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April 22, 2016

[NEW POST] CTE For Healthcare And Future Ready Students

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Health Science Job Security and How to Get There with CTE
In this blog series, we will delve into four important Career Clusters® that are in need of more educated and well-trained students to fill the higher-skill, higher-wage jobs open to them. These Career Clusters are health science, information technology, business management and administration, and manufacturing. In this post we will focus on health science.

Healthcare Industry Growth

Healthcare is a large, diverse, and growing component of the economy, employing around 14.5 million people and accounting for 10.3 percent of jobs nationally, according to the Brookings Institute. Healthcare jobs are located in nearly every community across the country and in a variety of settings.

In 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor projected in its Occupational Outlook Handbook that 17 of the 30 fastest-growing jobs are in healthcare-related fields…

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The Unofficial Guide to the 2016 ASU GSV Summit
The annual ASU GSV Summit will be here next week. What began eight years ago as a modest event put on by Arizona State University and GSV Capital, an investment firm, to enable investors to hear presentations from about 50 education start-ups has transformed into a central showcase for investors and companies scouting the next big thing in education technology.

In its short history, the ASU GSV conference has acquired a reputation as the meet-cute spot for ed tech investors and executives seeking to develop relationships with start-ups that could lead to acquisitions.

If you haven’t signed up yet, register soon! There will be an estimated 3,200 attendees. If you are already planning to attend, we have put together an unofficial guide with five things you should do before and during the conference.

1. Make a List of Who You Want to Meet and RESEARCH Them

The major point of going to many conferences is the chance to meet colleagues, speakers, investors, or presenters whom you follow, engage with, and who influence you. Don’t be nervous about introducing yourself to them because they want to meet you as well to hear new ideas, learn about new products, and get your feedback on their presentation…

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Being a Blended and Online Learning Mentor: The Key to Success
4.7.2016, FuelEd Contributor: Ashley Shorter
A mentor is by definition someone who teaches or gives help and advice to a less experienced, often younger, person, i.e., a trusted counselor or guide. While this may sound like a familiar role in a traditional brick-and-mortar teaching environment, when it comes to online and blended learning a mentor role takes on a new life. So, what does a mentor in an online and blended environment look like?

What Is a Mentor in a Blended and Online Learning?

In an online and blended learning environment, it is imperative to make sure that students stay on task even as they have more control of the  pacing their own learning. This is where a mentor comes in. A mentor can be a school-appointed teacher, volunteer, a parent, or really anyone who is responsible for a student’s academic success.

A mentor is responsible for:

  • Ensuring that students are logging in to their online classes
  • Being in constant contact with students’ online instructors
  • Acting as liaison between students and their teachers and administrators…


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