Today the Texas Education Agency, Career and Technical Education team launched the Texas CTE Resource Center (www.txcte.org). The CTE resource center is the central repository for free CTE instructional and supplemental materials and professional development content.
CTE teachers, counselors, and administrators now have a one-stop-shop for digital CTE resources to prepare Texas students for a career pathway that may include college, career, and opportunities in the military. The CTE resource center provides a wealth of helpful, refreshed instructional materials and professional development content, aligned with the new 2017-2018 CTE Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).
The initial launch includes
CTE TEKS Implementation Online Professional Development Modules
an updated Texas CTE course guide with course information and PEIMS numbers
updated CTE programs of study/pathways in higher wage, in-demand fields
updated CTE course scope and sequence documents for all 277 CTE courses
updated and aligned CTE lesson plans for courses linked to in-demand occupations in all 16 CTE career clusters
special populations support webcasts and videos
information and links to college and career counseling online resources
updated CTE Texas College and Career Planning Guides in each career cluster
links to TEA’s partners- the Texas Workforce Commission and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and others
A powerful search engine allows CTE educators to search for content and filter search results. Users can sign up for a free account, which provides an online folder structure for saving shortcuts to favorite and frequently referenced digital content.
The initial launch is a starting point. The CTE team is visiting Texas regions through conferences and meetings to learn about additional digital content demand. The CTE team will also be meeting with CTE teachers and other stakeholders to plan the next infusion of new, high-quality, content into the CTE resource center.
It is an exciting time to be educating students in CTE across the great state of Texas! Job growth and demand in high-skill careers require a highly trained, and well-prepared Texas workforce. The resource center is a foundation for building a Texas CTE community of educators that will help today’s Texas students meet tomorrow’s demand for skills, knowledge, and experience.
Visit the Texas CTE Resource center at www.txcte.org and take a tour of the site.
2017-2018 New TEKS Training Is Online
The Texas Education Agency has developed 19 professional development modules to support the revised Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) that will be implemented beginning with the 2017-2018 school year.
In addition to an overview module, a career development module, and a module for counselor and administrators, there are 16 additional modules, one specifically for each career cluster. These modules explain the TEKS design and structure, the rationale for course revisions, avenues for student endorsements, and information for implementation. Here is the full TAA letter. For the new TEKS training modules in Texas Gateway, click here.