For Immediate Release: January 28, 2015
Contact: Renee Rybak Lang, renee.lang@nasbe.org, 703-740-4841

Arkansas State Board Member Mireya Reith to Chair Task Force on Career Education

Alexandria, VA – The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) is pleased to announce that Mireya Reith, a member of the Arkansas State Board of Education, has been appointed to chair a year-long NASBE study group on career education called the “Second ‘C’”.

NASBE conducts annual study groups to provide professional development to members of state boards of education, set organizational direction and priorities, and inform the state education policymaking process on key issues. Previous study groups have explored rural education, 21st century learning and technology use in the classroom, student engagement, and strengthening the teaching profession.

“NASBE’s study groups bring together the experts on state policy—state board of education members—to learn what works and to share their findings with other education policymakers,” says NASBE Executive Director Kristen Amundson. “We are delighted that Ms. Reith is leading the important work of defining what it means to be career ready.”

Specifically, study group members will examine these elements:

  • Student readiness. Where are the gaps in student skills and knowledge preventing college and career success? How can schools help fill those gaps?
  • Funding. The best career education programs offer students opportunities for personalized learning, yet funding for these programs is scarce. How can states create steadier funding streams to support such learning?
  • Recruiting and retaining strong staff members. While many educators in career fields have strong technical skills in their areas of expertise, many lack the required coursework to earn a teaching certificate. What are best practices in this area? How can state policies on teacher licensure support CTE?
  • Partnerships. How can schools take advantage of the training expertise offered by industry and labor unions? Can states develop policies that will foster stronger partnerships?
  • Meeting diverse educational needs. If the goal is to have all students leave high school prepared for both college and a career, how will state policies need to be adjusted?

Once they complete their work, NASBE study groups issue a comprehensive report with key insights, findings, and policy recommendations for relevant stakeholders, including members of Congress, federal officials, governors, chief state school officers, and local education policymakers.

“The second ‘C’—career-ready—has been overlooked for far too long,” says Reith. “Nearly 63 percent of jobs will require postsecondary skills in the next decade, so students need to be equally career and college ready in our modern economy. I’m excited to lead my state board colleagues in a discussion about what it will take to ensure all students are prepared to meet that challenge.”

The National Association of State Boards of Education represents America’s state and territorial boards of education. Our principal objectives are to strengthen state leadership in education policymaking; advocate equality of access to educational opportunity; promote excellence in the education of all students; and assure responsible lay governance of education. Learn more at www.nasbe.org.

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