BMIT - News and Updates
FREE MORENET TRAINING
Have you checked out the Computer Science regional trainings that are available to you for free?!? Check them out here. (scroll down to bottom of page)
Have you checked out the computer science page on the DESE website lately? GRANT OPPORTUNITY is available.
If you attended the MOACTE Summer Conference, this is the form I mentioned that you can submit for computer science related PD reimbursement.
MOREnet also has A LOT of great, FREE opportunities for you.
BMIT RESOURCE BOOK
The 2019-2020 version is now available on our homepage.
Please remember ONLY the standards and the exam to assess the standards have changed.
Please visit https://dese.mo.gov/college-career-readiness/curriculum/computer-science... to view the newly adopted Computer Science (CS) performance standards and the CS guidance document.
The guidance provides information pertaining to students who want to take CS for math or science credit, teacher qualifications, etc.
Please note the only way to add CS to your certificate is to take the DESE approved exam.
MOACTE SUMMER CONFERENCE
Thank you to those who attended the 50th Annual MoACTE Summer Conference this week. I realize you made a choice to attend. A choice that may have taken you away from your beloved family, your last few days of summer break or your own income.
Attending the MoACTE Summer Conference provides you opportunities to network with your peers, which always proves to be a rewarding and invaluable experience. You can leave with innovative, fresh ideas. You will go back ready and excited to start a new year.
The MBEA (Missouri Business Education Association) and MCEA (Marketing and Cooperative Education Association) conference program was packed full of engaging, relevant content and even offered time to allow you to just relax, laugh and enjoy.
NEW CONCENTRATOR DEFINITION
A secondary concentrator is defined as “a student who has completed at least two courses in a single career and technical education program of study. A course is defined locally as a series of lessons that equal one unit of credit.” For secondary business and marketing programs, a concentrator is a student who has earned two credits in a career cluster.
BMIT Career Clusters:
- Business Management and Administration
- Information Technology
TECHNICAL SKILL ATTAINMENT (TSA) EXAMS
Technical Skill Attainment (TSA) is no longer a core indicator of performance in Perkins V; therefore, districts are not required to test CTE concentrators for Perkins purposes. However, it is important to note that TSA/Industry Recognized Credential (IRC) is one of the requirements for student attainment of the CTE certificate, which provides students with the necessary technical and employability skills to be prepared for an entry-level career or additional training in a technical field.
COMPUTER SCIENCE I AND COMPUTER SCIENCE II
The performance standards for Computer Science I, course code 034400, and Computer Science II, course code 034401, are now posted on the Business Course Competencies and Standards page. Before coding this course to the corresponding Business course code, the curriculum taught MUST address all standards found in the performance standards document.
The window for submission of CCQI is now closed, and we have been working with the Office of Data System Management to determine necessary baseline data in order to develop specialized reports that can be used to assist schools with program improvement.
During the 2019-20 school year, we will not require Cohort III to complete the CCQI process. Rather, we encourage you to review the completed CCQI evaluations with appropriate staff and consider developing improvement plans for those quality indicators that may need attention.
STEM Career Awareness Training
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has contracted with Learning Blade™ to offer middle school students more opportunities for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) career awareness training.
Learning Blade™ is a supplemental, STEM toolbox of interactive online lessons, ready-to-use lesson plans and classroom activities designed to expose primarily 6th-8th grade students to STEM-related career opportunities and help them develop key skills as they move forward. This approach to STEM education focuses on activities that can be utilized both in a self-paced game environment and as practice in academic classrooms.
The system is built on the concept of missions. Each mission highlights a people-centered problem that engages today's students, and shows how STEM careers and technologies solve these problems. There are online lessons, projects and activities designed to grab students' attention while introducing them to the careers, tools and technologies found throughout STEM fields. It also has parent activities in order to stimulate discussion of careers at home.
Training is available to educators with the goal of having them feel confident in using Learning Blade™ at the end of the two-to-three hour session. Once your registration has been processed, Learning Blade™ will send you additional information regarding the optional training.
To create your account, please visit www.LearningBlade.com/MO. You must use your school email address in order to obtain a license for your school. Only one person from your school has to sign up to receive the school login information. Each individual school (not district) can receive a 3D printer if they complete 5000 online lessons in a single school year. One printer per school, per lifetime. If you have specific questions, please call 573-751-8665.