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Embracing and Managing Change: A Brave, Bold Vision The theme of our 2013 AAFCS Annual Conference was embracing and managing change through family and consumPeggy Wild, CFCS, er sciences. The conference speakPresident ers and presenters guided us to gather resources and share strategies for thriving in times of change and transition. During the conference, a vision was introduced for change that focuses on developing a strong central voice and strengthening the partnerships of organizations within the family and consumer sciences community. It is a vision of collaborating more effectively and producing maximum positive impact for the field of family and consumer sciences. Why consider such a change at this time? AAFCS is well managed, financially sound, and uniquely positioned to provide leadership and support for family and consumer sciences professionals across all content areas and professional settings. Priorities such as national Family and Consumer Sciences Centers for Credentialing, Professional Development, and Research are being realized. Other priorities, such as advocacy for our field and those who study and work in it, are high on the wish list but challenged by factors such as declining membership

numbers and multiple organizations trying to meet similar goals. The vision is that a higher level of collaboration holds the key to family and consumer sciences thriving, not just surviving. How can our vision be achieved? Using “Academy of Family and Consumer Sciences” as the working title, this potential new organizational structure was reviewed and discussed multiple times by multiple groups during the Annual Conference: introduction and dialog at the Affiliate Presidents Unit, spirited discussion at the Open Forum, thoughtful examination by the Family and Consumer Sciences Alliance organization representatives, and additional clarification during the Senate and in my president’s inaugural address at the Pacesetter Dinner. Continuing to explore this new organizational structure means contemplating change; not always easy but often essential. John F. Kennedy reminded us that “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or pres-

ent are certain to miss the future.” Alan Cohen (Chicken Soup for the Soul) said it takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace change; but our real security is in movement and our real power is in change. Our vision is still just a possibility; it is not yet a plan. It will only happen, will only become a reality, as we build it together. The process will be transparent. The progress will be open and shared. That means your engagement and your input can help shape the details of our vision. Please feel free to share your questions, concerns, statements of support, and any other comments with me or other Board members, staff, or Affiliate leaders. Stay tuned for more information as together, we add fine strokes to the canvas for this vision. Meanwhile, Jana Stanfield’s song, “If I Were Brave,” inspires contemplating the possibilities and taking brave, bold action:

Featured Items in this Issue FCS Professional Profile AAFCS 2014 Election Candidates FCSRJ Award Recipients Launches at Annual Conference Announcements Guide to Using the Public Policy Tool Kit

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FCS Leader Insights: Suzanne Lujan

What are your major responsibilities as senior administrator for career and technical education? Wake County Public Schools in North Carolina is the 16th largest school district in the country. We have approximately 150,000 students and approximately 77,000 students in grades 6-12 who are enrolled in at least one CTE course during the school year. The major responsibilities I have as one of three senior administrators for CTE is to support our Family and Consumer Sciences Education, Agricultural Education, and Health Science Education programs in our district, which involves curriculum support; professional development for teachers; equipment and facility maintenance, and replacement; and procurement. How many family and consumer sciences teachers and students do you have in your county? We have approximately 115 family and consumer sciences teachers in Wake County Public Schools and had approximately 21,377 students enrolled in family and consumer sciences courses in grades 6-12 during the 2012-13 school year.


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What have you learned in your role of providing professional development resources to educators? Because we have such a large number of teachers, I have learned that you need to be flexible with format and timing of professional development. Teachers are extremely busy and have a very stressful job. The last thing you want professional development to do is to add to that stress. I try to make participation in the professional development opportunities as easy as possible by offering a variety of formats: online and face-to-face, as well as a variety of opportunities for the face-to-face learning: regional locations and multiple-time offerings. The AAFCS webinars have been a great asset for our teachers who have a difficult time getting to the in-person meetings. They have also allowed me to offer a variety of professional development topics for a reasonable cost. How have your efforts in professional development for educators affected the CTE programs? We have more teachers engaged in professional development. This has also encouraged an increase in teachers forming and participating in professional learning communities. The more opportunities that teachers have to network with their peers, the more collaboration you see. We have also seen an increase in CTSO chapters and membership. What best practices regarding professional development do you recommend to other administrators? Variety! There is no “one size fits all” professional development. The more variety you are able to offer to teachers, the more teachers will participate and get more out of the opportunity.

Call for Galaxy Volunteers This year, NEAFCS joins forces with other extension professional organizations for Galaxy 2013 in Pittsburgh, PA, September 16-20. If you are an AAFCS member planning to attend, we need your help! AAFCS is looking for volunteers who can set up the booth, work in the booth, or tear it down. Ideally, we would like to have two volunteers in the booth at all times. The exhibit hours are as follows: SET-UP Monday, September 16: 1 - 6PM Tuesday, September 17: 7AM -12PM EXHIBIT HOURS Tuesday, September 17: 12 - 6PM Wednesday, September 18: 8AM - 6PM Thursday, September 19: 8 AM - 12 PM DISMANTLE Thursday, September 19: 12 - 2PM If you think you can help, please let us know. It is with the assistance of our members that AAFCS can continue to have representation at our industry partners’ events and they in turn support our events. Please contact Roxana Marissa Ayona at or 703-706-4608.

Seegan Receives Outstanding Paper Award

Ms. Paige Seegan (above left), currently a doctoral student at Texas Tech University, received the Family & Consumer Sciences Research Journal (FCSRJ) Outstanding Paper Award for 2012 for her paper titled, “Neighborhood, Parenting, and Individual Qualities Related to Adolescent Self-efficacy in Immigrant Families.” Sharon DeVaney, FCSRJ editor (above right), presented the

award to her during the AAFCS 104th Annual Conference in Houston on June 27.

at the AAFCS 104th Annual Conference on June 27.

In their research, Seegan and coauthors Kayleigh Welsh and Dr. Scott Plunkett from CSU-N, Dr. Michael Merten from Oklahoma State University, and Dr. Tovah Sands from CSU-N found that perceived neighborhood assets were a better predictor of adolescents’ self-efficacy than the structural qualities of the neighborhood. Also, parental support and psychological behavior were positively related to adolescents’ self-efficacy.

In Dr. Yilmazer’s article, “The Role of Lending Practices on the Foreclosure Crisis: Evidence from Indiana and Ohio,” foreclosure rates were calculated using data from different sources of foreclosure listings. Her co-authors were Dr. Patryk Babiarz from the University of Alabama and Dr. D. Elizabeth Kiss from Kansas State University. Dr. Yilmazer received a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Texas-Austin. Her research interests include consumer debt, affordability of health care, and consumer finances in Turkey.

Yilmazer Named Emerging Scholar

For more information about the FCSRJ awards or submitting to the FCSRJ, contact the editor at

Sharon DeVaney, FCSRJ editor, presented Dr. Tansel Yilmazer, assistant professor at The Ohio State University, with the FCSRJ Emerging Scholar Award for 2012

Congratulations to the award recipients! Wiley Blackwell is providing free access to the articles through September 1st.

Students Lead Effort to Assist Lil Audrey’s AAFCS Student Unit members and staff member Gay Nell McGinnis are pictured at left with students from Lil Audrey’s Safe Place Foundation. The Student Unit chose Lil Audrey’s as the beneficiary of their conference Service Project as a way to give back to Houston, the conference host city. Lil Audrey’s Safe Place Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Houston that helps young adults transition out of the foster care system, providing them a safe environment to call home and assistance to seek out educational opportunities. AAFCS conference attendees gave generously to this cause, raising $658 that will help Lil Audrey’s furnish a new room that will house three young adults. During the Student Unit’s “Evening of Service,” student members volunteered to participate in a peer mentoring activity onsite at Lil Audrey’s. 4

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ACI Launches KEY Pledge Education Campaign The American Cleaning Institute (ACI), representing producers of household cleaning products, has launched the KEY Pledge consumer safety education campaign in tandem with National Safety Month. The program is a multiplatform educational campaign aimed to help equip consumers with the knowledge to properly use, store, and handle the new laundry product form, single-load liquid laundry packets. Single-load liquid laundry packets have become widely available over the past couple of years— millions of consumers have found these packets to be an easy and convenient way to get their laundry done efficiently and effectively. However, it’s important to remember these powerful packets contain highly concentrated detergent and require the same discipline as common household cleaning products when it comes to safely using, handling, and storing. According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC), in 2012 poison centers received reports of 6,229 unintended exposures to highlyconcentrated packets of laundry detergent by children 5 and younger. It is vital for parents and caregivers to keep single-load liquid laundry packets away from children to help prevent the risk of serious injury from ingestion or exposure to eyes. Education and awareness can help prevent these injuries,

especially when it comes to properly using the packets and securing them safely and securely. Education is the KEY to injury prevention. To raise awareness of safety issues and properly arm consumers with the necessary information and guidelines for single-load liquid laundry packets, the ACI is asking the public to take the KEY Pledge to a safe laundry room and routine: • Keep single-load liquid laundry packets out of the reach of children. • Educate your family and friends about the safe use and storage of these new laundry products. • You serve a key role in laundry safety. Consumers are encouraged to take the KEY Pledge online, and invite friends and family to do the same through social networks and dedicated Ecards. Those taking the pledge can also track how they are making a difference through a “heat map” that allows them to follow pledge tallies by zip code in their home state and across the nation. In addition, all online pledges will be entered into a sweepstakes** for a chance for one consumer to win a $2,500 grand prize to help make over their laundry room. To find out more information about the KEY Pledge campaign and to make a personal pledge to be the KEY to a safe laundry room and routine, visit **NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Ends on December 31, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. ET. Open to legal residents of 50 U.S. states and DC, 21 and older. Void where prohibited. For Official Rules, go to Keypledge/TermsConditions.html. Sponsor: American Cleaning Institute.

CEV Multimedia Debuts New CTE Curriculum CEV Multimedia, Ltd., long-time producer of Career and Technical Education (CTE) instructional materials, is proud to announce the launch of the iCEV Family & Consumer Sciences site, a comprehensive, online resource for family and consumer sciences (FCS) education. iCEV provides educators with a new and convenient approach to accessing unlimited FCS educational content and resources. With iCEV’s learning-on-demand capabilities, video segments stream instantly to essentially any internet- capable device— PCs, Macs, smartphones, tablets and more. Featuring recognized specialists, educators, and publishers nationwide, the iCEV Family & Consumer Sciences site has digital content for many FCS educational areas (i.e., nutrition and food, child development, interior design, professional development, consumer sciences and career guidance). Correlated to the Common Core, each piece of content is accompanied by educator resources, such as daily lesson plans, real-worldbased projects and activities, vocabulary enhancement, and pre-made assessments. Educators can learn more about the new iCEV Family & Consumer Sciences site by signing up for a free, 30-day trial at

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Congratulations, Newly CertiďŹ ed Professionals! May 1, 2013 – June 30, 2013

“Taking It to the Streetsâ€? Call to Action Let’s get ready to “Take FCS to the Streetsâ€? as a member, afďŹ liate, or AAFCS partner by becoming involved in the current campaign “Impact of the Economy on the Family: Strategies and Solutions.â€? There are lots of free or low-cost resources for you to use! The newest are two slides presentations: Resourcefulne$$: Embracing the New Frugality in Tough Times and “Taking It to the Streetsâ€? 2012-13 Overview at ďŹ nancialimpact.asp. Online directories and a resource framework are also available on this page. Share your resources for the framework at sheet/ccc?key=0AvaNaMWTmXJ2 dFNRRXp5bjVTRVdpMkFTb2NLN nVTMEE And last but not least...teachers... we would love to post your teaching ideas for this campaign. Send them to Marilyn Swierk at, and Mary Behrendt at bkehece@sd6.k12. Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the AAFCS Teacher of the Year Get ready to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the AAFCS Teacher of the Year program by submitting an application for this prestigious honor. Teacher of the Year Tips and Tools for AfďŹ liates, Applicants, and Award Recipients, prepared by a diligent task force, is available to guide you at teacheroftheyearguide.asp. 6

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Angela Bell, CFCS-HDFS Rhonda Calhoon, CFCS Jennifer Colston, CFCS Ronda Eckhart, CPFFE Patricia Foster, CFCS Janna GrifďŹ ths, CFCS Krista Hillenbrand, CFCS Lucila Johnson, CFCS Cynthia Jones, CFCS Karen Kaplowitz, CFCS Natalie Kenreck, CFCS Ashley Pike, CFCS Caroline Presley, CFCS Renee Santos, CFCS Krystal Snell , CFCS Susan Tromley, CFCS-HDFS Janet Wallace, CFCS

Remembering Long-Time Member Agnes A. Jones Respected AAFCS and Wisconsin AfďŹ liate member Agnes A. Jones, 97, of Stevens Point passed away on April 29, 2013. Agnes completed her bachelor’s degree in home economics and education in 1937. She subsequently earned her master’s degree in home economics and PhD in education. Early in her career, Agnes taught secondary home economics in Mauston, WI. She then spent 12

years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a librarian, teacher, and supervisor of student teachers. She transferred to the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 1956 as a professor. Agnes became head of the Home Economics Department and was later promoted to head of the School of Home Economics and associate dean of the College of Professional Studies. She was named professor emerita in 1981. Agnes served on the Wisconsin Home Economics Association throughout her career. She was named an Outstanding Educator of America in 1972. She served as vice-president and president of the Association of Wisconsin Home Economics Teacher Educators, and was also a member of the executive board of the National Council of Administrators of Home Economics. Agnes retired in 1996 after serving a total of 59 years in education.



Guide to Using the Public Policy Tool Kit: Part 2 By Linda Traynor, Public Policy Committee Member In Part 2 of our series, we’re covering the second section of the Public Policy Tool Kit, “Preparing Your Case.” Before communicating with Congress or the media, it is important to thoroughly analyze the issues you care about and understand who is doing what before formulating your message. How to Research & Organize Your Issue The basis for effective advocacy on an issue is well-researched information presented in a credible manner. Before contacting a policymaker, it’s critical to know the pros and cons of your issue, as well as your opponent’s position. The tool kit contains key questions to ask and answer beforehand. At this time Congress is looking to trim the budget. Family and consumer sciences professionals can offer invaluable advice on where to best reduce and how much to reduce funding for research, education, and programs serving families. Most federal programs of interest to family and consumer sciences professionals are funded with discretionary monies, which currently comprise about one-third of the federal budget. Family and consumer sciences professionals must demonstrate that their programs are not a low priority on either education or community agendas.

Collect & Organize Relevant Information Consult a variety of sources to learn as much as possible about your issue. The tool kit will provide many suggestions of sources of facts, background information, summaries of the legislative proposal, and analysis of the bill and opinion polls and surveys about the issue. Analyze & Organize Your Position AAFCS developed the “Five I’s Policy Analysis Organizing Tool” to help you gather facts, summarize

the issues, and analyze intentional and unintentional outcomes and long- and short-term consequences for the people who will be impacted by the policy. Along with this there are guidelines and checklists provided. You also need to know important dates. The AAFCS Public Policy Committee ( is available to review the information you compile and provide leads on supportive and/or conflicting efforts. This gives you the advantage of an expert eye before you present to Congress.

Writing Position Papers The next step may be to write a position paper, and the tool kit gives very extensive advice to read before writing your paper. Position papers define an organization’s stance on an issue and give readers a summary perspective of the dimensions of an issue. Position papers provide legislators and policymakers a clear statement of the desired action an organization wishes to take (i.e., passage of legislation, contents/language of a bill that would make it acceptable to the organization). Draft Congressional Testimony Testifying before policymakers is a challenging, yet rewarding, and very effective way of providing information to legislators. Effectiveness of the testimony depends, in part, on the witness’s knowledge, preparedness, and ability to answer questions. Again, the tool kit provides excellent guidelines for getting your message across in the most effective way possible. How to Obtain Copies of Proposed Legislation The process for obtaining legislation is complicated but not impossible, and the tool kit provides web addresses and phone numbers along with rules and regulations, such as sending a self-addressed stamped envelope for certain requests. To access the tool kit, log into the members-only section of the website at

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AAFCS Calendar of Events

September 13, 2013

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Editor Gwynn Mason

Registration and room reservation deadline for the AAFCS Affiliate Leadership Workshop Register at Make hotel reservations at

400 N.Columbus Street, Suite 202 Alexandria, VA 22314 Phone 703.706.4600 Fax 703.706.4663

Online proposal submission system opens for AAFCS 105th Annual Conference & Expo

The American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) is the only professional association that provides leadership and support to family and consumer sciences students and professionals from both multiple practice settings and content areas.

September 16 - 20, 2013 Galaxy Conference in Pittsburgh, PA October 2 - 4, 2013

Consumer Issues Conference, University of Wyoming

For year-round professional development, register for our archived webinars at

Address service requested Alexandria, VA 22314

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Call for proposal information available for AAFCS 105th Annual Conference & Expo


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