Ohio ACTE President 2013-2014 Larry Hickman (left) hands the gavel to 2014-2015 Ohio ACTE President Dan Coffman at the 2014 Connections to Education Conference
Message from the Ohio ACTE President Dan Coffman:
In serving as the 2014-2015 President of our organization, I am very proud of the direction that Career Technical Education is headed. Our time to shine is now, and as a group we must capitalize on the opportunity. Our efforts within comprehensive and compact career technical programs and career centers is being recognized at the state and federal level now more than ever. I truly look forward to serving as President this year and working together to provide a high quality education to each of our adult and high school learners.
The education system continues to change, which is not new, but the emphasis on career-technical and adult education is a now a positive part of those changes. As a career technical educator, it is your time to showcase the opportunities that we provide our students as they become career and college ready. Seize the opportunity….
I recently heard a quote that made me think about how we must focus on our goals as an association: “A goal is simply a dream without a plan.” Our association must focus on a plan of action that will help us achieve our goals.
As President of the association, I believe we must focus on three priorities throughout this year:
- High Quality Professional Development for Teachers
The first goal is to provide high quality professional development at the teacher level. Our Teacher Success Series is an example of how we will meet this goal. This year, you will see multiple occasions for teachers to attend content-specific professional development opportunities with the focus on teachers working with teachers. Along with individualized professional development, our association provides a tremendous learning opportunity each July when we host the Annual Connections to Education Conference.
The second goal of Ohio ACTE is to focus our efforts on advocacy. Our association must focus on the changes occurring through the legislation and the Department of Education implementation. Along with our legislative counsel, each member of the association is a voice and we must ensure that our voice is recognized through a consistent message that supports CTE in all delivery methods.
Our third goal is our approach to membership. Our association will continue to thrive as we focus on membership. Our association relies on people valuing the results we create through our efforts and our focus on providing member benefits to meet the needs of the current membership and to create a catalyst for them to promote the association to others within CTE. Each of us must take ownership by not only taking advantage of the membership benefits but also promoting the benefits to others so they choose to join our association.
Reaching these three goals will take the commitment of Ohio ACTE leadership, you and your colleagues. I look forward to serving our association over the next year as President and encourage everyone to recognize the impact that you have on every student served through Career Technical Education. Through our collective efforts as association members, we can make sure students have the opportunities CTE provides for many years to come.
Dan Coffman, Mid-East Career and Technology Centers
Ohio ACTE President 2014-2015