Ilene Kantrov



Ilene Kantrov, PhD, has more than 30 years of experience developing innovative programs and resources that promote student achievement and build educators' effectiveness. Her areas of expertise include the integration of academic and career education, multiple pathways to college and careers, inquiry- and project-based learning, teaching and assessment of 21st century skills, uses of technology to support student and teacher learning, and employer and community engagement in education.

As the director of EDC’s Pathways to College and Careers programs, she oversees the development of and support for programs that promote students’ intellectual and career development. Much of Kantrov’s work focuses on translating research into practice and engaging educators in learning communities that help them to reflect on and improve their practice.

Kantrov holds a PhD from Tufts University.

“By blending rigorous academic learning with hands-on work experience, secondary career and technical education can cultivate key skills that students need to thrive in the workplace, as well as in college.”

Speaking Highlights

CTE—How This Movement Is Playing Out at the Federal, State, and Local Levels

Webinar, EdNet Insight
June 17, 2015

A Continuum of Work-Based Professional Learning Experiences

Co-presentation, Association of Career and Technical Education Annual Conference
Nashville, TN
November 1, 2014

Revisiting the CTE Landscape: How Ford NGL Fits In

Presentation, Power of the Network: Ford Next Generation Learning National Conference
Louisville, KY
October 1, 2014

Opportunities and Challenges in Secondary Career and Technical Education

Invited presentation, Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) Policy Seminar
Washington, D.C.
March 1, 2014

Selected Publications

Kantrov, I. (2015, March). New CTE model is a plus for schools and students. Phi Delta Kappan, 96(6), 27–32.

Kantrov, I. (2014). Opportunities and challenges in secondary career and technical education (White paper). Waltham, MA: Education Development Center, Inc.

Selected Resources

White papers

This white paper draws upon the results of a survey of 850 career and technical education (CTE) educators nationwide, 11 interviews with CTE state leaders, and recent literature to provide a panora


Designed by EDC and the Ford Motor Company Fund, the Ford Next Generation Learning (NGL) initiative includes an interdisciplinary high school curriculum, professional development, and a successful