Ohio Teacher a Finalist for ACTE Outstanding Teacher in Community Service Award
October 9, 2013
ALEXANDRIA, VA—The Association for Career and Technical Education announces Adam Schlosser of Milford, Ohio, as the ACTE Region I Outstanding Teacher in Community Service. Schlosser, a digital arts and design instructor at Great Oaks Career Campuses, is one of five finalists vying for the national title of 2014 ACTE Outstanding Teacher in Community Service award, which recognizes teachers with significant accomplishments and outstanding leadership in programs and activities that promote community involvement.
The national 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.
"When teachers authentically care about students and provide challenging educational experiences, inspiration is inherent," said Adam Schlosser, instructor of digital arts and design at Live Oaks High School. Schlosser was inspired to engage his students in a creative anti-bullying project called Create! Don't Hate after a conversation about the power of design to ignite change. The project allowed Schlosser's students the opportunity to explore issues of tolerance, diversity and respect, while giving them the experience of working through the design process with real designers in a professional ofﬁce environment. Students met with world-renowned design firm Landor Associates weekly to develop designs for five billboards addressing anti-bullying issues from a student perspective. Teams also developed other materials to support their ﬁnal campaigns: One group created buttons, another ﬁlmed a video, others designed t-shirts or blogged about their personal experiences with intolerance.
After the projects were finished, Landor hosted a reception for the students, parents, business partners and school staff, who asked the students about the creative process and the messages being conveyed through their designs. At the event, Adam was happy to announce that he had secured donated billboard space throughout Cincinnati to ensure that the public would see all ﬁve billboard designs. They remained on display for three months, giving the community ample opportunity to engage the project's anti-bullying message and help them understand issues facing teenagers today. "I feel so lucky to have been a part of a project that's bigger than all of us," said one of Schlosser's students.
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. 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