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President's perspective.

My thanks to all of you who attended the 2001 ACTE Convention in New Orleans! I have heard nothing but praise for our keynote speakers, professional development program sessions, exhibits and workshops on the trade show floor, and very productive committee meetings. Plus everyone had lots of FUN! Conventions are successful because of good planning and attendees who are engaged participants. Thank you for making this convention a huge success. Planning for the 2002 convention in Las Vegas is underway--plan to attend and also to present. The call for proposals is on our Web site.

The Board of Directors has embarked on an ambitious journey in strategic planning. Membership and stakeholders will be involved in future dialogue and will play an important role in determining the future of ACTE and the field of career and technical education. This strategic planning dialogue will continue at the National Policy Seminar in a leadership session. Become part of the action and plan to attend! Mark your calendars for the National Policy Seminar March 17-19 at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C. We have an excellent program, and it is a great opportunity to advocate on behalf of our career and technical education students. You can register online at www.acteonline.org.

The Board of Directors and staff recognize that the partnership between the state associations and the national organization is vital to our collective strength. Image enhancement, legislative advocacy, enhanced use of the Internet and value-added membership benefits are just a few of the activities for collaboration. It all becomes part of the strategic planning process. Again, become part of the action and a positive voice for career and technical education!

ACTE is gearing up for a busy and intense legislative season. Our intent is to be proactive and seek input from career and technical education stakeholders, as we move into a number of reauthorizations and/or new legislation. This year, we will be involved in legislation regarding welfare reform, special education and education research. As part of an education coalition, we work with a number of organizations advocating for programs and activities that will benefit all our students. Next year, the Workforce Investment Act will take some of our time. Of course, our main focus in 2003 will be on the Perkins Act reauthorization, and we have already started to collect data and to work with the ACTE membership to develop our priorities. A Perkins Task Force has been appointed to serve as advisors, a sounding board for dialogue and to recommend policy. This group, along with the ACTE Legislative Standing Committee and Board of Directors, will frame our advocacy position. Town hall meetings are scheduled for the National Policy Seminar and Region Conferences this year. Advocacy is not just the task of our legislative staff but must involve all of us. Be active--sign up for the ACTE Legislative Network so you can keep up on all the issues and attend the town hall meetings!

The ACTE election information will appear in the March issue of Techniques. The world has changed, and we are at a crossroads in our field of education and as an association. While we must respect our past, we cannot continue to live in it. The leaders we elect must be willing to move forward and be willing to do business differently. You have an excellent slate of candidates. Please take time to read the platform statements in March and VOTE! Ballots will be mailed later this month, and completed ballots must be postmarked no later than April 5.

I encourage you to let your communities know all the good things happening in your classrooms for students--the academic standards you teach and enhance, the hands-on skills, the interpersonal relationship skills you teach, and how you and your program make a difference for your students. It is all part of the career and technical education image--you can help enhance that image by telling your students' stories! Let's not continue to be the "best kept secret" in education. Career and Technical Education Week, February 10-16, is a great time to start your image enhancement activities.
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Title Annotation:ACTE leader Dianne Mondry's speech
Author:Mondry, Dianne
Publication:Techniques
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Feb 1, 2002
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