Yesterday, the Education Commission of the States wrapped up its national forum on education policy in Washington, DC, and I had the opportunity to spend a couple of days attending sessions and meeting educators and administrators from all over the country.
While there, I met Debra McDonald, the Ohio Teacher of the Year, who teaches CTE at the Wayne County Schools Career Center. She told me about graduating from the same career centerâ€™s early childhood education program and how happy she was to be able to come back as a teacher.
Despite the increasing momentum driving Career Technical Education nationally, this yearâ€™s forum only featured one session dedicated to CTE and another on dual enrollment that touched on aspects of the field.Â Both sessions, however, were heavily attended.
Another standout from this yearâ€™s forum was the plenary session, â€œPublic Perception and Education Policymakingâ€ with Brandon Busteed, executive director of Gallup Education. His presentation was filled with results from the myriad surveys Gallup has conducted in recent years, and made an effective case for the value of education â€“ in particular, CTE. Itâ€™s worth revisiting those surveys as we go out into our communities to make the case for CTE.
All presentations from the forum, including Brandonâ€™s, can be found here.