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. 79, No. 1, January

A Closer Look at Susan Sclafani, New OVAE Assistant Secretary
In September, President Bush announced the official nomination of Dr. Susan Sclafani to the position of United States Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult Education, and designated her as acting assistant secretary until she is confirmed by the...
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A Laboratory Classroom Where 'Wining' Is Encouraged
At Cal Poly Tech in San Luis Obispo, California, they are toasting the success of their wine and viticulture program. A wine analysis for most of us is: take a sip, and either we like it or we don't. Not so for the students taking wine analysis...
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CAPITOL VIEW: The Role of the Administration in the Policy Making Process
Think back for a moment to your high school American government class. One of the main things I remember is the idea of checks and balances. As we all learned, the U.S. Government operates under a "separation of powers" structure, with each branch of...
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Career and Technical Education at Tribal Colleges
Although tribal colleges differ in some ways from mainstream schools, the need for strong career and technical education programs is one thing we all share. The first tribally controlled college in the nation was established by the Navajo Nation...
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Career and Technical Education Is Real. and Real Important
If literacy is the set of skills and knowledge we call academic achievement, then the companion duty of public schools is to teach democracy. More than ever, it is incumbent upon us to give equal weight to the teaching of literacy and democracy, or...
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CompTIA's TechCareer Compass
Information TECHNOLOGY UPDATEIn October, the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) launched its TechCareer Compass, a comprehensive information and communication technology (ICT) free career guidance web tool.According to CompTIA, this...
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CTE's Best and Brightest ACTE Profiles Exemplary Educators
Pete Townsend, Coordinator, Professional Technical Student Support Services, North Idaho CollegeWith more than 34 years as a vocational counselor, Pete Townsend has worked with students at both the high school and college level to ensure their success...
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Educators Use Career "Games" to Teach Lifelong Career Management Skills
In half the schools in Canada and in over 25,000 classrooms across the United States students from grade 3 to grade 12 are being introduced to careers through an innovative new game-based process called The Real Game Series. Originated in Canada, these...
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Executive Director's Message-January 2004
If I could ask one thing of a crystal ball in every new situation, it would not be, "What's wrong and what will fix it?" It would be, "What's possible here and who cares?" Marvin Weisbord In the spirit of New Year's resolutions to change or improve...
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Front and Center-January 2004
Women at the top of engineering In November, Patricia D. Galloway became the president of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and she is the first woman in the organization's 150-year history to hold the office. "It seems implausible...
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Hidden Gems
Internship and Experimential Learning Programs When a program is approved for state/federal subsidy in the field of career and technical education, there is always a record on file with information about the program in the state education department....
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Hidden Gems: Internship and Experiential Learning Programs
When a program is approved for state/federal subsidy in the field of career and technical education, there is always a record on file with information about the program in the state education department. These records are for program approval, funding,...
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Information Technology Update-January 2004
CompTIA's TechCareer Compass In October, the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) launched its TechCareer Compass, a comprehensive information and communication technology (ICT) free career guidance web tool. According to CompTIA,...
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In Washington-January 2004
A closer look at Susan Sclafani, new OVAE assistant secretary In September, President Bush announced the official nomination of Dr. Susan Sclafani to the position of United States Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult Education, and designated...
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Knowing Our Place in the Community
In many areas of the country, career and technical education programs are connecting learning with the resources, culture, history and people of the places where they are based. They are also forging a special connection between education and the needs...
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New and Related Services Division Report
Change-Are we ready for it and do we accept it? This has been the question that has been behind all actions and most discussions of the ACTE Board of Directors over the last two and a half years. Several years ago I heard an excellent futurist-also a...
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Region IV Report
Special Ingredients Make Up the Unique Flavors of Region IVACTE Region IV is truly like the cliche used to describe America - a melting pot. The region consists of a mixture of various ingredients that gives it the exquisite flavor enjoyed by many.The...
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State Update
State Update features education news at the state and local levels. Readers are encouraged to send submissions to Techniques, 1410 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, fax 703-683-7424 or e-mail susan@printmanagementinc.com.KentuckyToyota Motor Manufacturing,...
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Study Results on School Leadership
Schools have distinct leadership needs that can be met in a variety of ways-and not always by their principals. This is one of the findings of a study released in September by the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) at the University of Washington.The...
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Supervising Sparkling Students
Learning Students' Names and Stories by Heart As a career tech educator at a community college in Oregon in the year 2003-2004, my job supervising college students in a cooperative education department teaching program sends me out on the road three...
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Teacher's Toolbox-January 2004
A New Multimedia Activity Development Tool Thanks to a new tool from Pitsco, the process of developing multimedia activities could become a lot easier for teachers. Innovator is described by the company as a powerful, user-friendly tool designed...
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The Administration and the Policy Making Process -an Insider's View
ACTE's Alisha Hyslop recently interviewed the Office of Vocational and Adult Education's Deputy Assistant Secretary, Hans Meeder, about the role of the administration in the process of policy making. Meeder has been actively involved in the Department...
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The Power to Build: Our Future
2003 Annual Report to MembersPresident's MessageFor ACTE, 2003 was a year marked by great effort to increase value and relevancy to our members, to safeguard career and technical education in uncertain times, and to put the association on a sound footing...
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The Public's Attitudes toward Public Schools
According to the 35th Annual Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools, the public has high regard for the public schools, wants needed improvement to come through those schools and has little interest in seeking...
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The Real Game Series in Action
Three years ago I discovered The Real Game Series. It was at this time that our school made a decision to greatly expand our career education focus. We became convinced that a comprehensive school-to-career program must begin prior to students entering...
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Using Contextual Instruction to Make Abstract Learning Concrete
Using contextual or applied methods of instruction when teaching is not a new notion. However, it is receiving new attention as many school districts begin restructuring their curricula to meet the needs of students preparing to take their places in...
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