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.
The American Achieves Network has created is a new, free career exploration course called Quest for Success that can be used by districts across the US to help middle and high school students develop essential 21st-century skills. Through the course, students will be supported to develop the ability to communicate, collaborate, and lead; explore new careers and industry sectors; and learn about themselves to successfully navigate high school, postsecondary education, and career pathways.
Coding is an essential skill that everyone should have the opportunity to learn. Apple has Swift — a powerful programming language —more intuitive and easy to learn. Apple provides a number of teacher resources and online professional development tools to become an Apple Distinguished educator capable of bringing these coding skills to the classroom.
For twenty years, Cisco’s Networking Academy has offered opportunities for IT career education to six million students in more than 170 countries. Cisco’s Digital Education Platform integrates pedagogically-aligned eduction solutions, services, and partner capabilities to connect classrooms and learning spaces across campuses, schools, and districts.
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.
The Daniels Fund has partnered with Marketing and Business Administration Research and Curriculum Center (MBA Research), to provide free curricula, instructional materials, and training for teaching ethics and ethical decision-making. The High School Program targets students active in business courses, including participants in student organizations such as DECA and FBLA, but could apply to all CTE programs. The materials include two course-of-study guides and 70 learning modules.
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.
Fuel Education offers an innovative approach of online and blended solutions for Career and Technical Education (CTE). It’s a comprehensive, end-to-end program from students’ exploration to preparation for industry-recognized certifications in 24 career pathways. The solutions can support the development of new CTE programs or improve student achievement in existing programs.
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.
MBA Research (Marketing and Business Administration Research and Curriculum Center) is a not-for-profit organization that supports educators in the preparation of students for careers in business and marketing. MBA Research offers course guides, programs of study, learning modules, assessments and an online learning center.
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.
Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) seeks to activate the entrepreneurial mindset and builds startup skills in youth from under-resourced communities to ensure their success and to create a more vibrant society. NFTE offers curriculum, professional development, partnerships, and recognition support. NFTE has a Metro NY location combines high-impact student programs and exceptional teacher training and support across the Tri-State area the opportunity to change young lives through entrepreneurship.
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.
Oracle Academy supports more than 3.5 million students in 120 countries developing skills from big data to cloud computing–including database, SQL, and Java. Oracle Academy courses are designed to provide students with foundational knowledge and skills in areas of computer science that are universally in high demand across computing jobs and are recommended for use in secondary schools, technical and vocational schools and colleges, and 2- and 4-year colleges and universities. Oracle also provides educators access to free software and free professional development opportunities. Join for free by creating an Institutional Account.
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.
Today’s Class is an interactive online learning system for secondary schools, career centers, and technical colleges. Engaging exercises, step-by-step video demonstrations, and dynamic animations make Today’s Class a fully interactive addition to the instructor’s curriculum. Courses offered include Agriscience, Automotive, Cosmetology, Anatomy and Physiology, Health Science and Workplace Readiness.
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.