A message from the
Massachusetts Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education

January, 2021
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Volume 5, Issue 15 - January 15, 2021

A Message from Associate Commissioner Elizabeth L. Bennett
A quote from Martin Luther King Jr. as we honor him: "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?' " Thank you for all you do for our students. Our next CCTE call will be on Monday, January 25 at 11:00am and a zoom link will be sent.


CCTE's New Team Member
We are pleased to welcome Garvy Altine, who joined the CCTE team this week and is serving as a CCTE liaison. Most recently Garvy was the Dean of Students at Roxbury Prep Lucy Stone Charter School. Garvy comes to us with a strong background in education and leadership, and a commitment to serving students and families. His past work experiences have multiple connections to the work of our office, including his role as Work Force Development Coordinator at Warren Street Academy in Hudson, NY, where he assisted in creating partnerships with community and business sector members, which led to a variety of student employment and internship opportunities. We look forward to working with him. Garvy can be reached at garvy.altine@mass.govWelcome, Garvy!

News & Updates
Career Technical Initiative Round 2 is on the Horizon
The Workforce Skills Cabinet is pleased to announce a second upcoming round of funding for the Career Technical Initiative adult training program. This is a critical component of the investments to support our state’s recovery through the Partnerships for Recovery Plan announced by the Baker-Polito Administration in October.

Please watch for the upcoming release of the Career Technical Initiative Adult Training Request for Responses for vocational training programs to retrain unemployed workers who are part of the more than 1.8M individuals unemployed as a result of COVID-19. We expect that the RFR will be released before January 22, 2021. The RFR will be distributed to all eligible high schools and posted on   Eligible lead applicants are Massachusetts High Schools with designated aligned Chapter 74 vocational programs in partnership with MassHire Career Centers.

Please save the date for a webinar introducing this opportunity on January 29, 2021, at 9:30. Registration information will be distributed with the RFR. Grant applications will be due February 24, 2021 by 5pm.

Revised Cosmetology Framework Presented to the Cosmetology Board 
This week, the Cosmetology Framework Team presented a draft of a new Cosmetology Framework to the state's Board of Registration for Cosmetology and Barbering. Industry practitioners, the general public and vocational technical students, teachers and administrators participated to observe the presentation, which provided an excellent opportunity for the vocational community to see a glimpse of this governmental process firsthand. The next step in the revision process will be statewide vetting. Many thanks to the Cosmetology Framework Team for their diligence, hard work and professionalism through this process, the school and district leaders who supported this work, and MAVA leadership for facilitating the process.

The Safety Stop
Save the date for the next safety workshop hosted by CCTE’s Safety Specialist. In each workshop, we introduce a collaborative approach to safety. Highly qualified safety instructors make topical presentations, followed by discussions of real world safety problems. The next session of The Safety Stop will be Thursday, January 28, 2021, 9:00am-10:00am. Stay tuned for more!

Capturing Technical Courses in Student Course Schedule Reporting
Beginning this year, technical courses associated with Early College, Innovation Pathway and Perkins programs (which includes Chapter 74 programs) can be noted in the Student Course Schedule (SCS) reporting. See the SCS Handbook and highlight this for data teams, and contact CCTE if you have questions.

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 
During a wintertime safety and accessibility inspection at a school district, I found several exit doors which were not operational. One was frozen shut. The others were blocked by a buildup of ice and snow. Upon further review, I found that these exits were not often used and had been forgotten. I recommended a course of action which was adopted, and the problem was solved. 

I bring this up for two reasons. First, at work you always need to ensure that your exits are operational.  This requires coordination with your facilities personnel, who are there to assist. And second, at home you need to ensure that both your exits are operational, and your route of travel is clear. If you are not going out often during this period, there may be changes in condition that you are unaware of. 

Every day, try your doors and look outside your residence. Ensure your egress is safe. This check may help you if an emergency arises.
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Office for College, Career and Technical Education
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