Announcing the 2016 Children’s Engineering Convention – The convention will be held at the Hotel Roanoke February 11-12, 2016 for grades K-5 teachers and administrators. The special interest sessions will highlight best practices and classroom strategies that support instruction in grades K-5 hands-on design, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. For more information and registration, see Superintendents Memo 225-15.
Announcing Teaching Training for Manufacturing Technician Level I Certification Course – This training is specifically for currently licensed technology education teachers in divisions that offer or plan to offer the Manufacturing System’s program. The Manufacturing Systems Institute will deliver the course in Richmond on the following dates: September 2-4, October 14-16, November 4-6, and December 9-11, 2015. For more information, see Superintendents Memo 211-15.
The technology education program provides experiences that lead to the development of technologically literate people. At the elementary school level, students are introduced to technology and begin learning to use it in the classroom. At the middle school level, students considering a career in technology may explore the subject in several overview courses. At the high school level, students take courses to prepare them for technical or professional programs of higher education, such as STEM careers, engineering or architecture.Consistent with their abilities, interests, and educational needs, students completing a technology education program will achieve the following goals:
- Comprehend the dynamics of technology, including its development, impact, and potential.
- Employ the technological processes of problem-solving, creating and designing.
- Analyze the behavior of technological systems and subsystems, including the tools, materials, processes, energy, time, information, and people involved in systems.
- Apply scientific principles, engineering concepts, and technological systems in the processes of technology.
- Discover and develop personal interests and abilities related to a wide variety of technology-oriented careers.
The following courses were revised for implementation during the 2015-2016 school year. All curriculum frameworks are available through VERSO from the CTE Resource Center:
- Manufacturing Systems I, II (8425, 8427)
- Power and Transportation (8445)
- Technology Transfer (8405)
- Technology Assessment (8407)
- Advanced Drawing and Design (8438)
- Engineering Practicum (8453)
- Technology Education – Development (8471)
- Technology Education – Preparation (8469)
- Essential Competency List for Technology Education Service (Virginia's CTE Resource Center)
- Administrative Planning Guide for Technology Education
- Industry Credentialing
- Equipment Resource Guide - See Equipment for CTE Programs
Virginia Association of the Technology Student Association (TSA)
Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO)
Provides the application and integration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) concepts through co-curricular instruction, leadership development, competitive events and related programs. For more information, visit the CTSO web page.
WBL is a school-coordinated, coherent sequence of on-the-job experiences that are related to students’ career goals and/or interests, are based on instructional preparation and are performed in partnership with local businesses, industries or other organizations in the community. For more information on WBL methods of instruction, visit Work-Based Learning.
- 2015-2016 Reference Sheet (PDF)
- 2015-2016 Calendar of Events (PDF)
- Licensure Regulations for School Personnel – Technology Education
- Leadership and Professional Development Regions (PDF)
- Career Planning Guide
- Project Lead the Way
- Virginia Technology and Engineering Education Association (VTEEA)
- International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA)
- Virginia Children's Engineering Council (VCEC)
- Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE)
- Virginia Association for Career and Technical Education (VACTE)