February 1st, 2010
As part of SkillsUSA week, on February 10th at 3:00 p.m., SkillsUSA will be holding a live teacher event at the SkillsUSA National Leadership Center. On February 11th at 11:30 a.m., SkillsUSA will be holding a Web conference. Both the event and the Web conference will be held to announce the release of the new ASK: Advisor ‘s Success Kit and the newly updated PDP Online. Attendees at the teacher meeting at the National Leadership Center and those who register in advance for the Web conference will receive a free copy of the new ASK: Advisor’s Success kit and other SkillsUSA materials (total value of $50 or more). I will give a SkillsUSA organization update, and members of the SkillsUSA training team will also update teachers on various SkillsUSA resources.
All state directors and instructors are welcome to attend the teacher meeting and/or participate in the Web conference. To attend the teacher meeting, please RSVP to Niki Clausen at firstname.lastname@example.org. To participate in the Web conference, go to the following link on February 11 at 11:30 a.m. EST: http://web.ganconference.com/?meeting=3663486. To dial in for audio, call 888-222-0475, Attendee Code: 6837807.
September 1st, 2009
The SkillsUSA state association directors held a tremendous series of meetings in Charleston, South Carolina from August 11 – 15. The conference began with special seminars for 11 new state association directors. Additional highlights this year included several rounds of multiple “best practice” concurrent sessions. State association directors conducted most of the sessions and a few were conducted by staff. All of the sessions were well attended, and they prompted good discussions. It’s no wonder that when the 40 state directors who attended got into their business meeting on August 15 they talked about changing the name of the conference to reflect the professional development that takes place during the annual conference. They also requested certificates or some other recognition be prepared for those participating in the seminars.
Additional highlights of the state directors’ meeting include: an in depth introduction of the SkillsUSA Store by Steve Korker of E Group; the vote to establish a standing committee to work on strategic long-range planning in conjunction with Vision 2020; and, some nice social activities in Charleston including a mule and carriage ride as part of a progressive dinner on Friday.
Commendations go to the executive committee for their leadership and presentations. No wonder a quick review of the evaluation forms shows uniformly high rankings for the sessions and the conference.
Thanks go to: South Carolina State Association Director Jackie Clarkson for hosting the meeting; Dr. Bob Couch, director, South Carolina Office of Career and Technology Education, who addressed the meeting; past national officer and former SkillsUSA staff member Bill Prince, who was our keynote speaker; and, to former executive director, Steve Denby, who spoke and visited with the state directors. Effective this meeting, Curtis Barnett became the chair of the SkillsUSA State Directors Association and a member of the board of directors. Thanks go to Glenn Barefoot for his years of service as chair.
August 1st, 2009
Preparations are underway for the state association directors’ meeting and the board meeting in Charleston, South Carolina August 11-16. The state directors have put together quite a series of seminars for both new and seasoned directors. I believe all of the best practices sessions are set at 45 minutes each so it’ll be an active get-together. Topics included in the 14 different sessions are advisor training, state conference scoring, managing SkillsUSA inside and outside departments of education and diversity/culture sensitivity. Curtis Barnett will preside as the new chair of the SkillsUSA State Directors Association. It should be a great conference.
We’re also putting together reports for the year and agenda items for the board meeting on the 16th. This will be the first time we’ve produced an electronic board reading file. We look forward to having our new board members with us, and this will be the first board meeting conducted by newly elected Board President, Julie Yeater. Thanks go to Jackie Clarkson, South Carolina state association director, for helping us pull everything together.
February 1st, 2009
Last week, we held the State Association Directors’ Executive Committee meeting in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. The group met on the 21st and activity wrapped up on the evening of the 23rd. Under the leadership of Curtis Barnett, the state association director of Utah, the committee plowed through a full agenda. It began with a review of gaps in the FY09 plan and then the committee reviewed and enhanced the new proposed objectives and tactics for FY10-11.
From there, the committee took up the agenda for the association’s four-day August conference, including all of the training seminars and workshops they’d like to have covered. I’ll let the committee release its own agenda to the field, but I will make this observation: there are a lot of things that have to be mastered to be a good association director, particularly when so much has to be done by volunteers and on tight budgets.
Many thanks go to all of the state association directors on the executive committee for their time and leadership. Their work is essential to SkillsUSA’s success.