Why Do You Think it is Important to Continue Professional Development Throughout your Career?

Those that have been given the charge and have the responsibility to educate others must be committed to continuous learning. Learning is fundamental throughout one's career no matter what field. Professional development (PD) is a lifelong endeavor which allows educators to grow. Educators must impr...

Preparing CTE Teachers for Re-Engaging with Students in the Fall

The 2019/20 school year is coming to an unusual end. After spring break, our students never returned to their classrooms. While core academic teachers were required to provide review materials online for their students, CTE instructors were asked to do the same being cognizant of the overall time st...

A Culinary Journey

Over the last few years a lot of people have been asking me what I would attribute my success in the culinary field to. That has been a very humbling and thought-provoking question. To think that people think that I am a success at such a young age is more than I could ever ask for. I have gained so...

Supporting CTE Students During School Closures due to COVID-19

With the coronavirus spreading across the nation, this time is challenging for education in general but specifically for CTE with all its hands-on courses. My district’s schools started to be out one day before Spring Break, which was during the week of March 16. We are going to be out for a total...

Interview with my Mentor

Christi is an administrator in a rural school district in Kentucky and previously taught Agriculture for 13 years. She was impacted by CTE early on in life and went into Ag Education right after finishing high school. She transitioned into administration after the birth of her children in order to r...

My Mentor

As a 2020 New Professionals Fellow, I’ve been eager to grow and step outside my comfort zone, while under the guidance of new colleagues, mentors, and leaders. Prior to my current role as CTE Coordinator for Baltimore County Public Schools, I was Supervisor for Technology and Engineering Education...

The Wake of COVID-19

In the wake of the COVID-19 quarantine, educators are scrambling to find ways to continue the learning online. Unless you have lived in an area that was devastated by a natural disaster, you probably have not had experience with a disruption of education. Natural disasters wipe out physical resource...

CTE Distance Learning: Hands-on Learning at Home

We know that CTE educators are creative professionals, so it’s no wonder that many of you are getting creative to maintain student learning during school closures. In particular, CTE professionals are exploring how to continue hands-on learning when instructors can no longer demonstrate skills up ...

A Workforce Career and College ready thanks to Industry Certifications

By 2020, three out of every 4 jobs in Colorado will require education or training beyond high school[1].  Already, Colorado businesses cannot find enough workers to fill jobs in construction, manufacturing,  health and technology because students are not prepared to be successful in thousands of a...

The Power of Junior High CTE

When is too early to start thinking about your career? I remember being asked, “what do you want to be when you grow up?” as early as three years old. I know my answers have changed from being a ballerina, to a Marine (like Dad), to Accountant, to being a Teacher. Is seventh grade too late to st...