February is a short month, but those of us in Family and Consumer Sciences have much to celebrate! Collaboration with our FCS partners helps us increase awareness and build excitement for the work we do. The entire month of February is designated as Career and Technical Education month. This annual public awareness campaign is supported by ACTE. You can learn more at: https://www.acteonline.org/why-cte/cte-awareness/cte-month/
Additionally, February finds us celebrating FCCLA Week and National FCCLA has a toolkit to help you promote. Check out the resources at http://www.fcclainc.org/. I hope you will pay particular attention to Wednesday, Feb. 13 which happens to be Family and Consumer Sciences Educator Day. The American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) continues to assist us in filling the FCS educator pipeline. Get information and resources to help you engage in activities at https://www.aafcs.org/sayyes/fcs-educator-day/about-fcsed-day
NATEFACS is celebrating the appointment of our new associate editor of the Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences Education (JFCSE). Sally Yahnke, retired FCS professor from Kansas State University and AAFCS 2019 Distinguished Service Award Honoree, steps into the role ready to assist in readying submissions for publication in the JFCSE.
We also celebrate the election of Carol Werhan to the position of Family and Consumer Science Education Division Vice President with ACTE. Dr. Werhan is an Assistant Clinical Professor/FCS Teacher Educator at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. She will serve a three-year term beginning July 2019. Family and consumer sciences educators are so fortunate to have her as a leader in Family and Consumer Sciences working on our behalf. She is visionary and dedicated to FCS advocacy!
We are also celebrating the approval of the revisions to the Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher Education Standards. When we met at ACTE in November, we ushered in the adoption of the 12 standards. If you haven’t already, please be sure to review at: http://www.natefacs.org/Docs/2018/NATEFACS-Teacher-Education-Standards-11-12-18.pdf . We hope you will join us on Monday, June 24 at AAFCS for our session “Revising the FCS Teacher Standards: Aligning for the 21st Century”. Get conference details and register at: https://www.aafcs.org/ac2019/home
A final celebration is for the access to the text available for teaching our university courses. The citation and ISBN for your reference are: Alexander, K. L., and Holland, A. (Eds.). (2018). Teaching Family and Consumer Sciences in the 21st Century: A Live Interactive Textbook. 1st ed. Toronto, Ontario: Top Hat. https://tophat.com/ 978-1-77330-772-5. Instructor access is free and the Top Hat platform allows each instructor to assign the chapters, create additional questions for the chapters, and add assignments if needed. I have been using the text in my methods courses and students are so excited to have FCS content written by FCS experts.
Wishing you a successful semester and I look forward to seeing you in St. Louis in June!