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Winter Quarterly News Update

Dear FCS Educators and Colleagues,

As we enter a new academic semester, it's a fitting moment to revisit the valuable insights shared in our August 2023 newsletter. We emphasized the importance of embracing change and innovation in our teaching practices, and aligning with the core aspects of our division's strategic plan. Remember, our classrooms are spaces where life skills and practical knowledge are imparted, shaping the trajectories of our students far beyond the confines of walls.

Professional development remains at the heart of our growth as educators. The pursuit of excellence through evolving methodologies and staying abreast of industry trends is crucial. The CTE Learn platform continues to offer a wealth of webinars, both free and paid content is available. ACTE’s new Online Entrepreneurship Institute promises to provide authentic learning practices for all middle and high school teachers, and don’t forget about the wide variety of professional development conferences and resources that can enrich our teaching methods and expand our horizons. 

ACTE’s CareerTech VISION 2023 conference in Phoenix topped the charts providing over 6000 attendees an unparalleled opportunity for professional growth. This event delivered an environment teeming with innovation, collaboration, and insights that can elevate our teaching practices to new heights. Mark your calendars for Dec. 4-7 and seize the chance to network, learn, and grow at the CareerTech VISION 2024 conference in San Antonio, Texas.

Continuing to pursue a fruitful academic year provides us with the opportunity to uphold certain principles that are instrumental in our success: clear goal-setting, adaptability, fostering relationships, maintaining a balanced workload, and celebrating achievements within our classrooms. These practices not only enhance our teaching but also nurture an environment conducive to student growth and engagement.

Our unity as educators in the Family and Consumer Sciences Division is a beacon of hope and progress for the future. As we step forward together, let's keep our shared commitment at the forefront: the profound impact our dedication as educators has on shaping the future of countless lives.

Here's to an inspiring and fulfilling journey ahead!

Katy Blatnick-Gagne, Ed. D

VP, Family & Consumer Sciences Division

FCS Division News

Congratulations to our FCS Award Winners

The 2023 Sparkling Success: FCS Division Awards and Champagne Breakfast provided an opportunity to celebrate excellence in FCS as attendees raised their glasses and toasted to the achievements and innovation within the FCS community. The awards ceremony shined a spotlight on outstanding educators, along with undergraduate and graduate students who are working to redefine the FCS landscape. Congratulations to the 2023-24 award winners! 

Stay Tuned: #FCSIgnite Ambassador Program

The FCS Division has begun work to create a FCS Ambassador Program, #InspireFCSEd, which aims to equip students and educators with the necessary skills, knowledge, and resources to advocate for, elevate the importance of, and recruit students to become Family and Consumer Sciences educators. The program will engage junior or senior college-level students that are currently seeking a degree in Family and Consumer Sciences Education as ambassadors. The ambassadors will connect to high school students across the United States in FCS programs providing a wealth of information to them about becoming a FCS teacher at the secondary level. Stay tuned for more information about the program and the application process. 


ACTE Announces Board of Directors 2024 Election Results

ACTE's recent board of directors election was open to the Association’s membership of approximately 25,000 career and technical education (CTE) professionals. We are grateful to all of the candidates for their willingness to serve the Association. Congratulations go out to the winners:

And congratulations go out to the winners:

  • Dustin Davis-Austin, Region II Vice President-elect
  • Martin Hanley, Region III Vice President-elect
  • Karin Davis, Family and Consumer Sciences Education Division Vice President-elect
  • LaDonna Selvidge, Health Science Education Division Vice President
  • Richard Trinkwalder, New and Related Services Division Vice President-elect
  • Jan Jardine, Work Based Learning Division Vice President


Additionally, given that one person applied to serve in each of the following positions, the board of directors voted to appoint:


  • Shani Watkins, President-elect
  • Craig Statucki, Region V Vice President
  • Matthew Eddy, Agricultural Education Division Vice President

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Showcase Your ACTE Membership

We encourage you to download, post and share the 2024 ACTE membership badge via your email signature, website and on social media.


Celebrate CTE Month!

Generously sponsored by NAHB

Join us as we celebrate CTE Month®, generously sponsored by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Each year in February, we celebrate educators like you and spread awareness about the importance of CTE by sharing your success stories via #CTEMonth on social media, encouraging your students to participate in this year’s CTE Month-NASA HUNCH student video challenge, “Why Go to the Moon?,” gearing up with festive CTE Month merchandise at to show your support for CTE, and much more!


2024 Events

Raise Awareness for CTE at NPS

With a featured event from the CTE Research Network

Come voice your opinion on CTE policy and programming, and share what your community needs, at ACTE’s National Policy Seminar, happening March 17–20 in Arlington, Virginia. Featured sessions will cover best practices for influencing federal policy and CTE advocacy and messaging. And on the last day of the event, March 20, the CTE Research Network will address topics that will help expand the evidence base for CTE.


Join Us at Our Annual WBL Conference

Happening May 1–3 at The Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin: the ACTE Work-based Learning (WBL) Conference 2024! This annual event, which sold out last year, offers focused professional development for WBL professionals in secondary and postsecondary CTE programs and institutions. Participants will gain access to a wealth of WBL resources. And they will learn how effective networking can enhance high-quality work-based learning experiences.


VISION Call for Session Proposals Opens Soon!  

Join CTE professionals at ACTE’s CareerTech VISION, happening Dec. 4–7 in San Antonio, Texas. We are seeking session proposals that address the full range of conversations happening in CTE. As educators, you seek to prepare students with the knowledge and skills to succeed in their careers! And ACTE seeks to support you in those endeavors. VISION offers unparalleled networking and hundreds of concurrent sessions. The submission form opens this month and the deadline to submit your session proposals is March 1.


Best Practices Call for Proposals Now Open!

Happening Oct. 9–11 in Portland, Oregon, ACTE’s and NCLA’s Best Practices and Innovations in CTE Conference is seeking session proposals to strengthen the field for CTE administrators of both secondary and postsecondary CTE programs and institutions. The deadline to submit presentation proposals is March 8.


Online Entrepreneurship Institute Supports Teachers 

This all-new Entrepreneurship Institute runs in two parts, Feb. 19–March 22 and April 8–May 17, and offers participants instructional best practices, classroom-ready resources, and assignments that they can use with their students. Easily customizable, the Institute’s online modules are self-paced. And live Zoom classes feature introductions to community partners and breakout groups for national networking, resource sharing, and lesson planning. Attendees will receive 55 hours of professional development or an optional three hours of undergraduate or graduate credit. 


Achieve 100 Award


Apply for the Achieve 100 Award 

ACTE’s Achieve 100 Award is presented to schools and institutions that achieve 100% ACTE membership among their CTE staff and faculty. This is a distinguished award that showcases an organization’s dedication and commitment to CTE. Applications are due Feb. 1.

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