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Engineering and Technology Education Division - Strategic Plan



Mission Statement

The mission of the engineering and technology education division is to advance the development of technological literacy and capability for life and work.

Goals of the Division

To fulfill its mission, the technology education division shall:

  1. Promote professional unity and collaboration.

  2. Provide activities and products for leadership development and program improvement.

  3. Increase the flow of new engineering and technology teachers into the profession.

  4. Provide effective advocacy for the profession.

  5. Strengthen the operation and resource base for the division.

Objectives of the Division

The objectives and resultant strategies (to be developed by each Engineering and Technology Education committee) are directly related to the goals listed above as follows:

1. Promote professional unity and collaboration.

1.1. Support ongoing efforts to develop a definition, philosophy and standards for the technology education profession.

Support the work and dissemination of the Engineering and Technology for All Americans project to Engineering and Technology Education Division members.

1.2. Promote interdisciplinary linkages.

Take advantage of Career Pathways, School to Work, Workforce Development, etc., opportunities that are emerging.

Disseminate information about Engineering and Technology Education collaborative activities on the Internet (Technology/ Science/Math, conference program, exemplary programs, leadership opportunities, etc.).

Encourage involvement of Technology Education in programs such as integration initiatives, NSF grants, state and national reform thrusts, etc.

Promote participation among related professional associations.

Encourage Engineering and Technology Education Division members to present/participate in other professional organizations and ACTE divisions (both within and beyond Technology & Vocational Education).

2. Provide activities and products for leadership development and program improvement.

2.1. Identify and recognize exemplary programs and teachers of technology education at all levels. (Awards Committee)

Each year identify exemplary Technology Education programs in the geographic area of the upcoming ACTE Convention and invite program personnel to make a presentation as part of the Division's convention program.

Develop an award for recognizing a Teacher Educator of the Year.

Participate in the updating of the Standards for Engingeering and Technology Education Programs and promote as the criteria for the identification of exemplary programs.

Promote exemplary engineering and technology teachers for ACTE Teacher of the Year award(s).

Develop a program to recognize significant vendor contributions to Engineering and Technology Education Division.

2.2. Provide the profession with leadership development activities and products.

Support leadership development and program implementation by producing an inventory of 10 products for those areas of concern.

2.3. Develop curriculum and other resources to promote program improvement. (Adhoc Committee)

Develop a mechanism for communicating the availability and nature of curriculum resources that are available for Engineering and Technology Education teachers.

Assemble a team of exemplary teachers to guide the conceptualization and development of a funded project to develop a high school curriculum guide for Engineering and Technology Education.

3. Increase the flow of new engineering and technology teachers into the profession.

3.1. Identify and recruit individuals into the engineering and technology education teaching profession.

Develop promotional materials interpreting the Engineering and Technology Education Division and Engineering and Technology Education to potential teachers. (Public Information Committee)

Target and develop strategies and materials for attracting under-represented and diverse populations into the engineering and technology education profession (retired military, women, ethnic groups, etc.). (Diversity and Public Information Committees)

3.2. Monitor and formulate recommendations on teacher certification and program accreditation procedures. (Liaison Committee)

Study and recommend models for meeting the requirements for Engineering and Technology Education Teacher certification.

Study and recommend models of alternative certification, including that for nontraditional students (retired military, second-career industry, teachers from other areas, etc.).

4. Provide effective advocacy for the profession.

4.1. Provide proactive advocacy for legislative support of engineering and technology education.

Publish a list of the designated state supervisor or advocate for Engineering and Technology Education for each of the 50 states (hard copy and on the Internet). (Supervision Representative and Public Information Committees)

The Division's Legislative Committee will develop a Legislative Advocate Handbook.

Advocate the role of Engineeringa and Technology Education programs in meeting the purposes of Federal legislation to assure that programs continue to be eligible for federal funding. (Legislative and Resolutions Committee)

4.2. Develop and implement public relations and outreach initiative for the division and the profession.

Encourage Engineering and Technology Education Division members to publish in the ACTE Techniques magazine (Insider, feature articles, a theme issue, etc.). (Policy and Editorial & Publications Committees)

Develop and publish guidelines for promoting Engineering and Technology Education the state level (through the use of items such as newsletters, contests, and developing other promotional materials). (President of the Division)

Produce products to promote the profession (e.g., bumper stickers, mouse pads, posters, lapel pins, T-shirts, notebooks, etc.). (Public Information Committee)

Promote the profession to constituencies (parents, teachers, post-secondary, administrators, community groups, industry groups, students, etc.). (Public Information and Editorial & Publications Committees)

5. Strengthen the operation and resource base for the division.

5.1. Increase division membership. (Membership Committee)

Initiate a major membership drive including target groups such as TSA advisors, state contacts, newsletter editors, etc.

Encourage Division members to solicit participation of students and colleagues in the ACTE New Professionals program.

Promote the use of the ACTE's "Multiple Membership" system for recruiting members from other divisions of the ACTE.

5.2. Increase the involvement of classroom teachers in the division and in its activities.

Develop a plan for systematically visiting Technology Education programs in areas of the ACTE conference. (Division Conference Planners and Committee)

Increase classroom teacher membership on and participation in Division committees. (Membership Committee and Division Conference Planners)

Increase the number of presentations by classroom teachers on the Division's ACTE Convention program. (Division Conference Planning Committee)

Develop conference programs that are specifically designed to appeal to classroom teachers. (Division Conference Planning Committee)

Solicit publication articles by "classroom teachers for classroom teachers" for newsletter, ACTE Techniques magazine and Insider. (Editorial & Publications and Public Information Committees)

5.3. Strengthen the division's operation and management as evidenced by effective committees and increased communication.

Publish two newsletters per year to communicate with Division members. (Editorial & Publications Committee)

Submit information about Division activities for publication in each issue of the ACTE Update.
(Editorial & Publications and Public Information Committees)

Involve members from the region of the ACTE conference by assigning responsibilities to and involving them in conference activities. (Conference Chair)

Solicit revenue from vendors via newsletters, publications, receptions, etc. (Editorial & Publications and Policy Committees)

Develop corporate sponsorship of TED activities (awards, marketing products, ACTE sessions, etc). (Awards Committee and Conference Chair)

Encourage business/industry involvement of ACTE/Engineering and Technology Education Division committees. (President and Policy Committee)

Develop a donor/Endowment Fund to assist ACTE/Engineering and Technology Education Divisionto-to be funded by retirees, business/industry, memorials. (Public Information and Editorial & Publications Committees)

Strategic Planning Team Participants

  • Lowell Anderson, Indiana State University
  • Ronald G. Barker, Georgia State Department of Education
  • Lee D. Carter, Colorado State University
  • Jerry Drennan, Texas Christian University
  • Michael J. Dyrenfurth, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • Thomas L. Erekson, Bowling Green State University
  • Laverne Young Hawkins, Texas A&M University
  • Van Hughes, Ceswich, Pennsylvania
  • Charles Johnson, University of Northern Iowa
  • A. R. (Bob) Putnam, Indiana State University
  • Randall Shaw, Southeast Missouri State University
  • Bill Wargo, Florida State Department of Education
  • Rosanne White, Executive Director-Technology Student Association
  • Planning Facilitator:
  • Rodney L. Custer, University of Missouri-Columbia

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