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NYSED Commissioner MaryEllen Elia to Headline CTE Conference at Hofstra Nov 13

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HUConf2015flyer MaryEllen Elia, the Commissioner of Education for the New York State Education Department (NYSED) will lead a roster of experienced educators at the Fifth Annual Collaborative CTE Conference produced by the CTE Technical Assistance Center and Hofstra University on Friday, November 13 in Hempstead, Long Island.

The conference highlighting “Rigorous Multiple Pathways” is designed for Superintendents, District Administrators, School Board Members, Middle and High School Principals, Curriculum Leaders, School Business Partners and Teachers on Long Island, in Westchester County and in New York City.

Sessions will include presentations of innovative programs that meet the needs in high achieving schools with high achieving students.

Fifth Annual Collaborative CTE Conference
Friday, November 13, 2015 / 7:30 am to 3:00 pm
Sondra and David S. Mack Student Center North Campus [MAP]
Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549$35 per Person

Download the PDF flyer and registration form.



Innovative Professional Development in CTE Marked the Summer of 2015

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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.

Automotive Externships
GYNADA logoThe 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
ASEx74Through 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
Restaurat Associates logoTwo 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
oshax77The 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
svax100Twelve 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
Cloud Inst logoThe 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.

Website Design
Graphics Comm logoA 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.

Graphics Events: Citywide Competition, Scholarships and a New Web Professional Development Course

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Last month the Graphics Industry Advisory Commission launched the fourteenth Annual Citywide Graphic Arts Competition with a new category — Digital Illustration — joining Graphic Design (formerly Desktop Publishing & Design), Digital Photography, Package Design, Digital Video Production, Web Site Design and Student Filmmaking. In the on-line Qualifying Round ending April 22, teachers submit up to two students per category for consideration for the Finals. Click on the categories to see the rubrics for each contest.

At the Finals on June 5 at CUNY’s New York City College of Technology (CityTech), competitors will get new assignments that they must produce entirely on-site within the four-hour competition time limit. Trophies, cash and prizes go to the winners, and every participant brings home a gift bag. Major support for the Annual Graphics Competition comes from Adobe Systems Inc.


This month the Graphic Communications Scholarship Foundation posted the on-line applications for new and returning students. The Foundation provides financial support to New York City metro area students pursuing careers in graphic communications. The deadline for Scholarship Applications for the 2015–2016 school year is May 11, 2015.


The Graphics Commission in partnership with CityTech is offering CTE Graphics instructors a four-day training session, 6 hours a day, on July 13 through July 16 covering web site design fundamentals, skills that are essential to any student getting an entry level position or internship in a graphic arts, media and web design program. Following up his Election Day PD talk, Professor Dan Wong of CityTech will lead the sessions:

  • HTML/CSS: Zero to 60 mph
  • Content Management Systems and Implementation of WordPress
  • Analytics, Social Media, How the Internet Works
  • Developing Curriculum, Projects, and Web Design Assignments for High School Students

These classes will also prepare teachers for the CIW Web Site Development Associate certification.

For further information, email Ms. Sari David, Associate Director of Industry Engagement, Career & Technical Education, Office of Postsecondary Readiness. New York City Department of Education.

CTE at the Core Citywide Professional Development Conference Set for Monday, Feb 2

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On Monday, February 2 the third annual
CTE at the Core Conference
kicks off at the United Federation of Teachers
offices at 52 Broadway.

NYC DOE administrators and teachers will join industry professionals in panels and workshops on important workforce and education issues. Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña will offer brief remarks at lunch, and industry partners will participate in breakout sessions in each industry segment.

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Annual Citywide CTE Conference Set for Feb. 3

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Middle and high school teachers, assistant principals, and guidance counselors are invited to register for the annual citywide Career and Technical Education (CTE) conference to be held February 3, 2014 at Albert Shanker Hall at UFT headquarters. Sponsored by the New York City Department of Education, the United Federation of Teachers, the CTE Council, the Technical Assistance Center of New York State and other partners, this conference will include professional development sessions and presentations led by teachers and industry experts. The event will also focus on Perkins re-authorization and implementation of the federal Blueprint for Transforming Career and Technical Education.

Topics for workshops include: serving English-language learners in CTE programs, implementing work-based learning, program quality and approval, effective advisory boards, curriculum, and financial literacy, as well as industry-specific sessions on health care, media/design, transportation, information technology, culinary arts, construction/sustainability, pre-engineering, and business/finance.



Brooklyn Parents Meeting Will Showcase CTE on Nov 20

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2013 CTE HS DirectoryTN CTE HS Map imageTNNew York City’s career and technical education efforts are drawing national attention as parents and policymakers focus on practical education alternatives that help students get an early start on career and college. When President Obama landed in Prospect Park, he came to Brooklyn to visit a a CTE school. In Governor Cuomo’s new budget, he calls for building 10 new CTE high schools around the state. And since 2008, Mayor Bloomberg has greatly expanded career and technical programs and Mayor-elect De Blasio recently campaigned on expanding CTE further.

As the December 2 deadline for high school applications approaches, CTE Council Members, industry partners and recent graduates once again will talk about career and technical education with middle school and high school parents and parent groups at Borough Hall:


Wednesday, November 20, 2013
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Brooklyn Borough Hall
209 Joralemon Street

This event is free of charge.
Register on-line at ,
or email
or leave a voice mail  or text message at 347-948-4283.

 (Click to get a PDF of the flyer to post or email.)

Partner PDs Reach Hundreds of CTE Teachers

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Industry partners on stage at the Apple Soho store.


This week, hundreds of CTE teachers and administrators took part in NYC CTE PD, the professional development events produced by educators and industry partners all around the city on Election Day. Slides, handouts and follow-up links are now being posted for each PD. (See the Graphics PD here.) Follow for updates to the on-line courseware being posted this week.

To get email updates about future NYC CTE events, sign up on the NYC CTE Master list.

Updates on Election Day PDs: CTE+SWD, Graphics and Transit Power Expo

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SEE SELECT UPDATES: November 5, 2013 (Election Day) teacher training


Council and Commission Members, industry partners,  the NYC DOE and the UFT are developing CTE Professional Development events around the city slated for Election Day, November 5, 2013. Check in with and subscribe via email for details and updates.

Events in the works:

Automotive Teachers Conference

CTE+SWD: Spanning the Divide

KEYNOTE: Dr. Connie Spohn, Lead Specialist of the CTE Technical Assistance Center (TAC) in Albany, will keynote the event. PLUS: Conference attendees will receive copies of Paul Tough’s provocative and profoundly hopeful new book How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character. [Read more]

Employability Skills Profiles

This event is SOLD OUT. Future inquiries can be sent to

2013 Graphics Teachers Technology Conference

This event is SOLD OUT. Attendees may link their iPads and iPhones to the conference courseware on site at the Apple Store. To get Graphics updates, email JPowers@IN3.ORG.

SIFMA Financial Literacy Workshop

Transit Tech Power Expo

Organizers are giving out  Ohms Law posters and ETA Certification Information.

Transit Tech Power Expo Highlights Wind and Solar Power

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An Election Day professional development event at Transit Tech sponsored by Tech-Ed Systems offers hands-on access to up-to-date power training systems for electromechanical, wind and solar applications.

Click for the PDF Flyer or register with Cheryl Matthews, 732-642-6495, email