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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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  • Staff Favorite Nutrition Education Products: Maureen picks FACS favorites!

    This week we asked staff what were some of their top pick products. Here's what Maureen told us: Food Safety; It’s in Your Hands DVD $79.95 Discover the steps to keeping food safe from foodborne illness by joining a chef in the kitchen along with a microbiologist to learn what you need to know for clean and safe food storage and preparation. Money Smart DVD $79.95 Make dollars and cents of your money now so you build financial security for your future starting today. Money Smart DVD features financial and business professionals sharing their knowledge and insight into all aspects...

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  • Join Dibble’s Free Movie Discussion Guides on Movies for Teens

    Love & the Movies! Dibble’s Free Movie Discussion Guides Happy Valentine’s Day!! To celebrate, we have a FREE gift for you! In-depth movie discussion guides that will help you have rich discussions with your young people about relationships using current and classic movies. Think Frozen, Cheaper by the Dozen, Antwone Fisher and more. Movies can help students see the complexities and joys of a wide variety of relationships, including friendships and family, infatuations and first romances, enduring commitments and marriage. Discussing movies helps young people connect ideas in film to choices in real life. In this webinar, you will see...

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  • New Outdoor Product Design & Development Degree Program!

    Today we learned from Lindsey Shirley, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist at Utah State University that they are responding to the demand for a trained workforce in outdoor product design and development by creating an innovative and industry-inspired degree program. Not only is the industry calling for a trained workforce, but the demand for new and innovative outdoor products continues to rise. According to the Outdoor Industry Association (2012), more than 140 million Americans make outdoor recreation a priority. This fact is illustrated by the over $646 billion that was spent on outdoor products in 2012 (Outdoor Industry Association, 2012...

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