July 3, 2014
On June 2, 2014, Secretary Duncan appointed me as acting assistant secretary of OCTAE. I am truly honored and enthusiastic about serving in this very important role, particularly after the very fine leadership and service of former Assistant Secretary Brenda Dann-Messier. I am so very appreciative that Secretary Duncan has confidence in my abilities to lead OCTAE and has given me the extraordinary opportunity to do so.
My commitment to OCTAE’s existing goals and key strategies that support the president’s opportunity agenda and the secretary’s priorities, established during Brenda’s tenure, remains strong. I want to continue this clear course, helping to make sure that (1) all youths and adult students are ready for, have access to, and complete college and career pathways; (2) all youths and adult students have effective teachers and leaders; and (3) all youths and adult students have equitable access to high quality learning opportunities on demand. To achieve these distinct goals, I look forward to making sure that we continue working to (1) transform career and technical education and adult education; (2) enhance technology for learning; (3) expand public and private partnerships; and (4) strengthen accountability and our organizational culture.
Please feel free to e-mail me or speak with me directly when you have a concern or a great idea, see an awesome opportunity, or when you are not clear on what our office is trying to achieve. Your thoughts are important to us and they are critical to the work we do.
I look forward to working with you in my new role to significantly “move the needle” on the issues of access, quality, and effectiveness of services for the youths and adults who are at the center of our work.
The National Science Foundation announced a webinar on the new solicitation for its Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers (ADVANCE) program. According to the ADVANCE website, the main objectives of the program are “(1) to develop systemic approaches to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic STEM careers; (2) to develop innovative and sustainable ways to promote gender equity in the STEM academic workforce; and (3) to contribute to the development of a more diverse science and engineering workforce.” Organizations such as community colleges and primarily undergraduate and minority-serving institutions are encouraged to apply to the program.
The solicitation webinar is scheduled for July 8, 2014, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. It will describe the differences between the old and new solicitation, including the addition of a new track called Partnerships for Learning and Adaptation Networks (PLAN). Please visit the website to register online..