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The iCEV CTE Blog

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

Mike Cescon

With past experience in teaching, a couple of degrees in writing, and an upbringing immersed in medical jargon, Mike is positioned well to hear out the most common questions teachers ask about the iCEV curriculum. His goal is to write content that quickly and effectively answers these questions so you can back to what matters - teaching your students.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) | CTE Career Clusters

By: Mike Cescon
April 26th, 2023

Education and training is an important but lesser-known career cluster in Career and Technical Education (CTE). If you’ve been asked to cover a course in education and training, you need the right information to teach it well and inspire your students.


By: Mike Cescon
April 11th, 2023

Whether you’re looking to implement the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), or are already using them in class, understanding them more completely is key to making the most of their structure.


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Agricultural Science | Industry Certifications | Animal Science

By: Mike Cescon
March 22nd, 2023

If you teach a high school agriculture course, you’ve probably heard of the Elanco Fundamentals of Animal Science Certification. For many teachers, this is a key certification their students can earn to prove their knowledge and gain careers in the animal science industry. 

Technology Curriculum | STEM | Engineering

By: Mike Cescon
March 21st, 2023

As a STEM teacher, finding a strong engineering curriculum for your high school students is critical to teach them the concepts they need. After all, the right lesson plans and projects will give your students hands-on experience in design and construction they can take with them throughout their lives. The wrong curriculum, however, may leave them with no practical experience at all.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) | Industry Certifications

By: Mike Cescon
March 16th, 2023

Whether you teach middle school or high school CTE, you've probably heard a bit about industry certifications and are wondering if you should offer them to your students. But why are certifications important? What value do they offer, and how do they help students succeed?  In this article, you'll discover the top 10 benefits of certifications for CTE students. After reading, you'll have a better understanding of why earning an industry certification is important to an individual's education and career path. 

Family & Consumer Sciences | Hospitality and Tourism

By: Mike Cescon
March 14th, 2023

If you’re a high school family and consumer sciences teacher, then one course you’ve probably thought about teaching is hospitality and tourism. These popular courses do a lot to draw in and engage students, but to teach them well, you need the right curriculum for your classroom.