Teachers responsible for transforming their vocational education programs into career and technical education (CTE) programs need to concentrate on ensuring programs' technical and academic rigor, engaging in collaboration in school and in the community, keeping current through professional development experiences, and extending learning beyond classroom walls. The following are among the ways teachers can transform their vocational programs into successful CTE programs: (1) include clearly articulated course outcomes and align content with national or state occupational skill standards; (2) use the context of the workplace and the community to teach academic and technical skills; (3) assume the role of coach or mentor and encourage students to create their own knowledge from experiences beyond the classroom; (4) collaborate with the community in creating learning experiences that engage students in real-life, hands-on active learning; (5) engage in a variety of professional development experiences, including staff development, work-based experiences, internships, externships, industry tours, Web-based courses, and professional associations; and (6) provide students with opportunities to work with adults other than teachers in community and work settings. Effecting change requires that teachers be open minded about adopting new ways to teach, ensure that their programs are current, and direct students' academic and skill development to workplace requirements. (Contains 11 references.) (MN)
Career and Technical Education
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ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.
Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.