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Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs in Illinois provide instruction for careers in high-wage, high-skill, and high-demand occupations in Agricultural Education; Business, Marketing and Computer Education; Family and Consumer Sciences; Health Science Technology; and Technology and Engineering Education (Industrial).  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. These programs are instrumental in supporting local districts to ensure student success and promoting continuous improvement.

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2020 CTE Presidential Scholar Instructions and Application now available!

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program now honors students on the basis of outstanding scholarship and demonstrated ability and accomplishment in career and technical education (CTE) fields. All high school seniors who are participants in a CTE program graduating between January and June of 2020 who are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents and who attend public, parochial, or independent schools, as well as those who are home-schooled, are eligible. Administrators, counselors, and teachers may nominate up to five CTE students per school for consideration.

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Applications must be postmarked by Tuesday, October 15, 2019 or hand delivered to ISBE by 4 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, October 15, 2019.

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 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.



 Professional Development

IACTE's New & Nearly New CTE Teacher Workshop

This workshop is designed for the new and nearly new CTE teacher that did not go through a four year university teacher education program.  However, the sessions will be applicable to all new and nearly new teachers.

Thursday, August 1 from 2-5:45 p.m. (networking reception  6-8 p.m.) and Friday, August 2 from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Par-a-Dice Hotel & Conference Center in East Peoria. Click here for more details and how to register​.​​​

​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.

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