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Massachusetts Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education

June, 2021
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Volume 5, Issue 31 - June 18, 2021

A Message from Associate Commissioner Elizabeth L. Bennett
Congratulations for making it to the end of a school year like no other. We wish you all the best as you transition through the end of school and into summer. Many thanks for your efforts this year. The next CCTE call will be on Monday, June 28 at 11:00am and a zoom link will be sent.


News & Updates
Juneteenth Holiday
Last year, Governor Baker signed a proclamation marking June 19th as the Juneteenth Independence Day Holiday. The Juneteenth holiday commemorates the end of slavery in the United States, and is an opportunity to reflect on the need to continue working toward racial justice. Governor Baker urged all citizens to participate fittingly in the holiday's observance.

Draft VTE Frameworks Available for Public Comment
CCTE, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators’ Vocational Framework Administrative Team, have scheduled the release of selected draft vocational technical education frameworks for public comment. 

Selected VTE Framework Teams delivered the draft frameworks via virtual statewide rollout meetings during the week of June 14. Participants had an opportunity to learn about changes to the draft framework, ask questions of subject matter experts, and provide public comment through an on-line survey form. The following draft frameworks are being released:

  1. Advanced Manufacturing
  2. Automotive Tech
  3. Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing
  4. Aviation Maintenance Technology
  5. Cosmetology
  6. Electricity
  7. Plumbing

The revised draft frameworks and the public comment survey form are posted online.

Chapter 74 Admissions & Waitlist Collection Reminder! 
For those districts that completed the inaugural Chapter 74 Waitlist Collection in the fall, please complete and upload the second Chapter 74 Admissions & Waitlist Collection. This spring collection is due by June 23, 2021 and reflect the admissions process as of May 15, 2021. Please consider submitting this early in case any revisions are needed. Templates are in district dropboxes in the CVTE File Exchange in Dropbox Central in the Security Portal. Submit the workbooks to the same dropbox. Do not email the workbook (personally identifiable information should not be emailed). And many thanks to those districts that have submitted this early!

DESE Family Engagement Partnership Educational Options Project RFR Opportunity Due July 1 at Noon
DESE looking for a family engagement partner(s) to support a multi-pronged statewide awareness campaign to inform all Massachusetts students and families about secondary school educational options, including high quality college and career pathways: Career/Vocational Technical Education (CVTE) — both state-approved Chapter 74 programs and Non-Chapter 74 federally-funded Perkins programs) — as well as Early College and Innovation Pathway programs. This campaign includes the following components:
  • Enhance DESE’s School Finder tool to include information about all secondary pathways, be family friendly, and offer multiple language options, mapping functionality, and mobile-device accessibility.
  • Develop strategies to communicate with students and their families, in multiple languages, to ensure that they are aware of the educational options for high school that are available through the MA public school system.
  • Promote enhanced awareness about all secondary pathways, with a particular focus on CVTE schools and programs and the admissions process (beginning in middle school) for families of English Learners.
  • Launch of the middle school component of the My Career and Academic Plan (MyCAP) to help students gain personal/social development skills, academic preparation, and career development experiences.
This RFR opportunity is due on July 1 at noon and can be found here.

This is from CTE Policy Watch: A blog for CTE advocates. 

A Global Perspective on Microcredentials: 
Microcredentials are becoming more popular globally and will likely be a large component of postsecondary education world-wide, according to a report from the Nondegree Credential Research Network. The researchers found that the credentials that are particularly in-demand are those in IT, business, cybersecurity, advanced manufacturing and health care programs. The researchers also identify key successes as well as challenges associated with these microcredentialing programs around the world.   

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
Last time, we discussed the process and value of the Five-Minute Safety Talk. This week I am going to give you some homework. Many of you will be starting your summer break, anticipating a normal start up to the upcoming school year. Think about writing five safety talks that can be useful to your school operations. (Note: CVTE Programs are not the only place that a Five-Minute Safety Talk can be useful. Science labs, school clubs and sports are all fertile ground for this process.) If you need help with finding a topic, I suggest that you cull through this past year's CCTE Newsletter safety articles. There has been a diversity of topics that have been published.  While you are reviewing you will gain valuable reminders about the important topics that we have covered. Once you write your first Five Minute Safety Talk, you'll find that they are a lot easier to produce than you first thought. Then the rest will come more easily.  Also, there are many, many samples on the internet. Regardless of how you produce them, remember this exercise is not just about creating the safety talk. This exercise is about making your schools safer. Be safe.
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Office for College, Career and Technical Education
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