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. 71, No. 8, November

A Community Surfaces out of the Crowd
Academies -- schools-within-a--school have emerged as the dominant reform model in Baltimore as public school and city officials devise a divide-and-conquer approach that breaks down large schools into small, manageable and quality-oriented communities....
Congress Heard Our Message
Legislative advocacy pays off--literally. Thanks to the efforts of AVA members around the nation, vocational-technical education will receive more federal money in fiscal year 1997. More money. In September, Congress reversed its trend of funding...
Florida Puts School-to-Work in University Blueprint
Never mind that Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) isn't even built yet. The Southwest Florida School-to-Work Consortium invited it to join five county school districts in securing a school-to-work pathway for all the area's students, from kindergarten...
Getting All the Skills Employers Want
When employers share their hiring practices with educators, the subject of "soft skills" continues to make its way into discussions. "Just teach `em the basics. We'll train `em on the specifics." I wish I had a dollar for every time an employer...
Headlines
Strong Public Support for Career Preparation Most Americans (66 percent) think schools should prepare students for careers as well as offer a strong academic foundation, according to a nationwide survey conducted by American Viewpoint, Inc. for...
In Washington
America's Reading Challenge President Clinton has proposed providing $2.75 billion to support America's Reading Challenge -- a program aimed at making sure every child can read independently by the end of third grade. Clinton is proposing $1.75...
Letters
New Discovery I have been a life member of AVA for decades. I have just received the October 1996 issue of Techniques. This is the first time I knew of the existence of this attractive publication. Please keep me on the subscription list. Best wishes...
NET Gain
There are hundreds of K-12 Web sites in the United States geared toward education -- often designed and produced by students, teachers or school staff. And because the Web is not managed by one company or organization, these Web sites can pop up overnight...
Plugged In
TALKING THE TALK E-mail is the equivalent of warp speed to correspondence today. Still, we're always looking for shortcuts. Internet veterans are popularizing abbreviations similar to those we're used to seeing in memos and letters -- ASAP (as soon...
Professional Post
VISIONS FOR THE FUTURE -- Toshiba and the National Science Teachers Association are accepting entries for their annual ExploraVision Awards competition. The K-12 science contest awards student teams that come up with the best projects that represent...
Report Card for the Schools
Especially since the release of A Nation at Risk in 1983, American public education has been under the close scrutiny of the nation's leaders, educators and parents. Dissatisfaction has led to debates about vouchers and charter schools as potential...
Setting the Bar for What Students Must Know
The U.S. probably is closer now than ever to developing voluntary, national skill standards. But there's still a long way to go. They came to Chicago from all over the country: more than 200 representatives of manufacturing and service companies,...
State Update
State Update highlights the activities of members and other organizations at the state and regional level. Readers are encouraged to send submissions to: Techniques, 1410 King St., Alexandria, VA 22514, or fax to (705) 685-7424. ALABAMA -- Debbie...
THE NET: Where It's @
MORE AND MORE EDUCATORS ARE EXPLORING THE INTERNET AS A TEACHING TOOL. IS YOUR SCHOOL HOOKED UP? "Every classroom in America must be connected to the information superhighway, with computers and good software, and well-trained teachers. We are working...
We're Not Innocent Bystanders
Last February, comedian and political activist Dick Gregory was a keynote speaker for Black History Month on our campus. His comments were alternately hilarious and insightful, outrageous and disturbing, but he definitely kept us entertained for more...
What's New
RESOURCES Video and CD-ROM Catalog Bergwall Productions, a producer of self-paced, self-instructional videos and multimedia programs for technical education and vocational training, has released its 1997 product catalog. Featuring more than 485...
Where Is Voc Ed Headed?
INTEGRATION OF ACADEMIC AND VOCATIONAL EDUCATION INSTRUCTION, BLOCK GRANT FUNDING, THE CONCENTRATION OF SPECIFIC SKILLS TRAINING AT THE POSTSECONDARY LEVEL, TECH PREP, SCHOOL-TO-WORK--ALL OF THESE ISSUES HAVE MADE MANY VOCATIONAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS...