Cooperative Groups CTE Classroom

Few things are more rewarding as an educator than seeing my students take full ownership in their learning.  However, as a Health Science CTE instructor, my Project Lead The Way Biomedical Innovation students continue to amaze me daily.  Initially, it was overwhelming having a Biomedical Innovatio...

A Career & Technical Education Journey Through Leadership – Legislative Advocacy

March came in like a lion as leaders and members of the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) converged on Crystal City in Arlington, VA to learn, participate and advocate for CTE at ACTE’s National Policy Seminar. Weather and winds did their best to keep these dedicated profession...

Mentorship is a two way street

Mentorship is a two way street. Traffic is generally heavier in the direction of the mentee but their can and should be some return to the mentor. This is what makes it so unique because it provides an enriching development experience for both parties. This is why I am happy to have Kim Mitchell as...

The Power of Networking

As part of the ACTE Fellowship Program, current fellows are assigned a former fellow as a mentor. This connection begins a yearlong networking opportunity with another CTE leader. Carrie Scheiderer is a Chief Administrator at Central Ohio Tech Prep Regional Center.  In her position, Carrie pro...

Interview Past Fellow Mentor

I had the pleasure of interviewing my past fellow mentor, Audrey Lee, Assistant Director at the Francis Tuttle Reno campus in Oklahoma City.  Audrey has an interesting background and career path.  She graduated with a degree in Health Sciences and planned to go into public health. ...

Mentor Interview

The ACTE Fellowship experience provides leaders an opportunity to dive deeper in to the world of career and technical education (CTE). Lesile Bleskachek showed her passion of CTE throughout the interview by explaining the many growth opportunities through membership of ACTE.  Here are the top thre...

Beginning a New Adventure

Often times when we start something new, whether it is a project, job, or meeting new people, it comes with feelings of anxiety, fear, and doubt.    On November 20, 2017 those feelings of anxiety, fear and doubt set in when I received the email saying “Congratulations! You have b...

Interview with my Mentor

The best way to improve yourself, others, and your community is to “get involved.” Nicole Lord begins her day by focusing on the positive and creating clear goals to support those around her. In getting to know Nicole Lord, my mentor from Flushing, Michigan, our conversations around career and ...

A Career & Technical Education Journey Through Leadership – Mentors

There is much value to having and being a mentor.  Mark Zuckerberg had Steve Jobs, Jobs had Bill Campbell, the infamous late “Coach” of Silicon Valley (Rashid. 2017).  We learn from mentors and our mentees, becoming better versions of ourselves, molded by the views and experiences o...

Elementary and Middle School Career Development

It is very important to start career exploration at an early age for students to start thinking about career development.  The conversations need to happen to get students career ready so that they are able to attain educational achievements and performance levels needed to reach personal and ...