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SkillsUSA Advisor Webinar Reminder

October 15th, 2012

The 2012-2013 SkillsUSA membership kit is loaded with new resources, best practices and lesson plans to ensure your chapter is prepared for a successful year. Please join us on Thursday, October 18 at 11 a.m. or 3:30 p.m. (EDT) as we discuss the many uses of the information and resources included in the kit. The new registration landing page will be unveiled and the easy to use 1, 2, 3 step system for membership registration.

SkillsUSA Advisor Webinar
Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. EDT
Webinar URL:
Meeting Number: 30039980
Participant Passcode: 5787

Free Online Teacher Tools

September 14th, 2012

As you begin the new school year, advisors should know about the 12 online advisor training modules: Advisor Essentials Training Library. These modules are designed to be easy-to-use, easy-to-access and to connect advisors to existing resources. All advisors are welcome to use the training modules anytime, anywhere to learn how to develop a strong SkillsUSA chapter. For more information and to view the modules, go to:

Also, free and online, are two additional resources – Chapter Activity Planner and Personal Leadership Inventory. They are both important documentation tools for teachers.

The Chapter Activity Planner (CAP) is a tool that makes planning and conducting chapter activities fun and effective. The planner makes it easy to brainstorm ideas, set goals, create an action plan, track assigned tasks and evaluate progress. At the end of an activity, the tool produces an electronic report to save for future reference. The CAP will help students master six steps from organizing to reporting an activity. There is also an online learning module for advisors and a lesson plan to introduce members to the planning process and help them begin using the tool. To access this resource and learn more, visit:

The Personal Leadership Inventory (PLI) is a series of online self-assessments for students to grow their skills as individuals, team members, citizens and employees. There’s also a module for instructors on how to put the PLI into action in the classroom and a lesson plan to introduce members to the personal growth process and the PLI. Go to:

Regional Winners for Advisor of the Year

March 14th, 2012

Congratulations to the advisor of the year regional winners. They are as follows:

Region I – James Berman, Culinary Arts Instructor from Delcastle Technical High School in Wilmington, Del.

Region II – Debra Peabody, Architectural/Engineering Drawing instructor from Union Grove High School in McDonough, Ga.

Region III – Angela Haley, Human Services/Cosmetology Instructor from Oakland Technical Campus Northeast in Pontiac, Mich.

Region IV – Larry Batson, Electrical Technologies Instructor from Tulsa Tech, Tulsa, Okla.

Region V Р Donald Runyan, Drafting/Architecture Instructor from Cleveland High School in Reseda, Calif.

The national Advisor of the Year will be announced at the National Leadership and Skills Conference this June.

Advisor Training in Caroline County, Va.

September 15th, 2011

On August 25, I was back doing teacher training at the school level again. It brought back great memories of my days as a state association director. The Education, Training and Assessments Department was already totally committed and on the road doing other training, so staff and I conducted training sessions for a group of 14 high school and middle school teachers, including two administrators at Caroline High School in Va. We covered topics from the Chapter Management Institute including the program of work and officer elections. But there were new things too, such as CareerSafe, Lowe’s grants and all the new items we have online and available for members this year, such as “Five Simple Steps to Start a SkillsUSA Chapter.” SkillsUSA never stands still.

Free SkillsUSA Advisor Membership Incentives

September 1st, 2011

When they register at least 20 student members plus one or more professionals by November 15, 2011, advisors will receive a free copy of Leveraging Your Leadership through Effective Chapter Meetings. This brand new resource from the SkillsUSA Educational Resources Catalog discusses how to improve attendance at meetings, ideas for large or small chapter meeting programs, the basics around developing an agenda and meeting room set-up, plus the value behind holding meetings. This tool is ideal to assist in preparing chapter officers to truly lead chapter meetings (value: $15).

Also, instructors who submit a roster with 100-percent membership plus one or more professionals will also receive a SkillsUSA Program of Work calendar (value: $5.95).

Remember, the membership roster must be submitted online or postmarked by November 15th to receive these free items.

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