Another school year has begun and we’re kicking off another year of Techniques. ACTE’s flagship publication for career and technical education (CTE) professionals intends to publish four print and four digital issues in 2021–22. Prominent themes found in Techniques this year will include:
- Best practices for teacher recruitment and retention
- Advancement of high-quality CTE in historically under-resourced communities
- New skill development in a post-COVID-19 landscape
- Equitable facility and equipment design
- Innovative approaches to career exploration via work-based learning
ACTE demonstrates a VISION of inclusion in CTE.
Learners are too often excluded from valuable opportunities due to factors outside their control (e.g., race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, disability, language spoken). As career and technical educators, preparing students for an evolving work.force, it is imperative that we develop high-quality programs of study for all.
“It’s very likely you have taught a student who identifies as a member of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ+) community,” wrote Anna Hall, a family and consumer sciences educator with a background in college administration.
“Current research shows that students who identify as LGBTQ+ are more likely to experience bullying, miss school, and have lower grades than peers (Aragon, et. al., 2014). As LGBTQ+ students live and learn in all school districts across the United States, all schools need to develop strategies for creating more inclusive learning environments.”
Further, there is an urgent need to provide high-quality professional development and support for new CTE faculty transitioning from industry. “They play an integral part in preparing our future workforce,” wrote Paige Brooks-Jeffiers, executive director of professional development and innovation at Kentucky Community and Technical College System.
This issue features a selection of articles inspired by high-quality educational programming expected at ACTE’s CareerTech VISION 2021.
Join us in the birthplace of jazz — New Orleans, Louisiana — on Dec. 1–4. If you can’t make it in person, we’ll miss you greatly! But we’ve designed an immersive virtual experience for off-site attendees to share knowledge and cultivate new connections. And, oh! The Excellence Awards Gala will stream live on Nov. 30. It’s open to all ACTE members! So, keep an eye on your email (and read ACTE News) for more details as they become available.
We hope you find value in the pages of Techniques. And in the many resources developed by ACTE for the advancement of high-quality career and technical education. We hope to see you on site in New Orleans, or online, for CTE’s premier event of the year.
Thank you for your continued support.