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Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education

Byrl R. Shoemaker CTE Institute

The Byrl R. Shoemaker CTE Institute is named for career technical education pioneer, Dr. Shoemaker, who was a lifelong advocate for CTE and lead the ODE Office of CTE from 1962-1982.  Upon  his passing March 1, 2012 at age 93, the Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education developed the Byrl R. Shoemaker CTE institute to honor his memory and help foster leadership in career-technical educators.

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The Institute is open to anyone who wants to improve their leadership skills and learn more about career-technical and adult education.  The program provides an opportunity for participants to increase leadership qualities, develop leadership characteristics and gain a holistic view of career-technical and adult education in Ohio.

This program represents an opportunity for extended professional development.  Completion of the program  will allow participants to grow and prosper as career-technical leaders and position their organizations to take a more active role in shaping the future of career-technical education.

The program is designed to be both inspirational and transformational.  Individuals will grow both personally and professionally and develop ways to positively influence students, colleagues, their communities, and CTE stakeholders.  

Expected Results

Individuals will develop an expanded commitment to the development and improvement of career-technical and adult education.  Individuals who complete the program will gain knowledge on career-technical education in Ohio, its benefits, challenges and resources;    they will develop leadership characteristics;  and be ready to better serve students in a 21st century environment.


The program will utilize both in-person and distance learning.  Distance learning will include both synchronous and asynchronous activities.  In order to receive a certificate of completion, participants will have to adhere to an attendance/participation policy that will promote maximum interaction.   Because of the use of technology and distance learning, it is expected that participants interaction will be increased and the program more effective. Only four face-to-face meetings will occur during the 10-month program, and to the extent possible, will be scheduled with other Career Technical Education events.

Team/Group Project 

The participants will be divided into teams/groups of four or five participants each. Each team will choose a challenge facing CTE educators that they will address throughout the year, culminating in a final report and presentation at the Ohio ACTE Annual Connections to Education Conference.  

Participant Costs:

  • Membership Dues in Ohio ACTE
  • Registration for the program:  $850 (college credit may be available through partner institutions)
  • Registration to the Legislative Seminar
  •  Registration to the All-Ohio Conference
  •  Hotel costs, travel expenses for meetings must be paid by registrant. Some meals will be provided, others at the participants’ expense
  • Books, materials – TBD

Application Process:

Potential participants must complete an application/registration and mail in supporting materials including: 
  • A letter of support/recommendation from the applicant’s supervisor indicating approval of participation.
Upon acceptance, applicant is expected to pay the full registration cost prior to the first meeting.  No refunds for those who drop out or do not complete the program.

“The Shoemaker Leadership Institute has enhanced both my professional and personal life in a myriad of ways. The networking opportunities to meet and build connections with Secondary and Adult Career Tech Education Leaders across the State, as well as our legislative partners, has empowered me as a young professional in the field. It is fulfilling to meet with other Institute participants to brainstorm about ways that we can support, improve, and grow Career Tech Education in Ohio. I would strongly encourage anyone who wants to grow as a critical thinker and leader to apply to be a part of this amazing group and Institute!” – Beth Starrett, member of the 2015-2016 Shoemaker Institute.

Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education

38 Commerce Park Dr. Suite D, Westerville, Ohio
(614) 890-ACTE (2283)
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