Advisory Council for Career & Technical Education for New York City


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

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CTE Council Starts New Term and New School Year with Piñeiro and Jacobsohn at the Helm

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The first meeting of the 2015-2017 term of the Advisory Council for Career & Technical Education took place in the grand conference room of the historic Tweed Courthouse, headquarters of the New York City Department of Education.

On the first day of their three-year term, new and returning CTE Council Members met today to review the work of Council Committees and Industry Advisory Commissions and to discuss goals and priorities for the new school year. Members voted in Angel Piñeiro, Senior Vice President of ASI Systems, as the incoming Chairperson and Françoise Jacobsohn, Project Manager of Equal Rights Advocates, as Vice-Chairperson. Jacobsohn begins her third term with the Council. Outgoing Chairperson Jack Powers continues with the group as a Member of the Executive Committee.

The Department of Education’s new Executive Director for CTE John Widlund introduced himself and outlined his approach to technical education and his commitment to strong industry partnerships.

In a wide-ranging discussion, Members described the development of teacher training programs for the November 3 Election Day Professional Development events with NYC CTE PD programs slated in Automotive, Construction Skills, Graphics,Cisco Networking and Healthcare disciplines. They also outlined strategies for improving internships and apprenticeships, navigating the gig economy and extending career education into Middle Schools. Plans to support the Mayor’s new “Computer Science for All” program, the National Industry Certification for Educators initiative, and the First Ever CTE High School Fair on November 14 were introduced.

The first public meeting of the 2015–2017 CTE Council term is slated for Thursday, October 22.

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New School Year Brings A Fresh Focus on CTE

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Public interest in Career & Technical Education continued to grow over the summer. At a June press conference, Mayor Bill de Blasio and UFT president Michael Mulgrew praised a mew program that will model New York City’s partnerships between schools and businesses in four other cities. At the end of June, First Lady Michelle Obama spoke out in support of CTE captured in the YouTube video at right. And in response to a bipartisan letter from U.S. Senators Tim Kaine, Rob Portman and Tammy Baldwin, President Barack Obama signed an executive order recognizing U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education.


The 2015-16 school year opens with exciting changes for Career & Technical Education in the five boroughs:

John Widlund takes over as Executive Director of CTE at the Department of Education. See the Chalkbeat article by Sarah Darville “As city prepares to redouble focus on career and tech programs, Fariña names new leader.”

Harini Venkatesh steps in as interim Executive Secretary for the CTE Council in place of Diallo Shabazz who was recently named Executive Director of One Hundred Black Men of New York.

CTE Council Members begin a new three-year term for the 2015 – 2018 school years. New officers will be elected during a Members-only organizational meeting on September 29, and the first public CTE Council Meeting of the new term will take place October 22.

Planning for the Election Day Professional Development events produced by industry partners has gotten underway with conferences in Construction Trades, Graphics, Automotive and other disciplines.

1509Spotlightx100The September issue of the DOE’s Spotlight newsletter reports on several partner events:

CTE students from the Academy of Software Engineering and Chelsea High School represented the NYC Department of Education at the annual STEMConnector Roundtable. CTE’s participation with STEMconnector on a national platform, comes on the heels of  “Computer Science for All,” a major initiative announced by Mayor De Blasio that will make computer science available to all NYC public school students.

Aimed at helping students to Gain Experience, Discover Technology and Explore Opportunities, NYC CTE, together with new CTE Council Member Tata Consultancy Services presented the goIT Student Technology Summer Camp at the Academy for Software Engineering Chelsea CTE High School,  Bronx Academy for Software Engineering and Thomas A. Edison CTE High School.

The Solve for Tomorrow contest is a nationwide STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education competition which challenges students in public school grades 6-12 to use STEM innovation to solve a problem within their communities. Participants are in the running to win their share of $2 million in Samsung technology for their classrooms.

for Middle School students debuts Saturday, November 14 at the George Westinghouse CTE High School, 105 Johnson Street in Downtown Brooklyn.

Read these and more stories in the September 2015 Spotlight newsletter.

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.

Bronx Intl HS Students Demo Diversity in Tech (and Their App) Following Rev. Jesse Jackson Keynote

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At the Social Media Week New York conference last week, Reverend Jesse Jackson presented a keynote discussion about Diversity in Tech and why we need to imagine the future of technology being the best it can be, where all are included and nobody is left behind.

Following Jackson’s address, seven students from Bronx International High School presented an app they developed as winners of the Code Interactive Student Incubator competition. The presenters —  Detzani Campos, Sidi Fall, Oumar Koulibaly, Olenny Polanco, Ana Reyes and Moubarak Teour — are digital design students in a new  CTE program that focuses on Digital Media and Design tools, a major focus of today’s tech. During normal class hours, they study Adobe Photoshop and the Adobe Certified Associates Exam Objectives and visit New York advertising and design agencies.

After school and on weekends,  they are learn about coding in partnership with Code/Interactive (C/I). They’ve participated in hackathons and won the C/I prize at a Hackathon.

Watch the team describe their work, and app called Know Your Neighbor or #KYN :



Future Business Leaders Get Together and Pick Champions

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c_FBLA_colorx100Last week the New York State Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) held the annual Spring District Meeting (SDM) at Queens Vocational and Technical High School in Long Island City. FBLA chapters from Queens Voc, Campus Magnet High School and the Laurelton Middle School heard a presentation on leadership by Suveer Seemangal, State Vice President of FBLA District 2. Students helds a coin challenge for the New York State FBLA charity, the March of Dimes.

Student competitions for public speaking, impromptu speaking, and parliamentary procedure selected winners who will compete at the State Leadership Conference coming up in April.

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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Academy of Urban Planning Students Produce Graphics for Local Businesses

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At the Academy of Urban Planning on the old Bushwick High School campus in Brooklyn, graphics teacher Andrew Drozd has moved his students out of the classroom and into the world or work with an innovative print media advertising offer to some 60 local businesses. Mr. Drozd and his students created a video about their use of graphics to engage students and the community:



Eric Jankiewicz of the Queens Courier wrote about the students’ experiences:

High school brings colorful posters to Queens businesses

and Andrew Drozd publishes an e-learning web site sponsored by a dozen industry partners supporting his classes:

Mr. Drozd’s Computers Graphics and Design

USDA’s Chief Scientist Visits Food & Finance High School’s Manhattan Farm

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Cornell University educator Philson Warner describes the Food & Finance HS lab to USDA Under Secretary Cathie Woteki.

A report posted yesterday by Damon Thompson of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) describes a recent visit by Cathie Woteki, USDA’s Chief Scientist and Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics, to the Manhattan fish farm and hydroponic garden at Food & Finance High School. The unique teaching facility was developed in partnership with Cornell University.

Read the USDA post:

Students Get Schooled by Schools of Fish

and read more about the Cornell University Cooperative Extension:

In Partnership with NYC High School, Cornell U. Builds and Enhances Sustainable Agriculture Technology

Chef Marc Murphy of Food Network’s Chopped will host a “dine-around” fundraiser for Food & Finance High School on Monday, March 9, 2015 at the Metropolitan Pavilion.