VersoCurriculum Moving to Canvas in 2022

Virginia's CTE curriculum is being migrated to the Canvas platform and will be available for teacher use in the 2022–2023 school year. 

Sign up today for the Canvas Countdown training course and get ready!

Steven Sproles of Virtual Virginia will be facilitating a cohort of CTE teachers through a free, virtual, self-paced Canvas Countdown training, beginning in October 2021.

The course covers Canvas course management through user preferences, file management, and course settings. Participants will customize course homepages and use the rich content editor to enhance assignments, discussions, and quizzes. Additional resources provided will meet the needs of all levels of learner within this self-paced course.

Get a head start and join the Canvas Countdown today! Questions about the Canvas Countdown course? Contact Steven Sproles.

Curriculum Posted for 2021–2022 School Year

Virginia’s CTE curriculum frameworks, student competency records (SCR), course sequence lists, and credentialing information are available for the coming school year here and through the Verso tab above. Frameworks are again provided in PDF, and the SCRs are available as Word and Excel files. CTE Resource Center staff have begun the process of moving our resources into Canvas, and next year’s (2022–2023) curriculum will be provided through that platform. Look for additional information and training opportunities in the coming months.

Experience Works: A Convening of Business Leaders and Educators

On June 16 and 17, Business and industry representatives and educators focused on building positive work-based learning (WBL) experiences for CTE students throughout the Commonwealth. Highlights included an exhibitors showcase, concurrent sessions featuring best practices to establish and expand business partnerships for the WBL instructional methods, career opportunities for WBL experiences, and a review of the revisions to the WBL Guide. Recordings of the opening and closing sessions, the exhibitors showcase, and workshops on the Experience Works webpage. Browse the sessions in the Experience Works program.

Creating Excellence Awards Announced

The Virginia Department of Education and the Virginia Community College System honored 10 exemplary Career and Technical Education programs and partnerships during the 2021 Creating Excellence Awards program. Watch the video.

Are You Ready for Career Success?

The Virginia Department of Education has transformed the popular R U Ready? magazine into a collection of videos. Career Success Stars features students in the 16 Career Clusters who completed CTE courses in Virginia high schools and have found successful careers in their fields.

Work-Based Learning Resources Available

During each CTE professional association summer institute, the Virginia Department of Education Work-Based Learning (WBL) Specialists focused on disseminating a consistent message, “Implementing High-Quality Work-Based Learning.” Highlights of the session provided participants with tools necessary to answer the following questions: What is High-Quality WBL? Why is High-Quality WBL important? and How can we implement High-Quality WBL? To assist WBL Coordinators/Teachers with implementing High-Quality WBL, all program area sessions, an overview WBL video, and a modifiable powerpoint presentation and script that may be used throughout the school year are available. Access recordings of each tailored program area session and the general WBL video, along with the WBL Calendar and Calculator Template for recording WBL wages and hours.

Report on Virginia’s Maritime Industry Released

Virginia is a leader in the maritime industry, with the greatest number and highest concentration of private shipbuilding and repair jobs in the United States. Virginia is also the largest seafood producer on the East Coast and the third largest in the nation. This report by the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia illuminates Virginia’s complex maritime industry by breaking it down into its component sectors and subsectors. Find the report here.

State CTE Conferences Go Virtual

The Virginia Department of Education, the Virginia Association of Career and Technical Administrators, the Southern Regional Education Board, and the Virginia Board of Nursing offered online workshops for CTE educators this summer in lieu of conferences. Find webinar recordings and presentations here.

CTE Program Area Updates

The staff of the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education provided their fall updates online. Find presentations and recordings here.