IFCSE Conference August 5-6

Please join us for the IFCSE Conference on August 5-6 in Ames, Iowa. There will be something for everyone with session areas including Teaching and Learning, Human Services, Marketing Your Program, Culinary/Hospitality, and Work Based Learning.

Also, do you know a FCS Educator that deserves to be recognized? Consider nominating them using the application linked here: IFCSE Award Nomination Form


Lodging:   Best Western Plus, 2500 University Boulevard, Ames, Iowa 50010
Group name “Iowa Family and Consumer Sciences Educators”
Special rates of $109 for the standard king rooms or $119 for rooms with two queen beds plus tax
You are also free to use the hyperlink below but it is not required.

Block released on July 3rd, 2019.  At this date any unbooked rooms will be released and the special group rate will expire.

Group booking hyperlink: https://www.bestwestern.com/en_US/book/hotel-rooms.16101.html?groupId=1B4DR6L1



Key Leader Minutes 2-24-2018

These minutes were just sent by Secretary, Sherry Vogel from the February 24th Key Leader Meeting. If you missed the meeting, read through the minutes to catch-up on key leader business.

Click on the link below to access the minutes:



2018 National Policy Seminar

IFCSE is proud to support FCCLA students and advisers as they advocate for FCS, FCCLA, and CTE education at the National Policy Seminar (NPS) in Washington D.C. This year Isabelle Warner and her adviser, Kristin Rockhill,  from West Lyon High School attend NPS. Read the article below, published in the West Lyon Herold, to read more about Isabelle’s experience.

In order to convince another person of something, one must first have a strong belief in the cause. For Isabelle Warner, a junior at West Lyon High School, her testament of how career and technical education have impacted her life took her to the Capitol Hill in Washington D.C to lobby for her cause.
Warner and West Lyon family and consumer sciences instructor, Kristin Rockhill, joined other students in Washington March 4-7 through a partnership between The Iowa Association for Career and Technical Education and the Iowa Family and Consumer Sciences Educators aimed at advocating for Perkin’s funding. “Perkins funding funds career and technical education classes, the non-core classes such as family and consumer sciences classes,” explained Warner. “Basically what we’re trying to do is get more funding not just for schools in Iowa but across the nation for career and technical education.”
“Overall, her job was to advocate for family and consumer sciences and to make people aware of the changes happening in that area of education,” said Rockhill. “We’re trying very hard to become more industry-based and a lot of the older legislators think of “home ec” and “Future Homemakers of America” and think of baking cookies. We’re more than that,” said said. “It’s really important with funding that we tell lawmakers we’re working to get students directly into careers in these industries that need people to fill positions,” explained Rockhill. Family and consumer sciences education focus on careers such as those in the hospitality and tourism industries. “Anything from positions in restaurants to the airlines and the hotel/motel industry,” said Rockhill.
Warner says without the impact of FCCLA, she wouldn’t be the person she is today, a statement she wanted to make on Capitol Hill. “I know Perkins funding and career and technical education have impacted me so I want other students to have the same opportunities I’ve had,” she said of the importance of going on the trip. “I want other students to be able to come – not only to FCS classes but to any other career and tech classes – and have the experience of learning these career-readiness skills they wouldn’t learn in the core classes,” said Warner. “I wanted to get the point across that these class are very important.” And now Warner can add lobbying to the list of skills she’s developed through family and consumer sciences education and her involvement with FCCLA. “It was really cool to talk to legislators and let them know this is how I feel, and at a young age when I’m still trying to get my point across,” she said. “Since the funding is for the students, it’s important that the students got to go and tell their personal story and explain how Perkins funding has had an impact on them,” said Rockhill. It was also good for them to see these people working in Washington, what their job is and how the students’ job as a lobbyist is a part of that.”
Article published in the West Lyon Herald – written by Jessica Jensen, Editor

2018 IFCSE Awards- Due May 14th

We are now accepting nominations for IFCSE awards. You can nominate yourself or another deserving FCS teacher for the following awards:

IFCSE Educator of the Year (maximum of 2 per year)An individual who is currently employed in a middle school or high school FCS program in Iowa is eligible.  This individual has promoted FCS education in her (his) community and in the state. Their FCS program shows balance in all areas of FCS and promotes family life in the school and in the community.  Their contributions and achievements exemplify the goals of IFCSE. This individual must be a current IFCSE member. Award winners will be eligible for IACTE Award given at the annual conference.

IFCSE Outstanding New Educator—An individual who is currently employed in a middle school or high school FCS program in Iowa is eligible.  Nominees must have taught for a minimum of three but not more than five years, but the applicant may be in their sixth year of teaching at the time of application.  Award winners will be eligible for IACTE Award given at the annual conference.

IFCSE Student of the Year—An outstanding high school or college student interested in FCS education career.  Student need to have shown a commitment to FCS through exemplary actions or enrollment in an FCS education degree.

IFCSE Friends Award—Outstanding individual who has promoted the goals of FCS education in their locality.  This could include, but not be limited to principals, school board members, guidance counselor, parents of students, advisory committee members, teachers other than current FCS teachers, etc.

IFCSE Lifetime Achievement Award—This award recognizes the contributions and distinguished accomplishments of members who have been identified with the work and purposes of IFCSE or Career and Technical Education over an extended period of time.  Award winners will be eligible for IACTE Award given at the annual conference.

Submitting Applications:  Questions contact Past President Kelsie Engelken at kengelken@colo-nesco.k12.ia.us.  Please submit nominations by May 14, 2018 to kengelken@colo-nesco.k12.ia.us.

To complete the application, use the link below to make a copy of the document to be able to type on it.


2018 IFCSE Conference- Breakout with Family & Consumer Sciences

Breakout with Family and Consumer Sciences at the 2018 Iowa Family and Consumer Sciences Educators Annual Conference Sunday, August 5th- Tuesday, August, 7th. The Conference is co-sponsored by the IFCSE and the Iowa Department of Education.
  • Learn how to engage student learning through creating and implementing breakout boxes into various FCS content areas.
  • Choose from over 20 breakout sessions.
  • Participate in FCS content specific professional development.
  • Network with other FCS educators.
  • Learn ways to implement or enhance FCCLA in your classroom and school.
  • Explore the Ames area with Human Services and FCS connected educational tours.
How to register:
1. Fill out the Google Registration Form https://goo.gl/forms/jrcjkOXbzslq5oY93
2. Request invoice from IFCSE Conference Coordinator (if needed for the participant’s school)
3. Send check to Conference Coordinator
Earn one graduate credit hour pending course approval from Viterbo University.
We hope to see you there!