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...

CTE Stigma: A Barrier to Advancing Access

If you ask a student or parent with direct Career and Technical Education (CTE) experience to describe CTE, you are likely to hear comments like: “CTE helped me decide on my career path” “I was surprised by the amount of leadership opportunities” “I learned how my math classes ...

Engaging Students in CTE

Happy CTE Month! Part of engaging students in CTE is not only talking about it throughout the school year, but also showing students the benefits of CTE and how it can prepare them for college and careers after high school. I start each school year by recruiting students for my own CTSO, DECA. DE...

Increasing Participation, Engagement, and Excitement for CTE

As we start CTE Month, I begin to reflect on what we are doing to increase CTE participation, engagement, and excitement.  I am also looking at how to do even more next year.  I believe that CTE is the best way to help guide our students into their futures.  It is our jobs as CTE leaders to make ...

Awards Process

Hey everyone! As the 2019 Teacher of the Year, Educators in Action wanted me to share with you about the awards process. I hope this encourages some of you to be active, take advantage of your professional organization, and apply for the awards! What’s the awards process like? Well, it somewha...

Fish! A Remarkable way to boost Morale and improve results By Stephen C. Lundin, PH.D. Harry Paul, and John Christensen

Team morale in any industry is an important part of any organization.  In the event that morale is low in an organization employees are going to be less likely to be happy at their place of employment. Fish!  provides leaders with four main concepts of the book choose your attitude, play, make th...

A Resource for Understanding Character Traits

A large part of leadership is understanding, reflecting on and enhancing your personal character traits, as well as those of your employees and potential leaders within your organization. Aligning jobs, tasks and goals to dominate character traits can help an individual or organization become more p...

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 with Disabili...