Announcing Professional Development for Culinary Arts Teachers- Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Career/Vocational Technical Education

Announcing Professional Development for Culinary Arts Teachers

To:Principals in High Schools with Perkins Act Local Plans and Culinary Arts Programs
From:Jeffrey Wheeler, State Director of Career/Vocational Technical Education
Date:August 17, 2007

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I am pleased to announce three (identical) full-day sessions on safety in culinary arts programs. In keeping with Perkins IV, the sessions will be followed by technical assistance through June 30, 2008.

  • Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School, Northampton - Wednesday, October 17, 2007
  • Greater Lawrence RVTHS, Andover - Wednesday, October 24, 2007
  • Tri-County RVTHS, Franklin - Wednesday, November 7, 2007

At these sessions, culinary arts teachers will learn how to use a safety and health curriculum that includes 6 lesson plans that help young people understand how to be safer in the workplace. This training program will also address the new Child Labor Laws in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has asked that we offer this training first to culinary teachers because of the number of young workers who sustain injuries in restaurant work.

Each high school with a Perkins Act Local Plan and a culinary arts program is invited to send culinary arts teachers selected by the principal to one session.

In order to support the safety and health curriculum back at participating schools, experts that will provide technical assistance to individual schools through June 30, 2008.

The principal should register the teachers by sending their names, titles and email addresses to Jeanette Cuevas at jcuevas@doe.mass.edu by October 1, 2007. Note that teachers who are not registered may not be admitted to the sessions due to space limitations.

If you have any questions about the registration process, please call Ms. Cuevas at 781-338-3944. Questions about the content of the conference sessions should be directed to John McDonagh at jmcdonagh@cvtepd.org or Valerie Machinist, Department of Public Health at 617-624-5258 or Valerie.Machinist@state.ma.us

Copy: Superintendents of School Districts with Perkins Act Local Plans and Culinary Arts Programs





Last Updated: August 22, 2007



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