REL Midwest Public Television Event Focuses on STEM Disciplines

What do high-quality career and technical education (CTE) programs look like, and how can incorporating rigorous science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) content into CTE programs help guide students into STEM-focused careers?

To find out, watch New Pathways to STEM-Focused Careers, a REL Midwest Making Connections event produced with Twin Cities Public Television in St. Paul, Minnesota. The event was taped with a studio audience in October and is now archived online.

In this one-hour program, Paul Asunda, Ph.D., associate professor at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, discusses his research addressing CTE instructional methods and how to incorporate a STEM curriculum and encourage STEM literacy. Dan Smith, CTE supervisor at the Minnesota Department of Education, discusses Minnesota’s approach to building a CTE system that incorporates strong STEM instruction. Rounding out the conversation is Mike Sandell, a teacher in the Department of Industrial Technology at Chisago Lakes Schools. Megan Sambolt, a researcher at American Institutes for Research and team lead for knowledge development at the College and Career Readiness and Success Center, serves as moderator.

Viewers will hear about the role of state and local standards in implementing high-quality CTE programs and about strategies that states and districts are using to improve STEM education. 

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