Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs in Illinois provide instruction for careers in high-wage, high-skill, and in-demand occupations. CTE programs continue to strengthen students' technical skills; articulate transitions to postsecondary programs, employment or both; assist in meeting the Illinois Learning Standards; and close achievement gaps.

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Secondary Civil Rights Review

Join us for a webinar at 1 p.m. CST on Nov 06, 2019.

The Illinois State Board of Education, in partnership with the Illinois Center for Specialized Professional Support, conducts Civil Rights Reviews of the secondary system.  T​his process is designed to support schools as they work to better serve their students. We will review the process, debunk the myths, share resources and answer questions during this webianar.  ​View the presentationPDF Document.

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Illinois Career and Technical Education Student Organization Application Form

This is an application for a Career and Technical Student Organization that wishes to be recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education. The applicant will be providing information about the organization and its relationship to Career and Technical Education. The organization will be notified within 30 days after the application as to whether it has been recognized a​s a Career and Technical Student Organization.

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Endorsement Areas & Related Career Clusters

 Professional Development

​Many on-site professional development topics are available to educational entities upon request. Professional development workshops range in length from 3 hours to multiple days with topics ranging from a simple survey of resources to in-depth implementation activities of those resources. All workshops are hands-on and require participant computer and internet access. Presentation time frames may be from 1 to 2 hours in length.

 Curriculum Resources

The online CTE curriculum materials allow educators to: PLAN quality instruction; DOCUMENT state and national academic and technical standards met by instruction; DELIVER web-based instruction to students; and, ASSESS student attainment of state and national standards.


The CTE & Innovation Department​ of the Illinois State Board of Education will host a webinar on Monday, July 29, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. to provide information on the FY2020 Request for Proposal (RFP). The webinar will review the RFP process for the Career and Technical Education State Leadership funding opportunity due no later than 4 p.m. CDT on Friday, August 30, 2019. See registration link below.
FY20 Career and Technical Education State Leadership Request for Proposal
Objective: The program will deliver conferences in two different geographical locations of the state to provide professional learning aimed at program improvement for career and technical educators statewide.



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