Several organizations provide excellent curriculum, instruction, and assessment resources for CTE educators in New York State. The following list with contact information is provided for convenience in locating these organizations. Schools are encouraged to consider these resources; decisions on their use and purchase where necessary are local decisions.
CTE online is an excellent instructional resource maintained by Butte County, CA, Office of Education with collaboration from the Regional Occupational Centers and Program, and funded in part by the California Department of Education. The site includes over 3,400 lesson plans aligned to Common Core, NGSS and CTE Standards, as well as integrated STEM pathways projects.
CASE is a project of the National Council for Agricultural Education. The project implements a rigorous national curriculum for secondary agricultural education that provides a high level of educational experiences to increase science, mathematics, and English language understanding. CASE develops curriculum utilizing science inquiry for lesson foundation, and concepts are taught using activity-, project-, and problem-based instructional strategies. In addition to curriculum, CASE supports quality teaching by providing extensive professional development for teachers that leads to certification.
Developed by a pair of teachers in the Loveland (CO) School District, Contextualized Learning Concepts is an interdisciplinary curriculum covering core mathematics concepts team-taught in the context of hands-on projects. Two programs have been developed, and the teachers offer workshops and curriculum to teams of teachers to replicate. Geometry in Construction is a combination of high school geometry and construction. AMPED is a combination of Algebra 1 and Manufacturing Processes, Entrepreneurship and Design.
Engineering by Design™ is sponsored by the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA). It is a standards-based national curriculum for grades K-12 that delivers technological literacy in a STEM context. Engineering byDesign™ is built on the Common Core State Standards ( High School / Middle School), Next Generation Science Standards (K-12), Standards for Technological Literacy (ITEEA), Principles and Standards for School Mathematics (NCTM), and Project 2061, Benchmarks for Science Literacy (AAAS). It uses a constructivist instructional model where students learn concepts and principles in an authentic, problem-/project-based environment.
EntreSkills is an online entrepreneurial education course developed by the New York Small Business Development Center. EntreSkills for Educators is an interactive, web-based program for NYS high schools, BOCES, and homeschool educators. It provides students with an introduction to entrepreneurship and the skills needed to start and operate a business. Educators can create customized lessons and quizzes. EntreSkills for Educators is free for NYS educators.
EVERFI provides standards-aligned online courses to schools at no cost. EVERFI has Financial Literacy programs for both middle and high school, helping students learn topics like Saving, Credit Scores, Interest, Budgeting, and more. The courses are narrated, interactive, and fun for students, with built-in games and quizzes to check for understanding. Teachers can track student progress and access supplemental materials through an online dashboard. You can sign up to get started on their website today.
High Schools That Work (HSTW), sponsored by the Southern Regional Education Board, has more than 1,200 sites in 30 states and the District of Columbia following the HSTW Goals and Key Practices to raise student achievement and graduation rates. HSTW provides publications, case studies, site development guides, and other materials to help improve high school curriculum and instruction across the nation. HSTW’s Annual Staff Development Conference, which attracts nearly 4,000 educators each year, is a focal point for year-round professional development. Technology Centers That Work is a companion network that helps CTE centers improve student readiness for college and careers.
Linked Learning, based in California, is a successful approach to education based on the idea that students work harder and dream bigger if their education is relevant to them. Linked Learning integrates rigorous academics that meet college-ready standards with sequenced, high-quality career-technical education, work-based learning, and supports to help students stay on track. Education is organized around industry-sector themes. The industry theme is woven into lessons taught by teachers who collaborate across subject areas with input from working professionals and reinforced by work-based learning with employers. Participating schools follow a core set of principles to engage students in rigorous and relevant learning.
NAF is a national network of education, business, and community leaders who work together to ensure high school students are college, career, and future ready. Since 1982, NAF has been partnering with high schools in high-need communities to enhance school systems at a low cost by implementing NAF academies – small learning communities within traditional high schools. NAF has grown from one NAF Academy of Finance in New York City to hundreds of academies across the country focusing on growing industries including finance, hospitality & tourism, information technology, engineering, and health sciences. During the 2015-16 school year, nearly 89,000 students attended 716 NAF academies across 36 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In 2015, NAF academies reported that 98% of seniors graduated and 92% of graduates planned to go to college.
NOCTI is a provider of industry-based credentials and partner industry certifications for CTE programs across the nation. NOCTI assessments are frequently used to meet Perkins accountability requirements, to guide data-driven instructional improvement, and/or to assist with teacher evaluation systems.
Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is an activity-, project-, and problem-based curriculum that gives K-12 students a chance to apply what they know, identify problems, find unique solutions, and lead their own learning. Initially focused on engineering, the current 9-12 curriculum offerings include PLTW Engineering, PLTW Biomedical Science, and PLTW Computer Science. PLTW also offers curriculum appropriate for K-5 and 6-8.
The Project Management Institute Education Foundation (PMIEF) is a not-for-profit organization seeking to inspire and empower people to realize their potential and transform their lives and their communities through the use of project management knowledge. The goal is to build a better-prepared workforce through academic and professional development scholarships as well as student and professional awards. A number of schools have integrated their instructional materials into Career and Technical programs. The Institute provides teacher professional learning, a global project learning network and teacher and student learning materials.
Virtual Enterprise (VE) is an in-school, live business simulation that offers students a competitive edge through project-based collaborative learning and the development of 21st Century skills in entrepreneurship, global business, problem-solving, communication, personal finance, and technology. This multidimensional, experiential learning model is part of a global network of student-run businesses in over 40 countries, which transform high school students into independent thinking business professionals and their classrooms into offices.
Zulama is an engaging. rigorous and standards-based computer science and game design curriculum.Each course contains approximately 80-120 hours of coursework which can build into a Game Design Academy. The Zulama curriculum was created by educators at the world-renowned Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University. It gives teenagers experience with problem-solving and thinking creatively—skills they need to earn jobs in a digital world. Zulama courses each contain activities, projects, and content. The content is delivered through a browser-based platform into classrooms, where students participate in hands-on, project-based activities and assignments.