Sonoma County Office of Education

Career Technical Education

Professional Development & Events

Counselor Network
The Counselor Network is a biannual convening of middle and high school academic counselors. Each session consists of professional development activities that are counselor-specific and related to issues identified by Network participants. Meetings feature guest speakers and interactive discussions on topics related to advancing the career and college readiness of Sonoma County students.

CTE Advisory Committees
To ensure that CTE programs are relevant and provide adequate training for students, advisory committees comprised of industry professionals and CTE educators have been formed for each industry sector. These committees review course curricula to determine whether current industry practices are reflected. Members also assist teachers in developing field trips, job shadowing, and work experience opportunities for students.

CTE Industry Area Meetings
Industry area meetings bring teachers of related CTE courses together to discuss teaching strategies, learn about educational and industry trends, and engage in customized professional development activities related to the specific needs of educators in the industry area. Regular meetings of teachers in each CTE industry area also provide opportunities for:

  • Updates on the economic outlook in the industry sector
  • Sharing of best instructional practices related to industry-area standards
  • Targeted support for curriculum development and lesson design

CTE Custom Services
CTE educators often have classroom environments, curriculum, and resources that require specialized training and creative handling—and that can be of great benefit to the broader educational goals of a district or site if utilized to its fullest potential. Custom professional development services are designed to maximize the educational impact of the CTE classroom through:

  • Integrated, Common Core-aligned curriculum development
  • Support in the creation of rich performance tasks
  • Inquiry-based instructional support
  • Individualized career pathway coaching


  • Jessica Progulske, Coordinator, Work-Based Learning
    (707) 524-2836,
  • Chuck Wade, CTE Program Coordinator
    (707) 524-8404,
  • Sarah Wilmarth, NCCPA Regional Program Assistant