The Future of Career Development

As a third year teacher, I am still learning about CTE and what all it entails. When I first became a teacher, I was very fortunate to have a mentor that not only helped me get my school-based enterprise up and running, but advocated for Career and Technical Education and persuading me to be an ACTE...

Advancing Access and Equality How do you work to advance access and equality in your school?

Over the course of the past four years we have worked hard at Caddo Hills School District to develop and maintain a rich and dynamic atmosphere where every learner is championed and valued within career and technical education. We have partnered with our school counselor, special education administr...

CTE Policy

Many of the opportunities for our area are dependent on having a trade or skill. However, in our schools we do not have the opportunity. We do not have the necessary safety (our safety certification of our shops and laboratories was supported until 2016 along with instructor training support) nor th...

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, ...