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Career Tech Expands into New Territory: Vocational Education Spans Criminal Justice to Robotics, Keeping Pace with Today's Workforce

Magazine article District Administration

Career Tech Expands into New Territory: Vocational Education Spans Criminal Justice to Robotics, Keeping Pace with Today's Workforce

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Career and technical education isn't what it used to be. For example, here are two sessions scheduled for the Association of Career and Technical Education's annual conference in November:

* Consider ways to motivate reluctant and/or struggling readers and to foster "higher-order thinking" through reading, writing and group learning.

* Train teachers in how to use smartphones to improve literacy, even in subjects ranging from robotics and radiology to programming and criminal justice.

CTE encompasses a dizzying array of subjects and skills: Everything from the traditional (auto tech and welding) to the high-tech (graphic design and animation). The conference, CareerTech Vision 2014, is the largest professional development event for CTE educators and takes place November 19 to 22 in Nashville.

Some questions slated to be discussed: How can CTE teachers help students sharpen literacy--basic reading and writing skills? How do CTE educators coordinate with academic counterparts? What are some instructional strategies for implementing Common Core State Standards in CTE classes?

"At the district level, they're trying to identify how to better connect academics and CTE. How do we improve student performance through relevance?" says Steve DeWitt, ACTE deputy executive director and Common Core expert. "Those issues are some of the same things the attendees are looking at."

One highlight of the conference will be the official launch of CORE Community, an initiative designed to train teachers in implementing the Common Core, Dewitt says. …

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