High-quality teachers, high-quality programs

“Innovation survives only when people believe in their own ideas.” –Levo League A surviving idea solves problems with creativity. A great idea is one that survives over time. After many years of legislation focused on the value of technical skills, the 1960s saw the passage of The Vocationa...

Thoughtful signage facilitates inclusive learning environments

Signs and displays speak volumes about your classroom, school and community. They communicate important information, and they provide direction. Thoughtful use of sign and display solutions can help achieve important programmatic goals in career and technical education (CTE).  To engage students an...

Student-led classrooms drive teamwork & collaboration

All educators learn various skills, techniques and practices that their predecessors crafted through experience and hard work.  I took everything I could from my teacher preparation program and a master’s program in learning and technology and tried my best to apply it in all my teaching endeavor...

Rethinking postsecondary teacher education pathways

There’s a prevalent belief that all career and technical education (CTE) students intend to work exclusively in industry. But many students, if given the opportunity, will choose CTE teacher education. “I came to West-MEC to define my path. And now, through dual enrollment, I will finish the ...

Teachers inspire Techniques

Techniques dedicates its October 2021 digital issue to career and technical education (CTE) professionals like you. Teachers, administrators, counselors and support staff do more than prepare the workforce. Across ACTE divisions and the nation, career and technical education builds a strong foundati...

Spotlight on postsecondary leadership

Techniques launched a digital-exclusive spotlight series on fellows in the Postsecondary Leadership Success Program at ACTE – Sponsored by ECMC Foundation. The program offers a professional development experience intended to grow the organizational leadership and management skills of postsecondary...

ACTE’s CareerTech VISION offers vital PD for 21st century CTE

Come on in. Let’s gather again in the birthplace of jazz. ACTE’s hottest event of the year offers content, networking and instrumental experiences designed to inspire growth. Together, we’ll advance the field of career and technical education (CTE) for all learners. ACTE’s CareerTech VISION...

Creating a safe space for LGBTQ+ students in CTE

It's likely you've taught a student who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ+). Such youth with caring adults in their lives are less likely to self-harm and more likely to thrive in CTE. Anna Hall, a family and consumer sciences educator, offers best practices for creat...

Techniques launches in September with a VISION of inclusion

Another school year has begun and we're kicking off another year of Techniques. ACTE's flagship publication for career and technical education (CTE) professionals intends to publish four print and four digital issues in 2021–22. Prominent themes found in Techniques this year will include: Be...

Getting new faculty FIT for success

Industry experts spend years or even decades perfecting their trade. However, they may have little or no experience as a faculty member. Without support in the transition from business and industry to academia, new faculty may lack the foundation and skills needed to be effective in the classroom. ...