Projects 2017 – 2018

Georgia College and Career Pathways

The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) is continuing to assist the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) through technical expertise and support to Curriculum & Instruction and Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) divisions in the collection of stakeholder responses to new courses and revisions of curriculum offered in GaDOE’s career pathways. Also, SECC and the College and Career Readiness and Success (CCRS) Center are supporting CTAE in promoting opportunities for all students to have access to quality work-based learning opportunities.

Technical Assistance Approach
  • Collection and Analysis of Data Files from Stakeholder Reviews
  • Strategies Supporting Implementation of Employability Skills Task Force Recommendations

 

Impact
  • Improved culture and political climate
  • Improved intra- and inter-organizational relationships
  • Expanded access of all students to develop the employability skills that enable them to be successful in college and work
Project State(s)

Project Updates

Most Recent Update: 2018 | September

Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) staff; College & Career Readiness & Success (CCRS) Center staff; and Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) team members completed all revisions to work-based learning (WBL) workshop publications, conducted sessions, and provided on-site support for the“Designing and Implementing Quality Work-Based Learning Systems: A Collaborative Workshop for States and Districts. Nearly 500 individuals participated in work sessions, presentations, discussions, and team-planning over 3 days in Savannah, Georgia. The CCRS Center and SECC team will debrief about the WBL workshop and finalize meeting materials for posting on the event website. WBL workshop participants expressed appreciation for the opportunity to network and learn from educators in other states who are dealing with the same challenges and opportunities in expanding the WBL experiences for their students.

As a result of the massive effort required to complete materials for the WBL workshop, CTAE staff and SECC staff were delayed in completing and reviewing materials for the Georgia Employability Skills Task Force Recommendations—Implementation Examples as planned. The examples will provide exemplars of how schools and districts can enhance their students’ access to employability skills. The SECC staff and director have completed review and editing of 12 employability skills project profiles and sent them for review by the CTAE director and staff at the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE). When feedback is received and incorporated, layout and design will be completed, and the final files will be delivered to GaDOE and CTAE leadership for use in supporting broader implementation of employability skills instruction across Georgia.

 

Previous Updates:

Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) staff; College & Career Readiness & Success (CCRS) Center staff; and Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) team members completed all revisions to work-based learning (WBL) workshop publications, conducted sessions, and provided on-site support for the“Designing and Implementing Quality Work-Based Learning Systems: A Collaborative Workshop for States and Districts. Nearly 500 individuals participated in work sessions, presentations, discussions, and team-planning over 3 days in Savannah, Georgia. The CCRS Center and SECC team will debrief about the WBL workshop and finalize meeting materials for posting on the event website. WBL workshop participants expressed appreciation for the opportunity to network and learn from educators in other states who are dealing with the same challenges and opportunities in expanding the WBL experiences for their students.

As a result of the massive effort required to complete materials for the WBL workshop, CTAE staff and SECC staff were delayed in completing and reviewing materials for the Georgia Employability Skills Task Force Recommendations—Implementation Examples as planned. The examples will provide exemplars of how schools and districts can enhance their students’ access to employability skills. The SECC staff and director have completed review and editing of 12 employability skills project profiles and sent them for review by the CTAE director and staff at the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE). When feedback is received and incorporated, layout and design will be completed, and the final files will be delivered to GaDOE and CTAE leadership for use in supporting broader implementation of employability skills instruction across Georgia.

Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) staff edited the 12 employability skills project profiles and determined the format for the final versions. SECC staff, College & Career Readiness & Success (CCRS) Center staff, and Career, Technical, and Agricultural, Education (CTAE) team members reviewed registrations and provided guidance to session presenters. An invitation to external groups was extended and registrations received to extend participation to almost 500 participants.

In September, SECC staff will forward final versions of employability skills implementation to CTAE leaders for feedback. Descriptions will be revised based on their feedback, and final documents sent to graphics for layout and design. For the work-based learning workshop, SECC staff, CCRS Center staff, and CTAE team members will review presenter submissions of materials and assurances, complete review of agenda for printing, and verify individual roles in supporting the functioning of the meeting. Final versions of the Georgia Employability Skills Task Force Recommendations—Implementation Examples will be delivered to GaDOE and CTAE leadership in both web-format and print-format versions for use in supporting broader implementation of employability skills instruction across Georgia.

Collaboration of the SECC, CCRS Center, and CTAE planning team has resulted in development of a comprehensive, focused, meeting agenda that will enable participants in Georgia to learn from each other on how to provide effective work-based learning experiences that will result in a narrowing of the talent gap in the state.

It was determined the most efficient strategy for identifying and collecting information about implementation examples of employability skills recommendations was utilizing the Atlanta Electrical Contractors Association award process; the timeline for completion was extended to align with their awards schedule. Twelve submissions were selected for recognition and were used as the content for the Georgia Employability Skills Task Force Recommendations—Implementation Examples.

SECC staff began developing profiles of 12 projects identified as examples of implementation strategies that reflect Employability Skills Task Force Recommendations to provide examples for local education agencies (LEAs). SECC staff, College and Career Readiness and Success (CCRS) Center staff, and Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) team members continued work on the final agenda and presenters for the Designing and Implementing Quality Work-Based Learning Systems: A Collaborative Workshop for States and Districts. SECC staff continued processing registrations, development of the event website, and correspondence to participants and presenters. Also, SECC staff, CCRS Center staff, and CTAE team members will continue to review registrations and provide guidance to session presenters. If space is available, additional groups may be given registration information to reach maximum participation.   

In addition, SECC staff closed and provided updates to CTAE staff regarding stakeholder feedback on an International Business course.

In August, SECC staff will review and edit the employability skills profiles and forward final versions for layout and final design.    

As evidence of progress, presenters and panelists have been identified for work-based learning workshop sessions, and all presenter communication materials have been reviewed and approved based on the planning timeline.

SECC staff, College and Career Readiness and Success (CCRS) Center staff, and Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) stakeholders began reviewing and identifying examples of projects for implementation for inclusion in an Employability Skills Recommendations guidance document for local education agencies (LEAs). Additionally, SECC staff, CCRS Center staff, and CTAE team members continued work on the final agenda and presenters for the Designing and Implementing Quality Work-Based Learning Systems: A Collaborative Workshop for States and Districts. SECC staff continued development of the website and correspondence to participants and presenters. Further, SECC staff provided updates on data collected and responses and provided updates to CTAE staff regarding stakeholder feedback on two proposed middle school curriculum changes and posted a third survey on an International Business course. Each survey is posted for a 30-day feedback cycle.

In July, SECC, CCRS Center, and CTAE staff will continue to finalize plans for Designing and Implementing Quality Work-Based Learning Systems: A Collaborative Workshop for States and Districts. Additionally, SECC staff will continue to provide technical assistance in developing and posting surveys for middle school curriculum changes and will provide updates on response rates. Further, SECC staff and CCRS Center staff will research and compose stories highlighting examples of effective implementation of Employability Task Force recommendations for LEAs and schools.  

As evidence of progress, the contract was signed by the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) for meeting arrangements for the Designing and Implementing Quality Work-Based Learning Systems: A Collaborative Workshop for States and Districts. Over 200 Georgia educators have made arrangements to participate in the sessions. Additionally, 12 programs have been identified from entries to the Atlanta Electrical Contractors Association award program for employability skills and will be used to select projects highlighted as examples of implementing task force recommendations.

SECC staff held a planning session with College and Career Readiness and Success (CCRS) Center and career, technical, and agricultural education (CTAE) stakeholders to review content and layout of materials for the work-based learning (WBL) workshop to be held in Savannah, Georgia, in September 2018. SECC developed an event site and a registration site for Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) and CCRS Center use. The registration process was opened to invited participants. Additionally, SECC staff posted a survey for the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site and delivered a summary document from physical education courses to GaDOE Curriculum & Instruction (C&I) staff regarding the number of submissions at various time points. The team began the process of posting 30 plus middle school courses for revision by C&I this spring.         

In June, SECC staff, CCRS Center, and CTAE stakeholders will begin the review process for identifying examples of Employability Skills Recommendations implementation for inclusion in a guidance document for local education agencies (LEAs). Additionally, SECC staff will continue planning with CCRS Center and CTAE team members regarding the agenda and presenters for the Designing and Implementing Quality Work-Based Learning Systems: A Collaborative Workshop for States and Districts. Further, staff will collect and provide updates on data collected regarding the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site to C&I staff. SECC also will provide updates to CTAE staff regarding stakeholder feedback on proposed middle school curriculum changes.    

As evidence of progress, the registration process is underway for the Designing and Implementing Quality Work-Based Learning Systems: A Collaborative Workshop for States and Districts. The team is making final adjustments and completing identification of presenters and facilitators for workshop. SECC will continue to post middle school curriculum revised courses as approved by the Georgia Board of Education for review.

A planning session was held with the College and Career Readiness and Success (CCRS) Center, SECC, and the career, technology, and agricultural education (CTAE) stakeholders and project director to review the contract for the hotel for the work-based learning (WBL) workshop to be held in Savannah, Georgia, in September 2018. SECC staff developed save-the-date announcements for Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) and CCRS Center use and began development of a registration site for the event. Additionally, SECC staff posted a survey for the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site and delivered a summary document from physical education courses to Curriculum & Instruction (C&I) staff at GaDOE regarding the number of submissions at various times. The team also began the process of posting 30 plus middle school courses for revision by C&I staff this spring.

The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) project manager and SECC staff met and determined that identifying projects implementing Employability Skills Task Force recommendations would be more appropriate and would ensure alignment when determined by Georgia educators reviewing the 2018 submissions to “Employability Skills Awards for Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education,” conducted by the Atlanta Electrical Contractors Association. SECC staff and the GaDOE project manager will conduct the review of 2018 entries by Georgia educators at the end of May. Additionally, SECC engaged in a planning session with the College and Career Readiness and Success (CCRS) Center, CTAE stakeholders, and the project director to determine the date and location of the upcoming work-based learning (WBL) workshop to be held in Savannah, Georgia. Additionally, SECC facilitated posting of dramatic writing and physical education courses, summaries from science courses reviewed, and provision of updates to Curriculum & Instruction (C&I) staff regarding submissions at various times.

In April, SECC will complete the contract for the facility to host the WBL workshop. SECC also will refine the conference agenda and speakers, web page, registration site, and communication plan with SECC staff and the planning team. Additionally, SECC will develop a timeline and content for posting revised middle grades College Pathways courses, continued posting, and updating of responses from SECC staff to C&I staff for their analysis.

The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) project manager determined that a more efficient strategy for identifying outstanding projects reflecting implementation of Employability Skills Task Force recommendations would be to review submissions to the Employability Skills Awards for Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education by the Atlanta Electrical Contractors Association. SECC staff and the GaDOE project manager will begin review of 2017 entries and will continue with 2018 entries at the end of May. Additionally, there will be a planning session with the College and Career Readiness and Success (CCRS), SECC, and the CTAE stakeholders and project director to review date and location options in Savannah, Georgia. Further, there will be a posting of 12 science courses for review and the provision of updates to Curriculum & Instruction staff regarding submissions at various time points. In March, the GaDOE project manager and SECC staff will begin review of 2017 submissions to the Atlanta Electrical Contractors’ Employability Skills Awards to identify items that align with the Employability Skills Task Force’ recommendations. Additionally, the planning group of the CCRS Center, SECC, and CTAE will plan meeting parameters and the agenda for a work-based learning conference for September 2018. Further, 12 summaries for posted science courses will be provided to Curriculum & Instruction staff and surveys for a dramatic writing course and Physical Education Georgia Standards of Excellence will be posted. Evidence of improvement includes the availability of detailed information about innovative projects supporting implementation of employability skills in Georgia CTAE classrooms; collaborative planning by CTAE, SECC, and the CCRS Center to achieve the goals of each group; and GaDOE’s comprehensive approach to aligning course offerings that support and complete college and career pathways.

The SECC Georgia state liaison met with the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) project manager to plan for collecting initial information from SECC and Career Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) directors at their conference in Atlanta. Additionally, the College and Career Readiness and Success (CCRS) Center led a planning meeting with CTAE stakeholders, and the GaDOE program director to continue planning for a national/Georgia work-based learning conference in Savannah, Georgia, in September 2018. Further, the SECC senior researcher provided data files and graphs on physical education feedback to the Curriculum and Instruction Division at GaDOE. She also began preparation of 12 science courses for review. In February, the GaDOE project manager will solicit nominations for outstanding projects that reflect implementation of Employability Skills Task Force recommendations, utilizing an electronic link for submission by CTAE directors from across Georgia. Additionally, SECC will engage in a planning session with the CCRS Center, CTAE stakeholders, and the CTAE program director. Further, SECC will post the 12 science courses for review.

The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) project director met with the SECC Georgia state liaison to plan for convening a task force to guide work of implementing the recommendations on Employability Skills. Additionally, the College and Career Readiness and Success (CCRS) Center led a planning meeting with SECC, Career Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) stakeholders, and the GaDOE program director to begin planning for a national/Georgia work-based learning conference in Savannah, Georgia, in September 2018. Further, a SECC senior researcher provided data files on physical education and differential equation stakeholder feedback to the Curriculum and Instruction Division at GaDOE. She has also prepared the journalism standards for posting and review. In January, SECC will convene the Employability Skills Work Group. Additionally, SECC will facilitate a conference call with the CCRS Center and CTAE to continue planning the work-based learning 2018 conference. Further, the SECC senior researcher will share additional data files with staff of the GaDOE Curriculum and Instruction Division. Evidence of impact includes GaDOE’s enthusiasm and commitment of CTAE stakeholders to provide knowledge and to provide manpower to carry out an undertaking of this size.

The SECC Georgia state liaison and the director of the Career and College Readiness and Success (CCRS) Center met with the Georgia Departrment of Education (GaDOE) Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) director and the Delivery Unit program manager to review the CTAE work plan. Additionally, SECC’s evaluation specialist advised the GaDOE curriculum and instruction director and staff regarding the development of surveys to collect stakeholder feedback on K–12 physical education standards and a differential equations course. She also posted the surveys for 60 and 30 days, respectively. In December, CTAE staff will identify stakeholders to participate in developing project deliverables and planning the work-based learning conference. The CTAE staff also will arrange the first planning meeting. Data files for the 30-day survey will be sent to GaDOE curriculum and instruction staff for their use. Preliminary reports on survey use will be provided for the 60-day surveys. As evidence of impact, stakeholders in a previous employability task force expressed excitement and eagerness to continue the work of improving accessibility of employment skills training for all students in Georgia.

SECC worked to identify time to begin the planning process with Career Technology and Agricultural Education (CTAE) Division, the College and Career Readiness and Success Center (CCRS), and SECC staff. A SECC evaluator sent data files from stakeholder feedback for pathway courses on world languages to Curriculum and Instruction for their use in presentations to the Georgia State Board of Education (SBOE). In November, SECC will schedule the initial planning meeting for the management group in designing activities and a timeline for developing resources to support implementation of employability skills recommendations. As evidence of impact, CTAE is enthusiastic to continue the partnership with CCRS and SECC to implement the stakeholder recommendations from the previous work together. GaDOE’s Program Specialist for World Languages and Global Workforce Initiatives utilizes data to present stakeholder feedback on world languages courses for the Georgia SBOE.