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Shifting The Perspective On CTE w/Dr. Chris Mcneil-Global Career Tech Education Podcast Ep.40

Shifting The Perspective On CTE-Global Career Tech Education Podcast Ep.40 w/Dr. Chris Mcneil


In Episode 40 of the Global CTE Podcast, Dr. Chris McNeil, a visionary in education and recent Wahl Man of the Year, shares his transformative journey and the impactful Books and Barbers program, blending literacy with community service. Discover how mentorship, innovative career and technical education strategies, and a deep passion for serving students can shape the next generation of leaders. Tune in for an inspiring conversation filled with wisdom, practical insights, and McNeil's compelling vision for the future of education that transcends traditional boundaries.

Topics Covered:

-Integrity Above All: Lessons from Grandmother

-Broadening CTE's Impact: From Agriculture to Cybersecurity

-K-12 Continuum: Building Career Pathways from Elementary to High School

-Breaking Barriers: Promoting Non-Traditional Careers and Diversity

-Skill-Based Hiring: Meeting Industry Demands

-Empowering Through Books and Barbers

Dr. Chris McNeil Bio

Dr. Chris McNeil is the esteemed Director of Career and Technical Education at Kansas City Public Schools. With a diverse background as a principal at every educational level from elementary to high school, Chris is deeply committed to shaping the future of education. He stands out not only for his innovative leadership in career and technical education but also for his remarkable community contributions.

Recently crowned as the Wahl Man of the Year, Chris has been recognized for his extraordinary community work, earning a Grand Prize of $20,000 and an additional $5,000 for his charity, 'Books and Barbers.' This unique initiative reflects his passion for youth mentorship, offering haircuts, books, and guidance to elementary students within the district.

Under his leadership, KCKPS has been a frontrunner in providing college- and career-ready curriculum, starting from middle school and extending to high school. The programs, in partnership with the Kauffman Foundation Real-World Learning Initiative, are designed to ensure that each student graduates with at least one market value asset, preparing them for successful careers or higher education pursuits.

Learn More About Dr. Mcneil's literacy organization Books and Barbers

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