Techniques

This magazine has news on legislative affecting career and technical education, features on issues and program, profiles of educators and notices of new products.

Articles from Vol. 73, No. 8, November/December

Albert's New Draft
An individual I'll call Albert reported to my classroom with his assignment sheet in his hand and a warm smile on his face. It was 8 a.m. Thursday, the middle of December 1992. Snow had fallen the night before and a foot or so lay on the cold cement...
AVA Needs a Change
On December 13, the last day of AVA's annual convention in New Orleans, the Assembly of Delegates will vote on whether to change the association's name to Association for Career and Technical Education. A two-thirds vote is needed to change the name....
Call Him "Doc"
Dennis Littky's latest venture, the Big Picture Company, has brought national accolades and caused some local misgivings. He's not surprised. The veteran principal has faced everything from national awards to pink slips in his quarter-century of trying...
Congress Passes New Perkins Bill
First Vocational Education Authorizing Legislation Since 1990 The House and Senate, rushing to finish legislative business before Congress adjourned for the year, passed the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act (H.R. 1853) by voice...
Creating Web Sites
Use of the Internet in all types of organizations has led to a new set of skills that students need for employment-Web design and HTML knowledge. At a time when some organizations are asking employees to create their own pages, teaching today's students...
Fashion That Works.Or Not
SHE LOOKS LIKE A PUNK NIGHTMARE, BUT YOU NEED TO PLACE HER IN AN INTERNSHIP. HOW DO YOU TEACH WORKPLACE BEHAVIORS TO A YOUTH CULTURE THAT DRESSES TO DISTRESS? A joke's a joke. When Texas home economics teacher Mary Broadway spun a tall tale recently,...
Going to the Edge
Have you ever been to the edge? For most of us this phrase may have merely referred to a time when we indulged ourselves in a new type of pizza that didn't have the usual thick crust at the edge. But for me, it came to life last January when I attended...
Internet Plus Business Classes
Recent strides to equip schools with technology have paved the way to merge students onto the information superhighway. With resources available to access the Internet, educators are now expected to utilize this vast technology. The challenge for educators...
Interview with Stephanie Powers
Last July Stephanie Powers took over as director of the National School-to-Work Office. Originally from Keene N.H., Powers previously was director of communications and public affairs for the Labor Department's Employment and Training Administration....
Let's Not Forget about Caring
As an educator for the last 20 years, there has been one constant attribute that I have noticed in the demeanor of effective teachers-- caring. One September a group of former students who had just entered high school stopped by the junior high to invite...
Letters
Name Change Pioneer It's great to hear that the American Vocational Association is finally considering a name change to Association for Career and Technical Education (September 1998). I authored a "Forum" piece in the September 1990 issue of what was...
Little Details Make the Big Picture
To the chagrin of some and the delight of others, the nonprofit Big Picture Company continues to win hefty grants and spread its education philosophies-including a new take on vocational education. And at the helm are the big thinkers themselves. By...
Mid-Term Review
It's been more than four years since President Clinton signed the School-toWork Opportunities Act, which was envisioned as a catalyst to prepare all students for further learning and high-skill careers. Is it delivering? To show how school-to-work has...
NET Gain
Major federal legislation impacting vocational education programs is available on the Web. This issue details some of those sites, including The Library of Congress's Thomas site, which offers full text. Other organizations post summaries, the full text...
New Perkins: Worth the Wait
What a long strange trip it's been. So said Tom Holdsworth of the National VICA office when he heard that the Perkins bill passed, noting that the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia was still alive when this reauthorization process started. Nearly four years...
Professional Post
TOOLS FOR TOMORROW-Coast to Coast, ServiStar and True Value retailers are sponsoring the All-American Vocational Student Awards. More than $270,000 will be awarded to 2,000 local, 50 state and 10 national winners, and the schools of five randomly selected...
Quiz Yourself
If you haven't already, skip your eyes down to the bottom of this page and take a look at the Techniques staff. "Hmmm ... a good-looking bunch," you might say. (At least we hope you might say that.) But can you tell just from looking who had a clear...
Ruling out Sexual Harassment
MOST SEXUAL HARASSMENT CASES IN SCHOOLS OCCUR BETWEEN STUDENTS, RESEARCH SAYS. BUT WHAT SHOULD TEACHERS KNOW ABOUT PROTECTING THEMSELVES FROM A SEXUAL HARASSMENT CASE? WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF A STUDENT COMES TO YOU FOR HELP? By Monica Fuertes A teacher...
Shipping Teachers out to Bring Them on Board
School-to-work partnerships are relying more on teacher internships and inservice training classes to win over skeptical educators. Many school-to-- work advocates say convincing teachers of the initiative's merits remains a big hurdle, but placing them...
The Buck Stops Soon
BY 2001, WHEN THE SCHOOL-TO-WORK OPPORTUNITIES ACT EXPIRES, STATE AND LOCAL DISTRICTS SHOULD BE STANDING FIRMLY ON THEIR OWN FEET-AT LEAST THAT'S THE PLAN. CAN STW SURVIVE WITHOUT FEDERAL FUNDING? VOCATIONAL EDUCATORS GIVE MIXED FORECASTS. Federal funding...
The Great Eight
Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Oregon and Wisconsin-these eight states would lead the charge, the U.S. Education and Labor departments decided. They would share the first $100 million Congress allocated for school-to-work...
Using Integration Models
Integration of academic and vocational education, learning styles, multiple intelligences and school-to-work initiatives plays an important role in the instruction of the business education student. Business education instructors are well-- equipped...
Which Way Is Up?
One of my favorite groups of people to teach is senior citizens. They are always eager to learn, particularly about technology and its uses, and they manage to be very sociable at the same time. Most come into my classes with very little computer experience,...
You Just Never Know
Many times, as a college student working towrard my education degree, I heard the words, "You just never know when you have made a difference in a young person's life." The thought of not receiving immediate feedback on my contribution did not deter...