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Career and Technical Education (CTE)

 KSDE CTE Vision, Purpose, and Goals

For several decades, Career and Technical Education (CTE) has been evolving. No longer offering only traditional vocational education, CTE now offers a diverse range of subjects and career fields, including a number of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects. In addition, the distinction between CTE and academic programs is slowly disintegrating as integrating academic content into CTE has become a national education priority. CTE has become an indispensable lever for improving students’ college and career readiness. CTE plays a powerful role in preventing students from dropping out and provides a variety of opportunities for postsecondary success and employment, including pathways to a bachelor’s degree. CTE also can help all students achieve the objectives of the Kansas College and Career Ready Standards (KCCRS) through authentic, applied learning experiences. In short, CTE is a crucial change agent for the success of improving outcomes for all students.

Kansas utilizes the National Career Clusters® Framework. Technological advances and global competition have transformed the nature of work. Tomorrows jobs will require additional knowledge, improved skills and highly flexible workers who continually update their knowledge and skills. Career Clusters link what students learn in school to the knowledge and skills they need for success in post-secondary education and careers.  In Kansas secondary schools, 36 Career Pathways are offered, spanning across all 16 Career Clusters.  For specific illustration check out theKansas Career Clusters & Pathways Model (PDF)




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NEW Career and Technical Education Information!

Below are links to documents and resources in the Career and Technical Education field. Click on the title to view the details. Items will be available in this section for four months. Please download or bookmark the link for future references.
 TitleCategoryModified DateCreated DateDescription
Kansas CTE Scholar GuidePDF10/26/202110/22/2021CTE Scholar guide, checklist, and application link.
2022-2023 Pathway ChangesPDF12/6/20218/25/2021Summary of Pathway changes for 2022-2023
2021 K-ACTE Summer Conference CTE Coordinator PresentationPDF8/9/20218/9/2021Kansas Association of Career and Technical Education (July 2021)
Important Dates (School Year 2021-2022)PDF7/26/20217/26/2021This is a list of important dates for Career and Technical Education Coordinators, Administrators, and Educators.
Creating a Quality Pathway Rubric IIPDF12/1/202012/1/2020 
2020 Advisory Committee Guidance HandbookPDF9/15/20209/15/2020An information guidebook developed to assist Local Education Agencies comply with Cluster/Pathway approval.
2019-20 Kansas CTSO MembershipsLink7/24/20207/24/2020Total membership count for each state organization
Kansas CTE FAQPDF4/22/20204/22/2020March 2020

COVID-19 Resources for CTE

ACTE Distance Learning ResourcesLinkDistance learning guidance for CTE instructors.
COVID-19s Impact on CTE: Defining the Challenge and the OpportunityLinkJune 2020. Addresses the challenges and opportunities in teaching CTE during current pandemic conditions.
High-quality CTE: Planning for a COVID-19-Impacted School YearLinkJune 2020. This resource is for implementing CTE during current pandemic conditions.

Assistant Director
Career and Technical Education

Stacy Smith
(785) 296-4351

KSDE Secondary-Level CTE Contacts

Deputy Commissioner
Division of Learning Services
Brad Neuenswander
(785) 296-2303

Career, Standards and Assessment

Scott Smith
(785) 296-3142

Assistant Director
Career and Technical Education

Stacy Smith
(785) 296-0979

Assistant Director
Curricular Standards
David Fernkopf
(785) 296-8447

Assistant Director
Beth Fultz
(785) 296-2325

Career, Standards and Assessment Services Upcoming Events

Kansas Virtual Education Conference
February 14-15, 2022 in Andover

KSDE Math Curriculum Leaders Collaboration
January 25 & February 22

KSDE Math Teachers Collaboration
January 25 & February 22

Book Study: Mathematical Mindset Math
Every Thursday in February & March

KSDE Science Curriculum Leaders Collaboration
Every 3rd Tuesday thru March 2023

KSDE Science Teachers Collaboration
Every 3rd Wednesday thru February 2023

Book Study for Leaders: The Instructional Leader's Guide to Implementing K-8 Science Practices
Every Thursday in February & March

Book Study for K-8 Teachers: What's Your Evidence? Engaging K-5 Children in Constructing Explanations in Science
Every Thursday in February & March

STEM Resource Spotlight: Cyber Patriot
February 8

2022 KSDE Summer Academies
June 7-8 in Manhattan
June 21-22 in Goddard
July 12-13 in Garden City
July 19-20 (Virtual only)

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