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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
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
As all of us in CTE know, we have to incorporate CTSOs into our curriculum. My students are members of Health Occupation Students of America. Each year, we select officers, do fundraisers and attend conferences.
Posted by Application Administrator at 4/30/2013 5:11:43 PM
On April 19, several hundred students from schools throughout Colorado
gathered at the Auraria campus in Denver for the 4th annual Creative
Careers Festival. This festival was developed to give students in
Colorado creative careers CTSOs access to the following opportunities:
Posted by Application Administrator at 4/30/2013 5:12:46 PM
I just recently returned from Kansas FCCLA State Leadership Conference.
While there three of my students competed in STAR events and all brought
home silver medals. What a great experience for these students. This
opportunity gives students the chance to practice public speaking
skills, organizational skills, time management and allows them to gain
confidence outside the classroom. FCCLA is only one of many career and
technical student organizations that provide these, and numerous other,
necessary skills to succeed in life.
Posted by Application Administrator at 4/30/2013 5:13:16 PM
Four years ago, out of curiosity and the need to broaden my horizons, I asked my administrator if I could attend the National Policy Seminar
in Washington DC with ACTE. My assistant administrator, Brian Funk,
had attended the previous year and filled me in on the experiences and
duties of a participant. It sounded like fun to me and gave me a chance
to see my nation’s capital for the first time.
Posted by Application Administrator at 4/30/2013 5:14:04 PM
I was very fortunate to accompany two very seasoned NPS attendees from
Maine, Chris Downing, director at Waldo County Technical Center, and
Dave Keaton, director at Region II School of Applied Technology. They
had established appointments with all four of our state senators in the
House and Senate.
Posted by Application Administrator at 4/30/2013 5:14:19 PM
This summer has been an enjoyable one, albeit a stretch for this small town girl. The Practitioner-in-Residence program
has provided a valuable experience to me and one that I can share with
the students and staff I work with. Originally I planned to stay for an
extended period of time at ACTE Headquarters; however, work and family
obligations required me to switch gears and plan for 7–10 day visits
each month. I am continuing to work on projects while at home but am
finding it is much easier to stay on task at the ACTE office.
Posted by Application Administrator at 4/30/2013 4:26:29 PM