Online Seminars


While ACTE’s online seminars, which cover a variety of CTE topics, are generally available to members only as a professional development resource, we are making these resources available, at least until May 31, to the entire CTE community due to COVID-19.

View previously recorded online seminars listed below.

Upcoming Webinars

Equity for Remote Learning
June 3, 2:00 p.m. ET

How to ensure all students are getting their needs met in a virtual or hybrid learning environment. In this workshop, attendees will learn a tool to assist with quickly providing clarity of roles, rules, expectations, expected timeframe, and identified topics for any type of engagement.

*Will be recorded and available to watch after the event.

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Pivoting to Practice: Making Your Work-Based Learning Experiences Meaningful
June 8, 2:00 p.m. ET

Work-based learning (WBL) experiences are powerful tools that can motivate students and help them develop the knowledge and skills for the future careers. By strengthening the structure of our WBLs, we strengthen the pipeline and outcomes for learners. One way we can strengthen WBL is by incorporating more pedagogies of practice in our programs. In this webinar, you will be prompted to think about what we show students our careers look like, how to break down the complex activities of our careers into namable and manageable parts, and how to give students safe and structured opportunities to try career practices out for themselves.

*Will be recorded and available to watch after the event.

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Anytime, Anywhere, Anyplace: Recruiting and Marketing CTE in a Virtual World
July 22, 2:00 p.m. ET

Eaton Regional Education Service Agency (RESA) offers career development services to K-12 students in five local districts, with an emphasis on high school career and technical education (CTE) programs to students. Eaton RESA’s unique approach to K-12 career development services, coupled with high school programs located in industry and post-secondary institutions, was completely revised as the pandemic challenges changed traditional recruiting, marketing, and instructional delivery models. Join Eaton RESA staff to hear about their innovative ways of supporting local districts with career development activities, creating new recruiting and marketing approaches to embrace a broader audience of students and families, and how they continued to highlight and celebrate students’ achievements!

*Will be recorded and available to watch after the event.

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Driving Student Ownership in the Classroom Through Entrepreneurship, Teamwork, and Cross-Curricular Collaboration
August 3, 2:00 p.m. ET

In Virtual Startup Academy’s inaugural webinar, CEO Greg Keele and his team will discuss and model the process through which classroom environments can be designed to put students in charge of the classroom and how it gives them ownership of the outcomes of their learning experience. Student-led classrooms are discussed often, however in practice are hard to find. We will provide the tools needed to take the first steps in providing the next generation of classroom experiences. Finally, Virtual Startup Academy’s team will describe how connecting different sectors, pathways, and content areas can unleash a level of learning unmatched anywhere else in education.

*Will be recorded and available to watch after the event.

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Ensuring your classroom is providing equity for all CTE Students
August 5, 2:00 p.m. ET

This virtual webinar will introduce participants to what it means to be Equity-Minded and what Equity Mindedness looks like in the classroom. After this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Differentiate between equitable and equal academic outcomes.
  2. Describe equity-mindedness
  3. Identify equity-minded strategies in the classroom

*Will be recorded and available to watch after the event.

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Part 2: Confronting Isms in the Classroom
October 5, 2:00 p.m. ET

Racism, classism and sexism are but a few of the “isms” that prevent students from inclusion and access of high quality CTE. This is a continuation of conversation from a webinar held on April 28. The part 2 conversation on isms in the classroom will focus on promising disruptive practices from your place of influence. Please bring your own ideas and tools on disruptive practices which have helped you to confront isms in your own classroom or administrative setting.

*Will be recorded and available to watch after the event.

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Recent Webinars

High-quality CTE During COVID-19: Leveraging Federal Relief Funds at the Local Level
May 6, 2:00 p.m. ET

Over the past year, the federal government has provided over $280 billion dollars to assist K-12 schools and postsecondary institutions, and their students, address challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This webinar will provide an overview on federal relief funds, including the distribution process, allowable uses of funds and other important parameters. We will also provide suggestions to help ensure CTE programs can benefit from these critical resources, and both general tips for making the most of this unprecedented investment as well as specific ideas for spending funds. This webinar will serve as a companion to ACTE’s upcoming publication on this same topic!

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Connecting Social Emotional Learning (SEL) to Career Success
May 5, 1:00 p.m. ET

Today’s challenging and evolving society requires that students be provided with not only high-quality career pathways but also social and emotional readiness skills, in order to be grounded and prepared for work and life outside the classroom. This webinar, based on ACTE’s “Connecting Social Emotional Learning (SEL) to Career Success” publication sponsored by Xello, will highlight how CTE programs have integrated SEL strategies and explore the benefits that students receive from these practices.

These are a few examples of SEL in action in the classroom which will be discussed during the webinar.

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Innovative Connections: STEM + CTE at Home or School
May 4, 4:00 p.m. ET

This session will introduce the connections between CTE and Science Olympiad, a 35+ year old nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing STEM learning and teaching. Science Olympiad’s MY SO program allows teachers, parents and students to access a variety of hands-on CTE experiences from home or school and sets students on a path of post-secondary and career discovery.

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Confronting Isms in the Classroom
April 28, 2:00 p.m. ET

Racism, classism and sexism are but a few of the “isms” that prevent students from inclusion and access of high quality CTE. How can we avoid the conscious and unconscious “isms” in our programs so that a new shared understanding of equitable learning is made available to every student? The goal of the webinar is to have an interactive meeting of the minds, to share best practices in identifying and removing isms in classrooms. Please bring your own ideas and tools that have helped with confronting isms in the classroom.

Moderator: William Sprankles, Exec. Director of Innovative Teaching & Learning – Butler Tech, & Associate

Panelists:

  • Angel Malone, Director, Office of Career & Technology Education South Carolina Department of Education
  • Dr. Baron Davis, Superintendent of Richland School District 2
  • Elgin Card, Senior Director for Inclusion and Diversity, Lakota Outreach, Diversity and Inclusion (LODI) Department
  • Tiffany Jones, Educator, Butler Tech
  • Silvia Ramous, Senior Director of Programs, NAPE

*Will be recorded and available to watch after the event.

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Career Exploration & Assessment for Middle and Early High School Students
April 21, 12:00 p.m. ET

Over the past year, it’s been difficult to place students into the workplace and provide career training due to COVID-19. Many of our partners have been able to provide simulated job activities using MECA because it has everything you need for your students to identify interests, explore career activities, practice applied academics and put together an achievable career plan. Sign up for this webinar to dive deeper into the 4 steps to help your middle and high school students:

  1. ASK IT: Simple questions about likes and dislikes of everyday activities.
  2. EXPLORE IT: Break down career areas into audio/video format that students follow in order to get their hands dirty. Each career area allows exposure to entry, mid and advanced-level job activities.
  3. ASSESS IT: Each job-specific assessment demonstrates how math, communication, and problem solving skills relate to the actual demands of the workplace. These help answer the question, “When am I going to learn this?”
  4. PLAN IT: This makes career planning is exciting to your students because it revolves around their interests. Students learn about a career area and conclude with the “reality check” needed for creating a career pathway.

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Cooking with Canvas
April 8, 4:00 p.m. EST

The webinar examines how the Yuma Union High School District (YUHSD) uses Canvas, to enhance instruction in the CTE classroom as well as ensure students can practice proficiency of state standards when absent from school. The YUHSD utilizes Canvas to create a high functioning PLC that can constantly collaborate regardless of location. These methods also lend themselves to assisting new teachers in program areas to ensure engaging and appropriate content is being taught. This session will provide the materials to get started if currently using Canvas. Districts that do not currently have Canvas could apply the same theories to other learning management systems or Google Classroom. The webinar will use Culinary Arts as the primary example but could be applied to any CTE program area. The webinar will address changes made and adaption due to the COVID-19 school closure.

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Innovation Through Virtual Fundraising
March 4, 3:00-4:00 p.m. EST

ACTE is working to place career and technical education at the forefront of innovation including activities that improve the conditions for student learning, teacher practice and other facets of the CTE experience. Prior to COVID-19, many students participated in in-person fundraising opportunities to support student-led activities. With a worldwide pandemic underway, student-supported activities are a challenge to maintain. This webinar will discuss successful tools and strategies to implement new virtual fundraising efforts. Please bring your own successful virtual fundraising ideas so all educators can implement effective strategies to support virtual fundraising activities.

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State Policies Impacting CTE: 2020 Year in Review
In this review of state-level policy for 2020, participants will hear trends for the 2020 policy landscape, including top policy categories and examples for each. After a presentation of findings, state and local leaders will share examples of policy and impacts from their state, as well as potential trends for 2021. A 15 minute question and answer session for all speakers will follow initial presentations.

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Delivering Real-World Experiences Webinar
Feb. 16, 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST

The webinar, based on a “Delivering Real-World Experiences” publication that Kelli Diemer recently wrote for ACTE, will focus on establishing sustainable and effective work-based learning experiences. Successful real-world experiences should include several key components which will be outlined in the webinar to ensure a positive opportunity for students and employers. In today’s fast paced society, it is imperative students are provided successful work-based learning opportunities. Join this webinar to learn about the nuts and bolts of successful WBL opportunities.

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Innovative Strategies for Virtual Learning to Engage Students
Feb 9, 3:30-4:30 p.m. EST

ACTE is working to identify innovation at the forefront of career and technical education (CTE). Including activities that improve the conditions for student learning, teacher practice or other facets of the CTE experience. Several ACTE members have submitted new strategies and tools they are using in the classroom to help engage students in the new world of virtual learning. This webinar will feature some techniques educators have successfully used to promote student engagement through online learning. The goal of the webinar is to have an interactive meeting of the minds, to share best practices in the arena of virtual learning. Please bring your own ideas and tools that have helped with online teaching so we can all be at the forefront of what works best to help students and educators succeed in virtual learning.

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Starting Early – Introducing Career Development in the Early Grades
Jan. 19, 3:00-4:00 p.m. EST

Elementary and middle level programs are where student career development begins and an important linkage for leaders to think about related to CTE pathways. This webinar – part of ACTE’s Student Career Development Series sponsored by Xello – will explore how to introduce career development at earlier ages and stages to ensure effective academic and career development in high school.

Moderator: Nicole Cobb, Ed.D., Vice President, ACTE Counseling and Career Development Division; Associate Professor of Practice, Department of Human and Organizational Development, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN (moderator)

  • Brian Bontempo, Ed.D., Superintendent, Auburn Career Center and Ohio Technical Center, Concord, OH
  • Caroline Cockman, School Counselor, Apex Elementary School, Apex, NC
  • Dana Jackson, Executive Director, Counseling Services and College Access, Grand Prairie Independent School District, Grand Prairie, TX

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Previewing the New Administration and 117th Congress: Federal Policy Implications for CTE in 2021

Jan. 14, 3:00-4:00 p.m. EST

Come hear from ACTE’s Public Policy staff as they share an overview of changes to the Administration and in Congress that will impact CTE at the federal level in 2021. They will recap the impact of the election on the congressional balance of power and key education- and workforce-related committees; review the incoming Biden Administration, including their key personnel and policy priorities; and take an in-depth look at the legislation expected to be considered by Congress this year that could affect CTE programs. This event will be a great introduction for those planning to attend ACTE’s virtual National Policy Seminar in February, and will prepare all CTE leaders for advocacy in the year ahead!

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CLASSROOM INNOVATIONS

Are Your Agricultural Students Ready for Employment in the Diverse, Global Workforce and Economy?
CTE educators should not only shape students by preparing them for the knowledge and technical skills needed in their future careers but also prepare them for the increasingly multicultural work environments they will enter. Join Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS), The Cultivating Change Foundation and the National Association of Agricultural Educators as they discuss best practices teachers should consider as they seek to foster culturally responsive and inclusive classrooms. This webinar initiated based on an article that appeared in NAAE’s The Agricultural Education Magazine. Watch Webinar

Inclusion, Access, Equity & Diversity: CTE Learners Discuss
Educators often discuss how to ensure our programs are more inclusive, accessible, equitable and diverse but how often do we discuss this topic with learners, the individuals most affected? Dr. Roger Cleveland, a national expert who has been at the forefront of equity and inclusion for over a decade, will lead a panel discussion with CTSO leaders to better understand student viewpoints and what they advise related to moving forward. Watch Webinar

The Ultimate Learning Experience: Impacting Student Outcomes Using Virtual Reality 
Learn how Director of CTE at St. Lucie Public Schools, Michael Cabernia used his Perkins funding to engage both students and teachers by implementing virtual reality in the classroom.

Girls Who Code: Summer Immersion Program
Girls Who Code is the national non-profit that works to inspire, educate, and equip girls with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities.

Expand Your CTE Programs with Blended Learning
Join FuelEducation to discuss how schools and districts can expand offerings by using an online component within their CTE programs. Don’t miss a demo of their Career Readiness Pathways courses too.

Flipped Classroom 
What is a “flipped classroom” and how can your students benefit from it? Learn how to transform any CTE classroom into a flipped classroom.

EDUCATION AND CAREER CONNECTIONS

Free Webinar Book Launch: CTSO Competition Readiness
Join Rachael Mann, author of The CTSO Competition Companion and panelists as they address why students should compete in a CTSO event, specific components of winning strategies and approaches, public speaking advice, guidance for such written components as applications, resumes and more. Watch Webinar

Engaging Industry Partners to Create Authentic Learning Experiences
What happens when learning spills outside of traditional class structures?  How can educators and industry partners cooperate to provide authentic, challenging, and fun learning opportunities for students?  PBL expert Heather Buskirk and New York State Principal of the Year Mike Dardaris discuss how to incorporate business partners into classroom projects.

High-Quality CTE Programs of Study — Data and Program Improvement
This webinar discusses the importance of data collection and its use to support student success; investigates ways to provide valid and reliable aggregate data on all students in a program of study; and introduces a formalized data collection model for program improvement and gap closure. Led by Christina Kerns, Curriculum & Instruction Supervisor at Penta Career Center in Perrysburg, Ohio.

High-Quality CTE Programs of Study — Facilities, Equipment, Technology, & Materials in CTE
Grand Island Public Schools changed the landscape for CTE in Nebraska by opening the Career Pathways Institute. In this webinar, you will hear how collaboration with industry-led them to a renovated facility, all new industry-grade equipment and a revamped curriculum-ensuring career and college readiness for all students.

High-Quality CTE Programs of Study — Standards-aligned and Integrated Curriculum
Join Theresa Cortez and Paula Boughton, as they focus on Standards-aligned and Integrated Curriculum. Specifically, they will discuss how Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES CTE literacy rubrics and tasks align to New York State standards, employability skills and CTE content.​ Generously sponsored by Xello.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. Generously sponsored by Xello.

Never too Early to Start
Join Patrick Cain on how it’s never too early to start simulated workplace and live work and learn some of the things they do in their pre-k program. Also be sure to check out his article, WeeCat Industries: Educating the Future, in the March 2018 issue of Techniques. 

Grow Your Own Tree: Tools for Career Readiness, Exploration and Evaluation
Grow your own TREE with Eastern New Mexico University professor Cindy Miller. Learn about career awareness, development and how to aid in decision making. Cindy offers great resources on career development for all grades.

Employability for Your Students
Join author Danny Rubin and learn how to teach your students the art of setting up a networking meeting, crafting a LinkedIn profile, reaching out to employers and much more.

Construction Career Pathways
By the year 2020, the construction industry will be facing a deficit of over 1 million skilled craft professionals. This webinar highlights the craft areas in highest demand, what credential companies are looking for, pathways that lead to successful construction careers, and how to make industry-education connections.

Authentic Project-Based Learning in Career and Technical Education
There’s a crucial need to authentically align our classroom instruction to the needs of workforce development, higher education and the community. Jorge Valenzuela discusses how Project-Based Learning (PBL) can prepare CTE students for college and the workforce.

Education for All Rural CTE and Distance Learning
Discover how distance learning programs can provide students in rural area across the U.S. with the skills necessary to succeed in college and the workforce.

Using Community Projects to Engage Students in Technical Education
Learn how to create real-world projects for students that will have a positive impact on your community. Discover how to incorporate business and community outreach into your CTE curriculum.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR CTE TEACHERS

NEW Demystifying “Causal Impact” Research and Understanding Why It Is Important to CTE
The CTE Research Network seeks to expand the evidence base on the impact of CTE programs on student outcomes, and is working to implement more rigorous research—studies designed to show a causal impact—to meet that goal. But what is “causal impact” and what do CTE educators need to know related to the topic? This webinar will feature an introduction to the CTE Research Network, an overview of its goals and activities, and a discussion with several leading researchers about the value of causal impact and other research methodologies. Watch Webinar

Your First Year in CTE: 10 More Things to Know Expert Session
Join ACTE and NOCTI for an online experts session focused on resources available for preparing a new CTE teacher for their first year in the classroom. Discover ways to expand relationships with students, learn some tips for planning, enhancing content, and more.

From Company to Classroom: Engaging STEM Professional Talent
STEM industry professionals, both US and foreign-born, represent a largely overlooked and untapped source of teachers, ones who are especially suited to teach CTE courses and thereby address the teacher shortage. EnCorps, the only organization in the US that specializes in helping STEM professionals make career changes into teaching in high needs schools, shares details and successes of its work in California.

Using Action Based Research Webinar — Michael T. Holik, Ed.D.
Action-based research is research completed by a person, often a teacher, who has a desire to positively transform his or her own teaching practices through self-evaluation. By participating in their own study, the teacher delivers a lesson, reflects on the lesson and finally makes necessary changes for improvement.

ADMINISTRATOR FOCUSED

Managing Perkins Funds During School Closures
School closures due to COVID-19 are prompting many questions about how entities can spend, manage and track their Perkins funds. Presented by Sheara Krvaric, co-founder of Federal Education Group, PLLC, this webinar covers using Perkins funds to pay staff during school closures, U.S. Department of Education relief on planning deadlines and other grants management issues.

Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act — Perkins V
Questions about the new Perkins law? View ACTE’s recorded webinar on the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act , including changes from prior legislation, definitions of key terms, accountability indicators, state and local planning, and more. You can also tweet questions to our new Twitter account @AskPerkinsV, using the hashtag #AskPerkinsV or email questions to publicpolicy@acteonline.org.

College and Career Readiness Panel Discussion
Are your students career ready? Join Tom Darling, Gayla Randel and Ryan Voorhees as they discuss college and career readiness and how to better prepare your students for the workforce.

Becoming a CTE Administrator
There is a high demand for CTE administrators but how do we fill this gap? Join Dr. John Foster as he identifies the needs for new administrators, building a structure, determining topics and gathering feedback.

Safe Students, Safe Workers
How safe if your CTE program? Join Diane Bush from U.C. Berkley and Andy Wermes from the Iowa Department of Education as they present research and tools that will help keep your students safe and program up to date.

Competency-Based Education
Learn about the pros and cons of competency-based education.” with “Competency-Based Education (CBE) is gaining more popularity within higher education. CBE is especially great for CTE. By removing time as the constant of learning and making it a variable, students have the ability to move at a pace that works for them. Dr. Heiser oversees a 20-program CTE transition to CBE. Learn from both his struggles and successes that he experienced along the way.

Can Immigrant Professionals Address CTE Teacher Shortages in the US?
Presented by World Education Services Global Talent Bridge, this two part webinar series will explore how to tap into the talents of foreign-trained professionals as CTE educators. This includes four million work-authorized immigrants with a bachelor’s degree or higher and often years of industry experience. The first webinar surveys promising program models and resources.

MIDDLE SCHOOL CTE

Middle School CTE Classroom Management: Enhancing the Learning Experience
Dr. Minichino breaks down the various methods of classroom management that can engage students and enhance CTE curriculum. This seminar also provides lesson plans customized for each “learning area” featured in the presentation.

ACTE SPECIFIC

Volunteering for ACTE
Learn from a volunteer about why you should get involved on a committee!

Planning a Virtual Conference
Given the current environment amidst uncertainty as to whether you’re going to be able to hold in-person meetings, you may be considering hosting a virtual conference. But how do I do this?
To help you prepare and deliver your next online event, ACTE has produced the Virtual Conference Planning Guide. This webinar covers best practices ACTE gathered from the production of its first event, the Virtual Work-based Learning Conference that occurred on April 22.