Erich Spengler

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FROM THE DIRECTOR: EMBRACING THE PAST, ENVISIONING THE FUTURE: THE NATIONAL CAREER PATHWAYS NETWORK RESTRUCTURES!

Debbie Mills, Director, NCPN

The National Career Pathways Network (NCPN) is a membership organization for educators, employers, and others involved in the advancement of Career Pathways, career technical education (CTE), and related education reform initiatives. The NCPN advisory board ensures that NCPN meets the requirements of the stakeholder groups and represents stakeholder interests. NCPN is housed at the Center for Occupational Research and Development (CORD). NCPN is restructuring to better serve its members and the Career Pathways community and to streamline and strengthen the Career Pathways message to the field, across the United States and beyond. (Read)

LEVELING-UP EDUCATION TO THE WORLD OUTSIDE: SAN ANTONIO'S CYBER-STEM MODEL

Jim Brazell, San Antonio, Texas

Cyberspace is the new imperative for education and workforce and economic development. Headlines remind us every day of the far-reaching implications of cyberspace and our need to respond—from political revolution in Libya fueled by Tweeting Google Earth coordinates to NATO, to the Target retail heist that exposed the personal identities of up to a third of the American population, to Snowden's espionage ultimately calling the President of the United States to the podium to address national security policy and practice. (Read)

CYBERSTAR ROCKS SAN ANTONIO MIDDLE SCHOOLS

Joseph H. Sanchez, Cofounder, San Antonio CyberPatriot Center of Excellence

While most middle school students in the San Antonio area were fast asleep over the past few Saturdays, approximately 80 dedicated middle schoolers were learning and applying their knowledge of cybersecurity. Topping that remarkable feat, 20 high school and college students—all current and future CyberPatriot participants—also rose early on those Saturdays to teach the middle school students. (Read)

THE ALAMO AREA ACADEMIES: SAN ANTONIO'S BIGGEST EDUCATION SUCCESS STORY OF THE PAST DECADE

Gene Bowman, Executive Director, Alamo Academies

The Information Technology and Security Academy (ITSA) is an innovative, award-winning national STEM-based instructional model operated by the Alamo Area Academies Inc., a nonprofit organization, in partnership with the Alamo Colleges; San Antonio area high schools; industry; and the cities of San Antonio, New Braunfels, and Seguin. This outstanding and unique program provides America's youth with tuition-free career pathways into critical-demand technical STEM occupations. The ITSA program utilizes a contextualized, hands-on, dual credit, industry-driven curriculum that prepares graduates to enter higher education or high-wage careers in the information technology and security industry. (Read)

DON'T MISS BARRINGTON IRVING'S NEXT MISSION: THE FLYING CLASSROOM

Join National Geographic Emerging Explorer Captain Barrington Irving on his next STEM adventure!

Captain Barrington Irving is a Guinness World Record Holder as the youngest person to fly around the world solo. His next mission—The Flying Classroom—is a journey combined with a digital, cutting-edge global flight curriculum that makes STEM practical and applicable in the lives of students. It is a digital learning tool designed to help students excel in math, science, reading, and other core subject areas aligned to academic benchmarks for grades 3–10. Captain Irving and STEM professionals launch September 23, 2014, on an exploration that lasts 9 weeks and includes 16 expeditions spanning North America, Asia, Indonesia, and Australia. For more, visit www.flyingclassroom.com.


A business jet  •  Transformed into a virtual classroom
Powered by students' minds

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