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. 84, No. 3, March

18 Ways for Faculty to Promote Equity in the Classroom
Career and technical education (CTE) provides an opportunity for students to explore career options, build their academic skills and develop technical skills necessary for employment. For many students interested in a nontraditional career, their first...
4 Ways to Engage Today's Generation of Students
EACH YEAR, EVERY FACULTY MEMBER BECOMES ONE YEAR OLDER. HOWEVER, THE AVERAGE AGE OF EACH INCOMING STUDENT REMAINS THE SAME. This presents a challenge: How can we keep the communication and learning gap from expanding more and more as time goes on?...
ACTE Educators Recognized at Annual Convention
ACTE'S ANNUAL CONVENTION, HELD IN DECEMBER IN CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA, WAS NOT ONLY A FORUM FOR LEARNING, SHARING KNOWLEDGE AND COMMISERATING WITH OUR CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION (CTE) COMRADES, IT WAS ALSO A TIME FOR HONORING THE CTE EDUCATORS...
ACTE Educators Recognized at Annual Convention: ACTE's Annual Convention, Held in December in Charlotte, North Carolina, Was Not Only a Forum for Learning, Sharing Knowledge and Commiserating with Our Career and Technical Education (CTE) Comrades, It Was Also a Time for Honoring the CTE Educators Who've Made It to the Top of the Class and Serve as Role Models for Their Peers
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] TEACHER OF YEAR: James Scott, of Plain City, Ohio, is the ACTE Teacher of Year. \Scott teaches turf, landscape and greenhouse management at Tolles Career and Technical Center (TCTC) in Plain City, Ohio. He manages a 20-acre...
An Interview with Timm Boettcher
ACTE recently interviewed Timm Boettcher, president of Realityworks, a company that produces interactive tools for education, such as the RealCare baby simulator ACTE: What products does Realityworks offer? TB: We specialize in simulation technology...
An Interview with Timm Boettcher
ACTE recently interviewed Timm Boettcher, president of Realityworks, a company that produces interactive tools for education, such as the RealCare baby simulator.ACTE: What products does Realityworks offer?TB : We specialize in simulation technology...
Building a Better Technician: One Teacher's Account
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] During my first semester as English instructor for the Caterpillar Dealer Service Technician Program (ThinkBIG) at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, California, I had the opportunity to observe several career-tech Caterpillar...
Career and Technical Education's Role in Career Guidance
CTE PROVIDES CAREER DEVELOPMENT TO ALL STUDENTS BY SUPPORTING A COMPREHENSIVE COUNSELING AND GUIDANCE SYSTEM, PROVIDING A CURRICULUM FRAMEWORK FOR CAREER EXPLORATION, AND ENGAGING STUDENTS IN PERSONALIZED AND APPLIED LEARNING.ACTE ISSUE BRIEFS ARE DESIGNED...
Career and Technical Education's Role in Career Guidance: CTE Provides Career Development to All Students by Supporting a Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance System, Providing a Curriculum Framework for Career Exploration, and Engaging Students in Personalized and Applied Learning
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ACTE ISSUE BRIEFS ARE DESIGNED TO HIGHLIGHT THE ROLE OF CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION (CTE) IN A BROADER ISSUE OF NATIONAL INTEREST. Each Brief is designed to strengthen the voice of CTE related to the specific issue and...
Challenges in Uncertain Times
THIS ISSUE OF TECHNIQUES VERY APPROPRIATELY IS FOCUSED on the classroom teacher. It is left to the teacher to make sense of this new world and help their students not only cope in today's environment, but also be prepared for an unknown tomorrow. The...
College of the Mainland
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] COLLEGE OF THE MAINLAND (COM) IS A COMMUNITY COLLEGE LOCATED IN TEXAS CITY, TEXAS, AND AS THE SCHOOL'S INTERIM PRESIDENT, LARRY DURRENCE, NOTES, RECENT LOCAL AND NATIONAL NEWS STORIES HAVE HIGHLIGHTED THE FACT THAT GRADUATES...
College of the Mainland
SCHOOL SPOTLIGHTCOLLEGE OF THE MAINLAND (COM) IS A COMMUNITY COLLEGE LOCATED IN TEXAS CITY, TEXAS, AND AS THE SCHOOL'S INTERIM PRESIDENT, LARRY DURRENCE, NOTES, RECENT LOCAL AND NATIONAL NEWS STORIES HAVE HIGHLIGHTED THE FACT THAT GRADUATES OF COM'S...
E-Connect
NEW POLICYMAKERS IN WASHINGTON, D.C., ARE SETTING PRIORITIES THAT WILL LIKELY IMPACT CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION for the next four years and beyond. Even if you can't attend ACTE's National Policy Seminar this month, you can keep up with education...
E-Connect
NEW POLICYMAKERS IN WASHINGTON, D.C., ARE SETTING PRIORITIES THAT WILL LIKELY IMPACT CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION for the next four years and beyond. Even if you can't attend AGTE's National Policy Seminar this month, you can keep up with education...
Federal Teacher Initiatives Likely
TEACHER ISSUES ARE SURE TO BE ON THE POLICY AGENDA THIS YEAR. A key plank of President Obama's education platform is a focus on recruiting, preparing, retaining and rewarding teachers. And Congress is expected to reauthorize the No Child Left Behind...
Going beyond the Test! Using Alternative Assessments in Career Education
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Often in the classroom, teachers test students' basic knowledge of a subject matter but fail to fully assess their knowledge. Traditional written exams are ways of assigning grades, determining the knowledge level of the individual,...
High-Quality, Sustained, Intensive and Classroom-Focused Professional Development
THE NEW PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT REQUIREMENTS REPRESENTED A SHIFT IN FOCUS FOR MANY CTE PROGRAMS, WHICH BEGAN TO LOOK FOR WAYS TO REPLACE SINGLE, ISOLATED WORKSHOPS OR SEMINARS WITH PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES THAT ALLOW FOR INTERACTION, FEEDBACK...
High-Quality, Sustained, Intensive and Classroom-Focused Professional Development: The New Professional Development Requirements Represented a Shift in Focus for Many CTE Programs, Which Began to Look for Ways to Replace Single, Isolated Workshops or Seminars with Professional Development Activities That Allow for Interaction, Feedback and Continuous Improvement over Time
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT HAS LONG BEEN A FOCUS OF FEDERAL INVESTMENT IN CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION (CTE) through the Perkins Act. In the 2006 Act, this was no exception, and language related to professional development...
Improving Auto Workers' Computer Skills
MANY ADULTS ARE RE-ENTERING THE WORKFORCE DUE TO LAYOFFS AND DOWNSIZING. BUT WHAT ABOUT THE WORKERS WHO ENTERED THE WORKFORCE BEFORE IT BECAME SO HIGHLY COMPUTERIZED AND TECHNICALLY COMPLEX? CTE HAS MUCH TO OFFER THEM AS WELL.CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION...
Improving Auto Workers' Computer Skills: Many Adults Are Re-Entering the Workforce Due to Layoffs and Downsizing. but What about the Workers Who Entered the Workforce before It Became So Highly Computerized and Technically Complex? CTE Has Much to Offer Them as Well
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION (CTE) IS PROVIDING YOUNG PEOPLE WITH THE TECHNICAL TRAINING FOR THE HIGHLY SKILLED JOBS OF THE 21ST CENTURY WORKPLACE. Adults are also coming to technical schools and community colleges to update...
Leading with a Sense of Humor
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "A SENSE OF HUMOR IS PART OF THE ART OF LEADERSHIP, OF GETTING ALONG WITH PEOPLE, OF GETTING THINGS DONE." Surprisingly, that quote comes from Dwight D. Eisenhower, who had a couple of the most demanding jobs possible. Being...
Long-Range Planning Motivates Students & Personalizes Instruction
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Many high school students, whether at risk or college-bound, face the same challenge: maintaining the personal drive to stay academically focused and disciplined through the tribulations and pressures of the teenage years...
Process Technician
PROCESS TECHNICIANS ASSIST IN PLANNING, ANALYZING AND CONTROLLING THE PRODUCTION OF PRODUCTS FROM THE RAW MATERIALS THROUGH THE PRODUCTION AND DISTRIBUTION TO CUSTOMERS in a variety of process industries, according to the Center for Advancement of...
Process Technician
PROCESS TECHNICIANS ASSIST IN PLANNING, ANALYZING AND CONTROLLINGTHE PRODUCTION OF PRODUCTS FROM THE RAW MATERIALS THROUGH THE PRODUCTION AND DISTRIBUTION TO CUSTOMERS in a variety of process industries, according to the Center for Advancement of Process...
Spotlight on Washington
With the current economic climate and the change in leadership in Washington, now is a critical time to be part of AQE's national movement, Spotlight on Washington, to increase awareness of the importance of career and technical education (QE) and the...
Supporting the Employment Success of Veterans
THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR (DOL) RECENTLY UNVEILED AMERICA'S HEROES AT WORK, a unique program designed to help employers support veterans who are coping with two increasingly common battlefield injuries--Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post-Traumatic...
Supporting the Employment Success of Veterans
THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR (DOL) RECENTLY UNVEILED AMERICA'S HEROES AT WORK, a unique program designed to help employers support veterans who are coping with two increasingly common battlefield injuries - Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post-Traumatic...
Thank You
ACTE extends o special thank you to the sponsors and exhibitors at the 2008 Annual Convention and Career Tech Expo. Their support helped ACTE in its mission to deliver o top-notch professional development experience. The Association recommends that...
Tips for Teaching Math to CTE Students
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Career and technical education (CTE) teachers have a lot on their plate when it comes to delivering their core curriculum. With the emphasis on integrating academic math in the CTE curriculum, CTE teachers may be feeling a...
Transitioning into Teaching
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] More than 100 different alternative pathways to teacher certification were identified in a study by the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education (NRCCTE), a number that surprised even the researchers. Chris...
What Will Be the Impact of Programs of Study?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IN 2006, CONGRESS REAUTHORIZED THE FEDERAL ROLE IN CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION (CTE) by passing the fourth version of the legislation carrying the name of Carl D. Perkins. This legislation included the requirement that...
Wikis and Blogs: Your Keys to Student Collaboration & Engagement
The two most powerful Web 2.0 tools in a career and technical education (CTE) educator's arsenal are the blog and the wiki. Both are easy to use and inexpensive, and either resource can turn one student's assignment into an interactive experience for...
Wikis and Blogs: Your Keys to Student: Collaboration & Engagement
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The two most powerful Web 2.0 tools in a career and technical education (CTE) educator's arsenal are the blog and the wiki. Both are easy to use and inexpensive, and either resource can turn one student's assignment into an...