Techniques

This magazine has news on legislative affecting career and technical education, features on issues and program, profiles of educators and notices of new products.

Articles from Vol. 86, No. 7, October

A Jump-Start for Alternatively Certified CTE Teachers, Counselors
THE FIRST DAYS, WEEKS AND MONTHS of the school year can be a daunting time for new teachers and school counselors, especially those coming to teaching or school counseling from industry or other fields. So what can be done to support these teachers...
Alignment with the Common Core Standards: A 21st Century How-To Model for Successful CTE Programs
How do you measure success in a career and technical education (GTE) program? In our work with CTE teachers and administrators across the country, we understand that success depends upon individual job responsibilities and pressures. From the perspective...
An Interview with Louise Stymeist, President of California ACTE
ACTE: You've been appointed a commissioner on the California Committee on Teacher Credentials by Governor Brown. Tell us about the commission. Why was it created, and what are its goals? LS: I don't pretend to know a lot about it, because it's a...
Bridgemont Community and Technical College
Bridgemont Community and Technical College was established in 1966 to offer associate-level, two-year degrees through West Virginia Institute of Technology. In 2009, the school's name was changed from the Community and Technical College at Wrest Virginia...
CTE and the Common Core State Standards
When the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief Stale School Officers (CCSSO) released the Common Core State Standards in June 2010, it was the culmination of a yearlong process. It resulted in what, the two organizations stated...
CTE's Link to Common Core
THESE DAYS THE DISCUSSIONS AROUND EDUCATION REFORM arc focused on the development of the Common Core Stale Standards. I am often asked if career and technical education (CTR) needs to be concerned about the Common Core. The answer is most definitely--a...
Engaging outside Audiences to Advocate for CTE
ADVOCACY IS NOT AN EASY JOB. Sometimes you feel as if you aren't making a difference. Other times you feel like a broken record, emphasizing the value of career and technical education (CTE) over and over again. Adding a new voice to the advocacy conversation...
Highway Engineering Technician
HIGHWAY ENGINEERING TECHNICIANS WORK WITH CIVIL ENGINEERS AND CONTRACTORS, providing the technical support and services needed in planning, designing and building our nation's highways. They may estimate construction costs, specify materials to be...
Making Connections: Integrating Computer Applications with the Academic Core
In order to improve the quality of technology instruction, the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Business Department in the Spokane Public School district has aligned its Computer Applications (CA) course to the district's ninth-grade Springboard...
Preparing Now for Common Core: A State and Local View
Forty-four states, the District of Columbia and U.S. Virgin Islands have formally adopted the Common Core State Standards (Common Core), and implementation is scheduled to begin in 2014--not that far away when you think about all that needs to be put...
Setting a New Standard with a Common Career Technical Core
The pursuit of common educational expectations, or standards, among t Instates has long been a conversation met with strong opinions-- for and against. On the one hand, it can be argued, education outcomes should be determined locally to meet the needs...
Sneak in Some Core Subjects
I'm going to put this assignment on the refrigerator when I get home!" Not exactly a comment you would expect from a high school student, is it? The comment is even more surprising considering that the assignment that the student is referring to is...
Stemm: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math ... and Multimedia?
THE CURRENT BUZZ SURROUNDING science, technology, engineering and math S I KM; disciplines and their economic importance is certainly justified. Unfortunately, when we push to improve a specific discipline, it often has negative effects on everything...
Supporting the Development of Reading in the CTE Classroom
Reading is a fundamental skill. It is central to all learning and contributes to success in school as well as in the workplace. The need for better reading skills is not just important to boost basic skill lest results, it also enhances the learning...
The Teamwork Fallacy: Not All Teams Get Things Done
I OFTEN HEAR TEACHERS say that they use teamwork in their classes because it is needed by business. This may be true, but does simply working in teams actually improve team performance? Although educators excel at placing students in groups, I suspect...
What Employers Don't Know about Their New Hires, and Why
RACHEL IS ON HER FIRST SERIOUS JOB INTERVIEW at a small local design firm specializing in creating new product ideas for the home. She is escorted into a small conference room to meet a three-person interview team. The team facilitator tells Rachel...