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By: Linda Moyer

Professional development for educators is not only a responsibility but more importantly a necessity of being a professional. In the ever-changing world of education, teacher professional development is a means to enhance educational effectiveness. Research in education has shown that the quality of the teacher is the most important factor in raising student achievement. Surely parents overwhelmingly agree that they want the best teacher possible in every classroom. In my opinion, professional development is an integral factor in making educators the best they can be, which in turn will raise student achievement.

The Practitioner-In-Residence program offered by ACTE took me under its wing to enhance my educational development. Although my original proposal was altered from working with school districts in the Alexandria, Virginia and Washington, DC areas to creating a Literacy Strategy Video Library, the experience is nonetheless very fulfilling and inspiring. Not only is ACTE the largest organization that represents students and teachers, but it is the strongest advocate for CTE. ACTE swims upstream everyday to highlight the phenomenal experiences and results that are produced in our CTE schools. They research, promote, enhance, collect and analyze data, create and perform, respond and inspire all those who touch base with the organization.  

Having set three short-term goals at the start of my residency on June 1, ACTE was very welcoming and ready to listen to what I could bring to the table: 

  • Promote Career and Technical Education and Inspire a Change of Image
  • Promote a Culture of Literacy in All Career and Technical Programs
  • Develop and Grow as a Literacy Integration Instructor

As a CTE educator and literacy integration instructor in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, I could not have asked for a better professional development experience. Sharing my ideas and CTE experiences with this staff, meeting the ACTE Board Members and understanding their commitment and dedication to the profession was eye opening and heartwarming. My regard for the work of ACTE is unwavering.

Through this blog, I will be sharing my experiences with you in hope that you too might be inspired to participate in your State Association, to become an ACTE member or renew your membership and to seriously consider becoming a Practitioner-In-Residence where you can promote a project, a novel idea or just learn more about ACTE. When opportunity knocks, it is our responsibility to answer the call.

You can also follow Linda's experiences on the USA TODAY CTE Teachers Lounge

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