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Catherine Imperatore
Alexandria, VA
Research manager at ACTE. I conduct research, provide technical assistance, write publications, and follow data and research related to CTE and workforce development. You can reach me at cimperatore@acteonline.org
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There is widespread agreement that high school is too late to begin to expose learners to careers and the foundational skills needed to access and succeed in careers, but there remains a lack of consensus about what CTE and career readiness should entail at the middle grades level. Advance CTE,... Continue reading
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As the country continues to grapple with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, CTE stakeholders around the nation are thinking ahead to what education might look like in the future. Whether schools and postsecondary institutions will be able to open fully for the 2020-21 school year using social distancing methods,... Continue reading
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There is widespread agreement that high school is too late to begin to expose learners to careers and the foundational skills needed to access and succeed in careers, but there remains a lack of consensus about what CTE and career readiness should entail at the middle grades level. Advance CTE,... Continue reading
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There is widespread agreement that high school is too late to begin to expose learners to careers and the foundational skills needed to access and succeed in careers, but there remains a lack of consensus about what CTE and career readiness should entail at the middle grades level. Advance CTE,... Continue reading
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There is widespread agreement that high school is too late to begin to expose learners to careers and the foundational skills needed to access and succeed in careers, but there remains a lack of consensus about what CTE and career readiness should entail at the middle grades level. Advance CTE,... Continue reading
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There is widespread agreement that high school is too late to begin to expose learners to careers and the foundational skills needed to access and succeed in careers, but there remains a lack of consensus about what CTE and career readiness should entail at the middle grades level. Advance CTE,... Continue reading
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There is widespread agreement that high school is too late to begin to expose learners to careers and the foundational skills needed to access and succeed in careers, but there remains a lack of consensus about what CTE and career readiness should entail at the middle grades level. Advance CTE,... Continue reading
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There is widespread agreement that high school is too late to begin to expose learners to careers and the foundational skills needed to access and succeed in careers, but there remains a lack of consensus about what CTE and career readiness should entail at the middle grades level. Advance CTE,... Continue reading
One of the toughest dilemmas in the transition to distance learning is how to facilitate engagement with industry and employability skill development through work-based learning and career and technical student organization (CTSO) activities. Virtual tools have emerged as a way to expose students to careers, continue building leadership skills and... Continue reading
We know that CTE educators are creative professionals, so it’s no wonder that many of you are getting creative to maintain student learning during school closures. In particular, CTE professionals are exploring how to continue hands-on learning when instructors can no longer demonstrate skills up close and students can no... Continue reading
Are you one of the many CTE teachers and faculty members around the nation facing an abrupt move to online teaching, owing to COVID-19? While your district, school or institution will have the most relevant resources to help you make this switch, ACTE is compiling a list of resources about... Continue reading
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New resources from researchers and national organizations are adding to our knowledge about quality credentials, particularly non-degree credentials. Continue reading
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CTE educators nationwide will soon receive questionnaires as part of an annual collaboration between ACTE and myOptions. The questionnaires provide ACTE with valuable research on CTE, students with postsecondary planning resources and educators with customized reports about their students’ postsecondary and career goals. Continue reading
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Beginning in August, ACTE is collaborating on a webinar series about secondary CTE as a viable pathway for developing the skills of students with disabilities (SWD) and preparing them for the future. Changes in Perkins V and an increasing emphasis on college and career readiness for all students are bringing... Continue reading
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ACTE is continuing its series exploring in detail each of ACTE's 12 elements of high-quality CTE with Defining Quality: Student Career Development. Student Career Development is one of 12 elements in the ACTE Quality CTE Program of Study Framework, a comprehensive, evidence-based set of quality standards for CTE programs. Criteria... Continue reading
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ACTE recently updated its timeline of major events in CTE history to include the passage of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V). This one-pager highlights important moments in federal CTE policy, starting with the Smith-Hughes Act of 1917 and continuing with short descriptions... Continue reading
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Manufacturing employs almost 13 million people—nearly 9 percent of the labor force—and much of industry growth has been occurring in high-tech sub-sectors like automotive and aerospace manufacturing. Learn how CTE prepares the workforce in advanced manufacturing with ACTE’s updated Sector Sheet. This brief has been revised with the latest on... Continue reading
In May, a data-sharing agreement for the State Wage Interchange System (SWIS) was sent to relevant state education and workforce agency heads. States that sign the agreement will be able to exchange quarterly wage records with other states in the SWIS program. The wage data available through SWIS includes employer... Continue reading
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The U.S. Senate CTE Caucus hosted a briefing this week that addressed the wide universe of data relevant to CTE program quality and improvement. ACTE Research Manager Catherine Imperatore moderated the briefing. Panelists from national organizations and a state department of education addressed the opportunities for improved data alignment and... Continue reading
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This month, ACTE is launching a new series exploring in detail each of ACTE's 12 elements of high-quality CTE with the first brief in the series, Defining Quality: Business and Community Partnerships. Business and Community Partnerships is one of 12 elements in the ACTE Quality CTE Program of Study Framework,... Continue reading
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Transportation, warehousing and related fields employ more than 13 million people—9 percent of the labor force—and more than 600,000 new jobs are projected in transportation and material moving by 2026. Learn how CTE prepares the workforce in transportation, distribution and logistics (TDL) with ACTE’s updated Sector Sheet. This brief has... Continue reading
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CTE is not only a popular topic in media coverage these days. A number of organizations are also weighing in on CTE and career readiness through new research and publications, including organizations that have long been active in this space and groups that are newer to CTE. Voters support skills:... Continue reading
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On the federal and state levels, 2018 was a significant year for CTE. The President signed the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) into law, signaling a federal commitment to and a recognition of the promise and value of high-quality CTE. On the state... Continue reading
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2018 was a significant year for CTE on the federal and state levels, with the majority of states taking action to support and expand CTE. These policies address such varied topics as work-based learning, industry-recognized credentials, credit transfer, graduation requirements and access and equity issues. Join ACTE and Advance CTE... Continue reading
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Start your new year off with recent publications relevant to CTE. The following briefs and reports address such issues as work-based learning implementation, educational credentials and their value in the workplace, expanding apprenticeship, community college-employer engagement, the importance of non-cognitive skills and the connections between Advanced Placement and CTE. Advanced... Continue reading