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I'm joining the ACTE staff for three weeks in July 2013, where I will
work on projects related to connecting literacy and CTE. However, my
project will span three months as I create a "Literacy Tool Box," an
easy-to-use, all-in-one online resource, full of creative yet functional
ideas of merging literacy into a CTE classroom. The finished resource
will be made available on ACTE's Common Core web page for teacher use.
Posted by Application Administrator at 7/19/2013 4:13:27 PM
I had the opportunity to speak at a workshop for CTE instructors on July
17. I was asked to briefly talk on the benefits of membership in ACTE
and the leadership opportunity with the Fellowship Program. Patrick
Biggerstaff, 2012 Region III Fellow, asked me to share with the
Posted by Application Administrator at 7/19/2013 12:40:53 AM
I have just recently returned from our HOSA National Leadership
Conference held in Nashville, Tennessee, on June 26-29. My group
included 18 students and five adults. Two of the adults are teachers
with me at the JEL Career Center, and it was their first time attending.
Posted by Application Administrator at 7/11/2013 4:54:23 PM
I attended our Region III
Conference on June 19-21 in East Peoria, Illinois, with my fellow
Indiana state officers. It was my first Region III Conference, and I was
not sure what to expect. What I found was a very well-run educational
opportunities for all CTE educators and administrators.
Posted by Application Administrator at 7/11/2013 3:59:27 PM
I am thoroughly excited that our high school agricultural program made the news with the article "Northern Burlington High School agriscience program turns students into farmers"
yet I cringe at the title. I believe in production agriculture as it
is the foundation of all of our food and fiber needs. I know the vital
importance of the farmer in the agriculture industry. I am concerned
that in the United States we have an ever aging population of farmers.
However, our program does so much more than "turn students into farmers"
and the article even addressed that.
Posted by Application Administrator at 6/28/2013 9:39:16 PM
A couple of years ago, our department of education began to fervently
push ahead for Career Pathways. At the time, my program, Advanced Life
Science: Animals and Veterinary Assisting, fell under the general
heading of health careers. With the pathway they proposed, my program
would only be offered as a one-year program for seniors. This was very
disturbing to me since I had built my program as a two-year program. To
be under the heading of health careers would essentially cut my
enrollment in half, do away with my dual credit with Purdue University
and prevent any certification for lack of contact hours in the field.
Posted by Application Administrator at 6/17/2013 4:39:32 PM
I just came from a meeting with my state senator, Greg Taylor, about CTE
and ways that he and our senate can support us. It was a very good
meeting indeed. Sen. Taylor is very supportive of education and realizes
the value of career and technical education, but was not very
knowledgeable of the process and the student body we serve today.
Posted by Application Administrator at 6/17/2013 4:31:46 PM
The school year has come to an end. Every May, I reflect back upon my
year and evaluate my performance and influence. Four seniors left my
program this year as they move on to bigger and brighter things. Seeing
those four girls leave is bittersweet.
Posted by Application Administrator at 5/24/2013 1:11:12 PM