Demands on students’ literacy skills are becoming increasingly intense and rigorous, especially in highly technical CTE courses and in today’s labor market. Students must possess the requisite literacy skills for career and academic success, yet barely one-third of high school graduates are considered proficient in reading. CTE teachers can facilitate the learning processes by scaffolding instruction with literacy strategies.
In developing the Literacy-in-CTE curriculum integration model, which was based on the successful Math-in-CTE curriculum integration study and professional development model, NRCCTE researchers at Cornell University experimentally tested two approaches to integrating literacy skills in CTE. The results showed that both approaches significantly improved students’ literacy skills, but one framework that utilized authentic texts and implemented specific reading strategies did more to improve students’ reading comprehension and vocabulary and increase literacy in high school CTE classrooms. Further, students of teachers who participated in two years of professional development significantly outperformed all of the other groups. Learn more about the research: Authentic Literacy Applications in CTE: Helping All Students Learn.
During Literacy-in-CTE professional development sessions, CTE teachers learn to integrate effective models of reading interventions in the context of their CTE courses. This integration is meant to complement the CTE learning that is already embedded and authentic in the CTE curriculum. Teachers adapt their current lesson plans by integrating research-proven literacy strategies to help students learn and are challenged to help their students take responsibility for their own learning. By collaboratively sharing their adapted lessons, CTE teachers also develop a community of practice among teachers of similar content as well as across CTE fields. By the end of a Literacy-in-CTE summer professional development session, CTE teachers leave with approximately 10 fully developed lessons and integrated literacy strategies and are confident in their use.
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