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Last week, a bipartisan group of Senators took steps to strengthen pathways to the classroom for new CTE teachers by reintroducing the Creating Quality Technical Educators Act. The legislation, introduced by Senate CTE Caucus Co-chairs Tim Kaine (D-VA), Rob Portman (R-OH) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), would create new opportunities for schools to recruit and train professionals for critical CTE educator positions that schools nationwide struggle to fill. By expanding eligibility to the Higher Education Act’s (HEA) Teacher Quality Partnership Grants for partnerships of high-need secondary schools and postsecondary CTE teacher preparation programs, the legislation would create new teacher residency programs that bring new professionals into CTE classrooms and ensure that they are prepared for success.
"The Association for Career and Technical Education applauds Senators Kaine, Portman, Baldwin and Capito for the reintroduction of the Creating Quality Technical Educators Act," ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Wilson said in her statement endorsing the bill. "Their efforts will pave the way for the development of a new generation of educators, while helping to address our nation's critical shortage of CTE professionals... We urge Congress to adopt this legislation as part of a comprehensive reauthorization of the Higher Education Act."
The legislation utilizes existing funds under HEA, and requires that a needs assessment is conducted of participating secondary institutions to ensure that grant recipients will fulfill the needs of local communities. Furthermore, the legislation would deliver ongoing support for these new teachers by providing mentorship and professional development opportunities in addition to pedagogical and technical training. To learn more, click here to access the full press release on Sen. Kaine’s website.
Posted by Sean Lynch on 10/12/2015 at 12:24 PM in CTE Caucus, Educator Development, HEA, In the News, Postsecondary Issues | Permalink
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