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. 75, No. 2, February

ACTE Board of Directors Election
This April, members of the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) will choose a president-elect and vice presidents for the following divisions and region: Administration, Agricultural Education, Adult Workforce Development (formerly...
ACTE Board of Directors Election
This April, members of the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) will choose a president-elect and vice presidents for the following divisions and region: Administration, Agricultural Education, Adult Workforce Development (formerly Employment...
ACT Work Keys
ACT Inc., best known for its college entrance exam, also has developed a system of student assessment tools to help educators, guidance counselors and potential employers measure students' preparedness for the workforce. Work Keys is a national system...
A Cultural Mosaic
It can be a challenge to incorporate diversity lessons into a career and technical curriculum, but teachers who are doing it say the rewards are great. "We respect the culture in you," is the motto of the Samuel S. Fels Cluster, a small school district...
Be a Source of Inspiration
The 1999 ACTE convention, held two months ago in Orlando, truly provided numerous opportunities for the membership. We had some time at the close of Monday's general session to reflect on "those who helped us become who we are and those who loved us...
Board Urges Action on Teacher Recruitment
In meetings at the ACTE convention in Orlando in December, the Board of Directors heard two sweeping reports - one from its Task Force on Structure and another, on the future of career and technical education, from Professor Richard Lynch, who produced...
Charting a New Course in Philadelphia
The newest charter high school in the Philadelphia School District could take the "school without walls" theory to a whole new level. The proposed Contact Charter School may become the city's first virtual high school, where students can get homework...
Charting a New Course in Philadelphia
The newest charter high school in the Philadelphia School District could take the "school without walls" theory to a whole new level. The proposed Contact Charter School may become the city's first virtual high school, where students can get homework...
Choosing the Right Test
AFTER 22 YEARS IN EDUCATION, UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR SUSAN SKRIPAC CAMP HAS SEEN A LOT OF TESTING FADS COME AND GO. IN THIS INTERVIEW WITH TECHNIQUES, SHE SHARES TIPS FOR ENSURING A THOROUGH EVALUATION OF STUDENT PROGRESS--AND AVOIDING THE TREND DU JOUR....
Choosing the Right Test
AFTER 22 YEARS IN EDUCATION, UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR SUSAN SKRIPAC CAMP HAS SEEN A LOT OF TESTING FADS COME AND GO. IN THIS INTERVIEW WITH TECHNIQUES, SHE SHARES TIPS FOR ENSURING A THOROUGH EVALUATION OF STUDENT PROGRESS-AND AVOIDING THE TREND DU JOUR....
Diverse Solutions
As the new century gets underway, career and technical educators can expect an even greater variety of students in their classrooms. Are they ready to serve them all? Changing family structure, economic shifts and a growing number of minority students...
Diversity at Work
With the workplace becoming a mini United Nations, students must develop diplomatic skills and an appreciation of differences. Although the forms haven't been tallied yet, the 2000 U.S. Census will undoubtedly prove how multicultural the country...
Division Report
AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION Oregon Ag Teacher Wins Milken Award Mitch Coleman, a vocational agriculture and natural resources teacher at Dayton High School in Dayton, Ore., won a 1999 Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award last October....
Division Report Special Needs
Outstanding Program Award Winners Two special needs programs got top honors at the ACTE Annual Convention and Trade Show in Orlando last December. The Granite School District in Salt Lake City was named the Outstanding Postsecondary Special Needs...
Educators Honored in Orlando
ACTE Teacher of the Year Spankie Lou Bassett, a culinary arts instructor at Bernalillo High School in Bernalillo, N.M., has increased the enrollment of her school's culinary arts program from 35 students to more than 180 in just five years, Her students...
Four-Year Follies
One of these new titles tells it like it is. The other tells it like it was. One author expresses deep concern about the present but offers hope for the future. The other takes a wild ride through the past and is kind of relieved just to have reached...
Good Samaritan Sends 19 Kids to College
Sending a child to college these days can cost upwards of $100,000--a daunting price tag for most parents. Nonetheless, a California real estate agent is putting not just one, but 19 students through college, having promised them as first-graders she...
Good Samaritan Sends 19 Kids to College
Sending a child to college these days can cost upwards of $100,000-a daunting price tag for most parents. Nonetheless, a California real estate agent is putting not just one, but 19 students through college, having promised them as first-graders she...
Heard at the Convention
Even if you weren't able to make it to Orlando for convention last December, you can catch up on the topics discussed at some of the sessions. These and others are detailed on ACTE's Web site, www.acteonline.org. Row, Row, Row Your Boat Matt...
How Assessment Measures Up
Making sure that students have learned the lesson can be a teacher's most satisfying--or frustrating--part of the job. Because whether it's a multiple-choice test or a skills demonstration, assessment is a necessary part of preparing students for careers....
How Assessment Measures Up
Making sure that students have learned the lesson can be a teacher's most satisfying"-or frustrating-part of the job. Because whether it's a multiple-choice test or a skills demonstration, assessment is a necessary part of preparing students for careers....
Keeping an Eye on Political Campaigns
With Y2K fears abruptly abated and New Year's Eve parties a fun memory, ACTE is looking to the year 2000 as one holding great opportunities for career and technical education. With the implementation of the Perkins Act underway and the official...
Make a Tool of the Rules
THE NEW PERKINS ACT REQUIRES STATES TO DEFINE AND REPORT DATA ON STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT. RATHER THAN GROAN OVER THE "BURDEN," EDUCATORS CAN USE THE ACCOUNTABILITY REQUIREMENTS TO IMPROVE CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION. It's safe to say that the term...
Minnesota, OSU House National Career Tech Centers
The U.S. Education Department recently announced that a consortium of universities led by the University of Minnesota will serve as the new National Research Center for Career and Technical Education. The other consortium members include Ohio State...
Mixing a Great Salad
Tomatoes, olives, onions and lettuce all have their distinctive tastes and textures, but throw them all together and you've got a vibrant salad. That was the familiar metaphor Edward James Olmos used to describe the U.S. population when he spoke to ACTE...
NOCTI Job Ready Assessments
The National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) is a nonprofit educational testing agency formed in 1973. Since then, NOCTI has developed more than 250 occupational assessment tests. NOCTI's Job Ready Tests are nationally recognized assessments...
One Size Fits All?
EVALUATING A STUDENT'S SKILL LEVEL OR CAREER APTITUDE CAN BE AN ALL-CONSUMING TASK. MANY FOR-PROFIT COMPANIES AND NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS HAVE MADE A BUSINESS OF IT BY CREATING STANDARDIZED TESTS THAT PURPORT TO DO THE JOB. HERE'S A LOOK AT FOUR ASSESSMENTS...
Peer Reviews Are a Boon for States Testing New Accountability System
A pilot project allowing states to plug data into a new national accountability system for career and technical education is reaping benefits. State officials from eight states testing the new system met last fall to review each other's performance...
Peer Reviews Are a Boon for States Testing New Accountability System
A pilot project allowing states to plug data into a new national accountability system for career and technical education is reaping benefits. State officials from eight states testing the new system met last fall to review each other's performance measures...
Professional Post
Be the Cream of the Crop The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) is offering scholarships to celebrate 2000 as "The Year of the Restaurant." Ten Cream of the Crop scholarships are available to high school students graduating in 2000 who are in the...
Professional Post
Be the Cream of the Crop The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) is offering scholarships to celebrate 2000 as "The Year of the Restaurant." Ten Cream of the Crop scholarships are available to high school students graduating in 2000 who are in the top...
Rip-Snortin' Romp
Television called them The Wonder Years-those happy days roughly three decades past when droning science teachers and embarrassing vocal chord fluctuations during chorus were the only things blocking a kid's schoolyard bliss with the Winnie Cooper of...
Seeing Their Futures
More than 25 years after opening its doors, DeBakey High School is still revolutionizing health occupations education in Texas with one of the toughest curricul around. They're lined up early, their white lab coats camouflaged by the thick morning...
Starting Conversations
Communication is the key to successful job shadowing and mentor programs This series on school-to-career (STC) programs has emphasized communication among all parties. More so than in any other STC activities, the success of job shadowing and mentoring...
State Update
State Update features education news at the state and local levels. Readers are encouraged to send submissions to: Techniques, 1410 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314 fax 703-683-7424 or e-mail acte@acteonline.org. MASSACHUSETTS--In a project that embodies...
VRI CareerScope
Counselors and educators looking for a tool to help students through the career exploration process may want to check out CareerScope, produced by the Vocational Research Institute (VRI). CareerScope is a CD-ROM-based program designed to guide students...
V-TECS: Serving the States
The Vocational Technical Education Consortium of States (V-TECS) has been creating and distributing curriculum guides, occupational task analyses and test item banks since 1973. In recent years, V-- TECS has been helping states develop competency tests...
Wanted: Tech-Savvy Teachers
Teachers often are reluctant to use technology because they don't see how it can help them professionally, are worried about being replaced by computers in the classroom or are not rewarded financially for learning new technology, said a panel of education...
Wanted: Tech-Savvy Teachers
Teachers often are reluctant to use technology because they don't see how it can help them professionally, are worried about being replaced by computers in the classroom or are not rewarded financially for learning new technology, said a panel of education...
What's New
EQUIPMENT Router Table The Clayton NU-105 Cast Iron Router Table is designed for the professional woodworker and maintenance shop. It is 30K gray cast iron for natural lubricity and is machined to a finished size of 18" x 27". The router plate...