The Value of Membership
* Offer a collective, strong voice
* Access to relevant and current information
* Recognition of profession
* Provider of professional development
* Trusted access to wisdom
The Benefits of Belonging
* Is your voice on issues that are important to you
* Facilitates your networking needs with colleagues across the state on different issues
* Keeps you current professionally
Why Join Your Organization?
* Protect your livelihood
* Keep current on the latest information and techniques
* Network with experts across the state
* Be part of your professional group
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As an educator, I try to embody the mindset of giving to others when I can. When I was an agriculture teacher, my heart was filled when I could provide a deserving student with their FFA jacket if their family could not afford one or making a phone call to a parent of a student with many discipline issues just to tell them of the positive behavior I had seen in class that day. As a teacher, I sought ways to impact my students through little acts of kindness, not for my benefit, but for theirs. It is those random acts of kindness that make my heart smile the most.
Another thing that makes my heart smile is seeing hard working teachers, administrators, guidance counselors and industry supporters rewarded for their efforts and impact they have on our CTE students. Recently, several SC educators won top honors as ACTE Region II award winners and were recognized at the 2014 Career Tech Vision Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. These individuals represented South Carolina career and technical educators well. South Carolina ACTE was also recognized as a Quality Assurance Award winner at the national conference in Nashville. This national award signifies the level of service and commitment that SCACTE provides to its members as well as the way in which the SCACTE executive board advocates for career and technical education in South Carolina.
Awards are only a portion of the many benefits that membership in SCACTE and ACTE. Whom have you told lately about the benefits of membership? Do you know a new CTE teacher who may need resources for their classroom? Do you know a teacher who is a leader and would be willing to serve the CTE community? Is sharing the benefits of membership in SCACTE and ACTE not a random act of kindness? I am always grateful for the mentor who told me the value of joining and becoming involved in professional organizations such as SCACTE. He went out of his way to let me know it was my duty to be a part of a professional organization as a teacher. How could I tell my students of the importance of being a FFA member, if I was not fulfilling my duty to join my professional organizations?
I challenge you to find a fellow teacher, administrator or guidance counselor who is not a member of SCACTE and tell them we need them to join the organization that gives them a louder voice on the local, state and national level.
In conclusion, December is the time to spread the Christmas cheer. As you prepare your students for exams and your psyche for a much needed (and deserved) mid-year break, please spread the ACTE cheer by doing a few random acts of kindness for your fellow CTE educators.
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted”- Aesop
Meghan M. Wood
Deadline: April 1, 2015
Senator Wes Hayes
SCACTELifetime Achievement Award
Mr. Wayne Chapman
SCACTE Administrator of the Year
Dr. Beyonka Wider
SCACTE Career Guidance Award
Mr. Don Weaver
SCACTE Business of the Year
SCACTE Post Secondary Teacher of the Year
Dr. Tom Dobbins
Carl Perkins Community Service Award
SCACTE New Teacher of the Year
Mrs. Michelle Campbell
SCACTE Business Leader of the Year
Kim and Marshall Millican
SCACTE Teacher of the Year
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