As a CTE teacher, you know the importance of preparing students for the workforce — no matter which career cluster they follow. What you may not know is how to express that importance to your students, school, and community. That’s where CTE Month comes in!
CTE teachers like you need to teach their students the skills to succeed. You’re an expert in your field, even if you’re not a trained teacher. With a bit of practice, planning, teaching, and grading can all become second nature. But there are some skills that may not be on your radar. You want to do everything you can to get your students off on the right foot once they’re out of the classroom. Today, that requires teaching digital citizenship!
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As a CTE curriculum developer and provider, the term "blended learning" is a big part of our daily dialog here at AES. It’s what we believe in, and it’s how we encourage teachers to use our curriculum. When teachers are reviewing our eLearning curriculum and we talk about blended learning, we are often asked questions like: “What is blended learning in CTE?” and “How are other CTE teachers successfully implementing blended learning in the classroom?”
When CTE teachers are reviewing our digital curriculum, a big hurdle we hear about is funding. Most teachers think they need to use their own classroom budget to purchase new instructional materials... but we have found if you do a little digging, it will all work out! In this article, I will share how you can navigate the process of finding and securing CTE funding by taking just a few steps. I'll also provide some extra ways you can secure funding at the local, state, and federal level if your school doesn't have any funding for teachers currently available.
When teachers are reviewing our 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!
Are you considering transitioning to digital curriculum for your CTE program? While there are many benefits that teachers, students, and even administrators receive from using a digital CTE curriculum, there are some issues as well. When reviewing our eLearning curriculum, CTE teachers have expressed worry about some specific challenges such as: