January 12–13, 2021
Virginia ACTE Professional Development and Leadership Seminar
Hosted by the Virginia affiliate of our network partner ACTE, this seminar will explore challenges, successes, and strategies for delivering career and technical education in different learning platforms. Breakout sessions will highlight successful best practices and programs related to distance learning, student engagement, work-based learning, credentialing and licensure, career counseling, lab safety and protocol during COVID-19, advocacy, and more. Learn More
January 27–28, 2021
American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Workforce Development Institute
This year's AACC Workforce Development Institute theme is "Adjusting Through Adversity." Learn More
February 22–26, 2021
ACTE National Policy Seminar
Join career and technical education professionals from across the nation to engage virtually on key policy topics related to the 117th Congress, the Biden Administration, outlook and news from Members of Congress working on CTE issues for key committees, best practices in influencing federal policy related to CTE advocacy and messaging, and virtual Hill and school visits. This event is hosted by our network partner ACTE. Learn More
April 1–2, 2021
Oregon CTE Conference: Virtual Vortex to the Future
Hosted by the Oregon affiliate of our network partner ACTE, this conference will feature sessions related to Perkins V, work-based learning, classroom management, attracting the non-trade CTE student, community college CTE administration, and district CTE administration. Learn More
November 30–December 4, 2020
Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) CareerTech VISION 2020
Hosted by our network partner ACTE, CareerTech VISION is an annual event for CTE professionals that offers hundreds of sessions on high-quality CTE as well as creative networking opportunities. This year's virtual conference will highlight innovative CTE programs that have emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn More
- December 2 (4:30–5:30 p.m. Eastern Time)
Session: Bridging the School-to-Work Divide with P-TECH
P-TECH schools are 6-year high schools that allow students to earn a high school diploma and an applied associate degree at the same time, while being partnered with an industry sponsor who provides work-based learning experiences for students. In this session, MDRC will present interim findings from its evaluation of seven of NYC’s P-TECH 9–14 schools. Come learn how these innovative schools are supporting students from lower income communities in achieving academic success through high school and keeping them on track for postsecondary success.
- December 3 (4:30–5:30 p.m. Eastern Time)
Session: Connecting Practitioners and Researchers to Study the Impact of CTE
What do we know about how CTE impacts students? The CTE Research Network is expanding the evidence base on CTE with five large-scale studies focusing on CTE’s causal effects. We will summarize the research evidence and describe the ongoing studies, which address Connecticut’s CTE high schools, New York City’s CTE landscape, CTE-focused dual enrollment in North Carolina, P-TECH 9–14 schools, and more. We are also working to bring researchers and practitioners together to better collaborate and communicate on research. Bring your questions and share your views on the field’s research needs! See the recording of the presentation.
- December 4 (4:30–5:30 p.m. Eastern Time)
Session: CTE Research Network Practitioner Training Modules: Free Resources to Better Understand and Use CTE Data and Research
This fall, the CTE Research Network launched a series of six self-guided training modules to help administrators become research-savvy. Designed for CTE practitioners and state department of education staff, these courses will strengthen your capacity to access, conduct, understand, and use CTE research. Join us to learn more about using data and research to inform decision-making and support continuous improvement efforts. This one-hour session will provide an overview of the modules and information on freely accessing and using them. See the recording of the presentation.
December 1, 2020
Informing Improvements to Career and Technical Education Programs
Webinar (3:00–4:30 p.m. Eastern Time / 2:00–3:30 p.m. Central Time)
During this unusual start to the school year, district leaders, researchers, and other educators can benefit from additional resources and tools to implement high-quality CTE programs. This free webinar will share real-world examples from three Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) studies that used participant data to inform CTE program improvements. Hosted by REL Appalachia, REL Northwest, and REL Southwest, the webinar will discuss what can be gained by examining CTE data (including tracking postsecondary outcomes of CTE participants) and provide examples of how states and districts across the country are using data to inform improvements to their CTE programs. Learn More and Register
November 30–December 1, 2020
Career and Technical Education Research and Professional Development Conference
The CTE Research and Professional Development Conference is the foremost peer-reviewed conference for CTE researchers and academic professionals. The Association for Career and Technical Education Research (ACTER) hosts the conference in conjunction with the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) CareerTech VISION 2020 (see below). Learn More
November 11–13, 2020
Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM) Fall Conference
The APPAM 2020 Fall Research Conference presents research on current and emerging policy and management issues, and this year's theme is "Research Across the Policy Lifecycle: Formulation, Implementation, Evaluation and Back Again." The fully online conference will enable participants to communicate across platforms, connect, network, and provide feedback in an innovative format. Learn More
October 29, 2020
Demystifying ‘Causal Impact’ Research and Understanding Why It Is Important to CTE
The CTE Research Network seeks to expand the evidence base on the impact of CTE programs on student outcomes, and is working to implement more rigorous research—studies designed to show a causal impact—to meet that goal. But what is “causal impact” and what do CTE educators need to know related to the topic? This webinar will feature an introduction to the CTE Research Network, an overview of its goals and activities, and a discussion with several leading researchers about the value of causal impact and other research methodologies.
October 15–16, 2020
National Career Pathways Network Conference
This virtual conference features keynote speakers, presentations, expert panels, and a wide range of asynchronous breakout sessions on a range of topics related to CTE, Career Pathways, and workforce development initiatives.
October 9, 2020
CTE Research Network Practitioner Training Modules: Free Resources to Better Understand and Use CTE Data and Research Institute
ACTE Best Practices and Innovations Conference | Virtual event | 1:00–1:30 p.m. ET
This virtual conference session provides an overview of the CTE Research Network's new Practitioner Training Modules. These seven online modules, which are available free of charge, are designed to build the capacity of state and district CTE policymakers and practitioners to use data and research to inform decision-making and support continuous improvement efforts. Session participants will learn how to access and use the modules. Presenters: Katherine Hughes, Ph.D., CTE Research Network Director and Principal Investigator, American Institutes for Research (AIR); Marjorie Cohen, Senior TA Consultant, AIR.
October 8–9, 2020
ACTE Best Practices and Innovations Conference
Virtual event | Oct. 8–9, 2020
This virtual conference co-hosted by the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) and the NCLA focuses on professional development for administrators of both secondary and postsecondary career and technical education programs and institutions.
October 7–8, 2020
National Council for Workforce Education (NCWE) Conference
This virtual conference features keynote speakers, panels, and more than 60 workshops on topics related to workforce education, including issues of equity and challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
August 17–21, 2020
2020 Career and Technical Education Research Training Institute
Apply now for our 2020 CTE Research Training Institute. We are seeking researchers with quantitative research experience and a demonstrated interest in CTE research. During the intensive five-day training, researchers will learn to plan and conduct high-quality impact studies of CTE programs, practices, and policies. Attendance is free. Applications close June 30, 2020.
June 29–July 1, 2020
National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) Forum
The 2020 NAWB Forum provides an opportunity for researchers, practitioners, and policymakers to discuss the future of workforce development with special attention to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which is set to expire in 2020.
June 8–11, 2020
JFF Horizons Conference
This conference hosted by JFF, a CTE Research Network partner, brings together practitioners and policymakers from the fields of K–12 and postsecondary education to discuss the future of education and the workforce.
March 29–April 1, 2020
ACTE National Policy Seminar – Seminar canceled
This national seminar explores topics related to CTE policy, advocacy, and impact.
March 13, 2020
Building Causal Evidence for CTE – Conference canceled
Society for Research on Educational Excellence (SREE) Spring 2020 Conference
Arlington, VA (2:45–4:15 p.m. ET)
This conference session will feature three CTE Research Network projects:
- An Early Look at the Factors Driving Variation in CTE Program Impacts
James Kemple, New York University; Rebecca Unterman, MDRC; and Shaun Dougherty, Vanderbilt University
- The P-TECH Model of Schools: High School Impacts from the NYC P-TECH Experience
Rachel Rosen, MDRC; Crystal Byndloss, MDRC; and Leigh Parise, MDRC
- The Effects of Career and Technical Education: Evidence from the Connecticut Technical High School System
Eric J. Brunner, University of Connecticut; Shaun Dougherty, Vanderbilt University; and Stephen Ross, University of Connecticut
Julie Edmunds, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Braden Goetz, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, will facilitate discussion. Corinne Alfeld, the CTE Research Network's program officer at the Institute of Education Sciences, serves as the session organizer.
March 12, 2020
Connecting Practitioners and Researchers to Study the Impact of CTE – Session canceled
ACTE Region 1 Conference
New York City, NY (2:30–3:20 p.m. ET)
Come hear the latest findings on CTE’s effectiveness, share your views on the field’s research needs, and engage with us around ideas for future research and collaboration. Katherine Hughes, director of the CTE Research Network, and Crystal Byndloss, senior associate of the K–12 Education Policy Area and director of Outreach, Diversity, and Inclusion at MDRC, will present.
December 5, 2019
Overview of the CTE Research Network
Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) CareerTech VISION 2019
Join us at ACTE CareerTech VISION 2019 (Dec. 4–7) for a CTE Research Network session designed to spark dialogue among researchers and practitioners. Hosted by network partner ACTE, CareerTech VISION is an annual event for CTE professionals that offers hundreds of sessions on high-quality CTE, an Expo featuring exhibitor workshops, and more.
December 3, 2019
Conference Opening Address
Association for Career and Technical Education Research (ACTER) CTE Research and Professional Development Conference
Shaun Dougherty, Ed.D, our network's co-principal investigator, presents the opening address and an overview of the network at the evening reception of ACTER’s CTE Conference (Dec. 3–4). This conference for CTE researchers and practitioners is held in conjunction with ACTE CareerTech VISION 2019.
November 9, 2019
Panel Presentation on CTE Student Outcomes
Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) Fall Research Conference
Our network's Vanderbilt and University of Connecticut research team presents its study on the effects of the Connecticut Technical High School System as part of the "Innovations in CTE Policies and Their Impacts on Student Outcomes" panel at APPAM's fall conference (Nov. 7–9). This annual conference focuses on current and emerging policy and management issues.
November 6, 2019
Can Career and Technical Education Improve Student Outcomes?
High schools have experienced a resurgence of interest in career and technical education (CTE), yet questions about the effects of CTE remain. How can CTE programs better adapt to the demands of changing job markets? How can CTE policies provide better opportunities to disadvantaged populations? In this webinar, Shaun Dougherty, Ed.D, associate professor of Public Policy and Education at Vanderbilt University and co-principal investigator of the CTE Research Network, discusses the evidence on these and other issues. Hosted by the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.