Best Practices Summit Features Peer-to-Peer Learning

Posted on Categories Professional Development

At a Glance The Best Practices Summit at Dauphin County Technical School (DCTS) is a peer-to-peer learning in-service that follows a typical conference schedule with large morning sessions and smaller afternoon break-out sessions at which professional staff members share best practices. Description The DCTS professional development committee designed the April Best Practices Summit to encourage … Continue reading Best Practices Summit Features Peer-to-Peer Learning

Equipment Orientation and Proficiency Log

Posted on Categories Classroom Assessments, Classroom Management

At a Glance The Culinary Arts program at Lehigh Career & Technical Institute (LCTI) created a Foodservice Equipment Orientation and Proficiency Log to document student sign-offs for each piece of equipment in the lab. Description Safety is of the utmost importance in every lab at LCTI. With the amount of equipment in the culinary lab, … Continue reading Equipment Orientation and Proficiency Log

Teaching Human Anatomy with Virtual Reality

Posted on Categories Misc. Lesson Plans & Ideas, Online Learning Tools & Resources, Student Engagement, Technology Integration

At a Glance At Lehigh Career & Technical Institute (LCTI), the cosmetology teacher used virtual reality to make a theory-heavy unit on human anatomy and physiology more engaging and approachable for students. Description The LCTI cosmetology instructor wanted to find a way to better engage students during the human anatomy and physiology unit. They seemed … Continue reading Teaching Human Anatomy with Virtual Reality

Encouraging Instructional Best Practices through Competitions and Games (Gamification)

Posted on Categories Academic/Technical Skill Integration, Professional Development

At a Glance The Dauphin County Technical School (DCTS) instructional coaches developed Gamification, an inter-staff competition designed to encourage teachers to implement best instructional practices. Description To encourage teachers to work with instructional coaches and to promote the use of best practices, DCTS instructional coaches implement an optional professional staff competition called Gamification. The competition … Continue reading Encouraging Instructional Best Practices through Competitions and Games (Gamification)

Facilitating Team Building through “Escape Room” Games

Posted on Categories Misc. Lesson Plans & Ideas, Online Learning Tools & Resources, Student Engagement

At a Glance Dauphin County Technical School (DCTS) instructors use “escape room” games to increase student engagement and to help strengthen team building skills in students. Description For the 2018-2019 school year, the primary instructional goal at DCTS is to increase student engagement. To move towards achieving this goal, the faculty can use Breakout EDU, … Continue reading Facilitating Team Building through “Escape Room” Games

Differentiated and Personalized Professional Development

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At a Glance Lehigh Career & Technical Institute (LCTI) offers professional development in-services that meet the needs of its diverse staff and give teachers voice and choice in their own learning. Description LCTI developed in-service options that address the wide-range of its instructors’ strengths and needs to help ensure professional development is relevant and valuable … Continue reading Differentiated and Personalized Professional Development

Fast Track Exploration Program

Posted on Categories Career Development & Postsecondary Prep, Recruitment and Retention, Student Engagement

At a Glance The competitive Fast Track Exploration Program provides ninth grade students the opportunity to attend and explore every CTE program offered at Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School (BAVTS) so that they can make informed decisions about program enrollment. Description The Fast Track Exploration program is a highly competitive program designed to provide ninth grade … Continue reading Fast Track Exploration Program

Holland Career Interest Inventory for all 9th Graders

Posted on Categories Career Information and Exploration, Recruitment and Retention

At a Glance Erie County Technical School (ECTS) implemented practices to help prospective students thoughtfully consider which CTE programs might be a good fit for them. These practices help serve students more effectively and efficiently as they plan for their education and select a CTE program. Description Admissions Coordinator Lisa Sorensen noticed that potential students … Continue reading Holland Career Interest Inventory for all 9th Graders

Welcoming Incoming Students

Posted on Categories Recruitment and Retention

At a Glance Through a series of outreach activities in the spring, the admissions coordinator at Erie County Technical School (ECTS) welcomes rising ninth graders who will be attending ECTS in the fall. Description Lisa Sorensen, the ECTS admissions counselor, makes a concerted effort to meet with and welcome incoming ninth graders to help smooth … Continue reading Welcoming Incoming Students

Student Success Form

Posted on Categories Recruitment and Retention, Special Needs Students / IEPs

At a Glance Students with IEPs who are applying to Erie County Technical School (ECTS), their parents and their case managers complete a student success form to help inform families of the expectations and requirements for CTE programs at ECTS. Description To help support prospective students with IEPs and their families as they consider applying … Continue reading Student Success Form