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

Heather Thomas

As a former educator with almost twenty years in the classroom, Heather loves working with educators to help them succeed and get the most value out of the AES curriculum systems.

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Health Science | Health Science Textbooks | Sports Medicine

Top Sports Medicine Textbooks for CTE Health Science (Reviews)

By: Heather Thomas
June 24th, 2021

Did your health science program just add a new course for sports medicine?  Or do you need to update your existing sports medicine curriculum? If so, you’re likely looking for the best instructional materials to help cover your standards and prepare students for their future careers.

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Career and Technical Education (CTE) | CTE Teachers | Teacher Retention

Effective Health Science Teacher Retention Strategies from a Former Educator

By: Heather Thomas
April 20th, 2021

Have you ever had a health science instructor go back to the industry in the middle of the school year? Do you wish you could have better retention of your health science teachers? You’re not alone. An administrator in Texas recently told me that within the first two weeks of school every year, they’ll see a handful of health science instructors quit and go back to the industry. This is hugely disruptive to their students’ learning and often results in the administrator scrambling to cover the classes. Like this administrator, your new teachers are optimistic and excited about their new career path, and you want to help them have a good start to the year. But what can you do to make that happen?

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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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Computer Applications | Digital Curriculum | Microsoft Office

Jasperactive vs. Business&ITCenter21 for Teaching Microsoft Office

By: Heather Thomas
April 8th, 2021

As a computer applications curriculum developer, we interact with thousands of middle and high school computer teachers every year. These teachers often ask us the difference between our Microsoft Office curriculum and other options, such as Jasperactive.

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Health Science | NCHSE | National Health Science Standards

What Is the NCHSE Health Science Curriculum Framework?

By: Heather Thomas
September 24th, 2020

As a health science curriculum developer, we speak with thousands of health science instructors every year. Many of these are experienced teachers, who have been delivering healthcare classes for years. While others are just getting started and looking for advice on which courses to offer their students. 

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Health Science | Distance Learning

3 Ways for Students to Demonstrate Healthcare Skills During Distance Learning

By: Heather Thomas
April 9th, 2020

As a health science teacher, one of your most important roles is to teach your students hands-on skills.

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