Greetings from the NATEFACS board! As I step into my new role as President, I’m reminded of how fortunate I am to be surrounded by such dedicated professionals. I would like to thank Dr. Nancy Shepherd for her leadership of this organization over the past couple of years and to welcome Dr. Amanda Holland to the role of President-Elect.
The last year and a half has tested everyone’s resolve, but I’ve been impressed with how resilient my fellow FCS teacher educators have been. Multiple Zoom meetings have made it possible for us to continue to conduct the important work of the organization and to finalize the latest competencies for Family & Consumer Sciences Teacher Education Standards which can be found on this website. These standards will serve as a guide for the preparation of FCS educators for the foreseeable future.
Professionals continue to disseminate important research and practical information via the Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences Education. The most recent issue was published in the Spring of 2021 and Editorial Board is eager to publish a new issue sometime during the winter of 2022. We invite manuscript submissions on a wide variety of topics that relate to FCS and are also seeking individuals who would be willing to serve as reviewers.
As a Unified Associate of ACTE, FCS Division, NATEFACS has a role in influencing policy change while promoting and enhancing education. Work to finalize a merger with LEAD FCS Ed is underway to further streamline the work of FCS professionals, teacher educators, and state administrators.