#CTE Month and Productive Futures

When we speak of how teachers can inspire, that applies to all teachers. While much of the education discussion is currently focused on those teachers who teach reading and math, students often look to all teachers of all different subjects for inspiration and direction as they begin to explore their futures.

February is Career and Technical Education Month. As such, it is important that we recognize all of those CTE educators who are working with students to explore career options and better understand the opportunities and possibilities that may be available. One way to do that is to take full advantage of the CTE resources provided by the U.S. Department of Education, through its Perkins Collaborative Resource Network.

As we celebrate CTE Month, the Educational Research Center of America is particularly proud of its partnerships with organizations such as the Manufacturing Institute and SkillsUSA. Together, we are leading a research consortium to ensure a strong national discussion – in February and every other month – among parents, educators, counselors, and students on CTE and the career pathways that result from it.

Last year’s efforts with SkillsUSA and the Manufacturing Institute yielded some interesting outcomes. We look forward to this year’s results from our student survey on CTE. And we look forward to continuing our collaborative work to ensure today’s students better understand the CTE opportunities available to them.

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