Engaging Instruction


Engaging instruction is one of 12 elements of high-quality CTE, defined in ACTE’s comprehensive, research-based Quality CTE Program of Study Framework. The following reports, articles, guides and toolkits can help you provide high-quality, engaging instruction. This page is under development; additional resources and tags will be added in summer 2018. 

Instructional Strategies and Tools

Case Study: Transforming CTE Learning Through Mixed Reality
Carbenia, ACTE Techniques Magazine, October 2017

Tech Tools Fuel Today’s CTE & Inspire Tomorrow’s World Leaders
Mumm, ACTE Techniques Magazine, October 2017

Teaching In-Demand Skills: How Healthcare Educators Engage Today’s Students
Kuhn, ACTE Techniques Magazine, October 2017

Incorporating Guided and Open Inquiry Into the CTE Classroom
Schwartz, ACTE Techniques Magazine, September 2017

Project-based World series
Getting Smart and the Buck Institute for Education

Columbia Area Career Center Project-based Learning: A Formula for Rapid Results
Southern Regional Education Board High Schools That Work, June 2017

Ensuring Equity in Problem-based Learning Toolkit ($)
National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity

Contextualized Teaching and Learning: A Faculty Primer
Center for Student Success/RP Group, Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, Basic Skills Initiative and Bay Area Workforce Funding Collaborative, 2009

Engaging Students in Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: A Brief Review of the Literature
McCormick, Clark and Raines, Journal of Studies in Education, 2015

Analysis of Teachers’ Adoption of Technology for Use in Instruction in Seven Career and Technical Education Programs
Kotrlik and Redmann, Career and Technical Education Research, 2009 ($)

Journal Writing in Career and Technical Education: A Tool to Promote Critical-Thinking Skills
Cooper, Journal of Industrial Teacher Education, 2006

Integrating Academics in the CTE Classroom

Common Core: The Challenge and the Opportunity
Blosveren, Liben and DeWitt, ACTE Techniques Magazine, Nov/Dec 2014

Common Core-CTE Classroom Tasks
Achieve and Advance CTE

Capitalizing on Context: Curriculum Integration in Career and Technical Education
National Research Center for CTE Curriculum Integration Workgroup, 2010

Rigor and Relevance: A Model of Enhanced Math Learning in Career and Technical Education
Stone et. al, National Research Center for CTE, 2007

Oregon Applied Academics Project Final Report
Pearson, Richardson and Sawyer, National Research Center for CTE, 2013

Integrating Curriculum: Lessons for Adult Education From Career and Technical Education
Chernus and Fowler, National Institute for Literacy, 2010

Differentiated Learning and Classroom Management

Positive Learning Environments Enhance Student Achievement
Swafford, Bailey and Beasley, ACTE Techniques Magazine, May 2014

Classroom Management Strategies
Dustova and Cotton, The CTE Journal, 2015

Personality Type and Learning Style: The Tie That Binds
Threeton, Walter and Evanoski, Career and Technical Education Research, 2013 ($)

Reflection on One’s Own Teaching Style and Learning Strategy Can Affect the CTE Classroom
McCaskey and Crowder, The CTE Journal, 2015

Career and Technical Education Teachers’ Perceptions of Culturally Diverse Classes: Rewards, Difficulties, and Useful Teaching Strategies
Rehm, Career and Technical Education Research, 2008 ($)

Teaching English Language Learners in CTE Programs
Hernández-Gantes and Blank, 2009

Educator Development and Standards

National Research Center for CTE Professional Development and Projects

CTE Standards (Second Edition)
National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, 2014