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

Sarah Layton

Sarah has been with AES since 1998, first serving as a curriculum developer, and now as a customer support analyst and content creator. She is committed to helping instructors gain experience and confidence using our solutions and to providing excellent customer care.

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Blended Learning | Career and Technical Education (CTE)

5 Benefits of Blended Learning for CTE Courses

By: Sarah Layton
February 3rd, 2020

As a curriculum developer who creates blended learning curriculum, we have dozens of conversations about blended learning every week.

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Career Exploration | Career Readiness | Middle School

5 Best Career Exploration Lesson Plans for Middle School

By: Sarah Layton
December 12th, 2019

If you’re a middle school career readiness teacher, chances are one of the first topics you plan to teach is career exploration.

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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 | Microsoft Excel | Microsoft Office

Top 4 Places to Find Excel Lesson Plans for Middle School

By: Sarah Layton
August 22nd, 2019

Finding appropriate Microsoft Excel lesson plans for middle school students isn’t easy. You need lessons that are made for the right age group, engaging, and meet your course standards — not to mention help you prep students for the MOS Excel certification!

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Computer Applications | Technology Curriculum | Middle School

Top 3 Mistakes Teachers Make in Middle School Technology Classes and How to Avoid Them

By: Sarah Layton
August 8th, 2019

As a new middle school technology teacher, you probably come from one of two backgrounds.

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Blended Learning | Digital Curriculum | Teaching Strategies

Digital Curriculum vs. Textbooks: Which Is Right for You?

By: Sarah Layton
July 16th, 2019

Digital curriculum is becoming a popular option for many career and technical education (CTE) teachers.

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Business Education | Entrepreneurship | Lesson Plans

How To Think Outside the Box with Your Entrepreneurship Lesson Plans

By: Sarah Layton
June 13th, 2019

High school business education teachers have an interesting mix of courses to teach.

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