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Putting Learner Success First: A Shared Vision for the Future of CTE was developed in partnership with national, state and local leaders representing K-12 and postsecondary education, workforce development, business and industry, and the philanthropic community. It establishes a bold vision for all of education.

Putting Learner Success First: A Shared Vision for the Future of CTE, establishes a bold vision for all of education, which includes, but is not limited to Career Technical Education (CTE). The vision calls for a systemic transformation of the education system. It challenges our community to focus on quality and equity, while providing the leadership necessary to continue to re-examine, grow and transform CTE into a system that prepares each learner for a lifetime of success. This vision for CTE is supported by Advance CTE and 12 organizations representing the cross-section of education, business and industry and policy. 

Read Putting Learner Success First.

This vision includes the following recommendations: 

  • All CTE programs are held to the highest standards of excellence;
  • All learners are empowered to choose a meaningful education and career; 
  • All learning is personalized and flexible;
  • All learning is facilitated by knowledgeable experts; and 
  • All systems work together to put learner success first. 

This vision is supported by: Advance CTE, Asia Society, Association for Career and Technical Education, Council of Chief State School Officers, FCCLA, National Association of State Boards of Education, National Council of State Directors of Community Colleges, National FFA, National Skills Coalition, SkillsUSA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. 

Resources

We've developed resources to make it easier for you to share the Putting Learner Success First vision at meetings and state-wide conferences, with employers and policymakers.

Stakeholder-Specific Resources

Learn how you can begin to put this vision into action no matter your role in the education and workforce sectors.

Supporters

What makes Putting Learner Success First truly unique is its shared commitment to implementing this learner-centric, learner-driven vision that has the potential to transform the education system. Making this vision a reality requires an unwavering, steadfast commitment from all stakeholders. To that end, we released the vision with six national organizations that represent the cross section of education, policy and workforce, and have a number of organizations that have signed on to shore their support and commitment including: 

Advance CTE: State Leaders Connecting Learning to Work
Association for Career and Technical Education
Read their blog post
Asia Society 
Read their letter of support
Council of Chief State School Officers
FCCLA
Read their letter of support
Goodwill Industries International 
Read their letter of support 
National Association of State Boards of Education 
National Council of State Directors of Community Colleges
National FFA Organization 
Read their letter of support
National Skills Coalition 
Read their blog post
SkillsUSA
Read their letter of support and their blog post

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation 
Read their blog post

 

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The Future of CTE Summit

In fall 2015, Advance CTE, co-hosted The Future of CTE Summit, a three-day, hands on meeting where invited CTE leaders and stakeholders began to lay out a new vision for CTE; titled Putting Learner Success First: A Shared Vision for CTE.

Summit Co-conveners included Association for Career and Technical Education, Council of Chief State School Officers, Council of State Governments, National Association of State Boards of Education, National Council of State Directors of Community Colleges, National Governors Association, National Skills Coalition and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. 

Through this process, we aimed to:

  • Challenge current beliefs and assumptions about what CTE is – and what it can be;
  • Build and affirm consensus and commitment across key stakeholders to the vision for high-quality CTE;
  • Inform the debate with provocative thought leaders;
  • Prioritize action steps to achieve the vision, including steps taken at the national level by organizations and associations, as well as within and across states;
  • Catalyze investments toward a common vision, thus accelerating accomplishment of the vision; and
  • Bring visibility to CTE and our internal commitment to quality.