FREE Financial Planning Workshop

This opportunity is made possible by the Financial Education Public-Private Partnership (FEPPP)

FREE Professional Development Program for K-12 Educators and School Librarians

Using Virtual Economics 4.5 to Enhance Your Courses
(with an Emphasis on Personal Finance)

Yes, this is the resource that you have heard other educators raving about!

Where: Sno Isle Skills Center, 9001 Airport Road, Everett, WA
When: April 12, 2018
Times: 8:30 am to 3:00 pm

Enrollment is limitedso register today:

We will explore the Virtual Economics flash drive with a focus on personal finance. This resource contains a treasure trove of classroom tested, teacher approved materials in a host of subjects! We would like to strongly encourage teacher and librarian pairs to attend.

What’s on the VE Flash Drive? 1400 active participation lessons, all correlated to the Common Core Standards. This amazing resource includes over 60 Council for Economic Education publications including (but not limited to):
• Personal Finance: Financial Fitness for Life (2nd edition), Learning, Earning and Investing: Elementary, Middle and High School
• Social Studies: Capstone–Teacher and Student Guides, Economics in Action, Focus Economics: k-2, 3-5, Focus: High School Economics, Focus: Middle School Economics, Focus: Understanding Economics in Civics and Government, Focus: Understanding Economics in U.S. History
• Mathematics: Mathematics & Economics: Connections for Life – 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
(See for a complete
listing of the publications contained in this tool.)

Every participant will receive:
• Complimentary clock hours
• Continental breakfast and lunch
• A copy of the Virtual Economics flash drive (a $159.95 value)
• SUB PAY (up to $200 per teacher/librarian)
Please share with other educators in your area.

Questions? E-mail or

For more information on FEPPP please visit FEPPP


Free Webinars for AAFCS Members

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Learning is always “in!” Mark Your Calendar for these Spring Webinars!

Can’t make these dates? AAFCS Webinars are archived so you can watch when you want. And, they’re always FREE for current members! 

Does your 2018 plan include learning to be a smart (or smarter) investor? Could your financial literacy curriculum use an update?

Save the dates today for these spring webinars that will give you the FCSfit boost you need!

Thursday, March 1 @ 4:00 PM EST
“Break Through the Investing Confusion – Learn to Build a Nest Egg and Teach Your Kids to Do the Same
Presenter: Joanne Seymour Kuster, Financial Educator and Entrepreneur
*Special Promotion: America Saves Week and FCSfit 

Tuesday, April 10 @ 7:00 PM EST
“Teaching Money Smarts: Financial Literacy Resources
Presenters: Eric Braun and Sandy Donovan, Co-Authors, The Survival Guide for Money Smarts: Earn, Save, Spend, Give
*Special Promotion: Financial Literacy Month, FCSfit

Thursday, April 19 @ 4:00 PM EST
“SmartLabel™ – A Transparency Initiative for Consumer Trust
Presenter: Julie Savoie, Director, Industry Affairs Department, Grocery Manufacturers Association

Thursday, May 3 @ 4:00 PM EST
“Beyond Estate Planning: What Families Need to Proactively Prepare for Success During Late-Life Dependency of Relatives”
Presenters: Axton Betz-Hamilton, PhD, AFC, CPFFE, Assistant Professor of Consumer Affairs at South Dakota State University
• Virginia Vincenti, PhD, CFCS, Professor Emeritus of Human Development and Family Sciences, University of Wyoming
*Special Promotion: Older Americans Month and FCSfit

Wellness Wednesday is scheduled for the second and fourth Wednesday of the month. Your submissions are welcome! To submit your original content, progress towards an FCSfit goal, or to tell us about someone who exemplifies FCSfit, email And remember, no pledge is too small for the wall! Join the Movement today!

Immediate FACSE Job Opening

Job Title: Secondary Teachers and Certificated Staff/Middle School – Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher
 District / School: Lake Washington School District/ Rose Hill Middle School
 Brief Description: Rose Hill Middle School, in Redmond, is looking for qualified candidates for a Family & Consumer Science Teacher position. This is a full-time 1.0 FTE leave replacement or long-term substitute position (TBD – depending on exact start date) beginning approximately January 27, 2018 and continuing through to the end of the school year.

Leave Replacement positions (90 + days) are paid per teacher salary schedule with Base contract plus additional for LEAP days, Responsibility, Work Load, Technology, Professional Fund and Attract/Retain incentive if applicable. See LWEA salary schedule posted on website. Full benefit package available for employees working .5 FTE and over.

Long-term Substitute positions (21+ days) are paid at the contract teacher rate. See LWEA substitute salary schedule posted on website. There are no benefits assigned to long-term substitute positions. .


Careers in Lake Washington School District
16250 NE 74th Street
Redmond Washington, 98052
(425) 936-1266

Website Link to Posting: Careers in Lake Washington School District
Other Information:  Qualifications: 

Certification/License: Washington State certification with endorsement of Family & Consumer Science and must possess or qualify for immediate issuance of a valid WA State Career & Technical Education Certificate with endorsement in Family & Consumer Sciences Education.

In order to qualify to immediately obtain the CTE certificate, candidate must have:

At least 2000 hours of paid occupational experience in Family & Consumer Science field and a BA degree in same

OR At least 6000 hours teaching (seat time) in Family and Consumer Services and the willingness to take CTE certification courses at an approved program site.

OR At least 2000 hours of paid occupational experience in the field of family and consumer science and the willingness to take CTE certification courses at an approved program site.

For more information please visit Careers in Lake Washington School District

Free Webinar

Practicing high-level questions in your daily interactions with children can encourage them to think about and express more complex ideas.

The authors of one of NAEYC’s bestselling books, Big Questions for Young Minds: Extending Children’s Thinking, will explore how asking rich, thoughtful questions that meet children at their individual developmental levels—an approach grounded in Bloom’s Taxonomy— extends children’s thinking in the classroom and beyond.

Join us for this webinar on Tuesday, January 23, 2018, from 4 to 5 PM EST, to learn how to use the six levels of questioning outlined in the book and to discuss a few developmentally appropriate sample questions!

Register Now!

free webinar

8th Annual Children’s Conference Featuring Richard Cohen

Dear Educators,

I would like to invite you to our 8th Annual Connecting for Children’s Conference featuring Richard Cohen!  Please find the attached flyer and registration form.  Seating is limited so please sign-up and have your registration and payment to me by March 16th to be guaranteed a seat.

If you are receiving this and wish to be removed from my list, please email me and I will take care of it.  I apologized for any inconvenience.

Thank you for your time and hope to see you in March!

Jolene Shuck

Memorial Preschool Site Supervisor


Registration and Conference Flyer

Debbie Handy Featured in Article on WSU Website

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Teaching life skills key for award winning WSU educator

Balancing a checkbook is a learned skill. Preparing a healthy meal, managing healthy relationships, parenting, and making informed consumer decisions are, too. Many people aren’t aware that these skills are taught in school as well as on the home front.

WSU’s program is part of the Department of Human Development.That’s where Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) comes in: FCS classes teach life skills during the formative middle school and high school years. And those classes need teachers, which is Debbie Handy’s job—to teach the teachers. Handy oversees Washington State University’s FCS education program, advising and teaching WSU students who become teachers.

Late last year, Handy was selected as the first ever Washington Family and Consumer Sciences Education Teacher Educator of the Year at the Family and Consumer Sciences Annual Conference.

“The life skills we teach are things students will use every day,” she said. “It’s inspiring to be part of that, and help train future generations of teachers.”

Handy was drawn to the field after earning a degree in Home Economics Education, now FCS Education, and teaching junior high and high school in her native Wisconsin for a few years. She later moved to Washington and earned a master’s degree and Ph.D. from WSU and found she wanted to help teach future teachers.

“Debbie has positively affected thousands of high school students across Washington, and her students are well-prepared for student teaching,” said Kathi Hendrix, a retired CFS teacher at Selah High School and executive director of Washington Family and Consumer Sciences Educators. She is an excellent teacher. Her students create a bond with her that lasts throughout their career.”

Handy collaborates with the WSU College of Education to make sure her students have all the necessary coursework and training to be fully certified to teach when they leave WSU.

In addition to her work teaching and advising WSU students, Handy serves as the state Executive Director for Family, Careers and Community Leaders of America. She helped even more high school students in this role, Hendrix said.

“Every time a student does an individual or group project in FCCLA, the individual, family or community is improved,” Hendrix said. “Students learn leadership skills, do something for someone else, and learn what it means to be involved in their community.”

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School Climate Assembly

This is a flyer for R 5 Production who is coming to WA February 5-9 2018. They do positive School climate assemblies. Toledo High School is having them come on February 7th. They would like to reach out to other schools in WA at the same time. If interested please contact Mike Donahue @  his phone is 402-290-4723 (cell)
888-898-4675 (toll free).

Rene’ Ketchum and Debbie Handy

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#Project Phenomena

#Project Phenomena

From our colleagues in California, the #Project Phenomena website has been developed in response to a need to help teachers identify grade level appropriate phenomena that could be incorporated into science instruction. #ProjectPhenomena is a collaboration of teacher, industry, university, and community organization leaders who want to help students engage in relevant, engaging, and meaningful phenomena as part of science process.

To day, 61 phenomena with descriptions, standards, resources and grade level can be found – HERE

The site also includes a page entitled, Criteria for Selecting Useful Phenomena which includes links to other resources providing guidance.

Mary Nagel

Program Supervisor

Family and Consumer Sciences Education

Career and Technical Education

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

W: (360) 725-6242 | M: (360) 338-8664

Free Webinar – Dismantling Stereotypes of Deadbeat Dads

February 14, 2018

Daddy Don’t Go
Dismantling the “deadbeat dad” stereotype

Emily Abt, the producer/director of “Daddy Don’t Go”, will describe the “whys” and “hows” of her feature length documentary about four disadvantaged fathers in New York City as they struggle to beat the odds and defy the deadbeat dad stereotype.

According to the U.S. Census, one in three children in America grow up without a father, placing them at a significantly higher risk to live in poverty, do poorly in school and run afoul of the criminal justice system. This is particularly true for New York City’s African-American and Latino children, of which 54% and 43% respectively grow up in fatherless households.

A 2014 study of over 40 million children and their parents by researchers at Harvard University found that family structure showed the strongest correlation with economic mobility — more so than other factors such as racial segregation, income inequality, school quality or social capital.

Esteemed sociologist/NYT bestselling author Kathryn Edin recently said about the film: “Every American must see this film. Why is it so heartbreakingly hard—even impossible—to be a decent dad in America if you’re poor? “Daddy Don’t Go” should sear the nation’s conscience.”

From National Fatherhood Initiative Blog, April 13, 2017

“Daddy Don’t Go” is a tough but tender journey that aims to illuminate the everyday struggles of disadvantaged fathers. Alex, Nelson, Roy and Omar shatter the deadbeat dad stereotype and redefine what it means to be a good father for all men.
Presenter:  Emily Abt, Producer/Director, Pureland Pictures

When: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 4:00pm EST/1:00pm PCT

Who should attend: Fatherhood practitioners, marriage and healthy relationship grantees, child support staff, workforce development programs, marriage and family life students and researchers, Family and Consumer Sciences educators, and policy makers.

Duration: 60 minutes

Cost: Free!

Email: Cathy