Career & Technical Education and STEM Initiatives
Delaware is at the forefront of educational reform in the United States and uniquely positioned to be a model for the nation. The Delaware Department of Education is committed to serving every student and ensuring that all children are career and college ready. This expectation has shaped extensive school reform, including the alignment of academic and technical instruction within a comprehensive model of Career and Technical Education (CTE) that reflects the needs of our economy and creates a systemic process for career preparation.
This multi‐year professional development and technical assistance program model will bring diverse district‐based teams together to research, analyze, and determine participation and performance gap root causes for students with disabilities in career pathways. Partners include: the Delaware Departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Social Services; the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE); the National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT); and Tilson and Diaz Solutions, Inc.; as well as school system staff, parents, students, and employers. Access the full project proposal and presentation overview here: PIPEline to Career Success for Students with Disabilities Proposal / PIPEline to Career Success for Students with Disabilities Presentation.
Applications for state-model and local CTE programs of study are due by November 30, 2018 for implementation in the 2019-20 school year and the estimated notification of approval is January, 2019.
The DDOE has developed a series of state-model CTE programs of study that are available for LEA consideration and adoption. Each state-model CTE program of study is mapped to a demand driven occupation, opportunities for students to earn college credit and an industry recognized credential, support for school administrators and counselors, and course specific professional learning opportunities for teachers.
The Innovation Grant provides targeted funding for LEAs to adopt or enhance state-model CTE programs of study and provide academic and/or career support services to CTE students. Grant proposals are due on October 12, 2018 by 4:00 pm and estimated notification of award is November, 2018.
The DDOE has developed policies and procedures to more clearly define fiscal and accountability routines related to Career & Technical Education (CTE). This work provides greater clarity for LEAs to develop, implement and improve CTE programs of study.