Upcoming AAFCS January Webinars

January Webinars – Register Now!

Live & Archived Webinars are a member benefit!
AAFCS Professional, Emeritus & Student Members attend for FREE!

Seating is limited, so reserve your spot today!

Want to attend for free?  Click here to join AAFCS!

The Career Pathways in the FCS Classroom
Tuesday, January 15 – 4 PM EST
Inspire career confidence in your FCS classroom by illustrating the broad scope of the career options available in the FCS Career Pathway courses. Learn how to integrate FCCLA tools and resources to bring career exploration to life! This webinar will be a “can’t miss” for FCCLA Advisers and FCS teachers who want to ensure they are showcasing the Career Pathways focus in their courses through FCCLA integration.  Click to Register!

Start Simple: NEW MyPlate Resources and Tools
Wednesday, January 23 – 4 PM EST
The Start Simple with MyPlate campaign will provide ideas and tips from the five MyPlate food groups Americans can easily incorporate into their busy lives to help improve their health and well-being over time. There are many ideas that fit a variety of food preferences, health goals, lifestyles, and budgets.  Starting simple can lead to realistic and positive lifestyle changes to achieve a longer and healthier life. Attend this session to learn more about the resources and tools to launch and promote the campaign in your classroom, community, or organization. Click to Register!

Teen Trends: Insights into Generation Z
Tuesday, January 29 – 4:30 PM EST
Social media, technology use, gun violence, obesity, and mental health issues are just some of the national headlines about today’s teens.  The question is, are the headlines consistent with what is reported through national data sets?  This webinar will highlight key youth trends such as engagement in risky behaviors, health indicators, technology use, youth employment, and educational attainment.   The presentation discuss how teachers, families, and community members see these trends play out in their own lives and communities.  A time for discussion about implications for FCS program delivery will also be included in the webinar.   Click to Register!

Free Professional Development Opportunity

January 9, 2019
What Do We Really Know About 

“The Cycle of Violence”?

Research & Practical Implications


It is commonly said that youth who are exposed to interparental domestic violence are at an increased risk of experiencing dating violence in their romantic relationships. This phenomenon is often referred to as “the cycle of violence” or intergenerational transmission of violence. There is ample evidence supporting “the cycle of violence” hypothesis; yet, most youth exposed to interparental domestic violence do not go on to experience violence in their romantic relationships. How can we explain these seemingly opposing findings?
Specifically, webinar attendees will learn:
  1. What factors can increase or decrease adolescents’ risk of dating violence.
  2. How individuals can help prevent or break the cycle of violence.
  3. How to help promote post-traumatic growth and resilience in adolescents’ romantic relationships.

Presenters: Megan Haselschwerdt, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in Child and Family Studies, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Who should attend: Violence prevention specialists, professionals working with couples and families impacted by domestic violence, marriage and healthy relationship grantees, family life educators, high school guidance counselors, Family and Consumer Sciences students and educators, and teen dating violence researchers
When: Wednesday, January 9, 2019, 4:00 pm Eastern/1:00 pm Pacific

Duration: 60 minutes 

Cost: Free!
Click here to register!

Please provide your feedback on the national standards for Family Consumer Sciences and Library Media by Jan. 18. 2019

Washington State is currently in the process of transitioning from state standards to national standards in the following endorsement competencies: Business and Marketing, Early Childhood Education, Family Consumer Sciences, Library Media, Reading, and Special Education.  We appreciate your ample feedback on the national standards for four areas of Business and Marketing, Early Childhood Education, Reading and Special Education. Today, we open a national standards vetting process for Family Consumer Sciences and Library Media.

We would like to invite you to participate in our online vetting process for Family Consumer Sciences and Library Media and provide feedback on the national standards currently under consideration.

Your feedback will help guide the Board’s decision to adopt, not adopt, or modify these national standards. Please note that these standards would be used for programs who are offering the related endorsement areas to pre-service or in-service teachers first seeking to obtain their endorsements. The content assessment educators take as part of the requirements to earn the endorsement would also be aligned to those standards. To provide feedback please visit our national standards vetting webpage page.

The vetting period will be from December 10 through January 18 for Family Consumer Sciences and Library Media. We extended the vetting period for these areas from four weeks to six weeks in consideration of a long holiday season. The vetting process will be conducted via online surveys (one for each set of standards). A side-by-side comparison chart between current Washington state standards and proposed national standards, as well as other resources are provided.

Professional Development Opportunity

The Financial Education Public-Private Partnership is proud to offer full scholarships on a first-come first-served basis to accepted educators. Space is limited—so register today!

What: FEPPP – Financial Education Teacher Training for grades 6-12 Educators

Where: ESD 105, 33 S 2nd Ave., Yakima, WA  98902

When:  January 28, 2019

Time: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm each day

You will receive notification via e-mail as to whether or not you have been accepted to the program within one week of your completed registration.  

This training is a fun and informative one-day professional program designed to introduce you to the rewarding world of financial education. The training will explore “Building a Career’s Unit,” teaching methods, and age appropriate interactive participation lessons that change your students’ lives!

All accepted participants will receive:

  • Full scholarship
  • Financial education curriculum—$160.00 value—ready to use in your classroom
  • Hands-on diverse training from hand-picked engaging financial education professionals
  • Light breakfast and full lunch
  • Complimentary clock hours

Register nowFE training Yakima ESD

This workshop and training are made available by the generous donation of Jump$tart Washington Coalition and support of the

This Financial Education Public-Private Partnership (FEPPP).

More information about FEPPP can be found at: http://www.feppp.org.

For questions, please contact: Tracy Godat, FEPPP Executive Director, Tracy.Godat@k12.wa.us.

CDC Releases the 2018 State Action Guides on Fruits and Vegetables

WA-FACSE Teachers,

Today CDC released the 2018 State Action Guides on Fruits and Vegetables. These guides show how states are doing on important measures of access and affordability, and highlight ways to increase fruit and vegetable consumption.

Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can help reduce the risk of many leading causes of illness and death, such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, and obesity. Despite these benefits, about 1 in 10 U.S. adults eat the recommended amount of fruits or vegetables each day. Educating individuals about the benefits of fruits and vegetables is important, but these efforts are not enough. We need a collective approach that improves the convenience and affordability of healthy foods where Americans live, learn, work, and play.

The State Action Guides provide actionable steps to promote a healthy food environment. The guides can be used by public health practitioners, decision makers, and agriculture and food systems leaders to tailor interventions to their states and communities.


Please help us spread the word by sharing these important resources with your contacts. Thank you for the work you do to make healthy eating easy and affordable for all.




Ruth Petersen, MD, MPH

Director, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity

National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, CDC