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ACTE Announces Indiana State Director as National Award Finalist


September 13, 2016

Contact: Jarrod Nagurka 
jnagurka@acteonline.org, 703-683-9312 


ACTE Announces Indiana State Director as National Award Finalist

ALEXANDRIA, VA—The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announces Peggy Wild, state director of CTE for the Indiana Department of Education, as the recipient of the 2016 ACTE Region III Lifetime Achievement Award. This award recognizes the contributions and distinguished accomplishments of members who have been identified with the work and purposes of the Association for Career and Technical Education over an extended period of time. 

Peggy Wild has been a CTE leader for almost five decades and has served Indiana CTE for twenty two years. She holds a PhD with a major in Family & Consumer Sciences (FCS) Teacher Education and is Indiana’s State Director of CTE; she formerly served as the State Program Leader for FCS and Coordinator of Career Pathways and Work Based Learning at the Indiana Department of Education. Wild’s visionary, proactive efforts have enabled comprehensive reform in CTE at the state and national levels. This includes monumental achievements in developing rigorous career pathways, academic standards, curricula, and assessments for middle and high school students; professional development for teachers; and overall program infrastructure and support. She served on the panels to validate national Core CTE Standards and the review committee for the National Board’s CTE Teacher Standards. 

Wild co-chaired the leadership team for the project to develop the FCS National Standards, which were adopted in 1998. These national standards for student learning enable a strategic place for FCS education in the state and national education landscape, and she has since led the revision process for 2008 and 2017. Wild is a state and national volunteer leader and served on numerous boards of directors. She was national president of National Association of State Administrators of FCS and the FCS Education Association, and most recently, national president of the American Association of FCS. “Peggy has been a key leader over decades in creating a climate of excellence for professionals in CTE and for assuring that CTE contributes to the good of our society and the economy,” says retired professor Joan R. McFadden. “With leaders like Peggy, our profession thrives and will continue to do so.”

Wild is one of four finalists for the 2017 national title. The national winner will be announced at the ACTE Awards Banquet, a dinner and award presentation recognizing the best CTE educators in the country. The event will take place on Wednesday evening, November 30, during ACTE’s CareerTech VISION 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Awards Banquet is sponsored by Express Employment Professionals, the US Army, CareerSafe, Certiport, Stratasys, and International Baccalaureate. For more information about the ACTE Excellence Awards, visit our webpage.


About ACTE 
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, guidance counselors and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities. 


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