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.
October 7–9, 2020
ACTE Best Practices and Innovations Conference
Virtual event | Oct. 7–9, 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 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 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.
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.
December 1–2, 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. This conference is coordinated by the Association for Career and Technical Education Research (ACTER) and meets in conjunction with the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) CareerTech VISION 2020 (see above).
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.
Dec. 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.
Dec. 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.
Nov. 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.
Nov. 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.