Project

Free Literacy-in-CTE Summer Workshops


The Connections CTE Initiative will be hosting two upcoming Literacy-in-CTE workshops in July in Moline and Normal, Illinois. Professional trainers for each workshop are from the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education, www.nrccte.org. Six Professional Development Hours, (PDH’s), will be offered.

July 23, 2018
The Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center
101 18th Street
Moline, Illinois 61265

July 24, 2018
Marriott Hotel and Conference Center
201 Broadway Avenue
Normal, Illinois
Free Registration

Registration is free, but you will need to register online at http://www.connectionsproject.ilstu.edu/literacy_registration.php to hold your spot. Space is limited so please register early.

Workshop Goals

  • Learn to integrate effective models of reading interventions in the context of their CTE courses.
  • Learn to complement the CTE learning that is already embedded and authentic in the CTE curriculum.
  • Adapt current lesson plans by integrating research-proven literacy strategies to help students learn.
  • Learn to help students take responsibility for their own learning.
  • Develop a community of practice among teachers of similar content as well as across CTE fields.
Information on Literacy-in-CTE
Demands on students’ literacy skills are becoming increasingly intense and rigorous, especially in highly technical CTE courses and in today’s labor market. Students must possess the requisite literacy skills for career and academic success, yet barely one-third of high school graduates are considered proficient in reading. CTE teachers can facilitate the learning processes by scaffolding instruction with literacy strategies.

In developing the Literacy-in-CTE curriculum integration model, which was based on the successful Math-in-CTE curriculum integration study and professional development model, NRCCTE researchers at Cornell University experimentally tested two approaches to integrating literacy skills in CTE. The results showed that both approaches significantly improved students’ literacy skills, but one framework that utilized authentic texts and implemented specific reading strategies did more to improve students’ reading comprehension and vocabulary and increase literacy in high school CTE classrooms. Further, students of teachers who participated in two years of professional development significantly outperformed all of the other groups. Learn more about the research: Authentic Literacy Applications in CTE: Helping All Students Learn. For more information about Literacy-in-CTE visit NRCCTE's website: http://www.nrccte.org/professional-development.