Posted: 04 Jan 2017 08:55 AM PST
Increasing high school students’ access to industry experts is a key priority across states, according to a new report from Advance CTE, and alternative teacher certification approaches are not enough to fill the gap.
The State of CTE: Increasing Access to Industry Experts in High School, developed in partnership with the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders at American Institutes for Research, features results from two surveys, one of 47 State CTE Directors and one of 260 local CTE teachers and administrators from 26 states. Key findings include:
- 90 percent of states use alternative certification policies to increase access to industry experts, with a little more than half describing this approach as moderately or majorly successful
- More than 40 percent of respondents support access to experts teaching at the postsecondary level through such means as tuition support, virtual learning and other strategies
- Almost 30 percent of states have recruitment programs for industry experts to co-teach with a certified teacher of record
- Very few states use incentives to increase industry expert engagement
- States cite significant barriers to connecting with industry experts: geography, low levels of awareness from industry, lack of funds for salaries and incentives, and limited data on the current state of industry engagement
The publication recommends that states expand certification policies to include part-time and co-teaching licenses; develop agreements with postsecondary institutions to have faculty with industry expertise teach dual enrollment courses; develop initiatives for industry experts to act as mentors and career coaches; enhance industry awareness of opportunities to engage in the classroom; and approach all of this in a systemic way.