Preparing CTE Teachers for Today's Students:
Administrator & Mentor Training
Teaching to Lead is an induction model for beginning career-technical education (CTE) teachers pursuing an alternative route to certification that will increase their competence, self-efficacy and career commitment. The model includes a series of professional development activities as well as support through a mentor and guidance from a supervising administrator.
Four professional development modules guide the training for the induction model: Instructional Planning, Instructional Strategies, Classroom Assessment and Classroom Management. The modules were designed using concept papers that summarize research and best practices in career-technical education.
Each module is designed around several units of study that include specific lessons on the topics related to that unit. The teacher handbooks includes an overview and objectives for each unit, handouts to support the learning activities led by the instructor, planning forms, suggested activities beginning teachers can do with their assigned mentors and building administrators, and field activities for implementing and reflecting on the use of the plans they develop in the professional development sessions.
The support component of Teaching to Lead includes suggested activities for the administrator and mentor at the new CTE teachers' school site. Administrators and mentors will get an orientation to the professional development materials that will create a common language between the training experiences and on-site expectations. Attendees will experience some of the lessons from each of the four modules during the two days. And lastly, participants will explore various activities to support new CTE teachers.