School Engagement and Academic Integration

The School Engagement Team focuses on Academic Integration and Professional Development for Teachers.

The overarching goal of Academic Integration is to ensure that all CTE schools develop systems to align CTE content with college and career readiness benchmarks (Next Generation Learning Standards alignment, Academic Programming, Academic and Personal Behaviors, and College and Career Access). Our vision is to better equip teachers to deliver instruction that aligns literacy, numeracy, the sciences and career training necessary for college and career success. We also want every school to have equal access to resources to build their programs and partnerships that foster career alignment between learning outcomes and industry demand.

Many high school graduates lack the exposure to learning that links their studies in the classroom to future college and career pathways, especially in the critically important fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The Academic Integration Initiative aims to bridge the gap between the graduation rate and low college readiness by facilitating the integration of CTE and academic coursework in schools by training teachers to develop integrated curriculum and by promoting high-quality project-based learning (PBL) practices in academic classes.

The School Engagement Team leads the Professional Development Sessions offered on Chancellor’s Professional Development Days throughout the year.