The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has contracted with Resources for Learning, LLC, (RFL) to launch the Career and Technical Education (CTE) New Teacher Mentoring Program. The CTE New Teacher Mentoring Program offers ongoing mentoring and induction-type professional development, including help with lesson planning, assessments, curricular materials, and classroom management, through year-long mentoring activities and just-in-time assistance for new CTE teachers.
The CTE New Teacher Mentoring Program offers a wide range of resources to guide beginning CTE teachers as they navigate their first years of teaching. In this section, you will find online communities that provide an opportunity to network with other new teachers, instructional videos, a blog written for (and by) beginning CTE educators, and the announcement of the 2018 CTE Best Teaching Practices competition.
TxCTE Ramp Up Facebook Communities
The CTE New Teacher Mentoring Program has built a robust online presence with the goal of providing beginning CTE teachers with online resources and mentoring access. At the core of this endeavor are 19 CTE cluster-specific Facebook communities. Master teachers were recruited to monitor the communities and serve as online mentors to the beginning teachers. The Facebook communities provide an accessible forum where new teachers can safely pose questions and thoughts as they navigate their first years. To date, there are more than 1,100 members in the CTE Facebook communities. The specific cluster groups can be accessed at the following links:
- Teacher Network
- Information Technology
- Education & Training
- Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources
- Business Management & Administration
- Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics
- Law, Public Safety, Corrections, & Security
- Architecture & Construction
- Hospitality & Tourism
- Career Development
- Human Services
- Arts, A/V Technology, & Communications
- Transportation, Distribution, & Logistics
- Health Sciences
- Government & Public Administration
- Mentor Group
For additional links, resources, and information, follow us on Twitter: @TxCTERampUp
In order to provide concise, accessible, and informative content on important CTE topics, a series of Foundational Learning Session videos have been written, developed, produced, and disseminated by RFL. These nine short instructional videos cover information that is critical to the development of beginning CTE teachers.
The following link provides access to a binder that contains all nine of the Foundational Learning Sessions: https://txcte.org/binder/foundational-learning-sessions
It was important for the CTE New Teacher Mentoring Program to give a voice to beginning teachers. "Notes from the First Year" is a blog written for, and by, new CTE teachers as they traverse the highs and lows of the first years of teaching. Follow along on their journey here: Notes from the First Year.
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. For more information on how to submit, see the following page: https://txcte.org/resource/2018-cte-best-teaching-practices