CTE Monthly Newsletter

January 2021

Welcome to 2021!

Happy New Year! May 2021 bring you joy, peace, and happiness in this new year. Wishing you a positive, successful, and safe school year.
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Education & Training Cluster

The Education and Training Career Cluster® focuses on planning, managing, and providing education and training services and related learning support services. All courses are designed to introduce learners to the various careers available within the Education and Training career cluster.

Students can pursue an industry-based certification recognized by industry leaders in areas such as Educational Aide, Child Development Associate (CDA). The Education and Training Career Cluster provides opportunity and support for student involvement in Career and Technical Student Organizations, or CTSO's, such as FCCLA or Skills USA.

The two Programs of Study are as follows:

1. Early Learning-

  • The Early Learning Program of Study focuses on early childhood education, which consists of instructing and supporting preschool and early elementary school students in activities that promote social, physical and intellectual growth as well as in basic elements of science, art, music, and literature.
  • This Program of Study introduces CTE learners to tasks necessary for planning, directing, and coordinating activities for young children.

2. Teaching and Training-

  • The Teaching and Training Program of Study prepares CTE learners for careers related to teaching, instruction, and creation of instructional and enrichment materials.
  • The Program of Study introduces CTE learners to a wide variety of student groups and their corresponding needs.
  • It familiarizes them with the processes for developing curriculum, coordinating educational content, and coaching groups and individuals.

Campuses currently offering the Education & Training cluster include:

  1. Rosie M. Collins Sorrells School of Education and Social Service
  2. Skyline High School

Health Science Cluster

The Health Science Career Cluster® focuses on planning, managing, and providing therapeutic services, diagnostics services, health informatics, support services, and biotechnology research and development. To pursue a career in the health science industry, students should learn to reason, think critically, make decisions, solve problems, and communicate effectively.

Students should recognize that quality health care depends on the ability to work well with others. All parts of courses are designed to introduce learners to the various careers available within the Health Science Career Cluster.

Students can pursue an industry-based certification recognized by industry leaders in areas such as Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Pharmacy Technician, Registered Dental Assistant, Patient Care Tech, Phlebotomy Technician, Medical Coding and Billing Specialist, Certified Medical Assistant, Certified Medical Office Assistant, and Certified EKG/ECG Technician.

The Health Science Career Cluster provides opportunity and support for student involvement in Career and Technical Student Organizations, or CTSO's, such as HOSA. The six programs of study are as follows:

1. Exercise Science and Wellness

  • The Exercise Science and Wellness program of study introduces CTE learners to the fields that assist patients with maintaining physical, mental, and emotional health.
  • Students will research diet and exercise needed to maintain a healthy, balanced lifestyle and learn about and practice techniques to help patients recover from injury, illness, or disease.

2. Health Informatics

  • The Health Informatics program of study focuses on exposing students to the management and use of patient information in the healthcare field.
  • Students may learn about and research recent modifications of computerized healthcare and the process of creating and maintaining hospital and patient records in accordance with regulatory requirements of the healthcare system.
  • Students may also practice writing and interpreting medical reports.

3. Healthcare Diagnostics

  • The Healthcare Diagnostics program of study introduces students to occupations and education opportunities related to performing complex medical laboratory tests for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease.
  • This program of study may also include exploration into the opportunities associated with blood laboratories as well as radiologic technology and ultrasound technology.

4. Healthcare Therapeutic

  • The Healthcare Therapeutic program of study introduces students to occupations and educational opportunities related to diagnosing and treating acute, episodic, or chronic illness independently or as part of a healthcare team.
  • This program of study also includes an introduction to the opportunities associated with providing treatment and counsel to patients as well as rehabilitative programs that help build or restore daily living skills to persons with disabilities or developmental delays.

5. Medical Therapy

  • The Medical Therapy program of study focuses on the study of biology and medicine in order to introduce students to the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in the healthcare field in occupations such as, Respiratory, Occupational, Physical, or Speech Therapy.
  • CTE learners may also practice patient care and communication.

6. Nursing Science

  • The Nursing Science program of study introduces students to the knowledge and skills related to patient care.
  • CTE learners may learn about or practice caring for patients, routine procedures such as monitoring vital signs, development and implementation of care plans, maintenance of medical records, and disease or pain management.
  • Students may focus on the healthcare system and research system designs and make recommended modifications.

Campuses currently offering the Health Science cluster include:

  1. Franklin D. Roosevelt High School
  2. Townview- School of Health Professions
  3. Emmett J. Conrad High School
  4. W. T. White High School
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W.H. Atwell Law Academy Middle School : Ja'Kiyah West, 8th Grader

Ja'kiyah West, an 8th grade student at Atwell Law Academy surprised her teacher, Ms. Curtiska Gibbs, while enrolled in the Principles of Arts, A/V Tech, and Communication course. Ja'kiyah submitted a videography demonstrating her understanding of class learning objectives. She took it upon herself to practice her "long zoom range" and "wide zoom range" skills at her schools football game, that she learned in class.

The learning objective's topic in class was Videography and learning different video camera angles. Ja'Kiyah was not asked to submit a video, but took the opportunity to share the fun night in the stands with her teacher, which allowed her to demonstrate how well she understood the lesson.

According to Ms. Gibbs, “It was amazing to see the 8th grader take this interest in the course learning and expand her knowledge.” View Video here or below: Jakiyah video merger - Curtiska Gibbs.mp4

Justin F. Kimball Academy of Hospitality & Tourism/ DECA

Congratulations to the Kimball DECA students for advancing at District Competition during December 2020. The students participated in the Hospitality and Tourism Operations Research and Start Up Business Plan events. The seniors who received awards were as follows: Yubia Del Sol, Andrea Delatorre, Jennifer Estrada, Ahdaja Fletcher, Destiny Foster, and Lydia Martinez.

Congratulations to Kimball HS and their DECA Advisor, Ms. Zene Appiah-Amaning!

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Skyline DECA & District 11 2020 Community Service Project

For the DECA District 11 2020 Community Service Project, Skyline DECA was assigned the Murry Senior Home in Sachse, Texas, to deliver cards and letters to the residents. Skyline DECA President, Jose Perez, spoke with the facilities director and learned that the residents needed more than cards and letters. She expressed a need for soft garments.

Skyline DECA collaborated with the Skyline Fashion Design Cluster to construct pajamas, robes, and masks. These items were delivered before Christmas by one of the DECA sponsors. In addition, the DECA chapter sent boxes of soft cookies and Thanksgiving cards during the Thanksgiving break and will continue to send treats each holiday throughout the year.

Special thanks to Mrs. S. Sattar and her students for their support of this DECA Project!

DECA President: Jose Perez

Secretary: Maritza Serrano

Treasurer: Miguel Lira

DECA Sponsors: Mrs. T. Carter & Mrs. D. Johnson

Fashion Design Cluster Coordinator: Mrs. S. Sattar

Fashion Students who made garments included Daisy Meza, Melani Mora, Kaila Palmeno, Maria Ramirez, Regine Rurangira, Mariana Triana, and Yalani Warren.

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Skyline High School Academy of Finance Congratulates Denis Funes on his acceptance to Texas Tech University

Skyline AOF 2021 Senior, Mr. Denis Funes, has been accepted to attend Texas Tech University in the Fall. Denis plans to major in business finance and aspires to become a financial advisor. Denis states that joining the Academy of Finance really helped in motivating him to try his best in accomplishing his goals.

According to his teacher, Ms. Latonia Atkins – M.ED, “Denis Funes, Capital One 2020 Summer Intern, stopped by my classroom today to announce his acceptance to Texas Tech and thank me for my part in his success. He also wanted to thank Mrs. Patel and the Capital One team for the guidance this summer and letter of recommendation. He confirmed the letter of recommendation from the summer was used in his college application submission process. This news warmed my heart and was a great early Christmas gift. I'm so proud of Denis and the vision and process of the NAF program. Denis was so thankful, and I am also.”

Congratulations to Mr. Funes for representing Dallas ISD, his community, and his family well.

W.T. White High School- Marketing Cluster: Virtual DECA District Awards Rebecca Palmer, Instructor

Congratulations to the W.T. White's DECA Marketing students for advancing at DECA District Competition during December 2020. The DECA Awards Ceremony was virtually presented on January 19th.

District DECA Winners:

Jackson Rydell-District Winner- Sports and Entertainment Marketing
Michael Williamson- -District Winner- Sports and Entertainment Marketing
Ruben Lopez--District Winner- Sports and Entertainment Marketing
Xavier Axel- District Winner- Independent Business Plan

City Lab High School: Law & Public Services Cluster- Government & Public Administration/ Urban Planning Pathway, Oswaldo Rivera, Instructor

The Association for Learning Environments (A4LE) invites any North TX Educational Organization to propose an improvement or creation of a learning space that impacts students directly. Awards go from $3000 to $7500 to help build the proposed design.

Participating Students:

Proposal #1 - Eliezer Perez Ruiz

Proposal #2 – Patricia Lopez

Proposal #3 – Alondra Ortega, Yair Renteria, Devin Krieger & Stephanie Jimenez

Winner of GOLD Award: Patricia Lopez

Patricia Lopez earned a Gold Award of $7,500. Patricia's submission “Calm Pods” focuses on improving the mental health of her fellow students. The pods are specifically designed to provide students with a safe place to relax and de-stress, which is particularly important during the added pressure of the pandemic. The impact award will go toward the purchase of materials to create the pods.



Calm Pods - A4LE Impact Award 2020

W.H. Gaston Middle School Educator 1st to incorporate JA Biztown Adventures in 6th grade Professional Communication Course.

JA BizTown Adventures is a culminating experience for students that follows the JA BizTown curriculum. Fifth- and sixth-grade students gain an understanding of various aspects of running a business as they take on the roles of chief executive officer, chief financial officer, marketing director, sales manager, and consumer via five online, self-guided adventures.

Using a branching, story-driven treatment, each adventure provides students an opportunity to practice problem solving, decision making, critical thinking, and analytical thinking, as well as weigh saving and spending choices, consider risk management and insurance strategies, and make personal and business-related financial decisions. Students were able to use virtual learning simulations to explore these opportunities in the classroom.

Ms. Meaghan Norlander, 6th grade Professional Communications Educator, piloted the platform in November and had these thoughts to share: “I thought the program was amazing and want to teach it again this spring. I would also like to be a video volunteer some time! The information is concise, easy to teach, and easy to learn. My kids that are invested in school completed every assignment and loved the opportunity to experience BizTown. Thank you so much for the opportunity to use this information in my classroom!”

A copy of her presentation is available at this link - Ms. Norlanders JA Adventure ppt example

For anyone interested in learning more of this program, please email mnickerson@dallasisd.org.

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EVERFI on Clever

EVERFI is an app on Clever that has digital lessons you can assign to your students to do remotely or in class.

Many of the lessons (full list here) align to CTE content, like Financial Education, College & Career Readiness, Health & Wellness, and Diversity Equity & Inclusion (EVERFI - CTE TEKS Alignment).

For help getting started, email our EVERFI rep, Stephanie: sonyeador@everfi.com, or follow the self-service instructions here: Clever EVERFI teacher guide

2020-2021 CTE Certification Tracking

The 2020-2021 CTE Certification tracking Google Sheet is now available for you to record certifications earned by your students. We will be using the same general process as we did last year, but we've made a few updates as reporting requirements have changed slightly. Please note the following changes:

  1. Programs of Study - You will need to mark the correct TEA Program of Study for your students.
  2. Effective Date - Include the date the exam was taken for all certifications.
  3. Career Institutes – Career Institute students should be recorded in the appropriate Career Institute tab rather than a career cluster tab.
  4. P-TECH - P-TECH students should be recorded in the P-TECH tab rather than a career cluster tab.
  5. Student IDs - Reminder, we are using the 7-digit Dallas ISD Local ID for the student ID number.

Please click on the link below for the Certification tracking sheet.

2020-21 CTE Certification Tracking

Remember, we RECORD ALL CERTIFICATIONS - PASS and FAIL. Please review the instructional video listed at the top of the instructional page. Do not hesitate to reach out with any questions.

The certifications reporting deadline is May 1, 2021.

Region 10 Spring Offerings

Hello, Happy New Year, and Welcome Back, Region 10 Educators!

The Spring semester of the 2020-21 school year is here, and what a ride it’s been up until this point. From the time the world changed last March until now, educators, students, parents, and communities have had to roll with the punches. There have been so many different things needed from each of us, and as we release our T&L Spring Offerings, we hope that you will see that we have reflected upon a variety of data to respond to the needs that have been shared.

We have worked to ensure that learning logistics (time & mediums) and content (learning topics) have all been reflected in our offerings. If there are specific needs that we might be able to better assist with, please do reach out and allow us the opportunity to serve.

Here’s the link to the R10 Spring 2021 T&L Offerings.

We look forward to engaging with you in the year ahead. We invite you to explore our upcoming offerings in hopes that we can help you meet the moment and provide meaningful experiences for your learners.Our thoughts are with you, and we hope you stay safe and well.

Warm regards,

Kristin J. Hebert

Assistant Director, Teaching & Learning

Office: 972.348.1470

Cell: 214.505.9078

Twitter: @KristinHebert10

Region 10 Education Service Center

400 E. Spring Valley Rd. | Richardson, TX 75081

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Junior Achievement Inspire Virtual Career Fair- Sign Up Now

Greetings and Happy 2021!

As we kick off the new year, we are excited to invite your classes to attend our first JA Inspire Virtual Career Exploration Event!

JA Inspire Virtual is a coalition of educators and industry leaders. This one-of-a-kind event uses virtual technology to offer interactive career stations allowing middle and high school students the opportunity to engage with over 40 exhibitors, participate in live webinars and download career information and videos that will help guide them in their career choices. This event is ideal for both in-person and virtual students.


DATE: March 5, 2021

EVENT HOURS: 8:00am – 4:30pm (students may login anytime between these hours)

**Extended 24/7 access for 90 days after the event


  • Class period:

Students will login to JA Inspire Virtual and explore the virtual career fair for the duration of their regular class period. (attending students will have extended 24/7 access to the event for 90days after the event)

  • Virtual Field Trip:

Students will be excused from classes for 2-4 hours to explore the virtual career fair

Sign up ALL of your classes and spend the ENTIRE day with JA!

Click HERE to register and gain more info!

Virtual Reality: Cybersecurity Careers

Register here: https://forms.gle/e82AsKvPhXVjChoH7 This opportunity is open to the first teachers who sign up 200 students. Attendees should be focused on Cybersecurity Careers.
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Richard Grimsley, CTE Director

Newsletter Presented by:

Marcus Nickerson, Coordinator

Kim Yancy, Coordinator