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2,500+ Educators Attend Virtual 2020 Institute for CTE Educators

Thursday, July 30, 2020 | 04:40pm

Thursday, July 30, 2020  

MEDIA CONTACT: Victoria Robinson 



2,500+ Educators Attend Virtual 2020 Institute for CTE Educators

Recorded Sessions Remain Available for PD, TASL Credit

NASHVILLE, TN— Last week, over 2,500 educators participated in the Tennessee Department of Education’s 2020 Institute for Career and Technical Education. The Institute was free, virtual, and had a record number of attendees. 

During the week of July 20-24, this first-ever virtual Institute for CTE Educators included more than 100 pre-recorded and live interactive sessions from presenters nationwide. The over 2,500 attendees included CTE educators, administrators, counselors, as well as teachers with an interest in career and technical education from across the state. 

"I am thrilled that over 2,500 educators from across the state participated in the fully virtual 2020 Institute for CTE Educators,” said Commissioner Penny Schwinn. “This overwhelming response—even in the midst of a pandemic— highlights Tennessee’s commitment to ensuring our students are workforce ready and prepared for postsecondary success, regardless of what path they choose. We are grateful for every presenter, educator and industry partner who pushed forward to make this event a success.” 
The virtual conference allowed for more flexibility in session offerings and greater accessibility for participants, with over 3,000 views of the general session from across the state.  

The pre-recorded, live, and interactive sessions included content presentations on programs of study, virtual tours to highlight various industries, and networking to provide informal discussion around a specific topic, standard, best practice, or project. Throughout the week, sessions were well attended, some with over 500 attendees, which include: 

  • Work-Based Learning: A Roadmap to Your Semester Using Online Techniques 
  • The New Normal – Digital Learning Experience 
  • Google Classroom for Beginners 
  • Projects, Competitions, Classroom…CTSOs: How? When? Why? 
  • Resilience Can Be Taught: 10 Strategies Proven to Motivate Any Student 

The virtual conference website and on-demand sessions will remain available through July 20, 2021. The recorded sessions are also available for professional development and TASL credit through August 9. For additional information on how to receive credit, click here

Attendees provided positive feedback and comments about the 100+ sessions throughout the week, including: 

"This session has been one of my favorites. I believe it could be very useful for the whole school environment."

"Thank you for your time! I love the idea of stations. I will definitely be incorporating this into my classroom."

"THIS "RESILIENCE" session is one of the BEST ones I've "Attended" in 30+ years!!"

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