Monday, March 30, 2009

Help Sign 100,000 Names to the Perkins Petition!

Taking a break from our “Remaining Relevant” series, today’s post is a call to action from ACTE.

The Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE) and Participant Media have joined forces to advocate for Perkins funds. You can help by signing the petition and asking your friends and colleagues to sign today!

To make an impact, we need 100,000 people to call on Congress to increase Perkins fund by August. This is a very achievable goal if every ACTE member signs along with 5 colleagues/friends.

Over the past few years the primary federal funding stream for career and technical education, the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins), has been gradually decreased, despite increased student enrollments, equipments costs, and need for skilled workers.

It is time that we stand up and demand that Congress increase Perkins funds to acceptable levels to ensure that the United States is able to compete in this ever-changing global economy. This is especially true as the United States faces uncertain economic times. The need to educate and train students and displaced workers for skilled employment has never been more critical to our nation’s economic success!

Sign the petition today call upon Congress to fund the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act at no less than $1.7 billion in Fiscal year 2010. It is time to increase awareness and funds for CTE to ensure that America keeps its competitive edge in the global economy.

Go to and sign the petition today!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Remaining Relevant: Share Your Success!

Groups that influence your chapter’s ability to success (or even exist!) are called stakeholders. You probably know them as administrators, parents, business and industry, fellow teachers, and others.

This time of year represents the wrap up to many successful projects. Some of you have students involved in community service projects, workshop presentations, STAR Event competitions, and officer elections. It’s important to share your success with your stakeholders. Demonstrate your ability to impact students’ lives, but letting students shine.

Take students to the next school board meeting to demonstrate their STAR Event, work with your chapter’s Vice President of Public Relations to write and send press releases on state meeting success to all the newspapers in your area, have chapter members personally deliver thank you notes or gifts to supportive business and industry leaders, celebrate chapter success with an end of year banquet and invite parents to celebrate and support their students’ hard work.

Don’t forget the end isn’t here yet. There are still many more opportunities for student success at National Leadership Conference in July. Register to attend the meeting in Nashville, TN today!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Remaining Relevant: Networking With Others

Networking is a fancy word for finding common ground. From time to time we can all use someone to reach out to when we face challenges. Whether virtual or face-to-face, we all benefit from making a connection.

We’ve seen a surge of emails from advisers on the Chapter Adviser Listserv this week! Several advisers have been networking across the country to find better solutions to elect new officers, provide recognition, and fundraise for their chapters. The Chapter Adviser Listserv was set up for just this purpose and we are happy to see advisers use the tool to connect.

In must the same way, state and national meetings are a time for advisers to come together face-to-face to connect. These meeting provide insight and training for advisers of all demographics, experiences, and challenges. Trainings at these meetings provide valuable professional development.

I encourage you to try to attend these conferences with or without students to grow in FCCLA.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Remaining Relevant: Creating New Advisers

This is the first in a blog series about remaining relevant and how chapter advisers can use FCCLA to move FACS programs forward. Each edition of this series will provide a quick tip on using FCCLA or incorporating student involvement in the community to benefit FACS programs.

Each year, the national office hears of several FACS programs that have been cut from middle school and high school offerings. We hate hearing this and want to help when and where we can. One of the ways to do this is to encourage students to seek careers in FACS education. This is easier said than done, but one of the best ways is to show students what being a FACS teacher is all about.Take your classes on a field trip to a local (or the closest) college or university that offers a degree in Family and Consumer Science. While there students can sit in on classes, visit with professors, go on a campus tour, and meet with the financial aid office to discuss scholarships. Advisers, connect with the department chair in advance to schedule a presentation to the future educators so you can share your FCCLA experience with them, or invite them take their own field trip to your classroom.

Not only does this visit get your students thinking about a career in FACS education, but future teachers will be exposed to the benefits of FCCLA. Follow up with a career day where other FACS professionals come speak to your students in your classroom.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Share Your Expertise!

The Lesson plans and Activities web page needs your ideas to make it a complete resource for all FCCLA advisers! Lesson plans and activities come from advisers all across the country, so please use the Lesson Plan or Activity Template under Chapter Adviser section to submit and share your tools with fellow advisers.

Use the FCCLA website to upload/download lesson plans and activities to integrate FCCLA programs into your classroom. All affiliated advisers are able to access the Lesson Plans and Activities page by entering a username and password.