Send questions, suggestions, or comments to Sandra Johnson, CTE News Editor, at CTE@doe.virginia.gov.
Bedford Science and Technology Center Teachers for Tomorrow Program
Congratulations to the FEA chapter’s student team, Carrie McCane, Haley Wissinger, Karly VanHorn, and Sarah McCreery,
who were recognized as first runner-up in the Energy Project at the 2012 FEA National Conference. Their portfolio project
was evaluated on collaborative efforts as a team, networking within the community, written reflection, lesson planning,
public speaking, and the portfolio presentation. The school received a $350 mini grant from the National Foundation for
Energy Education and an additional $250 for first runner up. This was the Teachers for Tomorrow Program’s first year
competing as an FEA chapter.
2012 Real World Design Challenge – State Winners
The Real World Design Challenge is an annual high school competition sponsored by a public-private partnership. The
partners are focused on working within the context of the American educational system to transform Science, Technology,
Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education by providing professional science and engineering and learning resources
to students and teachers.
The 2012 challenge was to design an efficient, low-carbon-emission and environmentally friendly personal light sport
aircraft. The aircraft would accommodate two adults and fly 200 miles in less than two hours at a cruise altitude of 1000
feet above ground level (AGL) minimum. For the State Challenge, teams performed aerodynamic, propulsion, sizing, and
weight estimation analyses to optimize wing geometry and minimize fuel consumption. Teams also wrote an essay on what
they would see and do given the opportunity to fly their design across the country.
For the second year, the first place team is GMUGS Innovation, from the Governor's School @ Innovation Park in Manassas,
coached by Karen Wolfson, physics teacher. The second place team is New Royalty from the Blue Ridge Technical Center in
Warren County, coached by Tom Breed, computer systems teacher. The third place team is the Warwick Raiders from
Warwick High School in Newport News, coached by Karen Bazemore, technology education teacher. Congratulations to all
Virginia Teachers for Tomorrow - Virginia Curriculum
The new Virginia Curriculum for Virginia Teachers for Tomorrow Program (VTfT), including student competencies, course
frameworks, and resources will be available for implementation in Virginia’s Educational System Online (VERSO), beginning
The Virginia VTfT curriculum training will be held at the 2012 summer professional development institutes for VATFACS,
VAME, and VBEA. Current and prospective teachers may register to attend a training session. The registration information
and application will be announced later in February in a Superintendent’s Memo.
If you have questions, please contact Helen Fuqua, specialist, family and consumer sciences education and related clusters,
at Helen.Fuqua@doe.virginaia.gov or by telephone at 804-225-2826.
The Creating Excellence Awards recognize exemplary practices that are demonstrated in CTE programs, exemplary advisory
committees, and business and industry partnerships. The selection process begins at the local level with the submission of
the application. The CTE administrator must submit division winners to the VDOE by March 30, 2012. VDOE will recognize
regional and state winners on June 14, 2012, during the awards luncheon at the Doubletree Airport Hotel, in Richmond. For
more information and the application, refer to Superintendent’s Memo # 020-12, issued on January 20, 2012.
If you have questions, please contact Helen Fuqua, Awards Coordinator, at email@example.com or by telephone at 804-
Governor’s Challenge in Economics and Personal Finance
The first annual Governor’s Challenge in Economics and Personal Finance is an online and live competition open to teams of
high school students across the Commonwealth. There is no charge to compete.
Participating schools can enter teams in three divisions:
• Personal Finance
for students enrolled in a course that includes some personal finance content
• Economics—David Ricardo Division
for students enrolled in a one-semester general economics course or a course that includes some economics-related
• Economics—Adam Smith Division
for students enrolled in an IB, AP, honors, college-level or two-semester economics course
NOTE: Any student team sponsored and registered by a school-sanctioned teacher may participate in up to two divisions.
Online Challenge: March 7 — April 4
Division teams of up to four students compete within their state region—teams participate in one of eight state
regions. Each team member is given a 30-question online exam at their school. Division teams earning the highest
combined score in their region will receive an award and advance to the live competition.
Live Challenge: April 20
Twelve teams from each division, including all regional winners, will be invited to compete in Richmond.
For more information, please visit www.vcee.org.
Award of Recognition Opportunity for Greater Richmond Area
Since 2007, the Educator Award recognizes an exceptional teacher, school program or accomplishment within a local
educational organization. Appropriate nominees will be within the science, technology, engineering and mathematics
curriculums, programs or events. Click here to view the nomination form. The finalists will receive substantial exposure at
RichTech’s Seventeenth Annual Awards Gala on May 9, 2012, and also at a Meet the Finalists Reception at the Federal
Reserve Bank on April 18, 2012. As a finalist, in addition to being listed in the Gala’s program, their achievements will be
highlighted for the entire audience of over 500 attendees.
The mission of RichTech is to foster appropriate and innovative use of technology throughout the Greater Richmond
Community and to provide value added education and services to all its members.
Announcing the National Career Clusters™ Institute
Where: Washington, DC at the Omni Shoreham Hotel
When: June 18-20, 2012
General Institute Information
Setting a New Standard is the theme of this exciting event, which brings together educators from middle school,
secondary, and postsecondary levels, school counseling, state education leadership, along with workforce development,
business and industry experts, and economic development representatives to gain insight, hear strategies, and plan efforts
for coordinating the implementation of aligned educational delivery in communities and states.
Highlights for the 2012 National Career Clusters™ Institute include the latest release of the validated Career Clusters™
knowledge and skills statements, green/sustainability knowledge and skills, updated Career Clusters™ crosswalks, and
insight into the Common Career Technical Core.
Take advantage of the rare opportunity to attend national-level sessions with superb speakers, right here in our nation's
The NASDCTEc Spring Meeting is running concurrently with the National Career Clusters™ Institute for 2012; learn more.
Rehema Ellis will be the Keynote speaker at the Closing General Session. Ms. Ellis is the Chief Education Correspondent of
NBC News. She is brought to us by NBC Learn. MORE INFORMATION
Early Bird Registration is Now Open
Use the following table to select the registration category you want - individual registration or team registration (team = 5
or more individuals)
Registration Category Date Range Rate
CLICK HERE FOR INDIVIDUAL Early Bird Registration January 23, 2012 – May 11, 2012 $525
CLICK HERE FOR TEAM Early Bird Registration (Team is 5 or more) January 23, 2012 – May 11, 2012 $500
Register now to get the best rate.Early Bird ends May 11; the rate increases May 12. Questions? Please call 301-588-9630.
We hope to see you in Washington, DC!
Principles of Technology Class
Training for teachers of Principles of Technology will be held at Granby High School in Norfolk, July 16 -19, 2012. It may be
taken for college credit, or non-college credit. For information on registration and college credit information, contact John
Carver, instructor, at JCARVER@rappahannock.edu.
A refresher course for electronics will be held at Granby High School in Norfolk, July 23-26, 2012. This course is open to
technology education teachers. Instructors will be John Carver and Roger Lagesse. For more information contact Roger
Lagesse at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Career and Technical Education (CTE) New Teacher Institute is scheduled for the week of July 16-20,
2012. The application and location for the institute will be announced in an upcoming Superintendent’s Memo.
The New Teacher Institute is designed to satisfy the Methods of Teaching or Curriculum and Instruction requirement for
teacher licensure. The Institute will be conducted by the University of Virginia and upon completion of the course,
participants will be awarded three semester hours of graduate credit.
Children’s Engineering Convention
Nominations for the 2013 Mary V. Bicouvaris Virginia Teacher of the Year Program
Elimination of the Career and Technical Education Annual Wage and Hour Report (AWHR)
2011-2012 Spring Student Record Collection and Miscellaneous Statistics — DUE: APRIL 20, 2012
Revised Local Allocation for the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV) for July 1, 2011
through June 30, 2012
2011-2012 School Year Data Collection for Student Industry Credentialing, Occupational Competency Assessments and
Related External Examinations for Career and Technical Education
High School Economics and Personal Finance Course
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA 510) Construction Standards and (OSHA 500) Construction Train-the-
CTE DIRECTOR MEMOS
016-12 Projected 017-12 Revised Local 018-12 Economics
Perkins Allocation .pdf
Changes to the Automotive Servicing Program (8710, 8711, 8712).pdf and Personal Finance Sequential Elective Status.pdf
Microsoft IT Academy Program Benefit Activation
As the Phase 1 Pilot sites continue to utilize the program benefits, we are now encouraging all of the Phase 2 Pilot sites and
all remaining schools (Phase 3) to begin accessing all of the IT Academy benefits available. We encourage all Virginia high
schools and regional technical centers, to take full advantage of the program benefits available to you. When you are ready
to get started, here is a list of steps:
1. Join the Virginia Partners in Learning Share Site
2. Use your IT Academy Member ID number and sign into the IT Academy Member Site. If you are unsure of
your IT Academy membership number which you and your staff will need in order to start accessing these
great benefits, please contact Monica Broerman at email@example.com.
3. Work with your IT Director to prepare your computer labs, including upgrading the computer labs to
Office 2010. See the IT Readiness Checklist for more information.
4. Attend a Virtual Training Session, in particular the Getting Started with the Microsoft IT Academy
Program: Virginia High Schools and the Microsoft IT Academy: IT Readiness sessions. Click Here to jump
to the Training Section
The IT Academy program offers many unique education benefits to fully prepare students for today’s workforce and post-
high school education as well as to validate their learning through internationally recognized IT industry certifications. And
as a reminder, the IT Academy is being made available statewide at no direct cost to school divisions. As a part of the pilot
program, Microsoft will provide benefits as outlined in the Benefit Overview document.
As always, your support of the IT Academy Program is appreciated! Please contact Monica Broerman and Liz Butowicz at
firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or if you need additional information.
Microsoft IT Academy March Virtual Training Schedule
Getting Started with the Microsoft IT Academy Program: Virginia High Schools: Join this session to learn about the
Microsoft IT Academy and the many tools and benefits now available to you! During this Live Meeting webinar, we will give
you a high-level overview of the program, and demonstrate how to access them with a tour of the IT benefits Academy
websites, and a brief demonstration on how to set up an e-Learning course. Click here to register. Please see Steps to Take
before joining the session on March 14, 2012.
Microsoft IT Academy: IT Readiness: Join us for this hour long session to discuss the requirements necessary to run the
software and E-Learning courses associated with IT Academy (ITA) program and we discussed the following items in more
detail: Downloading and setting up the lab licenses in the classroom; Identifying, communicating, and mitigating any known
firewalls that prevent access to the ITA E-Learning courses; Unblocking key URL’s necessary to successfully run the IT
Academy E-Learning courses; Identifying the Live ID identity creation process. Click here to register. Please see Steps to
Take before joining one of these sessions. Dates: 3/13 and 3/15
Steps to Take before joining a Virtual Training Session: Prior to attending one of these training sessions, we ask that you
take a moment to prepare for the training by completing the following four steps:
1. Create a Windows Live ID:
Before your scheduled training session, please create your Windows Live ID account if you have not already done
so. If you have a Hotmail, MSN, Live or X-Box account, this is your Live ID. Otherwise, you can use your school or
any email. Follow these steps to create your Live ID:
o Go to www.windowslive.com and click “Sign up”
o Complete the fields to create your Live ID
o Scroll to bottom of page and click “I Accept”
o Go back to your email account and verify your email
Note: You will not be able to move forward into the ITA websites until you have verified your email. If you do not receive a
verification email, your IT Director will need to unblock windowslivemail.com from your firewalls.
2. Become a member of the Virginia Partners in Learning Share Site:
Once you have created your Windows Live ID account, please join the Virginia Partners in Learning Share Site
(VPLSS). A community site filled with IT Academy Program resources, such as how to documents, valuable links
and events dates. Follow these steps to the Virginia Partners in Learning Share Site:
o Using your Windows Live ID, go to Share Site:
o You will be asked to complete the Basic Profile Information
o Click Request to Join the Virginia Partners in Learning Share Site
o A new page with an e-mail message will appear, scroll to bottom and click Send
o Allow 24 hours for request to be accepted
3. Obtain your Microsoft IT Academy Membership Number:
Please ask your Principal for your Microsoft IT Academy membership number. Once you have this number and
you’re Windows Live ID, take a moment to experience the Microsoft IT Academy member website
4. Participants must have working computer audio microphone or headset
In order to participate in the virtual trainings, you must have a working computer microphone or headset.
Telephone conferencing will NOT be available through these training sessions. For your convenience, the training
sessions will be recorded and made available on the Virginia Partners in Learning Share Site.
We encourage all members to participate in virtual trainings in order to experience the most from the IT Academy program
and all the benefits.
Where are instructional resources to help teachers implement the 21 Workplace Readiness Skills (WRS) in their
coursework and to prepare students for the Workplace Readiness Skills for the Commonwealth assessment?
To obtain information regarding the assessment, including a blueprint and sample questions, go to
For instructional resources, go to the CTE Resource Center’s VERSO Web site,
http://cteresource.org/verso2/search and explore the depths of the framework sections.
Related WRS: Instructional Resources for Workplace Readiness Skills
WRS: Instructional Resources for Workplace Readiness Skills Correlation by Task
Related WRS: Microsoft IT Academy Resources
WRS: Microsoft IT Academy Resources Correlation by Task
Note: Workplace readiness skills should not be taught as isolated instructional units. The best way to teach many
of those competencies is to integrate project-based learning activities within other course instruction that allow
the concept to be better understood. For example, if you click on Task #10, “demonstrate critical-thinking and
problem-solving skills” (one of the WRS competencies), you’ll see the definition, process/skill questions, and
instructional resources for that competency, as well as other correlations in the framework sections.
Event Date Location
Governor’s Challenge in Economics and Personal Finance Online March 7 – For more information visit
Challenge April 4 http://www.vcee.org/feature/view/1
Governor’s Challenge in Economics and Personal Finance Live April 20 Richmond
Vision to Practice Conference July 10-12 Williamsburg Marriott
National Career Pathways Network (NCPN) 2012 Conference October 17- Richmond Convention Center
For details refer to: www.ncpn.info 19
NOTE: Federal Perkins budget OMEGA transfer and reimbursement requests are due monthly.
2012 Due Dates for Career and Technical Education
Due Date Item Brief Description
March 30, 2012 2011-2012 Career and Technical Local school division winners submitted to VDOE by CTE
Education Creating Excellence administrators for regional and state competition. For more details,
Awards refer to Superintendent’s Memorandum # 020-12, dated January
April 20, 2012 Secondary Enrollment Report enrollment counts that are recorded on March 30, 2012, for
Demographic Form (SEDF) Spring all approved 6-, 9-, 12-, and 18-week second semester classes.
Submission Method: SSWS online data entry
April 20, 2012 Secondary Student Career Report unduplicated enrollment counts that are recorded on March
Clusters Enrollment Report 30, 2012, for students participating in CTE classes in grades 9-12
(SSCCER)II and students in grades 7-8 who are earning high school credit.
Submission Method: Within SSWS, upload the data text file
through the Spring Student Record Collection to VDOE.
April 25, 2012 Completed Virginia Career School divisions chosen during the application process will submit
Cluster Videos for those selected their completed best practices video for Virginia’s 16 Career
are due to VDOE Clusters to VDOE. Refer to Superintendent’s Memo #330-11,
December 16, 2011.
April 30, 2012 CTE Local Plan and Budget To obligate Perkins funds on July 1, 2012, school divisions must
Application for Federal Perkins submit the 2012-2013 CTE Local Plan and Budget Application in
Funding** “substantially approvable form” by the due date.
Submission Method: Complete the application in an Excel
template, within SSWS, upload the completed template in the
Online Management of Education Grant Awards (OMEGA) system.
May 15, 2012 CTE Federal Program Monitoring The Federal Program Monitoring Review System requires the pre-
Self-Assessment identified school divisions to review their CTE program once every
six years. For details, refer to Superintendent’s Memorandum
#259-11, dated September 16, 2011.
Key: SSWS – Single Sign-on for Web Systems **Detailed information for reports available at:
CTSO State Conference Date (2012) Location
DECA State Leadership Conference March 9-11 Norfolk
HOSA State Leadership Conference March 16-18 Marriott, Williamsburg
FBLA State Leadership Conference April 13-15 Reston
SkillsUSA Virginia State Leadership Conference April 21-22 Hampton
FCCLA Leadership and Recognition Conference April 26-29 Virginia Beach
FEA State Conference April 27-28 Virginia Beach
Download the 2012 FEA Guidelines for Competitive Events at
TSA State Leadership Conference, Technosphere ’12 – For more May 4-6 Richmond Convention Center
information, contact email@example.com
FFA Convention June 18-21 Blacksburg
CTSO National Conference Date (2012) Location
DECA International Career Development Conference April 28-May 1 Salt Lake City, Utah
NSLC & SkillsUSA Championship June 23-27 Kansas City, Missouri
National TSA Conference June 21-25 Nashville, Tennessee
Disney Coronado Springs Resort
National HOSA Conference June 20-23 Orlando, Florida
National FBLA Leadership Conference June 29-July 2 San Antonio, Texas
National FCCLA Leadership Meeting July 8-12 Orlando, Florida
National FFA Convention October 24-27 Indianapolis, Indiana
Professional Association Summer Conference Date (2012) Location
VTEEA – VA Technology and Engineering Education Association August 1-3 Frederick County
VAAE -VA Association of Agriculture Educators July 16-19 Hilton Garden Inn, Suffolk
Virginia Beach Resort Hotel &
VAHAMSEA - VA Health & Medical Sciences Educators Association July 24-25 Conference Center
VATIE - VA Association of Trade and Industrial Educators July 28-August 3 Norfolk
VATFACS - VA Assoc. of Teachers of Family & Consumer Services
Register at: http://www.cpe.vt.edu/vatfacs/ July 29-August 1 Boar’s Head Inn, Charlottesville
VBEA - VA Business Education Association July 30-August 3 Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke
VAME - VA Association of Marketing Educators August 1-3 Sheraton Oceanfront, VA Beach
National Conferences Date (2012) Location
National Business Education Association Convention April 3-7 Boston, Massachusetts
MBA Conclave June 23-27 Denver/Boulder, Colorado
SREB High Schools That Work Summer Conference July 11-14 New Orleans, Louisiana
Workshop/Conference Date (2012) Location
Creating Excellence Awards Luncheon June 14 Doubletree Richmond Airport
Cooperative Education Workshop July 10-11 CTE Resource Center, Henrico
CTE New Teacher Institute July 16-20 TBA
VACTEA Pre-Conference – New October 2 Sheraton Roanoke Hotel and
VACTEA Conference October 3-5 Sheraton Roanoke Hotel and
OFFICE OF CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION SERVICES
E-mail: CTE@doe.virginia.gov FAX: 804-530-4560 Telephone: 804-225-2051
CTE State Staff E-mail Address Phone
Lolita B. Hall, Director
Office of Career & Technical Education Services Lb.firstname.lastname@example.org 804-225-2051
B. Anne Rowe, Coordinator
Curriculum & Instruction Anne.Rowe@doe.virginia.gov 804-225-2838
George R. Willcox, Coordinator
Planning, Administration & Accounting George.Willcox@doe.virginia.gov 804-225-2052
Dr. Glenn A. Anderson, Specialist
Agricultural Education & Related Clusters Glenn.Anderson@doe.virginia.gov 804-225-2840
Judith Sams, Specialist
Business & Information Technology & Related Clusters Judith.Sams@doe.virginia.gov 804-371-0196
Helen Fuqua, Specialist
Family & Consumer Sciences Education & Related Clusters Helen.Fuqua@doe.virginia.gov 804-225-2826
Sharon Acuff, Specialist
Marketing & Related Clusters Sharon.Acuff@doe.virginia.gov 804-225-2846
Joseph Wharff, Specialist
School counseling Career Connections Joseph.Wharff@doe.virginia.gov 804-225-3370
Dr. Lynn Basham, Specialist
Technology Education & Related Clusters Lynn.Basham@doe.virginia.gov 804-786-4210
Edward Sullivan, Specialist
Trade & Industrial Education & Related Clusters Edward.Sullivan@doe.virginia.gov 804-225-2828
Terry Dougherty, Specialist
Grants Administration Terry.Dougherty@doe.virginia.gov 804-225-3349
Glenn Davis, Specialist
Accountability Glenn.Davis@doe.virginia.gov 804-371-2121
Mark Burnet, Specialist
Data Collection & Reporting Mark.Burnet@doe.virginia.gov 804-371-2924
Gordon Creasy, Specialist
Industry Certification Gordon.Creasy@doe.virginia.gov 804-225-2057