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Minuteman's Literacy Focus Highlighted in ACTE Article
Daniel O'Brien

Minuteman High School’s focus on integrating literacy with career technical education programs was recently featured in an article on the website of the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), a national association that promotes best practices for educators in CTE.

The article highlighted “World News Wednesday” in Minuteman’s Environmental Science career major; “Science in the News” in Biotechnology and Health Assisting; and “Travel and Tourism Tuesdays” in Culinary Arts. Each of these lessons are literacy-focused and drive integration between core content skills in English Language Arts and career technical programs. Similar literacy integration initiatives occur in the Carpentry, Cosmetology, and Robotics majors as well.

For World News Wednesday in Environmental Science, each week students must find and read a news article related to environmental science from a credible source, identify three main points, and define five of the most relevant vocabulary words.

The article highlights Minuteman’s 2020 award from the Massachusetts Reading Association and emphasizes research showing reading comprehension is a vitally important skill for all people, regardless of their profession.

The piece was guest authored by Minuteman faculty members Emily Kotwal, Environmental Science teacher; Kara Gleason, library media specialist; and Shantel Schonour, English/Reading teacher and literacy specialist.