The 5 Best Ways to Celebrate CTE Month 2018
As a CTE teacher, you know the importance of preparing students for the workforce — no matter which career cluster they follow.
What you may not know is how to express that importance to your students, school, and community.
That’s where CTE Month comes in!
Every February, students, educators, and administrators celebrate CTE Month. It’s a great way to raise awareness of the value and accomplishments of CTE programs in your school.
So how can you celebrate CTE Month and show support for your program?
These are the five best ways you and your students can join!
1. Share the Facts about CTE
Knowing the facts about CTE — and sharing those facts — is a key part in celebrating CTE Month.
So where can you get started?
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) has a great page called “What is CTE” with lots of information you can use.
- CTE serves 94% of all high school students
- The average graduation rate for students in CTE programs is 93%
- Health care careers make up 12 of the 20 fastest growing occupations
ACTE has up-to-date fact sheets you can share in a heartbeat.
The documents include lots of data and even some infographics to make a lasting impression about CTE!
Other CTE supporters also publish data.
At Applied Educational Systems, we've compiled a massive list of CTE Stats & Facts you can use to quickly pull a relevant piece of infomration from.
Advance CTE has 14 fact sheets all about what CTE is, how it works, and “CTE Talking Points” that show its benefits.
The talking points are especially useful because they have some great phrasing suggestions to get your point across about how important CTE is to your school, community, and the nation as a whole.
Combined with your passion for CTE, this data can help turn you into an extraordinary education advocate!
2. Invite Visitors to See Your CTE Program
A great way to show off your CTE program is to host visitors.
While you can invite just about anyone to come check it out, start with business leaders and local policymakers.
These individuals are great references for hiring your future graduates and empowering your CTE program with funding.
Inviting visitors is one of the best ways to celebrate CTE Month and show off your program. By organizing a visit, you can increase awareness of the importance of CTE and help others understand the opportunities CTE provides for students and the community.
To plan a visit to your classroom, you can follow a simple process created by the ACTE.
Watch it here:
But visits are just the beginning. Now, you have a golden opportunity to take your CTE celebration to the next level!
3. Increase Involvement in Career and Technical Student Organizations
Do you have a lot of students in your CTE program?
Are they all members of student CTE organizations?
If not, introduce your students to the Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) in your school or district.
(If you don’t have any CTSOs in your area, you can always help students start one!)
As the National Coordinating Council for Career and Technical Student Organizations (NCC-CTSO) says:
“CTSOs extend teaching and learning through innovative programs, business and community partnerships and leadership experiences at the school, state and national levels.
CTSOs are a powerful avenue for helping our nation address key challenges such as workforce development, student achievement, economic vitality and global competitiveness.”
There are nine CTSOs currently authorized:
- Business Professionals of America
- Educators Rising
- Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)
- Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lamda (FBLA-PBL)
- Future Farmers of America (FFA)
- HOSA Future Health Professionals
- Technology Student Association
Encourage CTE students who haven’t yet joined to learn more about CTSOs by sharing the benefits of joining with them. You can find information on each organization to share on the CTSO website.
This doesn’t just get students involved in CTE — it also encourages them to celebrate CTE Month themselves! How can having more advocates help?
The more students are invested, the more of a positive impact they can have on your community.
4. Get Social
Talking about CTE Month on social media is one of the easiest and most powerful ways to make a statement.
You can celebrate on social media by sharing information about your program, visits, CTE facts, and student organizations throughout February.
You can use each social media platform in different ways to celebrate and spread the word. Try finding related groups, pages, and hashtags to connect with the CTE community.
You can start by sharing the 2018 CTE Month PSA Video from Indiana County Technology Center:
For more ideas, the ACTE has a great page for Social Media Advocacy with tips, hashtags, and other information you can use to really make an impact on social media.
5. Make CTE Month Official in Your City
If you want policymakers to support CTE in your city (and even state), encourage the department of education to designate February as CTE Month.
Pushing for recognition of CTE month shows your community that you and your local government have an interest in modern education.
This might seem overwhelming, but the ACTE is here to back you up once again. They have a sample proclamation you can use, found on their page dedicated to Engaging Policymakers.
By getting CTE Month officially proclaimed in your city, you introduce an entire city to the benefits and importance of CTE. Local businesses, broadcasters, and citizens can all get involved in promoting a form of education that benefits everyone.
Start Celebrating CTE Month Today!
You can start celebrating CTE Month by choosing one item on this list to make a difference for CTE in your community.
Whether you just want to focus on expanding your student organization or create a social media flurry, you’ll help bring CTE into the limelight for a full month!
How are you and your students celebrating CTE Month? Let me know in the comments!