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The iCEV CTE Blog

The latest ideas, tips, strategies and trends for CTE teachers and administrators.

Chris Zook

Chris Zook is a contributing author to the AES blog. He enjoys everything about online marketing, data science, user experience, and corgis.

Career Readiness | Communication Skills | 21st Century Skills

By: Chris Zook
January 5th, 2022

In the modern workplace, communication can make or break a career. High school students who develop strong communication skills early go on to nail that interview, negotiate that pay raise, or make a great case for that promotion. However, those who fail to communicate effectively often end up getting passed over--no matter how smart or skilled they are. 


By: Chris Zook
December 22nd, 2021

Whether you’re an administrator, supervisor, or teacher, you’ve heard of formative assessments and summative assessments. They're both essential parts of any curriculum map. But what do these terms actually mean?


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Business Education | Career Readiness | Computer Applications | Digital Citizenship

By: Chris Zook
December 20th, 2021

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is the foremost organization in teaching technology in the classroom. As a result, the ISTE has more than a dozen quality standards for how students, teachers, administrators, coaches, and computer educators should approach technology in the classroom. In total, there are 29 ISTE standards that apply to these five groups. 

Business Education | Middle School | Lesson Plans

By: Chris Zook
June 1st, 2021

There’s no better time in a child’s life to learn about business than middle school. Business education lesson plans are a key part of introducing students to real-world concepts that they may have missed otherwise.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) | CTE Month

By: Chris Zook
January 21st, 2021

Career and technical education (CTE) is quickly becoming the hottest topic in education news throughout the United States.

Business Education | Cengage SAM

By: Chris Zook
December 26th, 2019

We hear from hundreds of business education teachers every school year. Many of them are looking for ways to answer one major question — “How can I get my students MOS certified?” A lot of these teachers gravitate toward Skills Assessment Manager (SAM) by Cengage. However, Cengage SAM isn’t a great fit for everyone!