Recruiting, Developing and Retaining Quality Career Technical/Workforce Education Teachers
Panel Discussion Presenters:
Gary Briers, Texas A&M University
Nancy Headrick, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Carol Lanning, Illinois Community College Board
This podcast discusses recruiting, developing, and retaining high-quality teachers in career technical workforce education. Highly qualified teachers were defined in the No Child Left Behind Act as those who not only possess full state certification but also have content knowledge in the subjects that they teach. The No Child Left Behind indicates that only vocational education teachers who teach core academic subjects are required to meet the definition of a highly qualified teacher. The term core academic subjects as defined by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act [which was renamed the No Child Left Behind Act in 2001] are those of English, reading and language arts, mathematics, science, foreign language, civics and government, economics, art, history, and geography. In career and technical education, teachers need to be competent in the development of technical, employability, and academic skills in the students that they serve. Additionally, high-quality career technical workforce education teachers are essential in helping prepare the United States workforce so that it will be competitive in the world marketplace.