In the summer of 2018, The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) was reauthorized, continuing the investment in secondary and postsecondary Career Technical Education (CTE) programs across the nation. Last Fall, Advance CTE provided an analysis of all 50 states and Washington D.C.’s Perkins V plans, identifying common aspects that are indicative of a comprehensive and cohesive state plan, a number of which go beyond the law’s requirements and expectations to achieve a CTE without limits. This resource builds on the knowledge from Advance CTE’s review of state Perkins V plans to share promising practices and strategies for state CTE leaders to leverage when implementing their state plans regarding recruiting and retaining high-quality instructors, as well as diversifying the CTE instructor workforce.
Recruiting and retaining qualified and diverse CTE instructors remains one of CTE’s most persistent challenges. Through the Perkins V planning process, states sought to tackle these challenges in a variety of ways. Most notably, 36 states targeted professional development for specific groups of educators, administrators or other CTE professionals. This resource discusses the mechanisms in Perkins V that support teacher recruitment and retention, an overview of how this appears in Perkins V state plans and examples of how states are tackling the challenge of recruiting and retaining qualified and diverse CTE instructors.