Summer Newsletter 2013
I know we are all ready for summer and all that it brings! A break from classes with much-needed rest and rejuvenation…and professional development opportunities to excite us to prepare for the next school year!
This will be my final newsletter, since I finished my term as your Family and Consumer Sciences Division vice president on the ACTE Board of Directors, on June 30. Charlotte Gray will do a fabulous job in representing all of us after taking her place in this position on July 1.
It has been a joy to serve you in this role for the past three years. I have loved meeting so many of you, gaining many friendships and hearing your stories from the field of family and consumer sciences. My philosophy has always been to leave things better than I found them, and, with big shoes to fill from those who have served our Division before me, that was a pretty tall order!
I have sought to bring our three sections—NATFACS, NATEFACS and NASAFACS—together in planning for our Division events and sessions at Vision, engaged more business and industry partners with certification opportunities for our students and instructors, developed relationships and funding from more partnerships and sponsors for our Division activities and worked to see that our membership was encouraged with graduate fellowship opportunities and awarded through our awards program.
I have also responded to thousands of e-mails from you and been to many states and regions in presenting and speaking on your behalf. We received much praise and high marks from our Division members for the success of the programming we offered them at VISION 2012 and look forward to more great opportunities at VISION 2013 for our Family and Consumer Sciences Division members. This newsletter is packed with great information that you can share with others to support family and consumer sciences. I hope you’ll take the time to share with administrators, other FACS educators who may not be members, and other business and industry representatives in your community.
I want to thank Becky Cox for continuing to serve as the past president, co-signer of the budget for our Division and policy committee member for the past three years. Her support and encouragement have been greatly appreciated.
For those who have served as Division committee chairs—Lela Goar, as Graduate Fellowship Chair and Lindsey Shirley, as our Division Awards Chair—THANK YOU! Your service and tireless dedication to our members have truly been appreciated. Your Division has been served well by those members who have represented us on the ACTE Nominating Committee (Charlotte Gray), ACTE Resolutions Committee (Karen Rodriguez), and ACTE Bylaws Committee (Kathy Croxall). We thank you for serving in your role the past three years. We have two who will continue to finish out their terms on the National Family and Consumer Sciences Coalition, representing the ACTE FACS Division, RaAnn Miller and Gayla Randel. Your dedication to focusing on and addressing issues that impact us has been wonderful and we know that you will continue to represent us well!
I feel that we have made great strides in the past three years, but also recognize too intimately what challenges lie before us. I still see our membership slipping, perhaps because of those retirements and programs closing.
I ask that each of you realize the great importance that you have at the local level of simply sharing the great things that ACTE membership does for our Family and Consumer Sciences Division that impacts us locally, from representing us and having a strong legislative voice on Capitol Hill and with committees with the concerns that impact us, to providing many great resources for our membership, be it the “FACS of Life” Pinterest account, e-blasts, newsletters, Techniques magazine, daily CTE current events online newsletters for all of us and an incredible convention where we offer the most current professional development opportunities, networking, awards and leadership opportunities all focused on family and consumer sciences and led by YOU, the members.
So much for your membership dues, and such a great investment in making sure that our voice is heard in Washington and to band together for the common cause of all we are passionate about and hold dear! Please encourage others to join us and continue the heritage of professionalism that has proven to be respected by others.
As I close, I say THANK YOU to each of you. Your friendship, sharing and encouragement to me and to others in our field have been humbling, rewarding and a wonderful experience. It has been my honor and privilege to serve you. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said:
“The definition of success is to laugh much, to win respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn approbation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give one’s self; to leave the world a little better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm, and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived…this is to have succeeded.” I wish you much success!
Serving with you,
Past President, FACS Division
300 Walnut Street
Paducah, KY 42001
Here’s an Overview of All of the Great Professional Development for our Division at VISION 2012!
Eighteen Deep Dive sessions were presented and connected us with a focus on business and industry, career pathways, advocacy, certifications, FCCLA and technology. Thanks to the wonderful presenters who provided those Deep Dive presentations!
- Chris Koetke, Kendall College—“Teaching Taste: The Most Fundamental Kitchen Skill”
- NATFACS— “NATFACS Best Practices Showcase”
- Greg Beachey, National Restaurant Association—Serve Safe Certification Session; “Culinary Math”; and “Initiating Business and Industry Partnerships- ProStart, the How-to For You and Your Classroom”; and “Maximizing Your Professional Culinary Portfolio-Options for Industry Certifications with NRA and ACF”
- Timm Boettcher and Cindy Fremont, Reality Works— “Refreshing Your Parenting, Early Childhood Development, and Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs Through the Total Parenting Experience”
- Mary Petersen, Center for the Advancement for Food Service Educators & Tom Gauthier, Johnson & Wales University— “Connecting the Food Service Industry to the Food Service Classroom”
- Diane Bales, Better Brains for Babies— “Better Brains for Babies-Research Tips and Strategies for Teaching Brain Development for Educators”
- Bernard Martinage, National Federation of Dining Room Professionals— “From Apprentice to Masters Certification—Professional FDRP Hospitality Certification”
- Edie Doan and Caleb Hearon, FCCLA— “A Better You: A Better Teacher”
- Nicole Wanago, Family Economics & Financial Education, University of Arizona—“Tools That Teach: Effective Web 2.0 Tools for Your Classroom:
- Brocklin Qualls, Council for Professional Recognition— “CDA: Effective Partnerships and State Based Professional Development Opportunities”
- Vivienne Oxford, Council for Professional Recognition— “Advisor Training: How to Help Your Students Through the CDA Process”
- RaAnn Miller, Gayla Randel, Dr. Karen Alexander, Dr. Lindsey Shirley, National Family & Consumer Sciences Coalition— “CTE Advocacy: A Step by Step Guide at the Local, State and National Level”
- Dr. Lindsey Shirley, Utah State University— “Tools for Everyday Living: Using Technology to Engage Learners in Clothing and Textiles Content”
- Dr. Doris Sikora, Western Kentucky University— “What Great Teachers Do: Building Relationships and Developing Excellence in the Classroom”
- Gay Nell McGinnis, AAFCS— “Certified Personal and Family Finance Educator Certification”
Timm Boettcher, Reality Works
Charlotte Gray and Tracey Newman
ACTE Lifetime Achievement Award
Our own Becky Cox was awarded the ACTE Lifetime Achievement Award at the ACTE Awards Banquet. Congratulations to Becky! A well deserved award!
FACS Division Awards Banquet
A very special thank you to Chris Koetke, who did an outstanding job of presenting an “International Culinary Experience” at our Awards Banquet. It was truly our honor and privilege to have him join us!
Family and Consumer Sciences Awards
Graduate Fellowship Awards presented on behalf of Lela Goar, Graduate Fellowship Chair:
Congratulations to those who received graduate fellowships to further their master’s and doctoral programs in family and consumer sciences!
- Tyler McKee, Texas Tech University—$2,000—Master’s Fellowship
- LaToya Johnson, Texas Tech University—$4,000—Doctoral Fellowship
Family and Consumer Sciences Division Award Recipients presented by Division Awards Chair Dr. Lindsey Shirley:
Congratulations to those who were received well-deserved awards from our Division! We truly appreciate the great contributions that you all have made to family and consumer sciences!
Citation Award—Timm Boettcher, Reality Works
Outstanding Contributions Award—Karen Mason, Missouri
Roll of Honor—Debbie Tankersley, Kentucky
NATFACS Award Winners presented by Dr. Michelle Aldrich, NATFACS Awards Chair:
Award of Merit—Alesia Sallee, Kentucky—Free Café Workshop Registration presented by Mary Petersen, CAFÉ—Center for Advancement of Food Service Education
Pride Award—Cody Anderson, Kentucky—$100 NASCO gift card presented by Barbara George, NASCO
New Professional Award—Kelli Dickson, Kentucky—$500 NATFACS Award and presentation of a Johnson & Wales Workshop Registration by Tom Gauthier, Johnson & Wales University
Champion for Family and Consumer Sciences—Albert Fox, Kentucky
Champion for Family and Consumer Sciences—Katherine Turner, Arkansas
A special thanks to all of this year’s sponsors for making VISION 2012 a huge success!
- Timm Boettcher and Realityworks—$5,000 sponsor for our Awards Banquet
- Reality Works—Donation of the Real Care Infant Simulator
- Continental Sewing—Donation of the Computerized Sewing Machine
- Mary Petersen—CAFÉ Workshop Certificate for our award winner
- Barbara George, NASCO—$100 Gift Care for our award winner
- Tom Gauthier, Johnson & Wales—Donation of a registration for our award winner
- Home Baking Association—Donation for scholarship drawings
- And the many other contributions that assisted with our NATFACS scholarship fundraiser
Please say THANK YOU to all of our sponsors for their support for our Division!
This year plans for our the FACS Division are in full swing! I want to personally thank the Family and Consumer Sciences Division Policy Committee for providing great input into making this year’s VISION 2013 a success!
We already have many exciting things planned for all who attend! Early-bird registration ends soon, so don’t miss out on the savings by registering NOW! Here are some of the highlights we have planned:
- A First-time FACS Member Attendee Reception—Thursday, Dec. 5, 10:00-10:30 a.m.
- FACS Division Conference Information Center with lots of great shopping at the NOOK for our NATFACS scholarship fundraiser, lots of great networking and special surprises for Division members.
- Great presenters who will give us updated information from business and industry, connections to careers with certification in our field, advocacy and marketing sessions; FCCLA; child development associate update, personal finance and consumerism, fashion design and technology.
- Our always popular NATFACS Best Practices Showcase will return so that educators can share their success and secrets with others in the field.
- NATEFACS will host a roundtable session this year to share research and great information to all of us in family and consumer sciences.
- We will celebrate our FACS Division and NATFACS award winners this year at a brunch following Friday’s General Session. You’ll want to join us to celebrate those who have made great contributions to family and consumer sciences. We always have great food, fun and drawings for big prizes at this event! Realityworks will again be a sponsor for this event. Please take the opportunity to say THANK YOU to them!
- Our FACS Division Opening Session and Business Session will be on Thursday afternoon with the NATFACS Business Meeting following. NATEFACS and NASAFACS will hold their business meetings on Friday. You will want to be present for the Division Opening & Business Sessions and your respective section’s business meeting to participate in activities that help move us forward nationally. YOUR attendance and leadership are important to us!
- We are also working on a fun tour and off-site meal sponsored by the National Restaurant Association! Be watching for details!
- Plans are also in the early stages for an offsite culinary workshop! We hope it will be a reality this year! Be watching for updates!
PLANNING MEETINGS FOR VISION 2013
It was my pleasure to be invited as a guest to the NATFACS Spring Policy & Planning meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah. It has been a practice for many years for NATFACS to invite the ACTE FACS Division vice president to the spring meeting to work on plans for NATFACS for the upcoming convention. It has always been a joy to be invited and to work with them!
During my first year in this role, Pearl Hart, NASAFACS President, invited me as a guest to work with the NASAFACS section for convention planning, as well. Again, this year, I represented our Division and presented a VISION 2013 overview for the participants at that meeting.
I would like to extend a personal thank you to all who attended the Family and Consumer Sciences Division meeting at the ACTE National Policy Seminar. A special thank you goes to Mitch Coppes, who brought us materials to take with us on Capitol Hill and information regarding the USDA nutrition update and Perkins legislation. Applause goes to Chandler Classen, FCCLA National Vice President of Development, who did an outstanding job on Capitol Hill asking questions from our panel members! What a terrific job! Those panel members were impressed and so were we!
|NATIONAL FCCLA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The FCCLA Board of Directors selected Sandy Spavone as the new National FCCLA executive director. We are excited for the leadership, experience and vision that she brings to us in this new role. Upon accepting the position, Sandy noted, “Continuing to expand the FCCLA membership, and the leadership development opportunities for youth members as they participate in Family and Consumer Sciences Education, will truly create a powerful force for the field and for youth leadership. I am looking forward to working with the FCCLA Board of Directors, National Executive Council, State Advisers, Chapter Advisers, and National Staff to lead the organization to a new exciting phase of growth and partnership to make FCCLA the Ultimate Leadership Experience for all who participate.” As a new member of our ACTE FACS Division Policy Committee, please join us in welcoming her! Exciting days are ahead for FCCLA!
With many travel and classroom budgets cut, it’s a perfect time for family and consumer sciences educators to shine. May I challenge you to NOW take the opportunity this summer to look for those GRANTS to help you provide all that you need. Just Google “grant,” and you will be amazed at the opportunities that you will find! During my teaching, there were very few years that I didn’t apply for a grant.
The rewards were astounding! I looked for grants that would help support my students in learning, travel and resources; my department and school in having supplies and technology that I needed; and for me to improve professionally in my field with travel and opportunities like the ACTE VISION and State ACTE meetings. My administration and district were winners, too, each time I was awarded a grant. No more did they say, ”we don’t have travel funds” or “you can’t take your students” or “we can’t pay for a substitute.” They were now saying, “Here, fill out this grant application” and were bringing them to me to complete and asked for my assistance to help others.
It wasn’t that my district was overflowing with funding that I was able to present or attend conferences. It was because I was so passionate about what I did that I was willing to take the time to fill out the applications and follow through with the requirements and reporting to offer my students what they deserved. I am convinced when a RIF hit my high school, I was kept because of the thousands of dollars I brought in to the school with funding: vinyl cutting machine and business operated by FCCLA; color printers and computers; embroidery and computerized sewing machines; document cameras for the school; projectors for the school; smart boards; and the list goes on. If someone needed something, they knew I would have it.
I challenge you this summer to check out the ACTE “FACS OF LIFE” Pinterest board for great FACS lesson plans and ideas, and then pursue those grant opportunities. Give your students, parents, community, administrators, district and legislators the reason to take notice and KEEP YOUR PROGRAM! If it’s important enough to keep, then it’s important enough to creatively work for! I wish you all the best as you watch your program and FCCLA flourish!
Although, I will step out of the serving on the frontline role with ACTE, please know that I will continue to work on the sidelines for family and consumer sciences with you. I’ll continue to serve with you. See you at FCCLA National Leadership Conference and VISION 2013 in Las Vegas!
“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard” —Winnie the Pooh
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