Career/Vocational Technical Education
Announcing Technical Assistance on Creating a Positive School Climate - Addressing Gender, Sexual Orientation, Race, Color, National Origin, and Disability in Career/Vocational Technical Education
Based on the understanding that issues associated with gender, sexual orientation, race, color, national origin, and disability are interrelated, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is pleased to announce the availability of technical assistance on this topic for school districts and public two-year colleges that have Perkins IV Five-Year Local Plans.
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education contracted Jeff Perrotti, the founding director of the Department's Safe Schools Program for Gay and Lesbian Students, to coordinate the technical assistance. Jeff will be assisted by additional experts. The workshops and technical assistance on gender and sexual orientation provided by Jeff and his associates during 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 were well received by the career/vocational technical education community.
Technical assistance (virtual, onsite, and/or telephone) will assist in:
- implementing Federal Guidelines for Eliminating Discrimination and Denial of Services on the Basis of Race, Color National Origin, Sex and Handicap in Vocational Education Programs - 34 CFR, Part 100, Appendix B;
- the priority in Perkins IV to increase student participation in career/vocational technical education programs that prepare the students for careers that would be nontraditional for their gender;
- the priority in Perkins IV to increase student completion of career/vocational technical education programs that prepare the students for careers that would be nontraditional for their gender;
- Massachusetts Student Anti-Discrimination Law (M.G.L. c. 76 Section 5); and
- Massachusetts Regulations for Access to Equal Educational Opportunity 603 CMR 26.00.
Staff in school districts and public two-year colleges that have Perkins IV Five-Year Local Plans should contact Jeff at (617) 547-8046 or firstname.lastname@example.org for technical assistance, which may be delivered onsite at schools/colleges, virtual or by telephone. Jeff is also available for staff in-service sessions.
This initiative is funded by the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006 Public Law 109-270 (Perkins IV)