iCEV: A Perfect Solution for Alternatively Certified Teachers
As CTE bridges the gap between classroom and industry, workforce professionals are trading in their titles to become teachers. As a result of this non-traditional teacher path, alternatively certified teachers are in need of tools to help them meet classroom and school district standards while still meeting the needs of industry. iCEV is a valuable source of educational resources that can help these teachers make the transition from industry to educator and be confident, as well as effective, in the classroom.
School districts and administrations like to see prepared and organized classrooms, and the best way to accomplish this is to review your lesson plans. However, learning to construct a lesson plan can be daunting in the beginning.
To help you conquer this task, each iCEV lesson comes with printable PDF lesson plans that show your administration you are meeting statewide standards. They can either be submitted as is or copied and pasted directly into district templates, depending on the requested format.
As alternatively certified New Home High School teacher Ramon Benite explained, “I can submit a PDF document to my principal with the lesson plan, but I can make it how I want it.”
Teach Like a Pro
The world of teaching and shaping the young minds of tomorrow can be intimidating. So where do you start? Lesson planning.
iCEV curriculum ensures you meet state and national standards by providing you with standards-aligned lesson plans. Each course is customizable to meet your specific needs. Lessons feature media-rich lessons and coursework to keep your students engaged, including handouts, projects and activities.
“I like the fact that I don’t have to come up with worksheets. I just go in there, print them off and they are ready to go,” says Benite.
Additionally, the diversity of teaching methods in each lesson is a perfect way for alternatively certified teachers to experiment with the different learning styles in your classroom to better adapt to students needs.
“As an alternative certified teacher, writing lesson plans and coming up with content was completely new to me my first year. iCEV has really helped me learn how to teach a good lesson,” says Benite. “It even tells you what to do that day and what to do that second day, but you have the freedom to tweak it.”
It’s no secret CTE teachers have busy schedules. Often CTE teachers are sponsors for organizations like FFA or DECA, resulting in time away from teaching. So how do you keep control and growth happening in your classroom when you are away? Because iCEV online, students and substitutes can access the platform in your absence.
If your classroom has student licenses, assignments are automatically graded. You can see what students have covered, who’s behind and who’s ahead, which means less work to come back to.
CTE teachers are tasked with teaching multiple preps covering a wide range of topics. Often, alternatively certified teachers continue to work in both the classroom and an additional job. These teachers have unique insight on industry changes. Staying on top of the latest technologies and industry advancements can be made easy with iCEV.
“iCEV has made me a more confident teacher because I have those courses in my pocket to help me review those topics and lessons,” says Benite. “Even if you don’t want to show that specific video or PowerPoint, my iCEV account reminds and refreshes me on what I need to teach and what I need to cover.”
Additionally, iCEV offers new and updated courses with your subscription to further your access to the latest in CTE.
Admire the Change
Teaching is one of the most admirable professions. For those who did not necessarily choose the teaching path, but rather the teaching path chose them, iCEV can be an answer to navigating classroom standards and organization.
Alternatively certified teachers, we thank you for bringing your industry and real-world expertise back into the classroom.