Magazine article Techniques

New Benchmarks Approach for FACS

Magazine article Techniques

New Benchmarks Approach for FACS

Article excerpt

Establishing national standards for FACS education is a top priority for many teachers in that field. Two national organizations are leading the effort.

For several years vocational educators have been discussing and pursuing national standards for their disciplines. The following information will bring FACS educators up to speed and provide information for getting involved.

In May 1995, members of the National Association of State Administrators for Family & Consumer Sciences Education voted unanimously to undertake a national standards project for FACS education. Teachers and administrators said they wanted strong, clear and common direction for national, state and local FACS programs.

NASAFACS members soon began brainstorming and initiating fundraising activities. Throughout this effort several national, state and local associations have provided their support, as well as several corporate sponsors.

One year later the NASAFACS membership had developed six categories of FACS content essential to all students. They are:

* Nutrition and wellness;

* Human development;

* Parenting;

* Interpersonal relationships;

* Work and family/Life and career planning; and

* Family and consumer resources.

The membership also developed nine FACS clusters:

* Food science, dietetics and nutrition;

* Food production and services;

* Hospitality, tourism and recreation;

* Facilities management;

* Housing and interiors;

* Textile and apparel design, manufacturing and merchandising;

* Consumer resources and management;

* Family and community support services; and

* Early childhood and educational services.

In October 1996 NASAFACS handed the project's management responsibilities to the Vocational-Technical Education Consortium of States. Any one of these management team members can answer questions about the project and provide more detailed information: Judith Hetherly, project coordinator, (512) 345-5200; Barbara Border, project director, (602) 846-5852; Peggy Wild, management team chair, (317) 232-9169; Ron McCage, V-TECS executive director, (800) 248-7701, ext. 544. Other members include: Cynthia Arendt (573) 751-2644; Freda Duncan (405) 443-5417; Jewell Deene Ellis (502) 5643775; Sharron Glasscock (804) 225-2826; and Mary Lou Liprie (302) 831-8558.

Some background

NASAFACS committee members designed the standards project to incorporate the input and work of as many FACS educators and related stakeholders as possible. …

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