Kennemer

Camilla Riley

Metro Technology Centers

1900 Springlake Drive

Oklahoma City, OK 73111

Denise.Kennemer@Metrotech.org

Camilla.Riley@metrotech.org


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