Professional Development

Professional Development

Advance CTE provides a wide range of professional learning opportunities for our members and other CTE stakeholders.

Our professional learning opportunities are designed to meet CTE leaders where they are and foster supportive, solutions-focused environments that ignite innovation and take CTE systems to new heights.

Annual Meetings

Each year, Advance CTE hosts a spring and fall convening for members to provide an opportunity for state CTE leaders to learn from and build connections with each other, national experts and connected stakeholders. We are proud to deliver high-value events – 97 percent of 2022 Fall Meeting attendees shared they were likely or very likely to apply knowledge they learned at the event in their work.

New State Director Institute

Advance CTE’s New State Director Institute supports and empowers new State CTE Directors to develop and advance comprehensive policies, infrastructure and programming that lead to and sustain high-quality CTE for all learners in their states. The program offers a structured, progressive life cycle of professional development to cover strategic planning and visioning, content knowledge, and leadership and management skills.

Train the Trainer: Opportunity Gap Workshop

Advance CTE is providing training, resources and support to help state leaders identify and address gaps in access to high-quality CTE.

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Career Advising Workshop

Empowering Students through Career Technical Education and Career Advising is a resource library, containing six modules of ready-made materials to provide school counselors and other advising professionals with impactful information and resources to expand existing strategies for effective career advisement and empower learners to skillfully navigate their path to career and college success.


Connective Learning Spaces

Advance CTE provides diverse and brave spaces for CTE leaders of all backgrounds to come together to discuss shared challenges, elevate promising solutions and identify opportunities for additional support. These are organized in the form of communities of practice, where participants share interest in a topic; shared solution working group, where participants share information on current work, promising practices and challenges on a topic and subsequent feedback on subsequent resources; and affinity groups, where participants share one or more identities that influence their personal and professional journey. 

Recent communities of practice have centered around career advising, learner voice, K-12 to postsecondary alignment, implementation of CTE Without Limits, and implementation of opportunity gap analysis resources. A Leaders of Color Affinity is currently active, with more affinity groups in formation. 

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