Call for Submissions

Amazing things are happening in Career and Technical Education (CTE) across the state! The new Texas CTE Resource Center (TCRC) is the perfect space to share your best practices and gather ideas from others in your field.

Beginning January 1st, 2018, the Texas Education Agency will host a competition to showcase best practices in each of the sixteen career clusters and career development. Selected best practice examples will be highlighted on the TCRC for all to access.

In collaboration with Resources for Learning (RFL), the contractor for the TEA CTE New Teacher Mentor Program, winners in each career cluster and career development will be given an opportunity to further develop their ideas and will be eligible to receive up to $200 in compensation for their work in preparing instructional resources for the TCRC.

To share your best practice, simply capture the incredible work you are already doing and provide a path for others to follow in your footsteps. Create a brief video (three to five minutes in length) to showcase your best practice. Videos should focus on sharing practical strategies and perspectives for planning and implementing effective CTE instruction and programs. Please provide enough information so that other educators in your field can replicate your work. In addition to the video, you may submit supplementary materials (e.g., lesson plans, unit plans, meeting agendas).

A few possible topics are listed below—these are suggestions only; we invite you to identify which of your best practices would be most helpful to share with your colleagues.

  •  Creative Lesson Plans
  •  Interdisciplinary Projects/Project-based Learning Activities/Unit Plans
  •  Work-based Learning Experiences
  •  Authentic Assessments
  •  Classroom Management Techniques/Strategies
  •  Harnessing Student Voice and Choice
  •  CTSO Competition Submissions
  •  Community Engagement
  •  Business Partnerships

Participation is open to all Texas CTE teachers, school counselors, and administrators currently employed by a Texas school district or charter school. If your submission is accepted, we will contact you to discuss next steps. In addition to your work being highlighted on the TCRC, finalists in each cluster will have an opportunity to showcase their work during an interview or classroom visit.

Submission Requirements

  •  If videos or photographs include students or the likeness of students, student release forms must be submitted.
  •  Identifying student information in all submitted materials must be redacted.

Submissions will be evaluated using a variety of criteria. Overall, the submitted entries should adhere to the following expectations:

  • Serves as a best practice example in CTE
  • Work can be replicated by others in the field
  • Work aligns with the new CTE TEKS/Courses for 2017-2018

Due Date

All entries must be received by May 4, 2018.

How to Submit

Download the submission form. Send your submissions to Caryn Cavanagh, Director of Professional Development and Curriculum at Resources for Learning, at If files are large, entries can be submitted via a shared Google drive folder.