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. 2, February

A Blueprint for Change
A LEARNER-FOCUSED CURRICULUM DROVE THE DESIGN OF MINNESOTA'S CHASKA HIGH SCHOOL. "We finished our first assignment yesterday, Mr. Jacobs. Now what are we supposed to do?" "Hey! I need a pass to go to the library because I left my books there." "Man,...
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An E-Rate Update
Federal officials have mailed "Education-rate" applications to every public school district and private school in the country, paving the way for schools and libraries to apply for significant discounts on Internet access and other telecommunications...
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A Perfect STW Fit
A marketing education program can be the perfect fit for school systems implementing a school-to-work program. Marketing education can easily fulfill the three school-to-work elements - work-based learning, school-based learning and connecting activities....
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Beyond Bricks and Mortar
Professor George Copa thinks close attachment to a building is a neurosis that deserves its own entry in psychology textbooks. "We call it the Edifice Complex," deadpans Copa, director of the New Designs project for the National Center for Research in...
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Building a Learning Community
ARCHITECTS LOST EDUCATORS' TRUST WITH THE OPEN-PLAN FLOP OF THE BABY BOOM ERA. BUT THE LATEST THEORIES ON SCHOOL DESIGN REFLECT THE INPUT OF ALL STAKEHOLDERS. Here's a dream I have. I'm in Washington, D.C., which has a school system forever in the middle...
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Four Goals for Teaching Success
These four goals can help vocational teachers reevaluate their professional roles and encourage them to collaborate with their colleagues. Professional development for vocational teachers should not be limited to a summer college course and four in-service...
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From Troops to Teachers
In 1994 Chief Petty Officer David Lavergne was about to embark on a brand new life-as a civilian. Having served in the U.S. Navy for nearly 20 years, Lavergne still remembers clearly that day in southern Louisiana when he enlisted. He had just graduated...
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Interview with Stan Davis
In his provocative book The Monster Under the Bed, co-authored with Jim Botkin, noted business adviser and 1997 AVA Convention speaker Start Davis argues that knowledge has become the most precious commodity for any individual or employer - and that...
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Letters
Surprise! I am very surprised! This publication is great for career and technology teachers. What a comprehensive way to keep educators up to date. I am a new [American Vocational Association] member and the publication is worth the dues. -Susanne Behrens...
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Marketing in a Block
During the 1996-97 school year 70 percent of secondary schools in North Carolina were running on a block schedule. Based on this resounding majority we decided to ask marketing teachers and their principals about their attitudes toward block scheduling...
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NET Gain
Many research centers throughout the United States have pubfished studies and introduced classroom products useful to vocational educators. An increasing number of these items have become available on the Web. Here are some of the most productive places...
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Partial Quality Management?
ONLY TRACES OF TQM STILL EXIST AT GEORGE WESTINGHOUSE VOCATIONAL AND TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL, CONSIDERED A MODEL AMONG SCHOOLS THAT HAVE TRIED THE BUSINESS-based PHILOSOPHY TO BOOST STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT. BUT NEW PRINCIPAL FLOYD GREEN IS EAGER TO PUT THE...
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Professional Post
SPECIAL NEEDS GRANT FINDERResearch Grant, Inc. has released its 10th edition of "Directory of Grants for Organizations Serving People with Disabilities." The directory's subject index includes such categories as accessibility projects, vocational training...
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Resilient Resolutions
Now that the new year is a month old, how many of those resolutions you made are standing? Are you still exercising five times a week? Is your office still immaculate? Even if some of your new year's resolutions have fallen by the wayside, make sure...
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Seven Tips for Building Better School-Business Partnership
The economy is booming. Unemployment rates are at all-time lows. All is well in the business world, right? Not for the multitude of companies that need skilled employees to keep up with the demand. When unemployment rates sink below 5 percent, the pool...
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Seven Tips for Building Better School-Business Partnerships
The economy is booming. Unemployment rates are at all-time lows. All is well in the business world, right? Not for the multitude of companies that need skilled employees to keep up with the demand. When unemployment rates sink below 5 percent, the pool...
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Teacher Externships - Hands-On Learning Exemplified
Preparing teens for the switch from homework to real work relies heavily on the assumption that immersing students into a workday stew will supply them with some sense of what awaits them after high school or postsecondary study. Shouldn't teachers follow...
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Teacher Externships-Hands-On Learning Exemplified
Preparing teens for the switch from homework to real work relies heavily on the assumption that immersing students into a workday stew will supply them with some sense of what awaits them after high school or postsecondary study. Shouldn't teachers follow...
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The Few. the Proud. the Employable?
WHEN IT COMES TO VOCATIONAL-TECHNICAL SKILLS, THE ARMY ALONE TOUTS MORE THAN 300 OCCUPATIONAL SPECIALTIES IN WHICH IT TRAINS ITS SOLDIERS - FROM AIRCRAFT ELECTRICIAN TO RESPIRATORY SPECIALIST AND SURVEYS SHOW THAT EMPLOYERS LIKE HIRING MILITARY ALUMNI....
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The Top Traits for Teachers
Researchers from the National Center for Research in Vocational Education recently completed a two-year study to identify the characteristics and activities teachers need to make school-to-careers initiatives successful. B. June Schmidt and Curtis R....
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The Top Traits for Teachers
Researchers from the National Center for Research in Vocational Education recently completed a two-year study to identify the characteristics and activities teachers need to make school-to-careers initiatives successful. B. June Schmidt and Curtis R....
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Top 10 Reasons for a March Trip to Washington, D.C
Mark your calendar for the AVA National Policy Seminar, March 29-31 (Sunday through Tuesday). AVA members and its School-toWork Partners will converge on the nation's capitol to influence federal policies affecting vocational-technical education. This...
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Wanted: New STW Director
Jondel (JD) Hoye, director of the National School-to-Work Office, will step down when her three-year contract expires at the end of February. She has led the Washington-based office since its creation in 1994, when President Clinton signed the National...
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Wanted: New STW Director
Jondel (JD) Hoye, director of the National School-to-Work Office, will step down when her three-year contract expires at the end of February. She has led the Washington-based office since its creation in 1994, when President Clinton signed the National...
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When the School Is a Workplace
The unique goals of vocational-technical education create a whole new set of design issues for administrators and architects. Soft sunlight filters through windows abutting a gently arched, exposed steel-beam ceiling. Thirty feet below, dozens of round...
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