NASDCTEc hosts webinars on a variety of topics and pressing issues of interest to the CTE community and others. These webinars bring NASDCTEc staff together with leading experts from across the nation to share their expertise on issues including policy, research and best practices. Participants can take full advantage of these opportunities by asking questions during the live session, or you can follow up with comments and questions afterward.

Members' only webinars can be accessed here

Recent Webinars 

2015 Year in Review: State Policies Impacting CTE
Thursday, January 21, 2016
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET
NASDCTEc and ACTE took a look back at the state CTE policy trends from 2015. This webinar unpacked the findings of our third annual report, “2015 Year in Review: State Policies Impacting CTE,” which can be found here.
Featured speakers include: 
  • Senator Rollie Heath, Colorado State Senate District 18 
  • Alisha Hyslop, ACTE Director of Public Policy
  • Sarah Heath, Assistant Provost for Career and Technical Education, Colorado Community College System
  • Andrea Zimmermann, NASDCTEc State Policy Associate

Watch the recording and download the PowerPoint

Preparing a Globally Competent Workforce Through High-Quality Career Technical Education
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. ET

The Asia Society, Longview Foundation, NASDCTEc and ACTE co-hosted a webinar to release our joint publication, Preparing a Globally Competent Workforce Through High-Quality Career and Technical Education. The webinar discusses this critical issue, featuring local leaders sharing what globally-minded CTE programs look like at the classroom level. 


  • JoAnne Honeycutt, State CTE Director, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction 
  • Larisa K. Schelkin, CEO, President & Founder, Global STEM Education Center, Inc. 
  • Mark Tronicke, Global Exchange Coordinator, Bergen County Academies, New Jersey 
  • Heather Singmaster, Assistant Director, Asia Society 
  • Jennifer Manise, Executive Director, Longview Foundation 
  • Kate Blosveren, Associate Executive Director, NASDCTEc 
  • Steve DeWitt, Deputy Executive Director, ACTE

Watch the Recording

Innovative Teaching and Transportation Industry Partnerships
Thursday, November 12, 2015
3:15 - 4:30 p.m. ET
The Northeast Center of the National Transportation Network and NASDCTEc co-sponsored a webinar featuring teachers, administrators and industry partners who provided insights and examples of innovative programs and teaching models when delivering transportation related curricula for high school students.  
Presenters include:
  • Andrea Zimmermann, State Policy Associate at the National Association of State Directors for Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) in Washington, DC.
  • Kathy DePiro, Logistics Materials Program Instructor at the Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center in Altoona, Pennsylvania.
  • Jeanine Gallina, Career Program Developer/Coordinator at the WEMOCO Career and Technical Center at Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES in Spencerport, New York. 
  • Shirley C. McCall, Director of the TransSTEM Academy at Francis L. Cardozo Education Campus in Washington, DC.


Insights into the Excellence in Action Award
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. ET

For the past two years, we have celebrated innovative programs of study from across the country through our Excellence in Action award, which recognizes programs of study that exemplify excellence in the implementation of Career Cluster-based programs of study, and have a meaningful impact on student achievement and success. With the 2016 Excellence in Action award application now open, we are offering a webinar where you will hear from past award recipients and a member of the selection committee on what makes an award-winning program, providing insight into how to create a successful application.


  • Sandra Clement, Principal, Foy H. Moody High School, 2014 award recipient 
  • Denise Adams, Dean, Career & Technical Education, Butte-Glenn Community College, 2015 award recipient 
  • Bernadette Howard, State CTE Director, Hawaii 

PPT Presentation PDF & Recording

Building a Strong Relationship Between Competency-Based Pathways and CTE
Thursday, November 5, 2015
2 - 3 p.m. ET

NASDCTEc and Achieve co-hosted a webinar to highlight our recently released brief, Building a Strong Relationship Between Competency-Based Pathways and Career Technical Education. This webinar will provide an overview of the many leverage points between CTE and CBP to support states' adoption and implementation of integrated CTE and CBP. The webinar also explored Connecticut's and Oregon's strategies for integrating CTE into their CBP and the opportunities and challenges faced along the way. This webinar is for anyone looking to learn more about CTE, CBP and their potential when implemented together. 

Speakers include:

  • Suzanne Vita Loud, Associate Consultant, Connecticut State Department of Education
  • Tom Thompson, Education Specialist, Oregon Department of Education
  • Steve DeWitt, Association for Career and Technical Education
  • Kate Blosveren, NASDCTEc
  • Alissa Peltzman, Achieve 
  • Andrew Valent, Achieve

Reshaping Tennessee's Work-based Learning
Thursday, October 15, 2015
2 p.m. - 3 p.m. EDT
NASDCTEc and the Appalachia Regional Comprehensive Center (ARCC) offered this webinar highlighting how Tennessee is reshaping work-based learning to create a rigorous and relevant experience for all students that reinforces academic, technical and social skills through collaborative activities with industry. 

Simulated Workplace: Changing CTE in West Virginia
June 25, 2015
Hosted by NASDCTEc and the Appalachia Regional Comprehensive Center (ARCC), this webinar explores how West Virginia’s Simulated Workplace is reinventing Career Technical Education (CTE) by bringing the workplace inside the four walls of a CTE classroom for a student-centered simulated experience. 

Presenters include:
  • Kathy D’Antoni, West Virginia Associate Superintendent, Career and Technical Education
  • Doug Sands, Machine Tool Technology Instructor
  • Jan Hanlon, Secondary Education Director, Logan County Schools, West Virginia
  • Austin Coffey, Student, Industrial Equipment Maintenance Career-Technical Program
  • Gary Clay, Business Leader, West Virginia Manufacturing Association

Recording LinkPPT Presentation PDF and Q&A

Employer Engagement: State Perspectives
February 10, 2015
Take an in-depth look at how specific states and employers inform, align and enhance their CTE systems at the secondary and postsecondary levels. Speakers included:

  • Dr. Philip C. Cleveland, Alabama State Director of CTE and Workforce Development
  • George Clark, President and CEO of Manufacture Alabama and Chairman of the Alabama Workforce Investement Board
  • Keven Ward, Public Sector Consultant, Trane 
  • Dr. Blake Flanders, Vice President of Workforce Development, Kansas Board of Regents
  • Andrea Zimmermann, State Policy Associate, NASDCTEc
  • Steve Voytek, Government Relations Manager, NASDCTEc

Recroding link & PPT Presentation PDF

2014 State CTE Policy Review 
February 5, 2015, 3-4 p.m. ET

States are increasingly looking to CTE as a means to help close the skills gap and boost the number of people with a postsecondary credential. Join us as we step through the major state policy trends affecting CTE from 2014 including new laws, executive actions and regulatory activity. This webinar coincided with the release of the second annual "2014 State CTE Policy Review," a joint publication from ACTE and NASDCTEc.


  • Catherine Imperatore, Research Manager, Association for Career and Technical Education
  • Andrea Zimmermann, State Policy Associate, National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium

Recording link & PPT Presentation PDF

Strategies for Financing CTE
January 15, 2015
Authors of the new report, “State Strategies for Financing CTE,” unpacked the study’s important findings. Co-hosted by the National Conference of State Legislatures, this webinar explored the ways in which states are financing CTE at the secondary and postsecondary levels using state and federal funds, including a closer look at performance-based funding approaches. For an overview of the report, check out our Learning that Works blog. Speakers included: 

  • Steve Klein -- Director, Center for Career & Adult Education and Workforce Development, RTI International/Principal Investigator for the National Center for Innovation in Career and Technical Education
  • Laura Rasmussen Foster -- Program Director, RTI International/National Center for Innovation in Career and Technical Education
  • Suzanne Hultin -- Policy Specialist, Education Program, National Conference of State Legislatures
  • Andrea Zimmermann -- State Policy Associate, NASDCTEc

Recording linkPPT Presentation PDF

The State of Employer Engagement in CTE
December 3, 2014

From its earliest roots, employer engagement has been a part of CTE's legacy. Yet little is known about what is really happening consistently and systematically across the country, and what state leaders can do to accelerate effective engagement.  

Over the summer, NASDCTEc conducted a survey of the State CTE Directors to better understand how and in what ways employers are engaging in CTE today. This webinar unpacked the survey's results and illustrated the employer engagement landscape with a particular focus on the ways in which states are and can foster and sustain meaningful employer engagement to strengthen their CTE system for all students.

Recording link & PPT Presentation PDF

Badging 101: The What, The Why & The How
October 7, 2014

Sometimes called “the next disrupter” in education, open badges offer an innovative platform for recognizing and displaying a students’ competency demonstrated either inside or outside the traditional classroom. Yet questions remain about how badges work at the institution and state level, how they can be folded into existing education systems, and what it takes to ensure their quality, reliability and validity. On Tuesday October 7 at 1 pm ET, NASDCTEc and NOCTI co-hosted a webinar that will dig into some of these tough questions and explore open badges from national, state and local perspectives.

Recording link & PPT Presentation PDF & Supplemental Links Shared on the Webinar

The Common Career Technical Core, Programs of Study & Industry-Based Standards
July 29, 2014

In 2012, NASDCTEc released the Common Career Technical Core, a set of standards developed by states, that lay out what a student should know and be able to do upon completion of a program of study. Since the Common Career Technical Core (CCTC) were released, a common question asked is how do the CCTC relate to industry-based standards? This webinar features NASDCTEc's report, The Common Career Technical Core, Programs of Study & Industry-Based Standards, which analyzed a range of industry-based standards to help clarify how they might fit into a program of study undergirded by the CCTC, the methodology used, and its implications for the field.

Recording link & PPT Presentation PDF

Legislative Update: Summer Edition
June 5, 2014

As the school year wound down for summer vacation NASDCTEc's Government Relations Associate, Steve Voytek delivered a legislative update on federal activity related to Career Technical Education (CTE) and an outlook on the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 funding landscape on June 5 from 3-4 p.m. ET.

Since late last year, Congress has taken steps tward reauthorizing several pieces of legislation that impact CTE including the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act and the Workforce Investmen Act. In addition to updates on these key pieces of legislation, the Obama Administration and the U.S. Departmen of Education have undertaken a number of CTE-related initiatives this year in an effort to boost its support for CTE.

Recording link & PPT Presentation PDF

Members-Only Resource: Presentation Outline & Notes

Making Career Readiness Count

May 27, 2014

NASDCTEc, in partnership with Achieve, hosted a webinar to provide guidance to states interested in building more indicators of career preparation into accountability and public reporting systems, as NASDCTEc and Achieve simultaneously released a new joint publication on the topic.

On this webinar, we shared how states are currently approaching this challenge and what state policy leaders need to consider as they look to reform their own reporting and accountability systems to ensure that the “career” in college- and career-ready accountability and public reporting is a powerful lever to focus priorities, drive progress, and ultimately see more students and their communities succeed. We were joined by leaders from Missouri and Virginia to disuss their accountability and reporting systems. 

Recording Link & PPT Presentation PDF

Related Resource: Making Career Readiness Count

Supporting 21st Century Educators: How States Are Promoting Career and Technical Educator Effectiveness
March 7, 2014

Teacher effectiveness is a critical issue on the minds of educators, administrators and state leaders across the country. With many early reform efforts focusing solely on how to improve and measure the effectiveness of educators in the core academic areas, now many are turning their attention to those “untested subjects,” including Career Technical Education (CTE).

To dig into this issue and highlight some early lessons learned from states, the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc), the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders, the Central Comprehensive Center, the Mid-Atlantic Comprehensive Center, and the South Central Comprehensive Center co-hosted a webinar on Supporting 21st Century Educators: How States Are Promoting Career and Technical Educator Effectiveness.

Watch the webinar on YouTube