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The Importance of CTE in Today’s Schools

On the afternoon of their certificate ceremony from the Seacoast School of Technology in Exeter, NH, a couple hundred soon-to-be CTE graduates from my high school as well as some of the surrounding high schools filed into the school cafeteria for what they thought was a pizza party and a raffle drawing for a new pair of work boots from the local Timberland Boot corporate office, a follow up to the survey that Timberlane gave students a month earlier where they asked for their shoe sizes. What happened next shocked not only the students, but also the teachers and administrators of the CTE school.
As reported in this local news story, Timberland executives praised all of the students for their decision to pursue a high school certificate in a Career and Technical Education (CTE) field. The school has 12 programs in animal and plant science, automotive, biomedical science, building construction, careers in education, computer science, culinary arts, digital media arts, health sciences, m…

The Impact of Stable School Leadership

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When the school year comes to a close this month, one Arkansas High School will have big shoes to fill at their helm as longtime Principal Wayne Haver has his final curtain call after 36 years in the role as Principal and 48 years of service to the district as a whole. In this local Arkansas newspaper article, reporter Alex Golden talked at length about Haver’s impact in all aspects of school programming, from its early days with mascot changes to his more recent efforts to introduce technology into the school and act as the school’s biggest cheerleader at concerts, events, and athletic contests. It is no small task to acknowledge just how much of an impact Haver had in his 36 years as Principal, yet it was a quote from one of the students at his school that may have found the best way to acknowledge it. Senior Casey Gooden was quoted as saying this about Haver: “Finding a high school principal who will be in it for the long haul, who will take ownership of a school, make sure that th…