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 Webinar

Demystifying “Causal Impact” Research and Understanding Why It Is Important to CTE
Thursday, October 29
12:00 PM ET

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
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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.


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.


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.


NEW! 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

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 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.


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.