A message from the
Massachusetts Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education

March, 2021
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Volume 5, Issue 23 - March 19, 2021

A Message from Associate Commissioner Elizabeth L. Bennett
Thank you to those involved in the process of revising the VTE Frameworks! There are several updates below. Our next CCTE call will be on Monday, March 22 at 11:00am and a zoom link will be sent.


News & Updates
Draft Revised HVAC Framework Presented to State Board
The CCTE & MAVA team delivered a revised draft Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration (HVAC) VTE Framework to the State Board of Examiners of Sheet Metal Workers this week. The team did a great job presenting to the Board; based on the complimentary remarks made about the document, the general impression is that the Board liked the content of the framework as shown. The team is ready to address any questions from the Board. Next step will be a decision from the Board, so stay tuned! The team members’ hard work is appreciated and recognized.

Student Experiences in Innovation Pathways
On Wednesday, March 31, the Innovation Pathways team will host a Student Panel highlighting the student Innovation Pathway experience. Join a panel of students from Innovation Pathway programs across Massachusetts as they share their experiences in a pathway, their plans for the future, and their lessons learned along the way. Guest student presenters from several different pathways and communities will provide a short presentation, which will be followed by an open Q&A. Come prepared to ask questions! Register for the event here.

Virtual Future Fair in April
MassHire South Shore Workforce Board is hosting a virtual event for students to explore colleges and other post high school opportunities. The event is Wednesday, April 14, and friends from all regions are welcome to attend. Future fairs offer students and their families vital information about college admission, financial aid, campus live and how to select the best fit. This virtual event means students and families can conveniently explore hundreds of high education and training options, including having one-on-one interactions with recruiters from colleges, universities, teaching schools and military branches from the comfort of your home. To register, see this link
CTE Partnership Planning Grant
CCTE is pleased to announce the creation of Career and Technical Education (CTE) Partnership Planning Grants (fund code 405). These federally-funded, competitive grants are designed to support the expansion or development of CTE programs and initiatives that increase student access to CTE opportunities. Eligible students include secondary and other students served under the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act. Applicants have their choice of two timelines for the grant, and applications for the earlier of the two are due at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 9.

CVTE Reports are Updated!
CVTE Reports is a CVTE-specific and secure application within DESE’s Security Portal. Reports include Enrollment, Follow-up Reports, and District Core Indicator Reports for districts with Chapter 74 and Perkins programs. Results for Perkins V will continue to become available. The Security Portal is available from the Department’s main page. Access to CVTE Reports is managed locally by districts; contact the Directory Administrator in your district for access to the CVTE Reports database.

Perkins V Public Comment
DESE is seeking public comment on proposed revisions to the State Determined Performance Levels (SDPLs) for the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for 21st Century Act, commonly known as Perkins V. The U.S. Department of Education allows for revisions to performance measures within Perkins V state. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, DESE proposes changes to several SDPLs. To examine the proposed performance levels or weigh in before April 15, see the Perkins V Manual website

Communications Survey
Clear communication is essential to bring us together and plan for a safe future. DESE is continuously working to improve communication with all those involved in and impacted by our public schools. Please take this two-minute survey to help inform DESE's communication efforts. Thank you!

Safety Corner - from Dave Edmonds, CCTE's Safety Specialist 
The next session of The Safety Stop is scheduled for March 25, 2021, from 9:00am-10:00am. The topic will be Hearing Conservation. Repeated exposure to loud noise and high vibration levels have been identified as contributing to work-related injuries. The instructor will be Marvin Lewiton of the Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards. The session will cover general hearing conservation issues and hearing conservation issues specific to CTE shops and program areas. Mr. Lewiton gave a presentation about Respiratory Protection at the December The Safety Stop. This presentation is appropriate for students, teachers, and staff.
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Office for College, Career and Technical Education
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