2018 Key Leader Meeting

Save the date! The next key leader meeting will be on Saturday, February 24th at ISU in the Palmer building from approximately 9:00am-noon.

We hope to see all of the key leaders at the meeting!


Advocacy Opportunities

There are several upcoming opportunities to spread awareness of the importance of FCS and CTE education.

The following conferences are looking for FCS teachers to bring students to share their stories: 

  • School Counselor’s Conference
    • Monday, November 6th-Tuesday November 7th
      • Option 1- Nov. 7th (8:00am-12:00pm)
      • Option 2- Nov. 7th (12:00pm-4:00pm)
      • Option 3- Nov. 8th (8:00am-12:00pm)
  • Iowa Association of School Board Conference
    • Wednesday, November 15th (3:30pm-5:00pm)
    • Thursday, November 16th (9:00am-2:00pm)
  • CTE Day at the Capitol
    • Wednesday, February 7th (8:00-3:00pm)
      • Multiple options available

To make these advocacy opportunities as successful as possible please consider the following tips:

  • coordinate an image (culinary jackets, FCCLA polos, etc)
  • make it interactive (offer food, have a mini-presentation, handouts, etc)
  • rehearse elevator speeches with the students
  • promote FCCLA

If you are interested in bringing students to any of these events, please email IACTE Executive Director, Sandy Miller at sandymiller1414@gmail.com

National Policy Seminar 

IACTE is looking for a member of FCCLA to share their passion for FCS and love for FCCLA with our legislators in Washington D.C. IACTE will give one FCCLA member up to $1000 to cover their expenses. IAFCS will also give the adviser of the FCCLA member up to $1000 to go with the student as a chaperone. If you have a student who would be an excellent advocate for FCS and FCCLA have them apply at  https://www.iowafccla.org/involvement-and-opportunities by November 3rd!


Iowa CTE Best Practices Conference

The IACTE Best Practices Conference is quickly approaching! It will be held on Tuesday, September 19th at the FFA Enrichment Center on the DMACC Campus in Ankeny, Iowa. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about other CTE programs, meet with vendors, hear about new ways to strengthen your program, and network with FCS and other CTE teachers from across the state. A conference schedule, registration link, and housing information can be found using the following link:  http://www.acteonline.org/IowaACTEAnnualConference/#.WayhGRmGPrd

Registration deadlines (all prices include lunch):

  • IACTE Member- On/Before September 10th- $100
  • IACTE Member- After September 10th- $110
  • Non IACTE Member- On/Before September 10th- $125
  • Non IACTE Member- After September 10th- $135
  • CTE Student Teacher- On/Before September 10th- $30
  • CTE Student Teacher- After September 10th- $40

If you are unsure of your IACTE membership status, contact IACTE Executive Director Sandy Miller at sandymiller1414@gmail.com

We hope to see you on September 19th!




CTE Presidential Scholars Nominations

This week, the Iowa ACTE Board approved the attached process to identify CTE scholars to be nominated from Iowa.  This year it is a very quick turn-around as the applications are due September 27th.   There were not many nominations from the field last year and no CTE students went on in the national process from Iowa.  Recognition at this level is one way for us to help push the image of our CTE students forward.  All nominations go to the division representatives listed on the form.  The FCS representatives to Iowa ACTE are Courtney Teghtmeyer (Cteghtmeyer@clarke.k12.ia.us) and Laura VanWaardhuizen (lvanwaardhuizen@waukeeschools.org).  When you email them your nomination, put in the subject line:  CTE Presidential Scholar Nomination so they know that it is a nomination that IFCSE will need to rank as a group before placing their maximum of five in for final scoring.  The deadline is September 27th. Below are the links for the criteria and the application. If you have a deserving student, please take a few minutes to complete the application. We want to showcase all of the amazing things that happen in Iowa FCS classrooms!




Fall Key Leader Meeting- Save the Date!

The first key leader meeting will be on Saturday, October 7th at Iowa State University in the Palmer Building. The meeting will start at 9:00am and is tentatively scheduled to end at noon. An agenda will be emailed to the key leaders a couple of weeks before the meeting. If you have anything you’d like to add to the agenda, please email Courtney Teghtmeyer at CTeghtmeyer@clarke.k12.ia.us

If you signed up at the conference this summer to be a key leader and you did not receive an email from Courtney on Saturday, September 3rd about the key leader meeting, please email me. I may have your email address entered incorrectly, and I’d like to update that information!