CTE Advisory Council Working With Your Advisory Council to Improve Your CTE Program Developed by -- Versey Hill, CTE Instructor Fairley High SchoolMemphis City SchoolsMemphis, Tennessee
CTE Scale Value for Ranking Advisory Councils • 1 = Not Implementing • 2 = Limited Implementation (lack of Participation) • 3 = Moderate Implementation (Minimally developed and supported) • 4 = High Implementation (adequately supported and developed and supported ) • 5 = Full Implementation (Exceeds expectations)
Six Essential Elements to Effective Career and Technical Education(from the Tennessee Department of Education 2020 Strategic Plan)Strategic Plan 2007 – 2011James Neely, Chair Paul Starnes, Vice Chair • Communication and Development of a Comprehensive CareerDevelopment System • Academic Achievement through Integrated, ContextualizedInstruction • Appropriate Teaching and Learning through Professional Development • The Use of Technology in Teaching and Learning • Data Driven Decision Making and Research Based Application • Transition to Post Secondary Education and the Workforce Tennessee Council on Career and Technical Education (TCCTC)
Level of Participation of anAdvisory Committee • Assist with a survey of local employment needs. • Assist with a task inventory to determine the skills needed by local industry. • Advise on changes in industry standards and recommend acceptable performance standards. • Advise on new developments in technology. • Review the length of CTE programs in terms of entry-level job skills needed by industry. • Advocate or promote awareness of the CTE program through news releases, radio and television announcements. http://www.tennessee.gov/education/cte_council/information
Role of the Teacher • Purpose • Membership • Officers and their duties • Meetings • Program of Work
Nine AspectsCommon to any Business or Industry • Business Planning • Management • Health Safety & Environment • Finance • Community Issues • Principles of Technology • Personal Work Habits • Labor • Technical & Production Skills
Business Planning 1. Business Planning How an organization plans (includes goals and objectives), type of owner- ship (public, private), relationship of the organization to economic, political, and social contexts assessment of needs. * Strategic planning * Assessment of customer needs and expectations http://www.state.tn.us/education/cte/directors/index.shtml
Management 2. Management Structure and process for effectively accomplishing the goals and operations of the organization using facilities, staff, resources, equipment and materials. Assessment of customer needs * Mission statement * Employee handbook http://www.state.tn.us/education/cte/directors/index.shtml
Health Safety & Environment 3. Health Safety and Environment Practices and laws affecting the employee, the surrounding community, and the environment. * Regulatory issues * Workplace safety • http://www.state.tn.us/education/cte/directors/index.shtml
Finance 4. Finance Accounting and financial decision- making process, method of acquiring capital to operate, management of financial operations including payroll. * Capital acquisitions * Financial operations * Contracts, bidding and estimates http://www.state.tn.us/education/cte/directors/index.shtml
Community Issues 5. Community Issues Impact of the company on the community AND Impact of community on the company * Community activities and issues * Organization’s involvement in the community. Public perception/image of the company * Accessibility of facility and services http://www.state.tn.us/education/cte/directors/index.shtml
Principles of Technology 6. Principles of Technology Technological systems being used in the workplace and their contributions to the product or service of the organization. * Technology in the workplace * Continued professional training * Adaptability and learning from experience http://www.state.tn.us/education/cte/directors/index.shtml
Personal Work Habits 7. Personal Work Habits Non-technical skills and characteristics expected in the workplace * Positive attitude * Personal fitness and appearance * Readiness to work http://www.state.tn.us/education/cte/directors/index.shtml
Labor 8. Labor Rights of employees and related issues; wage, benefits, and working conditions * Job descriptions * Employee rights and responsibilities * Role of labor organizations * Employment contracts and agreements * Cultural sensitivity http://www.state.tn.us/education/cte/directors/index.shtml
Technical & Production Skills 9. Technical and Production Skills Basic skills in math, communications, computer, time management, and thinking; specific skills for production; interpersonal skills within the organization. * Basic academic skills * Team player skills * Specific production skills http://www.state.tn.us/education/cte/directors/index.shtml
Purpose/Rationale • Strong justifications exist for the establishment of local Career and Technical Education (CTE) Advisory Committees. Local advisory committees provide the means for a CTE curriculum to remain relevant to business and industry needs. Relevance of instruction is the school's assurance that graduates will be capable of performing entry-level job skills. Advisory committee members who become familiar with CTE programs, and are themselves employed in the field as well as being potential employers of graduates, have a unique perspective of a training program. They can provide an informed viewpoint that is invaluable in the educational process. • Local advisory committees create partnerships between CTE programs and the industries and public in the communities they serve. Citizens are involved in the operation of their schools, and school personnel are better able to understand the needs of the occupations being served. • Local advisory committees promote public awareness of CTE programs. Community members are given the opportunity to become familiar with all the programs offered by schools. Both formally and informally, advisory committee members communicate the operation of CTE programs to others in the community. (http://www.tennessee.gov/education/cte_council/information/rationale.shtml)
Membership Consider selecting or voting on groups of people in your advisory committee: • Business owners • Employee supervisors • Employees • Personnel directors • Alumni from that CTE Program • Parents • CTE Students
Terms of Service • It must be decided the length of appointments for advisory committee members. Many effective ways to determine length of terms are in use. Mostly, it is preferred to set a time limit for both occupational and general advisory committee terms and to define the size of the committee in writing. This procedure promotes a continuing flow of new ideas that helps keep the committee's advice current and relevant. The most common organization is three-year terms of service staggered so that one-third of the members are replaced each year. Advantages of this organization include the following: • Terms are long enough for members to become thoroughly familiar with the committee's purposes and potential. • Members in the second or third year of their terms add the benefit of experience while newly appointed members add fresh ideas and perspective. • Members are more likely to give their time freely when the term of service is predetermined. • When the terms of service are limited and defined, the question of reappointment arises. Is membership limited to one, two or more terms? Can former members be reappointed after a time lapse? Establishing policies on these issues avoids potential problems later. • A disadvantage of reappointment is that a member may take it personally when some members are reappointed and others are not. However, certain members may be so valuable to a program that a system or school will want to continue their appointments. A policy of reappointment after a time lapse (usually of one year) can allow for these situations. • Checklist • Inform members of the length of their term of service before they accept appointment. • Establish the policy for term of service at the time the committee is organized. • Allow for later reviews to assess whether the term of service policy is effective. Change the policy if members, administrators, and the instructional staff agree. (http://www.tennessee.gov/education/cte_council/information/organizing.shtml)
Meetings • Article III – Meetings • Section 1. Regular meetings of the advisory committee will be held (day of and months) during the calendar year. • Section 2. Written notices of meetings shall be mailed to all members at least two weeks before each meeting by the advisory committee secretary or her designated person. • Section 3. The agenda for each meeting shall be prepared by the chairperson and the Career and Technical Education administrator/instructor. Resource: Dept. of Ed.
Officers and Duties • Article IV - Officers and Duties • Section 1. The officers shall be a chairperson, vice-chairperson, and secretary elected from the committee membership. • Section 2. The chairperson and vice-chairperson shall be elected annually by a majority vote of the committee members at the annual meeting. • Section 3. The chairperson shall be elected from among those members who have served on the advisory committee for at least one year. The duties shall be: • to preside at the meeting of the advisory committee; • to serve as chairperson of the executive committee; • to appoint special subcommittees, which may include persons other than committee members; and • to represent the group at other meetings, as requested. • Section 4. The vice-chairperson shall perform the duties of the chairperson in the chairperson's absence. • Section 5. The secretary shall: • send out notices of meetings; • keep records and attendance of members at meetings; • maintain a permanent record of advisory committee activities; and • distribute minutes of committee meetings and copies of other committee documents to committee members, teachers, and others, including concerned instructors. (The secretary shall have the assistance of the school staff and the use of school facilities in performing the prescribed duties.) • Article V - Amendments The by-laws may be amended or added to by a two-thirds majority vote of active members at any regularly scheduled meeting. • Article VI - Rules of Order The meetings and activities of this committee shall be conducted according to Robert's Rules of Order, except as otherwise provided by these by-laws. Resource: Dept of Ed.
Making DecisionsAssessing Delivery of Information • DON'T... • Appoint members without carefully studying their potential contributions to Career and Technical Education (Workforce Development); • Schedule meetings at inconvenient times and dates; • Hold meetings in uncomfortable facilities; • Allow members to become involved in administrative functions; • Try to organize the advisory committee without electing appropriate officers (i.e., chairperson, vice-chairperson, and secretary); • Expect members to attend meetings without giving them prior notice, agenda items, and appropriate background material; • Discourage members from learning all they can about the school and its programs; • Discourage members from chatting with Career and Technical Education students; • Influence members in their selection of officers; • Appoint members for an indefinite term; • Fail to recognize members' contributions to the school and its programs; • Fail to replace inactive members; and • Fail to carefully consider all advisory committee recommendations and promptly inform members of action taken on each recommendation • DO... • Provide advisory committee members with a handbook explaining the purpose, operation, and organization of advisory committees; • Send a letter of appointment to each member signed by the chief school administrator or other appropriate person; • Keep advisory committee members informed of current and pending legislation affecting Career and Technical Education; • Hold meetings on an organized time schedule and adhere to the schedule; • Notify members promptly regarding actions taken as a result of their recommendations; • Send each member a letter and an agenda reminding him/her of each meeting at least two weeks in advance of the meeting; • Solicit the advice and recommendations of members regarding the effectiveness of the Career and Technical Education program and the effectiveness of advisory committee meetings; • Establish an informal atmosphere at meetings and encourage the exchange of ideas; • Mail each member a copy of the advisory committee minutes as soon as possible after each meeting; • Encourage members to visit the school's Career and Technical Education programs as often as they can; • Avoid having members do unnecessary work details that can be accomplished by the school staff; • Have a school representative attend all meetings; and • File copies of all minutes with the school's administration.
Sample Statement of Purpose The School Board (or Board of Trustees) of ____________________________________ authorizes the establishment of "The ________________________ Occupational Advisory Committee" on this_ day of_______________________ 20[year]. The function of the _______________________________occupational advisory committee is to provide advice and counsel to the instructional and administrative staff of the_____________________ program and to its students. It is not given authority for policy decisions, and it is expected to operate within the guidelines set forth. The purpose of the ________________________________ general/ occupational advisory committee is to contribute to the improvement of _________________________in education __________________________________________through such functions as: Name of School/or System verifying the need for instruction in the occupation; providing input on curriculum, equipment, and facilities that is both current and relevant to community needs; assisting with career guidance and student placement; and promoting community public relations. The School Board (or Board of Trustees) pledges cooperation with the committee's work. It reserves the right to dissolve the __________________________________ general/occupational advisory committee at any time and for any reason. The term of the committee will be continuing unless terminated by the School Board (or Board of Trustees); ________________, Chairperson; ___________________, Superintendent (or Principal, Dean, Director, or other appropriate school official).
Sample Outline of Plans for First Meeting • After the committee members have been asked and have agreed to participate on the Committee, the process of planning for the first meeting can begin. The planning of this meeting rests primarily on the teacher until committee leadership has been established. Listed below are ten steps that can be used to plan the first meeting. • Set the date and time. The teacher should schedule the first meeting far enough in advance so that members can make arrangements to attend. In planning meeting times, the teacher must arrange the most convenient time for the majority of committee members. • Develop the agenda. (Appendix D) • Select the meeting place. The teacher should make arrangements for the meeting room. This involves ensuring that seating is comfortable. In selecting meeting sites, it is advantageous to consider using the CTE program facility so committee members can further develop an understanding of the CTE program activities as well as assess the site and equipment. • Plan refreshments. • Create nametags. • Delegate duties. Contact school site and district representatives. • Send committee members the following at least three weeks prior to the meeting: • Notice of the first meeting—include RSVP • Agenda • Purpose of the Committee meeting • (This document may be a statement from the school or system regarding the mission or goals of a CTE program advisory committee.) • Directions, maps, and instructions for parking • Contact committee members one week in advance regarding the date, time, and location of the meeting. This serves as a welcome and a reminder. • Prepare handouts. • Prior to the first meeting, the teacher should ensure that the meeting room is set up, all equipment is functioning, and supplies are available. • Conducting the Meeting • The teacher usually chairs the first meeting or delegates the responsibility for chairing this meeting to an administrator or other informed member of the Committee. At least fifty-one percent (a majority) of the committee membership must be present to conduct business. The following is a list of suggestions for conducting the first meeting: • Begin and end the meeting on time. This step shows respect to busy committee members. • Make introductions when appropriate. Ask an administrator to welcome the Committee.
Sample Program of Work • Goals • Objectives • Activities • Committee Responsibilities • Time Line • Results • To ensure Advisory Committee representation from all business and industry sectors served by the program. • Review the goals and objectives of the program and serve as a communication link between the high school or career and technical center and the community. • Review the mission of the high school or career and technical center and the demographics of the community it serves. • Review information about the program’s demographic profile. • Review of current membership and identification of areas not represented on the Committee • October, November • Addition of 2 members • Identify community resources that will help support or contribute to the success of the career and technical education program. • Provide back-to-industry experiences for the faculty (when appropriate). • Review the potential for sponsoring student scholarships, recognition programs, foundation programs, and other program enhancements. • Provide guest lecturers and opportunities for field trips. • Inform the school’s staff of changes and trends in the economy, local workforce, and/or community. • Share information with other committee members concerning changes, trends, and issues in one’s own business or organization. • Identify job openings within one’s business or organization. • Identify job titles in areas of work related to the career and technical education program. • Identify entry-level and average salaries in jobs related to the career and technical education program.
Sample Invitational Letter for Potential Committee Member (Send on School Letterhead) Date Name Address City/State/ZIP Dear_______________: (School name) is committed to excellence in its (career and technical education program name) program. To help us achieve this goal, we reach out to leaders in business and industry, to community leaders, to parents, and to students in our community by asking them to work with us in an advisory capacity to improve our (career and technical education program name) curriculum and facilities. You have been recommended to us as a person who is interested in (career and technical education program name) and as one who would make a valuable contribution to the program. We invite you to serve a (length of time) term on this career and technical education advisory committee. (NOTE – The term should be staggered if a newly formed committee.) By participating on this committee, you will have an opportunity to guide (school name) in preparing students for their next steps and to promote and improve career and technical education. The career and technical education program advisory committee meets __________ times each school year. The first meeting will be (date) in the (career and technical education program area) Department. The meeting will begin at (time) and end at (time). Meetings are usually held (date and location). In addition, calls to committee members are occasionally made as the need arises. Please indicate your willingness to serve on this committee by checking the appropriate box and signing where indicated. Return this letter to our office in the enclosed envelope or fax to (Fax #) by (date). A duplicate copy of this letter is enclosed for your files. Please contact me at (telephone number) if you have questions. Sincerely, (Teacher Name) (Principal Name) (Career and Technical Education program name) Reference Initials Enclosures I accept the Committee appointment. I am unable to serve on the Committee. Signature___________________________ Date___________________
Sample CTE Advisory Council Activity List/Survey • Designate a group or individual in your business to select and recruit other employees for CTE activities. • Serve on CTE steering committees and boards. • Develop and provide mentorship, job-shadow and work experience opportunities, and apprenticeship programs for students. • Volunteer even if you are involved in a small business; speak in a classroom or offer a job-shadow experience; share your business experiences; and discuss the tasks involved in running a business. • Choose a school in your community to “adopt” and create a plan to work with administrators, teachers, and students on CTE activities. Plan to involve primary, secondary, and postsecondary CTE interests. • Allow employees time off to speak in classrooms and work with teachers on curriculum development that is relevant to your business and the broader world of work. • Work with a school to develop mastery certificates that reflect skills students must have for entry into a specific business. • Assist students with obtaining program credentialing. • Offer activities for students such as tours of your business. • Participate in job fairs. • Host a speaker on CTE for a meeting or consider a CTE activity as a future project if you are a member of a business or civic organization. • Offer summer internships for teachers so they can take firsthand business experience back to their classrooms and integrate what they learned into their curriculum. • Provide testimonials and encouragement to other employers. Build public awareness by offering employees to speak about your company’s CTE efforts at business and civic organizations. • Publicize CTE connections in company newsletters, local newspapers, trade magazines, and business publications. • Participate in CTE planning groups in your state and school district. Serve on school boards. • Develop programs to train business/industry members as CTE mentors. • Include articles in newsletters to your members about the benefits of CTE and examples of opportunities created through employer/education partnerships. • Work with employers to provide work-based learning opportunities for students and teachers. • Involve teacher organizations in the restructuring of education, including integrating academic and work-based learning. • Promote the inclusion of employer involvement in CTE activities in collective bargaining agreements. • Communicate with others about the benefits of career and technical education activities.
Sample Minutes of Meeting • School Name • City/State • Career and Technical Education Program Name • Advisory Committee Meeting • Minutes of the (Date) Meeting • The (CTE program name) Program Advisory Committee met at (location) on (date). The following members were in attendance: • (List members present.) • (List guests present.) • The meeting was called to order at (time) with the chairperson (name) presiding. The minutes from the previous meeting were read as the first item of business for the meeting. • The next item on the agenda was. . . • Other business discussed during the meeting consisted of. . . • The Committee agreed that the next meeting would be (date). The meeting was adjourned at (time). • Respectfully submitted, • ________________________________________ • Recorder, (Secretary or Chairperson’s designee)
Sample Thank You Letter • (Send on School Letterhead) • Date • Committee Member’s Name • Street • City, Tennessee ZIP • Dear (Committee Member’s Name): • Thank you for the time, talent, and expertise you have given to (CTE program name). You have made a difference through your dedication and continued support of (CTE program name) and (CTSO name). Your ideas, input, and enthusiasm were most helpful and have assisted us in making valid improvements to our program. • (Personalize this paragraph to include changes that have occurred related to your program through the assistance of the advisory committee). The minutes from the last meeting are enclosed for your review. • Again, our principal, (Principal’s Name), and I thank you for your contributions, time, and efforts through serving on this committee. • Sincerely, • Teacher’s Name • Program Name • Reference Initials • cc: (Important people who should receive notification of person’s contribution - employer)
Sample News Release • (Note: Your central office may have its own policies about who can send information to the media and the format of that information. The news release should be double-spaced. Newspapers do not use courtesy titles [Mr., Miss, Mrs.] or commas between the name and a suffix (Jr., Sr., III). End the release with ### or –30 – centered at the bottom.) • For Immediate Release • For more information, contact (name) at (contact number) • (This is the person the media should contact if more information is needed about the release.) • (Fill in how many) representatives of area businesses, industries, and community agencies have been named to a committee that will provide input and recommendations to the career and technical (specify program) at (your school name). • The Career and Technical Education Program Advisory Committee will provide advice and assistance to ensure that the program curriculum at (your school name) remains relevant by reflecting current technology and trends in the industry. The Committee reviewed the Business/Industry Certification standards for the program. • “We will use recommendations by members of business, industry, and community agencies as part of our commitment to provide fresh approaches to instruction and emphasize new ideas and technology in the curriculum,” said (your teacher, your principal, or your superintendent). • Members of the career and technical education program advisory committee at (your school) are (list committee member(s) name(s) and employer/agency). • For more information on the career and technical education program, contact (teacher’s name).
Sample CTE Advisory Council Agenda • (Send on School Letterhead) Program Advisory Committee Agenda • Career and Technical Education (CTE) Program Name • ABC High School • Date: _________________ Location: ______________ • 3p.m. Welcome Principal/Teacher Introductions Self-Introductions • Establishment of a Quorum • Approval of the Minutes of the Previous Meeting • Treasurer’s Reports • Unfinished Business • New Business • 3:15 p.m. Role and Function of the CTE Advisory Committee Teacher • Description of Program Teacher • Philosophy and Goals of CTE Teacher • Business/Industry Certification (BIC) Standards Teacher • 3:45 p.m. Identify Needs and Set Priorities Teacher/Members • Does CTE course/program content reflect the standards? • What changes are occurring in the CTE program/industry? • How can the CTE program reflect new industry technologies and trends? 4:00 p.m. Discuss Program of Work • 4:30 p.m. Summarize Discussion Teacher • 4:40 p.m. Select Chairpersons Teacher • Priorities for Next Meeting Chairperson • Next Meeting Date, Time, and Place Chairperson • Thanks and Appreciation Teacher • 5:00 p.m. Adjournment
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