Techniques

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Articles from Vol. 73, No. 5, May

13th Grade: The Key to a Healthy Community
In this era of hyper concern over the state of public education, we're hearing a lot of "more is better" talk. Some of those who want to reform the education system have called for lengthening the traditional 180-day school year by 20 days. But...
A College's Career Commitment
Before school-to-careers ever had a name, let alone a federal act supporting it, the education movement had Madelyn Isaacs carrying its torch. For Isaacs, it was a simple concept. Education and careers must build a relationship of lifelong learning...
A Second Chance at Success
The Career Academic Placement program in the Jackson Public Schools in Jackson, Mississippi, has gotten off to a successful start. Students who are at risk of dropping out of high school are getting a second chance at employment A new career exploration...
A State of Transition
In "Life Skills for Independence" class at Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Oregon, the common thread among the students is transition. And like the students, Chemeketa, a partner in Oregon's welfare-to-work efforts, finds itself in a state...
Build It and They Will Come
The debut of another high-tech start-up company is imminent, which is like saying flowers will appear this spring. But this outfit is different -- appearances to the contrary. Employees of the LaPlata, Maryland, firm will sign in each morning...
Changing of the Guard
Soon June will be upon us and my term as AVA president will end. At the summer meeting of the Board of Directors your new president, Laura Ward, will be sworn in and AVA's growth and progress will continue. I hope I can offer Laura the same guidance...
Forced to Choose?
Welfare recipients are dropping out of school Is the 1996 federal welfare reform law driving welfare students out of college? The law requires recipients to work or lose benefits and does not count nonvocational college courses as work. Comprehensive...
G.R.E.A.T. Expectations
Enrique Rojas blends right in -- jeans, walking shoes, short sleeves and a backpack casually draped over one shoulder. He feels at home at Miami-Dade Community College, bustling among the students and palm trees on the Wolfson campus. And while the...
Impeccable Timing
The key to a rain dance is timing. So said AVA Policy Maker of the Year Senator Byron L. Dorgan (D-ND) to AVA National Policy Seminar attendees in Washington, D.C., in March. The 600 attendees couldn't have picked a more opportune time to visit Washington,...
In Search of Zippers
Is your educational team in a rut? This summer is the perfect time to reflect on whether you're doing what it takes to pull your team together -- and what you might do differently. What do you know about zippers? You might know that Whitcomb Judson...
It's All in the Approach
Hanging on the wall in front of my desk is an 8 1/2 x 11 watercolor of the second class I ever taught. it was a Christmas card from a student in that class -- she painted one for all 11 of her classmates in drafting and design. That was eight years...
Let's Take Some Risks
This is a dizzying period of transition for use of technology in K-12 education. Technological resources are increasingly available in schools, community centers and other education settings. U.S. schools are expected to spend $5.2 billion on technology...
Letters
Bring on the Forums The "From American Teacher to Japanese Celebrity" article in the March issue of Techniques was very well done. I also enjoyed the "Forum" article ("Vocational Teacher EducationSeparate and Unequal"). Some of the points are valid and...
Mechanics Teacher Has Drive
It's only one sheet of paper printed on both sides, but the Quarter Inch Drive newsletter probably is among the most popular publications its 350 recipients receive. Tom Hull, an industrial mechanics teacher at South Umpqua High School in Myrtle Creek,...
NET Gain
Workplace literacy is adult education that focuses on developing workers'-or potential workers'-basic literacy skills. The curriculum comprises lessons and activities relating to the workplace. The following sites include numerous resources for workplace...
Policy Seminar Speakers Say Voc Ed Needs New Legislation
Vocational-technical education needs new authorizing legislation, increased federal funding and continued vocal advocacy on its behalf, according to speakers at the American Vocational Association's annual National Policy Seminar in Washington, D.C....
Professional Post
VOLUNTEERISM AWARDS-The Prudential Spirit of the Community Awards is accepting applications from middle and high school students who have volunteered in their communities during the past year. Winners receive $1,000, a medallion and an all-expense-paid...
When Business Educators Mean Business
Teresa Pinkston and Michelle Keylon are serious about getting their high school business students to appreciate what "business" really means. So much so they've redesigned their classroom at Green Country Area Vocational-Technical School to look and...
When Business Educators Mean Business
Teresa Pinkston and Michelle Keylon are serious about getting their high school business students to appreciate what "business" really means. So much so they've redesigned their classroom at Green Country Area VocationalTechnical School to look and feel...