Get Involved


Volunteering for ACTE is a great way to grow professionally, develop leadership skills, and build relationships with highly-engaged peers across the country. Opportunities abound for members to share their passion and expertise to make a positive impact on CTE. Are you ready to make a difference?

ACTE’s Educators in Action make up a small army of volunteers who are involved in a variety of activities that support the implementation of ACTE’s mission and strategic plan. Volunteers who join our network receive regular invitations to serve in their areas of interest, participate in volunteer training opportunities, and attend exclusive networking events. Whether you’re a seasoned volunteer or new recruit, ACTE has opportunities for you to get more involved.

Interested in serving  Complete our online recruitment form to join the Educators in Action.

what we do

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Promote

Using ACTE’s resources, research and talking points, we trumpet the value of CTE to improve and modernize the public’s outdated perceptions of our field. Within our networks, we also promote the importance of developing professionally and the opportunities educators have to grow through associations such as ACTE.

Contribute

We contribute content for ACTE’s publications and professional development offerings. We share our stories, best practices, and opinions about issues impacting CTE by writing for the Educators in Action Blog. View the Educators in Action calendar and contact Dominique Frascoia to submit your blog post. We also submit article proposals for Techniques magazine and submit session proposals for ACTE’s state, region and national conferences. We host regular Virtual CTE Discussions to connect with peers from across the country on important topics in CTE and share ideas.Upcoming Virtual Discussions include:

  • June 28, 3:30 pm EST
    Spreading Happiness through Positive Leadership: Recent developments in positive psychology and social emotional learning have shown that happiness plays a significant role in maintaining healthy and productive employees. In this virtual discussion we will focus on ways in which happiness can be increased and spread to others through positive leadership.
    Speaker: Paula Boughton has 20 years of experience in education. She has degrees in degrees in English and Reading, as well as Educational Leadership. Paula was the 2018 ACTE Region 1 Fellow and is currently serving as the ACTE Region 1 Conference Chair. She has been an administrator at Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES Career and Technical Education Center for 7 years where she focuses on curriculum, instruction, professional development and support for students with disabilities.
  • June 25, 3:30 pm EST
    Collaborating for Quality CTE Programs

    On June 17, Kelli Diemer, ACTE Board Member, is hosting a statewide professional development for the Iowa Business teachers. The focus is quality collaboration (the sharing of great ideas and best practices around the quality CTE components). Join this Educators in Action virtual discussion to the findings from the statewide professional development gathering, what was accomplished for CTE, what went well and what should have been changed. We hope in reviewing this statewide professional development day, it will encourage others to do this locally or regionally to grow quality programs and build communities of best practice.
    Speaker: Kelli Diemer, ACTE Board Member
  • July 18, 3:00-4:00 PM EST
    Best Practices for K-12 Career Development

    Career Exploration and Career Planning are both a vital part of any students education. There is a misperception that all students have to go to a 4 year school in order to make a good living. Students are often unaware of the opportunities that available to them. The more opportunities we provide students the better prepared they will be when it comes to making a decision about their post-high school journey. This session will provide insight to building a career development program starting in Kindergarten working all the way through seniors in high school to ensure that students are informed about their choices.
    Speaker: Danielle Luebke
  • August 19, 3:30 EST
    Engaging Instruction for High Quality CTE Programs of Study

    How to embed engaging instructional techniques into your new CTE and CTSO programs of study
    Speaker: Jeff Crapper, NBCT
  • October 24, 2:00 pm EST
    What do you mean I am not going to be a _____________?
    As a middle school career development coordinator for the last five years, I have heard all types of potential career choices. My passion comes from assisting these students to become realistic in their choices. A session on this topic would include the strategies used during a one year period of working with 8th grade students concerning the topic “what do you mean I am not going to be a _____________?”
    Speaker: Elaine Webb, Career Development/Special Populations Coordinator, Franklin County Schools in Louisburg, North Carolina.

For more information to join these important discussions, please contact Megan Kmiotek, ACTE’s Director of Leadership and Awards.

Advocate

We use ACTE’s resources and advocacy toolkit to develop relationships with our policymakers and the media to communicate the importance of funding for CTE programs. We also participate in advocacy training sessions such as those provided at ACTE’s National Policy Seminar and share the tools and skills we have with our peers to maximize our collective impact.

Lead

We take opportunities to serve in formal ACTE leadership roles by getting involved in committees, task forces, advisory groups, and by running for positions on the Board of Directors. There’s also independent initiatives endorsed by ACTE, such as planning school visits and designing celebration activities for CTE Month. We elevate the work of our peers by nominating them for awards and by using the resources and opportunities within ACTE to mentor our newer CTE teachers and colleagues.

who we are

Each quarter, we recognize a handful of volunteers who stand out for going beyond the extra mile. Click on our spotlights below to learn more about our Volunteers of the Quarter.

Leslie Bleskachek

Kristy Barnett

Jim Berry

Paula Boughton

Jeffrey Crapper

Christopher Neff

Robert Van Dyke

Sahvanna Mease

Danielle Luebke

Mike Stone

Sarah Heath

Coleen Keffeler

Jonathan Howard

Gary Hutchinson

Charlotte Gray

Eboni Chillis

Adam Guidry

Rachael Mann

Andrew Wermes

Bob Marraccino

Carrie Scheiderer