January 2014 SIRDC Newsletter


The following resources have been developed or located for your use by the Statewide Instructional Resources Development Center team. Click on the lesson titles below for instant access! Please make sure to rate the lessons and add to your FAVORITES! Feel free to share this newsletter with your colleagues.


Culinary Arts
The Balancing Act: Managing a Career and Family
Current Trends in the Food Industry – Gluten Free

Cosmetology I
Ethical Standards in Cosmetology

Interpersonal Studies
Building Healthy Family Relationships


Don’t forget February is Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month all across the nation!! For more information see: https://www.acteonline.org/ctemonth/#.UukILvnnZ1s
February 14th, 2014 is the deadline for entering the 2013-2014 Stossel in the Classroom ESSAY CONTEST! This contest is for students aged 12-18. ESSAY TOPIC: In his Fox News hour, “Myths, Lies, and Complete Stupidity,” John Stossel takes a critical look at food regulations designed to encourage people to make healthier food choices. Should it be government’s job to try to keep people healthy? Why or why not? Write a 500-1000 word essay on this topic. You must include at least one reference from John Stossel’s “Myths, Lies, and Complete Stupidity” TV special or his recent book, No They Can’t.
Haven’t ordered the newest Stossel in the Classroom FREE DVD yet? Use http://stosselintheclassroom.org/freedvd/ to access the site and order the 2014 DVD Edition. The DVD includes eight new video segments on a range of topics, both English and Spanish subtitles, and an accompanying Teacher Guide (also in English and Spanish) containing lesson plans, graphic organizers, activity suggestions, viewing guides, and vocabulary.
Do you have students interested in pursuing careers in the Hospitality and Tourism industry? In need of additional resources for a lesson/unit on Careers in Hospitality and Tourism? See Hospitality and Tourism Programs in Texas, developed by the Family and Consumer Sciences Alliance http://www.fcsalliance.org/
2014 SIRDC FCSTAT Midwinter Presentations
The SIRDC team enjoyed networking with teachers at the FCSTAT Midwinter Conference last week. Below you will find links to the sessions we presented.
Assisting All Students in Developing Leadership Skills
Classroom Management and Instruction: Strategies, Tips, Resources
Project Based Learning – Incorporating PBL in Your Family and Consumer Sciences Classes
New Innovative Course
Advanced Culinary Arts, 1-2 credits
This new course will extend content and enhance skills introduced in Culinary Arts by infusing high-level, industry-driven content to prepare students for success in higher education, certifications, and/or immediate employment. This mid-level course will increase students’ depth of knowledge and experience in specific areas including baking, protein selection, advanced nutrition, and sustainability.
Please direct any question or requests for course requirements and course description to diane.salazar@tea.state.tx.us.


Texas Career Education Winter Conference (TCEC)
February 4 – 6, 2014
Austin, Texas
For more information see: http://tcecconference.com/winter

Texas Association of Future Educators (TAFE)
30th Annual Teach Tomorrow Summit Conference
February 23 – 25, 2014
Grand Hyatt Hotel & Lila Cockrell Theater
200 E. Market
San Antonio, Texas
For more information see: http://www.tafeonline.org/?page=2014TT_General_Info

SkillsUSA State Conference
March 27 – 29, 2014
American Bank Center
Corpus Christi, Texas
For more information see: http://www.skillsusatx.org/state-conference/

FCCLA State Leadership Conference: A World of Opportunities
April 10 – 12, 2014
Corpus Christi, Texas
For More information see: http://www.texasfccla.org/State_.html

Career Clusters Institute®
The 12th Annual Career Clusters® Institute: 2014 Achieving Excellence in Career Technical Education Conference will be held at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs, Phoenix, Arizona, June 16 – 18, 2014.
For more information see: http://www.careertech.org/news-events/institute/2014cci/

2014 FCCLA National Leadership Conference
July 6 – 10, 2014
San Antonio, Texas
National Leadership Conference Workshop Presenters Wanted
Chapter members and exhibitors can explore opportunities for personal development, gain ideas for shaping future careers, and discover great ways to use FCCLA national programs in their own chapters. Workshops are presented by FCCLA chapters, partners, and exhibitors, and may include topics such as Family and Consumer Sciences careers, nutrition and healthy lifestyles, global perspectives, and much more. Help shape the 2014 FCCLA National Leadership Conference by submitting your workshop ideas today!
For more information see: http://www.fcclainc.org/content/2014-national-leadership-conference/

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