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Nov/Dec 2018

Magazine for Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, Inc.

Feature Story:

FCCLA Supports Pathway for Careers in Education

In This Issue: FCCLA Partnerships that Focus on Education

Youth Leaders

Members Share Their Journeys in Education & Training

Get Involved and Say Yes to FCS






Teen Times is the national magazine of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, a career and technical student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work, and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education, or as determined by the state department of education. Josh Bowar, Editorial Consultant Emily McPike, Layout/Design


Sandy Spavone, Executive Director Nancy Bock, Director of Partnerships Marla Burk, CMP, Director of Conferences Beth Carpenter, Director of Programs Mark Hornby, CPA, SHRM-CP, Director of Operations Karen Patti, Director of Youth Leadership Christy Ronaldson, CAE, Director of Communications and Membership Christine Hollingsworth, Senior Competitive Events Manager Ana Torres, Senior Staff Accountant Charles Carson, Mailroom Manager Kelley Conners, Meetings Manager Ashley Nelson, CFCS, Outreach and Professional Development Manager Caitlin Osbourne, Membership Manager Janet Ryder, Communications Manager Margaret Mainguy, Program Coordinator Jacob Smith, Partnership Coordinator Noelle Barge, Administrative Assistant Coryn Green, Communications and Membership Assistant Michelle Hedrick, Executive Assistant

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From the Desk of ... It is so hard to believe that we are already preparing for the holidays! As we go through the year and continue our focus on the theme of Believe in Yourself, what better time than now to thank the educators in our lives who have provided the inspiration in each of us? When I ask you to think about the educator who has made the most impact in your life (the person who has most helped you believe in yourself ), what name comes to mind first? Is it a K-5 teacher who first taught you to be kind and cooperative? Is it a middle level educator who helped you navigate those transitional years and get you started on your FCCLA journey? Or, is it a high school teacher who has been there to help you figure out how to turn your talent into a career focus?

As we celebrate this time of thankfulness and special traditions, I hope each of you take some time to reflect and believe in yourself and thank those who have empowered you with that confidence. Then, I hope you consider the field of education. If you want to impact the world, teach. You too can help a new generation believe in themselves!

FCCLA Executive Director

Hello, FCCLA! Take a few minutes to reflect on your education to this point. Think of the all the people who touched your life through education and training careers. When I think of the qualities of my favorite teachers, counselors, and coaches, the words caring, passionate, intelligent, funny, challenging, and thoughtful come to mind. Now take a minute to think about yourself as a leader in FCCLA. What words come to mind? In all likelihood, many of those same words will describe you, too. With the job outlook on the rise for education and training careers, there’s no better time for FCCLA members to consider this career pathway! Members can get a jump start on their future by participating in education- and training-related STAR Events such as Say Yes to FCS and national programs such as the newly revised Career Connection. How exciting to think that future FCCLA advisers are already a part of The Ultimate Leadership Experience! I hope you are all having an amazing start to the school year, and I cannot wait to see where this year will take you! Once again, feel free to reach out to me at president@fcclainc.org if you ever need anything.

FCCLA National President

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The 2019 FCCLA National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, CA is bringing together more than 8,000 student leaders and advisers to hear inspiring speakers, expand leadership skills, explore career pathways and compete among the nation’s top qualifiers in STAR Events. Believe in Yourself and join us as we shine in red!


For more information visit fcclainc.org or email meetings@fcclainc.org.

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FCCLA Partnerships

Partner Power

FCCLA partners with a wide variety of organizations, universities, and corporations that share similar core values and want to support youth development. These partners provide resources, guidance, and support to assist FCCLA in our efforts to support personal growth and leadership opportunities for FCCLA members. Check out our partner spotlight now!

In the spotlight now…. Goodheart-Willcox Publisher If you attended the National Leadership Conference, you may have visited the Goodheart-Willcox booth in Atlanta. If you did, you saw a wide array of textbooks and educational resources that your adviser is using in your classroom. Goodheart-Willcox Publisher (G-W) is a long-time partner and supporter of FCCLA. Exclusively focused on Career and Technical Education, G-W provides a wide array of print and digital textbooks, online courses, and instructional Family and Consumer Sciences resources related to family living, food and nutrition, hospitality, interior design, and more! Goodheart-Willcox generously sponsored the updated Career Connection national program. This program includes project ideas that will help you establish concrete real-world skills and will lead you on the pathway to success. FCCLA offers national recognition to chapters that complete Career Connection projects. Recognition includes cash awards, national conference recognition, and featured recognition in Teen Times magazine.

We are also thankful to have the support of Goodheart-Willcox Publisher as they continue to sponsor recognition and awards for exemplary advisers at the National Leadership Conference. • Spirit of Advising • FCCLA State Adviser of the Year Learn more and nominate your outstanding adviser by April 1, 2019 at fcclainc.org/advisers/adult-awards.



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Real World Skills Through FCS Education

FCCLA Partnerships

Home Baking Association (HBA) The Home Baking Association (HBA) presented an outstanding workshop to share their tools and resources at the 2018 National Leadership Conference. As the holidays approach, their resources are helping us bake safely. They also have great recipes that can be easily incorporated into your FCS classroom. The HBA mission is to promote home baking by providing tools and knowledge to perpetuate generations of home bakers. HBA offers a diverse collection of educational resources in the form of lesson plans, fun activities, and age-specific recipes, including: GUIDE: Baking Food Safety Six Steps and Baking Temps Chart LESSON PLAN: Blueberry Mug Muffin Baking Food Safety POSTER: Did You Know and Six Steps + Temp Chart We are thankful for our continued partnership with the Home Baking Association. Find cool recipes for desserts, muffins, and cookies at homebaking.org! National FCCLA is continually seeking new partners to enhance opportunities provided to members and advisers. If you have ideas for new partnerships, please contact Rafael Bitanga, Vice President of Development, at vpdevelopment@fcclainc.org.

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Feature Story

Zubaida Adres Georgia FCCLA

Connect to Careers through FCCLA: Education Ever stop to think about the influence your FCS teacher has had on you? On your school? On your community? FCS educators are the heart and soul of FCCLA. More educators are needed in this field and FCCLA supports the education career pathway through a variety of opportunities offered to members. “To me, I feel like teachers are just as influential to students as parents are to their kids. I’ve noticed how my teachers have given me so much support, and I still remember their one-on-one interactions with me. I definitely want to be the person to be that support for another student,” says FCCLA member Zubaida Adres, who desires to pursue a degree in Family and Consumer Sciences education. One source of inspiration is her younger sister.

My little sister turned four this August. Watching her move through the physical and emotional stages of development in preschool has really been interesting. It inspired me to want to be that person to teach her and help her grow.

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Feature Story

In Zubaida’s school, FCCLA is intra-curricular with all of her FCS classes, which means that she can learn about early childhood careers as part of the career pathway that her school offers. All of her learning is connected, both in class and as an FCCLA member. After taking the first course of early childhood education, Zubaida is planning to finish the entire pathway by her junior year. Zubaida mentions that her adviser is someone who has encouraged her to pursue the education career pathway. “My adviser is one of the main people who inspires me to become a teacher. She taught me that being a teacher is more than just standing up there and giving a presentation. It’s creating bonds with the student and knowing their personal life and being interactive with them. And so she’s someone who’s really influenced me.” Along with learning through an early childhood education career pathway, Zubaida has also served as a regional FCCLA officer, which is a big accomplishment. “Being a regional officer puts you in that leadership role. You learn how to deal with that responsibility,” she says. Zubaida encourages members to participate in STAR Events, like Teach and Train or Early Childhood Education, to hone education skills. She also encourages members to develop and complete projects related to education to learn more about the profession. Her favorite project was a princess tea party. “Our chapter hosted the party and all of the FCCLA officers dressed up as princesses. We had different activities so the kids could interact and learn something from the “princesses”. The kids had a really great time!”

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Feature Story

Zubaida has decided that she definitely wants to be an elementary school teacher in her future career. She says that elementary is where her heart is. “I love elementary education. It’s the time when the kids are being nurtured inside the classroom by their teachers. It’s where all your memories happen.” And what will be Zubaida’s favorite part of her career as a teacher?

I think creating personal bonds with the kids will be my favorite part of being a teacher. It’s so nice to get to know them and watch how they interact with their friends. I helped coach soccer and my favorite thing wasn’t the sport itself. It was forming a bond with the kids on the team.

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EDUCATION AND TRAINING What it is: Planning, managing, and providing education and training services and related learning support services. Possible careers include: Superintendent, principal, or administrator Teacher or instructor Preschool or kindergarten teacher Clinical, developmental, or social psychologist Social worker Counselor Teacher assistant Parent educator Child care worker Coach Recreation worker Sign language interpreter FCCLA opportunities that support the field: Leadership Academy Families First Advocacy STAR Event Career Investigation STAR Event Early Childhood Education STAR Event Focus on Children STAR Event Illustrated Talk STAR Event Leadership STAR Event Say Yes to FCS Education STAR Event Teach and Train STAR Event Skill Demonstration Events: Early Childhood Challenge; Technology in Teaching; Toys That Teach, #TeachFCS

To learn more about the Education career pathway and the many opportunities to develop career skills through this pathway and participation in FCCLA, check out fcclainc.org.


Youth Leaders

“How is FCCLA preparing you for a career in Education and Training?” Morgan Kirchman Florida FCCLA “As an FCCLA member and state officer, I am preparing myself for a career in Education and Training. In my time in FCCLA, I have gained valuable life skills that I will carry into adulthood and into my career. I have learned how to adapt to different situations, communicate more efficiently, have patience, be a better leader, and be a mentor to those around me. All of these skills are imperative to my success as a teacher. By being a part of this life-changing organization, I have acquired and am still acquiring leadership skills that will be put to great use in the classroom. Without FCCLA, I would not be on the pathway to become a teacher!”

Mary Jane Wilkerson Kentucky FCCLA “FCCLA has been a big part of my high school experience! FCCLA has helped me come out of my comfort zone to just be me. Taking charge and being a leader are things that FCCLA has helped me to develop. Focusing on the Education and Training career pathway has helped me become comfortable speaking in front of people. I will be ready to take on my goal by majoring in education and eventually becoming a teacher – thanks to FCCLA!”

Bryan Vázquez Melendez Puerto Rico FCCLA “The moment I made the decision to be part of this magnificent organization, I realized the world of opportunities that lay ahead. When I am asked how FCCLA prepares me for a career in education and training, I would say that FCCLA has helped me in many ways. In general, the mission of these careers is to improve individual and organizational performance. For this you need to love teamwork, love to help and, above all, enjoy teaching others, and that is precisely what FCCLA does. FCCLA teaches you the importance of teamwork, FCCLA teaches you that there is nothing better than helping others, teaches you to take the initiative and love what you do. I am one of those members who love FCCLA and I am proud to say that FCCLA not only prepares them for these types of careers, but FCCLA prepares them to achieve everything they want in life. FCCLA teaches you to believe in yourself since that way you will achieve everything you propose.”

Kirstin Johnson Washington FCCLA “Over the past four years in FCCLA I have had many opportunities and experiences that have set me up for a successful future in the field of training and education. Through my many FCCLA projects, I had the opportunity to create and teach various lessons to kids of all ages, a skill that takes practice. This organization has also allowed me to grow and develop into a strong public speaker and has opened my eyes to the needs of my community. All of these skills will directly impact my success in the field of training and education.”

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Youth Leaders

How Programs Relate to Education and Training

What do you want to be when you grow up? That’s a question many adults are still asking themselves! But starting to plan now puts you on the path to success. Participating in chapter activities helps you see the benefits of different careers now, and you can get ideas related to what you do and don’t like. If you are thinking about a career in the Education and Training pathway, here are a few chapter projects that you could try to see what path you may want to take!

Student Body: Strasburg High School, Strasburg, VA, chapter members took training to a new

level with CPR training! Members worked with their school nurse, who is a certified trainer in first aid and CPR. This training activity was a benefit to students who became certified and was also a way to showcase a great career opportunity as a certified trainer.

Career Connection: Have a guest speaker from the local teachers’ association/union come to your classroom to speak about the benefits of the profession, as well as what path to take and what financial obligations are associated with that path. Students from Johnson High School in Gainesville, GA, worked with their PAGE (Professional Association of GA Teachers) representative to present in class.

STOP the Violence: Think you might like to be a guidance or mental health counselor?

Members from James Wood High School in Winchester, VA, conducted a Chill Challenge and provided a training on coping skills to 50+ teenagers from a licensed mental health professional at an FCCLA meeting.

Families First: Estill County High School FCCLA in Irvine, KY, used a personal situation to teach others about a disease. Educating and gaining advocacy skills while talking to the public is what Education and Training does for others. Being able to speak up and out for yourself is one aspect of this career path.

Financial Fitness: In Rockbridge County, VA, FCCLA members showed how Family and

Consumer Sciences education and FCCLA are co-curricular. FCS students who are not active members of FCCLA and other CTE students both had the opportunity to see how FCCLA promotes being financially fit and provides students with the opportunity and resources to learn how to be smart with their money, save efficiently, understand banking terms, and handle their finances.

Use these program ideas to shed some light on your own career path in Education and Training. Test out some of these options using FCCLA programs, either individually or with your chapter.

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Meet Nolan MacFarland, an FCCLA member interested in the Education and Training career pathway. What can you learn from his story? Keep reading to find out!

Youth Leaders

Nolan MacFarland Georgia FCCLA Tell us about your story in the education field. Through my early childhood education class, I have been able to teach elementary school. I have taught 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades and have completed the early childhood pathway, so next year I will be able to train other high school students to teach elementary education.

What motivates you the most about going into education? I originally wanted to be a doctor, but after going to CTSO training camp for education, I changed my focus. It was exciting to see FCCLA members who are passionate about education come together, and I realized that education really is the future!

What do you hope to do with your degree? I want to pursue a degree in FCS education and early childhood education so that I can start as a teacher, but I hope to continue on in the education field as an administrator or superintendent and someday work for the Department of Education.

How have your FCS classes helped you to pursue your career? I was able to get first-hand experience as a teacher before leaving high school.

How has FCCLA helped you to pursue your career? FCCLA has made me more confident in what I’m doing and has definitely helped me with public speaking! Becoming a state officer also helped me to connect with so many people on an individual basis, helping me to gain important networking skills.

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Red Jacket, Red Hot Future

The Education and Training career pathway is strongly supported by involvement in FCCLA. What do you think is going to be your favorite part of teaching in the classroom? I love interacting with people. I want to do the same as my advisers did for me and impact students’ lives by offering support and encouragement in whatever they choose.

Is there a specific FCS class and grade level you like the best that you want to teach? Any of classes really. I’m not picky. I loved all of it! But if I had to pick just one, I would say Food for Life was the most interesting. I loved learning about food and nutrition. Right now, I’m looking at teaching at the high school level.

So you want to inspire your students to be like you?

Madison Hollis South Georgia State College

Well, not exactly like me. I want them to be their own individual, but I want them to know that they’re supported in whatever pathway they choose.

Do you think when you’re a FCS teacher you’re going to start a FCCLA chapter? I’m planning on that. I love it, so yes, I will.

Other than your advisers, is there anybody else in your life who motivated you? What sparked your interest in becoming an FCS educator? I started taking the Teaching as a Profession course this last year at my school, which has a strong FCS curriculum involved with it. I was able to do an internship at the preschool level as well as the 4th-grade level, and I completely fell in love with it. I also took courses in food science, food nutrition, and wellness, and I loved that, too! I had been struggling to find what I wanted to do with my life, and then I found FCS. It just sparked my passion, and I feel like that’s where I belong.

Is there anyone who inspired you to become a FCS teacher? My FCCLA advisers actually! Both of my advisers were very inspirational. They always encouraged me to pursue FCS and were very supportive.

What have you learned from FCCLA? Before I joined FCCLA, I would not talk to anybody. It has helped me with public speaking, communication, and leadership skills.

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I’m going to be honest. I was at a bad place when I joined FCCLA. I was literally failing my classes. And then I was sitting in a food science class one day and my teacher started talking about FCCLA. I was like, “Hey, that sounds fun. We get to travel.” But then I started learning about STAR Events and I became very interested in participating. I have been very passionate about this career pathway and have gotten an A in all courses ever since!

So you weren’t sure what you wanted to do before this? I had a little bit of interest in nursing. Something about that did not feel right. And then I figured it just wasn’t for me because I started to lose my interest in it. It was when I was in the food science class that I realized this is my passion. My advisers said, “You’ll know when you find it. If something doesn’t feel right, then you shouldn’t go for it.” Teaching FCS feels right to me, so I’m pretty sure this is what I’m supposed to do!

Red Jacket, Red Hot Future


Check out how one member is using the skills and experiences she’s gained through FCCLA membership to put herself on the pathway to future career success. What is your story in the education field? When I was four years old and entering preschool, I decided I wanted to be a teacher. That choice has never wavered. I’ve gone back and forth between subjects, but I’ve always wanted to be a teacher. It was in sixth grade that I started falling in love with art. My pottery and digital photography teacher is my mentor. It was when I was his teacher’s assistant that my educational skills just blossomed. I loved helping the students learn and it was really awesome to see them progress throughout the semester.

What makes you want to pursue a degree in the field? I want to pursue a degree in the field because I love art itself as it is so varied. I like the education field because I just love seeing the look on the students’ faces when they achieve something they’ve been really working on and love a piece of art that they’ve made. And I love being able to be there for students if they need to talk to someone. I remember what it felt like finding those teachers and how much I needed them. So I want to be that person for someone else as well. My adviser has been my mentor along the way.

Faith Woodman Wisconsin FCCLA

Other than your adviser, is there anyone else who has inspired you to go into this field and why? My adviser has definitely inspired me, but the person who had the most impact on this decision to go into art education is Buck Angle, my pottery and digital photography teacher. He’s a great guy. He has a great relationship with just about all of his students. I can talk to him about anything. He’s very trustworthy and he trusts his students. I can feel my leadership and educational skills improving every day that I’m serving with him as a teaching assistant or even just as a student.

So what do you hope to do with your degree ultimately? I want to start with a bachelor’s degree and teach in a high school art class with ceramics. After that, I hope to get into a two-year master’s program and eventually become a ceramics professor at a college.

How have your FCS classes helped you prepare to pursue this career? I took an introduction to foods course and ended up helping the freshmen when we cooked. I gained leadership skills from helping them because they weren’t very experienced with cooking either, so I would take the lead showing them how to measure things and use the stove. Helping them was kind of like teaching a mini lesson.

So how has FCCLA specifically helped you to pursue this career? I would say it has taught me how to stay dedicated to a project. We recently made blankets and took them to shelters in our community. It was great to be able to help out!

Is there anything that you feel you’ve learned just because you’re part of FCCLA that would help you in your career or life in general? I think the ability to talk to different community members will definitely help me in college and in the future in my career field because you’re not going to know everyone. It’s important to have those communication skills in all careers, but definitely for a career in education. Artwork b y Faith Wo

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Class Acts Each issue, we interview Family and Consumer Sciences educators in order to learn more about the impact of FCS and how they advance the field. This time, we asked three FCS educators this question:

What are you doing to help advance the field of Family and Consumer Sciences education? As an ECE teacher, I help advance the field of FCS by marketing my ECE/TAP program to middle and high school students in my county. Eighth-grade students are able to take the first level of ECE I and obtain high school credit, which feeds into the ECE program. Additionally, I ensure that my students are able to speak about the importance of FCS and FCCLA when we are actively working with our community through service-learning in public schools and childcare facilities and when we are feeding the homeless or walking in various walks for a cause. April W. Bramble, Georgia

I am helping to advance the field of Family and Consumer Science education by teaching students skills that can be used at home and work. FCS leads the way in seeing students as physical, social, emotional, and intellectual beings. We work to help the students develop into productive citizens in society by teaching character development in all areas of our curriculum. Each student develops skills and knowledge that allow him/her to face the challenges that everyday life presents. This last week, I talked to parents as well as various staff about how we as FCS teachers tend to see the whole or bigger picture and not just a specific discipline or job. We teach students to see the bigger picture as well. I teach culinary, but it’s so much more than just cooking. We look at job skills, work ethics, character development, decision making, responsibility, and more. We do so much to help students go from a diamond in the rough to polished gems. Darcy Glagolich, Alaska

As a Family Consumer Sciences professional, I have advocated for Family and Consumer Sciences education within my school, community, and state. FCS is an exciting program of study with a wide range of disciplines, which include family studies and human development, food science, housing, and so much more. I have fostered interest with my students to pursue careers in FCS-related occupations. I have enjoyed every opportunity to promote FCS education and look forward to seeing how it will grow in the future. Tonya Parson, Texas

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Alumni & Associates Highlight



How did your FCCLA experience help you prepare for your career?

Maxine M. Peterson

The opportunities provided to me through FCCLA set my path to embrace leadership opportunities through college and into my professional life as a teacher. As a person raised in poverty, I would have never had these opportunities if not for FHA/HERO (FCCLA). It helped to show me my dreams could become reality time and time again and gave me the confidence to pursue my own business during the summer. My passion for my career is helping to improve FCS programs throughout Minnesota and to grow our field, which is a dream I had as an FCS teacher. Dreams do become realities!

Job Title: Family and Consumer Science Education Specialist, Minnesota Department of Education

Current City/State: Roseville, Minnesota

Where did you grow up and what FCCLA chapter were you in? I grew up in Denver, Colorado, where only 10% of my graduating class went on to post-secondary schooling. I had 141 students in my graduating class. Many, including myself, were on free and reduced lunch and from economically disadvantaged households. I was in our FHA/HERO chapter (back in the day) at Mapleton High School. I served as a chapter officer in my sophomore year, a regional officer in my junior year, and I was the 1979 Colorado State HERO president in my senior year. I was in the early childhood occupations program my junior and senior years.

How would you explain your current career? I provide leadership, professional development/training, and technical assistance to the 483 Family and Consumer Sciences teachers in Minnesota. I educate business and industry in FCS’s role in closing the skills gap, and I encourage our teachers to embrace the 2015 FCS Frameworks with an occupational and employability focus. I also work with a variety of initiatives to improve FCS programs. In Minnesota, we have blended our focus on family and life skills with occupation and career development and awareness in every FCS program.

What were some of your previous professional experiences? Throughout my 30-year career, I have had the privilege of teaching Family and Consumer Sciences at the middle school, high school, and alternative learning setting levels. I have taught every content area we have and was able to specialize in child and human development, interior design, and senior strategies. When I was the Minnesota FCS Teacher of the Year in 2006 and AAFCS Top Teacher in the Nation, I was able to highlight my senior strategies curriculum. I worked with Learning ZoneXpress and published the curriculum. This lead to me traveling around the United States in my summers off, exhibiting for Learning ZoneXpress and presenting keynote and breakout sessions on a variety of topics from “The Great Plate” to “Importance of Brain Development in Children” to “Financial Literacy for All” and more! I also was very involved in leadership roles in my professional organization of MAFCS and leadership roles in district staff development.

Why did you choose to go into the Education and Training field? My FHA/HERO advisers, Mrs. Fugita and Ms. Busse, taught such practical and relevant skills when I was a student in high school. I always felt they were teaching important life skills and work preparation skills that every student could benefit from learning. I wanted to touch other lives and make an impact on people like they did. I know they often gave up family and personal time to help and support me. I appreciated it back then and even more today.

What is your favorite part of your job? Working with other FCS teachers by planning professional development opportunities and providing technical assistance to help them grow their own local FCS programs is my favorite. I have so much respect for the dedication I see daily in these people. I plant seeds to help their programs blossom. I firmly believe FCS teachers are some of the most nurturing and caring individuals in secondary education and have such a passion for what they do.

What is one piece of advice you’d give to a current FCCLA member who is pursuing a career in the Education and Training industry? Becoming a teacher is one of the most selfless acts and one of the most rewarding careers you will ever have. You will help more people than you could ever imagine, change lives, and create opportunities for your students. Your legacy will be remembered by many.

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Get Involved

The National Partnership to recruit, prepare, and support Family and Consumer Sciences educators has been awarded a USDA Grant and matching funds from AAFCS, FCCLA, and SUNY Oneonta, totaling $936,572. In addition, 14 FCS professional organizations and partners have agreed to work together to meet the goals of the grant. The main objectives of this project are to create resources to support FCS educator recruitment, prepare future FCS educators, promote FCS careers, and share preparation resources on a national level.

Here is how you and your adviser can get involved: - Celebrate FCS Day on December 3 - Host a Say Yes to FCS signing event at your school or state meeting - Use the hashtag #SayYestoFCS in your FCS and FCCLA social media posts - Join your State Action Team - Celebrate FCS Educator Day on February 13 (during FCCLA Week) - Come to the Say Yes to FCS signing event at the National Leadership Conference

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Get Involved

Are you considering a career in the Education and Training field? Here are some topics and ways they can be used in STAR Events! If you think that your community, city, state, or nation needs to prioritize funding for education, then the Advocacy STAR Event may be just the event for you! Select a law or policy that you can advocate for, such as FCS program funding, college tuition programs, or funding for literacy programs or libraries. Research your topic, identify a target audience and potential partnerships, form an action plan, and advocate to positively affect a policy or law. You can make a difference!

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Get Involved

If learning more about being a teacher, school administrator, coach, librarian, tutor, or even a foreign language translator is interesting to you, take a look at the Career Investigation STAR Event. In this event, you’ll conduct self-assessments, research and explore a career, set career goals, and create a plan to reach those career goals. Are you already enrolled in an early childhood education and training program? You may be eligible to compete in the Early Childhood Education STAR Event, where you’ll create a portfolio focusing on your coursework and highlighting your developing teaching skills, as well as prepare and present an on-the-spot activity for children. This year’s theme is “Be a Friend”. What activities would you prepare? If you’ve completed a course or unit in child development as part of your FCS program, and you want to teach children through adolescents, take a look at the Focus on Children STAR Event. In this event, you’ll create a child development project that has a positive impact on your community. Some project examples include teaching children about fitness, healthy eating, or activities they can do with their siblings and parents.

Through research, interviews with FCS educators, and observations, you’ll get behind-the-scenes information to help you begin your FCS education career path. Do you see yourself coaching a volleyball team, being a leadership trainer, or being a teacher at the elementary, secondary, or adult level? Whether you want to teach in the classroom or train at conferences and seminars, the Teach and Train STAR Event will help you refine your career goals and skills. Through portfolio development, you’ll conduct career research, complete self-assessments, create lesson or workshop plans, and present your work to students. Senior and Occupational category participants also conduct a shadowing experience with a best practices educator.

For more information on these events, ask your chapter adviser and review the STAR Events Information Sheets found on the national FCCLA website.

If you are close to or have already said “yes” to a career as a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher and FCCLA adviser, then choose the Say Yes to FCS Education STAR Event! This in-depth event will help you explore and understand the skills needed to be successful as an FCS educator. TEEN TIMES | November-December 2018


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School Bus Safety Middle Level Chapter Project Are you wondering how a chapter can use the FCCLA Planning Process to help members experience the joy of teaching and practice career-ready skills in the Education and Training pathway? Take inspiration from Osceola FCCLA in Missouri. This chapter developed a FACTS project to teach young children about school bus safety!

Identify Concerns:

We chose to work with our kindergartners and teach them about bus safety. Most of our buses travel on rural roads as well as the highway, and many of these young students spend up to an hour on the bus two times a day. These young students may get bored while on the bus and may forget why it is important to follow bus safety rules.

Set A Goal:

Our goal was to teach bus safety to kindergarten students. We want them to feel safe and know the importance of following all bus safety rules.

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Form A Plan: Who: Ten Osceola FCCLA chapter members collaborated with Osceola bus drivers to teach and train the kindergarten class.

What: Members used the children’s book Pete the Cat and The Wheels on the Bus to teach an interactive lesson on bus safety rules to kindergarten students.

When: The project was planned and executed in September/October 2017.

Where: Osceola Public Schools in Osceola, Missouri

How: Step 1: We began by collaborating with our school bus drivers to develop a few key bus safety rules they felt needed to be addressed with kindergarten students. Step 2: We went to the Kindergarten class and read the book Pete the Cat and the Wheels on the Bus, which demonstrates several safety issues that Pete encounters and how he changes his behavior to be safe on the bus. We made the lesson interactive with fun printable workbooks that students could color and use to learn about highway signs and bus safety.


Thanks to a strong plan, the project went off without a hitch! We planned the lesson about a month in advance and worked with the kindergarten class over two days. The first day was used to teach the kindergartners the lesson, and the second day was used to practice the lesson on a real school bus.


We evaluated the kindergarten students’ knowledge by observing how they behaved on the real school bus. The students all seemed engaged and demonstrated their knowledge through their actions. This project promoted the skills we learn about in child development. We were able to develop lesson plans and implement them with actual children. We were also able to use our communication skills developed through FCCLA to set up this activity with the bus driver and the kindergarten teacher.

Step 3: We walked the students out to an actual school bus and had them demonstrate all the safety procedures they learned.

Cost and Resources: This project had no financial cost for the chapter. The book was checked out from the school library and the workbooks were printed from a free online resource.

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Then and Now A career in education and training is much more than a job — it’s a meaningful career that allows you to leave a lasting legacy by giving students the tools to live a happy and productive life. Whether working with preschoolers, teenagers, or adults, educators report that rewards of teaching are many, including learning something new everyday! Family and Consumer Sciences educators have made significant contributions throughout its history, including developing programs to teach families about food safety and sanitation, advocating for preschool education, and taking the lead in teaching life skills such as personal finance, nutrition, and parenting. Throughout FCCLA’s history, members have taken the lead in teaching their peers, children, and community members through projects and activities. In FCCLA, members interact with education and training professionals such as their FCCLA advisers, leadership trainers, and community educators. Since 1945, over 9 million FCCLA members have been taking the lead in teaching important leadership and life skills. FCCLA members help make history!

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#BeTheFirst Tobacco-Free Generation

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Take action to #BeTheFirst tobacco-free generation with FCCLA and the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids! This fall, FCCLA and the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) are encouraging chapters across the nation to get involved in life-saving advocacy as we work together to Take Down Tobacco and #BeTheFirst tobacco-free generation! The trainings and resources offered by CTFK help you understand the dangers of tobacco use and other products such as e-cigarettes and JUUL, and how your voice can help create the first tobacco-free generation. Why get involved? In the US, tobacco use kills more than 480,000 people every year – more than AIDS, alcohol, car accidents, illegal drugs, murders, and suicides combined. As part of FCCLA’s Student Body national program, we are partnering with CTFK to help reduce tobacco’s deadly toll. CTFK advocates for public policies proven to prevent kids from smoking, to help smokers quit, and to protect everyone from secondhand smoke. YOU can play an important role in the fight against tobacco and its harmful effects. Ready to take action? Begin by completing Taking Down Tobacco 101 to get all the facts you need to advocate against the dangers of tobacco. Next, use the Become a Trainer courses to learn how to lead your own Taking Down Tobacco 101 training in your school or community. If you are one of the first 100 chapters to report details about your training through the online post-training survey, your chapter will win $100! You don’t want to stop there! FCCLA chapters that host a training for at least 75 youth can enter to win one of three $1,000 cash prizes. Contest dates: August 6, 2018 - December 15, 2018

Don’t miss your chance to take action to #BeTheFirst Tobacco-Free Generation. For more information, visit http://fcclainc.org/programs/taking-down-tobacco.php.

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Help Your Peers Get to Prom Safely! Attention all members:

FCCLA brings you the fourth annual Safe Rides — Save Lives PSA contest! The contest is once again sponsored by The National Road Safety Foundation (NRSF) and provides the opportunity for FCCLA members to get involved in a campaign to save lives through traffic safety awareness. The theme for the 2018-2019 PSA contest is centered on driving safely on prom night. Help us get the word out about the unique dangers of driving on prom night and encourage your peers to make safe choices on the road next Prom season. Check out the short film “Stay in the Picture” at: nrsf.org/teenlane/programs/distracted-driving Want to get involved for your chance to be one of this year’s top three winners? • Work as a chapter or individual to create a 25 second video PSA. Go to www.teenlane.org and use resources from the National Road Safety Foundation to craft your video’s message. • Create a captivating message to persuade your peers to make safe choices on the road during prom season. • Upload your PSA entry to YouTube and submit the link to National FCCLA through the online submission form. Have fun & don’t forget to review all official contest rules! To find the official rules, submission form, and additional details, visit: www.fcclainc.org/saferides Video submissions are due on or before Friday, January 25, 2019, at 11:59 pm ET. Cash prizes will be awarded directly to the individual or group: 1st Place: $3,500 2nd Place: $1,000 3rd Place: $500

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