The Office of Post Secondary Readiness (OPSR) Industry Engagement Team coordinated a wide variety of professional development opportunities for CTE teachers and administrators during the Summer of 2015.
The Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association (GNYADA) and the UFT’s National Industry Certification for Educators (NICE) initiative placed eight CTE teachers from automotive technology and auto body repair programs into businesses throughout the city. Teachers trained intensively on-site with auto technicians for ten to sixty hours, and the training may be used by teachers towards receiving National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) credits.
ASE Boot Camp
Through GNYADA, the UFT’s NICE Initiative and Lincoln Technical Institute, a three-day boot camp offered eight automotive teachers a chance to intensively prepare and learn testing strategies for the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification tests. A majority of participating teachers passed two or more tests, and three teachers passed all prerequisite tests for ASE certification.
Culinary Externships at Google
Two culinary teachers had the opportunity to work alongside Restaurant Associates award-winning chefs at Google Inc. The teachers rotated through Google’s eight kitchens in both the front and back of the house to refresh their skills and provide them with tangible examples to bring back to their classrooms.
Google for Education Training
Through Microsoft’s Innovative Education Trainer Academy in collaboration with the UFT’s NICE Initiative, Success Via Apprenticeship Program participant Damiano Mastrandrea led training on Google for Education for twenty CTE teachers in a two-day program at Microsoft’s Times Square offices. The sessions provided a step-by-step guide on setting up a Google education portal for school-wide use, website development, parent engagement and learning management.
Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) Train the Trainer
The UFT and the International Chemical Workers Union presented a four-day OSHA Train the Trainer Program for sixteen teachers from seven CTE schools. Participants will return in January to complete the second session and receive their OSHA trainer credentials. Seven of these participants are now approved to receive training for OSHA’s Construction Industry Train the Trainer program.
Success Via Apprenticeship (SVA) Teacher Training
Twelve new Success Via Apprenticeship Program SVAs and CTE teachers entering from industry participated in a new teacher boot camp late August covering pedagogical essentials such as lesson planning, effective questioning and classroom management. They were joined by master CTE teachers and administrators who presented on various teaching methodologies.
Sustainability Curriculum Design Studio
The Cloud Institute lead 20 academic teachers in a six-day intensive curriculum design studio, part of a holistic integration initiative by NYC DOE’s OPSR to infuse academics, technical training and sustainability education across CTE content areas. Teachers received training on sustainability curriculum standards and design methodology.
A collaboration of the Graphics Industry Advisory Commission, CUNY’s CityTech and the UFT, twenty teachers attended a four-day web design course geared towards updating teachers skills and creating new and innovative ways to incorporate web site creation and design into the curriculum.