Making a Microdoc
ACTE welcomes schools and career technical education centers that
possess video production capacity to create and submit their own
Microdocumentary stories, to be included in the Putting America to Work
collection. ACTE is committed to the use of the Microdocs series to convey the
contemporary state of CTE and to encourage learners to pursue their career and
college readiness through career and technical studies.
To have your students video productions to be considered for inclusion in the
Putting America to Work collection, the following criteria must be met:
1. All Microdocs must directly correlate to an ACTE Sector sheet. Current
Sector Sheets can be found online.
There are many career pathways correlated with each sector. If you have
questions on career pathways within sectors, please visit the Career Cluster
2. Microdocs are to be inspirational stories about individuals, learners, their
teachers and/or the programs they study within. They are not to promote a
specific school, Center or program. Other key elements that must be addressed
in a Microdoc are:
individual profiled should have overcome some obstacle or barrier in their lives
by pursuing a CTE pathway to a career
b. The sector
should represent a contemporary, 21st century approach to the career. Where
information technology enables or supports the career should be discussed and
presented in story.
c. The story
should include specific data points on text slides. Data points should include
a reference point for the story, and career potential information (can be found
in the Sector Sheets) or accessed through ACTE (insert link to research).
Microdoc should not be less than 04:00 or more than 05:00 in total running
title sequence must use the templated animation with the sector named.
Microdoc must have a sub-title, following the convention of the exisitng
collection naming protocol. A creative sub-title connects the sector with the
specific story presented
must have talent release forms for all persons seen or heard in the video
production, and written permission to film on-site for all depicted locations.
The closing credits must include personnel involved in the production, and
reference any approved supporting video contained in the video.
copyright permissions for any images, audio or music must be held or granted
for use to the producing party and their designee (ACTE).
Upon notification of interest in producing for the ACTE Microdoc
series, the Senior Director of Programs and Communications at ACTE will
coordinate with the producing entity to ensure clear communication of
expectations and requirements are conveyed. All decisions whether to include a
final version of a third-party produced Microdoc is the exclusive domain of
Read the step by step overview for creating your own Microdoc.