ACTE’s Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
ACTE understands that there is concern about the Coronavirus and we want you to know that we are closely monitoring the public health situation related to this disease and taking action to support our members and the CTE field during this challenging time.
Contacting ACTE Headquarters
Many of our staff are working remotely due to safety concerns. For incoming calls, we ask that you leave a message and we will return your call promptly. To expedite responses, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or view our Contact Us page to email staff directly with your question or concern.
High-Quality CTE: Planning for a COVID-19 Impacted School Year Webinar Series & Guide (Summer 2020)
As the country continues to grapple with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, CTE stakeholders around the nation are thinking ahead to what education might look like in the future. High-Quality CTE: Planning for a COVID-19 Impacted School Year webinar series offers emerging best practices that should shape future planning.
High-quality CTE: Planning for a COVID-19-impacted School Year is a guide for helping CTE stakeholders identify the key considerations, guiding questions and emerging best practices that should shape future planning. The guide is organized around the elements of the ACTE Quality CTE Program of Study FrameworkTM to capture the breadth of issues important to maintaining CTE program quality within any of the possible educational environments being considered for the new school year. It is accompanied by a webinar series exploring issues and sharing ideas from the field about CTE planning for the 2020-21 school year.
High-quality CTE During COVID 19: Challenges and Innovations (March 2021)
While COVID-19 has led to many challenges for CTE over the past year, the pandemic has also created opportunities for experimentation and innovation in delivery of CTE programs and programs of study. ACTE’s latest publication, High-quality CTE During COVID-19: Challenges and Innovations, generously sponsored by MajorClarity, describes these challenges, shares examples of innovative practices, and provides recommendations for how CTE leaders can better prepare the post-COVID-19 workforce and embrace lessons learned during the pandemic.
High-quality CTE During COVID-19: Leveraging Federal Relief Funds at the Local Level (May 2021)
Over the past year, the federal government has provided over $280 billion dollars to assist K-12 schools and postsecondary institutions, and their students, address challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This paper and accompanying webinar will provide an overview on federal relief funds, including the distribution process, allowable uses of funds and other important parameters. It also provides suggestions to help ensure CTE programs can benefit from these critical resources, and both general tips for making the most of this unprecedented investment as well as specific ideas for spending funds.
Online Learning Tools
CTE Learn – ACTE recognizes the dramatic impact that dealing with the COVID-19 is having on your instructional efforts and offers 150+ courses to help you navigate these challenging times.
In addition to ACTE’s CTE Learn online portal, we have compiled the following Distance Learning resources that may be helpful as you transition your instruction. Please be mindful of your state and local rules and regulations related to FERPA, HIPPA and other laws when considering these options.
Advocating for CTE on Your Behalf
ACTE’s public policy staff have been working on a wide variety of federal policy issues impacting career and technical educators, including federal COVID-19 funding and relief for schools and postsecondary institutions, increases in Perkins funding, the inclusion of workforce development in infrastructure funding proposals, and the expansion of federal Pell grants to short-term postsecondary programs. Visit ctepolicywatch.acteonline.org for the latest information.
For state-by-state updates on actions education systems have taken in response to COVID-19, view ExcelinEd’s state map.
Planning a Virtual Conference
Given the current environment amidst uncertainty as to whether you’re going to be able to hold in-person meetings, you may be considering hosting a virtual conference. But how do I do this?
To help you prepare and deliver your next online event, ACTE has produced the Virtual Conference Planning Guide. Watch online seminar.
General COVID-19 Guidelines and Information
ACTE will continue to monitor the situation based on reports from the CDC, federal government and other sources. For more information on the Coronavirus disease and how to prevent it, please visit the CDC’s website.