Vocational Education Journal

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. 3, March

A Good Trade
Changes in the U.S. population will fuel the need for higher-skilled workers in the tradesYou don't have to look far into the future to predict a high demand for workers in the construction trades. A glance at current statistics in the building industry...
A Great Return on Your Investment
As the wacky weather of the winter of '96 settles down and we look forward to a bright new spring, I think it is appropriate to reflect on where we have been as an association over the last several months and where we are headed.The title of this month's...
Break the Mold
Is vocational education about to fade from the American education scene? Or will it play a central role in the education of all students as we move into the 21st century?In my work with legislatures, governors, state and national commissions and business...
Career Guidance and Academics
Many rural students do not have the opportunity to see a variety of career options. But through the efforts of tech prep educators, Morris Public Schools (MPS) in Oklahoma is opening a door of opportunities to their students.A rural district, MPS has...
Cerebral Context
The human brain is a computer, not a freezer.Understanding how it works should lead to new teaching methods that help students make connections.Have you ever had a student ask you, "Why do I have to learn this?" What has been your answer? The typical...
Cookies for the Clintons
During each holiday season, stockings hang from fireplaces and bells hai the coming new year. But at the White House last year, four Christmas trees stood unadorned. To decorate them, First Lady Hillary Clinton invited students from 200 schools to make...
First Love
When retired elementary school teacher Grace Hawley found out her former student Ann Krause had won the AVA Outstanding New Vocational Teacher award, she wasn't surprised. As a six-year-old, Krause would sneak her math book home even though first graders...
In Defense of Schools
Two professors take education critics to task in A Manufactured Crisis. Here they outline their reasons for celebrating the success of public schools.In 1983, the United States government published A Nation at Risk, asserting that American industry and...
Making the Transition
A year ago, three school-to-work and tech prep programs in Massachusetts, Maryland and Pennyslvania began a process of reform. The secondary school administrators had to bring together business, industry and education representatives. Once that was accomplished,...
Moving Forward on Brain-Based Learning
A national movement has been developing since the mid-1980s that urges the integration of academic and vocational education. The brainbased contextual learning movement has grown into a full-fledged education reform.Contextual learning principles have...
Plugged In
Long distance technology offers benefits and drawbacks to teacher education programshe use of long distance technology may be one way to ease access to vocational teacher education, boost sagging enrollment and otherwise expand opportunities for teacher...
Teachers' Helpers: A Resource Guide to Materials Centers
You enter the classroom, lesson plans in hand, clear goal in mind: achieve the lesson objectives. The ideal is to reach each student in your class, stimulate their interest and motivate them to learn as you provide information relevant to real workforce...
The Career Connection
Making education relevant for all students is a key factor in how educators today advise and prepare young people for an increasingly complex world. The task of rethinking our traditional processes is monumental, but it also can yield tremendous results.An...
The Great Outdoors Classroom
An office cubicle isn't the ideal work environment for everyone. The environmental resources technology (ERT) students at Altoona Area VocationalTechnical School in Altoona, Pennsylvania, are preparing for careers that will make the great outdoors their...
The Shoes Fit
So great was Francis Tuttle's legend that Oklahomans figured the architect of the state's vaunted vocational education system would always be around to lead it. State director of vocational-technical education since 1967, Tuttle had left his mark on...
We Can't Afford to Lose a Human Resource
As I write this article, I learned from a good friend and boss that she has the AIDS virus. Washington state Superintendent of Public Instruction Judith Billings hired me six years ago to work for her. The major reason I went to work for Judith was her...
Winning Ways
The Vocational Education Journal salutes the top three AVA national award winners for 1996A young and vulnerable Rebecca Rhodes found solace and inspiration in two home economics teachers at Clarksville High School in Clarksville, Tennessee. Her mother...