Navigating the New NYS Science Learning Standards: Charting the Course for a Successful Transition for CTE

Education is currently evolving at the national and state levels in response to ESSA. The introduction of academic integration in Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs has become an integral part of the NY state educational landscape. With the adoption of the NYS Science Learning Standards (NYS SLS) using the Next Generation Science Standards framework, teachers of CTE programs are once again modifying their existing framework to align with the new paradigm. Let us start the conversation by learning how these new standards apply to CTE programs in both (comprehensive) districts and BOCES. 

Handouts and resources to accompany the webinar can be downloaded here 

Download the PPT presentation here


Presented by Mike Woods, CTETAC Regional Field Associate & Hilary Reilly, Science Integration, Questar III BOCES 

About Hilary: 

Hilary Reilly is currently involved with Science Integration for Questar III BOCES, working with student populations of career and technical, special education and alternative learning sectors. Her 27+ years of professional experience include a continuum of P-16 initiatives/educational reform in STEM, teacher mentoring/supervision, turnkey training for project-based learning and instructional technologies, Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) evaluation of staff, and CCSS/National Standards alignment/curriculum design.  As the Science Content Specialist for the Career and Technical Education Resource Center (2004-2008), Reilly was focused upon school improvement for the Big 5 school districts and professional development as the regional conference coordinator of seven, NYS CTE conferences per year. Her experience working with the NYSED CTE team in the implementation of the Program Approval Process provided her a unique perspective on the role of integrated academics in school improvement.  Ms. Reilly’s graduate work includes a Master of Science Teaching from Union College, a fellowship from Cornell University in the College of Nanoscale Sciences, Microbiology at University at Albany, and Literacy Integration in the Content Areas from East Connecticut State University.

Reilly now serves as a Regional Coordinator for NanoLink, Inc. (Ctr. for Nanotechnology Education) authoring new curriculum and providing professional development to K-12 instructional staff for the NE US.  She volunteers on the Leadership Team for the NYS STEM Education Collaborative and NY STEAM Girls Collaborative, “committed to informing and motivating girls to pursue careers in STEM”. She turnkey trains for NBC^2, the Northeast Biomanufacturing Ctr. and Collaborative, whose purpose is “to coordinate local and regional efforts into a national biomanufacturing education and training system to promote, create, and sustain a qualified workforce”. She was recently commissioned by SREB to author Advanced Career curriculum for Aerospace Engineering in partnership with NASA. Ms. Reilly practices the Buck Institute Model for Project-Based Learning (the New Tech Foundation pedagogy), turnkey training other schools in the region.  Ms. Reilly has presented nationally and internationally on methodologies to integrate the disciplines, tie academia to real-world context and work with students with special needs.

Secondary (6-12)