Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher Educators and Allies,
I have enjoyed seeing many of you this summer in person at either the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) national conference in Dallas, TX or at the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) national leadership meeting in Nashville, TN! Some themes were evident at both events – appreciation, advocacy, and action.
I am so appreciative of all of the committed individuals and the work they do in support of family and consumer sciences. I am impressed by the great work happening around the country. Please don’t wait for a national conference to share it. Post on social media and send an e-mail to me so we can highlight your successes on our website. We want to say “thank you “ and provide words of encouragement to continue your efforts. Join in the conversation on Facebook at Teacher Educators of Family and Consumer Sciences.
This leads into the theme of advocacy. As Margaret Mead noted “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” The Family and Consumer Sciences professionals I know are certainly thoughtful and committed. We are changing the world. Continue to encourage others to join us and #SayYestoFCS! Promote what we do with a consistent and clear message to strengthen support from students, parents, administrators, community leaders, and legislators.
Clearly, this requires action. Seeing the research results, attending presentations about projects, and engaging with active professionals is evidence we have a lot going on. There's an old African proverb that says “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Working together will help us continue to move forward into the future. I hope you will continue to actively work on initiatives like the SayYestoFCS campaign, revising the national standards, and developing quality curriculum.
I have no doubt that this group of thoughtful, committed citizens deserve appreciation for actions taken every day to advocate for Family and Consumer Sciences! Looking forward to seeing you at ACTE's CareerTech VISION 2017 December 6-9 in Nashville, TN!