Leveraging Learner Voice to Strengthen CTE Technical Assistance State Cohort

Career Technical Education (CTE) programs must be designed with learners, not simply for learners, to be responsive to their diverse needs at every stage of the CTE continuum. Being responsive to diverse learner needs can occur only if learners have direct and ongoing input into the design and delivery of CTE programs and experiences.

Advance CTE is providing training, resources and support to help states identify opportunities to engage learners more meaningfully in the design and delivery of CTE programs and experiences.

Selected participants will participate in six 90 minute virtual sessions to work through the With Learners, Not for Learners: A Toolkit for Elevating Learner Voice in CTE to develop and execute on strategies for leveraging learner voice in CTE policies and programs. Participants will also engage in a community of practice after the virtual sessions to continue to learn from one another. These sessions are offered free of charge. 


  • Further learning around the importance and value of learner voice in CTE
  • Develop strategies and identify actions for elevating CTE learner voice with learner input
  • Develop and begin to execute on an Action Plan to actualize learner voice engagement strategies


Applicants should be state CTE leaders and have the approval/recommendation of their State CTE Director (if the State CTE Director is not applying). Applicants can apply alone as long as the learning from the sessions are shared amongst relevant team members outside of the virtual sessions. Applicants can also apply as a state team. A state team can include 3-5 individuals, including leadership in partner agencies. 

  • Readiness to Implement: Applicant is poised to implement strategies and actions developed in the Learner Voice sessions in their own state within three months of the final virtual session.
  • Influence: Applicant is in a position to influence agency strategies and decision making to advance meaningful learner engagement in their state.
  • Commitment to Inclusion: Applicant understands the importance of inclusion and equity in CTE and is committed to leveraging the voices of all learners in their strategies, actions and action plans to capture meaningful learner voice.

Session Dates

The first session will be held virtually on Tuesday, January 24, 2023, 2 - 3:30 p.m. ET.

The dates and times for subsequent sessions (Sessions 2 - 6)  and Community of Practice calls (3) will be determined by scheduling polls for the group to ensure availability to participate.



This opportunity will provide a pool of funds that can be used by participating states to compensate learners and build capacity for implementation. 



Applications are due December 15, 2022.



For more information, please contact Haley Wing, Senior Policy Associate at hwing@careertech.org

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