Region 15 CTE Weekly Update

April 27 - May 1, 2020

When you’re at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hold on. - Theodore Roosevelt

We are sure missing baseball. We are Astro fans in this house (yeah, I don't want to hear it.) We had planned on going to the opening game at Dell Diamond for the Round Rock Express. We are all hoping we will be able to head to a game this summer. Whatever plans you had this spring that have been cancelled or postponed, I hope you are able to find joy in unexpected ways. Yeah, this is really not getting any easier for me. But it is what it is.


Monday - April 27

Governor Abbott press conference at 2:30 pm

Guidance for Seniors 2020 - April 21

Summer Staff Development Updates

As much as I hated to do it, there was too many unknowns at this time. I had to made hard decisions on some of the summer workshops this year. Region 15 is working to offer workshops face to face and also virtual.

  • Cancelled - MOS June 29 and 30. Sandy and I are going to look at dates later in the summer and early fall to see if we can reschedule this training.
  • Cancelled - Welding Certification June 16-18. Rich lives in New York and that state has seen a lot of COVID 19 cases. He is currently laid off till June 1. I know our training was mid June, but he would have to self quarantine for 14 days before he could engage with the public. He understands this is not an easy thing to do and his other workshops are either cancelled or postponed. We will look at possible dates later in the summer to see if we can have him back down.

I am sorting through the Summer PD survey I sent a few weeks ago. If you have not responded I would really appreciate it if you would.

Tuesday - April 28

Governor Abbott Press Conference Recap

If you didn't have a chance to listen to Governor Abbott speak yesterday about his Open Texas Report, I have included the file in today's post. This is what I learned:

  • 'Stay Home' order will expire on it's original deadline of April 30
  • Restaurants, retail, malls, movie theaters can open at 25% occupancy on May 1
  • Museums and libraries can open at 25% occupancy May 1 but hands on exhibits must remain closed
  • Gyms, bars, barbers and salons will remain closed - hoping to open mid May
  • We are in what he calls Phase 1, Phase 2 will allow 50% occupancy but that is determined by the number of tests and other variables
  • Summer Camps - TBD

Wednesday - April 29

We are Generation T

Powered by Lowes, this program is all about supporting the trades: carpentry, plumbers, electricians, HVAC, Painters and more. Check out the infographic link (economy pdf) in today's post and visit:

Generation T Pledge:

Generation T is a collective of organizations committed to change an international narrative gone wrong -- that the building trades are a default career.

Together we can change the perception of the trades and the way people perceive their career options. We want to give them confidence to pursue a career that's meaningful, creative, flexible and provides mastery with ample opportunities for growth.

We want to tell the whole truth about "making it" in modern society. The building trades will increasingly shape the places we live and love. We want to influence our education system and help bring back the trades in order to encourage today and tomorrow's future workforce and potentially widen the middle class.

NCCER Training

Was given the green light today to offer NCCER Training this summer virtually! Stay tuned for dates and ways to attend. I need to work out the details with the trainer. Visit to learn more.

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Thursday - April 30

Here we are at the end of April. Today was day 1 of a 2 day training with the CTE Division at TEA. A few things I wanted to share with you (see documents attached in today's post):

  • CTE Programs of Study Alignment to Endorsements
  • HS Technology Applications transition to CTE
  • Educational Aide I certification for students (students will need to pay for fingerprinting too)
  • IBC Approved Vendor Crosswalk

I am going to learn more about the Perkins V Local Plan tomorrow. TEA did announce today that more than half of all LEAs in Texas have NOT worked on the CLNA. They are asking for districts to begin working on this schedule. I am happy to say that so far all the CLNAs for Region 15 that have been turned into TEA have been APPROVED! Remember, if your district decides to not participate a CLNA still must be submitted to TEA. Let me know how I can help!

Friday - May 1

Well here we are, another Friday. We've reached the final month of the school year and I am sure you all have the last day of school circled on a calendar. I know that many of you are so very tired and worn out and looking forward to a summer with less work stress. I hope that you will take the time to care for yourself first. Your family needs you and your students will need you in the fall.

I am still working on summer PD programming. I am going to be reaching out to groups of you to see about setting up networking sessions. I know we have worked with the FCS teachers each summer to have a day to network. I am also going to expand on the New CTE Teacher initiative I started last summer. Stay tuned for more info. One advantage of having zoom based PD is we can have them more frequently. I am a part of the safety committee at the ESC and we are working on a school safety workshop in June with John Michael Keyes from the I Love U Guys Foundation. This will be a virtual conference and you will not want to miss it.

I hope you all have a great weekend. I will see you all back again on Monday. Thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter each day. I hope it has been informative. At least you get a chance to see all the ramblings that come out of my thoughts. I have enjoyed sharing with you all.

Be well,