One of the most important parts of creating a new state plan for career and technical education (CTE) is YOU and your input! Sure, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) is working with the Wisconsin Technical College System to write a new plan around the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V). But these organizations cannot do it without input from the people of Wisconsin.
“The key to a good plan is going to be getting a good cross-section of thoughtful input from the people who care about the future of CTE in Wisconsin,” said Christine Lenske, grant specialist at the Wisconsin DPI.
That’s why the DPI is providing two ways for people to share their thoughts on quality CTE that prepares all students for the future workforce. We are looking for input from all stakeholders, including parents, students (CTE, CTE alumni, special populations, and non-CTE), business and industry, state agencies, representatives of special populations, and school district personnel. Please share your thoughts. Here are your two options:
In-person stakeholder engagement and listening sessions: Would you like to share your thoughts in person? You can. These meetings, facilitated by the University of Wisconsin-Stout Emerging Center for Career and Technical Education Excellence, will engage stakeholders in a conversation designed to discover the direction CTE should be heading.
Written surveys: If you can’t make it to an in-person stakeholder engagement and listening session, you can still make your voice heard through an online survey. Separate surveys are designed for different stakeholders: community members (including parents), business/industry, students, and educators. You’ll want to choose the stakeholder group that you most closely identify with. It should take just 15 minutes to complete.
To learn more, go to the Perkins V webpage on the DPI website. Thank you so much for your time and input!
—Submitted by Christine Lenske, Grant Specialist