CTE For All Section
CTE For All Section Leader
Matthew Speno, Ed. D.
Dr. Matthew Speno is a tireless advocate for everything CTE! He has positioned himself as a CTE leader who contributes to the local, state, national, and global conversations about vocational education. Dr. Speno is comfortable asking the powerful questions necessary to facilitate 21st century CTE growth. As a researcher, Matthew conducts scholarly inquiries about how CTE integrates within the wider educational establishment, as related to marginalized students. Dr. Speno earned his B.A. in History from the University of Baltimore and his M.S. Ed. and Ed. D. from the University of New England. Matthew is a current post doctorate Fellow at the Center for Childhood and Youth Studies, which is affiliated with Salem State University. He is the Board Vice-Chair for the MidCoast School of Technology located in Rockland, Maine.
CTE for All Section Committee
Interested in serving the CTE for All Section? Your service is integral in growing our section membership to reach Division Level. Becoming a division will provide next level leadership opportunities to support colleagues develop and deliver quality CTE programming that ensures equity of access and treatment for students. Answers in this survey will be used to develop sever internal committees such as Policy, Professional Development, Advocacy, etc.
We are dedicated to creating an environment where every individual, especially special populations, underserved communities, and protected classes, can thrive and excel in the CTE ecosystem.
CTE for ALL stands as a symbol of our unwavering dedication to excellence, diversity, and unity within CTE. As we embark on this transformational journey, we aspire to create a legacy where CTE thrives as an all-encompassing ecosystem, empowering every member to contribute their unique strengths and achieve limitless success. Together, we are driven by the vision of a more inclusive future in CTE, leaving no one behind and embracing the opportunities that come from supporting ALL.
- Cultivate Inclusivity: Embrace diversity and promote a culture of respect, acceptance, and belonging for all members of the CTE community.
- Expand Access: Promote access to high-quality CTE programs, resources, and opportunities for every CTE professional and student.
- Champion Equity: Advocate for equity and justice, addressing disparities and removing barriers that impede progress in the CTE community.
- Empower Every Individual: Provide the tools, support, and mentorship needed to empower individuals to reach their full potential.
- Collaborate for Impact: Engage all stakeholders and partners to collectively drive positive change and elevate the impact of CTE for All.
- Promote Transformational Leadership: Nurturing and developing leaders who are catalysts for innovation, advocating for transformative practices, and driving positive impact.
- Inspire Innovation: Encourage creativity and forward-thinking in CTE, driving innovation to address emerging challenges and opportunities.
Members of the CTE For All Section of New and Related Services are professionals working with youth or adults, who are:
- Individuals with disabilities
- Individuals from economically disadvantaged families
- Individuals preparing for non-traditional fields
- Single parents, including single pregnant women
- Out-of-workforce individuals
- English learners
- Homeless individuals
- Youth who are in, or have aged out of the foster care system
- Youth with a parent who
- Is a member of the armed forces
- Is on active duty
As defined by the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V), professionals working with individuals with the above demographical attributes will provide training, services, and/or extra resources to support successful outcomes in educating and preparing these individuals to be competitively employed in our global workforce.
The CTE For All section of ACTE strives to support our professionals on multiple levels, including:
- Providing resources and support in aligning programs with new Perkins V legislation
- Developing professional attitudes and standards in programming for Special Populations
- Offering assistance to provide, maintain, extend, and expand career and technical programs and services
- Offering promising practices in developing work-based learning opportunities
- Acting as a clearinghouse for the dissemination of new ideas and research
- Advocating for and promoting professional relationships with other agencies, organizations, and institutions that support persons within the Special Populations demographic
- Collaborating with educators, business representatives, and community stakeholders to create locally responsive, relevant work-based and school-based learning experiences.
- Providing professional development opportunities through webinars, workshops, and guidance to materials and resources to support the development of post-secondary workforce readiness (PWR) skills that lead to technical skill attainment for students in any chosen occupation with a focus on high wage occupations or high skill in high demand industries
We encourage you to join the CTE For All section of ACTE. As our numbers grow, so will our ability to advocate for resources and opportunities to support our students. Your participation strengthens our voice and involvement with ACTE in supporting new and experienced teachers by increasing funding to use for professional development, resource development and programming at the national and local level.