Resources for Boosting Academics

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Resources for Boosting Academics


Raising the academic rigor of career and technical education curricula requires teamwork, professional development and research. Here are some resources to get you started or help along the way. These materials provide extensive curriculum integration information, profiles of model programs and step-by-step instruction for secondary and postsecondary institutions. Keep in mind that Techniques has not reviewed all of these. For additional information, contact the publishers.

High School Students Earning College Credit

(1997, 81 pages) is a compact but comprehensive step-by-step guide to planning, implementing and evaluating dual-credit programs between high school and postsecondary institutions. Available from the Association for Career and Technical Education, this book explains the differences between dual-credit, dual-enrollment and articulation programs, and includes surveys for program evaluation and an annotated model agreement for participating institutions. High School Students Earning College Credit is $17 ($15 for ACTE members). To order, call 800-826-9972, ext. 317.

Designing Classrooms That Work: Teacher Training Guide

(1997, 180 pages) guides teachers toward integrating career and technical and academic education and improving the school-to-work transition. The "mini-sabbatical" format leads teachers through six weeks of planning, teaching and evaluating lessons' effectiveness in the new curriculum. Appendices include a reading list, job study tutorial, data collection forms, assessment strategies and a guide for participating students. The total cost, including shipping and handling, is $25. To order, contact the National Center for Research in Vocational Education at 800-637-7652.

Teaching For Understanding Through Integration of Academic and Technical Education

(1990, 122 pages) explains what integration is and is not, why it makes sense and what conditions support effective integration, and presents 10 steps for getting started. This book, available from the Association for Career and Technical Education, also includes profiles of model programs. Teaching For Understanding Through Integration of Academic and Technical Education is $11 ($10 for ACTE members). To order, call 800-826-9972, ext. 317.

Designing Challenging Vocational Courses

(1997, 111 pages) aims to change how vocational courses are taught and what is expected of students enrolled in them. …

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