Techniques

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Articles from Vol. 71, No. 7, October

A Good Report Card for Women
The results are in and the marks are high for Ohio's Orientation to Nontraditional Occupations for Women program (ONOW). The vocational and career education division of Ohio's education department piloted the program in 1987 to address the needs of low-income...
Assault on a Sacred Right?
Rejecting the claim that tenure is a guarantor of academic freedom, critics see it as no less than a license for complacency. The Patchogue-Medford School Board in New York embarked on a showdown with the local teachers' union when officials took a stand...
A University Tech Prep Model
Penn State prides itself as an academic institution-and as a leader in the postsecondary embrace of tech prep for all students. It's uncommon to find a research university involved in tech prep. That didn't stop Pennsylvania State University from establishing...
AVA Efforts Improve Federal Outlook for Voc Ed
Campaign politics will fill our newspapers, television programs and conversations for much of the next few months. At every turn, we will hear of the latest controversies and witness fascinating (and sometimes irritating) political jousting. Media attention...
Bringing Literature to Life
Traditional lectures on classical literature often can put students to sleep. To spice up an English lesson, tie yesterday's literary works to today's life experiences. Jonathan Edwards, Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickenson, Edith Wharton,...
Coming to Grips with Gangs
Last July, just a few miles away from AVA's headquarters building in Alexandria, Virginia, members of two local gangs clashed in front of a middle school. As students poured out of their summer school classes, they witnessed a 16-year-old being stabbed...
Convention Preview
"WHY CAN'T THE CONVENTION BEGIN AND END IN THE SAME WEEK?" members wanted to know. For years AVA's convention had begun on a Friday and ended the following Tuesday-a schedule that was difficult for many teachers to swing. AVA's Board of Directors listened...
Don't Be Fooled by School Choice
I believe Bob Dole wishes to dismantle the current system of public education and replace it with coupon schools. Every family gets a coupon and can cash it in at the school of their choice. This system would only widen the gulf of opportunity between...
Equal Opportunity
When Luis Cardona began working with gang youth three years ago, he targeted what he knew best-male gang members. But Jamila Simmons knew-from personal experience-that young men weren't the only ones seeking the security gangs can offer troubled youth....
Former Redskin to Open D.C. Career School
When a budget crisis and declining enrollments forced the D.C. Public Schools to close two vocational schools last May, another door opened for the District's teens. Former Washington Redskin George Starke said he'd like to lease the former Burdick Career...
Hot Times in the City
Information sessions are a great way to pick up tips and learn the latest research, but it's the parties, receptions and other social events that cement friendships and offer the best opportunities to build your school-to-careers network. AVA's New Professionals...
Learning and Doing
The human services community outreach program at Warwick Veterans' Memorial High School in Warwick, Rhode Island, teaches school-to-work transition skills through service learning. I developed the program in 1987 to incorporate community interaction...
Lessons from Malaysia
Like education programs in some developing countries, those in the United States should emphasize skill training to prepare students for employment in a global economy. IN THIS REPORT Manufacturing is the key in leading an agrarian nation into the future....
On the Town in Cincinnati
For those seeking culture, shopping and dining in Cincinnati, there are four places to remember: downtown, Mt. Adams, the riverfront and Kentucky. None of them is farther than a brief cab ride from downtown convention hotels and the Cincinnati Convention...
Private Lessons
Shaking off a serious image problem, a newly regulated and streamlined proprietary school industry emerges strongly in the pink and in the black. In just nine months in 1995, five executives turned 16 proprietary schools that formerly belonged to National...
Searching for a Separate Peace
"We felt like we were basically nothing. We were nothing so we were mad at everybody. They didn't care about us. 'They' are the teachers, principals, sometimes parents, priests, whoever. Nobody wanted to deal with us. They gave up on us so we became...
See You in Cincinnati!
Have you made plans yet to attend the AVA convention from December 5 to 8 in Cincinnati? If not, I hope you will give serious consideration to this educational opportunity. I have attended our convention every year since 1979, and I always come home...
State Update
State Update highlights the activities of members and other organizations at the state and regional level. Readers are encouraged to send submissions to: Techniques, 1410 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314, or fax to (703) 683-7424. CALIFORNIA-In May, secondary...
Talking the Talk
The Internet offers a wealth of information and access capability to public documents. But there is no official group that oversees the system nor are there strong codes of conduct. Therefore, users should guard their private information as they would...