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Meeting Overview:

As COVID-19 moves into a new phase, CTE educators are considering how lessons learned from this past year can support teaching and learning going forward. New York State’s students need opportunities that are more equitable, flexible, and diverse in their delivery and more focused on competencies. The CTE TAC Sharing and Support event will help educators meet the anticipated surge in demand for CTE programs that will provide youth and adults with the skills and credentials needed in the post-pandemic workforce. By collaborating with peers, CTE educators and administrators will network within their respective CTE content areas to share experiences, resources, and ideas, while forecasting the future and enhancing their practice.

June 22, 2021
9:00am Welcome: Tim Ott; CTE TAC Director, NYSED Updates & Keynote Speaker, Dr. Patrick Darfler-Sweeney
10:00am - 11:30am CTE Content Area Breakouts
1:00 - 2:00pm Topic Specific Workshops

Keynote Presentation:
Digital Re-Program: Reflection, Re-Start, Reboot
Patrick Darfler-Sweeney
38 years in PK-12 Education
18 years Social Studies HS Teacher; 19 years XC, Track Coach
20 years Administrator: Superintendent, Asst. Superintendent, Director of Special Education, Director of Athletics, Principal, Dean of Students
USNYRRF/NYSED Project Director- P20 Partnership Principal Preparation
Author: Superintendent’s Rulebook: A Guide to District Level Leadership (2018)
Digital Educator Presenter: 2011 BLC; 2019 BLC; 2020 NYSCATE; 2020 Merrimack College MINTS Program

PS HeadshotA Crisis is the Mother of Reform
Pandemic News: “Remote learning presents unique challenges for special needs students and their parents”; “East St. Louis students lacking internet for remote learning”; “Do schools turn in parents whose children do not participate in remote learning?”; “Teachers Consider Quitting Due to Overwhelming Hours, Online Issues, Class Sizes”
This snapshot of headlines during the Pandemic is representative of several issues that came to the forefront in the last year. But not all were negative…” Nationally, nearly a third of parents say they are likely to choose virtual instruction indefinitely for their children, according to a February NPR/Ipsos poll.” “...Also, even though less than a third of students (30%) said they felt like they were part of a school community in the spring, that rose to nearly half (49%) by the fall. Pre-COVID it was just 43%.”

Something is going on and we need to find out what “it” is and make it part of our newer enhanced learning experience.

View Recorded Presentation Here (Slides)

Video for 7-12: 

7-12 DIGITAL FRONTIER: ARE YOU READY?: Dr. Patrick Darfler-Sweeney, USNYRRF Project Director

Self Reflection Worksheet:

Remote Self Assessment

Google Meets Special Education- Using Google Extensions

Chrome Extensions for Struggling Students and Special Needs

NYSED New Digital Learning Standards for Computer Science and Digital Fluency (Dec. 2020):

Using the Question Formulation Technique to Guide Primary Source Learning 


Topic Specific Workshops

Curriculum Mapping 3.0 - Tips for Linking to Standards that Works for CTE
Dick Jones, CTETAC Specialist
Curriculum maps are written plans to make sure all essential learning is included in the limited time of a course or program. The first curriculum maps were simple content topics, but more recently curriculum maps were expected to link appropriately to standards and technical skills. How can we use our maps to help us to deliver and showcase methods, such as project-based learning, asynchronous virtual delivery, and the uniqueness of CTE? Let’s share some tips and tricks! View Recorded Presentation:  (Slides)

Engaging Instruction: With or Without Technology
Liz Gallo, WhyMaker
Learn about the three key factors in engaging students in their learning. Discuss how technology plays a role in helping students stay engaged. View Recorded Presentation:

WBL Placement and Business Engagement
Jillian Gentle, JM Career Services and Consulting LLC

Fact #1: This year has brought many challenges to CTE with COVID-19 and a suffering economy and workforce crisis.  

Fact #2: Helping students transition from school to the world of work is a critical part to student success.  

These two statements bring to life the challenges we face in our community and the opportunity for innovations in the delivery of effective work-based learning programming. We will address these challenges but more importantly, tackle the innovative ideas in student placement and building business engagement.  We will focus on three areas, the students, the business community and your programs.  This is an exciting time in CTE!  Let's embrace the opportunity for growth together as we continue to move students from school to work.  "If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you" Fred Devito. View Recorded Presentation:

The New Landscape for CTE Assessment
Marsha Iverson, CTETAC Field Associate
The pandemic demanded that we assess student learning in new and different ways. While we will hopefully return to school in September, ASSESSMENT may be forever changed. This session will reflect on some of the effective assessment strategies many educators recently discovered and explore other types of assessment and strategies that will be effective for ensuring student success in the future.
View Recorded Presentation: (Slides)


Suggested Reading:

ACTE’s High Quality CTE During Covid-19: Challenges and Innovations

ACTE’s High Quality CTE Framework