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eLearning | Career and Technical Education

A Guide to the Benefits of eLearning for CTE Programs

By: Bri Stauffer
March 23rd, 2017

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.

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Career and Technical Education | CTE | teaching as a second career

4 Teacher Retention Strategies to Reduce Turnover in CTE

By: Bri Stauffer
March 2nd, 2017

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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Keeping Students Engaged in CTE: Part 1

Do you struggle to keep your students engaged during your lessons?

Download this free eBook to learn the Do's & Dont's of Student Engagement.

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ACTE | Career and Technical Education

ACTE VISION 2016 Conference: A Behind the Scenes Look

By: Bri Stauffer
December 22nd, 2016

For CTE educators, finding time to learn about their field and think of new ideas is difficult, especially when it involves traveling. Because we work with thousands of educators across the United States, we want to help them any way we can. Jim Schultz, President of AES, attended the ACTE VISION 2016 Conference and would like to give an overview of the conference to help you stay informed and be inspired by others in your field.

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Career and Technical Education | CTE Teachers | Teaching Strategies

How to Solve 3 Surprising Issues for New CTE Teachers

By: Sarah Layton
January 19th, 2016

So you left your industry career to teach. Admirable! But what is it really like for new CTE teachers? While I'd love to say rainbows, unicorns, and engaged students, I hope we all know better! But while it's certainly not all bad, there are a few things that new CTE teachers should be prepared for when stepping into the classroom.

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Blended Learning | Career and Technical Education | Differentiated Instruction | Health Science | Teaching Strategies

How Differentiated Activities Boost Your Effectiveness with Diverse CTE Students

By: Sarah Layton
January 5th, 2016

Do you struggle to provide differentiated activities for your diverse CTE students? This can be extremely challenging and frustrating for a RN who is in their first year of CTE teaching. Have you ever thought: How do I handle the wide range of abilities without spending my family time and weekend developing activities?

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Assessment | Career and Technical Education | Health Science | Health Science Textbooks | student engagement

5 Things that Can Drive a Health Science Technology Teacher Crazy... and How to Fix It!

By: Sarah Layton
July 14th, 2015

As a health science technology teacher, what drives you bonkers? We've spoken to hundreds of teachers like you so we have a pretty good idea. And we have some ideas about how to get around or get rid of those nuisances so that you can spend more time doing what you love: teaching and preparing students for a great future.

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