Top Notch Teachers

Recent studies have shown that less than one out of three U.S. workers feel that they receive adequate recognition or praise for their work. Further, the two out of three that don’t feel adequately recognized are twice as likely to leave their job within the next year. Early this school year, I...

Career Pathways and Dreams: Necessary and Sufficient for Success and Told in the Words of Career and Education Graduates

In preparation for my presentation at the NYS Joint Career and Technical Educator conference in late June, I am struggling to express to my audience, in words, the gratitude that our students had for CTE education in our CTE Medical Laboratory and Assisting Program. Over twenty years and 1000 gradu...

Need help with instructional strategies? There’s a coach for that!

As the perception of Career and Technology Education (CTE) changes across the country and communities and school districts see the importance of these programs to students, industry, and communities, the number of teachers required to staff our programs is growing too fast for traditional teacher ed...

Hays CISD CTE – Leading The Way

At Hays Consolidated Independent School District, one of the fastest growing school districts in Texas, we are always looking for the partners and programs that best prepare our students for success after high school. One such partnership began in 2001 and is not only going strong, but is actually ...

Heating It Up in Hays CISD

What began as a suggestion from one of our community partners at the Hays CISD CTE Advisory Committee meeting in October of 2016 has become a program that is life-changing for our present and future students. As a result of our Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program partnership with the Kyle...

Best Practice “Build Your Future” a Construction and Welding Expo Highlighting Careers in Central Texas

My job as a Career and Technical Education Specialist at Education Service Center Region 12 (ESC Region 12) allows me to work with independent school districts and businesses in the central Texas region. ESC Region 12 recently sponsored the Construction and Welding Expo at the Greater Waco Advanced ...

Preparing for the Road Ahead

What a wonderful time to be in CTE! We as educators have the opportunity to prepare students for the future. It can be exciting and scary at the same time.  I have the pleasure of working with students with disabilities.  This means that the student has qualified under the Individuals w...

Interview with my Mentor – Connie Strebe

On February 5, 2018, I had the opportunity to interview Ms. Connie Strebe as she will be serving as my Mentor during the 2018 ACTE Fellowship program.  Connie currently serves as the Satellite Director for the Tolles Technology Center in Plain City, Ohio.  22 CTE programs exist onsite at...

Global Competency in CTE

My district’s career center recently adopted a Project-Based Learning (PBL) platform for our Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses.  As a teacher coming from a special education and ESOL background, I knew that PBL was going to look different for many of my students who come from oth...

Five Reasons STEM Training Will Boost A Student’s Career

The fields of science, technology, education and mathematics—also known as STEM—have been on a steady upward swing for the last decade, both in popularity and career demand. Even more telling? STEM careers will grow to more than 9 million by 2022. This projected growth trajectory, combined with ...