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September 2018: InnoVISION
CareerTech VISION is ACTE’s premier event for career and technical education (CTE) professionals. This issue is dedicated to those who will make VISION 2018 a success: educators like you! With a special focus on innovation (innoVISION!), the September 2018 issue of Techniques will feature articles from names you’ll see on the scene in San Antonio, Texas.

Techniques will not accept unsolicited material for this issue.


October 2018: In the Internet of Things
Devices, devices, everywhere. Nor any place to check my email. Samuel Taylor Coleridge we are not, but in a world where everything is connected, nothing seems the same. Covering vertical markets that range from health care and life sciences to industrial systems and urban mobility, the Internet of Things opens new doors for career and technical education to develop new talent pipelines; to revolutionize learning through augmented or virtual reality and the use of smart classrooms; and to engage with industry partners in more innovative ways. This issue will explore how a plugged-in world is made better, and a little safer online, with CTE.

Proposals due June 1; article submissions July 15


November/December 2018: CTE Teacher Shortage
New teachers leave the classroom in droves — many within five years. To fill a pipeline of qualified workers, we must recruit and retain qualified educators in career and technical education programs. This issue will address economic and societal reasons for a teacher shortage; methods for attracting students into teacher-education programs; and how to keep good teachers in the classroom.

Proposals due July 1; article submissions Aug. 15


January 2019: Business and Community Partnerships
Effective partnerships are critical to the success of any organization, but especially within CTE. Educators. Administrators. Community leaders. Employers. Legislators. Such stakeholders come together with a shared vision and common goal to meet the increasing demand for a skilled workforce. This issue of Techniques will explore the HOWs and WHYs at work behind successful business and community partnerships.

Proposals due Aug. 15; article submissions Oct. 1


February 2019: Engaging Students Through CTE
Your students are CTE! Membership in a career and technical student organization (CTSO) gives students the opportunity to enhance their learning and gain real-world experience while enrolled in a career and technical education program. Leadership, self-confidence, teamwork and critical thinking benefit the student involved — and the workforce, too. This issue will profile each of 11 CTSOs, and discuss the best ways to engage students in learning through CTE.

Proposals due Sept. 15; article submissions Nov. 1


March 2019: Advancing Access and Equity
Despite, and perhaps due to limiting factors that include race, gender, socioeconomic status and ability, CTE is making strides to advance access and equity for all students in our programs, and as they leave classrooms for the world of work. This issue will address the achievement gap; highlight those initiatives in place and driving progress; and discuss, overall, how far we still have to go.

Proposals due Nov. 1; article submissions Dec. 15


April 2019: Making the Case for Family and Consumer Sciences
This issue of Techniques will highlight the ways in which Family and consumer sciences (FACS) educators have showcased the value of their programs, and demonstrate best practices that include utilizing data, research and other information and strategies to build program support. Family and consumer sciences education empowers students to use critical and creative thinking skills when faced with the challenges of balancing personal, home, family and work lives. This issue will also address how FACS is an important part of the career and technical education system.

Proposals due Dec. 7; article submissions Jan. 14


May 2019: The Future of Career Development
What does career development look like today? What will it look like in five years? 10? We’ll end the editorial year with a discussion on the varying responsibilities of career development professionals in CTE, and the important roles they play in guiding students’ academic, behavioral and social growth.

Proposals due Jan. 15; article submissions March 1 


Note: Themes and submission deadlines are subject to change during the year.