Monthly Archives: January 2012

Governor’s Career Readiness Summit to Be Live-Streamed

Governor’s Career Readiness Summit to Be Live-Streamed


Wichita – The 2012 Governor’s Career Readiness Summit has reached capacity and registration for the event scheduled for next Wednesday, January 18th is now closed.


Because of the overwhelming response to the Summit, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback today announced that an audio feed for the 2012 Governor’s Career Readiness Summit will be streamed live online.  Kansans interested in listening to the summit will be able to access the audio stream at:



The summit will be an opportunity for local and national education leaders and other stakeholders to discuss strategies for improving career readiness. The event is on January 18th and will begin at 8:30 a.m.


The summit will include presentations from:


  • Donna Deeds, Executive Director, Center for Advanced Professional Studies at the Blue Valley School District
  • Steve Anderson, ACT
  • Sherry Adrian, Incoming President, Oklahoma Association of Career and Technical Education
  • David Patterson, Principal, Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy


Following the presentations, Governor Brownback will lead a roundtable discussion and question and answer session. 


The roundtable discussion will include:


  • Dr. Diane DeBacker, Kansas Commissioner of Education, KSDE
  • Caleb Asher, Kansas Department of Commerce
  • Dr. Andy Thompkins, Kansas Board of Regents
  • Karin Brownlee, Secretary of the Kansas Department of Labor
  • Richard Taylor, President of the Central and Western Kansas Building and Construction Trades Council and the Plumbers and Pipefitters local 441
  • Tony Kinkel, Wichita Area Technical College
  • Dr. Carl Heilman, Barton County Community College

Mini-Grant focused on the Professional Development framework component of a Rigorous Programs of Study (RPOS).

KSDE is launching an opportunity for Kansas school districts to apply for a mini-grant to access 2012 Perkins Reserve Competitive Funds.  The KSDE Fiscal Team has determined that there are additional Reserve Funds that need to be expended.  The mini – grants are focused on the Professional Development framework component of a Rigorous Programs of Study (RPOS). 
The funds may be used to attend the national Career Cluster Institute (CCI) in Washington, DC on June 18 – 20, 2012.  The funds will support specific expenditures which include the following budget line items:  Registration, Travel to and from the Institute, Mileage (to and from Airport), Lodging, Car Rental, Tolls/Taxi/Shuttle, Resources (not to exceed $500) and Honorarium (not to exceed $100/day. State mileage rate is $.51 per mile.  The link to access information for the Institute is located at: Early bird registration will end May 11, 2012.
KSDE is encouraging districts to send teams of CTE and academic teachers, counselors and administrators.  Additional attendees that can be supported with the Reserve Competitive Funds may include a local board of education and local advisory committee members.
The grant will close on Monday, April 16, 2012 by close of business.  Districts will be notified by Tuesday, May 1, 2012 of their approval status. 
The application is short, simple and to the point and will not require lengthy collection of data to submit.  Districts generally want to know how much time is needed for management of the grant.  The process is generally simple in that there will be minimal work to complete and submit the application.  Once approval has been received by the district, district personnel will need to carry out the activities of the grant in a timely manner, participate in the actual Institute and a final piece would be to submit an expenditure report  and final performance report by July 15, 2012.  The forms will be available by June 1, 2012.
To access the actual application, go to:  It will be located under the blue tab titled , “Career Ready Kansas 2012 Reserve Competitive Funds” and titled “Min-Grant for 2012 Perkins Reserve Competitive Funds.”  Please give consideration to this opportunity not only for your district staff but the students in your district that will be impacted the most when the day is done.
If technical assistance is available, please send an email request to I am due to begin extensive travel both in and out of state and will be more accessible through email communication.
~Karmey Olson
Education Program Consultant
Kansas State Department of Education
120 SE 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS  66612
(W) 785.296.2883
(Fax) 785.296.2294

United Associations Conference – Wichita – "Passport to Excellence"

UNITED ASSOCIATIONS CONFERENCE –  March 7 – 8, 2013, Wichita, KS

Kansas Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, Kansas Association of Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences, Kansas Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, Alpha Rho Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi

The theme for the conference is “Passport to Excellence”, with focus on professional development.  Plans are to have a keynote speaker, a panel on trends in the fields of working with families, and to have breakout sessions arranged in interest tracks (such as Foods/Nutrition/Health; Healthy Families and Communities; and Developing a Professional)


EngineerGirl! Food Engineering Essay Contest – 2012

Contest Description (from website)

Shopping at your local supermarket is a different experience today than it was even 50 years ago. Today the food we eat comes from around the world and is often already prepared in a wonderful variety of ways. Engineers are actively involved in every step of the process—they design the specialized machines used to plant and harvest crops and develop unique manufacturing processes to prepare, package, and transport foods in safe and secure ways.

Consider these popular foods: 

  • Applesauce
  • Ice cream
  • Peanut butter
  • Potato chips
  • Sandwich bread
  • Spaghetti sauce



Grades 6-8: (No more than 750 words)
Choose one of the foods from the list and explain how it is produced, from the planting and harvesting of raw material to being ready to eat. Choose a technology critical to one or more steps in the process and explain how it works. Describe how different types of engineers (e.g. civil, mechanical, electrical, etc.) might have contributed to the design of the technology as well as key elements of that design.

Grades 9-12: (No more than 1500 words)
Choose one of the foods from the list and explain how it is produced, from the planting and harvesting of raw material to being ready to eat. Choose a technology critical to one or more steps in that process and explain how it works. Describe how different types of engineers (e.g. civil, mechanical, electrical, etc.) might have contributed to the design of the technology as well as key elements of that design. Talk about what engineers are currently doing to improve this technology. Be sure to include your references.

  See the website for more information:


Important information related to Pathway application and pathway maintenance…

Kansas State Department of Education CTE program consultants will review new Career Pathway Program of Study Applications (CPPSA) and Pathway Maintenance from November 15th, 2011 until March 15th, 2012 through the authentic application “Pathways”. Pathways can be accessed through the Authenticated Applications ( Any revisions that need to be submitted after pathways are reviewed will be due back to KSDE by May 15th, 2012.

Resources for successful pathway completion are available on the KSDE Career and Technical Education Website Forms and Documents Page (

-Creating a new Career Pathway Program of Study Application Live Meeting (recorded)
-Pathway Maintenance Live Meeting (recorded)
-Career Pathway Program of Study Application Training PowerPoint (recently updated to include new features)
-Pathway Maintenance Training PowerPoint (recently updated to include new features)
-Pathways User's Guide (updated version coming soon)
-Advisory Committee Handbook (recently updated)
-Career Cluster Guidance Handbook (utilize the 2012-2013 handbook)

This is the last year for VE-2 programs to transition to Career Cluster Pathway Programs of Study. Perkins and state CTE funding will cease school year 2012-13 for any VE-2 program that fails to make the transition to pathways.

Please direct any questions to the

(Sent on behalf of Kim Mitchell, KSDE via Gayla Randel, KSDE, FCS)


Spring FCS Webinars

Spring FCS Webinars

Please note the following dates for our spring webinars.  No registration is needed. Call information will be sent out just before each date to act as a reminder. All will be accompanied by a power point and archived for viewing after the date (please allow 2 weeks after the date for it to be posted).
January 12, 2012 3:30-5:00 p.m.—TOPICS:  General Update for all FCS areas as well as pathway maintenance questions and answers. I will also talk about Summer Workshops/College classes and FCS link to STEM and other current issues. 
February 29, 2012—3:30-5:00 p.m.—T BD*
March 28, 2012—3:30-5:00 p.m. –TBD*
April 25, 2012 –3:30-5:00 p.m.—TBD*
*The webinar dates have been set, but the specific topics have not been assigned.  The focus of each will address the needs identified as part of the May, 2011 FCS Survey which ranked the areas of highest need as Nutrition and Wellness Update (47.5%); and Consumer Education/Financial Literacy Update (46.4%) and Career and Life Planning Update (42.3%)
(Information from the Enewsletter November/December 2011, created by Gayla Randel, KSDE, FCS)

Resource Summary – Enewsletter November/December 2011


ACTE created a two page reference sheet which shares a definition of what it means to be career ready.  A copy of this is found on the FCS webpage under “Resources”.  The main points have been highlighted for your use in reviewing the message to share with local decision makers, curriculum directors and/or fellow CTE teachers.  I suggest you print it out and share with your academic teachers as well as administrators, indicating how FCS in your school addresses the technical facet through the career clusters.  You could pair it with the FCS Fact Sheet (found on the FCS webpage on website.)  Here’s the link to the ‘Career Ready’ document if you want to reference it quickly:
ECONOMIC LESSONwith ties to FCS: (provided by Gigi Wolfe, Fed Reserve Bank of KC)

Lesson Idea #15– Using the Chicago Board of Trade (, follow the prices of basic commodities used in producing food, such as corn, wheat and meat products. Make a prediction on food prices for the next month and then take a fieldtrip to the grocery store to see if it happened.

National Child Hunger Ends Here is a project of the USA TODAY Education in partnership with
ConAgra Foods and the USA TODAY Charitable Foundation.  This free curriculum for middle and high schools provides curriculum and activity ideas as well as grant opportunities as students learn about child hunger.  For more information, visit
CALENDAR OF SERVICE (sent on behalf of Charlotte Smith)

Ever wonder how people know about the “National Week of This” or the “National That Day”?   Here is a calendar of those dates and events. See more on the Seasons of Service Calendar:
DID YOU KNOW….we have1695 educators with FCS licensure in Kansas, but only  440 are actively teaching.  Other statistics will be shared in January concerning the results of the informal survey completed last May.  
 Video on Body Language(sent on behalf of Susan Symons, Kansas Dept. of Commerce)

This 4 minute Forbes video about Body Language is short and to the point. It’s a great clip to use as a reminder about the importance of communication in job interviews.
CLASSROOM VICTORY GARDEN PROJECT(sent on behalf of Don Gifford)

The National WW II Museum has created a unique, hands-on curriculum for elementary students centering on growing WW II-style Victory Gardens.  The Classroom Victory Garden Project is a cross-curricular website that includes simple lessons about WW II history, community, citizenship, science, and nutrition, instructions for planting a classroom or schoolyard garden, and delicious and healthy recipes for after harvest.
This could be a great project for your classroom or FCCLA Chapter as the success of the victory garden is connected to efforts by Home Economics professionals across the nation at that time in history. Millions of Americans grew Victory Gardens in their backyards – and on rooftops and in window boxes – during WWII to supplement their wartime rations and help spur victory.  To learn more about this cross-curricular project, go to:
Green Ribbon School Program (sent on behalf of Don Gifford)

 The Green Ribbon Schools program was recently launched by the U. S. Department of Education to recognize schools that save energy and reduce operating costs, create environmentally friendly learning spaces, promote student health, and provide environmental education to incorporate sustainability into the curriculum. 
According to the guidance released, Green Ribbon Schools will have achieved or made considerable progress toward the three pillars established in the program: 1) energy efficient buildings; 2) healthy students and school environment; and 3) environmental literacy of all graduates.  The combined achievement in these three areas will be the basis for the Green Ribbon Schools award.
Public and private schools in Kansas can make their application for nomination through the Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education’s (KACEE) website:  KACEE and KSDE will collaborate to evaluate submissions and KSDE is permitted to nominate up to four schools to the U.S. Department of Education.  Partnering with KACEE will allow schools to apply for both the Green Ribbon Award for national recognition and the Kansas Green Schools grant from the same application.  To be nominated, the school must meet high college- and career-ready standards, be in compliance with federal civil rights laws, and all federal, state and local health and safety standards and regulations. 
For more information on Green Ribbon Schools, please visit:
(Information gathered from Enewsletter November/December 2011, created by Gayla Randel, KSDE, FCS)

Home Economics: Classroom, Corporate, and Cultural Interpretations Revisited Conference – Georgia

The conference explores the origins of the field, its cultural context and changes throughout the 20th century, and its re-emergence as a field prepared to address the crises facing today’s families. Scholars from history, women’s studies, and family and consumer sciences will address gender and racial issues, academic programs, career paths, and how the core concepts in the history of home economics provide imperatives for the future

February 27-28, 2012

The University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel
1197 South Lumpkin Street
Athens, Georgia 30602

Registration on/before 1/25/12 – $105
Registration after 1/25/12 – $125
Student Registration – $45

  • To Register:
    1. Go to
    2. Click: “Home Economics: Classroom, Corporate, and Cultural Interpretations Revisited” under February 2012 Conferences
    3. Click: REGISTER NOW and complete the on-line form
      * To Register by Phone: Call 706-542-3537 or 800-811-6640
      * Hotel reservations may be made during the conference registration process