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#AskExcelinEd: Our Favorite Moments from #CTEMonth

• Lizzette Gonzalez Reynolds

We talk a lot about career and technical education (CTE) at ExcelinEd. This policy offers states an exciting opportunity to set up their local economies, employers and students for long-term success.

As #CTEMonth draws to a close, I hope you’ll take a look at the great resources, articles and posts below to identify ways to strengthen CTE programs for students in your state.

Governor Jeb Bush on CTE

Students Need Robust CTE Pathways to Fill America’s Skills Gap. Here Are 3 Things States Must Do to Make This Happen.

Governor Jeb Bush, founder and chairman of ExcelinEd, explores one of the smartest ways America can invest in its future in this piece published by The 74.

Tools for Policymakers

New Work-Based Learning Playbook for Policymakers

ExcelinEd’s newest CTE playbook Developing High-Quality State Work-Based Learning Programs can help states design and implement effective work-based learning programs that radically benefit students and their state.

25+ Resources to Help Advance Quality CTE

Visit for researchpolicy playbooksmodel policies and videos to help you transform CTE for students in your state!

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The Dynamic Duo: CTE and School Counseling

ExcelinEd’s Adriana Harrington examines three ways states can help counselors ensure students are well-informed about postsecondary and career options.


What is CTE, and how can it serve students in your state?

ExcelinEd’s Dr. Danielle Mezera shares the basics on building meaningful, high-quality state CTE programs.


Quality in CTE Programs: It’s All About the Data

ExcelinEd’s Adriana Harrington explores how states can use essential data to ensure rigorous and robust CTE offerings.


How Can States Avoid ‘Some College, No Degree’?

ExcelinEd’s Melissa Canney shares how states can harness reverse transfer to support postsecondary persistence and completion.

Hawaii May Be CTE’s Emerging Powerhouse

ExcelinEd’s Dr. Danielle Mezera takes a look at how The Aloha State is using CTE to develop a talented workforce that meets future economic priorities.

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About the author

Lizzette Gonzalez Reynolds

Lizzette serves as Vice President of Policy for ExcelinEd, bringing almost three decades of policy and legislative experience at both the state and federal level to the organization. In her home state of Texas, Lizzette served as deputy legislative director for then-Gov. George W. Bush and most recently as Chief Deputy Commissioner for the Texas Education Agency. Under Secretary of Education Rod Paige, Lizzette served as Special Assistant in the Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs, where she guided the reauthorizations of IDEA and Head Start. She also served as the Secretary’s Regional Representative under Secretary Margaret Spellings. Her career reflects deep experience in education policy development and implementation as well as the “how-to” of legislative work needed to advance education reforms. Among her numerous appointments, Lizzette currently sits on the board of the KnowledgeWorks Foundation, the Austin advisory board of IDEA Public Schools and the advisory board of UTeach. She received her undergraduate degree from Southwestern University.