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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Common Core Standards for CTE This past week, Anne Kuser, Ken Richard and I made a trip to the Philadelphia School District. We had the pleasure of working with a group of Health Science teachers. Each of them were looking to solve problems in their classroom and courses. Before long, the teachers were asking questions about how we align to the Common Core, Common Core standards for CTE and the specific CIP task list for the district. We know that teachers are asked to do a lot, but if you can help them to show how specific classroom projects and activities can be easily integrated into classroom learning and align to standards, they can focus on providing individual support for students.
Looking for ways to encourage and inspire your students to celebrate CTE? Looking for a CTE project idea? The Association for Career and Technical Education celebrates CTE each year. Though this is cutting it kind of close (I just found out about it myself), you can still make a submission for their 2014 celebration. What a great way to combine inspiring students, promoting CTE awareness, and incorporating some great projects.
Back in July, Sarah discussed the Academy Approach for Common Core and CTE. If you missed the blog post, you can check it out here. Most of you know I’m all about finding innovative ways to turn the light bulb on for learners and I thought this approach was a really cool way to encourage teachers to work together.