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 November

Albert's New Draft
An individual I'll call Albert reported to my classroom with his assignment sheet in his hand and a warm smile on his face. It was 8 a.m. Thursday, the middle of December 1992. Snow had fallen the night before and a foot or so lay on the cold cement...
AVA Needs a Change
On December 13, the last day of AVA's annual convention in New Orleans, the Assembly of Delegates will vote on whether to change the association's name to Association for Career and Technical Education. A two-thirds vote is needed to change the name....
Congress Passes New Perkins Bill
First Vocational Education Authorizing Legislation Since 1990 The House and Senate, rushing to finish legislative business before Congress adjourned for the year, passed the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act (H.R. 1853) by voice...
Creating Web Sites
Use of the Internet in all types of organizations has led to a new set of skills that students need for employment--Web design and HTML knowledge. At a time when some organizations are asking employees to create their own pages, teaching today's...
Fashion That Works ... or Not
She looks like a punk nightmare, but you need to place her in an internship. How do you teach workplace behaviors to a youth culture that dresses to distress? A joke's a joke. When Texas home economics teacher Mary Broadway spun a tall tale recently,...
Going to the Edge
"Vocational educators can work with conservatives in local districts much more effectively ... by simply engaging in open and friendly conversation with them." Have you ever been to the edge? For most of us this phrase may have merely referred to...
Inside AVA
Voc Ed Enters National Certification Arena The movement for national teacher certification has taken hold across the country. All but two states report some kind of incentive--from fee subsidies to salary raises--for teachers who obtain certification...
Internet Plus Business Classes
Recent strides to equip schools with technology have paved the way to merge students onto the information superhighway. With resources available to access the Internet, educators are now expected to utilize this vast technology. The challenge for...
Interview with Stephanie Powers
Last July Stephanie Powers took over as director of the National School-to-Work Office. Originally from Keene, N.H., Powers previously was director of communications and public affairs [or the Labor Department's Employment and Training Administration....
Let's Not Forget about Caring
As an educator for the last 20 years, there has been one constant attribute that I have noticed in the demeanor of effective teachers--caring. One September a group of former students who had just entered high school stopped by the junior high to...
Letters
Name Change Pioneer It's great to hear that the American Vocational Association is finally considering a name change to Association for Career and Technical Education (September 1998). I authored a "Forum" piece in the September 1990 issue of...
Little Details Make the Big Picture
To the chagrin of some and the delight of others, the nonprofit Big Picture Company continues to win hefty grants and spread its education philosophies--including a new take on vocational education. And at the helm are the big thinkers themselves....
Mid-Term Review
It's been more than four years since President Clinton signed the School-to-Work Opportunities Act, which was envisioned as a catalyst to prepare all students for further learning and high-skill careers. Is it delivering? To show how school-to-work...
NET Gain
Major federal legislation impacting vocational education programs is available on the Web This issue details some of those sites, including The Library of Congress's Thomas site, which offers full text. Other organizations post summaries, the full...
New Perkins: Worth the Wait
What a long strange trip it's been. So said Tom Holdsworth of the National VICA office when he heard that the Perkins bill passed, noting that the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia was still alive when this reauthorization process started. Nearly...
Ruling out Sexual Harassment
Most sexual harassment cases in schools occur between students, research says. But what should teachers know about protecting themselves from a sexual harassment case? What should you do if a student comes to you for help? A teacher asks a high...
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 Buck Stops Soon
By 2001, when the School-to-Work Opportunities Act expires, states and local districts should be standing firmly on their own feet--at least that's the plan. Can STW survive without federal funding? Vocational educators give mixed forecasts. Federal...
The Great Eight
Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Oregon and Wisconsin--these eight states would lead the charge, the U.S. Education and Labor departments decided. They would share the first $100 million Congress allocated for school-to-work...
Using Integration Models
Integration of academic and vocational education, learning styles, multiple intelligences and school-to-work initiatives plays an important role in the instruction of the business education student. Business education instructors are well-equipped...
Which Way Is Up?
One of my favorite groups of people to teach is senior citizens. They are always eager to learn, particularly about technology and its uses, and they manage to be very sociable at the same time. Most come into my classes with very little computer experience,...
You Just Never Know
Many times, as a college student working toward my education degree, I heard the words, "You just never know when you have made a difference in a young person's life." The thought of not receiving immediate feedback on my contribution did not deter...
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