Who Is in Charge Here?!
October 24, 2013
I was able to participate at our Indiana ACTE Conference on Sept. 20 as a symposium presenter. My presentation was on the leadership opportunities offered through ACTE. My presentation was at 4:00 p.m. and I only had about 10 people present. I would have liked more, but you work with what you have. I was privileged to have Doug Major, ACTE President, attending my presentation. It did make me a little nervous, but I soon got over that!
I began my presentation with why it is important to be a leader in your school, your community of peers, your students and your professional organization on a state, regional and national level. I then gave them insights on how to learn the skills needed to become a leader. A part of the presentation also spoke on what an affiliate is why they are important. This topic then leads into becoming a leader in the state ACTE organization. I talked on the ways the information can be found and who they needed to talk to.
As I progressed through my presentation, I went on a tour through the history of ACTE, Carl Perkins and the different legislative acts that have led to the federal support of CTE. I mentioned when ACTE got its beginnings and what those federal acts have led to. I also mentioned how our Perkins funding steadily has decreased since 2012. The importance of the National Policy Seminar and what it entailed was discussed, with my encouragement being added to become more involved in the political process that helps keep us funded.
I ended my presentation with a description of the Fellowship program, its purpose and what it entails. I provided each of my participants a handout with the PowerPoint and materials on the history of ACTE, CareerTech VISION, the Fellowship Program and how to become a member in general. There were a few questions by the audience that I addressed at the end. I felt it was a productive presentation and was complemented by my preparation and thoroughness. I really enjoyed sharing what I have learned and I hope have inspired others to become more involved.
Who We Are
The Association for Career
and Technical Education is the nation’s largest not-for-profit
education association dedicated to the advancement of education that
prepares youth and adults for successful careers. Founded in 1926, ACTE
has more than 25,000 members; career and technical educators,
administrators, researchers, guidance counselors and others involved in
planning and conducting career and technical education programs at the
secondary, postsecondary and adult levels. ACTE provides advocacy,
public awareness and access to information on career and technical
education, professional development and tools that enable members to be
successful and effective leaders.
What We Do
ACTE is committed to enhancing the job performance and satisfaction of
its members; to increasing public awareness and appreciation for career
and technical programs; and to assuring growth in local, state and
federal funding for these programs by communicating and working with
legislators and government leaders.
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