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The Urban Assembly Career & Technical Education Team builds schools' capacity to deliver high-quality, state- and industry-approved programs that provide students with academic and technical skills that prepare them to join and excel in the 21st century economy.

The Urban Assembly's labor trend research and experience building external partnerships with leading organizations has enabled us to create quality Career & Technical Education (CTE) schools, providing more than one pathway for post-secondary success. We have created unique schools that are the first of their kind in the country, including The Urban Assembly School for Emergency Management and The Urban Assembly Maker Academy. The Urban Assembly is also a central convener and leader in CTE, recently producing the 2014 CTE Symposium at NYU – a gathering of high profile practitioners, policy-makers and stakeholders (http://ctenyc.splashthat.com/).

The Urban Assembly CTE team supports CTE schools in the UA network as they design, implement, and assess their programs, which include courses, work-based learning opportunities, and certifications and credentials that align with industry standards. In support of the CTE programs, Urban Assembly staff members work with schools to establish and maintain strong industry and post-secondary partnerships that provide students with early college and career experiences while in high school. The team supports schools through these key strategies:

  • Provide professional development for CTE teachers and staff
  • Provide more work-based learning experiences, post-secondary opportunities, and industry recognized credentials for CTE students
  • Advisory board management and support
  • Track CTE students after graduation

When we make educational opportunity real, we make the American dream real.

Deputy Mayor Richard Buery speaking at The Urban Assembly CTE Symposium 2014

Team Members

  • Maud Abeel has been working on efforts to improve public education for over 20 years with a focus on strategies for connecting student development in the middle and high school grades to college and career readiness and success. She comes to the Urban Assembly from FHI 360, a nonprofit human development organization, where she was Associate Director for Strategic Partnerships for Postsecondary Success Programs. There she also worked on the Partnership Support Organization and Community School initiative with the New York City Department of Education and was part of the technical assistance team for a North Dakota college and career readiness initiative. Previously, Maud was the director of the College Bound program at New Visions for Public Schools. Before that, she worked at Carnegie Corporation of New York where she provided technical and research assistance to national grant initiatives and was a contributing author to Turning Points 2000: Educating Adolescents in the 21st Century. Maud has an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and was a 1992 Teach for America corps member in Baltimore, MD.