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:

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

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 ( and Laura VanWaardhuizen (  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

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!