As a CTE curriculum developer, CTE teachers often come to us when looking for new curriculum. These teachers are sometimes unsure of what type of instructional materials will work best for their classroom, asking questions such as: “Is eLearning the right choice for me?” and “How is eLearning different than using the lessons I create myself?" eLearning is becoming a top choice for many CTE teachers, but we understand it can be difficult to decide if you don’t know if it would work for you. The good thing is there are many benefits of eLearning that CTE instructors are experiencing.
As a CTE curriculum developer, very often our team speaks with CTE administrators to better understand their struggles and those of their teachers. A common thread to these conversations is high teacher turnover. Most of these instructors have moved from an industry career to teaching and are faced with unfamiliar situations for which they have not been trained. Here’s one example from a health science instructor in Marion County, Florida:
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As I travel to different Career and Technical Education (CTE) health science programs around the country, I hear many questions from health science educators. At AES, while we like to answer as many questions as we can, sometimes it’s better to have an expert share their thoughts.
Here at AES, part of what the Product Team does is review the existing curriculum and see where it can be updated and improved. This is related to our promise to our teachers of providing a continually updated curriculum. Reviewing the current content is just as important as adding brand new topics.
At Applied Educational Systems, we work to support thousands of health science educators across the United States to have success in the classroom. We hope to support these educators by helping them stay up to date on educational and industry trends related to the CTE Health Science Career Cluster. One way we do this is to attend relevant conferences and meetings and “report back” on what we think health science instructors should be aware of.
As a CTE curriculum provider, we often speak with teachers and administrators about our digital curriculum. When we talk to CTE Directors in large school districts, the biggest question we are asked regarding HealthCenter21 and Business&ITCenter21 is: “How do I know it will work?”