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Articles from Vol. 75, No. 8, November/December

Addressing the Critical Shortage of FACS Educators
EDITOR'S NOTE: The following material is excerpted with permission from "Recruiting Family and Consumer Sciences Educators," a booklet published by American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS), based in Alexandria, Va. Several times a...
Collaboration: A Buzzword for Wasting Time?
Most committees and task forces need to be drastically cut in size to be efficient and meaningful. We all function in collaborative groups, often several of them at once. Remaining competitive in a complex and constantly changing business environment...
Cutting-Edge Training and Career Relevance
Today's exemplary programs focus on practical, contemporary education. As the vocational education profession changes to stay relevant to social trends and student needs, so do individual programs in the field. Here are highlights of several programs...
Editor's Note
Community Service: A Great Way To Learn An increase of 3600 percent over the past 15 years! That statistic on the growth of student participation in service-learning programs surprised me when I first began working on this issue. But as I read more,...
Feds, NEA Campaign against Student Drug Use
The federal government and the National Education Association (NEA) are collaborating on a major media campaign aimed at reducing teen drug use. NEA and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) began a new phase of the National...
How Apprenticeships Work
The NJATC program is organized by geographical areas, with participating IBEW unions and NECA chapters now funding more than 300 local programs. Unlike most apprenticeship education programs, the NJATC programs provide participants with regular paychecks,...
Leaving Home Economics in the Past
Many longtime vocational educators may find it hard to recognize their profession today in comparison to 20 or even 10 years ago, but all recognize the impact that a changing society has had on what they are expected to offer to today's students. With...
Meeting the Demands of a Growth Industry
Demands for trained, certified and accomplished the fs are on the upswing; opportunities to meet these challenges are here today and growing. EDITOR'S NOTE: Text of this article is reprinted with permission from The National Culinary Review, monthly...
Partners in Progress
Schools can build positive relationships within the community and provide needed services by forming long-lasting relationships with business. Working together, they make a perfect team. It was 7 a.m. on a typical school day. But instead of buses and...
Roll out the Bulldozers
The conventional wisdom said starting a heavy equipment operation course for high school students was impossible. But effort, determination and community involvement made it happen. In the fall of 1999, Prosser School of Technology, an area vocational...
School Reform Requires Administrative Teamwork
School districts cannot effectively raise student achievement without strong leadership and teamwork from the school board and superintendent, says a new study issued by the Educational Research Service of Arlington, Va., in collaboration with the New...
Tardy WIA Rules Raise Ambiguity Concerns
The final rules governing several titles of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) have at last been issued by the Department of Labor (DOL), more than eight months late. Made public on Aug. 11, the final rule implements provisions of Titles I, III and V,...
The Marble Maze Project
Using design technology in the classroom is an ideal way to help elementary school students learn to solve problems. And the kids have a good time. "Design and construct a maze to move 10 marbles from the top of a frame to the bottom. This project must...
They Learn from Those They Serve
The projects are diverse in scope-restoring a huge 1930s mural, building and refurbishing houses for low-income residents and tutoring at-risk elementary students. But these high school programs share the common thread of service-learning initiatives,...
You Can Speak and Write about Anything
Learning language arts skills in connection with all other subjects helps to prepare students for the real world of work and higher education. Knees knocking, hands trembling, voice quaking-this is the stereotyped view of one's first speech in front...
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