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  1. 1. US Department of EducationOffice of Adult and Vocation EducationCareer and Technical Education OverviewAaron BredenkampTeaching Ambassador FellowAaron.Bredenkamp@ed.gov QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture.University of NE-KearneyKearney, NEMarch 4, 2013
  2. 2. Department of Education Mission StatementEDs mission is to promotestudent achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access
  3. 3. The federal role should be to invest ininnovation and build capacity to drive reform. Best ideas Use federal dollars to spur & New from the state support reform and create Federal Role and local level. conditions for success. Standards Teachers & Leaders Conditions for Success Data School Turnaround Comprehensive plans Collaboration at Theory of for change. all levels. Change Shared responsibility for student results.
  4. 4. Fairer, Flexibility, andMore Focused Accountability
  5. 5. •American Jobs Act Proposal•Waivers from No Child Left Behind •http://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/guid/esea-flexibility/index.html •http://www.ed.gov/esea/flexibility/requests•Race To The Top I, II, III, IV •http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/states-continue-progress- during-second-year-race-top •http://www2.ed.gov/programs/racetothetop/index.html•Early Learning Challenge Grants•Investing in Innovation - i3 •http://www2.ed.gov/programs/innovation/index.html •http://www.ed.gov/open/plan/investing-innovation-i3•RESPECT Project •http://www.ed.gov/teaching/national-conversation •http://www2.ed.gov/documents/labor-management- collaboration/vision-statement.pdf
  6. 6. “Lets also make sure that a high school diploma puts our kids on apath to a good job. Right now, countries like Germany focus ongraduating their high school students with the equivalent of atechnical degree from one of our community colleges, so thattheyre ready for a job. At schools like P-Tech in Brooklyn, acollaboration between New York Public Schools, the City Universityof New York, and IBM, students will graduate with a high schooldiploma and an associate degree in computers or engineering.We need to give every American student opportunities like this. QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture.Four years ago, we started Race to the Top – a competition thatconvinced almost every state to develop smarter curricula andhigher standards, for about 1 percent of what we spend oneducation each year. Tonight, Im announcing a new challenge toredesign Americas high schools so they better equip graduates forthe demands of a high-tech economy. Well reward schools thatdevelop new partnerships with colleges and employers, and createclasses that focus on science, technology, engineering, and math –the skills todays employers are looking for to fill jobs right now andin the future.”-President Obama, State of the Union Address, February 12, 2013
  7. 7. ED’s Cradle to Career Agenda
  8. 8. •College- and Career-Ready Students•Great Teachers and Great Leaders•Meeting the Needs of EnglishLearners and Other Diverse Learners•A Complete Education•Successful, Safe, and HealthyStudents•Fostering Innovation and Excellence•Additional Cross-Cutting Priorities
  9. 9. United States Department of Education, RESPECT Project“Our goal is to work witheducators in rebuilding theirprofession—and to elevatethe teacher voice in shapingfederal, state and localeducation policy…Our largergoal is to make teaching notonly America’s mostimportant profession—butAmerica’s most respectedprofession.”
  10. 10. Why RESPECT?R RecognizingE EducationalS SuccessP ProfessionalE ExcellenceC CollaborativeT Teaching
  11. 11. What Does It All Mean?• Educational Success recognizes our commitment to improving student outcomes• Professional Excellence means that we will continuously sharpen our practice, and that we will recognize, reward, and learn from great teachers and school leaders.• Collaborative Teaching means that we will concentrate on shared responsibility and decision-making. Successful collaboration means creating schools where principals and teachers work and learn together in communities of practice, hold each other accountable, and lift each other to new levels of skill and competence.
  12. 12. 7 Critical Areas1.A Reorganized Classroom2.A New School Day and School Year3.An Environment of Shared Responsibility among Teachers and Principals4.Entering the Profession5.Career Pathways and Professional Advancement6.Teacher Evaluation and Development7.Community/Family Engagement
  13. 13. Labor Management CollaborationMulti-stakeholder groups gathers in Cincinnati in May of 2012 and agreed uponthe document “Transforming the Profession“ which contains the same 7 criticalareas of necessary improvement as the RESPECT document.American Association of School Administrators, American Federation of Teachers, Council of the Great CitySchools, Council of Chief State School Officers, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, National EducationAssociation, and National School Boards Association
  14. 14. QUESTIONS? COMMENTS?Aaron BredenkampTeaching Ambassador FellowAaron.Bredenkamp@ed.gov
  15. 15. If Arne Duncan was here… QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture. What would you want to tell him?

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