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. 8, November-December

An Interview with Don Brunning and Ray Grimard
An interview with career and technical educators Don Brunning and Ray Grimard, co-creators of "Enviropals!"--a new children's program that will be shown nationally on PBS. ACTE: Tell us what "Enviropals!" is all about. DB: Well, I guess we'll...
Assessing the Value of Education
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Assessment: an appraisal; an official determination of value. The dictionary definitions may seem simple and clear, but when inserted into the complex field of education, assessment becomes anything but simple. There are summative...
Assessments Advocacy and Assessments as Advocacy Tool
EVEN THOUGH MANY NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND (NCLB) HEARINGS HAVE BEEN HELD OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS and a number of new freshmen Members of Congress ran on a "fix NCLB" ticket during the 2008 elections, I am making what I believe to be a pretty safe bet:...
Career Academies as Instruments of School Reform and Change: Secondary Educational Reform Has Been Placed on the Forefront of Educational Agendas as Educators, Administrators, the Business Community and Politicians Seek to Rectify Alarming Dropout Rates and a Perceived Lack of Academic and Vocational Competence
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] AS MICHAEL STEELE WALKED IN THE ROOM with his long jet-black hair, the judges quickly shuffled their scoring sheets preparing themselves for the next presentation. Without warning or hesitation, he burst out with an electrifying...
How the 3 Rs Can Help You Create a Culture of Service
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] PROVIDING GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE SHOULD BE A BASIC REQUIREMENT for every business. Providing great customer service should also be a basic requirement in every school, although as an instructor, you most likely do not see...
How to Communicate Effectively during a Crisis
AS A SCHOOL LEADER, YOU MAY BE PUT IN A POSITION where yon have to take the lead in a crisis situation, and having the right tools and information will be critical. Every school, organization or business should develop a crisis communications plan...
Improving Technical Competence: How the CTE Community Is Responding
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In the summer of 2006, Congress approved the renewal of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. Provisions within that act caused a refocusing within the career and technical education (CTE) community due to...
Let's Talk about CTE!
NOW IS THE TIME FOR CTE. President Obama openly talks about vocational training and apprenticeship. He is encouraging students to stay in school and reminding them that a status quo education is not going to lead them to a high-paying, high-quality...
Portland Community College
PORTLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE (PCC) IS THE LARGEST INSTITUTION OF HIGHER LEARNING IN THE STATE, serving more than 1,373,758 college-age residents in a five-county, 1,500-square-mile area in northwest Oregon. It includes three comprehensive campuses offering...
Raising the Bar: Technical Assessments for Secondary CTE Programs
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] As our nation continues to struggle to get out of our current economic quagmire, it seems that there is one area of agreement--creating new jobs that can be filled by well-qualified workers is part of the solution. In fact...
Survey Delves into Educators' Use of Assessment Data
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The term "data-driven decision making" has become ubiquitous in education, and yet it seems to be most often discussed with reference to policy decisions related to reporting requirements and accountability. What deserves...
Sustainability: The Next 21st Century Workplace Skill: "We Must Consider Our Planet to Be on Loan from Our Children, Rather Than Being a Gift from Our Ancestors ... If the Long-Term Viability of Humanity Is to Be Ensured, We Have No Other Choice."
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE MESSAGE IS CLEAR. AS A COUNTRY AND GLOBAL COMMUNITY, we are heading into a deep abyss unless we change the way we live and act in terms of the three pillars of sustainability--environmental, economic and social. For 22...
Using Technology to Increase Collaboration between Career Tech and Core Subject Teachers
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] MANY TEACHERS HAVE WITNESSED THIS SCENE FAR TOO OFTEN: Students come to our career and technical education (CTE) classrooms and the teacher presents them with a problem that requires them using a (:ore subject skill such as...