Career & Technical Education

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College & Workforce Readiness Student Interest in Health-Care Careers Takes Off During Pandemic
The coronavirus crisis is boosting a trend toward health-care and medical pathways. The challenge is getting students hands-on training.
Sarah D. Sparks, March 2, 2021
7 min read
Susana Cordova, deputy superintendent of leading and learning at the Dallas Independent School District
Susana Cordova, deputy superintendent of leading and learning at the Dallas Independent School District.
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College & Workforce Readiness Leader To Learn From An Untapped Path to Equity Runs Through Career-Technical Education
Former EdWeek Leader to Learn From Susana Cordova, now with the Dallas district, highlights how CTE could be harnessed to create equity.
Susana Cordova, February 17, 2021
6 min read
Andrew Stanley, 16, embeds a tissue sample in paraffin wax in preparation to create a microscope slide, a task that does not require a mask or gloves. Stanley, a biotech freshman at Minuteman High School in Lexington, Mass., was allowed to work three days a week at his father's histopathology lab when the school campus closed; he takes online classes the other two days a week.
Andrew Stanley, 16, embeds a tissue sample in paraffin wax in preparation to create a microscope slide, a task that does not require a mask or gloves. Stanley, a biotech freshman at Minuteman High School in Lexington, Mass., was allowed to work three days a week at his father's histopathology lab when the school campus closed; he takes online classes the other two days a week.
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College & Workforce Readiness Coronavirus, Economic Crisis Cloud Resurgence of Career Tech Ed.
Career technical education has been on a roll lately, but educators fear that will change, as unemployment soars and some students are cut off from hands-on learning opportunities.
Sarah D. Sparks, May 12, 2020
9 min read
College & Workforce Readiness Leader To Learn From A Superintendent’s Commitment to Getting Students ‘Future Ready’
Bryan Johnson, the superintendent of Hamilton County Schools in Chattanooga, Tenn., has created an array of “future-ready” institutes, where students gain real-world exposure– through mentorship, job-shadow opportunities, and rigorous coursework—to in-demand jobs while they are still in high school. He is recognized as a 2020 Leader To Learn From.
Catherine Gewertz, February 19, 2020
9 min read
College & Workforce Readiness Leader To Learn From An Unorthodox Strategy Closes Academic Gaps
In a test-obsessed K-12 system, Superintendent Shari Camhi has taken a holistic view of education without sacrificing rigorous academics. The Baldwin Union Free School District, N.Y., leader has helped close graduation gaps, and black and Latino students in the district far outpace their peers in the county and state. Her secret ingredient: themed career academies open to all students. She is recognized as a 2020 Leader To Learn From.
Andrew Ujifusa, February 19, 2020
8 min read
Students clean airplane parts in a class at Aviation High School in Queens, N.Y. The class prepares students for careers in aviation, while also simulating a union shop.
Students clean airplane parts in a class at Aviation High School in Queens, N.Y. The class prepares students for careers in aviation, while also simulating a union shop.
Jackie Molloy for Education Week
College & Workforce Readiness These Shop Teachers Told Their Students to Form a Union
Two N.Y. teachers have added an extra dose of realism to lessons by transforming their 10th grade aircraft cleaning and maintenance classes into unionized workplaces.
Madeline Will, November 12, 2019
9 min read
Science Opinion How to Engage All Students in STEM
Many resources are available to help engage all students in STEM learning and help them persist in STEM careers.
Heather Singmaster, July 9, 2019
7 min read
Classroom Technology Opinion Teaching Empathy Through Documentary Films
Teaching through documentary film can open students up to other's points of view. Guest bloggers from BYkids share tips and resources.
Holly Carter & Zoe Barnstone-Clark, July 1, 2019
5 min read
International Opinion Four Ways to Bring Community Support to Your School
Guest blogger Christine Powell shares four strategies she learned in Singapore for community involvement in schools.
Christine Powell, May 30, 2019
5 min read
College & Workforce Readiness Now There's a National 'Signing Day' for Career Programs
Starting today, students who choose careers in the skilled trades have a nationwide event designed to celebrate their decisions.
Catherine Gewertz, May 8, 2019
2 min read
College & Workforce Readiness Why the High-Achievers Have Moved to 'Shop' Class
Higher-achieving students are flocking to career-technical-education classes, a new study says, and their participation could help erase the stigma that has long dogged old-school “voc ed” classes.
Catherine Gewertz, May 1, 2019
7 min read
College & Workforce Readiness Opinion Should Teachers and Parents Take the CTE Boom Seriously?
Since 1998, the number of U.S. media mentions for career and technical education has increased more than a hundredfold.
Rick Hess, April 8, 2019
2 min read
College & Workforce Readiness Is There a Mismatch Between Career-Tech Ed and Good Jobs?
Though celebrated as a way to funnel young people into good jobs without the debt of a bachelor's degree, career technical education is not matching students with jobs that pay well and are most plentiful, a report says.
Catherine Gewertz, April 3, 2019
4 min read
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Reading & Literacy How to Make Reading Relevant: Bring Job-Specific Texts Into Class
If students will need to synthesize and analyze complex information on the job, why not start them early?
Stephen Sawchuk, September 25, 2018
7 min read