CTE News in WA State | April 2018

Career and Technical Education: Learning that works for Washington

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CTE Committees and Feedback

The CTE office is extending an opportunity to be involved with various committees to provide feedback. If you are interested in being involved with the committee work, please click here

Program Re-Approval Webinar Video Available

A YouTube video, explaining the new Program Re-Approval process, is now available here. Materials, including the video, can be found under the "What's New" section of the CTE webpage here

Fellows’ Applications for 2018-19 are Now Open

The Washington State Fellows’ Network is a group of instructional leaders who meet 4 times a year to participate in professional learning and engage in leadership opportunities to support district, school, or organizational implementation and professional learning of the Washington State Learning Standards or Washington State Early Learning Initiatives/outcome goals. Classroom teachers, SPED, ELL and CTE teachers, teacher leaders, providers, and instructional coaches are encouraged to apply.

Apply Now

New Fellows and Returning Fellows will need to complete the application. Application materials are due on May 25, 2018.

More information about the Fellows’ program

Student Art at Confluence Gallery “Hidden” Show

Five Okanogan students were accepted into the juried art show titled “Hidden” at the Confluence Gallery, Twisp WA. Their work was selected along with other professional artists.

The show opened on Saturday, April 21, 2018. The Okanogan students are:

Anahi Castillo who showed a marker and ink drawing titled “Mother Moth”, and an acrylic painting titled “What?”. Edwin Tixta has an acrylic painting titled “Strawberry Chocolate Heart”. Kyndaee Gavin has a mixed media piece titled “What Mice Do Behind The Walls”. Bailey Cline has a watercolor and ink painting of “Atlantis”. Charley Bates has a mixed media piece titled “Creeper Critter”. All works are for sale. For information about the Confluence, please click here 

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Tacoma CTE April Update

Tacoma CTE Computer Science Education Students 

Foss High School, SAMI, and Oakland High School Computer Science Education teachers (Paula Yost, Troy Hashagen, Bill Sibbers) recently partnered with the University of Washington – Tacoma on the EMAR-Project. Students from the three campuses brought robot prototypes to the Human Centered Design project hosted at the University of Washington – Seattle.

Doug Meyer CTE

ACTE Region V Conference Awards Recognition

The Association of Career and Technical Educators (ACTE) Region V held its annual conference on April 11-14, 2018, at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs, CO. Three career and technical education professionals were inducted into the Region V Hall of Fame on Thursday. This award recognizes the contributions and distinguished accomplishments of those person who have been identified with the work and purposes of Region V. Those honored include Washington State CTE Interim Skilled and Technical Sciences Director Doug Meyer. Doug is a past President of ACTE. In addition to serving a two-year term as the WA-ACTE President, he served on the Legislative, Resolutions, and CTE Support Fund and Policy Committees for Region V. Congratulations Doug!

Lake Stevens Senior Created an Award-Winning Seatbelt Safety Video

Grace Fortney, and 18 year old Lake Stevens High School senior, created a public service announcement about seat belt safety that was named the best video in a national contest. Grace is a state officer for Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. Read more about Grace, and her video, here

WBEA 2018

Washington Educators Stand Out

Two Washington Educators received recognition at the Western Business Education Association (WBEA) conference. Adam Smith was named Outstanding Educator of the year, and Terri King was named Outstanding CTSO Advisor of the year. Congrats!

Learning and Teaching Update

To read more about Learning and Teaching and to read monthly Learning and Teaching updates, visit their newsletter webpage.

Upcoming Learning Opportunities

April 2018                                                                                                                  

Education Apprenticeships Para-Educator Event | April 26, 2018 | Vancouver, WA | More Information

Fashion Industry Conference | April 28, 2018 | More Information

May 2018

Beyond Estate Planning Webinar | May 3, 2018 | More Information

Rural Pathways to Prosperity Conference | May 9, 2018 | More Information

July 2018

Professional Development Program in Food Science | July 15-21, 2018 | Washington DC | Applications due on, or before, April 17, 2018 | Application

CTE Program Area Updates

Agriculture Education Sciences

Questions regarding Agriculture Education? Contact Denny Wallace, Agriculture Sciences Education Program Supervisor, via email or call 360-725-6241.


Questions regarding Advanced Placement? Contact Barbara Dittrich, Advanced Placement Program Supervisor, via email or call 360-725-6097.

Business and Marketing

Business Teachers, you Can Get Scholarships Too!

Are you a business teacher who is:

  • taking classes to pursue an advanced degree? or
  • taking classes to gain a certification? or
  • working on your National Boards?

WSBEA has a scholarship for you!  The Dr. F. Ross Byrd Scholarship provides $1000 (plus a little extra due to the extra donated in his honor) for teachers taking classes for any of the above reasons.  Due Date is May 1. Application form is on the WSBEA website.  Any questions, please email Jackie Floetke, WSBEA Scholarship Chair atjfloetke@wilsoncreek.org. Click here for more scholarship opportunities. 

Attend a free Microsoft MakeCode Webinar
Date: May 2, 2018 Time: 1-2pm PST
Come learn about Microsoft MakeCode, a learn-to-code platform that provides a beginning programming environment with block-based and JavaScript editors, and supports a variety of products including Minecraft, micro:bit, and other physical computing devices. 
In this one hour webinar we’ll give you:
• An Introduction to the MakeCode platform, and existing available teaching resources
• An overview of the new course, “Intro to CS with MakeCode Arcade”
• An early preview of the new MakeCode Arcade product

We look forward to seeing you there! Webinar Info:
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Microsoft Industry Certification

Are you a pro at Microsoft industry certification, a novice, or didn’t know it was available for through OSPI free to students and staff in all middle and high school buildings across Washington? Not only the certification exam, but curriculum, software and support are free! Also now it is so much more than just Office Productivity, there are Microsoft Technical Associate exams and curriculum for Computer Science and Data Science! If you are interested in learning more stay tuned next month for links and information regarding our webinar series that will start in May. This series will allow you to learn new things as well as ask questions and network with other educators across the state. If you want information right now, please email Kathy at CCI Learning, or call 877.764.8165 to get started today! Schmit 

Get your Students Job Ready for Summer 

Did you know that your students have access to Microsoft MTA and MOS certifications which can get them job ready for summer 2018? Are you getting the most out of this FREE resource?

Washington State’s Sumner School District uses MTA exams in its hiring processes for paid summer student IT jobs. Robert Mann, Information Technology teacher for Sumner School District, has integrated Microsoft MTA exams into his intake requirements for students to be recommended to his school’s IT department for paid summer jobs such as UPS replacement, laptop deployments, and asset inventory under the direct supervision of district employees.

Need TPEP Evidence? Use Certiport Exam Reporting! 

Use the Certiport Exam to gather your Criterion 3 and 6 evidences! Teach students how to compare and contrast Appendix A of either the CCI or MOAC curricula to the Score Report at the end of the exam. Students learn how to take ownership of their own learning and implement reflective learning practices for what to study next. Give the exam at the beginning of learning as a benchmark exam and then at other points in instruction to gain valuable reporting for sub demographic tracking when you drop the report into Excel! Also eases the nerves! The exams are yours to use and they are legislatively funded!

Premiere Educators Conference for Professional Development

Looking for that last conference to go to? Look no further, CertifiED 2018 is still taking registrations. The premier educators conference for Future Ready Skills and industry certification! Check it out!

Get involved on the Business Leadership Council

Interested in getting involved in the Washington DECA Business Leadership Council? Email  

A New Year, New MOS Competition!

Now’s the time to certify and prepare to compete in the 2018 MOS US National Championship Spring Qualifier! 

Students across WA are already using MOS certification to qualify for the MOS US National Championship. In order to be named a 2018 MOS WA Spring Qualifier Champion, students must earn the highest score in WA on one of the following exams by June 15th:

  • Microsoft Office Specialist Word 2013
  • Microsoft Office Specialist Excel 2013
  • Microsoft Office Specialist PowerPoint 2013
  • Microsoft Office Specialist Word 2016
  • Microsoft Office Specialist Excel 2016
  • Microsoft Office Specialist PowerPoint 2016

But competing in the MOS US National Championship isn’t just about earning high scores. It’s about giving your students the gifts they need to succeed.

Learn more at www.moschampionship.com or contact waschools@ccilearning.com for assistance. 

Questions regarding Business and Marketing, Microsoft Imagine Academy, Work-Based Learning, DECA and FBLA? Contact Lance Wrzesinski, Business and Marketing Program Supervisor, via email or call 360-725-6258.

CTE Certification

Questions regarding CTE Certification? Contact Kelli Bennett, CTE Certification Specialist, via email or call 360-725-6400.

Graduation, Reality, and Dual-role Skills (GRADS)

Questions regarding the GRADS Program? Contact Denise Mileson, GRADS Program Specialist, via email or call 360-725-0417.

Grants and Special Programs

Questions regarding Perkins, grants and special programs? Contact Debra Durupt, Grants and Innovative Programs Program Supervisor, via email or call 360-725-6253.

Family and Consumer Science Education

Fashion Industry Conference

The future of the fashion industry depends on encouraging, and exciting, high school students, to pursue fashion as a career. The seventh annual Fashion Industry Conference, sponsored by the partnership between the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, Fashion Group International, and Washington State high schools and colleges, will be held Saturday, April 28th. The conference will feature 12,  hands-on, student workshops, a university student fashion show, lunch, door prizes, swag bags, and keynote speaker.

This conference iwill be held at the Art Institute of Seattle, in cooperation with Central Washington University, FIDM, Washington State University, Seattle Central College, WA-FCCLA and the Greater Seattle Chapter of the American Sewing Guild. Please click here for registration information. 

FASCE Area 4 Teachers Meeting:  Foundations for the Future

Annual Area 4 Family and Consumer Science Spring Meeting hosted by the Renton School District at Renton High School. 

As our students are evolving, meeting the needs of the everchanging school climate becomes increasingly important.  As we provide scaffolds for our students to prepare them for the future, it is important to provide them with the tools that will make them successful.  Stem clock hours will be available for this event. Please click here for more information and registration. 

FASCE Annual Awards

It is time to consider nominating a fellow FACSE member for our annual awards. There are 6 awards to consider:

  • FACSE Teacher of the Year
  • GRADS Teacher of the Year
  • Nancy Johnson Outstanding New Professional Teacher of the Year
  • Outstanding Family Career and Community Leaders of America Advisor Award
  • Outstanding Legislator to Family & Consumer Sciences Education
  • Outstanding Service to Family & Consumer Sciences Education

For information on each of these awards please click here. Nominations are due no later than June 1st. Please email Becky Lovern or Karri Singsaas for more information.

The Art Institute of Seattle 2018 Fashion Show 

Re-Dress is the 20th annual fashion show produced by students of The Art Institute of Seattle. Featuring the work of fashion design students, Re-Dress will showcase the most prevalent trends of 2018; #courage #equality #balance. Our goal is to empower women to continue to push political, cultural, and social issues with equality, strength, and the courage to be themselves.  Every aspect of the production—from lighting and set design to marketing and promotion, guest services, public relations and the runway collections—have been created from concept to execution by students of the college. Please click here for more information. Please note, and teachers and their students can attend the early showing for free. Please contact Jessica Feller, Ai HS Representative, with any questions. Ph: 206-239-2215 Email

Inspire Design Careers With A Free Student/School Membership

National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) has promoted education in design and related fields for years and has helped colleges and universities prepare thousands of students for lucrative careers in the $134 billion kitchen and bath design and remodeling industry. The NKBA Affiliated Schools Program puts your institution on the fast track to providing your students with a roadmap to abundant jobs in a rewarding career — undoubtedly a key objective of education. Best of all, membership is free to schools, educators and students. Join NKBA today take advantage of all the benefits, including:

  • Access to discussion forums with other educators and industry professionals;
  • Lesson plan repositories, best-practice guides, curriculum and other resources;
  • Networking opportunities with other schools and NKBA’s 70 professional chapters;
  • Access to online internship and mentorship matching centers;
  • Professional knowledge webinars and online programs;

…and much more.

Free Nutrition Education Resources

Every teacher in Washington State can receive $25 of free nutrition education resources from EatSmart.org! Use your Council Cash and get great materials for your class! Learn how by clicking hereDo your students have questions about sugar sweetened beverages? Are you looking for ways to explain the new nutrition labels? Help your students “Think Your Drink” with Beverage Cards, Posters, Worksheets and Lesson Plans here

Engaging Your Infants and Toddlers Through Cognitive Science and the CDA

Engage and apply cognitive practices in your early childhood setting today with this article which include helpful tips and advice from experts: Cognitive Learning Begins at Birth: Take Part in Infants and Toddlers’ Brain Development

The infant/toddler credential allows opportunity for advancing your professional development opportunities, learning about the latest scientific findings in cognitive/brain development, and working with developmentally appropriate practices with infants, toddlers, and their families through training, learning materials (e.g. Essentials and the CDA Competency Standards), and experience. Share the articles with the families you work with – start a conversation!


Are you a new adviser, here, in Washington FCCLA, and feel overwhelmed at times? Have no fear, everyone has been there before, and our goal is to relieve you of that stress. Sign-up at the here for the FCCLA Adviser Mentorship Program. 

Relationships are Key to Brain Development Success

As a CDA, PDS, early educator or parent, you know how important every moment of a young child’s life is when it comes to acquiring new learning experiences. This applies to the infant and toddler years, when daily connections have the ability to influence and help create brain development with every word, emotion, and interaction. Here’s how to harness this magnificent world of opportunity for children! Ari Wubbold, early education expert for Brain Building Oregon, shares easy ways and useful resources to integrate introductory brain development knowledge while interacting with young children: Practical Ways Parents and Educators Can Encourage Brain Development in Young ChildrenPrint or share this article with friends and family who can benefit from these tips – it’s easy! 

Questions regarding Family and Consumer Sciences? Contact Mary Nagel, Family and Consumer Sciences Program Supervisor, via email or call 360-725-6242.

Health Sciences Education

Questions regarding Health Sciences Education? Contact Marianna Goheen, Health Sciences Education Program Supervisor, via email or call 360-725-6257.

Methods of Administration Civil Rights Onsite Reviews

Questions regarding Methods of Administration Civil Rights Onsite Reviews? Contact Deifi Stolz, Methods of Administration Program Supervisor, via email or call 360-725-6254.

Skilled and Technical Sciences

Material Science in Core Plus Summer Camp : July 30-August 3, 2018 Olympia High School

Join the legendary duo of Andy Nydam, and Brian Wright, in scenic Olympia, WA, for a week-long material science adventure. This hands on summer camp will provide instructors with in-depth training, and instruction, in the Core Plus Material Science curriculum. There will also be opportunities to discuss best practices, and gain access to supplemental materials. This camp is designed for instructors who have adopted the Core Plus curriculum in their programs. Any instructors, interested in incorporating industrial material science into their manufacturing/engineering courses, are also welcome, and encouraged, to attend. The cost is $625. 

Please contact Sarah Patterson, Skilled and Technical Sciences Program Supervisor, with any questions, and to secure your spot at this training.  Ph: (360) 725-6244 Email

Questions regarding Skilled and Technical Sciences? Contact Sarah Patterson, Skilled and Technical Sciences Program Supervisor, via email or call 360-725-6244.


WAMC Summer Conference

Washington Applied Math Council has opened their summer conference to include elementary and middle school teachers. With 40 STEM Clock Hours, this engaging professional development opportunity provides applicable methods of using mathematics in multiple content areas. Elementary teachers will work with elementary mathematics specialists, to develop accessible means to utilize mathematics in every day ways in the classroom. This is open to all teachers, not just CTE! For more information, please visit: http://wa-appliedmath.org/ or contact Ron Noble: Rnoble@wa-appliedmath.org

Questions regarding Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)? Contact Dan Tedor, STEM Program Supervisor, via email or call 360-725-4467.

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