Wednesday, September 9, 2015

First Open Salon Night & We Are Cutting For A Cure!

Dear Friends & Family:

Our future professionals have their own Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Team. The team is called Crimson Creations Cuts 4 A Cure. We would like to invite you and a friend or family member to an evening of fun and glamour on:

Thursday, September 17th from 5:00pm – 8:00pm
at the Crimson Creations Salon
located in the Student Center
at Concord High School

During this time, the seniors will be providing the following hair and nail salon services. All proceeds will be donated to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

Scalp Massage
Shampoo & Condition
Curl/Flat Iron
Manicure, Polish Change & Nail Art
Paraffin Hand Dip
Add pink to your style

A minimum of a $10 donation is appreciated

We look forward to seeing you!

Ms. Kimberly & the Cosmetology Class

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

CRTC Happenings by: Director Steve Rothenberg

This summer I attended a training seminar by teacher Marty Sugerik of Wilmington, North Carolina. Marty’s specialty is project-based learning with a particular focus on CTE (Career and Technical Education). Marty shared some sample projects, top 10 PBL lists, and rubrics. These projects are exciting and demanding, pushing students to maximize their out-of-the-box thinking, while leveraging previous knowledge and experiences.

Students make particularly strong growth in core academics like math, literacy, and science when they are correctly integrated in CTE’s applied environment. The concept of a project that has “no single easy answer, meets our competencies, is “real”, and incorporates core academics -- is our ideal world. One challenge of this process is for our CTE teachers to become teachers of math, reading, and science, for example in the context of Cosmetology (biology - bacteria), Construction Tech (geometry - roofs), Criminal Justice (chemistry - forensics, U.S. History - criminal laws), Automotive Tech (algebra - wheels and tires, physics - hydraulics, Ohm’s Law) and more. Much work has been already done in this area at the CRTC and our students have gained because of it.

Oftentimes we get caught up in students only demonstrating a checklist of understandings and skills, and not fully engaging in an environment where they solve complex real-life problems. Basically we get stuck in a world of too many competencies and not enough time. Our center is working towards using more PBL strategies (tied to core academics) including dedicated time this spring to do a simultaneous implementation across all programs.