Parent Teacher Magazine Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools March/April 2018 | Page 8

Reimagining design CMS teachers lead the way on new CTE curriculum Career and Technical Education (CTE) teachers in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools are taking the lead in revising North Carolina’s interior design curriculum. The interior design program is part of CTE’s Family and Consumer Sciences Education, which includes areas such as culinary arts and clothing design. There are four levels of design courses that prepare students for internships, work and college. Robert Pinkston, professional learning community lead for the program, said interior design is very competitive and a college degree is required to practice it. He said most students who finish the program will be almost a year ahead when they get to college and will be fully capable of doing professional-quality work. Representatives from five districts were on the curriculum redesign team, including Pinkston, a CTE teacher at William Amos Hough High. He said the team worked collectively and individually for about six months on the revision. He said the N.C. Department of Public Instruction reviews all courses and interior design was last revised in 2005. The revision is for the first level