The State Career and Technology Education (CTE) Office sponsors and provides logistics for professional development opportunities for teachers from both charter and public schools to attend the regional and national conferences. The focus of learning is to improve the integration of academics into CTE courses, especially in math and literacy (Perkins Core Performance Indicators IS2 and IS1). Some of the professional development experiences are focused on areas listed below:
- Opening the Door to the Common Math Core
- Motivating and Engaging At-Risk Students to Succeed in High School
- Developing Secondary Teachers’ Capacity to Have Students Meet the New Standards in Math
- Embedding Literacy Standards into English/Language Arts
- Increasing Graduation Rates
- Signature Features of Rigorous Career Pathway Programs of Study
- What Career/Technical Administrators and Teachers Need to Know About the New Standards
- Proven Tools and Strategies for Implementing the Common Core State Standards
- Teaching and Learning Strategies to Engage Adult Learners
- Differentiated Instruction – Being Proactive in Mixed Ability Classrooms
Professional Development Partnerships
OSSE, in partnership with the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity Education Foundation (NAPE) and the Southern Regional Educational Board/High Schools That Work (SREB/HSTW) provide high quality professional development opportunities for educators. It is important to provide educators with the resources and supports needed to meet the demands of CTE students.
The National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity Education Foundation (NAPE) is a consortium of state and local agencies, corporations, and national organizations committed to the advancement of equity and diversity in classrooms and workplaces. Through its four lines of business—professional development, technical assistance, research and evaluation, and advocacy—NAPE is committed to substantially increasing the percentage of degrees earned in STEM fields, especially amongst girls and women.
Southern Regional Educational Board/High Schools that Work (SREB/HSTW) is the nation's largest school improvement initiative for high school leaders and teachers. More than 1,200 HSTW sites in 30 states and the District of Columbia currently use the framework of HSTW Goals and Key Practices to raise student achievement and graduation rates.
Both NAPE and SREB/HSTW have designed robust professional development programs for teachers which focus on research-based pedagogy to impact student learning by increasing student achievement.