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Monday, January 30, 2012

Teacher Leader Assessment Pilot

The deadline for applying to participate in the Teacher Leader assessment pilot is Wednesday, February 1. Please check the eligibility and other requirements listed on if you (or someone you know) would like to participate. Questions may be directed to Lynn Bechtel,

Update on the Future of Perkins

The following is from Karmey Olson, EPC-Health Sciences at KSDE.

There have many conversations over the last few weeks in regards to Career and Technical Education (CTE) at local, state, and federal levels. This last week I had the pleasure of sitting in a room with Kim Green, Executive Director, National Association of State Directors of Career and Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc). She shared several interesting points about the current state and future of the Perkins legislation. A blueprint is to be available the end of February.

Link to full document.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Teacher Mock Interview Day!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Practice your interviewing skills by participating in Career Services’ annual Teacher Mock Interview Day! A variety of school districts will be conducting these mock interviews, which provide great networking opportunities! Participate in a mock interview for great experience and gain valuable feedback on your strengths and weaknesses.

You may sign-up for a teacher mock interview through your Careers for Tigers account or by contacting Career Services at 628-4260. All junior and senior education majors are encouraged to sign-up!

KSTL Student Competition


The purpose of this competition is to allow students in Kansas schools an opportunity to showcase their work and to provide a venue to recognize their efforts and achievements.

Click here for more information!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Governor's Summit on Career Readiness

The Summit has been closed. I did receive an email from Kearney and Associates, it sounds like the Governors Office will be providing a web-based broadcast (audio) from the Summit.

Here is the link:

Teacher Leader Endorsement

Because of the positive response received and the busyness of the Holiday season, the deadline for applying to participate in the Teacher Leader assessment pilot was extended to February 1, 2012.

We have also modified the date a graduate degree must have been earned to more closely align with Teacher Leader master’s degree program processes. Now, candidates are eligible to participate if the graduate degree has been earned or will be earned by Summer, 2012. Please check the eligibility and other requirements listed on if you (or someone you know) would like to participate. Intent to participate forms should now be submitted by 2/1/12.

Forms received after that date will be accepted if there is space availability. Questions may be directed to Lynn Bechtel,

(Emailed to me by KSDE)


This is from an October, 2011 email regarding the Federal Jobs Acts. For whatever reason, we had a delay in the email system and just received the email.

Alexandria, VA – As Congress considers how best to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, known as No Child Left Behind, Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) and Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA) have partnered to introduce important legislation to help more students become college and career ready.

Link to entire email.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

NBEA Membership Opportunity

The National Business Education Association is recruiting student members. NBEA provides organizes an annual national conference in a different city each year. The national conference is typically a very nice event.

In addition, NBEA distributes publications that include information that is often helpful for a practicing teacher.

Use this link to view the email I received from NBEA with all of their talking points that I am suppose to be using.

Use this link to view the Student Membership Letter.

Use this link to view the Student Membership Form.

If you have questions, please let me know.

Brownback Announces Plan to Improve CTE

Career and Technical educators and stakeholders joined Kansas Governor Sam Brownback today for the announcement of his plan to boost the percentage of students who are career and college ready upon high school graduation. The plan, which proposes improvements to career and technical education (CTE) programs, is part of Governor Brownback's Road Map for Kansas commitments to excel in education.

To read more, click here to see entire Press Release from K-ACTE.

Free Stuff?

This could be nothing? But here is a link I received for free Financial Literacy "stuff" This came from Michael Collins at Film Ideas.

Here is a on-line digital resource that could help enrich the ability for teachers to be more successful with their students. Instant access!

Take a look!
Here is access for a free trial. To access:
Select: Free Trial
Select: Financial Literacy
Select: Instant Access

February is CTE Month!

Celebrate CTE Month in February!!

This year’s theme is CTE: Careers Through Education. Celebrating CTE Month provides CTE Instructors and students of CTE programs/pathways across the country and out your own back door an opportunity to demonstrate how CTE educates students to be college- and career- ready and prepares them for high-wage, high-demand career fields.

To read more about this, use the link below.

Link to entire press release.

Welcome Back!

Welcome back and Happy 2012!

I haven't been blogging a lot lately, but am recently re-inspired and will be trying to add stuff----I just hope people are checking the site!

Sound off----tell us why you are glad to be back and what you are looking forward to this semester!