The U.S. Department of Education recently released non-regulatory guidance that encourages states and school districts to train, recruit and provide high-quality professional development for teachers, principals and school leaders as part of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Funds provided to states and districts through ESSA Title II, Part A support career success for educators. The guidance focuses on the importance of aligning state strategies that promote effective instruction and improve student outcomes. The full guidance is available here.
Through funding provide under Title II of ESSA, states and districts have the option to offer specialized professional development that focuses on strategies for integrating academics and CTE. These programs encourage teachers to identify linkages across subjects, while providing common planning time to coordinate lesson plans and pedagogy. Title II also promotes efforts to develop or expand alternative routes to state certification of teachers, including mid-career professionals from other fields and occupations who want to become educators. For more information, read ACTE’s CTE in ESSA fact sheet on Teacher Recruitment, Training and Professional Development. Additional ESSA implementation resources are available on our website and the CTE Policy Watch Blog.