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  • April 06, 2020 1:24 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    SUMMARY:

    • For the latest information from ODE, visit http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Student-Supports/Coronavirus
    • The Ohio ACTE News page is kept up to date with information career-tech educators need to know.  Click here to be taken to the list of articles.
    • SUCCESS Webinars for CTE Teachers – Because it’s important to stay connected, Ohio ACTE is looking for teachers willing to be the online host for career field-specific webinars for sharing ideas.  Both OACTS and Ohio CCS are working with Ohio ACTE on this venture.  Email Christine@OhioACTE.org for more information and if you are interested in hosting.
    • Career-tech associations continue to work for educators and students, including focusing on solutions for students, especially regarding credentials and licensing.  We have been working with the Ohio Department of Education and Office of CTE as well as Ohio Department of Higher Education to represent the interest of career-tech educators and students.

    Ohio ACTE Members:

    Thank you for everything you do for your students and your community!  These are trying times - not only are you dealing with the COVID-19 situation on a personal level, but continuing student engagement and education during this closure is challenging, especially with little or no notice to prepare.   Thank you for meeting the challenges and your continued resiliency and creativity, and a special thank you to those schools who were able to donate personal protective equipment and other supplies to their local medical facilities. It was mentioned several times in social media by the Governor, Lt. Governor, and other stakeholders, as well as during two of Governor DeWine’s Press Conferences. 

    The situation is ever-changing and every day there is more guidance and information available.  Both the Ohio ACTE News Blog and the Ohio Department of Education website are two great places to stay up to date.  

    While you continue to focus on your students during this extended school closing, the Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education leadership, in conjunction with our partners Ohio Association for Career Technical Superintendents (OACTS) and Ohio Association of Comprehensive and Compact Career-Technical Schools (CCS), continues to work on behalf of the career-technical and adult education community. 

    We remain in contact with the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) and the DeWine-Husted Administration to make sure career-technical and adult education concerns are addressed as plans move forward with dealing with the current crisis, as well as plans post COVID-19.   At the same time, Ohio ACTE is monitoring and working with our partners on the implementation of House Bill 197.

    Here are the latest updates:

    Ohio ACTE Actions

    • Ohio ACTE website updated with an easy to find link to ODE’s guidance on COVID-19, and continually post news items on the news blog and use social media to share information and updates from ODE.
    • Provide feedback and work with our colleagues at ODE, Office of CTE, on issues and concerns, including graduation requirements, credentials and other issues created by the current school closure.  Getting students the credentials they need to be college and career ready remains a number one priority.
    • Upon the issuance of Governor DeWine’s March 16 school closure order, Ohio ACTE, CCS and OACTS immediately communicated specific career-tech concerns with the Administration and Ohio Department of Education (ODE) leadership via conference calls and written memoranda.    We continue to have weekly calls for updates and to share concerns.  These calls include other educational association leaders, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria and senior ODE staff.  Calls have also included members of the Governor’s staff.
    • In support of Gov. DeWine, Ohio ACTE issued a statement regarding the school closure order and a message to members.
    • Ohio ACTE issued a press release on career-technical program donations of crucial equipment and other supplies to local medical facilities.
    • Ohio ACTE continues to share information and circulate information from ODE and others via social media and its website.

    State Actions

    • ODE has issued general and specific guidance for schools and teachers and provides updates as available.  ODE created a special webpage for disseminating important information, including video messages from Superintendent DeMaria.
    • On March 25, the Ohio General Assembly passed legislation (House Bill 197) to address issues impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. The bill provides many educational changes to minimize  detrimental impacts of school closures on CTE students, including provisions that Ohio ACTE advocated. Ohio ACTE will continue to work with our legislators and state staff on implementation details, and we will ensure the continued communication of any and all CTE-related concerns.
    • The United States Department of Education and other agencies are working with states in allowing flexibility, including extending deadlines and providing temporary waivers.  Examples include school nutrition flexibility and allowing meal service.

    National Action

    Be sure and check the Ohio Department of Education COVID-19 webpage for continuing updates.

    For health-related questions regarding COVID-19, contact the Ohio Department of Health’s call center at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).

    Ohio ACTE encourages members to check for updates from the CDC  and the Ohio Department of Health.

  • April 03, 2020 4:29 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    One of Ohio’s top priorities in the context of the impact of the ordered school-building closure period is to ensure students can reasonably graduate at the end of the 2019-2020 school year. During these unprecedented times, it is necessary to provide flexibility in meeting graduation requirements.  This flexibility will ensure the thousands of graduation-ready students are able to receive diplomas and successfully transition to college, the workforce, the military or a self-sustaining vocation.  

    The Department released an information document, found here, to help guide schools and districts as they prepare to graduate students this spring. Please contact Graham Wood at gradrequirements@education.ohio.gov with any questions.

  • April 03, 2020 8:28 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

     As families and educators settle in to a new and different way of teaching and learning, the Ohio Department of Education applauds your efforts and thanks you for all you are doing to rise to the challenges we all are facing.

    In a continuing effort to provide updated information regarding Ohio’s coronavirus-related school-building closure, the Ohio Department of Education today released important new documents, family and educator resources and updates related to the following subject areas:

    Remote Learning Resource Guide
    A new Remote Learning Resource Guide is available to assist parents, families, caregivers and educators as they navigate the world of remote learning during Ohio’s ordered school-building closure.

    State Testing
    With the passage of HB 197 and the approval of federal waiver requests, new information about State Testing during the Ordered School-Building Closure has been made available to help explain the latest developments.

    Early Learning and School Readiness
    A new document has been posted to help explain how Early Learning and School Readiness efforts are impacted by the coronavirus-related closures and changes.

    Community Schools
    As community schools navigate what the school-building closure order means for them, new information regarding Considerations for Community Schools and Sponsors has been posted.

    Whole-Child Nutrition Updates
    As many schools continue to provide meals to students during this time, we are committed to updating our available information on this topic as new details emerge. A new memo regarding Area Eligibility Policy was issued to provide additional direction to food sites. And important updates about new waivers has been added to the Emergency Feeding Application Process for Schools and Sponsors document.

    We will continue to provide updated information as it becomes available so please keep checking back at www.education.ohio.gov/coronavirus.

     

  • April 02, 2020 2:38 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The Ohio Department of Education, Business Professionals of America, Ohio Association, Ohio DECA, Ohio FFA Association, Ohio FCCLA, and SkillsUSA Ohio remain committed to protecting the health, safety, and welfare of its members. Therefore, it has been determined that all in-person career-technical student organization competitions and events are canceled through May 1, 2020. The decision to cancel events was not made lightly. The Office of Career-Technical Education continues to collaborate with stakeholders to discuss possible competitive alternatives, financial resolutions, and next steps.

    The calendar of event cancellations can be found by clicking here.

  • April 02, 2020 1:38 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Due to the impact of the coronavirus health crisis on the education community, after earlier consultation with the statewide career-technical education associations and following recent guidance provided by the United States Department of Education, the Ohio Department of Education and Ohio Department of Higher Education extend the deadline for submission of the Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment and Local Application to June 30, 2020.

    This 60-day extension from the original May 1, 2020 deadline to June 30th provides some flexibility to institutions dealing with the myriad of issues resulting from the ordered school building closures, while seeking to ensure there will be no gap in funding between fiscal years.
    Please note the earlier guidance dated March 26th and March 27th, located respectively on the Ohio Department of Education and Ohio Department of Higher Education websites, that covers documentation of community engagement during this period of social distancing and that highlights the 10 key questions that must be fully addressed in the submission to receive substantial approval status. Late applications – those submitted in substantially approvable form after June 30th – will be expected to document (by similar memorandum attached to the Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment and Local Application Comprehensive Continuous Improvement Plan submission) a more robust stakeholder engagement process, significantly beyond the coronavirus impact bare minimums described in the respective March 26th and March 27th communications.

    The Comprehensive Continuous Improvement Plan is expected to open for submissions by secondary and postsecondary career-technical education applicants by mid-April, with the deadline for submissions of June 30, 2020.

    Applications for postsecondary Ohio Technical Centers may be submitted through the Comprehensive Continuous Improvement Plan once Perkins allocations are finalized, which could occur between mid-April to mid-May, with the deadline for submissions of June 30, 2020. The Ohio Department of Higher Education will continue to work with Ohio Technical Centers to ensure these allocations are finalized and uploaded into the Comprehensive Continuous Improvement Plan.

    Click here for the Local Application Checklist and Submission Process document.

  • April 02, 2020 1:17 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    At the recommendation of Chancellor Randy Gardner and Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria, previously existing statutes, rules, and guidance relating to the College Credit Plus (CCP) program have been updated in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

    The updates attempt to provide as much flexibility as possible for students while continuing to implement the CCP program. CCP is Ohio’s dual enrollment program, providing students with the opportunity to earn college and high school credits at the same time.

    A document listing the updates was released last week after Governor Mike DeWine signed House Bill 197, detailing the state’s COVID-19 relief legislation. The bill granted new flexibility to the Chancellor, in consultation with the State Superintendent, to waive, extend, suspend, or modify requirements of the CCP program in response to COVID-19.

    “Our new College Credit Plus guidance is designed to provide student-focused direction as we continue the important work of sustaining the program,” Chancellor Gardner said. “This is a strangely challenging time for all of us, but our updates will continue to allow many students to be served and learn in the weeks and months ahead.”

    The Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) and Ohio Department of Education (ODE) engaged dozens of teachers, school counselors and college CCP directors throughout the state to seek feedback in preparing the updates. The result is maximum flexibility to high school and higher education partners, keeping students at the forefront of the decision-making process.

    “The College Credit Plus program is a great opportunity for Ohio’s students,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria. “Given the unprecedented challenges we all are facing, we wanted to provide solutions so students who are eager to get involved with this program continue to have the ability to do so.”

    Chancellor Gardner said not every situation or circumstance can be comprehensively addressed in one document. ODE and ODHE will continue to monitor all aspects of the CCP program going forward.

    For more information on the CCP program, including details about the new updates, visit ohiohighered.org/collegecreditplus.

  • April 01, 2020 8:01 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced March 31new flexibilities for career and technical education (CTE) leaders who are required to submit their local CTE plan for FY 2020-2023 under the Strengthening Career and Technical Education Act for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) by April 15, 2020.  

    Following up on feedback she received from town hall meetings between the Department and state CTE directors, the Secretary has decided to use transition authority to provide an extension for states that need additional time to submit their Perkins V state plans, allow states and local Perkins recipients to receive their first installment of Perkins V funds on time—even if they need an extension, and allow states to provide funding recipients additional time to complete their applications.

    “The 12 million students in career and technical education programs today are tomorrow’s first responders, nurses, and medical assistants—those who are right now on the front lines of the fight against the coronavirus,” said Secretary DeVos. “They are also those who will help rebuild and grow our economy. This Administration’s commitment to CTE programs is unwavering, and the flexibilities provided today will help to ensure their critical work continues.”

    Information on the new flexibilities was provided to local leaders through a new Q&A document which can be found here.

    Ohio had already submitted its combined plan for Perkins implementation and will extend the deadline, and according to ODE will move the deadline for local recipients Perkins submission to June 30 (not the original due date of May 1).

    Perkins V plans allow state and local education agencies and institutions of higher education to receive federal support for CTE programs that develop more fully the academic, technical, and employability skills of secondary and postsecondary students. These programs are designed to expand opportunities for every student to explore, choose, and follow career pathways to earn credentials of value.

    For more information on all the efforts the Department is taking to address the COVID-19 national emergency, visit ed.gov/coronavirus.

    For more information about COVID-19, please visit the following websites: coronavirus.gov, cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html and usa.gov/coronavirus.

  • March 30, 2020 2:19 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Gov. DeWine announced March 30 in a press conference that school closure would extend through May 1.

  • March 30, 2020 2:09 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)
    The coronavirus-related ordered school-building closure affects educator evaluation systems. Specifically, this impacts decisions around completion of 2019-2020 educator evaluations and implementation of the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES) 2.0.

    At the time of the school-building closure, evaluation data still was being collected for many teachers, administrators and school counselors. Additionally, community schools and districts were in the process of preparing for the implementation of the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System 2.0 for the 2020-2021 school year.

    The Ohio Department of Education has provided information on its website addressing these issues. Please click here to read more.
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