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CTEfolio: Supporting Hands-on Learning in a Remote Environment

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Project Name
CTEfolio: A UDL-based E-portfolio Designed for Career & Technical Education

Project Description

Career and Technical Education (CTE) fosters critical thinking, career exploration, and technical skill development through hands-on learning. However, due to COVID-19 many students and teachers find themselves only able to return to school on a limited basis—if at all.

How can CTE teachers and administrators continue to provide high-quality experiences in hybrid or remote learning environments?

Brockton and Somerville (MA) school districts have joined forces with CAST to find a solution by piloting CTEfolio. This UDL-based e-portfolio will help teachers create relevant learning opportunities that close the gap between skill development and skill demonstration. The innovative features inherent in CTEfolio will allow educators to create flexible assignments and students to show what they know in multiple ways.

CTE and Vocational educators in Brockton and Somerville will spend the 2020-21 School Year working with a team from CAST to develop the tool to meet the needs of CTE educators and students, co-designing an app that increases learning in any environment.

The framework for CTEfolio comes from another CAST project funded by the National Science Foundation. CTEfolio leverages all of the accessibility and creative design features, along with the MA CTE frameworks, to create a tool unique to the CTE/Vocational learning environment.

Timeline

September 1, 2020 – April 4, 2021

Funder

The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) funds from Brockton and Somerville school districts

Partners

Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators
Sean Callanan, CTE Director, Somerville School District
Shawn Desmond, CTE/Vocational Director, Brockton School District

Project Leadership

Amanda Bastoni, Project Director
Cara Wojcik, Research & Design Lead

Contact

For more information about this project, please contact Amanda Bastoni.

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