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The latest ideas, tips, and trends for CTE, career readiness, business education, and computer applications teachers.

Bri Stauffer

Bri writes content to help teachers and students succeed in the classroom. In addition, she runs the AES Educator Community group to help teachers collaborate from across the country.

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Computer Applications | Computer Science

3 Resources to Help You Meet CSTA Standards

By: Bri Stauffer
June 18th, 2019

School districts across the country are changing their computer course requirements to focus on computer science. With this change, computer apps teachers aren’t always sure what they should teach their students, let alone how to teach it!

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Career and College Readiness | Career Readiness | Middle School | Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG)

How to Teach a 7th Grade JAG Program

By: Bri Stauffer
June 6th, 2019

Middle schools across the United States have started implementing career readiness as an integral part of education.

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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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Health Science | NHA CET | EKG

4 Best Tools to Teach EKG Interpretation to Health Science Students

By: Bri Stauffer
June 4th, 2019

CTE health science teachers across the US need to teach their students how to accurately read EKG strips. This is required for students who want to take the NHA CET exam after completing their program. But not all health science teachers have the time and resources to create real-life scenarios and activities to help their students learn about different arrhythmias.

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Health Science | National Healthcareer Association (NHA) | medical assistant | NHA CCMA

NHA CCMA vs. AMCA CMAC: What’s the Difference?

By: Bri Stauffer
May 30th, 2019

Medical assisting is one of the most popular health science classes in the country, and almost every one of those classes ends with a certification exam. Two of the most common choices are the NHA CCMA certification and the AMCA CMAC certification. But figuring out which one to use isn’t easy. The certifications have many commonalities and differences, and one may be a better fit for your program than the other. So how do you decide?

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Career and Technical Education (CTE) | Work-Based Learning

13 Benefits of Work-Based Learning for Students, CTE Programs, & Employers

By: Bri Stauffer
May 28th, 2019

Are you thinking of incorporating work-based learning (WBL) into your CTE program? Is WBL worth the time and effort it takes to get started? The short answer is yes! WBL can be an excellent addition to any CTE program. In fact, there are a number of benefits for your students, your CTE program, and your local employers just from implementing WBL!

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Career Readiness | 21st Century Skills

How to Teach Initiative to High School Students

By: Bri Stauffer
May 23rd, 2019

It’s never easy to teach students how to take initiative. How do you know which students are comfortable with initiative, and how do you help the ones who need it? On top of that, how do you know students have mastered initiative for the workplace? One teacher told us that employers list “initiative” as the biggest issue they face with new employees coming from work-based learning programs. So how can you motivate your students to take initiative in the classroom and the workplace?

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