21st Century Educators: Developing and Supporting Great Career and Technical Education Teachers
This Special Issues Brief from the Center on Great Teachers & Leaders at American Institutes for Research (AIR) focuses on career and technical education (CTE) teachers who work in secondary schools. CTE teachers are certified classroom teachers who teach in one of the many CTE-specific subjects, such as health sciences, engineering, computer programing, or business. As such, the authors contend that CTE teachers can help improve college and career readiness for all students. However, major state and education reforms, such as the Common Core State Standards, have not paid sufficient attention to CTE teachers. This report addresses these policy gaps by providing an overview of the state policies, implications for CTE teacher effectiveness, and next steps for creating aligned policies. This report is intended for several stakeholders, including regional centers, SEA policymakers and staff, and educator quality organizations.