Invitation to Join Say Yes to FCS State Action Teams

The National Partnership to recruit, prepare, and support Family and Consumer Sciences Educators has been awarded a USDA Grant and matching funds from SUNY Oneonta, FCCLA, and AAFCS for a total of $936, 572. In addition, 14 FCS professional organizations and partners have agreed to work together to meet the goals of the grant. The main objectives of this project are to create resources to support FCS educator recruitment, prepare future FCS educators, to promote FCS careers, and to share preparation resources on a national level.

We need YOU! This work will need a focused group of leaders in every state to secure success.  We would like to invite you to join your State Action Team to help us move the Say Yes to FCS effort forward. State Action Teams will work to create state plans for recruiting FCS Educators and supporting FCS programs.

Please join your state’s State Action Team by completing the form found in the link below to help us gauge your interest.  We will then reach out to you to connect you to the other interested individuals in your state and ask your state team to select a leader (or two) and we will provide you with more information.

Link to Survey:

If you have any questions please contact or

State Action Teams Description:

State Action Teams will be made up of Family and Consumer Sciences individuals, stake holders, and advocates. Each state will have at least one person serving in a leadership role as the project chair for their state. State Action Teams will work to create state plans for recruiting FCS Educators and supporting FCS programs.

National Action Team Meeting Description:

Members of State Action Teams, FCS students, and interested parties are encouraged to attend National Action Team meetings and events taking place though-out the United States at National FCS/FCCLA events. These meetings will be a valuable opportunity for State Action Teams to report on their successes, identify new interests, and gain ideas and motivation.

Mt. Vernon Educator Robert Hand Selected as State Teacher of the Year


Robert Hand, a family and consumer sciences teacher at Mount Vernon High School, was selected as the 2019 Washington state Teacher of the Year. The announcement was made today by Chris Reykdal, Superintendent of Public Instruction, at a ceremony held at the Museum of Popular Culture (MoPOP) in Seattle.

“Each year we celebrate excellent teaching through the Teacher of the Year program,” Reykdal said. “These professionals are dedicated, hardworking, and passionate about the success and wellbeing of their students. Mr. Hand is an exceptional example of what great teaching means in Washington state.”

Hand has been teaching at Mount Vernon since 2013. He has taught Beginning Foods; Life After High School; and Careers in Education, Nutrition, and Leadership. He has also been an adviser for Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America and for the Social Justice Club.

A former student said Hand’s personal interest makes him a special teacher. The student noted that she lived in a low-income home, that English wasn’t her first language, and that she was undocumented. In addition, she said, “I got pregnant at 16. Any other teacher would have given up on me, but Mr. Hand loves to get to know all his students to try to facilitate and nourish their learning experience.

“Mr. Hand got to know my struggles and did what a lot of other teachers didn’t: He actually acknowledged them. After this, he didn’t lower his expectations of me because he knew I was as capable as any other student who had the privileges I didn’t. With Mr. Hand’s support, throughout high school I got to discover my true potential. When I enrolled in Skagit Valley College, I kept that, ‘I can do anything’ mindset that Mr. Hand taught me. I am about to transfer onto a 4-year university and pursue a career as an educator. None of this could have been possible without Mr. Hand always being by my side – no matter what.”

Reykdal was impressed by the balance Hand maintains. “Robert cares about his students as individuals,” Reykdal said. “He also makes sure his teaching goes beyond the classroom and relates to the community. As just one example, he led his class to display the flags and colors of 11 of the countries from which students at Mount Vernon High School come.”

Reykdal noted that the relationship to community is reflected in all of the Regional Teachers of the Year. “From engaging civic relationships, studying tribal watershed lands, and to starting an ethnic-studies curriculum, all of the teachers recognize that their work has value when students can relate it to their everyday lives.”

Hand also cares about building and strengthening the teaching profession. He was instrumental in helping to develop an online curriculum for the Recruiting Washington Teachers program for the Professional Educator Standards Board.

Next steps

As the state Teacher of the Year, Robert Hand will be considered for National Teacher of the Year, which is awarded by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The winner will be announced in a special ceremony at the White House in the spring.

More about Washington’s Teacher of the Year Program

The selection committee includes previous teachers of the year and representatives from the following organizations: the Professional Educator Standards Board, Washington Education Association, Washington State Legislative Youth Advisory Council, Black Education Strategy Roundtable, Washington State Parent Teacher Association, Ready Washington Coalition, and the Association of Washington School Principals.

Teacher of the Year is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious teacher award program. It is a project of CCSSO and is presented by VOYA Financial. Washington’s program is supported by educational service districts, school districts, education organizations, a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and our business and nonprofit partners:

  • Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession
  • The Charles Beresford Company
  • PEMCO Insurance
  • Inspirus Credit Union
  • MoPOP

Become a Member of WA-FCS



1. Membership structure connects people across multiple practices
settings and content areas to share knowledge, research, and
2. Includes:
 Webinars/including archived ones
 Quarterly Journal of FCS
 Access to online Communities where you can connect with
other FCS Peers across the nation

The WAFCS AFFILIATE is offering a 50% discount on your
first year membership if you sign up at the WA FCS Annual
Conference, October 21-23, at Great Wolf Lodge. That
makes your cost just $50.00! Let WAFCS help you get
 This offer goes to the first 20 new members who sign up
 Dues are non-refundable once paid online

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Position Opening: Manager of Child Development

#1819AF04 Manager of Child Development Services

Have you ever thought about taking your childhood development admin skills to the next level on a college campus?   As Manager of Child Development Services at Hayes Child Development Center, located on the Clover Park Technical College campus, you will step up to more education, community and student parent support. You will be responsible for managing the daily operations of this high quality center, and work alongside the Center Director in meeting Early Achievers, NAEYC and CPTC standards; as well as perform other duties in her absence.

Successful candidate will work well under stress, be a self-starter who needs minimal direction in the day to day functionality of the Center, but understands when to seek guidance and/or delegate responsibilities. Must be tech savvy, quick thinking, creative, flexible, approachable, empathetic, with a great memory for detail and a natural ability to work well with young children and their families.

The Hayes Child Development Center at Clover Park Technical College’s Lakewood campus provides services for children, ages four weeks to five years, giving student parents a quality environment for their children to learn and develop School Readiness Skills for success in life. Childcare professionals build relationships with student parents who can experience a safe and supportive environment where basic needs and resources are available to ensure their families’ success at school and at home. Employees are “key” in the success of what we do.

Click on the title to link directly to the position details or click here to see all CPTC job openings.

Webinar on How to Use Precision Exams in FCS Classrooms

Tuesday September 18, 2018 at 3pm

Sponsored by WA-FACSE and Precision Exams


Topics Include:

  • Exams and Certifications Available
  • Standards Addressed
    Reporting Methods
  • Issuing Certificates


Career Skills Exams and Certifications related to FCS include:

  • Food & Nutrition
  • Food Service/Culinary Arts
  • Nutrition & Wellness
  • Child Development
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Leadership Principles
  • Adult Roles & Responsibilities
  • Adult Roles & Financial Literacy
  • Designer Sewing/Fashion Design
  • Fashion Strategies
  • Interior Design
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Personal Financial Responsibility
  • 21st Century Success Skills


To Attend the Webinar:

  1. Before the webinar, email questions about Precision Exams to:


  1. Connect to webinar:

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.


  1.  Use your microphone and speakers (VoIP) – a headset is recommended.  Or, call in using your telephone.

You can also dial in using your phone.

United States: +1 (646) 749-3112

Access Code: 210-619-589

Boards in Gear Training

Tuesday, September 11, 2018
9:00AM – 1:00PM
Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge Hall, Coupeville

Boards play an important role in the success of any organization. They move forward an organization’s mission, and they steward the assets and relationships of that organization to keep it out of harm. Strengthening the practice of nonprofit boards within a community will lead to more effective and sustainable results as that community addresses poverty, education, the environment and other critical issues.

This interactive, hands-on workshop will cover board responsibilities, operations, development, fundraising, and advocacy. It is based on the Boards in Gear resources developed in partnership with some of our state’s leading board experts. You will leave with concrete action steps, tools, and connections.Strengthening the practice of nonprofit boards within a community will lead to more effective and sustainable results as that community addresses poverty, education, the environment and other critical issues.

Who Should Attend

This workshop is designed for board members and the people who work with them, namely executive directors and program staff. It offers ideas for new board members and those who have served for a long time. It is appropriate for organizations of all sizes, whether they have staff or not.


Washington Nonprofits is pleased to offer its members a discounted price. If you are interested in becoming a member, please find more information  here.

$15 Members of Washington Nonprofits (Check the Member Resources Page for the Member-only Promo Code)

$20 Not-yet-members

Cost should not be a barrier to participate. Please contact us if you have any requests, concerns, or questions.

Click here for more details!