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Consortium Update: 2014 mNET Summer Training

Mobilizing National Educator Talent (mNET) is a consortium of P-12 schools, universities, state department of educations, and nonprofit organizations that supports nontraditional pathways for individuals seeking to become teachers in urban and rural school districts. Adults preparing to attain full state teacher certification participate in web-based and mobile-friendly curricula and electronic coaching (ecoaching).

Early Head Start grant aids babies and toddlers

CETE in conjunction with The Ohio State University’s Schoenbaum Family Center, College of Education and Human Ecology, and Wexner Medical Center will play a vital role in a new $16.5-million project to ensure children between 6 weeks and 3 years old in Columbus, Ohio, have a happy and healthy start in life. One of only two university-led collaborations in the country, the five-year Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership will focus on the education and welfare of the approximately 2,500 infants and 2,300 toddlers living in targeted neighborhoods where the child poverty rate is above the norm.

CETE adds competency modeling to its practice analysis suite

Organizations are continually searching for better ways to define and achieve excellence. Defining required performance (sometimes called “practice analysis”) is the basis for many important organizational activities, including training, performance appraisal, curriculum development, and certification. The focus on excellence in organizations is important because the ability of workers to perform is a competitive advantage.

Quality Matters matters to CETE

Quality Matters (QM) is a nationally recognized peer-review process designed to attest to the value of online courses. CETE staff received training on the QM rubric to better guide the transition of our current project work to an online format.

CETE’s implementation of the global standard for project management

CETE is an organization with extensive project management experience. Each year, the center manages dozens of projects in the areas of education, workforce, and community development. There has been a growing interest among staff to expand this expertise by implementing formal project management tools and processes that are aligned to the Project Management Institute’s (PMI’s) global standard for project management. Over the past year, CETE staff members interested in formal project management methodology have met and piloted several tools from PMI's A Project Manager's Book of Forms.

Using logic models as planning and evaluation tools

Experience suggests that logic models are used increasingly in evaluation and program development. Logic models provide professionals a tool for program planning and evaluation purposes. Logic model development services are available at CETE.

The 2014 GED®: A new era in high-school equivalency assessment

In January 2014, a new and highly anticipated GED® assessment was launched. This version of the test, which had previously been the only high-school equivalency assessment available to students, represents a massive shift in not only the content and delivery of the test but also its overall purpose. With a new focus on the Common Core State Standards and College and Career Readiness standards as well as an emphasis on task and text complexity, higher-order thinking skills, and technology skills, the GED® has morphed into a gateway for those seeking to enter postsecondary or workplace training programs.

Digital credentialing

Adult education of all types is shifting more and more online. How can this training, coursework, and knowledge gained be validated and verified in the digital age? Digital credentials, or badges, are one way CETE is remaining on the cutting-edge of crediting learners.

Latest news on the WebXam™ assessment platform

Since 2001, CETE has provided quality services in the area of online assessment. School districts in Ohio and throughout the United States used WebXam™, a secure online system for the delivery, data tracking, and reporting of assessments of technical knowledge and skill, to test 90,000 students during the 2013–2014 school year.

CETE’s DACUM helps Honda’s maintenance trainings

CETE facilitated the DACUM process for Honda's Corporate Technical Development team to ensure trainings in Honda's Technical Development Program (TDP) aligned with job requirements. As a result, the TDP has grown to 31 courses, totaling approximately 728 hours of training over four years.