Robert Bell, Principal
David Stephen, President; Brad Morgan, Principal Essex Technical High School
Perkins Eastman, New Vista Design
Domains: Learning, Context, Process, Toolbox
Course Level: Intermediate
Learning Units: 1.5 LU/HSW
Sunday, October 29, 2017 @ 8:30 am
Once thought of as obsolescent, Career and Technical Education (CTE) is experiencing a resurgence in the 21st Century. And, in contrast to the general perception of CTE as exclusively a direct pathway to employment, over 75% of students served by these schools in Massachusetts, as an example, are headed to post-secondary education. Evidence shows that students excel in settings that emphasize Project-Based Learning (PBL) and offer a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)-infused curriculum and, that the skills learned in CTE programs help students become life-long learners. Participants will explore how these parallel pedagogies were envisioned, prioritized and planned into the Essex Technical High School, a level-1 high performing school in Massachusetts, creating a flexible and collaborative environment that encourages student success. The school features an innovative hybrid program derived from the combination of a technical school and an agricultural school that were merged into a single new school of themed academies. The school offers professional-quality, hands-on learning environments that encourage students to become active participants in their education and incorporates a number of inventive strategies for day to day and long term flexibility and adaptability. Attendees will take part in a workshop-style format that will be used to examine 21st Century Learning Skills, engage participants in developing CTE Learning Goals and align them with Design Patterns that will be prioritized. We will observe the group's work and compare the priorities with those that were identified in the Visioning and Planning of Essex Tech.