Celebrate CTE, one of the most important acronyms in modern education

Screen Shot 2014-02-05 at 3.56.48 PM In celebration of Career and Technical Education Month, we will feature stories about CTE students, teachers and programs here on Children First and also on MyAcademyBlog.com. You can also follow @MyFutureMyWay and @MNPSCTERocks for fun CTE facts and information.

There are a LOT of acronyms in education. Here's one worth knowing: CTE. Career and Technical Education might sound like the old vocational ed classes you remember from way back when, but these days it's a whole new ballgame.

Used correctly, CTE enhances core academic classes, making them more alive and relevant to students. That's what we do through the Academies of Nashville in our 12 zoned high schools.

So now that you know what's what, let's celebrate CTE Month!

We started the celebration a little early. Last week, the President (you might have heard about this) came to McGavock High School to praise our Academies model and encourage other districts to do it in their cities.

The Academies of Nashville team is beside themselves with excitement for CTE Month. (I know. Educators get excited over nerdy things.) They'll be running a series of blog posts from educators and school partners about CTE and how it personally affects them.

From Anita Ryan, PTO President at H.G. Hill Middle School:

With February being National Career and Technical Education month, I wanted to take the opportunity to express my beliefs on why CTE is so important to students. Recently, at a career fair at my daughter’s school I had the opportunity to speak with students about my field of study. The number one question I received was “How can what I am learning now be applied to this career choice or path in my future?” What the students were really asking is to show them how CTE is relevant in the “real world”.

Read more over on MyAcademyBlog.com and tell us how you're celebrating CTE Month! You can also follow @MNPSCTERocks on Twitter for celebrations all month long.