Collins Weekly Writing Routine to Improve Content Retention

Posted on Categories Academic/Technical Skill Integration

At a Glance Instructors at Dauphin County Technical School (DCTS) implement a weekly routine of student-written formative assessments to improve student retention of technical content. Description DCTS instructors teach students how to write and answer content questions that require higher order thinking skills to help them retain and apply academic content. The weekly routine began … Continue reading Collins Weekly Writing Routine to Improve Content Retention

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)

Skill Alignment for CTE Programs

Posted on Categories Academic/Technical Skill Integration, Recruitment and Retention, Special Needs Students / IEPs

At a Glance Delaware County Technical Schools (DCTS) created skill alignment charts for each CTE program that document the math and literacy skills integrated into programs as well as the physical considerations and essential skills for each program. Description DCTS instructors and student services staff (special education teachers and math and literacy coaches) collaborated to … Continue reading Skill Alignment for CTE Programs

NOCTI BINGO

Posted on Categories Academic/Technical Skill Integration, Misc. Lesson Plans & Ideas, NOCTI Prep, Professional Development

At a Glance The literacy and math coaches at Lehigh Career & Technical Institute implemented a creative, BINGO-based professional development challenge to encourage instructors to use best teaching practices while preparing students for the NOCTI tests. Description In February 2019, the LCTI instructional coach and instructional technology specialist rolled out a voluntary NOCTI BINGO challenge … Continue reading NOCTI BINGO

Academic Integration through Journals

Posted on Categories Academic/Technical Skill Integration, Classroom Management, Misc. Lesson Plans & Ideas

At a Glance Greene County Career & Technology Center (GCCTC) students complete math and literacy journal entries to reinforce technical content and improve performance on the written portion of the NOCTI exam. Description GCCTC instructors face two challenges. One challenge is that students from sending high schools have different arrival and dismissal times, which makes … Continue reading Academic Integration through Journals

Seneca Highlands Career and Technical Center: Career Portfolio Contest

Posted on Categories Academic/Technical Skill Integration, Career Information and Exploration, College and Career Pathways, Misc. Lesson Plans & Ideas, Postsecondary Transitions, Student Engagement

At a Glance Seniors at Seneca Highlands CTC participated in a career portfolio contest that supported the development of the Career Education and Work Standards (CEW). Description Seneca Highlands CTC facilitated the Career Portfolio Contest from October 2017 to the beginning of March 2018. Open to seniors, the contest aims to address CEW and to … Continue reading Seneca Highlands Career and Technical Center: Career Portfolio Contest

Susquehanna County Career & Technology Center: Keeping it Simple but Effective, Incorporating Literacy and Numeracy into the CTE Classroom

Posted on Categories Academic/Technical Skill Integration, Curriculum Planning, Math T Charts, Professional Development

At a Glance At Susquehanna County Career & Technology Center (SCCTC), instructors integrate CTE and academic content to help students learn and develop trade-specific literacy and numeracy skills and help them understand the connection between academic coursework and the CTE curriculum. Description Several SCCTC instructors attended SREB- and TAP-related professional development to learn CTE/academic integration … Continue reading Susquehanna County Career & Technology Center: Keeping it Simple but Effective, Incorporating Literacy and Numeracy into the CTE Classroom

Keystone Central CTC: Penn College NOW Dual Enrollment

Posted on Categories Academic/Technical Skill Integration, College and Career Pathways, Postsecondary Transitions, Student Engagement

At a Glance Keystone Central Career and Technology Center (KCCTC), and other schools in Keystone Central School District (KCSD), participate in the Penn College NOW program, which provides high school students the opportunity to take dual enrollment courses and earn college credit. Description As a rural school district, KCSD has focused on providing students opportunities … Continue reading Keystone Central CTC: Penn College NOW Dual Enrollment

Motivating Students to Succeed

Posted on Categories Academic/Technical Skill Integration, Business, Community, Workforce Engagement, Employability Skills, Postsecondary Transitions, Student Engagement

At a Glance Parkway West Career & Technology Center (PWCTC) partners with Guardian Storage, a local company, to implement The Challenge Program, Inc. The program aims to support education and business partnerships and to motivate and reward students for developing strong work habits. Description Beginning in the 2016-2017 school year, PWCTC and the local company … Continue reading Motivating Students to Succeed

“Pink Out Week”

Posted on Categories Academic/Technical Skill Integration, Business, Community, Workforce Engagement, Misc. Lesson Plans & Ideas, NOCTI Prep, Student Engagement

At a Glance Susquehanna County Career & Technology Center (SCCTC) Cosmetology students participate in “Pink Out Week” during which they provide Cosmetology services to elementary school students to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Description Since 2007, SCCTC cosmetology students have participated in “Pink Out Week” every October. During this event, they provide services … Continue reading “Pink Out Week”