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CTSOs Engage Students: FBLA-PBL Students Compete Among the Best

Every summer the best and brightest FBLA-PBL members convene at the National Leadership Conference to compete in business-related competitions and chart their future career paths. In June 2017, Kearah Kraus, Alyssa Kreg and Christina Masnyy, a team of FBLA students representing Fife High School in Tacoma, Washington, took first place

CTSOs Engage Students: SkillsUSA Students Practice Personal, Workplace and Technical Skills

Career-ready starts here. SkillsUSA's bold mission is to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens, while improving the quality of our nation's workforce. Members put the mission into action as they carry out chapter activities and practice personal, workplace and technical skills

CTSOs Engage Students: Business Professionals of America, Servant Leadership, Service Learning & Inspiring Agents of Change

Leadership is about service. Robert Greenleaf taught us that good leaders must first become good servants. We are given opportunities every day to extend our hand. With more than 45,000 members across the country, Business Professionals of America (BPA) is committed to developing and empowering rising student leaders to discover their

CTSOs Engage Students: Discover Ag Under Water

"Career and technical student organizations (CTSOs) enhance student learning through contextual instruction, leadership and personal development, applied learning and real-world application." So defines the mission and purpose of nine CTSOs by the National Coordinating Council for Career and Technical Student Organizations (NCC-CTSO)

Career Aspirations Out of this World: Rachael Mann Interviews Aaron Shepard

Aaron Shepard inspires others and models boldness; he is determined to break the status quo. Too often, we are encouraged to take the safe path and spend a lifetime wondering, “What if?” Aaron took that road, at first, but soon he realized there is never a better time to follow your dreams than now. Tell me about your current role

Teaching Strategy: Peer Video Critique

“I wish students would give each other valuable feedback about what they are learning.” If that sounds familiar, you might want to try this strategy. The gap in reading skill levels is an issue nearly every CTE teacher faces. Walk into any given classroom, in any given program area, and it is likely you will find students whose

Indiana HS Prepares Students for Success in Pharmacy Technology

It's no secret: Healthcare workers are in high demand. Ten of the top 20 fastest-growing occupations nationwide are in health care; certified nursing assistants, physical therapists and nurse practitioners are among the most sought-after (United States Department of Labor, 2018). Across the country, CTE instructors are doing great

Techniques Year in Review

As the year 2018 draws to a close we're taking a look back at the articles in Techniques that made us think, helped us learn, and inspired pride in our profession as career and technical educators. Helping “Young Minds Take Flight” and “Filling the Educator Pipeline,” Techniques addresses the issues ACTE members care about most,

Teaching Strategy: The Carousel

“I wish all students would participate in the discussion.” If that sounds familiar, you might want to try this strategy. The ability to engage students with hands-on learning activities has long been a strong advantage for career and technical educators. However, the excitement that students experience in the lab often does

iTeachU: Building Upon National and State CTE Teacher Recruitment Efforts

For more than two decades we have heard alarms, warning of the shortage of secondary teachers in content areas such as agriculture education and family and consumer sciences... In response, national initiatives emerged to address the need to recruit teachers into these career and technical education (CTE) fields. The National Association

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