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ACTE Receives Gates Grant to Support CTE Teachers with Common Core Implementation

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August 26, 2014

The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) has been awarded funding by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as part of a robust, multi-network effort to help teachers across the country better connect to share instructional best practices and strategies to implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The funding will help ACTE build a national online teacher practice network titled "CORE Community," which will focus on supporting career and technical education (CTE) professionals to implement CCSS strategies aligned with their unique roles and abilities.

"We are thrilled to receive this Teacher Practice Network grant from the Gates Foundation," said ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Wilson. "Teachers are asking for more support in the classroom to meet state and local standards. With support from our partners, the CORE Community will help ACTE to answer that call and build a stronger network of CTE educators nationwide, all focused on improving the quality of CTE instruction and improving collaboration across the curriculum."

The University of Central Missouri (UCM) is a primary partner working with ACTE to provide the content to fuel the online program. UCM has a history of CCSS support in Missouri, and has worked with ACTE to share that support to a wider national audience. ""We are very excited to join ACTE with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant to strengthen CTE teachers' ability to address essential learning standards," said Dr. Michael Wright, Dean, UCM College of Education. "The UCM, as part of its institutional mission, has a long history of serving CTE teachers and students. This is a tremendous opportunity for the CTE community to develop online collaborative learning communities, and we are pleased to be a part of this ground-breaking work." Other important partners include the Association for Career and Technical Education Research, National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium and National Center for Literacy Education.

ACTE has received the award during the second round of Teacher Practice Network grants, which will support 14 organizations working with more than 110,000 teachers. The first round of grants was awarded in 2013, and funded 21 organizations for projects supporting 350,000 teachers across the U.S.

Other organizations that are part of Teacher Practice Networks include the following: The Achievement Network, ASCD, Center for Teaching Quality, Constitutional Rights Foundation, Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education, International Society for Technology in Education, KnowledgeWorks Foundation, National Center for Family Literacy, National Council for the Social Studies, National Council of Teachers of English, National Math and Science Initiative, National Writing Project and New Visions for Public Schools.

Information about the project, including how CTE teachers can participate in the CORE Community, will be published on www.acteonline.org/Corecommunity/ as it becomes available.

About ACTE
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation's largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, guidance counselors and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities.

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The Association for Career and Technical Education is the nation’s largest not-for-profit education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. Founded in 1926, ACTE has more than 25,000 members; career and technical educators, administrators, researchers, guidance counselors and others involved in planning and conducting career and technical education programs at the secondary, postsecondary and adult levels. ACTE provides advocacy, public awareness and access to information on career and technical education, professional development and tools that enable members to be successful and effective leaders.

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