FINAL CTE Workbook

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C Evolution of CTE 2 Although education has several key goals, most of us agree that K–12 education should help prepare students to be college and career ready. So, it's strange to recall that a decade or so ago, the parallel idea was mainly to ensure that students were either college or career ready. Back then, "career ready" simply meant being "job ready"—not necessarily being provided with a viable career base for the future. To address those learning disconnects, states and national professional organizations over the past few years have systematized and revamped their standards in the program of career and technical education (CTE). Nearly every state in the union has worked hard to redesign its CTE standards into coherent courses and plans of study, organized for the most part into the 16 Career Clusters ® defined by Advance CTE. In addition, state education agencies and state institutions of higher education are working together to ensure that plans of study can smoothly and coherently flow from K–12 into postsecondary education. All of these changes add up to an amazing curriculum evolution over a very short time. – Tom Boe, Senior Curriculum Developer, Edmentum Let's get started; the role of CTE This informational booklet includes a range of CTE topics that span introductory to advanced. We will take a deep dive into the components of an evolving and improving CTE program to help hone in on a map for improvement and professional development. We know that you are all at individualized stages of development, but we want to make sure that we're able to provide a resource that is capable of communicating the breadth and depth of CTE goals and to help identify your own strengths, weakness, opportunities, and threats to success in achieving programmatic and educational goals. Let's get started!

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