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Educators in Action is a blog for educators, by educators. The posts in Educators in Action are provided by our Board, Fellows, State Leaders, and Award winners. If you have any questions about the blog, please contact Leadership Coordinator Jordan Kronz for more information!

  • Can You Hear Me Now?

    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 attendees.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 7/19/2013 12:40:53 AM

  • Back From HOSA, Proud of Success

    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

  • Region Conferences Are More Than Worth It

    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

  • Agriculture - It's More Than Farming

    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

  • Advocating for Career Pathways

    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

  • The Powers That Be

    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

  • Graduation and Reflection

    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

  • Being a Connected Educator – Skyping With Future Ag Educators

    Tuesday, I had the opportunity to meet with future agriculture teachers who are nearing the end of their college experiences at Virginia Tech, Penn State and the University of Delaware. Since we are in state mandated testing week in NJ, this was a virtual meeting where I skyped into their meeting. Earlier in the week, they had written some questions about involvement in professional organizations as well as using technology in the classroom. Those questions gave me the inspiration for a topic of being a connected educator.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 6/28/2013 9:23:13 PM

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