Primary Grant Focus

The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is a national membership organization representing the professional community of CTE educators, administrators, researchers, guidance counselors, and others at all levels of education.  ACTE is developing the virtual CORE Community to support secondary CTE educators in the adopting and integrating of Common Core State Standards (CCSS)-aligned content and pedagogical approaches and strengthening the CTE-academic connection.  ACTE’s CORE Community includes online courses and collaborative teams developing a teacher practice network among CTE educators who are acquiring the knowledge and skills required to implement CCSS-aligned instructional strategies aligned with their roles.

Strategies for Supporting Common Core Success

ACTE’s CORE Community is based on a face-to-face professional development approach developed by the University of Central Missouri, ACTE’s content partner. CORE Community includes the development of an online community, asynchronous courses, and teacher collaboration in six pilot states. Through this project, CTE educators participate in a series of self-directed online instructional modules designed to improve their understanding of the CCSS and related implementation strategies.

To create the online courses ACTE is leveraging existing resources, including the Literacy Design Collaborative and the Math Design Collaborative, as well as materials from a CTE-specific CCSS content base for teachers, which has been developed and tested at the University of Central Missouri.

Teachers complete short individualized modules, emphasizing the use of CCSS as part of an integrated approach to CTE teaching and learning. Participants are encouraged to develop, collaborate on, and share CCSS-aligned lesson plans that support student learning. Technology providers support the development of the multimedia platform, which features readings, video tutorials, learning self-checks, and performance activities that require participants to create a CCSS-infused lesson plan learning activity or a mini-tutorial for other teachers.

In addition, members of the online community are encouraged to form a site-based or discipline-based team on the National Center for Literacy Education’s site (NCLE), Literacy in Learning Exchange, where teachers identify and pursue an inquiry question or focus area related to ELA or math CCSS. NCLE staff support teams of teachers that have completed their online training organize ongoing, local collaboration and CCSS implementation.

General Information

The Association for Career and Technical Education
Headquarters: 1410 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Contact Person: Stephen DeWitt, Deputy Executive Director
Phone: (800) 826-9972
Term of Grant: July 2014 – December 201
Grantee Initiative: CORE Community Program
Region: National
Subject Area: Literacy and Mathematics
Education Levels: Secondary