The mission of the Illinois Career and Technical Education Innovative Curriculum Resources Project headed by Illinois State University and funded by the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006, is to facilitate and coordinate Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs in public, secondary schools in Illinois related to (a) Business, Marketing, and Computer Education, (b) Family and Consumer Sciences, (c) Health Sciences Technology, and (d) Technology and Engineering Education. To fulfill the mission of the project, the Illinois Career and Technical Education Innovative Curriculum Resources Project personnel will focus on providing current, relevant, and innovative professional development, technical assistance, and resources to secondary CTE teachers and programs. Additionally, resources will be developed for career counselors to assist students with career exploration and preparation, as well as development of individual career plans for CTE students. To specifically fulfill the mission of the project, the Illinois Career and Technical Education Innovative Curriculum Resources Project personnel will (a) provide state-wide coordination of Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, career awareness and development initiatives through the creation and dissemination of on-line activities and lesson plans relating to career exploration, career decision making, and career guidance; (b) assist in bridging the gap between employers and the educational field by researching strategies to improve communication and collaborative efforts within and between EFE Directors, CTE teachers, career counselors, post-secondary institutions, and workforce advisory boards; (c) provide innovative, research-based, curricular resources through various activities and evaluative techniques; and (d) undertake a process to review existing CTE curriculum materials, help in the dissemination of curriculum materials, provide professional development based, and develop ancillary materials to help support the curriculum materials for Illinois CTE professionals, institutions, and workforce advisory boards.
We welcome input from you as teachers in the field in the form of comments and suggestions, a well as materials that you are willing to share.