Free Professional Development on Project-Based Learning

Want to learn more about Project-Based Learning? 
Would you like some free professional development? 
We'll come to YOU!

CTE Online provides a limited number of professional development trainings each year to requesting schools, districts and CTE centers in California

Our trainings focus on Project-Based Learning and what makes it such a great fit for the CTE Standards. Then, we explore how to find, save and copy PBL projects, standards-based lessons and even model course outlines on the CTE Online site. Our typical training lasts three hours.

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Note: Unfortunately, this amazing school bus food truck is not how we arrive at your school. But we can dream.

Results from our Brief Survey

For about three weeks starting on December 20th, 2017, we presented users with a very brief three-question survey that "popped up" when you signed in to your account in CTE Online. We created it to get a sense of the types of educators who are using the site and what they are looking for.

Here are the results.

Question 1 asked, "What are you here for today?" Not surprisingly, most of the respondents (about 66%) were looking for lesson plans or projects.

Question 2 attempted to dig a little deeper into the type of educators who were stopping by. Again, as we suspected for a curriculum sharing site, most respondents (a little over 80%) were using the site in their role as a teacher.

Finally, in Question 3, we hoped to get a sense of the types of resources educators were looking for. Here, things got a little more interesting! Taking out those users who were on the site as part of a project (such as a CTE Online Institute or Pathways Project), 15% were looking for AME …

Who's Getting Away? The Science Behind Forensics

While watching an episode of a CSI type show or reading a crime novel, one can't help but wonder if the "science" being used is, well, truly scientific!

While we can't vouch for the methods of TV crime fighters, the fact remains that the knowledge and use of scientific methods are critical to solving crime.

In this STEM Integrated project "Who's Getting Away? Finding a Pattern using Forensics," students will investigate a hit and run accident and explore the scientific principles behind the forensic techniques that are used to solve a crime. When the students reach the culminating lesson, they will be challenged with assembling all of the evidence that they have gleaned alone the way so that an overall pattern of criminal activity can be demonstrated and the suspect identified.

CTE Public Service Lessons:
Investigating a hit and run accident, investigators develop a description of the suspect of the suspect based on physical evidence. The next lesson sta…

Getting a Job: Expectations vs. Reality

Do you remember getting your first job? 

Did it match your expectations of what working would actually be like?

The workplace can sometimes present new situations that are difficult to navigate, especially for an inexperienced younger person. A boss that compliments you on what you're wearing...a lot. An attitude that safety is over-rated. Unspoken rules that go against what you've been taught.

How can we help our students prepare for the sometimes confusing "real world" of work? 

In the project "Pre-Job Skills Training," students will explore situations they may encounter and how to handle them. They will then use what they've learned to create a "Job Handbook."

Lessons in this project focus on Sexual Harassment, Workplace Safety and Theft and Loss Prevention.
Lesson 1: Sexual Harassment This lesson plan will educate students on the laws of sexual harassment and differentiate between the two types: "quid pro quo" and "hostile wor…

Who Needs an Environmental Impact Report?

Assessing any given environment is incredibly important as we cannot always see what's truly there. Developing an Environmental Impact Report allows us analyze many components of a site (even the things that we cannot see) before we start a construction project.

In the PBL Project "Developing an Environmental Impact Report," students will learn how to develop an Environmental Impact Report for a given site. Students will test the soil quality, observe natural surroundings, identify wildlife currently living at the site, learn about the public policy of building construction and inform the community and city officials of the impacts before we place "that" there.

This project is brought to you by Danaelle Arroyo with support from the CTE Online curriculum leadership team and detailed coordination provided by Team Lead Laura Gallardo.

What are you waiting for? Go check out this project and thousands more lesson plans, all created by teachers, for teachers. All for …

Exploring Robotics

When you imagine a robot, you might picture something a little...futuristic. But robots are already hard at work in ways we might not imagine: preparing our Amazon packages, detonating explosives and even exploring other planets.

In the PBL Project "How Do I Prepare for a Career in Robotics?" students will explore the past, present and future of robotic technology to determine if they could succeed in this emerging Career.

Lesson 1: Focuses on developing an appreciation of the strides made in Technology and Robotics.Lesson 2: Introduces students to current technology, on Earth, below the seas, and in Space: The Final Frontier. Each activity will focus on Robotic Technology and how it is used.Lesson 3: Continues the "Journey of Discovery" to understand education, training and certifications needed to land their dream job in the Robotics Industry.Lesson 4 and The Culmination Activity will have students demonstrate their Robotics knowledge by 'pitching' a Robot…

How Sweet It Is: Cultivating Apples!

Sweet, sour, bitter, bland, juicy, crisp, soft, mushy.

These are all adjectives that can be used to describe apples! But how did we get so many types of this fruit, and how can we (gasp) make even more?

In the PBL Project "Grafting Apple Trees," students will learn about the value and importance of apple cultivation. Students will learn how to make different grafts and will graft apple trees as a final project. Apples are the easiest of apples to graft, though most fruits can be easily grafted.

Lessons in this agriculture lesson include:

Lesson 1- Sample apple varieties and learn where apple cultivation originated.
Lesson 2- Learn the different types of grafts
Lesson 3- Practice grafting
Lesson 4- Graft apple scions to apple trees

This project is brought to you by Deborah Hughes with support from the CTE Online curriculum leadership team and detailed coordination provided by Team Lead Laura Gallardo.

What are you waiting for? Go check out this project and thousands more lesso…