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Reflect, Transform, Lead Tenant Beliefs of A New State and National Vision for CTE. Sherry A. Key, Director Alabama State Department of Education Career and Technical Education Section. This I believe . . .
Sherry A. Key, Director
Alabama State Department of Education
Career and Technical Education Section
WHAT: I believe that Alabama’s secondary CTE is critical to ensuring that Alabama and the United States lead in global competitiveness.
HOW: We will develop 21st century CTE programs utilizing national common core technical standards built upon the National Career Clusters Knowledge and Skills Statements that are benchmarked internationally and supported by leaders from business labor, education and government.
HOW: We will initiate and support policies that secure CTE’s leadership role in leading alignment among education, economic development, and workforce development by increasing Alabama’s investment in secondary CTE.
HOW: We will launch a marketing and communications campaign to showcase CTE’s critical role in transforming the way education is delivered to all students, and to underscore the positive, economic impact it provides for individuals and our state.
WHAT: I believe that Alabama’s secondary CTE prepares students to succeed in further education and careers.
HOW: We will support and implement activities and policies that require all students to have a personalized learning plan that clearly maps out a comprehensive strategy to achieve their education and career goals.
HOW: We will promote the acquisition of college and career ready standards, aligned to the National Career Clusters Essential Knowledge and Skill Statements, for all students.
HOW: We will aspire to have CTE be performance-based, student-centered programs that are delivered without regard to time or place, to the extent feasible without diminishing the quality of the programs.
HOW: We will support the development of valid, reliable, and rigorous national technical assessments, aligned to a national common core of technical standards, resulting in recognized and portable credentials.
WHAT: I believe CTE is a results-driven system that demonstrates a positive return on investment.
HOW: We will use data to identify high-quality, successful, scalable CTE practices and programs; target efforts and funds to those found effective; and eliminate those that are ineffective.
HOW: We will support state and federal policies that make the collection of nationally comparable, valid and reliable data possible and efficient.
HOW: We will encourage longitudinal data systems to incorporate the data components necessary to support CTE accountability measures.
HOW: We will promote alignment of data requirements and accountability measures among state and federal education and workforce preparation programs.
HOW: We will develop a return on investment model to demonstrate CTE’s positive fiscal, societal, and economic impact at the local, state, and national levels.
WHAT: I believe CTE must be delivered through comprehensive programs of study aligned to the National Career Clusters framework.
HOW: We will convene and lead education, employers, labor, and government to develop policy, resources, and technical assistance to help Alabama continue with the design and implementation of programs of study as a standard approach to delivering high-quality CTE.
HOW: We will support incentives for employers to provide work-based experiences and professional development opportunities for students, teachers, and faculty so they are aware of and can incorporate the latest industry standards and technologies into their programs.
HOW: We will encourage dual academic and technical and secondary - postsecondary certification of CTE teachers and faculty to support seamless and blended instruction.
HOW: We will support federal legislation that encourages rigorous, comprehensive programs of study as the delivery model for education.
WHAT: I believe CTE must actively partner with employers to design and provide high-quality, dynamic programs.
HOW: We will partner with business and industry organizations to develop and implement rigorous, internationally benchmarked CTE programs of study that are aligned to state, national, and international economic demands and industry standards.
HOW: We will partner with business and industry organizations to ensure that the credentials earned by students enrolled in CTE programs are valued by the labor market and are, at a minimum, nationally portable.
HOW: We will close skills gaps by providing all students with access to the education and training necessary to be highly competitive in the labor market, including ongoing skill development and re-tooling of the existing teachers.
With my signature, I pledge my support and leadership to ensure Alabama CTE success.