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

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Business Education | Career Readiness | IC3 Certification | Middle School | 21st Century Skills

4 Best Certifications for Middle School Business and Career Courses

By: Bri Stauffer
May 20th, 2021

In 2021, the Google Apps certification for students was discontinued. As a result, middle school teachers across the US are scrambling to find a replacement certification to offer their business education students.

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21st Century Skills | Media Literacy | Critical Thinking

Top 5 Media Literacy Lesson Plans & Resources for Middle and High School

By: Chris Zook
April 14th, 2021

As a career readiness curriculum developer, we hear from teachers like you that media literacy is one of the most difficult 21st Century skills to teach in middle and high school.

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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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Career Readiness | Middle School | 21st Century Skills

What Is the 21st Century Success Skills Exam?

By: Katie Schneider
March 18th, 2021

As a career readiness curriculum developer, we speak with teachers on a weekly basis looking for assessment options that will help students demonstrate their mastery of career readiness skills. One option these teachers ask us about is the 21st Century Success Skills exam from Precision Exams.  In this article, you’ll discover answers to four common questions that educators have about the 21st Century Success Skills exam:

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Middle School | 21st Century Skills

4 Proven Steps to Teach 21st Century Skills in Middle School

By: Marcus Esters
February 17th, 2021

Are you being required to teach 21st Century skills in your middle school elective classes? If you're like many other teachers we've spoken to, you're probably unsure of where to even begin.

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Career Readiness | Communication Skills | 21st Century Skills

How Do I Teach Workplace Communication Skills to My High School Students?

By: Chris Zook
August 20th, 2020

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. 

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Career Readiness | 21st Century Skills

Top 5 Critical Thinking Lesson Plans

By: Bri Stauffer
July 30th, 2020

Are you a middle or high school career readiness teacher? If so, you likely need to teach 21st Century skills as part of your curriculum.

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