NYSED/NYSTEA Summit Action Steps
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) and the New York State Technology Education Association (NYSTEA) engaged in a two day Technology Education Summit on April 30 - May 1, 2008. The purpose of the Summit was to share ideas and to develop recommendations that would foster increased student achievement in Technology Education as defined by NYS learning standards. The summit resulted in seven mutually agreed upon action steps for the upcoming year. NYSED commits to posting progress in meeting these actions on a quarterly basis. (First posted June 2008)
|By June 2008, NYSED will post and maintain a rich collection of professional resources supporting improved student achievement in technology education on the Technology Education website.||The New York State Education Department's Technology Education Curriculum website features additional resources on the "Related Links" Web page. This collection will be expanded over time.|
|By September 2008, NYSED will highlight the importance of STEM professional development in federal and state competitive grant funding opportunities, where permitted.||
NYSED continues to review federal and state legislative parameters to highlight STEM professional development in RFPs.
|By September 2008, the New York State Technology Education Association (NYSTEA), in partnership with the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), will develop and promote a plan for expanding the Teacher Center On-Line Academy offerings to include courses for educators responsible for improved student achievement in technology education as defined by NYS learning standards.||As a result of the NYSED and NYSTEA April 30th and May 1st Summit deliberations, NYSTEA and NYIT have agreed to support a Teacher Center Online Academy (OLA). This 45-hour OLA course is available to educators who are interested in becoming online facilitators for Technology Education and/or Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) courses. The training is intended to prepare participants to create and offer an original 15-hour online course with a focus on the development of curriculum and structure for the course. For more information, visit the NYSTEA website.|
|By December 2008, the NYSED Virtual Learning System will be positioned to feature learning experiences promoting improved student achievement in technology education which meet NYSED Content Specification.||
The NYSED Virtual Learning System is prepared to feature learning experiences promoting improved student achievement in technology education which meet NYSED Content Specifications and are vetted through a NYSTEA developed process. Learning experiences should follow a consistent format, be peer reviewed, and be aligned to one or more Performance Indicators of the New York State Learning Standards.
NYSTEA has done considerable work on this initiative. Currently NYSTEA has published lessons on www.nystea.com and is fine tuning the submission and peer review process for new lessons. Once this work is complete, this Web content will be linked to the NYSED Virtual Learning System.
|By June 2009, the New York State Technology Education Association (NYSTEA), in partnership with th International Technology Education Association (ITEA), will make available an online learning community to support improved student achievement in technology education for all NYS students.||Preliminary discussions between ITEA and NYSTEA regarding this initiative took place in April. Given the load of initiatives underway by representatives of both associations, work toward this action step has been put on indefinate hold.|
|By June 2009, NYSED, in partnership with NYSTEA and other stakeholders, will produce a web-based Technology Education Program Review Guide for voluntary use by school districts.||
Work has begun on the creation of a technology education voluntary program review (VPR) guide. This voluntary program review will guide school districts through a purposeful reflection and assessment of their technology education program and the opportunities for their students to achieve an education aligned to the MST Learning Standard area with particular focus on standard #5 for technology education. School districts engaging in this process will better be able to identify areas needing improvement related to their educational programming aligned to the MST Learning Standard area.
Content for this guide has been submitted, and work now is being done to compile this information in a usable format. Once this is done the VPR will be subjected to a peer review, final revisions will be made, and then it will be published on the NYSED technology education Web site.
A revised publish date is estimated to be August 2011. This would allow for a beginning of the school year review of technology education department offerings.
|By August 2009, NYSTEA will produce enhancements to its existing position paper entitled “Educating and Enabling 21st Century Students” as guidance to support improved student achievement in technology education. These enhancements will include but not be limited to the following:
The NYSTEA "This We Believe Statement" has been completed, approved and
The NYSTEA Conceptual Framework, defining the instructional discipline of technology education including NYSTEA's philosophy, vision, and mission are in various stages of ompletion.
The working definitions are near completion and will be referred to as a "Glossary of Terms
New York State Technology Education Association NYSTEA website:
New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) website:
NYSED Virtual Learning System website:
International Technology Education Association website: