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The latest ideas, tips, and trends for CTE and elective teachers.

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Career Exploration | Career Readiness

How to Easily Build Strong Career Exploration Lesson Plans

By: Sarah Layton
June 15th, 2017

With an increasing focus on career preparation as part of elective courses, finding career exploration lesson plans and activities can be tough. How do you go about creating or finding these lessons and ideas? And then how can you build them into your existing career readiness curriculum?

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Career Exploration | Career Readiness | Middle School

Career Exploration Lesson Plans You'll Love

By: Sarah Layton
June 1st, 2017

Are you looking for ideas for career exploration lesson plans? We've heard from hundreds of middle school teachers that teaching career exploration is tough — but it's required!

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Keeping Students Engaged in CTE: Part 1

Do you struggle to keep your students engaged during your lessons?

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English Language Learners | Career Readiness | AES Updates

Career Readiness Curriculum: Updates for Consistency

By: Bri Stauffer
February 15th, 2017

Here at AES, part of what the Product Team does is review the existing curriculum and see where it can be updated and improved. This is related to our promise to our teachers of providing a continually updated curriculum. Reviewing the current content is just as important as adding brand new topics.

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Career Readiness | Soft Skills

Career Readiness Curriculum How-To's from a Middle School Teacher

By: Sarah Layton
December 22nd, 2015

Are you struggling to develop the best balance for your career readiness curriculum? Should you focus more on hard skills or soft skills? Do you fall too heavy on the business education resources? Do you focus too much on the importance of soft skills? Not surprising, the best courses will integrate both . . . and maybe even some additional things you haven't thought of. Here's how one teacher pulls it all together.

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Career and College Readiness | Career Readiness

Where to Find College and Career Readiness Curriculum

By: Sarah Layton
December 8th, 2015

Hundreds of CTE and elective teachers in secondary schools come to us here at Applied Educational Systems and ask us a simple question: Where can I find college and career lesson plans? A great question indeed and an important one, too, for any teacher who struggles to find engaging, sequential, and useful college and career readiness curriculum that will stand the test of time.

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Career Readiness | Communication Skills

Communication Lesson Plans and the Struggle for CTE Teachers

By: Sarah Layton
October 13th, 2015

Where can I find some new communication lesson plans that my students and I can get excited about? CTE teachers know that to get students ready for the work force, it's no longer simply about certifications and licenses.

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