New York City CTE graphics teachers and administrators along with industry partners from the Graphics Industry Advisory Commission and the Advisory Council for Career & Technical Education are working on ways to share high school and college graphic education resources with Middle School educators. We have three main initiatives so far:
CITYWIDE GRAPHICS COMPETITION
Now in its 16th year, the annual Citywide Graphic Arts Competition brings over a hundred students from a dozen schools to the NYC College of Technology in Brooklyn for a live competition of graphics skills in seven categories: Graphic Design, Web Development, Photography, Illustration, Package Design, Video Production and Filmmaking. In 2017, we’ll add an eighth category for Middle School students, Digital Storytelling.
From our April 2016 Planning Document:
Entries can be produced as: PowerPoint presentations; video programs; Adobe Voice or Slate apps; MediaBreakers, Prezis; web pages; comic books or magazine-like photo layouts. The final pieces will be downloaded to the judges for the Qualifying Round.
Students selected for the Finals will come to CityTech in June to present their work to a panel of judges. Trophies, cash and prizes for First, Second and Third Place winners (and the First Place School) will be presented on stage at the beginning of the Graphics Competition Awards Ceremony.
At the 2016 Citywide Graphic Arts Competition, we ran a PILOT PROJECT with select Middle School students and teachers to gauge the feasibility of developing a program. See the results on the 2016 CGAC PD page.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & MENTORING
To introduce Middle School teachers to both the academic and technical issues in Digital Storytelling, the Graphics Commission is planning an Election Day PD session that teaches the tools and discusses the pedagogical possibilities. We are reaching out to experienced Graphics CTE High School teachers and administrators who can serve as mentors to Middle School educators, and we’ll produce additional PDs as needed,
WORK BASED LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
Career and technical education in Middle School is more about career discovery and awareness rather than job-ready skills development. Career Day visits by graphics professionals, online software demos and webinars, and visits to interesting sites like the New York Times printing plant can help introduce the graphics field to interested students and parents.
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