CareerTech Leads the Way in Rigorous Programs of Study
March 13, 2013 -- Oklahoma is leading the way in developing rigorous programs of study, according to a research associate and lecturer from the University of Minnesota.
Robert Shumer gave a national perspective on RPOS and the Oklahoma Programs of Study Institute at the Oklahoma Programs of Study Summit. Approximately 140 educators gathered at the South Penn campus of Moore-Norman Technology Center to hear from national and state experts as they spoke on rigorous programs of study.
"Oklahoma developed one of the most comprehensive plans for the state institute,” Shumer said. “They created a team of critical players to move the initiative forward and have been convening meetings of districts and institutions to take programs of study to next level. All eyes are on Oklahoma to see how they do in the future.”
Shumer spoke on behalf of the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education. Presenters also included Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education staff and representatives of the Oklahoma Programs of Study Institute.
A program of study is a comprehensive, structured approach for delivering academic and career and technical education to prepare students for postsecondary education and career success. Rigorous programs of study must meet even higher, more specific standards.
“Oklahoma students must be prepared to participate in a 21st century economy that is fast-paced, technology-driven, knowledge-based and global,” said Becki Foster, associate state director of careers, innovations and academic services for CareerTech. “Oklahoma rigorous programs of study will be a critical piece of connecting academic and technical coursework to the world of work.”
ODCTE was an active participant in the National Research Center for Career and Technical Educations’ first National Programs of Study Institute beginning in January 2012. Using the national model, ODCTE developed an Oklahoma Programs of Study Institute to help local institutions move from programs of study to rigorous programs of study.
Caddo-Kiowa Technology Center, Choctaw High School, Claremore High School, Meridian Technology Center, Mid-America Technology Center, Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology, Redlands Community College, Tulsa Community College and Tulsa Public Schools participated in the three-month institute beginning in September 2012.
During the summit, participants from the institute presented to their peers what they were doing to move from programs of study to rigorous programs of study on their campuses. Participants were given an introduction to the RPOS framework and given the opportunity to self-evaluate where their schools were in implementation.
ODCTE will provide technical assistance as local schools and consortia prepare to implement RPOS.
For more information on rigorous programs of study, visit www.okcareertech.org/about/state-agency/divisions/federal-legislation-assistance/programs-of-study.
By Laura Wilson, writer/editor
Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education