The STEM Education Blog

Best practices for adapting CTE programs during COVID-19

Dec 16, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Rebecca Hoffa posted in STEM Careers and CTE, STEM Education Tools, Promoting Interest in STEM

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Career and technical education programs play a critical role in schools. They allow students to gain relevant career skills and create access to new career paths directly out of school. What students glean from CTE, though, is dependent on the strength of the program itself, and COVID-19 has taken its toll on many programs due to restricted space and limited equipment. According to an interview in District Administration with architect Tyler Whitehead, there are many ways educators can reimagine these spaces and help them thrive — even during a pandemic.

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Industry certifications increase employment opportunities for students

Aug 26, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Rebecca Ellis posted in STEM Careers and CTE, Promoting Interest in STEM

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Industry certifications enable students to receive the skills that will earn them a high-paying, in-demand job when they graduate from high school, whether it be in manufacturing, finance, technology, culinary arts, health care or another field.

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Bridging the equity gap when adapting CTE to online environments

Jul 29, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Rebecca Ellis posted in STEM Careers and CTE, STEM Learning Methodologies, Technology, STEMtechnology, Education Technology

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, classes transitioned online. While a lot of classes made successful transitions, the quality of many career technical education classes was inhibited due to the inability to provide necessary machinery. According to an article in District Administration, concerns have arisen about how lack of proper CTE training will impact students’ college and career readiness and how much the equity gap will increase.

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In preparing students for the workforce, schools are facing challenges

Jun 24, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Rebecca Ellis posted in STEM Careers and CTE, STEM Education Tools, Promoting Interest in STEM, STEM Learning Methodologies

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Schools have been shifting curriculum to help students develop the skills they need in the future workforce. Rather than simply teaching concepts, teachers are trying to focus more on the real-world application of those concepts. However, there are some challenges in preparing students for the world of work.

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National STEM

Feb 3, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Kelsey Batt posted in Insider, STEM Careers and CTE, STEM Curriculum Resources, Social-Conscious STEM, STEM Tools, Promoting Interest in STEM, Science, Math & Computer Science, TechED

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With STEM careers on the rise, policymakers and administrators alike are scrambling to discern which young students are prepared for future success, which aren't, and why. 

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