In these lessons, you will learn about the numerous pieces of legislation that impact students with disabilities, including Perkins V. You will also learn strategies to support students with disabilities in secondary CTE through appropriate CTE program placement.
Whether you are a brand new CTE Administrator or an experienced Administrator new to CTE, thess lessons highlight the leadership and administrative skill necessary for the successful operation of CTE programs. The goal is to provide topics for you to explore further in your professional development and to equip you with a general knowledge of the world of CTE Administration.
It’s no secret that we are living in a time of rapid economic, technological, and social changes, which are creating a world that is ever more interconnected. One in ten Americans is foreign born, and all of our local communities – urban, suburban, and rural – are growing more diverse. To take advantage of global and local market opportunities, companies want to hire workers with global competence—that is, the capacity and disposition to understand act on issues of global significance. In these lessons, we discuss ways to prepare all students for work and civic roles in an environment where success increasingly requires the ability to compete, connect, and cooperate on an international scale.
One in ten Americans is foreign-born, and local communities --urban, suburban, and rural—are growing more diverse. One in five jobs is tied to international trade. This means that CTE educators face a critical new imperative: to prepare all students for work and civic roles in an environment where success increasingly requires the ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds in global markets.
These lessons answer the essential question, "As the world becomes more interconnected, how do I ensure my CTE students are prepared with the skills to connect, compete, and collaborate in a global economy?"
Career and technical education (CTE) programs are increasingly engaging a broad range of stakeholders, including parents and community organizations, to improve CTE programs, better serve students and help communities in need. This resource will focus on ways that CTE educators can communicate with, collaborate with and support current and prospective learners’ families and communities, particularly for learners and communities who have been historically underserved. This publication describes general strategies for engaging these stakeholders, more specific strategies aimed at breaking down barriers to engagement for particular special and underserved population groups, and examples of CTE and career development programs doing promising work in this area.
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) has developed a podcast series dedicated to middle school career exploration. Over five episodes we will hear from a variety of practitioners diligently working in this space of middle school career exploration, as they share their thoughts and ideas on why and how exploring careers in middle school is important to the development of adolescents.
The partnership with Accenture provides ACTE member institutions and their faculty free access to the rich resources from the Skills to Succeed (S2S) Academy. Available free of charge to CTE educators, the S2S Academy, an online experience for students, features an engaging multimedia interface that delivers high-quality career planning, job exploration and a unique ‘flight simulator for job seekers’.
Secondary CTE has long been a viable pathway for developing the skills of students with disabilities (SWD) and preparing them for the future. Changes in Perkins V and an increasing emphasis on college and career readiness for all students are bringing the needs of SWD to the forefront of the CTE conversation.
In 2019, ACTE joined Penn State University’s Workforce Education program and the National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT) to host a five-part webinar series that took a deep dive into programs, practices and partnerships among CTE and special education practitioners that support SWD in CTE. You can view this series for free at CTE Learn. Click on the CTE Learn link on this page and follow the registration information to access the webinars.