Read Techniques in April 2022. Current board President Brian Law wrote:
As a teacher, school counselor, administrator, and adjunct postsecondary instructor ending my 28th year of service, the notion of diversity has always existed, but its meaning has changed as I learned to notice and embrace differences. Career and technical education (CTE) is strongest when we serve all students equitably, and when we commit to access and inclusion in our programs.
The diversity issue
Memories of childhood include the game “I spy…” Players looked for things that were recognizable but not obvious to the competitor. I remember trying to choose the most unique item, different in color, form and size from all the others.
In February 2022, my administrative assistant aided in the proclamation to recognize CTE Month with the mayor of our city — who happens to be a full-time CTE educator. And she set a goal to choose the most diverse selection of participants. The students came from a variety of diverse backgrounds. Some diversity you would recognize and some you would not but she identified a group of students who truly represented the diversity of our student population. I hope you will find this issue helpful in strengthening your current meaning and embrace of diversity.
Read Techniques: April 2022.
In this issue, you will find articles to help you make diverse and valuable connections in CTE. Writers offer strategies to recruit diverse students in high-wage, high-demand CTE fields of study. Additional resources focused on developing a richer workforce through inclusive communication will help ACTE members create more effective outreach to diverse populations. In addition, we recognize our award winners. And readers will enjoy an opportunity to get to know ACTE’s future board of directors presidents. I look forward to working with these CTE professionals in the next year.
Liz Fosslien and Mollie West Duffy wrote, “Diversity is having a seat at the table. Inclusion is having a voice, and belonging is having that voice heard.” Take time to celebrate the diversity of your students and faculty, and let their voices be heard. Thank you for all you do to promote CTE and for the many students you serve. Together, we make CTE stronger and more beautiful!