New CTE Teachers

Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) is offering a statewide professional development program for new or recently new Career and Technical Education (CTE) teachers. The New CTE Teacher Initiative is designed to help teachers with less than four years of experience gain the knowledge and resources they need to be successful in the CTE classroom. It is ideal for new CTE teachers or teachers who are teaching CTE courses for the first time. This initiative will focus on critical information as well as strategies for successful practice. This initiative will help our state’s newest CTE teachers promote the value of CTE, contribute to teaching future generations, and implement an educational strategy that focuses on workforce development into high-skill, high-wage, high-demand careers.

Below are areas of professional development for new teachers provided by MDE staff and Minnesota teacher leaders.

  • Teaching CTE in a high school
  • Planning and delivering CTE day-to-day
  • Managing an effective classroom/lab
  • Using career and technical student organizations (CTSOs) to enhance instruction
  • Understanding student assessment in CTE
  • Employing assessment data for instructional improvement
  • Connecting with advisory committee members
  • Professional organizations such as Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) and its Minnesota affiliate (MnACTE)

New teachers are welcome to become involved at any time during the year. If you are interested in participating in the New Teacher Initiative, please contact Shelli Sowles.

Welcome to CTE webinar 9-28-2017
This webinar was open to all new (or recently new) CTE teachers and faculty. It gave an overview of CTE in Minnesota. Topics addressed included: Your First Year(s) as a CTE Instructor in Minnesota, and Your Role as an Instructor in Your School/College. PowerPoint slides from September 2017 (1.95 MB)

New CTE Teacher Year End webinar 5-03-2018