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Leadership Development Program in Generalizable Skills Instruction

Generalizable skills (i.e., mathematics, communications, interpersonal relations, reasoning) are those skills that are common among, necessary for success in, and transferable across all career clusters and occupations in the workplace. The purpose of the Generalizable Skills Program is to provide training to academic, special, career, and technical educators and other related personnel to develop, implement, and evaluate generalizable skills instructional programs and support services for youth and adults. The target audiences for the program include, however, are not limited to secondary and post-secondary personnel; academic educators (e.g., mathematics, language arts, and others); special educators; guidance and counseling personnel; career and technical educators; Career Academics/Career Majors Personel; Tech Prep; alternative education program personnel; and professionals in instructional, supervisory, and/or administrative roles.


  1. Identify a cadre of academic, special, career, and technical education; and other related leadership personnel who can initiate and facilitate ongoing professional development and program improvement activities related to generalizable skills instruction and support services within their regions and agencies.

  2. Deliver instruction and technical assistance to personnel.

  3. Develop, implement, and evaluate program improvement activities related to generalizable skills instruction within the agencies of program participants.

  4. Initiate and/or enhance interagency agreements and collaboration at the local level among agencies.

  5. Expand the networking capabilities of personnel across the state in regard to generalizable skills instruction program improvement, exemplary programs, and effective practices.

  6. Evaluate the adequacy, quality, and effectiveness of the generalizable skills instruction program improvement projects.

Major Activities

  1. A cadre of agency endorsed personnel will be selected to participate in the program.

  2. Participants will enroll in two 3-semester hour courses during the summer, 2010 session, (a) EDCI 552: Generalizable Skills Instruction in Career and Technical Education (3 s.h.), and (b) EDCI 553: Leadership Development in Career and Technical Education (3 s.h.). Participants will conduct an agency needs assessment and develop a program improvement project proposal.

  3. Participants will enroll in EDCI 695: Internship in Education: Program Improvement Project - Generalizable Skills Instruction (3 s.h.) during the fall, 2010 and spring, 2011 semesters. They will receive graduate credit for implementing and evaluating the PIPs in their agencies. Program staff will provide the required technical assistance, and facilitate the necessary interagency collaboration and networking activities to successfully implement the PIPs. The participants will attend four (evening) technical assistance seminars and a one-day final meeting in May, 2011 to deliver their PIP presentations and submit their final reports.

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