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Free resources for teachers and trainers
Publications from the Resource Center
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Major Milestones of Career & Technology Education in Oklahoma
This PowerPoint presentation covers the history of CareerTech in Oklahoma from 1917 to the present. Download Major Milestones of Career & Technology Education in Oklahoma.
Quotes for Leaders and Thinkers
This PowerPoint presentation includes 75 quotes about motivation, wisdom, education, success, and other topics. The presentation is set up to play continuously once it is started. Ideal for the time before a meeting begins, the breaks between meeting sessions, or during a networking period. May also be used with students as a bell-ringer activity by asking students to choose a quote and explain what it means to them. Download Quotes for Leaders and Thinkers.
Checklist for Ensuring Accessibility of Learning Materials
Since no two people are the same, it is essential that instructional materials accommodate a potentially diverse group of learners. Accessibility relates to electronic media, as well as physical facilities. When used in combination with Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles in instructional design, these guidelines can improve the learning experience for everyone. Download Checklist for Ensuring Accessibility of Learning Materials (PDF version or Word version). More resources are also available on our ctYOU site (no login required).
Understanding Adult Learners
Teaching adults can be an exciting and fun opportunity. Most adults are in the classroom because they want to learn what you have to teach. These learners are very different from younger learners, and this document will help you better understand the multiple aspects that influence their learning. Download Understanding Adult Learners
Managing the Instructional Environment
This unit covers techniques for different teaching settings, active learning, and effective classroom management techniques. Download Managing the Instructional Environment
Orientation Template for New Teachers
This handy fillable PDF provides an easy way to give new teachers all of the contact information they need in one place. Please note that you will need to download the file to your hard drive before entering your information. Download Orientation Template for New Teachers
Quotations for Leaders and Thinkers
One hundred quotes for uses in presentations and other communications, or simply for personal reflection. Download Quotations for Leaders and Thinkers
Thoughtful Quotations Table Tents
Overview of Competency-Based Curriculum Essentials Powerpoint
This Powerpoint provides an overview of the essential components of competency-based curriculum. Download Overview of Competency-Based Curriculum Essentials
Facilitating Adult Learning Powerpoint
This Powerpoint provides techniques and tips for instructors working with adult learners. Download Facilitating Adult Learning
App Evaluation Rubric
This rubric helps you evaluate apps for use in the classroom. Download App Evaluation Rubric
Students can use this template to create storyboards for videos and other projects. Download Storyboard Template
Maximizing Career Fairs
This handout helps job seekers maximize their career fair experience by providing guidelines for what to do before, during, and after the event. Download Maximizing Career Fairs
Basic Math Skills Supplement
This supplement provides instruction and worksheets on terms and symbols; adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing of whole numbers, fractions, and decimals; reducing fractions, converting fractions and decimals, using percentages, and converting English-Metric measurements. Download Basic Math Skills Supplement
60 Formative Assessment Strategies
Assessment and instruction go hand in hand in a classroom that focuses on the student. Teachers need to use a variety of different strategies to assess student readiness for a particular unit of study and to plan their instruction around the needs the students demonstrate. Ongoing assessment of student learning is an important part of the planning process. There are three main types of assessment: pre-assessment, formative assessment, and summative assessment. This booklet focuses on strategies that teachers can use to formatively assess their students. Download 60 Formative Assessment Strategies
This unit of instruction covers researching and preparing informative and persuasive presentations. Download Creating Presentations
This unit of instruction provides guidelines for presenting speeches, tool-based presentations, and extemporaneous speaking; discusses the difference between paralanguage and body language; and gives techniques for question-and-answer sessions. Download Delivering Presentations
Copyright and Fair Use Information for Educators
General guidelines for using copyrighted material in the classroom. Download Copyright and Fair Use Information for Educators
A-Z Review is a tool you can use in the classroom to reinforce learning. Students identify key words related to their recent learning. This can be used as an individual or group activity. Download A-Z Review
Curriculum Review Rubric
A quick and easy visual guide to help determine if curriculum meets your needs. Download Curriculum Review Rubric
Rubrics to grade various student projects.
A tool to help you evaluate students' use of creativity skills, such as generating multiple ideas, building on existing ideas, and visualizing outcomes. Download Creativity Rubric
A Recipe for Achievement Using Competency Based Instruction
A handy way to assemble the ingredients of competency-based instruction to improve achievement by learners and teachers. Download A Recipe for Achievement Using Competency Based Instruction
An activity sheet to help students think about possible careers. Download Career Worksheet
Fifty Ways to Lead Bookmark
Based on our popular poster, these printable bookmarks list fifty ways to lead through everyday actions. Four different designs, set up to print front-to-back, are available. Download Fifty Ways to Lead Bookmark
These Entrance tickets can be used to begin the day and assist students in setting goals for their instruction. The Exit tickets recap what students learned during the class and provide a way to clarify learning. They summarize learning and allow questioning and clarification for enhanced learning. Download Entrance/Exit Tickets
Deciding Between Focus Groups and In-depth Interviews
This tool helps you decide when a focus group is appropriate, and when an in-depth interview is a better choice. Download Deciding Between Focus Groups and In-depth Interviews.
Useful tools for organizing and conducting focus groups, including identifying and handling various personality types. Download Organizing and Conducting Focus Groups
Guidelines for the eight major tasks of the person conducting an interview. Download Conducting Interviews.
Creating Effective Graphics
Guidelines and tips for creating effective graphs, charts, illustrations, and photos. Download Creating Effective Graphics
This blank form (with a completed example form) helps organize the tasks and steps involved in a skill demonstration and record your evaluation of the students' performance. Download Using a Worksheet to Evaluate Skill Demonstrations After Training
Grant Decision-Making Matrix
"Did You Know" Bell Ringer PowerPoints for FACS
What is "cheddaring?" Where does saffron come from? Who declared tomatoes a vegetable? These free PowerPoints are full of fun and interesting facts related to Family and Consumer Sciences courses. The shows are set to run automatically and loop continuously.
Download "Did You Know" for FACS, #1
Download "Did You Know" for FACS, #2
All posters are 18"X24" unless otherwise indicated. To print on smaller paper, choose the "fit" option from your print menu.
- Eight Types of Waste Poster - How to be alert to waste and what you can do about it.
- Steps for Successful Succession Planning - How to make sure you don't lose critical knowledge and skills.
- Competence is the Best Credential - Three different posters showcase Agricultural Education, Customer Service, and Welding.
- Eight-Step Problem Solving Process - These free 14" X 18" printables in four different styles help lead you through the eight steps of the problem-solving process.
- Career Cluster posters - A set of 8.5" X 11" posters that illustrate each of the sixteen career cluster.s
- Ten Keys to a Career in Law Enforcement - Developed in cooperation with the National Partnership for Careers in Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security, this poster lists activities and behaviors that will keep you on track for a career in law enforcement.
- Keys to Employability - List of skills and behaviors you need to succeed on the job; four different styles.
- Prevent Resident Abuse and Neglect - Examples of abuse and neglect; for long-term care providers and those who train caregivers.
- Fifty Ways to Lead - A free version of our popular poster, this lists 50 everyday actions that set an example.
- Language Arts - Explain adjectives, adverbs, linking sentences in a paragraph, common root words, plot outline, and singular/plural subject/verb agreement.
- Writing Transitions - A handy list of transition phrases to use when writing.
- Build a Bridge - Encourage students to overcome obstacles. Two different versions are available: maze poster and dog poster.
- Top Ten Mistakes Made on Resumes - Mistakes commonly made on resumes from recent college graduates.
Curriculum and Tutorials
Learning Activity Packet: General Safety, Lean Production and Problem
In this learning activity packet, learners will become familiar with the factors that affect safety in the workplace, identify common items of personal protective equipment, recognize ways to improve fire safety, explain how safety relates to specific categories of hazard, apply the safety color code, state rules for using tools safely, learn a basic process for solving problems, define lean production principles, and learn basic terminology.
This full-color unit of instruction includes the following objectives:
- Identify causes of communication problems.
- Recall the differences between passive, assertive, aggressive, and passive aggressive individuals.
- Recall ways to communicate messages more effectively.
- Select ways to communicate positive attitudes.
- Identify appropriate ways to communicate negative feelings.
- Indicate ways to be tactful.
- Match listening skills to their descriptions.
- Distinguish between positive and negative forms of nonverbal communications.
- Describe ways to communicate directions.
- Summarize practices to follow when texting or emailing.
ctYOU.org's Moodle and H5P Training Packets
Download CareerTech's FREE Moodle training packets that provide step-by-step instructions on how to design and implement your own Moodle course (updated to the current version of ctYOU.org). Lessons include Moodle Course Setup, Moodle Enrollment and Grading, Moodle Collaborative Features, Moodle Student Input Features, Moodle Content Enhancement, and H5P Content Types.
Math Series: Measurement
These units of instruction cover the essentials of measuring lengths and distances, time and temperature, and weight and volume.
Measuring Lengths and Distances
Objectives in this unit include:
- Identify the units used to measure lengths and distances.
- State the abbreviations of units used to measure lengths and distances.
- Identify the divisions of a ruler.
- Explain how to read a ruler.
- State the steps for measuring an object with a ruler.
- Determine lengths by using a ruler. (Assignment Sheet 1)
- Explain how to read a metric ruler.
- State the steps for measuring an object with a metric ruler.
- Determine lengths by using a metric ruler. (Assignment Sheet 2)
- Convert units of length and distance between the metric and English systems (Assignment Sheet 3)
- Explain how to convert units of length and distance between larger and smaller units.
- Convert units of measurement. (Assignment Sheet 4)
- State principles for adding and subtracting units of length and distance.
- Calculate measurements of length and distance using addition and subtraction. (Assignment Sheet 5)
Measuring Time and Temperature
Objectives in this unit include:
- Identify the units used to measure time.
- List the abbreviations of units used to measure time.
- Explain the basic elements of a calendar.
- Explain how to read an analog clock.
- State the steps for telling time.
- Determine the time using an analog clock. (Assignment Sheet 1)
- Distinguish between the 12-hour clock and the 24-hour clock.
- Interpret the time using a 24-hour clock. (Assignment Sheet 2)
- Explain world time zones.
- Calculate time around the world. (Assignment Sheet 3)
- Identify the time zones in the continental United States.
- Calculate time in the United States. (Assignment Sheet 4)
- Explain how to convert units of time between larger and smaller units.
- Convert units of time. (Assignment Sheet 5)
- State principles for adding and subtracting units of time.
- Calculate measurements of time using addition and subtraction. (Assignment Sheet 6)
- Identify the units used to measure temperature.
- State the formulas for converting units of temperature between the metric and English systems.
- Calculate the temperature by converting units between the metric and English systems. (Assignment Sheet 7)
- Solve word problems involving time and temperature. (Assignment Sheet 8)
Measuring Volume and Weight
Objectives in this unit include:
- Identify the units used to measure volume.
- State the abbreviations of units used to measure volume.
- State the formulas for converting units of volume from the metric system to the English system.
- Convert units of volume between the metric and English systems. (Assignment Sheet 1)
Identify the units used to measure weight.
- State the abbreviations of units used to measure weight.
- State the formulas for converting units of weight from the metric system to the English system.
- Convert units of weight between the metric and English systems. (Assignment Sheet 2)
- Explain how to convert units of volume and weight between larger and smaller units.
- Convert units of volume measurement. (Assignment Sheet 3)
- Convert units of weight measurement. (Assignment Sheet 4)
- State principles for adding and subtracting units of volume and weight.
- Calculate measurements of volume using addition and subtraction. (Assignment Sheet 5)
- Calculate measurements of weight using addition and subtraction. (Assignment Sheet 6)
- Solve word problems involving volume and weight measurements. (Assignment Sheet 7)
Knowing your way around a commercial kitchen is key to a successful culinary career. Learning the basics is a first step in this process. This unit of instruction covers many of those basics, with assignments to help reinforce what students have learned.
- Reasons for using a standard recipe card
- Parts of a standard recipe card
- Steps to follow when using a standard recipe
- Steps to follow when writing a standard recipe
- Reasons for substitutions and tips for making substitutions
- Measurement basics
- Standard weights and measures
- Equivalents of weights and measures
- Can sizes and their equivalents
- Standard measuring tools
- Methods of measuring dry ingredients
- Ensuring accurate measurement of dry ingredients
- Measuring moist ingredients
- Alternative measurement methods
- Mise en place
- Procedures for organizing work and assembling supplies
- Guidelines for timing food preparation
Find more units of instruction on kitchens, cooking, and related tools on our Resources by Career Cluster page.
Money Matters: A Resource Guide for Financial Literacy
Money Matters covers the fourteen areas of instruction outlined in Oklahoma's Passport to Financial Literacy Act, including the following topics:
- Earning and Managing an Income
- Understanding Taxes
- Banks and Other Financial Institutions
- Managing Financial Accounts
- Saving and Investing
- Borrowing Money
- Credit Cards and Shopping Online
- Consumer Fraud and Identity Theft
- Acquiring a Home
- Managing Risk
- Credit Woes
- Giving Back
Carpentry Skills Workbook
This student workbook includes 60 job sheets addressing skills in residential and commercial carpentry. It is ideal as a resource for each student to supplement in-depth textbooks or as a job aid. Job sheet categories include:
- Residential door installation
- Residential roof framing
- Wall & ceiling framing
- Stair framing
- Cornice and gable ends
- Exterior walls & trim
- Cabinets, shelves, and built-ins
- Floor finishing
- Roof finishes
- Column forms
- Beam forms
- Above-grade slab systems
- Bridge deck forms
- Fireproof encasement forms
- Commercial door installation
Career Focus (Updated for 2018)
Career Focus is a career exploration and preparation guide. This 32-page, full-color magazine combines essential guidance with web activities and “skill builder” opportunities to help prepare users for college and the workplace. Articles include:
- Identifying Possible Careers
- Sources for Career Information
- Career Clusters and Pathways
- Individual Career Plans
- Online Tools for Career Planning and Preparation
- 20 Personal Selling Points
- Getting Ready for College
- Finding Job Opportunities
- Managing Your Digital Dirt
- Strategies for Networking
- Skill Builder: Build a Personal Network
- Career Myths and Realities
- Skill Builder: Practice Introductions and Casual Conversation
- Acing any Interview - What You Need to Know
- Resumés that Stand Out for the Right Reasons
- Why Employers Might NOT Hire You
- Getting Back to Work: Re-Entry Strategies
- Skills Employers Want
- Putting Together the Education Puzzle
Basic Strategies: Meeting Everyone's Needs
"Diversity is the one true thing that we all have in common. Celebrate it every day." This anonymous quote expresses the purpose of the book Basic Strategies: Meeting Everyone's Needs - to help parents, teachers, counselors, and students meet the needs of the ever-increasing diversities they will encounter in today's world. The book includes sections dealing with diversity and disabilities. It also discusses gender equity, harassment, and bullying.
Employment Skills for the 21st Century
Our Employment Skills for the 21st Century titles include assignment sheets and job sheets designed to develop and reinforce the skills that students need in the 21st century workplace. A license for unlimited on-site duplication is also included.
Safety on the Job
Safety on the Job reflects the continuing focus on employee safety in the workplace. Each section in this guide addresses a top cause of injury or illness on the job by describing hazards and presenting ways to work safely. Perfect as a supplement to basic OSHA training and as a safety handbook for all employees.
- Recognizing the Need for Safety On the Job
- Lifting and Moving Materials
- Using Tools and Ladders
- Using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Working with Machines
- Working with Hazardous Substances
- Working around Electricity
- Working in Heat and Cold
- Coping with Shiftwork
- Responding to Injury or Illness
- Preventing Transportation Incidents
- Managing Anger and Preventing Violence
- Preventing Accidents and Injuries at Work
Heavy Equipment Operator: Earth Moving, Ditching, and Loading Skills
This 72-page color student workbook (job sheets only) covers fundamental skills in using a backhoe, bulldozer, front-end loader, and grader.
The positions or viewpoints in the resources collected here reflect their authors and source organizations. They do not represent the Resource Center for CareerTech Advancement, the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, or any employee of the state agency. No endorsement of organizations or viewpoints is implied by inclusion in this collection or on this web page.
Resources in many topics are also available on our Resource Profiles page.
The Educational Technology Primer seeks to bridge the gap between the novice pre-service teacher candidate and the teacher who is a technology-using expert by embedding technology within the instruction of teaching methods.
The Center on Standards and Assessment Implementation (CSAI) developed this protocol document to support districts and schools through curriculum design, review, and revision processes. This tool stems from CSAI's work with a school district on curricular redesign and reflects questions and considerations that can be incorporated into planning. The guiding questions and resources included in this protocol document can be used to identify needed actions for a range of curriculum-related processes, including curriculum review, design, and implementation. This protocol document can be used to develop plans, identify progress measures, and identify desired outcomes.
Resources to enhance the classroom learning environment, including an archive of past issues of Ryerson's monthly newsletter, Best Practices.
A library for downloadable, hands-on, teacher-tested projects and activities that use everyday materials to make STEM affordable, accessible, and fun for everyone.
This curriculum from the National Center for Women & Information Technology introduces fundamental building blocks of computer science - without using computers. Use it with students ages 9 to 14 to teach lessons about how computers work, while addressing critical mathematics and science concepts such as number systems, algorithms, and manipulating variables and logic.
Free and premium guides, infographics, posters, and more for making learning magic in your classroom.
Guidance from San Francisco State University’s Center for Teaching and Faculty Development. The purpose of this module is to raise instructors' awareness of the strengths and limitations of multiple choice exams, help instructors distinguish between high and low quality multiple tests, and to improve the way instructors assess student learning.
This tutorial provides helpful and problematic characteristics of PowerPoint slides, suggestions for building PowerPoint presentations, slide samples and decisions regarding content and style, self-guided critique of sample PowerPoint presentation, and a link to Academic Technology's "Strategies and Best Practices." From San Francisco State University’s Center for Teaching and Faculty Development.
How to eliminate crutch words. August 2018 presentation guidance from Harvard Business Review.
This handy infographic provides best practices for PowerPoint slides and data visualizations, as well as handy shortcuts, resources, and design inspiration. October 2015.
Traditional PowerPoint® in the classroom resembles static electronic overheads that tend to decrease learning and retention of the content presented. This article by Ronald A. Berk, PhD, professor emeritus of The Johns Hopkins University, synthesizes the PowerPoint® literature and translates the research findings into a state-of-the-art, concise top-10 list of evidence-based, best practices in design, engagement, and multimedia. Other articles are also available on the author's website. April 2012.
Resources from the University of Michigan, including preparing to teach, teaching with technology, diversity and inclusion, testing and grading, and other topics.
Work-based learning (WBL) is a set of instructional strategies that engage employers and schools in providing learning experiences for students. WBL activities are structured opportunities for students to interact with employers or community partners either at school, a worksite or virtually, using technology to link students and employers in different locations. The FHI 360 Work-Based Learning Manual is a how-to guide with suggestions and tools for planning and conducting specific activities. December 2017.
Free tools, regularly updated, from innovative schools, districts and states around the country.
Resources to help educators in creating accessible learning environments, including considerations in course planning and teaching tips.
Across the United States, a growing number of states and school districts are looking to open educational resources (OER) to improve student learning. These resources will allow educators to start their own OER search and discovery.
The Toolbox’s free tools are regularly updated from innovative schools, districts and states around the country. With nearly 450 resources from more than 50 great schools and districts, it’s the ultimate toolbox for improving your school’s instructional culture.
An electronic library for the people of Oklahoma, providing access to research and discovery resources and state digital collections.
The Project Design Rubric uses the Essential Project Design Elements as criteria to evaluate projects. The rubric aligns with BIE's Gold Standard Project Based Learning model. Definitions and practical examples are used to clarify the meaning of each dimension. The rubric helps educators understand the difference between a simple "project" and rigorous Gold Standard PBL. Teachers who are new to PBL can see how to move from beginner to expert.
100 inspiring innovations that are changing the face of K-12 education today.
Rubrics from the New Tech Network:
Career Ready skills, or “soft skills,” are important to assess. These rubrics were developed to help teachers/mentors/business partners assess the student/worker in those skills and provide everyone with common terminology and a common definition of what is meant by Career Readiness.
This resource from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “can help school districts, schools, and others conduct a clear, complete, and consistent analysis of health education curricula based on the National Health Education Standards and CDC’s Characteristics of an Effective Health Education Curriculum.”
This guide from the Virginia Department of Education “is designed to guide all schools’ practices for educating students with ASD and to promote consistency of programming across educational environments.”
Information, instruction, and resources on creating accessible course content, from George Mason University.
From the Center for Energy Workforce Development, this resource covers topics on pre-employment tests in the energy industry. The modules include word problems that use math concepts. All of the questions in the modules reflect the context of specific occupations.
Getting a student’s name right is the first step in welcoming him or her to school. Staff members who work with student-level data also know the importance of accurately and consistently recording a student’s name in order to track student data over time. This set of naming conventions reference guides can help you accurately enter names for students with home languages of Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Ukrainian, Urdu, and Vietnamese. It also helps school staff address and greet parents and other family members in a culturally responsive and respectful fashion.
A May 2017 resource from the Congressional Research Service.
A handy graphic from the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.
A periodic document of the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.
Overviews of studies that educators should know about, from Edutopia.
Easy-to-understand definitions of common research terms in the health and social sciences.
This compendium from the Asian Development Bank profiles dozens of tools to build competencies in strategy development, management techniques, collaboration, knowledge sharing and learning, and knowledge capture and storage.
A variety of resources about fair use and fair dealing, both of which are essential limitations and exceptions to copyright that allow the use of copyrighted materials without permission from the copyright holder under certain circumstances.
Lesson plans that educators have created, free to download or view, on topics including STEM, business and entrepreneurship, digital literacy, and other topics.
A free guide to improving classroom observations, provided by the Gates Foundation.
The purpose of this 2016 publication is to recommend data visualization practices that will help education agencies communicate data meaning in visual formats that are accessible, accurate, and actionable for a wide range of education stakeholders.
This guide, developed by REL Central, provides educators with a process for developing questionnaires. Principals, superintendents, state-level personnel, or other school or district personnel can use this guide when they need to make a decision about an education policy or practice but (1) lack the information needed to make that decision and (2) lack a preexisting questionnaire that can be used to gather the information. This guide can help these educators collect information about attitudes, perceptions, or factual information to inform their decisions.
The Guide provides stakeholders with practical information about the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to more effectively access, interpret, and use education data to inform action. The document includes an overview of the evolving nature of data use, basic data use concepts, and a list of skills necessary for effectively using data.
This infographic identifies ten evidence-based practices for career counseling.
A map from the Economic Policy Institute that shows the current unemployment rate in each state, and the percent change in the number of jobs in each state over the preceding 12 months. Clicking on a state will also show the change in that state’s unemployment rate or change in the number of jobs over the last 3 months, 12 months, and since December 2007—the peak of the previous business cycle.
Free guides from Simply Measured, Inc., on topics such as Twitter marketing, Facebook marketing, and other social media topics, plus related templates and checklists.
Ten tips to help you find the funds you need to implement and sustain your critical technology strategy, from TechSoup.org.
The National Education Association's Thriving in Academe guides include guides to using social media in the classroom, how to command the attention of students, how to "flip" your classroom, how to teach for "deep learning," and more.
Behavioral Insights leverages work from the fields of psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral economics in considering what influences how people think and behave. By blending insights from seemingly disparate fields, Behavioral Insights has created a new perspective – evolving from the traditional “rational actor” model that portrays decision-making from simply a cost-benefit perspective. Instead, Behavioral Insights understands that while some decisions are made rationally, people sometimes make decisions that are not in their best interests, due to factors such as expediency, peer pressure, marketing, and the power of habit, to name only a few. Behavioral Insights is the study of why we act as we do.
Work-based learning supports a continuum of lifelong learning and skill development for a range of workers and learners—K-12 students, young adults, college students, adult jobseekers, and incumbent workers.
Innovation 101 is designed to be an introductory module that can be used by schoolteachers, youth service providers, instructors in colleges and universities as well as trainers in a corporate setting. It details basic tenets of innovation and invites participants to explore the various traits and processes used by innovators, past and present.