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. 73, No. 7, October

A Campaign for Ann
On March 29, 1997, Ann Marie Harris was a vibrant 17-year-old enjoying spring break with friends and eager to study family and consumer sciences education at Purdue University in the fall. On March 30 she was dead, victim of a bullet fired by an enraged...
Accounting for Results
Society wants schools to be accountable for student achievement, but most districts have focused solely on academic progress. How are vocational systems measuring results? A Delaware district shows the way. Nine years ago Dennis Loftus, superintendent...
A Family Secret
You would think Paula Marable's job title was "mother bird." Marable, director of the Herman A. Breithaupt Career and Technical Center on the west side of Detroit, Mich., has dedicated the past 13 years of her professional life to building a nest of...
A Few Words on Their Behalf
AS AN EDUCATOR, YOU'VE WORKED HARD TO PREPARE YOUR STUDENTS FOR THEIR NEXT STEP. BUT CAN YOU CONVEY THEIR ATTRIBUTES AND COMPETENCIES ON PAPER? AN EFFECTIVE LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION CAN GRAB THE ATTENTION OF EMPLOYERS AND COLLEGE ADMISSIONS OFFICERS....
A Firm Hand
Roger Cuevas knows the value of learning a skill. As a young Cuban immigrant in 1955, Cuevas worked in his father's Miami bakery and trained as an apprentice. When he later graduated from Miami-Dade Community College, his parents bought him his...
A New Name for a New Century
AVA's Board of Directors has initiated a bylaws amendment process that will send a name change for AVA to the Assembly of Delegates for final action in December. The proposed amendment would change the name to Association for Career and Technical Education....
A Push from Perkins
Interest in accountability systems can be traced back to "A Nation at Risk," released in 1983. The report called the state of American education dismal and started state education departments and school districts on the accountability path, but mostly...
At the Table and in the Mix
IMPROVING THE IMAGE OF VOCATIONAL EDUCATION CONTINUES TO RANK AMONG THE GREATEST JOB CHALLENGES FOR VOC ED ADMINISTRATORS. WHEN IT COMES TO PRESERVING AND PROMOTING PROGRAMS, YOU'LL FIND THEM IN THE FOREFRONT. Whether they're dealing with wary communities,...
Balance of Power
SHARED GOVERNANCE AT A CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE HAS CREATED A WHIRLWIND OF CONTROVERSY, AS WELL AS SOME HARD FEELINGS AMONG STAFF. CAN INSTRUCTORS, COLLEGE PRESIDENTS AND BOARDS OF TRUSTEES SHARE THE ADMINISTRATIVE REINS AND STILL GET ALONG? ...
Beyond Scooby Doo
Most of your students may still remember the crack team of teen investigators on the animated TV show "Scooby Doo." Those cartoon characters foiled the criminals' plans time and again by using their investigative smarts. "I would have gotten away with...
Corporate U. Takes the Job Training Field
Community and technical colleges across the country are adding new players to their job training teams--big players like Motorola, Saturn and Intel. Such corporate powerhouses and many others have founded their own "universities." Are they a complement...
Creating a New Degree in Technology
Community colleges are known for graduating outstanding students with associate's in arts and associate's in science degrees. And the associate's in applied science long has been known as the vocational-technical, career degree. But today there's a...
Giving Students Second Chances
The Technical Education Division is set apart from other AVA divisions not by what is taught but by when technical classes are taught--at the postsecondary level. Technical education students, who range from high school graduates to immigrants, gain...
Happy Parents, Healthy Schools
Does your school have "heart failure?" Does your administrator have "lockjaw?" Find out and much more in this winning-if sometimes cutesy-book from Elaine McEwan. How to Deal with Parents Who are Angry, Troubled, Afraid, or Just Plain Crazy By Elaine...
In Search of Accountability Experts
Is your school or district ready to develop an accountability system? Where can you turn for help? With no federal agency to assist states and school districts, two organizations have emerged as the accountability experts: the Education Commission of...
In Washington
Clinton Signs Job Training/Adult Education Bill President Clinton signed the Workforce Investment Act (H.R. 1385) into law on Aug. 7, hailing it as a "crowning jewel" that will enhance the nation's competitive edge by helping millions of people...
Keeping Up
Team Argentina Wins the Business Challenge And then there was one. In February, an Argentinean team emerged from a competitive pack to win $3,000 in the third annual Hewlett-Packard Global Business Challenge. Eight student teams from Argentina,...
Leading the Charge
Selecting only three outstanding administrators to profile from the more than 386,000 who tackle education challenges each school day was no easy task for the Techniques staff. Like many dedicated administrators throughout the country, these three...
Letters
Kudos You cannot imagine how proud I felt when I first looked at the three smiling faces of our G.R.E.A.T. Program students on the front cover of Techniques (May 1998). The article, "G.R.E.A.T. Expectations" was compassionate, insightful and...
Letters
Kudos You cannot imagine how proud I felt when I first looked at the three smiling faces of our G.R.E.A.T. Program students on the front cover of Techniques (May 1998). The article, "G.R.E.A.T. Expectations" was compassionate, insightful and accurate....
Motorola's Program of Work and Education
Among Motorola's company creeds is this one: Businesses must be involved in the educational activities of their communities. With this in mind, the company has made a corporate commitment to support education, educational partnerships and lifelong...
NET Gain
Communication between businesses and schools is essential for work-related education. January 1998's column focused on sites from the education side of the partnership. This issue takes on business--several national business organizations and associations...
NET Gain
Communication between businesses and schools is essential for work-related education. January 1998's column focused on sites from the education side of the partnership. This issue takes on business-several national business organizations and associations...
New Orleans after Hours
Nawlins. New Or-LEENS. New Orlee-uns. It doesn't matter how you say it, New Orleans answers your call for what to do after a busy day at the convention. If you're still at the convention center at the end of the day, you can wander right out the front...
Plugged In
Equal Access Technology Postsecondary educators have long touted the need for students to have their own laptop or desktop computer. Two colleges are taking that a step further. Clayton College & State University in Morrow, Ga., and Floyd...
Professional Development at Its Best
Vocational technical educators need to be involved in professional development activities in order to stay abreast of new techniques, materials and research. What better way to do that than the annual AVA convention? This issue of Techniques contains...
Proposed Bylaws Changes
Three amendments have been submitted to the Bylaws Committee for consideration and vote by the AVA Assembly of Delegates at the annual convention in New Orleans on Sunday, December 13, at 10:30 a.m. There will be an open forum to discuss the proposed...
Proposed Bylaws Changes
Three amendments have been submitted to the Bylaws Committee for consideration and vote by the AVA Assembly of Delegates at the annual convention in New Orleans on Sunday, December 13, at 10:30 a.m. There will be an open forum to discuss the proposed...
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 22314, fax (703) 683-7424, or e-mail jcahill@avaonline.org....
The Best Harvest
A mid the cornfields of midwestern Illinois rises the small community of Danville, home of the nationally recognized Danville Area Community College--winner of two major tech prep awards this year. Ask administrators at the college if anyone from this...
The Big Easy
The American Vocational Association will add its own flavor to the famous jazz and jambalaya of New Orleans when it brings its annual convention to town December 10-13. Home of Mardi Gras and the historic French Quarter, New Orleans, La., plays...
The Technology Teacher Crisis
Unprecedented changes and developments in technology education have put it in a popular but difficult situation. The widespread growth of the subject around the world has resulted in a technology teacher shortage, according to educators in the field....
The Top 10 Skills of Successful School Leaders
Whether you're director of a vocational-technical center, state tech prep coordinator or county superintendent, effective management skills are key to your job success. Here are the "top 10 critical skills" administrators should master according to...
The Top 10 Skills of Successful School Leaders
Whether you're director of a vocational-technical center, state tech prep coordinator or county superintendent, effective management skills are key to your job success. Here are the "top 10 critical skills" administrators should master according to education...
Tools of the Trade for Administrators
AS A SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR, YOU'RE RESPONSIBLE FOR PEOPLE MANAGEMENT, DATA TRACKING, RECORDKEEPING, LEADERSHIP AND--ULTIMATELY--THE SUCCESS OF YOUR STUDENTS. HOW DO YOU JUGGLE ALL THOSE BALLS? IT HELPS TO HAVE RELIABLE RESOURCES, SO HERE'S A SAMPLING....
Tools of the Trade for Administrators
AS A SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR, YOU RE RESPONSIBLE FOR PEOPLE MANAGEMENT, DATA TRACKING, RECORDKEEPING, LEADERSHIP AND ULTIMATELY THE SUCCESS OF YOUR STUDENTS. HOW DO YOU JUGGLE ALL THOSE BALLS? IT HELPS TO HAVE RELIABLE RESOURCES, SO HERE S A SAMPLING. KEEP...
Training in CBITS and Pieces
Like many businesses, the Lennox Manufacturing Co. of Marshalltown, Iowa, wanted its security staff to be able to deal with workplace violence, should it occur. But in-house training was not an option; nobody at the plant had the expertise. For an outside...
Upcoming ESEA Debates
While legislators are rushing to finish the business of the 105th Congress, set to adjourn this month, they are making preparations for major issues that will be addressed when they return in January 1999. At that time legislators will consider the...
What's New
EQUIPMENT Electronic Locking Mobil Cart Security for valuable tools is a big concern in the construction and manufacturing industry. Now Craftsman introduces a new electronic-locking 52-inch mobile cart. Using a transmitter similar to those on...
What You Have in Common with Mr. Oaks
About 20 years ago in suburban Virginia, there was a much-loved principal at the helm of Belvedere Elementary School. The children there would say, "Mr. Oaks is as tall as that oak tree!" And indeed, he looked like an oak tree-towering over the children...

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