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December 2017 News from TEA

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

CTE Job Openings—College, Career, and Military Preparation

The following job opportunities are currently available in the College, Career, and Military Preparation Division at the Texas Education Agency (TEA).

These positions are responsible for providing leadership in the Health Science, Information Technology, or STEM career clusters to prepare students for in-demand careers in higher wage occupations.

Interested and qualified candidates can apply for the positions at http://agency.governmentjobs.com/tea/default.cfm before 5:00 p.m. (CST) on Friday, January 12, 2018.

Please feel free to forward this announcement to anyone you think may be qualified for and interested in this position.

CTE Best Practices Competition

Amazing things are happening in Career and Technical Education (CTE) across the state. The new Texas CTE Resource Center (TCRC) is the perfect space to share your best practices and gather ideas from others in your field. Beginning January 1st, 2018, the Texas Education Agency will host a competition to showcase best practices in each of the sixteen career clusters and in Career Development.  Selected best practice examples will be highlighted on the TCRC for all to access. In collaboration with Resources for Learning, the contractor for the TEA CTE New Teacher Mentor Program, winners in each cluster will be given an opportunity to further develop their ideas and will be eligible to receive up to $200 in compensation for their work in preparing instructional resources for the TCRC.

To share your best practice, please see the information linked below for submission requirements and due dates.

https://txcte.org/resource/2018-cte-best-teaching-practices

2018–2019 Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) and Industry Cluster Innovative Academies (ICIA) Planning Grant Program: Competitive Grant Opportunity Published on the TEA Grant Opportunities Page

TEA is announcing the availability of grant funds for the 2018–2019 Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) and Industry Cluster Innovative Academies (ICIA) Planning grantprogram. The RFA is available on the TEA Grant Opportunities Page.

Eligibility: Eligible applicants include local educational agencies (LEAs) that:

  • Serve students in Grades 9–12; or
  • Will begin serving students in Grade 9 or students in Grades 9 and 10 in the first year of implementation (2019–2020) and will progressively scale up by adding at least one grade level per year

Recipients of the 2016–2018 Industry Cluster Name Innovative Academy – The Next Generation of ECHS (RFA #701-16-108) are not eligible for the 2018–2019 P-TECH and ICIA Planning Grant.

Grant Period:  February 23, 2018, to June 15, 2019

Funding:

  • A total of approximately $1,000,000 is available for this grant program
  • It is anticipated that approximately 20 grants will be awarded
  • Grant awards are expected to be up to $50,000 each

Description:  The purpose of the 2018–2019 P-TECH and ICIA Planning Grant Program is to solicit grant applications from eligible applicants who, upon receipt of the grant, will engage in 16 monthsof planning with support from the selected technical assistance provider from TEA to establish the foundational components of the P-TECH or ICIA campus, as outlined in Texas Education Code (TEC), Chapters 29.511-29.556 (P-TECH) or 29.908 (ICIA). Grantees will be required to serve students in the P-TECH or ICIA program beginning in the 2019–2020 school year.

Application Deadline:  Applications must be received by the Texas Education Agency by 5:00 p.m. (Central Time), January 9, 2018, to be considered for funding.

2018–2020 P-TECH and ICIA Success Grant: Competitive Grant Opportunity Published on the TEA Grant Opportunities Page

TEA is announcing the availability of grant funds for the 2018–2020 Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) and Industry Cluster Innovative Academies (ICIA) Success grantprogram. Request for Application (RFA) #701-18-101 is authorized by the General Appropriations Act, Article III, Rider 67, 85th Texas Legislature and Texas Education Code Chapters 29.551-29.556 (P-TECH) and General Appropriations Act, Article III, Rider 49, 85th Texas Legislature, Texas Education Code Chapter 29.908, and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Dislocated Workers (WIOA) Chapter 17.278 and Adult Activities Chapter 17.258 (ICIA). The RFA is available on the TEA Grant Opportunities Page.

Eligibility:  Eligible applicants include local educational agencies (LEAs) that:

  • Serve students in Grades 9–12; or
  • Are already serving students in Grades 9, 9–10, or 9–11 and will progressively scale up by adding at least one grade level per year

Additionally, LEAs must also:

  • Have been implementing a program similar to P-TECH or ICIA that allows students to: earn industry credentials and associate degrees, engage in appropriate work-based education at every grade level, and participates in programs that create a seamless transition to additional education or the competitive job market;
  • Have established partnerships with at least one institution of higher education (IHE) defined in a written agreement; and
  • Have established partnership(s) with employer(s) defined in a written agreement

Recipients of the 2016–2018 Industry Cluster Name Innovative Academy – The Next Generation of ECHS (RFA #701-16-108) are not eligible for the 2018–2020 P-TECH and ICIA Success Grant.

Grant Period: February 23, 2018, to June 15, 2020

Funding:

  • A total of approximately $3,900,000 is available for this grant program
  • It is anticipated that approximately 15 grants will be awarded
  • Grant awards are expected to be up to $260,000 each

Description:  The purpose of the 2018–2020 P-TECH and ICIA Success Grant Program is to solicit grant applications from eligible applicants who will spend 28 months strengthening and refining current practices that will advance their existing P-TECH or ICIA (or P-TECH or ICIA similar program) campus to distinguished levels of performance, as measured by the P-TECH and ICIA Blueprint. Grantees who receive the grant will be designated as a P-TECH campus for the 2018–2019 school year and are required to work with the selected technical assistance provider from TEA for the 28–month grant period. Activities or initiatives by grantees may include, but are not limited to, aligning current practices to the P-TECH and ICIA Blueprint, continuation of collaborative leadership and decision-making committees, establishing systems for formal data review as well as the creation of data response plans, strengthening student recruitment systems, and increasing opportunities for students to master basic skills and prepare for more rigorous academic classes.

Application Deadline: Applications must be received by the Texas Education Agency by 5:00 p.m.(Central Time), January 9, 2018, to be considered for funding.

Adopted Rules for CTE

The following rule actions were filed with the Texas Register on Friday, December 1, 2017, for publication in the December 15, 2017 issue:

Adopted Revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 231, Requirements for Public School Personnel Assignments, Subchapter C, Grades 6-8 Assignments, and Subchapter E, Grades 9-12 Assignments

Summary: The adopted revisions incorporate career and technical education courses approved by the State Board of Education. The adopted revisions also incorporate requirements to complete Texas Education Agency-approved training or appropriate training in state and federal requirements regarding work-based learning and safety and add certificate areas to the list of credentials appropriate for placement into a particular assignment. The revisions were adopted with changes from what was published as proposed.

Effective Date: December 21, 2017

Public Comment Period

At the November 2017 State Board of Education (SBOE), the SBOE gave preliminary approval for the following proposals:

  • Proposed Amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 74, Curriculum Requirements, Subchapter B, Graduation Requirements

The proposed amendments to the Foundation High School Program graduation requirements would update the rules and align with recent legislative changes.

  • Proposed Revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 130, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Career and Technical Education, Sub-chapters B, H, J, M and O

The proposed revisions would update rules, including the correction of inconsistencies that have been identified in certain courses and the addition of new lab courses for Cosmetology.

The official public comment period for the proposals is now open. To view the proposals and submit public comments, visit

http://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/Laws_and_Rules/SBOE_Rules_(TAC)/Proposed_State_Board_of_Education_Rules/.

Public Comment Periods: December 15, 2017–January 29, 2018

The SBOE is scheduled to consider each of these proposals for second reading and final adoption at its January/February 2018 meeting

Earliest Possible Date of Adoption: January/February 2018 SBOE meeting

 

  Texas Wins Again

CTE Administrator Honored

The ACTE 2018 Administrator of the Year is Donna McKethan, from Waco ISD.  See the following link for more details in the Waco Tribune-Herald.

Student Public Service Announcement Winners

To kick off the CTE Month awareness campaign, ACTE hosts an annual student public service announcement video competition in the fall, and ACTE recently announced the winners, including a Texas entry:

First place: Indiana County Technology Center

Second place: Alief Taylor High School (Alief, Texas)

Third place: Camden County Technical Schools

All three videos exemplify the CTE Month tagline: Celebrate Today, Own Tomorrow, showcasing students who own their future and will emerge as leaders and active contributors to our workforce. We want to thank all the students and their teachers for participating in this contest, and a big congratulations to our winners! Watch now