CTE Professional Development: A Universal Design for Learning Collaboration for and with Educators
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.
CTE teachers and administrators want to continue to provide high-quality experiences in hybrid or remote learning environments, but they aren’t sure how.
That’s where CAST comes in!
In partnership with CTE educators at the Seacoast School of Technology (SST) in NH, we are co-designing professional development that specifically supports hands-on teaching in remote or hybrid learning environments.
CTE educators in biotechnology, automotive, welding, and more are contributing their insights and expertise, helping identify areas of difficulty, highlighting strategies they are already using that have worked, and thinking through what it means to re-design lessons to meet students’ current needs. CAST is delivering expertise in applying our signature UDL framework to make learning environments more engaging and accessible.
And, the message is getting out. Since UDL is called out in Perkins V, as an allowable expense for professional development and strategy to support special populations—including students with disabilities and English Language Learners—other CTE centers and leaders have joined this co-design project. Already this work has informed professional development training in Illinois, New York, and Massachusetts. The project shows so much promise that it will be featured at the 2020 Association for Career and Technical Education Vision Pre-Conference in November.
August 2020 – May 2021
For more information about this project, please contact Amanda Bastoni.