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L EADING E DGE CTE’s Link to Common Core THESE DAyS THE DISCUSSIONS AROUND EDUCATION REFORM are focused on the develop-Techniques M A N AG IN G E D IT O R N. Susan Emeagwali / ment of the Common Core State Standards. I am often asked if career and technical education (CTE) needs to be concerned about the Common Core. The answer is most definitely—a resounding “YES!” When you read the mission statement of the standards, you will notice a lot of words that directly relate to CTE: “ relevant to real world, reflecting the knowl -edge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers.” The Association for Career and Techni-cal Education (ACTE) has been part of the Common Core discussion every step of the way. In fact, we were Janet B. Bray one of the first organizations to sign on in support of the Common Core work several years ago when it was first announced. One of the key reasons we signed on is that we knew we had to be part of the conversation. We were pleased that a former ACTE president, Bryan Albrecht, from Gateway Technical College in Kenosha, Wisconsin, was on the Validation Com -mittee that helped develop the standards. ACTE provided comments when the standards were released, and worked to identify examples to be included in the standards. The Common Core State Standards have been adopted by 46 states. All of the 29 newly elected governors reaffirmed support for the standards—so they are here to stay! Just as before, CTE should be aligned with academic standards. ACTE believes the lines between academics and CTE are blurring. They are blurring for a reason—the world today is vastly different from what it was 50, 20 or even 10 years ago. Jobs today require more from employees than ever before. The Common Core offers an opportunity for CTE and academics to support each other and meet the needs of the students, the work-place and the community. As you read the articles contained in this issue of Techniques , it is important to re-member that there are multiple pathways by which individuals can reach the standards. ACTE believes that the Common Core and similar activities have the potential to break down the wall that has existed for years between core academic programs and CTE. We really need to focus as educators, and as a nation, on tearing down that wall because we each have something to learn from each other that will ultimately benefit all students. ACTE is now seeking every opportunity to actively engage with the two assessment consortiums. The Common Core State Standards highlight the great potential of CTE, and enables the profession to share its expertise and experience. Career and technical education needs to be a leader in the education dialogue; ACTE’s involvement in the Common Core vision enhances CTE’s position as a driver toward student achievement and success. As a CTE educator, you make a difference! You make a difference for your students, your community and your country. ACTE is proud to be your voice and sup -port your efforts. A C T E S TA F F C ONT R I B U T O RS Jamie Baxter / Stephen DeWitt / Catherine Imperatore / DE S I G NE R Kelly Jenkins / A DV E R T I S I N G AC C O U N T S A L E S R E P Tom Minich / Mel Katz / AD V E R T I S I NG C O O R D I N AT O R Jim Waterhouse, Techniques Magazine 1410 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 Phone: 800-826-9972 ext. 332 Fax: 703-683-7424 E-Mail: P U B L IS H ER Association for Career and Technical Education Janet B. Bray, Executive Director H O W T O C O N TA C T A C T E Call 800-826-9972 M E M B ER S H I P S ER V I C E S Techniques magazine is just one of the benefits of joining ACTE. Call 800-826-9972 or visit www.acteonline. org/join.aspx to learn more. T E C HN IQ U E S E D I T O R I A L Contact Susan Emeagwali by phone at 703-683-9339 or by E-mail at To submit letters to the editor or to send article queries or manuscripts, E-mail to, or mail to Editor, Techniques , 1410 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314. Information on writing for Techniques is available at . REPRINTS, COPY PERMISSION, BACK ISSUES ACTE members seeking permission to copy limited quantities of articles from Techniques , please contact or fax your request to Andrea Wilson at 800-826-9972,, or fax 703-683-7424. For non-members and large quantity copy permission requests, please contact the Copyright Clearance Center, 978-750-8400. For bulk reprints, please contact IPA Publishing Services at 800-259-0470. For back issues, please contact ACTE member services at 800-826-9972. Members may access the contents of all issues of Techniques from September 2002 forward, on the ACTE Web site, . Online access is subject to prevailing copyright protections and prior written permission from ACTE is required for all reprints and copies. Members can request an additional copy of Techniques for missing, lost or damaged copies, but fulfillment of this request cannot be guaranteed after 90 days from issue date. Copyright 2011 by the Association for Career and Technical Education Inc. The views expressed by Techniques do not necessarily represent an official position of ACTE. Acceptance of ads for publication in the magazine does not imply endorsement of advertised products by the association. Janet B. Bray ACTE Executive Director 6 Techniques OCTOBER 2011

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