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  • Celebrate Financial Literacy Month!

    April is Financial Literacy Month and a great time to bring financial literacy into the classroom. Teaching our kids how to manage money wisely is an important life skill. At Learning ZoneXpress, we support teachers and community organizations as they help our children grow into financially responsible adults. Saving, spending, giving, investing and budgeting are all parts of financial literacy. If we teach our children good financial habits while their young they will carry those habits into adulthood. An important lesson to learn about financial literacy is to “Pay Yourself First”! Paying yourself first and saving is necessary...

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  • Exciting Update on 1 Great Plate® Games!

    Our popular 1 Great Plate® Game & Kids 1 Great Plate® Game just got an exciting update! The 2018 revisions include: Updated Nutrition Facts label design, which includes the amount of added sugars. Plus, ten additional cards featuring indigenous and traditional foods of Native American populations including wild rice, fry bread, and ground bison.   These educational 1 Great Plate® Games makes finding and building MyPlate meal combinations fun while educating players about building healthful meals! They help players build a healthy plate and educate them about the importance of including all five...

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  • Fund your FCSfit Project

    We continually hear that funding is a barrier for initiatives both in FACS and nutrition education. So, when we find a funding source, we know the importance of sharing it with our community. Here's some helpful information from AAFCS we wanted to pass along. Former Teacher of the Year Lois Lewis, CFCS, CPFFE (Minnesota), shared some sources she's had success with, including:  Perkins Funding, Action for Healthy Kids, and the National Dairy Council. She also suggests looking at possibilities like local for-profit companies as well as funds that states may have available for specific interest areas, like incorporating gardening into a culinary...

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  • Commit to"Dining In" on Family & Consumer Sciences Day, December 3, 2016!

    Help spread the word of the importance of family mealtime! For the third annual Family & Consumer Sciences Day, the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) is asking families to prepare and eat a healthy meal together on December 3rd. December 3rd was chosen to honor AAFCS Founder Ellen Swallow Richards, first woman graduate of MIT. December 3rd is her birthday.

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  • Say Yes to FCS - NATFACS Scholarship Opportunities

    Say YES to FCS! A shortage of graduates in Family and Consumer Sciences means scholarships are available to students enrolled in FCS Education programs. Go to for information and download application, due Oct. 1.

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  • Learning ZoneXpress supports Say Yes to FCS campaign

    Two years ago, Learning ZoneXpress began a partnership with NASAFACS to promote Family and Consumer Sciences Education due to a shortage of graduates in this career area and to fill the pipeline of future educators. Through this partnership, several products were created with a portion of sales being earmarked to support the "Say YES to FCS" initiative.

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  • Who benefits from financial education? Millennials, girls, and credit scores!

    As a teacher you often know when you’ve made a difference. You see the spark. You get the answer that’s so right it puts a new spin on a topic for you! But it’s always nice to get a little confirmation from the research. The Minnesota Credit Union has some good news… Minnesota Credit Unions have assembled and reviewed the research to show how millennials, girls, and credit scores are benefiting from financial education such as that required in Minnesota. Here’s an example… Students exposed to mandated personal finance education exhibit meaningful improvements in credit outcomes. Three years following the implementation...

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  • Spotlight on Mississippi DOE/FACS

    When Janie Leach took her position as Program Specialist at the Mississippi Department of Education, she knew she wanted to raise the bar for FACS programs across the state. Mrs. Leach wanted to provide support and visibility for programs under her umbrella: FACS, Early Childhood, Culinary, and Teacher Academy through the Office of Secondary Education and Career Technical Education. Most importantly,Janie wanted teachers to know that they have a partner at the state level to advocate for them. Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) include a wide variety of technical applications. These applications include: basics of food safety...

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  • From Life Skills to Career Paths, The Evolution of Home Economics

    This article featured on WUWM-FM (Milkwaukee) highlights how FACS prepares students for college and careers. Think about the term “home economics.” You might picture a class of high school girls back in the day, learning to make meatloaf so they could one day serve it to their families. Home ec has always taught students practical skills. But today it’s taken on a different flavor, even different names. For instance, just this month, MPS announced it would launch a new culinary program, this fall. Like other modern-day courses, the focus today is on helping students land jobs. Classes toss other skills into...

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  • FCS Teachers – opportunity for free training on food supply safety in DC (includes travel!)

    We wanted to share the following opportunity from FDA Summer Program – note the deadline to apply is April 18… A Fantastic Summer Opportunity for Science, Family and Consumer Science and Health Teachers Please feel free to share this information with your colleagues. Foodborne disease outbreaks and food recalls frequent the news. What organisms cause these diseases? What can an individual do to protect themselves from these diseases? What measures are being taken by the federal government to prevent transmission of these diseases? Middle Level and High School science, health, and family and consumer science teachers have an opportunity to...

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