There is no better strategy for impacting change than educating others. Our school communities, greater communities, and decision-makers are more likely to focus on career and technical education if they understand its positive impact on students and families in their region. The more they hear from parents, teachers, students, and local business partners on how CTE pathways improve the quality of education and prepare students for a successful future, the more likely they are to act.
New York State Resources
- NYSACTE: NYSACTE is the advocate for New York State Career and Technical Education, an integral part of the total education system in New York. Its mission is to:
- Provide Leadership in Developing a competitive workforce
- Provide leadership and unification for Career and Technical Education in professional associations
- Provide the members of the career and technical education community with professional development
- Promote career and technical education with students, student leadership organizations, the education community, and the public
- Monitor and initiate legislative and policy activities that enhance and promote career and technical education
- Join the CTE TAC Mailing List for up-to-date information on what’s happening in the realm of NY CTE
- ACTE (Association for Career and Technical Education): ACTE is the national umbrella organization that supports all CTE educators. Its mission is to provide educational leadership in developing a competitive workforce. ACTE strives to empower educators to deliver high-quality CTE programs that ensure all students are positioned for career success.
- CTE Policy Watch Blog: Keep up with the latest CTE policy news with ACTE’s dedicated policy blog
- ACTE Advocacy Resources: ACTE has developed a plethora of tools to assist you in advocating for, promoting, and supporting CTE. Each tool on this page provides step-by-step instructions and examples that will help you reach out to policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels, as well as your community and the media.
- CTE Month: Every February, ACTE celebrates CTE Month, a public awareness campaign to celebrate the value of CTE and the achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs across the country. CTE Month is a great time to engage your policymakers and make them aware of your CTE Programs and their impact on your community. In addition to advocacy, CTE Month also offers opportunities for students to participate in student video challenges that celebrate CTE and project-based learning programs.
- AdvanceCTE: Advance CTE is the longest-standing national non-profit organization that represents State CTE directors and state leaders of Career and Technical Education. Their mission is to support state CTE leadership to advance high-quality and equitable CTE policies, programs, and pathways that ensure career and college success for each learner.
- Resources for engaging families and learners: AdvanceCTE has compiled a list of research, case studies, messaging resources, digital and print materials, and videos to help you advocate for and promote your CTE programs within your student and family populations.
- Engaging Policymakers: AdvanceCTE has compiled a variety of resources for advocating for CTE with lawmakers, including a 4-page Advocacy 101 Fact Sheet.