Kansas Instructor a Finalist for ACTE Outstanding Career and Technical Educator Award
October 9, 2013
ALEXANDRIA, VA—The Association for Career and Technical Education announces Gayla Randel of Topeka, Kansas, as the ACTE Region V Outstanding Career and Technical Educator. Randel, an educational program consultant for family and consumer sciences at the Kansas State Department of Education, is one of five finalists vying for the national title of 2014 ACTE Outstanding Career and Technical Educator, which recognizes career and technical educators, other than full-time teachers, who have provided significant contributions to professional associations and career and technical education programs for youth and/or adults in their fields, communities and/or states.
The winner will be announced at the ACTE Awards Banquet, a dinner and award presentation recognizing the best CTE educators in the country, which will take place on Wednesday evening, Dec. 4, 2013, at CareerTech VISION 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In the past three years as an educational program consultant for family and consumer sciences at the Kansas State Department of Education, Gayla Randel has significantly increased the resources available to FACS teachers across the state. She developed a website comprising several publications, promotions, statistics and facts sheets to promote FACS education, and, in the past two years, the website has received nearly 5,000 hits. In addition, she created a virtual library of teaching and support resources on the FACS/career clusters website, included previously live-streamed, archived webinars presented by Randel covering a variety of topics. Randel now writes and archives seven e-newsletters, containing resource links and professional development opportunities, per school year. Randel worked with industry partners to develop workshops for more than 160 educators/attendees and has also expanded connections to FACS-related agencies. The Professional Learning Experience Toolkit developed by Randel in 2011 is currently used as a resource statewide.
Since putting these initiatives into place, several pathways have seen significant increases. Randel solicits FACS teachers for feedback in an annual survey to drive further curriculum and planning. In response to survey findings, Randel was able to preemptively initiate a campaign to recruit more FACS teachers to fill a projected shortage. Developing a legacy for future educators is not only the inspiration behind Randel's efforts to build a successful CTE classroom-it is a key reason for her membership in ACTE: "[Involvement] is a statement of professionalism. It's the willingness to be a stepping stone from one generation to the next."
The ACTE Awards Banquet is sponsored by Cisco, Kuder Inc., Stratasys, CEV Multimedia Ltd. and Certiport. For more information about the Awards Banquet at CareerTech VISION 2013: www.acteonline.org/vision_banquet
For more information about the Awards Program: www.acteonline.org/awards
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. It provides advocacy, public awareness and access to information, professional development and tools that enable members to be successful and effective leaders. Founded in 1926, ACTE has more than 27,000 members including teachers, counselors and administrators at the middle school, high school and postsecondary levels.