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1 Exploring Expectations of Programs of Study Whitney Hagy and Mackenzie Montgomery Illinois Community College Board CTE Forum for Excellence September 23, 2014

2 Welcome The State of Illinois is dedicated to ensuring that all students have access to rigorous and relevant educational opportunities that prepare them for success in college and careers. So why are we here?

3 Agenda Themes in Perkins Clusters, Pathways and Programs of Study Expectations Tool 101 Illinois POS Guiding Principles Improvement and Accountability Questions and Discussion

4 Themes in Perkins IV Accountability for results and program improvement at all educational levels Coordination of CTE with the entire P-20 system Integration of academic and CTE Alignment and connections between secondary and postsecondary education, including baccalaureate Involvement of business and industry and community-based partners

5 What are Programs of Study? Clusters, Pathways, and the seamless transition

6 What are Career Clusters? Career Clusters are groups of occupations and industries that have in common a set of foundational knowledge and skills. There are 16 nationally recognized clusters, within which are multiple career pathways.

7 The 16 Career Clusters

8 What are Pathways? Career Pathways are multi-year programs of academic and technical study that prepare students for a full range of postsecondary options within each of the 16 clusters. Currently, there are 79 nationally recognized pathways, each with specific knowledge and skills. Clusters Pathways Program of Study

9 What is a Program of Study? Starts no later than 9 th grade and continues through the postsecondary level Non-duplicative sequence of courses Includes opportunities to earn college credit Potential to earn credentials, certificates, and/or degrees

10 Illinois Cluster Model

11 Illinois Cluster Model This model shows the relationship between: One of Illinois five secondary CTE areas. The related career cluster The five pathways within that cluster Sample programs of study within the pathway It also illustrates: Career development Adult Bridge Programs

12 Developing your POS Create a Partnership Building the POS foundation Design the POS Develop Articulation/Dual Credit Implement the POS Assessments Evaluating and Improving the POS

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14 OCTAE Components and Subcomponents 1. Align Secondary and Postsecondary Educational Elements 2. Rigorous Academic and Technical Standards and Assessments 3. Credit Transfer Agreements 4. Partnerships Among Education, Business and other key stakeholders 5. Legislation and Policies 6. Guidance Counseling and Advisement 7. Professional Development 8. Accountability and Evaluation 9. Sustainable Leadership and Shared Planning 10. Innovative Teaching and Learning Strategies Department of Education, OCTAE

15 Six Guiding Principles Principle 1: Leadership, Organization and Support OCTAE Components 1 & 2 Principle 2: Access, Equity and Opportunity OCTAE Components 1 & 8 Principle 3: Alignment and Transition OCTAE Components 2, 6 & 7 Principle 4: Enhanced Curriculum and Instruction OCTAE Component 9 Principle 5: Professional Preparation and Development OCTAE Components 3 & 8 Principle 6: Program Improvement and Accountability OCTAE Components 1, 2, 3, 4, & 10

16 Expectations Tool The Illinois Programs of Study Expectations Tool is designed to Be Interactive Meet federal requirements Meet Illinois standards Guide the users in designing and implementing programs of study Provide examples of evidence Suggest examples of supporting materials Reevaluate existing Programs of Study

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18 Guiding Principle 1: Leadership, Organization, and Support Programs of study are developed, supported and led with guidance from collaborative partners. Authentic collaborative Partners Vision, Mission and goals Shared decision making Defined roles and responsibilities Formalized memorandum of understanding Joint secondary-postsecondary advisory committees

19 PARTNERS Business and industry Community-based organizations Secondary education providers Community Colleges Universities Adult education providers National Education Foundations US Department of Education s Perkins Site

20 Connect to Existing Partnerships Postsecondary Secondary (K-12) Adult Education/ Re-entry Community Based Organizations Programs of Study Business & Industry employers and workforce entities

21 Enhancing your POS Secondary & Postsecondary Communicating/Collaborating? Reviewing Transition? Offering Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment? Facilitating conversations between faculty? Business & Industry Utilizing Existing Advisory Councils? Incorporating Industry Standards? Providing Work-Based Learning? Seeking Funding Opportunities?

22 What does it mean to be engaged in a collaborative partnership? Understanding the partnership itself Choosing appropriate cluster/pathway based on economic and workforce needs Curriculum Development Secondary and postsecondary connections Identifying teaching and learning strategies Engaging students Business and industry ties Community outreach Ongoing professional development Evaluation

23 Guiding Principle 2: Access, Equity and Opportunity Each and every student has access to equitable educational opportunities and services that enable their success. Recruit, enroll, retain underserved, under-represented and from special populations. Overcome Barriers Provide Support Services Access to additional networks and resources

24 Special Populations Economically Disadvantaged Single Parents Individuals with Disabilities Displaced Homemakers English Language Learners Individuals preparing for nontraditional fields

25 Guiding Principle 3: Alignment and Transition Education and training providers, with input from business and industry, enhance alignment that facilitates student preparation and transition through the educational pipeline. Ensured through secondary and postsecondary collaboration Aligned through articulation agreements Aligned with relevant educational, state, and industry standards and certifications Designed with multiple entry and exit points Includes a coherent sequence of courses and programs

26 Course Sequences Map out recommended academic and CTE courses Begin with introductory courses at the secondary level or adult education bridge. Progress to more occupationally specific courses at the postsecondary level Offer opportunities for postsecondary credit while in high school

27 Guiding Principle 4: Enhanced Curriculum and Instruction Curriculum and pedagogy involve rigorous and relevant instruction that enhances learning and enables students to attain academic and technical standards and credentials. Integration of academics and CTE Career exploration and development Rigorous content (CCR standards) Dual credit opportunities Involvement from business and industry Multiple measures of assessment Use of technology

28 Guiding Principle 5: Professional Preparation and Development Comprehensive and continuous professional development that impacts teaching and learning is delivered to enhance the recruitment, preparation and retention of qualified instructional and administrative staff. Comprehensive and instruction-focused Sharing of best or promising practices Curriculum alignment and integration Content-based Incorporates self-evaluation Teacher-driven Ongoing Inquiry-based Informed by student performance

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30 Guiding Principle 6: Program Improvement and Accountability Data are collected, shared, and utilized to improve outcomes and demonstrate accountability. Multiple forms of assessment Culture of program improvement Local improvement and regional development Labor market data Longitudinal data Reliable and valid data Performance targets Cohort based

31 Taking it to the Next Level ICCB expects colleges to: Move beyond POS development and implementation Evaluate Programs of Study (CQI) Make data-driven decisions

32 Engage in the PTR Process Pathways to Results is an initiative of the State of Illinois focused on improving student transition results for critical career pathways. It will do so by developing metrics, methods and tools that community colleges can use to continuously improve the results obtained by students. Visit OCCRL s Website

33 Grant Opportunity Programs of Study Local Implementation Grant (PTR Grant) Objectives: 1. Perkins Deficient Performance Measure 2. Special Populations Performance 3. Evaluation of an existing Program of Study (with a focus on transition, retention or completion) 4. Development of a new Program of Study 5. Program Review

34 Accountability Through PODS

35 PODS Data Workshops Thursday, April 16, Richard J. Daley College Friday, April 17, Waubonsee Community College Tuesday, April 21, Heartland Community College Tuesday, April 28, Rend Lake Community College

36 Illinois Programs of Study Guide Introduction of guiding principles and design elements Provides an understanding of Illinois framework for implementation and evaluation Makes connections to federal, state, and local level activities

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38 Whitney Hagy Associate Director for Career and Technical Education Illinois Community College Board Mackenzie Montgomery Associate Director for Career and Technical Education Illinois Community College Board Thank you!

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