Magazine article Techniques


Magazine article Techniques


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ACTE CONTINUES TO THRIVE AS THE LARGEST NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION that represents members from all facets of career and technical education, including secondary and postsecondary CTE teachers and administrators, students, federal and state government education professionals, non-profit organizations active in the advancement of CTE, and corporations working with CTE programs and educators on career skills.

Membership held fairly steady throughout 2014, and we are optimistic that an upward trend will continue, thanks to our collaboration with state and Region leaders and CTE professionals across the country and around the globe. ACTE's biggest new member hikes occurred from August to November, running from 380 to 704 each month; for the remaining months, ACTE averaged approximately 212 new members per month. (See graph.)

Every day, ACTE is dedicated to fostering the advancement of CTE in the classroom and as a profession. Whether new to CTE or seasoned professionals, our members have made tremendous contributions to CTE and the student community it supports. ACTE gives special thanks to our members' efforts to connect our collective CTE universe and to enrich the lives and ensure the success of their students.

In 2014, ACTE sought to serve members and the CTE community at-large through the following initiatives and benefits:

* The 2014 National Universe Campaign offers an easy-to-read resource featuring all the actual and prospective ACTE members in each state. With 211,313 CTE professionals nationwide, this data-rich map showcases the potential to grow the vast and diverse CTE network at both the local and national levels. We will continue to work with state leaders to help attract the growing network of CTE professionals to both state and national ACTE organizations.

* In the spring of 2014, ACTE relaunched its flagship member communication, ACTE News, into a weekly digest of important CTE/member information.

* Member exclusive discounts at ACTE's CareerTech VISION, the largest annual gathering of CTE professionals in the nation; ACTE's National Policy Seminar; and the Best Practices and Innovations Conference.

* Three new areas of interest: STEM, the Arts in the Engineering and Technical Education Division, and School-to-Work in the Guidance and Career Development Division.

* Unlimited access to ACTE's information-rich resources, including Techniques, Career Tech Update, STEM SmartBrief, and ShopACTE, as well as books on CTE programming and curriculum development, STEM resources for CTE professionals, Issue Briefs, ACTE brochures on CTE career guidance and CTE Month products.

* Kindle (and in 2015, Apple Newstand) version of our popular publications make it easier than ever to get access to important CTE information.

* ACTE Live, featuring a regular series of free online seminars on CTE advocacy, leadership and more.

ACTE on the Ground

ACTE staff spends considerable time sharing the importance of CTE--informing members about legislative activity and meeting with key companies and organizations. In 2014, ACTE was represented across the country:

Washington, D.C.

ACT Awards Gala

American Association of School Administrators

Legislative Advocacy Conference

Asia Society

Association of Educational Service Agencies

Legislative Conference

Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment

Conference Committee for Education Funding Gala and

Legislative Conference

Data Quality Campaign Safeguarding

Education Data Principles Meeting

DECA School-based Enterprise Advisory

Council Meeting

FFA State Presidents' Conference

NASDCTEc Spring and Fall Meetings

National Center for Education Statistics

Summer Forum and STATS-DC 2014 Data



Partnership for 21st Century Skills

SkillsUSA Washington Leadership Training Institute

USA Science and Engineering

Festival Workforce Credentials Coalition

Workforce Data Quality Campaign State and Federal Convenings

Other Cities

Atlantic City, New Jersey--New Jersey

Education Association

Boston, Massachusetts--Massachusetts

Association of Professional Administrators

Fairbanks, Alaska--Alaska Association of School Administrators

Kansas City, Missouri--SkillsUSA

Latham, New York--New York Joint CTE

Professional Organization Leadership Seminar

Louisville, Kentucky--National Association of Career and Technical Education Information Annual Conference and OCTAE Data Quality Institute

Nashville, Tennessee--Association for Career and Technical Education Research

Portland, Maine--Tri-State/Northern New

England Consortium Conference

Raleigh, North Carolina--North Carolina ACTE

Legislative Seminar

San Antonio, Texas--ARMY Focus Group/STEM


San Diego, California--NCCER Workforce

Development Committee Meeting

ACTE was present at 34 state conferences and all five Region meetings: Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Region I (held during ACTE's National Policy Seminar), Region Il (Virginia), Region III (Minnesota), Region IV (Louisiana), Region V (North Dakota). …

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