Professional Development

Power Up Your CTE Curricula!

Our PowerUp! Workshop, featuring our three evidence-based professional development models: Math-in-CTE, Literacy-in-CTE, and CTEDDI, took place February 22-23, 2013.


Improving Student Literacy Skills

“Given the opportunity to discuss and strategize with my partner, I have the knowledge and confidence to implement a writing assignment in my accounting class.” – Literacy-in-CTE participant

Using Data to Improve Student Achievement

“CTEDDI is very helpful in planning for improved instruction and monitoring student progress.” – CTEDDI participant


Professional Development

The NRCCTE’s professional development models—grounded in the results of our scientifically based research—have been designed to offer evidence-based solutions to the most vexing problems confronting CTE today, including how to better engage students in the school experience, improve academic as well as technical achievement, and improve the transition of college and career ready young people from high school to continuing education beyond high school.

Math-in-CTE and Literacy-in-CTE, our curriculum integration professional development models, train teachers in the pedagogic frameworks and processes needed to enhance the instruction of the mathematics or reading and writing tasks that naturally occur in their CTE curricula. With both models, CTE teachers are not asked to replace their curriculum but to enhance and enrich it, drawing upon the support of trained NRCCTE facilitators and teacher communities of practice. Capacity-building and sustainability are key components of both models. Participating teachers frequently comment on the effectiveness of the professional development and the impact it has on both their own teaching and student engagement.

NRCCTE researchers at NOCTI spent three years researching and pilot testing CTEDDI (Career-Technical Educators Using Data-Driven Improvement), a professional development model that helps CTE teachers and administrators learn how to effectively interpret assessment data and use it to make instructional improvements in the classroom. Delivered by facilitators who serve as ongoing coaches for teachers and administrators, CTEDDI also sustains valuable communities of practice through an online sharing center.

Download our professional development brochure (PDF).

To learn more about the research behind and benefits of participating in our professional development models, please visit their pages.

Our Professional Development Models


  • Measurable impacts on student academic and technical achievement
  • Implemented in over 30 states and large districts
  • Endorsed in state legislation


  • Improvements in reading comprehension and vocabulary
  • Increased literacy in high school CTE classrooms
  • Heightened teacher confidence in teaching literacy strategies


  • Systematic process for planning and justifying change
  • Improved ability to meet accountability goals
  • Evidence of return on investment for CTE