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Defining Integration Academics and CTE

How do we best define Academic Integration and CTE? When discussing the topic, people have different understanding of what this looks like in school. In an effort to establish a common definition, the committee offers this three-part proposed definition which was introduced at a meeting of Integration of Academic ACTE members in November of 2022.  In the discussion please post any suggestions for improving this definition.

Academic Integration and Career and Technical Education

  • Supports CTE students developing the capacity for sustainable life-long learning (Learning, Earning and Living).
  • Is the application of academic knowledge within the mastery of technical skills and the elevation of academic fluency through real world CTE projects.

Effective Academic Integration

  •  Requires the CTE teacher as well as the academic teacher to collaboratively create engaging instruction aligned with technical and academic standards.

Thank you for this outstanding resource! I look forward to many more discussions and highlighting great work in our CTE programs!


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