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What is Information Technology?

Information Technology (IT), one of the Career and Technical Education (CTE) endorsement areas for 6-12 grade Illinois classrooms, helps students become college and career ready through critical thinking and real-world application of skills that are built within the content and application of IT courses, especially through computers and telecommunications technology focusing on storing, retrieving, and sending information. By taking IT-specific courses, students gain the academic knowledge and technical skills used by industry leaders.

Source: Adapted from https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Info-Tech.aspx

Occupational Outlook Handbook https://www.bls.gov/ooh/

O-Net https://www.onetonline.org/

At minimum, Illinois IT focuses on the following areas:

  • Communications
  • Information Systems/Technology
  • Digital Literacy
  • Entrepreneurship

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ILCTE Innovative Lessons

  • 5E CTE Classroom Lessons (all CTE endorsement areas)
  • For all CTE endorsement area lessons, click here https://www.ilcte.org/index.php/lessons

    *Note: Hyperlinks to Microsoft Word or Google Doc versions of these lessons can be found on the page immediately following the title page OR at the conclusion of the "teacher version".

Career Clusters

The National Career Clusters® Framework serves as an organizing tool for Career Technical Education (CTE) programs, curriculum design and instruction. There are 16 Career Clusters in the National Career Clusters Framework, representing 79 Career Pathways to help learners navigate their way to greater success in college and career. The framework also functions as a useful guide in developing programs of study bridging secondary and postsecondary systems and for creating individual student plans of study for a complete range of career options. As such, it helps learners discover their interests and their passions, and empowers them to choose the educational pathway that can lead to success in high school, college and career.

Source: https://careertech.org/career-clusters

There are 16 nationally recognized Career Clusters; Illinois has 17 Career Clusters (Energy is the 17th). Illinois IT teachers may want to consider the examination of these specific career clusters in the development of their program.

Source: https://careertech.org/information-technology


PaCE Framework

Counselors, advisors, teachers and other educators can use the PaCE document to identify what types of experiences and information a student should have in order to make the most informed decisions about college and career planning. Organized from 8th through 12th grade, the Illinois PaCE Framework explains what students should be supported to do and what they should know at the end of each grade relative to three key domains: Career Exploration and Development; Postsecondary Education Exploration, Preparation, and Selection; and, Financial Aid and Literacy.

Source: https://www.isac.org/pace/il-pace-resource-materials.html


Diversity, Equity, and Special Populations  

Illinois has a commitment to provide every student the opportunity to be supported by highly effective teachers and school leaders. Further, Illinois understands that the two most important components for providing student learning are effective teachers and school leaders. Therefore, Illinois is focusing on developing highly effective teachers and leaders who are prepared to work to meet the instructional needs of each child, including those who have special needs and/or are English Language/Bilingual learners whether they come from high-poverty schools or low-poverty schools. To meet the needs of its lowest performing schools, Illinois is focusing on preparing teachers and principals to focus on differentiated instruction, student learning, and school improvement. Ensuring that teachers and principals are highly prepared to work in high need schools (HNS) will help to reduce the inequity among schools. Additionally, providing induction, mentoring, and professional development programs that focus on instructional needs of children will further support student learning in HNS (Source: https://www.isbe.net/Documents/equity_plan.pdf#search=equity)

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What is a Program of Study?

According to the definition put forward in Perkins V, a program of study must, at minimum, be a coordinated, non-duplicative sequence of academic and technical content at the secondary and postsecondary level that:

  • Incorporates challenging, state-identified academic standards
  • Addresses academic and technical knowledge, as well as employability skills
  • Is aligned to the needs of industries in the state, region, Tribal community or local area
  • Progresses in content specificity
  • Has multiple entry and exit points that allow for credentialing
  • Culminates in the attainment of a recognized postsecondary credential.

IT Plan of Study

Source: https://careertech.org/programs-study


Learning Standards

The Common Career Technical Core (CCTC) is a state-led initiative to establish a set of rigorous, high-quality standards for Career Technical Education (CTE). The standards have been informed by state and industry standards and developed by a diverse group of teachers, business and industry experts, administrators and researchers. Forty-two states, the District of Columbia and Palau participated in the development stage of the CCTC, which was coordinated by Advance CTE. The development of the CCTC was a multi-step process that incorporated input from approximately 3,500 individuals representing K-12 education, business and industry and higher education from across the nation.

Source: https://careertech.org/cctc

For more information, please visit: http://illinoisartslearning.org/


Career and Student Organizations

Student Organizations

Marketing

Professional Organizations

Source: https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Info-Tech.aspx


State and National Associations


Online Learning Resources


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