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This week I would like you to use your imagination. You have just won the lottery and will leave your teaching post immediately to travel around the world. As you leave your keys you meet your replacement. You are asked to give this new teacher just ONE piece of advice. What would that be, and why? Enjoy your world expedition!

Blog Post - Week 7
This past week in my own teaching I felt a little disconnected which prompts my question to you, "What was the moment (or moments) when I felt most disconnected or disengaged as a teacher - the moment(s) I said to myself, I'm just going through the motions here?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 6
For the past couple of weeks you have experienced asynchronous online learning (doing modules by yourself). Previously this semester you have experienced synchronous online learning (all together in the Collaborate room). Which do you think is more effective and why do you think that? Which do you like better, and why?

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 5
This week we have what we call "open mic." You can write a post about anything related to your teaching that you would like responses from your classmates.

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 4
Here is this week's question: "What was the event that most took me surprise this week - and event that shook me up, caught me off guard, gave me a jolt, or made me unexpectedly happy?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 3
Please write a post about the following question, "In thinking about my past week teaching what is one thing I would do differently, and why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 2
Please write a post about the following question, " In thinking about my teaching activities this past week, of what do I feel most proud? Why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 1
Describe something you used in your program in the first weeks of school that you learned in the summer NTI program. How did it work? Did it get you off to a stronger start than last year?

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Publish or Perish

I view the Perkins Act as the foundation that helped to create CTAE as we know it. Being that Perkins created our jobs, programs, and a world of opportunity to students across the country, we owe it to keep the legacy alive and growing. The best way to ensure that funding keeps coming our way is to make sure that our work as CTAE teachers reaches those outside of the walls of our schools. If all we do is sit back and accept the money we are given, we are all easily forgotten. It's when our programs are able to branch out into the community and remind the general public, as well as our local/state/national legislators what we are doing and why we are important that our future is secured. Setting up career fairs, job placement programs, articulation agreements and other ways to place our students and their success, in the public spotlight reminds the public that, despite recent national trends and bad news, the future of the American workforce is bright and secure with their help in continuing to support Perkins. We are all familiar with the idea of "publish or perish" and the role it plays in education. Nothing could be more true when it comes to securing CTAE funds at any level. If you are working hard, and getting your hard work recognized, than you exist in a world where funding will find you. If your program is barricaded at the end of a cinder-blocked hallway, it becomes very hard to argue for more funding than you've had in the past. Get your students' work out there, and your future as well as the future of Perkins is more secure.


Thozi said...

I agree with the sentiment that we need to make our work better known by the public. I would also add that successes need to be documented and presented to lawmakers in a way that they can understand. For example, we should get to a point where we are able to make comparisons, dollar-for-dollar, in order to make our case.

Suzette said...

Thanks for posting your view on the allocation of Perkins funding. I agree with your view of providing a reminder to the public of the importance of CTAE education. The best measure of success is to produce a product, in this case the student, which gains the attention of the community as you have well defined. Articulation agreements are a vital component to the success of our students. As CTAE instructors we are responsible for identifying new pathways that will improve the sustainability of the future workforce. As CTAE instructors, we should also work with our administrators to place students into internships that extend the classroom learning environment. Internships and work related learning activities showcase the leadership and teamwork attributes instilled in the CTAE classroom. Internship and work related opportunities help to link the development of the student with the activities acquired in the classroom. Advisory members offer a great avenue to display the characteristics developed in the CTAE student. This allows advisory members to function as advocates at the local, state and national levels for the survival of the CTAE classroom. Once again thanks for bringing this point of view to the discussion.