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

Career Exploration | Career Readiness | Middle School

By: Brad Hummel
July 14th, 2022

Middle school is an important but uncertain time for students to think about their interests and abilities and begin to contemplate their future occupations. As a teacher, you strive to turn that uncertainty into excitement. One of the best ways to do so is to use engaging projects that guide and inspire your students to discover the diverse career opportunities available to them.

Career Exploration | Middle School | Lesson Plans

By: Mike Cescon
June 23rd, 2022

If you want to truly open the minds of your middle schoolers to the career possibilities out there, then teaching a unit or course on career exploration is the right way to go. These courses allow students to examine many different options so they can decide on the future that resonates with them the most. 

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Business Education | Career Exploration | Digital Citizenship | Marketing

By: Brad Hummel
June 9th, 2022

As a Texas high school business instructor, you may be asked to teach a Principles of Business, Marketing, and Finance course that’s aligned with your TEKS. Making sure your curriculum meets TEKS requirements is essential to ensuring your students learn invaluable business skills.

Career Exploration | Health Science | Middle School

By: Bri Stauffer
May 12th, 2022

Health science is one of the most popular CTE clusters in the United States. And while health science classes teach students how to perform specific skills, they don’t usually teach them how to choose a health care career! Because of this trend, instructors need to find ways to better incorporate health science career exploration in their lessons. Talking about health care careers is a key piece in your classroom, but there aren’t many resources out there appropriate to middle school students. To help give your students a clearer idea of their potential careers, we’ve put together a list of the five best lesson ideas for health science career exploration:

Career Exploration | Career Readiness

By: John Krimmel
February 16th, 2022

As a career readiness curriculum developer, we hear from thousands of teachers every year interested in teaching career exploration.

Career Exploration | Career Readiness | Middle School

By: Alison Pijar
February 10th, 2022

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