Making a post-pandemic promise

Vicksburg Warren School District (VWSD) Superintendent Chad Shealy is irrepressible. Whether you are talking about COVID response, CTE strategies, or curriculum content, Chad not only makes you feel happy you asked, but even happier with his answers.

VWSD serves all of Warren County, Mississippi, and has an enrollment of approximately 7,200 students in grades Pre-K through 12. VWSD consists of three high schools (grades 9-12), three middle schools (grades 7-8), 10 elementary schools, and an alternative program.

In this conversation with eSchool News, he provides insights for any district administrator looking to thrive next fall.…Read More

EdisonLearning and Pointful Education Partner To Expand Access To Online Career and Technical Courses

Pointful Education’s suite of CTE and elective offerings are now available to all secondary students enrolled in eCourses through EdisonLearning

EdisonLearning a premier provider of digital learning solutions for grades 6-12, and Pointful Education, a leading publisher of career and elective courses, today announced a partnership that expands EdisonLearning’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) and elective offerings with the integration of Pointful Education’s online courses.

The partnership will offer secondary students of all current and future EdisonLearning partners a wide variety of learning opportunities spanning several career pathways with courses ranging from eSports to Entrepreneurship. The courses feature project-based learning, engaging video content, a variety of assessments, and interactive activities. These CTE and elective courses add to the 150+ courses already available in the EdisonLearning library and expand schools’ access to well-rounded content to support students’ college, career, civic and life readiness.…Read More

Xello Partners with National ACTE to Launch Student Career Development Content Series

Xello, a modern K-12 college, career and future readiness program, is partnering with the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) to support the release of a series of publication briefs, online lessons and webinars covering student career development for career and technical education (CTE) educators.

“We have a long-standing relationship with ACTE and we’re eager to build upon  our work with them to help equip CTE educators and counselors with high-quality resources to support student career development,” said Matt McQuillen, CEO and Co-founder at Xello. “ACTE’s Quality CTE Program of Study Framework continues to raise the bar for CTE education – an effort Xello is proud to support, and one that aligns closely with our commitment to supporting all students, all pathways.”

This new set of resources supports ACTE’s Quality CTE Program of Study Framework by providing CTE educators with pragmatic ways to support student career development. The new content series will highlight five topics, including:…Read More

CoderZ Contributes to the National Computer Science for All Movement

The CSforALL movement, to bring computer science to all US students, marked a major growth milestone today. Along with 126 organizations, CoderZ has made new commitments to advance computer science education access and opportunity for youth across the United States at the 2020 CSforALL Commitments Showcase.

“In partnership with Amazon Future Engineer, we’ve committed to providing coding and robotics instruction to 150,000 students over the next 12 months,” said Ido Yerushalmi, CEO of CoderZ. “We’re doing this by offering free access to our virtual robotics platform for up to 1,000 teachers working in Title I schools across the United States by the summer of 2021.”

Additionally, CoderZ in partnership with the Intelitek STEM and CTE Education Foundation, is committed to empowering traditionally underserved communities with better access to STEM. “CoderZ is very pleased to be involved in the national movement to increase access to and equity in computer science for all,” said Yerushalmi. “It’s extremely important for all students to have access to this area of knowledge, even if it does not become their career of choice. We are dedicated to making this type of learning fun, empowering and accessible to as many students as possible.”…Read More

21stCentEd Launches Virtual STEM and CTE Programs for All Students

To ensure every student has access to meaningful STEM experiences this fall, 21stCentEd announces the launch of virtual STEM and CTE programs for students in grades K-12. 21stCentEd is powered by TechTrep, a STEM and CTE provider that works with families, schools and communities to provide personalized, project-based and self-paced STEM experiences for all students.

“Bringing equity to education is more important than ever; our goal with 21stCentEd is to extend virtual access to engaging STEM and CTE experiences for each and every student – especially those historically underrepresented in STEM,” said Marlon Lindsay, Co-founder and CEO at TechTrep. “Whether students are learning in-person, virtually or a mix of both, 21stCentEd provides a user-friendly, unintimidating introduction to STEM and CTE-related skills.”

21stCentEd includes three grade-specific Virtual STEM and CTE Academy options and a Virtual STEM Camp offering. Created with STEM teacher shortages in mind, 21stCentEd is a turnkey program that can be directed by any educator, mentor or coach, regardless of expertise or background. Part self-guided, part mentor-led, courses are flexible by design and ensure students are able to work at their own pace.…Read More

Wisconsin launches online CTE school

Online CTE model will provide hands on training and dual credit opportunities for middle and high school students

Online learning provider K12 Inc. announced the opening of Destinations Career Academy of Wisconsin, an online career and technical education (CTE) high school in Wisconsin using the curriculum and academic programs by K12 Inc. It also offers a construction apprenticeship program in partnership with industry leaders.

“Studies have shown that by 2020 two out of three jobs will require some postsecondary education or training and that job-related skills can dramatically increase employment options for new graduates,” said Stuart J. Udell, CEO of K12. “We have a unique expertise in delivering online course content to young students and the addition of career and technical courses like the ones we are offering through our Destinations model will allow them to explore potential careers and get a jump on the certification process.”

K12’s career readiness offering uses an end-to-end approach, designed to prepare students to enter the workforce or pursue other post-secondary options. Students can access multiple versions of core online high school courses and opt to take CTE courses in one of four Career Clusters: Architecture and Construction; Business, Management, and Administration; Health Science; or Information Technology. These Clusters are designed to give students a head start on their career goals by earning technical and specialty trade credentials, college credits, and workplace experiences.…Read More

The 5 keys of any successful Career and Technical Education program

A growing number of schools are investing in CTE. Discover what every good program needs

career-technicalSince its inception, the discipline of Career and Technical Education (CTE) has transformed into a rigorous educational program that continues to address students’ skills and training as they enter the national workforce.

CTE initiatives are quickly catching national attention, with many states, and even the federal government, drafting legislation in favor of implementing CTE programs in school districts. As school curricula continue to evolve to meet the needs of a global economy, here are five key components necessary for creating a successful CTE program.

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Implementing technology in the classroom is rapidly becoming the focus of many school district initiatives to help students and educators effectively learn and grow in their programs of study. This developing trend is especially true for CTE programs, as more districts around the country adopt and implement CTE curriculum. With the changing global workforce, technology skills often play a core role in training students for a career or postsecondary education. Integrating technology into traditional lessons creates an interactive learning environment and allows for project-based experiences through a digital source.…Read More