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Washington Leadership Training Institute

Pre-conference Assignments

Directions: The three following assignments must be completed prior to Sept. 15, 2013. Both assignments must be printed and saved on a USB flash drive or CD. Bring the printed assignments and your flash drive, CD with you to the conference. This is not a class or group assignment. While students may collaborate on the assignments, the paper and presentation submitted should reflect each individual students work. Assignment No. 3 will be judged. The top five presentations and brochures will be recognized at the Awards Ceremony on Wednesday.

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Assignments for 2013

Assignment No. 1: Paper
Research the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act of 2006. Write a two- to four-page paper, double-spaced in 12 pt. type covering the following points:

  1. Summarize the importance of Perkins funding to career and technical education and to your local school and/or training program.
  2. Provide specific examples of how Perkins funds are used in your school.*
  3. What would be the extent of the losses to your school, both short-term and long-term, if the funding were no longer available?

Paper will be turned in at registration.

*You may need to schedule an appointment with the administrator of your school or the designated individual in your school who works with Perkins funds in order to discuss Perkins and secure the school information you need to complete your report.

Assignment No. 2: Overview
Research the Investing in America's future: A blueprint transforming Career and Technical Education. Write a one page paper, double-spaced in 12 pt. type covering the following points:

  • Summarize the key points of the blueprint.
  • Discuss why you are in favor or against this reform.

Overview till be turned in at registration.

Assignment No. 3: Presentation
Design a PowerPoint presentation or a brochure about career and technical education in your school. Include information about your school's career and technical education programs, SkillsUSA, and how your school benefits from Carl D. Perkins funding. This PowerPoint, or brochure, should be designed for use during WLTI, in your local community and in your state.

*Note: Assignment 2 may be used during your visits to Congress.

Printed material to bring with you:

  • 4-6 Power Point slides, printed on 1 page, turn in one copy (10 copies for your congressional visits), or
  • A brochure or handout turn in one copy (10 copies for your congressional visits)

Presentation slides or brochures will be turned in at registration. This is a conference contest and opportunity to share your presentation slides or brochure. A committee will select the best five assignments submitted. Entries will be judged on evidence of personal insight, creativity, correct use of the SkillsUSA logo and name, thoroughly covering the topic, spelling, readability and professionalism.

Visit the following websites to jumpstart your research. We have listed a few websites to help you get started. Your local career and technical school administrator could be a great help in guiding you toward Web-based resources available in your own state as well as on a national level.

National Association of State Directors of Career and Technical Education Consortium

The Association for Career and Technical Education

U.S. Department of Education

A Blueprint for transforming Career and Technical Education

Investing in America’s future and transforming Career and Technical Education

SkillsUSA Logo

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Search terms: "Perkins funding", "Carl D. Perkins Act", "career and tech ed Perkins funding", "Carl Perkins funding"

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