Magazine article Techniques

A New Year, a New Beginning

Magazine article Techniques

A New Year, a New Beginning

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JANUARY IS TRADITIONALLY THE TIME WHEN WE ALL MAKE RESOLUTIONS to change or improve something. It is in our nature to continually seek out ways to move forward. Resolutions look to the future and seek positive outcomes. As educators we understand the focus on change as we are constantly searching for new information, new ideas and new instructional strategies to improve our schools and classroom and, ultimately, our students' performance. Our path is one of learning for our students and ourselves.

The national dialogue on education reform is a search for the right change. It is the larger resolution to find answers to meeting the needs of a dynamic and evolving workplace. As we seek to make our resolutions a reality, we need to reach out beyond our classroom or subject matter and look at the larger picture. We need to embrace all of education. We also need to promote the value of career and technical education (CTE) in enhancing a person's ability to learn. A critical question for the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is how can the Association be a leader in education reform and a unifying leader within this diverse field? How do we recognize the differences, yet embrace the similarities?

Every member of ACTE is a CTE professional. There is a strong thread that binds all the industries, professionals and institutions together the need for a knowledgeable and skilled workforce that will lead to a strong and competitive economic base. Regardless of where you work, how you teach, or what your role is in the career and technical field, you have a dedication and purpose to this greater ideal. …

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