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A look at career and technical education

The Notebook's complete, annual fall guide to high schools is due out next week, and this one has a new focus.

Photo: Charles Mostoller

This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.

The Notebook’s fall guide to high schools comes out next week — on Friday, Sept. 4. As usual, the guide will include profiles of District and charter high schools (88 in total), as well as data on how students are performing in District and charter schools.

For the first time, we have focused our attention on career and technical education programs and prepared a special package of stories exploring CTE in the District.

One of the stories in this package will provide an overview that explains CTE and the pathways to earning CTE certification. In that piece, we take a look at the basics of CTE, how well the programs are working, and what needs to be improved.

In another piece, we tell the stories of former students who graduated from CTE programs, such as Randolph’s Culinary Arts and Northeast’s Applied Visual and Interactive Design, and who have found success in their chosen fields. Some of the student success stories are now available online.

Other pieces include an FAQ about career and technical education, as well as a more general section of frequently asked questions that, each year, gives parents and students the information they need to navigate the high school selection process.

For this year’s fall guide, the Notebook will also have a number of online stories that are specific to CTE, including a story about Ben Franklin High School’s Advanced Manufacturing program and profiles of several CTE teachers. All of them provide their perspectives about the pathways for teachers in CTE and the obstacles they face delivering this type of instruction.

Be sure to pick up a copy of the fall guide. Our deliveries being on Friday, Sept. 4. Or become a member – and get your copy in the mail.

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