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.
Primary Project Personnel Include:
For questions related to the project, please contact Dr. Chris Merrill at 309-438-7862.
In addition to a variety of electronic and print-based resources, Illinois Career and Technical Education Innovative Curriculum Resources Project has an external link to MyCaert. MyCaert provides teachers with an integrated online system to Plan, Document, Deliver, and Assess Career & Technical Education instruction. It not only allows access to a complete selection of instructional components, but also serves as a classroom organizational and management tool. Whether used separately or as a complete system, our four instructional components provide teachers with an easy-to-use set of tools. Please note that you will need a login and password for MyCaert, which are attainable from the website.
The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006 [20 U.S.C. 2301 et. seq.], referred to as the Perkins Act, was established for the purpose of developing more fully the academic and career and technical skills of secondary education students who elect to enroll in career and technical education programs. Section 124 of the Perkins Act specifically authorizes ISBE to conduct state leadership activities with allocated federal funds to provide support for career and technical education programs that improve the academic and career and technical skills of students through the integration of academics with career and technical education, professional development, and technical assistance.
Further, the Vocational Education Act [105 ILCS 435/1] establishes ISBE as the agency responsible for career and technical education and requires that it cooperate with the federal government in the administration of the provisions of the federal career and technical education law (i.e., the Perkins Act).