A Model for School Culture Change

Beginning in June of 2018, Belen High School embarked on an aggressive grant program to “redesign” its educational environment, instruction, systems, and relationships. The goal coming out of summer was to make Belen High School a student-centered community consistently structured to provide the...

I am proud to be a CTE Educator!

Hello, to my fellow CTE educators. This is a great time to share the good things going on in our CTE Centers as well as the accomplishments of your students.  Sharing these stories with parents, business and industry representatives and the community leaders will let them know the many career op...

Leading Digital Equity

One of the most relevant characteristics of leadership, according to leadership expert and author John Maxwell, is the ability to define reality in meaningful ways. Recently, equity issues have taken precedence in career and technology education (CTE) campuses to provide and support students in equi...

Equality in CTE

Over the years I have come to know that there are different types of equality when it comes to Career and Technical Education. I will say that I have seen each one get better with time. I also know they can still be improved, but it will continue to take our hard work and dedication.   ...

Advancing Access through Scheduling at Belen High School

As athletic director at Belen High School I often had conversations with our student athletes about their classes. These conversations always started the same way, “so, what’s your favorite subject and why?” Favorites ranged from math to science, art to drama, and of course, our CTE programs. ...

Sugar and Spice and Everything… STEM!

According to the National Science Board’s Science & Engineering Indicators 2018 Digest, women account for less than one-third of the nation’s science and engineering workforce.  Trends have shown an increase in the number of women in STEM jobs; however, the disparity has only slightly narro...

Guidance is a Virtue

When I began my work as a CTE director eight years ago, my first task was to assess the state of the CTE program at our secondary campuses.  I visited with teachers, counselors, principals, district administrators, students and parents about their understanding of our program – course offerings, ...

Preparing our youth for a career in law enforcement with certifications

In today’s society, we see law enforcement officials in a negative light, which impacts student’s interest in that profession.  We have to provide tangibles to our students to peak their interest in this field.  How do we do this, you ask?  Why not try to provide them with as many certificati...

CTE Internships

I have worked as a CTE teacher in Law Enforcement going on 14 years. I first started at Irving ISD and developed an awesome relationship with the Irving Police Department. We created the first Municipal Jail Internship in the nation. Working with Kristin Swanson the jail supervisor was huge and this...

CTE: HELPING STUDENTS CROSS THEIR FINISH LINE

There is still confusion to what equality means, especially in terms of education.  Since success looks different for each individual, the path and tools that they need also look different.  That is why I like to use the term equity.  Both of these terms speak to fairness, but equality only works...