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. 3, March

A Career Meant to Be
Can a love for teaching lure someone from a successful, highpaying job? "Absolutely," says Tabitha Ratcliffe. Since her husband accepted a new job and the couple moved last year to Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, Ratcliffe has been working as a corporate...
Agriculture Education: A Bumper Crop of Students
After years of declining enrollment, the popularity of aged programs is again on the rise. The road to renewal has been paved from the barn to the mainstream, where the former farm-centered courses now offer infinite options of study to a diverse group...
Agriculture Education: A Bumper Crop of Students
After years of declining enrollment, the popularity of ag ed programs is again on the rise. The road to renewal has been paved from the barn to the mainstream, where the former farm-centered courses now offer infinite options of study to a diverse group...
A Look at Education's Best
As always the competition was tough. But after a judging process that took months, only three names remained. Meet the American Vocational Association national award winners for 1998. Beyond the Textbooks What students learn in Connie Smithson's service-learning...
Assessing Assessment
Few education issues have received more scrutiny over the last decade than how schools measure student achievement. Pressures from all levels of policy making-from local school boards to Congress - for higher academic and skill standards, more accountability...
A Time Saver for Teachers
Have computers made testing and grading easier for classroom teachers? Consider the experiences of these vocational-technical instructors, who responded to a Techiques query posed to an online discussion group. Instructor Judy Vierra saves paper and...
Beyond the Textbooks
What students learn in Connie Smithson's service-learning program can't be found in a textbook. Classmates of Jason Gore can attest to that. Jason incorporated a special visual aid into his final project for Smithson's class, in which Hixson (Tennessee)...
Clinton Proposes Flat Funding for Vocational Education
President Clinton proposes essentially flat funding for vocational education programs and a substantial decrease in federal school-to-work funding in the coming fiscal year. Clinton's proposed fiscal 1999 budget, released in early February and subject...
Create Your Own Future, Too
Have you ever felt helpless? Have you ever felt that your future is in the hands of other people-people who do not necessarily have your best interests at heart? It seems that teachers often have this feeling. One reason is that a lot of people besides...
Don't Be Satisfied-Fight for Funding
The annual funding battle is underway in the nation's capital, and the president's budget puts vocationaltechnical education at a disadvantage in the fight. Released February 2, the president's budget contains less than sufficient proposals for funding...
Engineering a Grade
A Texas science academy takes authentic assessment to a new level in a technology course designed to work like a high-tech firm. Mera Plummer and Cori Threadgill were nervous. They were about to present their solution to a design challenge before a...
Engineering a Grade
A Texas science academy takes authentic assessment to a new level in a technology course designed to work like a hightech firm. Mera Plummer and Cori Threadgill were nervous. They were about to present their solution to a design challenge before a panel...
From American Teacher to Japanese Celebrity
Charles Pierce, from Louisville, Kentucky, had never been treated like a celebrity before-until he went to Japan. "The school children treated us like celebrities," he says. "Everywhere we went they chased us, asking for autographs." A curriculum coordinator...
From Healing to Helping
Most Americans remember where they were and what they were doing on April 19,1995, when the Edward R. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was bombed. Imagine how it must have affected Oklahomans. Belinda McCharen, recently named Oklahoma's school-towork...
Ground Zero
What's the difference between a .22-caliber handgun and Advil? Not much when it comes to some zero-tolerance policies in the schools. But educators argue this heavy hand of discipline is keeping children safe and making the school environment a better...
Is There a "Best" Way to Test? Assessing Assessment
Few education issues have received more scrutiny over the last decade than how schools measure student achievement. Pressures from all levels of policy making-from local school boards to Congress-for higher academic and skill standards, more accountability...
Managing the Future of Agri-Science Education
The future of agricultural education, and all the vocational education disciplines, will be brighter and more productive if teachers can master a few timemanagement methods. Here are some examples for agri-science teachers. Leaders in agricultural education...
NET Gain
This installment of "NET Gain"focuses on an important part of the U.S. vocational education system-postsecondary institutions. They are particularly significant as providers of advanced technical training and school-to-work and tech prep participants....
New Jersey Students Demand Voc Ed Funds
Two high school freshmen, residents of Pompton Lakes in Passaic County, New Jersey, are demanding that their home county foot the bill for their vocational education in neighboring Bergen County. Under state law a school district must pay for students...
New Jersey Students Demand Voc Ed Funds
Two high school freshmen, residents of Pompton Lakes in Passaic County, New Jersey, are demanding that their home county foot the bill for their vocational education in neighboring Bergen County. Under state law a school district must pay for students...
No Room for Complacency
The February issue of The Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition describes a critical shortage of information-technology workers that is starting to affect competitiveness for many U.S. companies. This shortage is a serious problem for businesses-and...
Online Testing
COMPUTERS ARE MORE THAN A GLORIFIED SUBSTITUTE FOR PAPER AND PENCIL THEY'RE CHANGING THE NATURE OF ASSESSMENT. The No. 2 pencil - that trusty companion of generations of test takers - may be an endangered species. Increasingly, it is being supplanted...
Professional Post
FOR WOMEN ONLY-The National Association of Women in Construction is seeking students in grades 9-12 to enter its drafting competitions. The competitions recognize students for creativity, problem solving and preparation of architectural drawings. For...
Show and Tell
STUDENT PORTFOLIOS CAN ADD ANOTHER DIMENSION TO A TEACHER'S ASSESSMENT STRATEGY. A REGIONAL EDUCATION LAB OFFERS A PACKAGED APPROACH WITH LOTS OF BUILT-IN SUPPORT. Employers frequently complain that today's young people don't have a clue about the work...
Software Sampler
Here's a sampling of test-oriented software and related offerings. Accuplacer, developed by ETS for The College Board, is a Windows-based placement program for incoming college freshman. It measures skills in reading, writing and math. It is a computer-adaptive...
Vocational Teacher Education - Separate and Unequal
This is how Professor Richard Lynch, director of the School of Leadership and Lifelong Learning at the University of Georgia, recently summarized a series of studies on vocational teacher education: Vocational teacher education in the nation's colleges...
Vocational Teacher Education-Separate and Unequal
This is how Professor Richard Lynch, director of the School of Leadership and Lifelong Learning at the University of Georgia, recently summarized a series of studies on vocational teacher education: Vocational teacher education in the nation's colleges...
Windows on Progress
For vo-tech administrators in Illinois, evaluating programs against statewide benchmarks is just a mouse click away. Especially now, when public education is being scrutinized as never before, educators must be ready to show their programs work. For...
Winning Ways to Serve Students
IN THIS REPORT Many times vocational special needs educators seek to integrate their students into the mainstream of community and technical colleges and school-to-work programs. However, the capabilities, traits and past academic performance of students...