A message from the
Massachusetts Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education

March, 2021
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Volume 5, Issue 22 - march 5, 2021

A Message from Associate Commissioner Elizabeth L. Bennett
Thank you all for the great work you do and the dedication you show every day in the classrooms, program areas and shops! Our next CCTE call will be on Monday, March 8 at 11:00am and a zoom link will be sent.


CVTE in the News
Minuteman High School Students Help Children of Teachers, Staff with Remote Learning
In what has been a historically difficult year for parents with full-time jobs, Minuteman has provided the children of teachers and staff with support for their remote schooling through the Facilitated Learning Program. The program was launched in September to assist Minuteman teachers and staff whose own children in grades kindergarten through 8 would be conducting remote learning due to the pandemic. The program is staffed by an assistant teacher, two paraprofessionals, and high school students in Minuteman’s Early Education and Teaching career major. For more, see this link.

Updates & Reminders
Apply to the Kaleidoscope Collective for Learning’s Community Council
The Kaleidoscope Collective for Learning is seeking applications from Massachusetts public school students, family members, educators, and interested community members to serve on its new Community Council. The Community Council will meet on four Wednesdays this spring starting on April 7 and will advise Kaleidoscope on its developing work around Deeper Learning by examining the tools, resources, and strategies being developed by the pilot. Kaleidoscope is specifically seeking to center the voices of applicants from historically marginalized communities. Please apply online, and email with any questions.

Vocational Technical Education Framework Revision Project
Subject matter experts and vocational administrators will begin Phase 3B of the Vocational Framework Revision Project, beginning with a virtual roll-out on Saturday, March 6, 2021. Statewide teams have been formed and will begin the work of revising Strands 1, 4, 5, and 6, and also Engineering and Robotics & Automation Frameworks.

Funding is available to provide statewide training for the newly revised Vocational Cosmetology Framework, which was recently approved by the Board of Cosmetology. This statewide training will be provided for all secondary and postsecondary chapter 74 Licensed Cosmetology Teachers. 

CCTE and MAVA are also planning the process for vetting the new frameworks statewide, and more information will be coming soon.

Draft Plumbing VTE Framework to be Presented to the State Board
CCTE and MAVA will be delivering the draft Plumbing VTE Framework to the State Board of Examiners of Plumbing and Gas Fitters on Tuesday, March 9, 2PM – 3PM. This draft reflects revisions that the subject matter expert team has developed. Anyone interested in the Board is welcome to participate as a viewer. This is a wonderful opportunity for teachers, administrators, and students to witness governmental board processes in action.
While this is a Public Board Meeting, it is not a Public Hearing; the team will present directly to the members of the Board. The team will present MGL C.74, or VTE Education; an overview of the VTE Framework; and Strand 2, highlighting changes to the Plumbing standards. There is one hour planned for the presentation. This is not the venue to solicit public comment regarding Strand 2 changes. There will be  opportunity for this during the formal vetting process to share comments, which will be documented, reviewed, and discussed in detail. See the meeting information at this link.

Non-resident Chapter 74 Vocational Technical Admissions
The April 1, 2021 deadline for non-resident Chapter 74 vocational technical admissions has been extended. Please see the Commissioner’s Weekly Update from February 16, 2021, for details. Anyone with questions about this process may email

Charting a Course in Innovation Pathways: A student-driven approach to future planning Workshop
Join us on Wednesday, March 24 (9-11am) for the final Innovation Pathways workshop of the 2020-21 school year. In this Innovation Pathways workshop, participants will engage in collaborative design and planning work within district/school teams related to student support and curriculum in Innovation Pathways. Attendees will learn how schools across the network are implementing My Career and Academic Plan (MyCAP), advisory, career-related curriculum, and student-driven course-charting in Innovation Pathways. Lisa Harney, MyCAP lead at DESE, will join to share connections to college-, career- and civic-readiness through use of MyCAP. This workshop will be highly interactive, with dedicated time for school team design and cross-district sharing in role-alike groups. Come prepared to engage with your team and learn from other schools! 
While not required, participants are strongly encouraged to attend with an assembled team including, but not limited to: an Innovation Pathway course classroom educator, someone with curriculum expertise such as a department chair or curriculum coordinator, School leader or an Innovation Pathways administrator role; and School counselor or an individual in a counseling role. Consider using this email template to invite members of your team to participate in the workshop. Each participating team member should register individually for the workshop. Register for the March 24 workshop here.

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 
Eye Wash Stations are considered a form of First Aid. DESE requires a more comprehensive use of Eye Wash Stations in the CTE shops than many industries. Eye Wash Stations need to be tested weekly.  Run the water to ensure that it is clear, tepid, and soft. Look at the area surrounding the Eye Wash Station. Is there a clear and easy path to access it? Is the signage in place to ensure the quick identification of Eye Wash Station locations? You need to access an Eye Wash Station in ten seconds. Maybe your shop needs a second unit. Also, you cannot pass through a doorway to access an Eye Wash Station. Eye Wash Stations are simple to maintain but critical to the safe operation of CTE shops. Be Safe!
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Office for College, Career and Technical Education
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