Professional learning is one of the key functions of the CTE Technical Assistance Center. In this era of growing online professional learning resources, there is still a need for face-to-face expert-led workshops. The staff of the CTE TAC, supplemented by experienced educators affiliated with the Successful Practices Network, provides these workshops at the request of technical centers, schools, districts, and colleges. Often the workshops are a free service to schools under the NYSED contract with the CTE TAC.

Advantages of these Face-to-Face Workshops

  • Ability to customize the topic to the needs of the participants
  • Flexibility of time and length to accommodate the host’s situation
  • Introduction of best practices from highly successful CTE programs
  • Opportunity for participants to ask questions and reflect on their own practice
  • Facilitated conversations and sharing among staff

Possible Topics

The following is a sample of the workshops facilitated by the CTE TAC. Other topics can be developed to meet school/staff needs.

  • State Policy Update - current and pending policy changes which affect CTE through diploma requirements and teacher certification
  • Creating Career Pathways - practices to create high school diploma and career pathways that include CTE and academic courses
  • Elements of Approved CTE Programs - practices and procedures for approval and re-approval of CTE programs under NYS requirements
  • Developing Business Partnerships - best practices, forms, and materials for building strong business partnerships for CTE and career pathways
  • Instructional Leadership for CTE - effective practices for instructional leaders who supervise CTE instruction
  • Developing Literacy in CTE Instruction - strategies for CTE and academic teachers to enhance student reading comprehension and writing through CTE projects
  • Assessment and Grading Practices - ways to create rigorous CTE programs through authentic assessment practices including performance rubrics, formative assessment, and grading
  • Teaching for Rigor and Relevance - using the Rigor/Relevance Framework® to elevate student learning and better prepare students to solve complex real-world problems
  • Integration of Academics and CTE - options and strategies for teachers to connect CTE instruction with related academic instruction
  • STEM Project Planning - for interdisciplinary teams of teachers, looking for interdisciplinary projects for their students, and more collaboration between teachers across subject area
  • Making Makerspace Actvities - helps teachers create makers of their students! Will show teachers how to develop their own makerspace activities to use in their classrooms.
  • Project-based Learning - the elements of instruction for effective project-based, backwards design, challenging CTE instruction
  • Teaching Soft Skills - instructional and feedback practices to develop non-cognitive, employability, and social emotional skills within the classroom
  • Work-based Learning - overview of requirements and best practices in various options for providing work-based learning


To learn more about CTE TAC expert-led workshops, contact your regional field team associate or the CTE TAC office at 518-723-2137 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.