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ACTE and its state associations work together to serve the needs of career and technical education educators.    Membership growth is important for all associations.  In 2014 ACTE's Board of Directors established a State Task Force, comprised of state associations who have experienced growth over the past ten years, to develop a list of best practices for membership growth.  The Task Force collaborated over the course of several months to compare their success stories, as well as surveying the other state associations to determine other trends for membership stability and growth.

This page is a collection of best practices and suggestions. Not everything works in every state. What is presented gives state association leaders and Membership Committees the opportunity to compare what works in other states with what is needed in theirs. The suggestions for mentors/ resources are opportunities to reach out and learn from others how the best practice can be molded to individual state needs.

The best practices are grouped into seven major categories, followed by a brief description and mentor information.

  • Building strong relationships with Affiliates
  • Utilizing Association Management
  • Launching awareness campaigns
  • Customer driven conferences
  • Simplified dues collection
  • Leadership development programs and resources
  • Membership recruitment and initiatives

 


Building strong relationships with Affiliates

Rebates

Best Practice: The State Task Force recommended incentivizing dues collection for the affiliates by offering the affiliates rebates if they collected state ACTE dues. 

Mentors:

Mark Branger, Montana ACTE executive director, mbranger@huntley.k12.mt.us

Becky Cox, Utah ACTE executive director, rbcox81@gmail.com

Matthew Gambill, Georgia ACTE executive director, mhgambill@bellsouth.net

Cheryl Harder, Oklahoma ACTE executive director, charder@okacte.org

Kraig Steinhoff, North Dakota ACTE executive director, kraig.steinhoff@sendit.nodak.edu

Mike Stone, Kentucky ACTE executive director, kmstone@mis.net

 

Division Identity

Best Practice: Many affiliates' members find their primary identity in their division/affiliate and do not necessarily view themselves as a part of CTE.  The Task Force recommends working with the affiliate groups to help them understand that they are part of the larger CTE family. 

Mentors:

Mark Branger, Montana ACTE executive director, mbranger@huntley.k12.mt.us

Becky Cox, Utah ACTE executive director, rbcox81@gmail.com

Matthew Gambill, Georgia ACTE executive director, mhgambill@bellsouth.net

Cheryl Harder, Oklahoma ACTE executive director, charder@okacte.org

Kraig Steinhoff, North Dakota ACTE executive director, kraig.steinhoff@sendit.nodak.edu

Mike Stone, Kentucky ACTE executive director, kmstone@mis.net

 

Strong Collaboration

Best Practice: The State Task Force survey results revealed a correlation between states with strong relationships with their affiliate groups and membership growth.  Additionally, the Task Force recommends incorporating the affiliate groups into the state ACTE Board. 

Mentors:

Mark Branger, Montana ACTE executive director, mbranger@huntley.k12.mt.us

Becky Cox, Utah ACTE executive director, rbcox81@gmail.com

Matthew Gambill, Georgia ACTE executive director, mhgambill@bellsouth.net

Cheryl Harder, Oklahoma ACTE executive director, charder@okacte.org

Kraig Steinhoff, North Dakota ACTE executive director, kraig.steinhoff@sendit.nodak.edu

Mike Stone, Kentucky ACTE executive director, kmstone@mis.net


Utilizing Association Management 

 

ACTE's Quality Association Standards

Best Practice: ACTE's Quality Association Standards (QAS) is more than just a way to recognize state associations for excellence in association management.  The QAS is a check list of association management best practices.  Whether or not a state association is able to complete the QAS for recognition, the QAS serves as a plumb line to help guide state associations toward effective and efficient operation. 

Mentors:

Matthew Gambill, Georgia ACTE executive director, mhgambill@bellsouth.net

Resource:

Georgia ACTE uses the QAS standards as a primary document in its annual Board planning/orientation meeting.

More information about the QAS is available at www.acteonline.org/award_qas

 

Activities and Resources for Members

Best Practice: The State Task Force survey results revealed a correlation between states that offer activities and resources for their members and membership growth. 

Mentors:

Mark Branger, Montana ACTE executive director, mbranger@huntley.k12.mt.us

Becky Cox, Utah ACTE executive director, rbcox81@gmail.com

Matthew Gambill, Georgia ACTE executive director, mhgambill@bellsouth.net

Cheryl Harder, Oklahoma ACTE executive director, charder@okacte.org

Kraig Steinhoff, North Dakota ACTE executive director, kraig.steinhoff@sendit.nodak.edu

Mike Stone, Kentucky ACTE executive director, kmstone@mis.net

 

 

Peer Mentoring

Best Practice: Mentoring between state association leaders provides an important resource for ideas and innovation.  ACTE provides various ways state leaders can connect with each other throughout the year.

Mentors:

Please contact Lauren Lessels at llessels@acteonline.org for assistance connecting with state leaders who may have expertise in your area of need or are interested in mentoring.

 

Executive Directors

Best Practice: Executive Directors (paid/volunteer/part-time/full-time) guide the overall operation of a state association.  This staff member is primarily responsible for the day-to-day functioning of the organization, ensuring that the state association is managed well.  If a state association cannot afford an executive director, the task force suggested considering partnering with another state association to find an executive director to oversee both organizations.  The Growth states have paid (even if its just part-time) Executive Directors.

Mentors: 

Members of the ACTE National Executive Directors' Association

(NEDA); Matthew Gambill, Georgia ACTE executive director and President of NEDA, mhgambill@bellsouth.net

Resource:

www.asaecenter.org/smallstaff

 

Unification

Best Practice: The State Task Force survey results revealed a correlation between states that were unified and membership growth.

Resource:

Please contact Lauren Lessels at llessels@acteonline.org for more information on unification specifics.

 

Strengthening the State Associations

Best Practice: The State Task Force reaffirmed the need for ACTE to provide additional resources and support to state associations that are inactive or in need of assistance.  ACTE is test starting a new initiative in Region I states through a State Liaison, who will travel to all the state associations in the Region to provide hands on support and recommendations. 

Resource:

Please contact Lauren Lessels at llessels@acteonline.org for more information on ways ACTE can assist your state association.  Several resources are available at www.acteonline.org/states_resources.

 

Launching Awareness Campaigns

Teacher Educators

Best Practice: Teacher Educators impact the trajectory of future CTE educators.  A campaign to target Teacher Educators is recommended to inform Teacher Educators, and as a result, their students, of the importance of professional memberships and the role of ACTE in securing funding for CTE programs. 

Mentors: 

Mike Stone, Kentucky ACTE executive director, kmstone@mis.net

Resource:

Kentucky ACTE is developing a resource packet to facilitate meeting with teacher educators and presenting the benefits of ACTE/KACTE membership to students. Please see Targeting Student Members in the Membership Section.

 

Professional Organization

Best Practice: Many CTE educators enter the education field directly from industry.  These individuals need to know that ACTE is the professional organization for CTE educators.

Mentors:

Mark Branger, Montana ACTE executive director, mbranger@huntley.k12.mt.us

Becky Cox, Utah ACTE executive director, rbcox81@gmail.com

Matthew Gambill, Georgia ACTE executive director, mhgambill@bellsouth.net

Cheryl Harder, Oklahoma ACTE executive director, charder@okacte.org

Kraig Steinhoff, North Dakota ACTE executive director, kraig.steinhoff@sendit.nodak.edu

Mike Stone, Kentucky ACTE executive director, kmstone@mis.net

 

 

Image of CTE

Best Practice: The importance of promoting a positive image of CTE cannot be understated. 

Mentors: 

Mike Stone, Kentucky ACTE executive director, kmstone@mis.net

Resource:

Kentucky ACTE produced three short videos to explain and promote CTE with students, parents and educators. Here are You Tube links to the videos:  Parents video http://youtu.be/vIeSK4_TkiU;  Students video  http://youtu.be/CrHNxXU8isI;  Educators video http://youtu.be/Bdhs_ORHGVQ. The videos are not copyrighted and are free for use by any state association.

Customer Driven Conferences 

Certifications/CEUs

Best Practice: The State Task Force recommends offering certifications/CEUs at conferences to attract attendees and simplify their professional development process.

Mentors:

Mark Branger, Montana ACTE executive director, mbranger@huntley.k12.mt.us

Becky Cox, Utah ACTE executive director, rbcox81@gmail.com

Matthew Gambill, Georgia ACTE executive director, mhgambill@bellsouth.net

Cheryl Harder, Oklahoma ACTE executive director, charder@okacte.org

Kraig Steinhoff, North Dakota ACTE executive director, kraig.steinhoff@sendit.nodak.edu

Mike Stone, Kentucky ACTE executive director, kmstone@mis.net

 

Satellite Programming

Best Practice: The State Task Force recommends partnering with another organization/state association to share conference content, similar to a simulcast. 

Mentors:

Mark Branger, Montana ACTE executive director, mbranger@huntley.k12.mt.us

Becky Cox, Utah ACTE executive director, rbcox81@gmail.com

Matthew Gambill, Georgia ACTE executive director, mhgambill@bellsouth.net

Cheryl Harder, Oklahoma ACTE executive director, charder@okacte.org

Kraig Steinhoff, North Dakota ACTE executive director, kraig.steinhoff@sendit.nodak.edu

Mike Stone, Kentucky ACTE executive director, kmstone@mis.net


Simplified Dues Collection 

Dues Collection

Best Practice: The State Task Force survey results revealed a correlation between states who worked with affiliates to mutually collect dues for each other and growth.

Mentors:

Mark Branger, Montana ACTE executive director, mbranger@huntley.k12.mt.us

Becky Cox, Utah ACTE executive director, rbcox81@gmail.com

Matthew Gambill, Georgia ACTE executive director, mhgambill@bellsouth.net

Cheryl Harder, Oklahoma ACTE executive director, charder@okacte.org

Kraig Steinhoff, North Dakota ACTE executive director, kraig.steinhoff@sendit.nodak.edu

Mike Stone, Kentucky ACTE executive director, kmstone@mis.net

 

Combining Dues and Conference Registration

Best Practice: The State Task Force growth states suggested combining membership dues with conference registrations to simplify the payment process for the member.

Mentors: 

Pam Ferguson, executive director, Arizona ACTE

 

Dues Cost

Best Practice: The State Task Force growth states recommended keeping state dues lower to make membership more affordable.

Mentors:

Mark Branger, Montana ACTE executive director, mbranger@huntley.k12.mt.us

Becky Cox, Utah ACTE executive director, rbcox81@gmail.com

Matthew Gambill, Georgia ACTE executive director, mhgambill@bellsouth.net

Cheryl Harder, Oklahoma ACTE executive director, charder@okacte.org

Kraig Steinhoff, North Dakota ACTE executive director, kraig.steinhoff@sendit.nodak.edu

Mike Stone, Kentucky ACTE executive director, kmstone@mis.net

 

District Payments

Best Practice: The State Task Force growth states recommended working with school districts to see if they would be able to pay for membership directly.

Mentors:

Mark Branger, Montana ACTE executive director, mbranger@huntley.k12.mt.us

Becky Cox, Utah ACTE executive director, rbcox81@gmail.com

Matthew Gambill, Georgia ACTE executive director, mhgambill@bellsouth.net

Cheryl Harder, Oklahoma ACTE executive director, charder@okacte.org

Kraig Steinhoff, North Dakota ACTE executive director, kraig.steinhoff@sendit.nodak.edu

Mike Stone, Kentucky ACTE executive director, kmstone@mis.net

 

Leadership Development Programs and Resources

 

Leadership Development

Best Practice: The State Task Force survey results revealed a correlation between states that offer leadership development programs and membership growth.  States should invest in Fellowship Programs and other Leadership development programs within their state. 

Mentors: 

Mike Stone, Kentucky ACTE executive director, kmstone@mis.net

Resource:

KACTE developed its TALENTS Leadership Academy to address the need for CTE teachers to become leaders in the educational community, the school and society. The goals are excellence in the classroom, leadership at school and advocacy within the community. As a byproduct, KACTE is seeking more individuals take on leadership roles in the association.

TALENTS promotional information can be found at http://www.kacteonline.org/TALENTS.php.

 

Leadership Recruitment

Best Practice: The State Task Force growth states actively sought out and encouraged new members to join the leadership of the organization.  The State Task Force recommended hosting a session to inform potential leaders of the opportunities available. 

Mentors:

Matthew Gambill, Georgia ACTE executive director, mhgambill@bellsouth.net

Cheryl Harder, Oklahoma ACTE executive director, charder@okacte.org

Mike Stone, Kentucky ACTE executive director, kmstone@mis.net

 

Leadership Time Management and Expenses

Best Practice: The State Task Force recommended reviewing the time and expense requirements placed on leaders to verify that volunteer leaders are not over exerted by their leadership responsibilities. 

Mentors:

Matthew Gambill, Georgia ACTE executive director, mhgambill@bellsouth.net

Cheryl Harder, Oklahoma ACTE executive director, charder@okacte.org

Mike Stone, Kentucky ACTE executive director, kmstone@mis.net

 

Participation in ACTE Leadership Programs

Best Practice: The State Task Force recommended participating in the ACTE Leadership Development Programs, such as the State Leadership Training Program and the Fellowship Program. 

Resource:

More information on ACTE's Leadership Programs is available at www.acteonline.org/leadership

 

Positive Leadership Experiences

Best Practice: The State Task Force recommends working to make volunteer experiences positive; past experiences inform future action.

Mentors:

Matthew Gambill, Georgia ACTE executive director, mhgambill@bellsouth.net

Cheryl Harder, Oklahoma ACTE executive director, charder@okacte.org

Mike Stone, Kentucky ACTE executive director, kmstone@mis.net

 

Membership Recruitment and Initiatives 

Achieve 100

Best Practice: The State Task Force recommended utilizing the Achieve 100 Award to incentivize membership in schools/districts

Mentors: 

Mike Stone, Kentucky ACTE executive director, kmstone@mis.net

Resource:

Kentucky ACTE is encouraging schools to achieve 100 percent ACTE/KACTE membership of their professional, CTE-specific faculty. Each school achieving 100 percent is eligible to apply for a grant up to $2,000, which can be used to support school needs in professional development, equipment or other developmental projects.

 

More information on ACTE's Achieve 100 program is available at www.acteonline.org/achieve100.

 

Target Career Counselors

 

Best Practice: The State Task Force recommended targeting career counselors for membership campaigns.

Mentors:

Mark Branger, Montana ACTE executive director, mbranger@huntley.k12.mt.us

Becky Cox, Utah ACTE executive director, rbcox81@gmail.com

Matthew Gambill, Georgia ACTE executive director, mhgambill@bellsouth.net

Cheryl Harder, Oklahoma ACTE executive director, charder@okacte.org

Kraig Steinhoff, North Dakota ACTE executive director, kraig.steinhoff@sendit.nodak.edu

Mike Stone, Kentucky ACTE executive director, kmstone@mis.net

 

Target Student Members

Best Practice: The State Task Force recommended targeting membership campaigns at student members and offering them a free one-year membership.

Mentors: 

Mike Stone, Kentucky ACTE executive director, kmstone@mis.net

Resource:

Kentucky ACTE is sending its officers to address teacher preparation classes in cooperation with the state's teacher educators. Since ACTE/KACTE student membership fees currently are waived, part of the presentation is collecting the completed student membership applications, then submitting them for processing.

 

Recruitment Incentives

Best Practice: The State Task Force recommended using a recruitment incentive to encourage current members to sign up new members.

Mentors: 

Mike Stone, Kentucky ACTE executive director, kmstone@mis.net

Resource:

Kentucky ACTE's member-get-a-member has a cash incentive award randomly selected from the names of recruiters (who each get two entries per recruit) and new members (who get one entry). It is hoped the entry rules will provide members with an incentive to become active recruiters.

 

Utilize Region Mini-Grants

 

Best Practice: The State Task Force recommended applying for Mini-Grants at the Region level.  Mini-Grants are small stipends given to fund a project in a state association by the ACTE Regions. 

Mentors:

Mark Branger, Montana ACTE executive director, mbranger@huntley.k12.mt.us

Kraig Steinhoff, North Dakota ACTE executive director, kraig.steinhoff@sendit.nodak.edu

 

Shift the Membership Mentality

 

Best Practice: The State Task Force recommended shifting from a membership sustainability model to a transactional model of professional development. 

Mentors: 

Tim Knue, executive director, Washington ACTE

Resource:

Washington ACTE has developed several sources of income other than dues; www.asaecenter.org/smallstaff.

 

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