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CTE Professional Development

CTE Professional Development is a vital component to high-quality Career and Technical Education Programs. Career and Technical Education PD helps educators enhance classroom instruction through the development of their skills and knowledge and allows educators and administrators to network with other CTE professionals and industry partners. Professional Development may include courses, activities, workshops, externships, and conferences, including the South Dakota CTE Summer Conference sponsored by the South Dakota Department of Education in cooperation with the South Dakota Association for Career and Technical Education.

Contact your Regional Specialist for more information or questions.

CTE Conference

The South Dakota Career & Technical Education (CTE) Summer Conference is sponsored by the South Dakota Department of Education in cooperation with the South Dakota Association for Career and Technical Education (SDACTE). Each year, the conference provides over 300 teachers, administrators, and school counselors with opportunities to connect with educators and to explore best practices that will help them prepare students to be college, career, and life ready.

Save the date: South Dakota CTE Summer Conference. July 28-30, 2024. Rapid City, SD

Future Conference Dates & Locations:

  • 52nd Annual CTE Summer Conference July 28-31, 2024 Rapid City, SD
  • 53rd Annual Summer Conference July 27-30, 2025 Mitchell, SD
  • Schedule at a Glance

CTE Professional Development Opportunities

CTE Professional Development Opportunities
Professional Development Opportunities geared toward CTE educators, administrators, and Perkins Directors.

CTE PD Suggestions Form
If you are hosting a CTE Professional Development opportunity for South Dakota CTE educators, administrators, or Perkins Directors, or you know of a PD opportunity of value for CTE professionals, use the following form to suggest adding it to the CTE PD Opportunities form.

CTE Teacher Externships

Teacher Externships are a form of professional development available to career and technical education (CTE) teachers looking to enhance their knowledge and skills through a personalized experience. Like an internship or a job shadow for students, an externship offers educators a hands-on, career connected learning experience with an industry or community partner, in a peer-to-peer learning environment. Educators use what they learn during an externship experience to enhance their CTE classroom content with the most up-to-date information from the workforce, connect with business and industry partners, and learn firsthand what they need to better prepare their students for the workforce. The implementation guides provided should be used to help educators, districts, and industry partners implement Teacher Externships.

Questions? Contact Kristin Larson at (605) 295-1930.