Techniques

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Articles from Vol. 73, No. 4, April

A Sweet Legacy
CANDY MAGNATE MILTON HERSHEY WANTED TO GIVE UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN BETTER OPTIONS IN LIFE. NEARLY 90 YEARS LATER, THE SCHOOL HE ESTABLISHED IS STEERING STUDENTS TOWARD SUCCESSFUL CAREERS--AND ITS METHODS ARE PROVIDING FOOD FOR THOUGHT. Hershey,...
Coping with the "Problem" Student
You're a high school teacher faced with a student who's constantly disrespecting you. His language is so shocking you'd think he was trying out for a part in the next Scorsese movie. He doesn't appear to care that he's failing your class. What do you...
Designing ESL for the Workplace
Armed with cassette tapes and lots of notepads, Miriam Burt spent the better part of 1995 and 1996 researching workplace English as a Second Language programs. She interviewed-in person and by phone-nearly 20 ESL program directors, teacher trainers curriculum...
Finding Calm in Rough Waters
Classroom teachers may not be able to emulate all of the strategies the Eckerd Youth Alternatives system uses for dealing with disruptive and delinquent students, but not every tactic requires a wilderness backdrop. The journal seemed harmless, its...
Food, Prizes and STC
In rural Sulligent, Alabama, in a county where parents rarely attend PTA meetings, vocational counselor Sylvia Eastman lured more than 200 parents, community leaders, educators and education officials to the Lamar County Business/Industry/Education Partnership...
Four Ways to Save a Floundering Workforce
For years, young people have graduated from high school and floundered, moving from one dead-end job to another, not gaining any skills while earning low wages. After about seven years, they finally embark on postsecondary training, such as an employer...
How to Design Challenging Vocational Courses
This article is excerpted from a new book, Designing Challenging Vocational Courses: A Guide to Preparing a Syllabus, published by High Schools That Work, a reform-minded group housed within the Southern Regional Education Board. The book takes readers...
How to Design Challenging Vocational Courses
This article is excerpted from a new book, Designing Challenging Vocational Courses: A Guide to Preparing a Syllabus, published by High Schools That Work, a reform-minded group housed within the Southern Regional Education Board. The book takes readers...
Indiana's Counseling Catalyst
Indiana school counselors are embracing a new approach to guidance programs. They've found that when guidance is viewed as a curriculum more students succeed. IN THIS REPORT As author Sue Reynolds points out, many times a school guidance program is defined...
Keeping Up with the New IDEA
In June of last year President Clinton signed into law amendments to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Do you know how they affect vocational educators? Idea, originally the Education of Handicapped Children Act, is designed to ensure...
Key Lessons from a Resurgent Program
"Home Alone" is more than cinematic fantasy for many U.S. teens. Today's family and consumer sciences classes focus on life skills that help kids cope now--and in the future. A peek into Peg Dear's "Home Alone" class may elicit a double take. Yes,...
Letters
Monster of a Message Whoever wrote ["The Monster under the Bed," Interview with Stan Davis, (February 1998)] did a great job of representing his message. He has a tremendous message for all educators and those designing learning systems for the future....
Milking It for All It's Worth
Amanda Estep and Jennifer Rolfsema are typical of their peers at the Milton Hershey School in key respects. Both weathered economic hardship and family upheaval on their way to the school, and both have taken full advantage of the opportunity to pursue...
Misleading America's Youth
The recently released 1997 Digest of Education Statistics provides some shocking evidence of how America is misleading and misinforming its youth. The statistics demonstrate that we have a difficult task ahead of us to change perceptionsespecially those...
National Standards Effort Still Alive
As states go about the business of developing skill standards, some may wonder what ever happened to the bigger picture. "We're a catalyst,"says Edie West, executive director of the National Skill Standards Board, explaining the board's role in the effort...
NET Gain
State and regional centers for vocational curriculum have made their way onto the World Wide Web. In some cases, the centers' catalogs are searchable online. In other cases, a paper catalog is still the most complete source of information. Most Web sites...
Perkins May Take Back Seat to Higher Ed Act
Perkins reauthorization ...appropriations ... Higher Education Act. It's hard to imagine a busier time than now for federal vocational-technical education policy. Congress is still plugging away at Perkins legislation-now in its fourth year under consideration-with...
Professional Post
CLASSICS FOR SALE-"The Classic Fieldbook," a 39-page report on comprehensive teacher retraining is on sale for $10. Written by teachers for teachers, the report features teachers' experiences in negotiating changes in curriculum, learning methods and...
Putting Skill Standards in Drive
Eager to meet the needs of employers and serve high school students, Indiana is pushing ahead with its own system of standards and certificates--mirroring a trend among states and districts that aren't waiting for the national effort to bear fruit. ...
The Eckerd Alternatives
Eckerd Youth Alternatives, Inc. divides its programs into three areas-early intervention services, Eckerd Wilderness Educational System and Eckerd Juvenile Justice Services. Here are brief descriptions of each. More information is available at www.eckerd.org....
Voc Ed's Universal Language?
WHETHER TEACHERS LIKE IT OR NOT, VOCATIONAL CLASSROOMS ARE POPULAR PLACES FOR STUDENTS WITH LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENCY. ONE EXPERT ARGUES VOCATIONAL EDUCATION IS A "BEAUTIFUL LANGUAGE-LEARNING ENVIRONMENT"--AND MANY TIMES A MISSED OPPORTUNITY. As...
When That Piece of Paper Fails
Millions of students graduate from high schools every year. They receive a piece of paper--a diploma. In the adult world, that piece of paper is supposed to be a passport to getting jobs and/or going on to school. That diploma today may be a requirement...
Workforce Legislation: Now or Next Century
The proposed Workforce Investment Partnership Act (S. 1186) was expected to reach the Senate floor in late March, amid predictions that if Congress fails to act soon, new workforce and vocational education legislation might be delayed until the next...