Region 6 ESC CTE and CCMR
DECEMBER 2020 /JANUARY 2021
Note from Tally Jo Stout
Over the last 7 1/2 years, I have been afforded so many opportunities to work with each of you, your campuses, and your districts, these moments are some of my greatest memories and blessings. I am a better educator, parent, and person because of you guys opening your doors to me.
I hope each of you has a wonderful Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, with the opportunity to spend quality time with your family and friends.
On a positive side note, January 1, 2021, will be my final day as the Region 6 ESC CTE/CCMR Specialist it is a bitter-sweet change but I have been blessed with the door opening to be the CTE Director at Conroe ISD. With that, I can promise you that the ESC will always ensure your needs are met and you receive premier services.
This is not a goodbye but a see you later,
Contacts Information to ESC Staff that can assist you:
CCMR/ Accountability: Jessical Hassell - JHassell@esc6.net
Foundation High Program (HB5) - Sherri Treadway - email@example.com
Secondary Science/Math - Danielle Romagus, firstname.lastname@example.org
Secondary RLA - Beth McDaniel email@example.com
Apply Texas - firstname.lastname@example.org
Any other needs that are specific to CTE, please contact Sandy Garcia - email@example.com.
CTE ADMIN / DIRECTORS MEETINGS (see updates)
Please put the following dates on your calendar and watch for the update dates with Session ID's to register.
January 13, 2021 - EVENT # 409718 (Cancelled and Rescheduled to Feb)
February 25, 2021 - Watch for Event # and Information later
April 14, 2021 - EVENT # 409720
May 12, 2021- EVENT #409722
Register at: www.esc6.net
- Prepare for CTE Education Week in February-order supplies
- Document dual credit course alignment
- Review and compare 2nd 6 weeks Principals and Superintendents FTE report to in-house FTE report
- Review department expenditures to date
- Review Near Final Summary of Finance report for the previous school year
- Meet with teachers regarding student certification and licensure programs
- Begin working on Course Catalog for next year
- Register for CTAT Winter Conference
- Recruitment plan for pre-registration
- Develop marketing/recruitment tool
- Review and compare 3rd 6 weeks Principals and Superintendents FTE report to in-house report
- Resolve 2nd-semester schedule changes
- Review new semester course offerings
- Review Career Prep and Practicum Training plans -job changes, new Training Plans…
- Review activities for CTE Education Week
2020-2021 Perkins V: Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Reallocations
Reallocation amounts for the 2020-2021 Perkins V: Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Grant Application were made available in eGrants and are now available on the Entitlements web page.
No action is required by the grantee at this time. TEA staff will initiate adjustments to the largest budgeted class/object code to incorporate the reallocation amounts. The grantee’s approved budget, reflected on Schedule BS6001 – Program Budget Summary and Support, will be the sum of the final amount and reallocation amount.
Once the reallocation process is completed, grantees will receive email notifications of revisions to program budgets with their revised Notice of Grant Award (NOGA) attached to that email. Until those email notifications and attachments are distributed, TEA requests that LEAs and ESCs not submit any amendments to claim the reallocation funding.
If necessary, once it receives email notification of the revised budget and NOGA, an LEA or ESC may file an amendment to revise the budget entered by TEA staff. Please refer to When to Amend the Application on the Administering a Grant page of the TEA website to determine if an amendment is necessary.
The deadline to submit amendments is 5:00 p.m. Central Time, May 18, 2021.
For Further Information
For any grant-related questions, please contact the Grants Administration Division at (512) 463-8525 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions about the grant application, contact your assigned negotiator listed on the Grants Administration Contacts page.
Industry-Based Certification Submission Timeline
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) held a series of meetings with an Industry-Based Certification (IBC) advisory committee made up of representation from TWC, THECB, CTE professional organizations, workforce boards, education service centers, and school districts. The purpose of the advisory committee was to assess options related to the next IBC evaluation process, given the impact of COVID-19, and to provide recommendations on next steps. The advisory committee recommended forgoing the 2020 update to the IBC list for accountability because of pandemic-based disruptions to the workforce boards and the TEA employer partnerships. In lieu of a 2020 update, the committee recommended using this year and next (2020 and 2021) to make improvements to the process with a new list to be released in 2022.
The TEA will accept submissions of recommended industry based certifications for inclusion in the 2022 Industry Based Certifications List for Accountability from stakeholders December 1, 2020 through January 15, 2021. Use the following link to submit a recommendation:
Qualtrics link: https://tea.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6oslG2bp17p5nhP
Please note: The link will be live December 1, 2020 through January 15, 2021.
For additional details please refer to the timeline below:
December 2020 - January 2021
Application opens for stakeholders to submit IBCs to be considered in the evaluation process (IBCs on current list do not need to be submitted)
Survey is distributed to a representative sample of employers from each industry sector to determine industry validation.
Collect contextual data to supplement survey data, conduct workforce engagement public comment period, and final analysis to determine industry value
Evaluate remaining criteria for IBCs that were determined to be industry valued
November 2021-January 2022
Public comment period and approval of version 3 of the IBC list used for public school accountability
Implementation of new IBC list
Uniform Grant Guidelines
On August 13, the federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) published in the Federal Register an extensive document revising the Uniform Grants Guidance (UGG). These administrative, cost, and audit regulations apply to your Perkins V programs, as well as all other federal grant activities. These revisions to the UGG will be incorporated into the Education Department of General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) and will have a July 1, 2021 effective date for Perkins expenditures. The revisions cover internal controls on financial management, procurement, performance and budget periods, obligation and liquidation periods, indirect costs, pre-award costs, risk assessments, pass-through responsibilities, and the elimination of non-binding guidance (such as using Perkins funds for meals). A webinar was presented on 11/10/20 by Michael Brustein and Steven Spillan from Brustein & Manasevit, PLLC. The webinar recording is available to interested individuals. Please register through the following link:
NEW UGG Prohibition
- OMB just released the attached guidance on the new UGG prohibition on the purchase of telecommunications equipment. Please note that the prohibition applies to all “expenditures” after August 13, 2020, not just new awards after that date. Please refer to the attachment
Program of Study Updates
Revised versions of the approved Statewide Programs of Study framework documents, the Regional Programs of Study at-a-glance document, and the Statewide Programs of Study at-a-glance files are posted to the TEA CTE webpage ((https://tea.texas.gov/academics/college-career-and-military-prep/career-and-technical-education/approved-cte-programs-of-study) The revisions were prompted by an evaluation of the auto-coding system for CTE programs to maintain consistency in reporting for all local education agencies.
The POS frameworks have been updated to include a location on Page 2 (or 3) for the LEA required nondiscrimination statement. Please share this update with your LEAs. We are beginning the work to have the POS frameworks translated to Spanish.
Application for SBOE CTE TEKS Revision Work Groups
Application for State Board of Education Career and Technical Education TEKS Revision Work Groups for Education and Training, Health Science, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and Additional CTE Courses that Satisfy a Science Graduation Requirement
The Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) is now accepting applications from individuals interested in serving on a TEKS review work group for select subchapters of TAC 130. Career and Technical Education (CTE) Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). The SBOE identifies individuals, including educators, parents, business and industry representatives, and employers, to serve on TEKS work groups. The work groups will review the course TEKS for courses included in Chapter 130 Subchapter E. Education and Training, Subchapter H. Health Science, and Subchapter O. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics and four additional CTE courses that may satisfy a science graduation requirement: Advanced Animal Science, Advanced Plant and Soil Science, Food Science, and Forensic Science. Course review entails revision of existing TEKS, evaluation of innovative courses for TEKS adoption, and the development of new courses.
The SBOE's TEKS review and revision process calls for multiple, separate work groups. Individuals selected to participate in the TEKS review can expect to be asked to serve in a series of two-day virtual monthly meetings for February through May. Priority will be given to applications received by January 8, 2021.
A link is provided below to the CTE TEKS review web page where you can access the work group application. Applicants do not need to be educators to apply. Please enter information in the application that best reflects your experience.
For questions regarding this application or the TEKS review process, please contact the Curriculum Standards and Student Support Division at 512-463-9581 or email@example.com.
Texas Gateway Training Updated Links
- Math PD Requirement (Complete both parts 1 and 2)
Introduction to Integrating Math into CTE Classrooms, Part 1 – Link:
Introduction to Integrating Math into CTE Classrooms, Part 2 – Link:
Fashion Design PD opportunity. Please refer to Flyer
CyberStart America Game
I wanted to pass along this announcement regarding this year’s CyberStart America Game. The program, which previously focused on recruiting female high school students in Texas to compete, is now open to all Texas students in grades 9–12. Participating students and their teachers do not need knowledge or experience in information technology or cybersecurity to take part, and the program is free for schools and students alike.
Participating students will have the opportunity to win prizes and recognition for their schools and scholarships for themselves.
Complete details may be found at www.cyberstartamerica.org. The CyberStart Game began November 15, 2020, and concludes on April 4, 2021. Students may continue to register so long as they reach the National Cyber Scholarship Competition qualifying level in the Game by the cut-off date of March 8, 2021. To see the types of challenges students will face in the games, visit https://go.cyberstart.com.
The complete announcement can be found here:
Please pass this along to whomever you think would be interested.
CTE Related TEA COVID Informational Links
Teacher PD and Resources
Region 6 ESC is Dedicated to Serve our districts during this time of remote learning and extended school closures. Our commitment to you is, and will continue to be, based on customized service and personalized relationships.
College, Career, and Military Readiness (CCMR) Corner
In addition to this weighted funding, school districts are also eligible to receive $50 for each FTE student enrolled in two or more advanced CTE courses for three or more credits.