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

Skill Alignment for CTE Programs

Posted on Categories Academic/Technical Skill Integration, Individuals with Disabilities, Recruitment and Retention

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

School-Wide Positive Behavior Intervention and Support Program.

Posted on Categories Classroom Management

At a Glance Somerset County Technology Center (SCTC) implemented a school-wide positive behavior intervention support program (SWPBIS) that uses positive reinforcement strategies rather than negative interactions to help reduce the number of student discipline referrals. Description SCTC administrators in collaboration with a three-member team IU8 developed the SWPBIS to improve student and staff morale by … Continue reading School-Wide Positive Behavior Intervention and Support Program.

Weekly Enrichment Period

Posted on Categories Engaging At Risk Students, Instruction, Misc. Lesson Plans & Ideas

At a Glance At Lenape Technical School, a comprehensive technical high school, all academic and CTE teachers must provide enrichment activities, makeup work, or other assistance to students during a set weekly time. Description To reduce the number of students with failing grades and the number of failing grades per student, Lenape Technical School (Lenape … Continue reading Weekly Enrichment Period

Workshops to Develop a Curriculum

Posted on Categories Administrator Leadership, Curriculum Planning, Instruction, Misc. Lesson Plans & Ideas

Corry Area School District’s Career & Technical Center: Workshops to Develop a Curriculum  At a Glance Corry Area School District’s Career & Technical Center (Corry CTEC) conducts Developing a Curriculum (DACUM) workshops to align the CTE program curricula with the state task lists and the needs of the local economy. Description Corry CTEC uses a … Continue reading Workshops to Develop a Curriculum

PA Career Ready Index Activities

Posted on Categories Assessment, Career Development & Postsecondary Prep, Career Information and Exploration, Classroom Assessments, Employability Skills, Online Learning Tools & Resources

At a Glance Greene County Career and Technology Center (GCCTC) implemented several student-centered strategies to support students and provide evidence of their progress as they complete the required Pennsylvania Career and Education Work (CEW) standards. Description To meet the state requirements for schools and school districts to maintain student evidence through Grade 11 for the … Continue reading PA Career Ready Index Activities