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

Jim Schultz

Jim is an entrepreneur with a love for empowering life-long learning in all people. As the Founder and President of AES, Jim engages in and shares an interest in helping make teachers' lives easier so they can focus on building lifelong learners. With his passion for learning and education, Jim lives the values and purpose of AES daily in his work with educators. Beyond the day-to-day, Jim balances life at AES with running, sports, and staying up with his wife Tracy and their five children.

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Career and Technical Education (CTE) | Curriculum Development | Digital Curriculum

Developing Awesome CTE Curriculum: What You Should Know

By: Jim Schultz
May 4th, 2017

When teachers are reviewing our career and technical education (CTE) curriculum for use in their classrooms, they often ask us questions to determine if we are the right fit for their needs. Because many students go directly into the workforce after completing a program, CTE teachers are wary when choosing curriculum because students must be provided with correct information. Not to mention the fact that teachers need to meet state standards and prepare their students for certification!

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Career and Technical Education (CTE) | flipped classroom | Teaching Strategies

How To Experience the Benefits of a Flipped Classroom in CTE

By: Jim Schultz
March 30th, 2017

As a CTE curriculum provider, teachers often ask us for ideas on how best to use eLearning curriculum in their classroom. While we know every classroom and set of students is unique, one option we suggest is a flipped classroom approach. When we share this, some teachers ask questions like “What is a flipped classroom?” and “What are the benefits of a flipped classroom?”

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Keeping Students Engaged in CTE: Part 1

Do you struggle to keep your students engaged during your lessons?

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Health Science | NCHSE

Expert Advice on How to Help CTE Health Science Programs

By: Jim Schultz
February 23rd, 2017

As I travel to different Career and Technical Education (CTE) health science programs around the country, I hear many questions from health science educators. At AES, while we like to answer as many questions as we can, sometimes it’s better to have an expert share their thoughts.

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Computer Applications | Google Docs | technology curriculum

How To Overcome 4 Big Challenges When Creating Google Lesson Plans

By: Jim Schultz
September 1st, 2016

Are you in search of Google lesson plans, but stuck trying to juggle everything else you need to accomplish? Computer applications teachers face many challenges when trying to create engaging, interactive lessons. As a curriculum developer we hear from hundreds of computer teachers about their struggles. In working with these teachers, we hear many different stories like these:

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Health Science | principles of health science

How Much Does the HealthCenter21 Health Science Curriculum Cost?

By: Jim Schultz
May 31st, 2016

Nearly every day here at Applied Educational Systems, CTE Directors and Health Science instructors ask us: How much does HealthCenter21 cost?

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business and computer applications | microsoft it academy

Microsoft IT Academy vs. Business&ITCenter21: Which is better?

By: Jim Schultz
March 19th, 2014

Secondary and CTE administrators and teachers involved in delivering Business and Computer Application courses ask us a simple question: Microsoft IT Academy or Applied Educational Systems Business&ITCenter21: Which is better? We will try to answer this question because it is a common one we hear in the field from educators focused on Microsoft Office. The question is critical when adding instructional materials and resources to improve the results for your courses in middle school, high school, and career and technical centers (CTCs). (Full disclosure, I am the president and founder of Applied Educational Systems.)

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