Our wide-ranging podcast series, Career-Technical Education Research News, features interviews and discussions with NRCCTE researchers carrying out field research as well as real CTE administrators, educators, and others engaged in the NRCCTE’s evidence-based professional development activities. All of our podcasts are available through this site.


Louisville Public Media 89.3 WFPL News hosted a public forum to discuss, "The Shift to Career Ready: What this Means for Students and the Role of Private Business." Panelists included Debbie Anderson with the JCPS Career and Technical Education department; James Stone, Director National Research Center for Career & Technical Education located at the University of Louisville; and Tom Hudson, CEO and President of Nth Works, a company partner of JCPS.

Through its Vanguard Practices project, the NRCCTE is examining practices worthy of more proactive examination. The project is a field-based study that seeks to identify teaching methodologies that have a demonstrable impact on school and student outcomes.

SREB's Paula Egelson chatted with Catherine Imperatore about recent developments with this teacher induction model since our last podcast update with Principal Investigator Heather Sass.

NRCCTE Director Jim Stone and Deputy Director Pradeep Kotamraju recently co-authored a report—Career Clusters: Forecasting High School through College Jobs, 2008-2018—on the best educational pathways out of the current recession with colleagues at the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce (CEW) and the NRCCTE’s partner, the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc).

Marisa Castellano and Kirsten Sundell, co-principal investigators of the Rigorous Tests of Student Outcomes in CTE Programs of Study project, are wrapping up the fourth and final year of data collection for their study of the effects of POS/career pathways on student academic and technical achievement. They recently conducted week-long site visits in "West" and "East" districts, where they observed classes and interviewed students at study and comparison schools. Study students are now 12th graders and will be graduating in May 2012.