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CTE Instructor FAQs

Advisory Meetings

WHAT IS A CTE ADVISORY COMMITTEE?

A program advisory committee is a group of individuals from business, industry, and education representing a cross section of a specific CTE area. This committee meets to provide input, recommendations and assistance necessary for effective programs.. Official sign-in sheets, agendas and minutes are required for all meetings.

DO I HAVE TO HAVE AN ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING FOR MY CTE PROGRAM?

All State approved CTE programs are required to have an active advisory committee for their program. Advisory committees are required to meet a minimum of twice each school year. Most instructors find their local program advisory committees to be a valuable resource and sounding board for their programs.

WHO SHOULD BE ON A PROGRAM ADVISORY COMMITTEE?

The majority of members MUST be from related business and industry. When selecting advisory committee members, you should consider the potential for the person to provide input and recommendations on decisions related to your overall program. Members should be willing to give of their time and expertise and agree to participate in the functions of the committee. The committee chair MUST be a representative from business or industry.

Professional Development

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR MY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT?

Each CTE Instructor must attend a minimum of one (1) local professional development during each school year. This number may vary if your school district requires more than one program related professional development each school year. . In addition, each CTE instructor must also attend a minimum of one local, regional or national professional development in their particular field each school year. Please see your CTE Director for additional information.

WHAT RECORDS CAN BE USED TO PROVE THAT I HAVE ATTENDED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT?

In your CIP Self Review Trac book, you need to provide a detailed list that shows the date, sponsoring agency, topic of the event, and a notation of how this event related to your program. For your own files, you should retain agendas or programs from the professional development session, certificates of completion, district professional development records (NCLB), your summary sent to the superintendent following your participation, district registration records, SB-CEUs, cancelled checks, registration forms, etc., which may all be used to substantiate your participation. Often more than one document will be needed to substantiate an event should you be requested to do so.

WHAT IS MICHIGAN LEARNPORT?

Michigan LearnPort is a tool that provides online learning solutions for educators: It allows you to access high-quality online courses and resources, meet professional development requirements, earn SB-CEUs and more

Navigator

WHAT IS NAVIGATOR AND WHAT IS IT USED FOR?

Navigator is an electronic curriculum system for Michigan's Career and Technical Education community (state/regional/local Administrators and instructors). The system is called Michigan CTE Navigator and provides real-time access to Michigan's state approved CTE program curriculum, which is necessary for educational decision-making, management, and ultimately student achievement. The web-based, online database is comprehensive, statewide, user-friendly, and instructor-driven and can be used for managing the technical standards, career cluster content, segments, resource content, and academic alignment results for all of Michigan's CTE program areas. Go to: http://ctenavigator.org/ for more information

Nontraditional Students

WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF A NONTRADITIONAL CTE PROGRAM?

A CTE program is considered nontraditional for a certain gender when the individuals usually employed in the occupations or fields of work related to the associated CIP code comprise under 25% of the workforce in that occupation or field of work.

HOW CAN I DETERMINE WHICH OF OUR CTE PROGRAMS ARE NONTRADITIONAL FOR MALES, FEMALES? 

The nontraditional list for the duration of Perkins IV is posted on the OCTE website:

HOW CAN I EVALUATE MY CTE PROGRAMS AND CLASSROOMS FOR EQUITY AND GENDER FAIRNESS?

Classrooms and labs should be appealing and welcoming to students of both genders. Both males and females should be represented in posters, text illustrations, promotional materials, and media used in instruction. Gender neutral language should be used in both instruction and promotion of the program. Appropriately sized tools, safety equipment, and attire should be provided for each student. Harassment or different treatment of any kind should not be permitted. Sexual harassment should be promptly and appropriately handled according to the district's policies.

HOW CAN WE INCREASE OUR NONTRADITIONAL ENROLLMENTS IN CTE PROGRAMS?

There are multiple strategies to introduce students to a wide variety of career options through various career exploration activities. It is important to provide unbiased information to students and parents about the available opportunities in CTE.

Students should be provided like-gender role models in program promotional materials, presentations, tour guides, and demonstrations. Teachers and/or paraprofessionals of the nontraditional gender also have the effect of creating a more welcoming environment.

HOW CAN I HELP OUR CTE PROGRAMS RETAIN THE NONTRADITIONAL STUDENTS WHO ENROLL?

There are multiple strategies that will help support retention of CTE students enrolled in CTE programs nontraditional for their gender. Gender fair classrooms, use of gender fair language, and welcoming environments will set the tone. Providing support groups for nontraditional students assists them with strategies to support their success. Scheduling students in sections with other nontraditional students increases the chances of retaining nontraditional students. Providing same gender role models and mentors from the career field is another valuable strategy. Treating all students equitably and having the same expectations for all students is effective. Involving students in the program related Career and Technical Student Organization is also another effective strategy.

Additional Questions

WHOM SHOULD I CONTACT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT MY CTE COURSE OR WANT TO FIND OUT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON SOMETHING RELATED TO MY PROGRAM?

Each school district in Berrien County has a CTE Director who can answer questions related to career and technical education. If you are unsure of who the CTE Director is for your school, please visit www.berriencte.org and click on the Staff link for a list of local CTE Directors