Institute Spotlight: Instruction and Innovations in One of the 16 Career Clusters


Are you an administrator or educator looking for professional development opportunities at the Career Clusters Institute? This year, we have aligned 83 breakouts to four different “strands” to allow you to more easily navigate the breakout options according to your particular profession. Over the past few weeks we have spotlighted Strand 1, Career Clusters as a Model for Collaboration, Strand 2, Innovations in Implementing Career Clusters and Strand 3, Career Clusters and Programs of Study: Guidance, Instruction, and Assessment. If you are an educator looking for workshops on bringing together industry, education and workforce, take a look at Strand 1 for examples of courses designed for you. If you are an administrator interested in real-life examples of how to implement Career Clusters, take a look at Strand 2. If you are a state or district administrator or teacher, find examples of innovative teaching and learning strategies in Strand 3.

Today we are spotlighting Strand 4, Instruction and Innovations in One of the 16 Career Clusters, for educators and administrators interested in examples of successful efforts to develop new tools, resources or approaches in one or more of the 16 Career Clusters. In particular, these sessions will share instructional innovations, innovative approaches to implementation and industry trends as related to Career Clusters.

Here are just a few examples of the courses being offered within this strand:

The Future of Learning: CTE Students in Business, Management and Administration and Architecture and Construction Clusters Engaged Through Project-Based Learning in the Business Community
Jean Laswell, CTE Teacher, Rockwall Independent School District

The Future of Learning program was a Rockwall ISD cross-curricular collaboration among three CTE teachers involving nine secondary classrooms and multiple Career Clusters within the district feeder pattern designed to create a relevant, collaborative, engaging, project-based learning environment. Learn of the results and strategies for a successful, engaging PBL lesson plan.

Health Information Technology (HIT): New Career Opportunities for Health Science and IT Students
Scott Hess, Chief, College & Career Transitions, OVAE, Department of Education

The President’s goal of creating a paperless healthcare system via electronic health records will provide thousands of well-paying new high tech jobs. Preparation for these new career opportunities will require close collaboration between the secondary and postsecondary Health Science and Information Technology clusters. OVAE has partnered with the Department of Health and Human Services to ensure that these new HIT programs align with the intent of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act legislation requiring “career and technical programs of study.” Seventy community colleges have been funded to create model HIT programs. This session will share the new HIT knowledge and skill requirements and information about the 70 funded community colleges.

Innovative Strategies Steering Career and Technical Education Programs into Career Academies
Constance Scotchel-Gross, Manager, Career Education, School District of Palm Beach

How has the School District of Palm Beach County become a leader in high school reform by redesigning their CTE programs into career academies? This presentation will describe how to strategically plan and provide professional development to become an exemplary career academy district and statistical data. See how this transformation was accomplished through the cooperation and dedication of the business community, parents, as well as the district.

Implementing Authentic Assessment with STEM Career Curriculum
Kathy Belcher, STEM Project Coordinator, University of North Texas

The University of North Texas will provide innovative approaches for implementing authentic assessment with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics curriculum for grades 9-12. Practical application for assessing meaningful, real-world projects and activities that prepare students for careers in STEM will be shared and attendees will leave with access to free resources for their tool box, such as portfolio development, checklists, and rubrics.

Today, May 7th, is the last day to register for the Institute at a regular rate. Prices jump after today, so don’t hesitate to register!


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