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. 71, No. 9, January

AVA's 1997 Legislative Agenda
Despite a targeted Democratic effort to retake Congress, the 1996 election produced few changes at the federal level. Political pundits, desperately in search of something new to say, maintain that the 105th Congress will be different. They say the slight...
AVA Strategic Plan: Goal 1
In spring 1996, the AVA Board of Directors approved a strategic plan to position AVA for success into the next century. The AVA strategic plan is a blueprint for achieving our association's mission: to provide educational leadership in developing a competitive...
Balancing Work and Family 101
This class is about balancing work and family and here is the first test question: You are a working parent with a successful career in marketing. Before starting your family you really enjoyed doing consulting work. It also provided some extra money....
Give Us a Grade
Since we debuted our Techniques nameplate and otherwise revamped magazine in September, the editorial staff has received lots of interesting feedback. A Maryland university professor said the changes should put AVA's magazine on par with other professional...
Letters
Catching On I really like the "new" publication! The name is reflective of AVA and certainly a catchy one-easy to remember. -Elsie Doser Truckee Meadows Community College Reno, Nevada Dissenting Opinion We at AVA have made a big mistake by changing the...
Motivating Students to Learn through Options Grading
Flexibility in grading and teaching methods can lead to more student enthusiasm, increased participation and higher levels of achievement. Are there students in your class who do not complete assignments or earn even average grades on tests and quizzes?...
NET Gain
The number of World Wide Web (WWW) sites and listservs that are devoted to education is staggering. And there are new ones popping up every day. This NET Gain will be devoted to one siteAskERIC-that will lead you to a wonderland of information. AskERIC...
No More A, B, C
The class of 2000 at Dauphin County Technical School in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, will graduate sans traditional letter grades. Instead, it will graduate based entirely on competencies, not hours or grade averages. That may be old news to vocationaltechnical...
"Not for My Child"
SCHOOL-TO-WORK FACES A GROWING BACKLASH FROM NERVOUS PARENTS Angela Mathey is not sure what school-to-work is but she doesn't like what she has read and heard about it so far. Her eighth-grade daughter, Lindsay, attends Oakville Junior High School in...
Professional Post
FREE CAREER SUCCESS CATALOG Career Communications, Inc. is giving free copies of its 32-page Career Success Catalog to career professionals, educators, librarians and job seekers. The catalog features more than 300 of America's top career books, software,...
School Stores Pay off in Valuable Skills
School stores have been around for many years. I started my school store 25 years ago mainly because I did not know what to do with a two-hour block of time. At that time, few textbooks were available and I had limited funds for books. I had remembered...
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. ALABAMA-The state legislature...
Teacher Corps to Train Peers on Technology
A coalition of the nation's largest education organizations joined with representatives of the technology industry to launch the 21st Century Teachers initiative, a grass-roots campaign to encourage computer-savvy teachers to train their peers in technology....
The Postsecondary Twist
Caring for a university professor's fiveyear-old isn't any different from caring for an accountant's five-year-old-as far as the child care provider is concerned. But for employees of colleges and universities, particularly faculty, work and family issues...
The Times Are Changing
New technology, economic pressures and demand for quality are propelling the need for multiple skills in the health care field and changes in school programs. Sweeping changes are unfolding in the health care industry. New technology, economic pressures...
Why Not to Add Wings to Caterpillars and Other Reflections
As we conclude what I hope was for you a very happy holiday season, we often vow to make changes in our activities or emphasis during the new year. I'd like to share some quotations that sparked a list of resolutions we all might want to consider for...