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BMIT - News and Updates

 CSEdWeek is an annual call to action to inspire K-12 students to learn computer science, advocate for equity in computer science education, and celebrate the contributions of students, teachers, and partners to the field. This week is held in recognition of the birthday of Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906), who invented the first compiler and coined the term “bug” (an error in a program) after removing an actual moth from a computer in 1947.

The most important aspect of computer science is problem solving, an essential skill for life. Students study the design, development, and analysis of software and hardware used to solve problems in a variety of business, scientific, and social contexts.

Missouri is fortunate to have many Career and Technical Student Organizations that offer a variety of computer science related competitive events.

  • FBLA-PBL offers many events that incorporate computer science concepts. From Coding & Programming to Cyber Security, members have an opportunity to compete in over 10 computer science related events. Check out the Competitive Events Handbook for all the events they have to offer.
  • PLTW- Throughout the school year across Missouri, students participate in computer science showcases where students present computer science prototypes to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics professionals. The PLTW computer science curriculum covers critical STEM content and allows students to apply what they have learned to solve real world problems.
  • TSA provides 17 Computer Science-related high school and middle school competitions. TSA CS middle and high school competitions are aligned with the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) standards. The high school CS competitions also are aligned with the AP Computer Science Standards.  TSA Computer Science competitions are designed to be integrated into an existing computer science curricula and can be implemented in an in-school or virtual environment.
  • SkillsUSA has district, state, and national championships in the areas of Computer Programing, Cyber Security, CNC Machining, Manufacturing, Robotics etc. You can find a more robust descriptions at https://www.skillsusa.org/competitions/skillsusa-championships/contest-descriptions/.

How can you, your family, school, school district, or community participate in the upcoming computer science activities? Look no further than the links below:

  1. CSEdWeek Kickoff – On December 7, 2020 at 1pm ET, join thousands of computer science enthusiasts for the Computer Science Week Kick-off through YouTube and Facebook livestream. Tune into the livestreams on YouTube or Facebook. Visit their website or additional CS activities.
  2. PLTW – Cybersecurity: Connecting Students to Opportunity Webinar – On December 8, 2020 PLTW is hosting a webinar where they will discuss the need for all students to have access to computer science education and career opportunities by going beyond coding and programming to applications of computational thinking and related skills sets that are crucial for empowering all students in the future workforce. Register here
  3. Hour of Code - is a one-hour introduction to computer science and computer programming. Register your #HourOfCode and take a look at more than 100 new activities at hourofcode.com! This is a wonderful opportunity for your students to get a head start on computer science. Students will use block coding to create characters. It is also a fun event for the whole family.
  4. National Family Code Nights – families can participate in this event to help encourage curiosity and confidence in their children while connecting these-at home activities to real world concepts. https://www.csiselementary.org/s/.

HIGH SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

Camdenton, St. Joseph Central, Nevada Regional Tech, and Ritenour High School students received accolades for scoring in the top 10% on the High School of Business (HSB) final exams in the 2019-2020 school year. Congratulations to these programs for effectively preparing students for success on those exams. Results are posted here.

For more information on the HSB program, visit https://www.mbaresearch.org/index.php/program-development/hsb.

REMINDERS

NEW

STACKABLE CREDENTIAL - Beginning in school year 2020-2021, students earning two stackable credentials in a program area will have the same effect on a district's APR as earning an IRC. Our current working definition of a stackable credential is a series of aligned, recognized, preferred, and/or required credentials (stackable) within an industry or sector that support an individual’s ability to obtain related, career employment.

https://dese.mo.gov/sites/default/files/cte-irc-tsa-guidance.pdf

STAFF UPDATE

Chris Dzurick, FBLA-PBL State Adviser, has accepted a position with the Iowa Department of Education. I will keep you informed via this listserv once someone is hired. Best wishes to Chris!

SBE AND SME HANDBOOKS

The Supervised Business Experience and Supervised Marketing Experience handbooks are now available.

SBE Handbook (website: https://dese.mo.gov/college-career-readiness/career-ed-programs/business...)
SME Handbook (website: https://dese.mo.gov/college-career-readiness/career-education/business-m...)

DESE-BMIT UPDATE

A big THANK YOU to all of you who registered and "attended" the MoACTE Conference last week! 

WORK EXPERIENCES

As a new year begins, it is important to review the policies (found below) that are in place for Cooperative Career Education (CCE) programs. We can all assume some CCE, Supervised Business Experience (SBE), and Supervised Marketing Experience (SME) programs will be impacted due to COVID-19.

It is important that the teacher/coordinator be aware of the credit needed by each enrolled student to graduate. Businesses may close, positions eliminated, and hours cut. The teacher/coordinator must start the year with a plan to deal with such instances and expect that things will change from the start of the semester to the end. I encourage the teacher/coordinator to have a plan in place for each student –  i.e., what course will each student be transferred into should his/her work experience end in the middle of the semester; is there a backup worksite available? Please make sure parents/guardians and students understand that credit granted is based on the number of hours worked per week, and those hours may be impacted negatively due to various reasons. It is important to make sure that if a decision made by a business negatively impacts a student’s opportunity to satisfactorily complete the program for credit, it doesn’t keep a student from graduating.

As always, the training agreement must be signed by the student, teacher/coordinator, employer, and the parent/guardian. Ensure parents/guardians understand implications of this program and how it can impact the granting of credit. Please also consider requiring a parent/guardian signature affirming that they understand that their student is working during a pandemic and acknowledge the risk associated in doing so.

Keep in mind that CCE, SBE, and SME programs may not work out for all students this year. Please understand that you may not get your normal enrollment which will then impact your supervision time.  

It was decided that we must be flexible in our guidance and guidelines and by prescribing too much on how the program should be run it may be too restrictive to certain districts. We must rely on local control and depend on our districts to do what is best for the students and to administer the program as closely to the program policies as possible.

Policies

  1. Students must be enrolled in a DESE‐approved career education program with classes which are concurrent with the off‐campus experience. The related instruction may be less frequent than daily, but must comply with the approved program standards.
  2. One‐half unit of credit per semester may be awarded for 10‐19 hours weekly of off‐campus experience, or one unit of credit per semester for 20 or more hours weekly of off‐campus experience. No more than two units of credit may be awarded during any school year for the off‐campus experience.
  3. The program must be under the supervision of a teacher certificated in the career education program area and who has completed coursework in supervision of cooperative education.
  4. The teacher/coordinator’s schedule must include 225 minutes per week for each 12‐15 participating students for supervision of on‐the‐job training.
  5. The teacher employment contracts should include an additional week beyond regular teacher contracts for each 12 to 15 students to provide counseling, placement, scheduling and training station development.
  6. There must be a written instructional plan which sets forth specific learner objectives, an evaluation plan for student performance, and a training agreement signed by all parties involved.
  7. Evaluation of students on the job must include occupationally specific skills as well as attitudinal criteria.
  8. Students may or may not receive pay. The employment relationship must be established for off‐ campus experience as part of cooperative career education programs and must adhere to the Fair Labor Standards Act (Fact Sheet #71 http://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/whdfs71.pdf).

Do not hesitate to call me should you have any questions or concerns at 573-751-8665.  Thank you!

BMIT LISTSERV

THIS LISTSERV REPLACES THE MO-BUSED, MARK-COOPED, MBEA, AND MCEA LISTSERV.

A listserv was created for all business, marketing, and CCE teachers in the state of Missouri. 

IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ!!

When sending an email on this listserv, PLEASE make sure to type the following in the subject line: (PROGRAM NAME) (COURSE NAME or TOPIC)

Example 1: Business, Accounting I, Example 2: Marketing, Advertising, Example 3: All Programs (use this if what you are sharing/asking applies to all program areas)

By using this information in the subject line, it will help teachers more easily filter out the messages that may not apply to them.

SUBSCRIBE HERE: https://lists.mo.gov/mailman/listinfo/bmit