Project: Year 7 2018–2019

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 the Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) staff in the implementation of GaDOE’s career pathways. Also, SECC and the College & Career Readiness & Success (CCRS) Center will continue to support the implementation of employability skills and quality work-based learning opportunities for all students.

Technical Assistance Approach

The SECC is assisting GaDOE with the collection and analysis of data files from stakeholder reviews. The center will work with the CCRS Center and CTAE staff to convene local education agency (LEA) leaders and stakeholders to identify successful strategies in supporting implementation of Georgia’s Employability Skills Task Force recommendations. The strategies will be shared with educators across the state to guide providing opportunities for all Georgia students to develop the necessary academic, technical, and employability skills for success in postsecondary education and the workplace.

Impact
  • Increased knowledge and skills in GaDOE to support implementation of Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plans in districts and schools
  • Increased organizational structures and processes in GaDOE to identify gaps in services to LEAs to support equitable practices and continuous improvement processes
Project State(s)

Project Updates

Most Recent Update: 2019 | August

Staff from the Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) completed drafts of six programs identified for employability skills for use on the center’s website. Staff also have completed quality assurance and layout for additions. SECC also will serve as a thought partner to Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) staff in analyzing data to inform development of a strategic plan to increase access of students to development of employability skills in Georgia. The team will determine how to provide the most useful display of survey data for use in developing the plan. They also will provide final data reports to CTAE staff for use in developing the state’s employability strategic plan. Additionally, SECC staff sent data from Standards of Excellence for High School Science surveys in two presentation formats for Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) staff presentations to the Georgia Board of Education.

SECC staff will develop and post a survey for the college readiness composition course for completion in September.

 

Previous Updates:

Staff from the Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) completed drafts of six programs identified for employability skills for use on the center’s website. Staff also have completed quality assurance and layout for additions. SECC also will serve as a thought partner to Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) staff in analyzing data to inform development of a strategic plan to increase access of students to development of employability skills in Georgia. The team will determine how to provide the most useful display of survey data for use in developing the plan. They also will provide final data reports to CTAE staff for use in developing the state’s employability strategic plan. Additionally, SECC staff sent data from Standards of Excellence for High School Science surveys in two presentation formats for Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) staff presentations to the Georgia Board of Education.

SECC staff will develop and post a survey for the college readiness composition course for completion in September.

The Career, Technology, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) Director in collaboration with the Atlanta Area Contractors Association Employability Skills Award competition identified seven additional programs to be featured on the Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) website. SECC staff began formatting of new programs to previous profile descriptions. SECC will continue to act as a thought partner to CTAE staff in analyzing data to inform development of a strategic plan to increase access of students to development of employability skills in Georgia. The group will determine how to provide the most useful display of survey data for use in developing the plan. Additionally, SECC sent data from the Standards of Excellence for High School Science surveys in two presentation formats for Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) staff presentations to the Georgia Board of Education.

In August, SECC staff will complete drafts of the seven programs identified for employability skills for use on the SECC website. SECC staff also will provide final data reports to CTAE staff for developing the strategic plan.

As evidence of impact, GaDOE has completed revision and approval of middle grades CTAE courses. CTAE has collaboratively conducted employability program awards with the Atlanta Area Contractors Association to identify additional projects that represent Task Force Employability Skills Recommendations. State education agency staff gave SECC staff average ratings between 3.6 and 4 on a 4-point scale across all measures of quality, relevance, and usefulness on a survey conducted in June 2019. Respondents said that SECC's work supports communication between the state agency and the public.

Educator teams identified the top three submissions in each of the four groups of submitters (teachers, work-based learning [WBL] Coordinators, career, technology, and agricultural education [CTAE] Directors, and Counselors). Each of the three projects will create displays to present their project at the Georgia Association of College and Technical Educators for final selection of a winner from each category. The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) collected data and sent it to Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) staff for use in presentations to the Georgia Board of Education for its approval. Additionally, winning entries of the Employability Skills competition will be selected and announced. SECC will continue to collect and send data to GaDOE staff for their work. 

Descriptions of innovative projects to promote employability skills by Georgia students from Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) teachers, coordinators, directors, and school counselors were received by the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) for review and selection for recognition by the Atlanta Area Contractors Association. The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) staff consulted as a thought partner to CTAE staff in analyzing data to inform development of a strategic plan to increase access of Georgia students to develop employability skills. Additionally, SECC posted surveys for middle school engineering, law-public safety, agriculture, and English learner (EL) agriculture for a 30-day review by stakeholders. SECC also posted surveys for high school health education and science.

During the month of June, teams of educators in GaDOE will review and rate submissions to identify the top three submissions in each of the four groups of submitters. The three projects will then create displays to present their projects at the Georgia Association of College and Technical Educators for final selection of a winner from each category. Additionally, data will be collected and sent to GaDOE staff for use in presentations to the Georgia Board of Education for its approval.

The Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) director at the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) solicited additional program descriptions that demonstrate employability recommendations from programs across the state in collaboration with the Atlanta Area Contractors Association Employability Skills Award competition. The Southeast Comprehensive (SECC) team completed revisions of nine previously identified examples for final formatting. SECC provided responses from CTAE teachers to the CTAE director for analysis and use in developing a strategic plan to increase opportunities for students to master employability skills across the state. Additionally, SECC provided updated data for high school and middle school courses currently under review. The staff began preparation of Standards of Excellence for High School Science surveys to be posted in May. In May, SECC will serve as a thought partner to CTAE staff in analyzing data to inform development of a strategic plan to increase access of students to development of employability skills in Georgia. Also, SECC will begin posting of Standards of Excellence for High School Science surveys.

The Career, Technology, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) director at the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) solicited additional program descriptions that demonstrate employability skills recommendations from programs across the state in collaboration with the Atlanta Area Contractors Association Employability Skills Award competition. The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) staff completed revisions of nine previously identified examples for final formatting. SECC provided responses from administrators and teachers to the CTAE director for analysis and use in developing a strategic plan to increase opportunities for students to master employability skills across the state. The team also provided updated data for high school and middle school courses currently under review as well as began preparation of Standards of Excellence for High School Science surveys for posting in April. SECC staff will post surveys for standards and additional updates and summary data for high school and middle school courses.

Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) staff have finalized layout of employability skills model descriptions provided to Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) leadership at the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) for use at the state CTAE directors meeting. The SECC senior evaluator provided links for administrator surveys to the CTAE manager for distribution to state CTAE administrators and teachers. SECC staff will post surveys on revised courses for 12 CTAE middle grades courses and 1 high school course.

In March, SECC staff will solicit additional program descriptions that demonstrate employability recommendations from programs across the state. SECC staff will provide responses from administrators and teachers to the CTAE director for analysis and use in developing a strategic plan to increase opportunities for students to master employability skills across the state.

Despite late submission of content for the second example, SECC staff were able to incorporate content and produce a second example of employability skills delivery for use in the state conference presentation by GaDOE staff.

The nine surveys in Advanced Automotive Technology were closed and files of stakeholder review provided to Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) staff. The CTAE manager requested that the Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) evaluator facilitate the work of the CTAE staff developing a statewide strategic plan for implementing Georgia Employability Skills Task Force Recommendations. Initial staff questions were shared with the evaluator for review and feedback. It was agreed that there would be two types of administrator surveys and that they would be ready for distribution by the CTAE Winter Conference in early February.

During February, SECC will finalize the layout of the employability skills model descriptions provided to CTAE leader for use at state CTAE directors meeting. The SECC senior evaluator will provide links for administrator surveys to the CTAE manager for distribution to state CTAE administrators.

The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) is posting the survey for dual language immersion for stakeholder review and feedback. Additionally, nine surveys in Advanced Automotive Technology were posted for stakeholder review. SECC contacted individuals for additional information needed to complete consistent information across sample employability skills project descriptions. Content was sent to SECC staff for layout in final form consistent with “Georgia Employability Skills Task Force Recommendations,” completed previously in collaboration with College and Career Readiness and Success Center. The SECC evaluator contacted the Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) manager to determine what support is needed for development of a strategic plan for statewide implementation of the Georgia Employability Skills Task Force Recommendations. Ideas for a survey will be shared with the evaluator for review and feedback to the CTAE team responsible for developing the plan.

In January 2019, SECC will finalize layout of employability skills model descriptions with CTAE leader and staff approval for use in a state CTAE directors’ meeting. The SECC senior evaluator and SECC web development specialist will send data files on dual language immersion and updates from automotive technology to staff of curriculum and instruction for analysis and presentation to the Georgia Board of Education.

The director of Curriculum and Instruction at the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) requested posting surveys on dual language immersion in December. The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) evaluator is assisting in developing and posting the surveys. SECC staff held a planning meeting with the College, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) director and staff to determine goals and strategies to use in disseminating employability skills strategies in Georgia.

In December, SECC staff will be posting a survey for dual language immersion for stakeholder review and feedback. SECC staff also will contact individuals for additional information needed to complete consistent information across sample employability skills project description.

Staff from the Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) were introduced to the new director, Curriculum and Instruction, at the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE), who will forward future requests for posting curriculum surveys to the SECC Georgia state liaison. SECC and GaDOE staff set the first planning meeting to determine strategies for expanding employability skills access across Georgia. SECC sent the employability skills descriptions to the College, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) director and staff to review prior to final layout.

In November, SECC will hold a planning meeting with the CTAE director and staff to determine goals and strategies to use in disseminating employability skills strategies in Georgia.