High-quality CTE Tools
To bring clarity to the burgeoning conversation around high-quality CTE and help CTE educators and administrators develop and improve the quality of their CTE programs of study, ACTE has created an evidence-based framework defining high-quality CTE across 12 elements:
- Quality CTE Program of Study Framework (2018 version)
- Self-evaluation Instrument (print version, high resolution or low resolution)
- Self-evaluation Instrument (online)
High-quality CTE Tools Library
The following online library is one of the resources that ACTE has developed to recognize and disseminate high-quality CTE practices. Follow the links below for strategies, case studies, professional development models and toolkits to help practitioners develop and support success within each element. Additionally, ACTE is incorporating the quality framework into its efforts to recognize and disseminate CTE best practices through the ACTE awards program and CareerTech VISION programming.
12 Elements of a High-quality CTE Program of Study
High-quality CTE Publications
- Defining Quality: Business and Community Partnerships (March 2019)
- Defining Quality: Student Career Development (June 2019), generously sponsored by Xello
High-quality CTE Micro Webinars
- High-Quality CTE Programs of Study — Student Assessment
Join Candice Mott, CTE performance accountability coordinator from DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education, as she discusses student assessment. Watch online seminar. Generously sponsored by Xello.
- High-Quality CTE Programs of Study — Sequencing and Articulation
The Lockesburg Industrial Maintenance Institute in Southwest Arkansas provides an innovative approach to CTE. This webinar highlights ways in which a community of industrial and educational professionals aligned their knowledge and skill with academic standards and existing resources to create a seamless progression of learning that leads to high paying jobs right out of high school. Watch online seminar. Generously sponsored by Xello.
- High-Quality CTE Programs of Study — Prepared and Effective Program Staff Webinar
Join Tyra Pilgram, CTE director from Rutherford County Schools in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, as she discusses how to have a high-quality CTE program, regardless of the size of the school district. Watch online seminar. Generously sponsored by Xello.
- High-Quality CTE Programs of Study — Engaging Instruction
Join Carlie Harris and Jeffrey Crapper, health science CTE instructors from Beaverton, Oregon, as they share creative methods they have used in order to supplement their instruction, helping make enhanced real-life connections for students. Watch online seminar. Generously sponsored by Xello.
- High Quality CTE Programs of Study — Business and Community Partnerships
Join Donna Gilley, director of career and technical education in Nashville, Tennessee, as she discusses business and community partnership structures, how to ensure CTE programs align with the workforce and different ways businesses and communities can partner with CTE programs. Watch online seminar. Generously sponsored by Xello.
- High-Quality CTE Programs of Study — Career and Technical Student Organizations
Join Deonna Anderson, an engineering teacher at Franklin Technology Center in Joplin, Missouri, as she discusses the value of career and technical student organizations (CTSOs) in every CTE program. Watch online seminar. Generously sponsored by Xello.
- High-Quality CTE Programs of Study — Student Career Development
Career development for all students must connect student personal goals to learning in all courses and experiences outside the classroom. Join Robin Kroyer-Kubicek, Career Pathways Education Consultant in Wisconsin, as she discusses student career development. Watch online seminar. Generously sponsored by Xello.