Integrating math into career and technical education (CTE) programs enhances the
mathematical concepts that are embedded in career and technical education
content. It is a process that provides the opportunity for math and CTE teachers
to work together to identify where math intersects with CTE concepts and
applications. Students benefit from this team process by having math concepts
taught in the same context in the math classroom and also the CTE program.
Research shows that this model has been shown to have a significant positive
impact on student learning in mathematics with no loss to career and technical
“mini-lessons” have been designed to teach each of the 57 eligible content items
related to the 11th grade PSSA. The mini-lessons demonstrate what the eligible
content means and how a math teacher would explain the concept to students.
These mini-lessons are generic across any career and technical program. Our
thanks to Berks County Career and Technology Center for sharing these
are being developed to “bridge the gap” between CTE and math and can be used by
both math and CTE teachers. This resource will consist of three components: a
T-chart, a script, and practice problems. Each T-chart will demonstrate how a
CTE teacher teaches the concept covered by the PA Math Core Standard and how a
math teacher teaches the same concept. For instance, a carpentry instructor
teaches how to determine the pitch of a roof. A math teacher teaches how to
calculate slope. The T-chart will compare the two and identify the vocabulary
associated with the concept. The script that accompanies the T-chart will assist
the teacher in bridging the gap between the two by comparing similarities and
differences between the two approaches and identifying common mistakes made by
students. The practice problems will be set up so that three problems are in
context, three are generic applications, and three are in plain math language.
Additional program areas are being developed.
Writing Tips and Rules (PDF) This document gives instructions to teachers on how to
complete a Math T-Chart, using the seeded T-Chart to create a program specific
Math T-Chart. The seeded Math T-Charts already contain the math procedure for
teaching the PA Core Standard on the right side. The CTE instructor, will
develop the left side of the Math T-Chart which is program specific to career
and technical education.