Illinois State Board of Education

Career Technical Education

Illinois State Board of Education

2020-2021 Career Guide

The ISBE Career Guide for the 2020-21 school year is now ready to order.  Visit for pricing and ordering instructions.  Early Bird discounted pricing is available through June 30th, and guides will be delivered by mid-September.

 The ISBE Career Guide was created to better promote CTE and career pathways to students, parents, counselors and teachers.  EFE systems, school districts and local schools can order and distribute ISBE Career Guides for career exploration, CTE awareness, counselor 1-1’s, course registration, and open houses.

Please reach out to with any questions.

Three Rivers Education for Employment System

Online Learning Resources

Illinois New Teacher Collaborative

Professional Learning, Resources, Research

Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum

Architecture Projects and Lesson Plans

Teach Plus Illinois

As teachers design and manage remote learning in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Teach Plus Illinois is announcing All Means All: Making Remote Learning Work for Every Illinois Student.  They will provide a free, facilitated, collaborative space for Illinois teachers to adapt to the new remote learning environment.  Teacher leaders from Teach Plus Illinois, the Illinois State Teachers of the Year and the National Board have partnered together to provide leadership and in their content area for all participants.  These teachers will lead weekly collaborative planning and problem solving sessions, divided by grade band and content area to address communication engagement strategies, social and emotional supports, and provide a basic schema for curriculum planning.  These weekly, ongoing professional learning communities are free on a space-available basis to all Illinois teachers.


Free educational resources to support educators now!

AVID Open Access™ is an open educational resource for free, best-of-the best digital teaching and learning and STEM lessons, tips, and tools. These carefully curated digital tools, videos, and class activities can be immediately accessed by educators anywhere, anytime. They work with whatever curriculum, devices, and platforms schools may use. Teachers do not need prior knowledge of AVID strategies.

Upcoming Events:

Virtual ShowcaseRegister Here:


Overview of the AVID System for College & Career Readiness for ALL students

Hearing from Current Practitioners and AVID Implementation Best Practices

The Impact of the AVID Elective Course & AVID Schoolwide

Transforming the Instruction, Systems, Leadership and Culture

National Webinar: May 19th and 20th: (Will be sending registration link soon!)

May 19 & 20

Times: 19th 10am-11am CST & 3:00- 4:00

20th 11:30am -12:30pm CST

AVID DigitalXP:

Summer Professional Learning and AVID facilitated year long Communities of Practice (for AVID partners and new AVID partners)

  • 3 day summer learning experience
  • Year long support and content

AVID Discover:

  • 3 Days of intense summer learning (virtually) – Digital Teaching and Learning
  • Engaging Communities of Practice with peers
  • 1:1 coach and support throughout the school year


Free Summer Webinar Series! 

Designed to help CTE teachers continue learning during a time when in-person travel isn’t a great option, these online presentations will address a variety of topics, including:

– Integrating leadership and soft skills into your curriculum
– Finding engaging lessons to prepare teens for life
– Implementing 21st Century teaching tools
– Using Google Classroom
– Free resources for online and in-person teaching

… plus pathway-specific presentations for health science, agriculture, FCS and trade skills instructors.

Certificates of completion will be available for all attendees. Plus, they’re free.

Looking for specific resources you can use to teach in an e-learning environment?

Earlier this spring, we recorded 10 presentations about teaching CTE programs online. You can see all the topics we covered, and get tips and handouts for teaching in an e-learning environment, in this blog.

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