FCS EDUCATION AT A DO OR DIE CROSSROAD
Mark your calendar for September 25!
The Greater Cleveland Association for Family & Consumer Sciences (GCAFCS) and OAFCS District B are co-sponsoring a very special meeting on September 25 addressing the status of FCS education and what each of us can do.
For years we have collectively worried about the future of FCS education. We have blamed funding for education in Ohio. We have blamed high school and university counselors. We have blamed administrators and school boards. The time has come to look inward to seriously analyze our role as FCS professionals in facilitating this downward spiral. The reality is that programs are now closing because school districts cannot find FCS teachers. Fear of mentoring students into FCS education because of the perceived dim future has become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
August was already HUGE for FCS. The OATFACS Board and the OAFCS Board voted (at significant expense!) to jointly hire The Impact Group, a great PR/marketing firm in Hudson to develop and help us implement a major promotion of FCS education! OATFACS is also hiring a lobbyist to represent FCS education.
Please make it a priority to attend the September 25 meeting to learn more, to ask questions, to share your ideas, and to find out how you can participate in the future! All FCS professionals are welcome to attend!
Get more information and Registration form here: Program & Registration Form
The Ohio Association of Family and Consumer Sciences was founded in 1909 as the Ohio Home Economics Association. OAFCS is a non-profit professional organization whose purpose is to improve the quality of individual and family life. The nature of family and consumer sciences and the program of the association have evolved as a result of changes in resources, family functions, culture, and the discovery of new knowledge in the basic disciplines and the application of research. We follow the same mission and vision as our National Association.
The American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) is recognized as the driving force in bringing people together to improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities.
The mission of the AAFCS is to provide leadership and support for professionals whose work assists individuals, families, and communities in making informed decisions about their well being, relationships, and resources to achieve optimal quality of life.
Our Core Values
- Believes in the family as a fundamental unit of society.
- Embraces diversity and values all people.
- Is dedicated to life-long learning and diverse scholarship.
- Prepares new professionals.
- Exemplifies integrity and ethical behavior.
- Seeks new ideas and is open to change.
- Promotes an integrative and holistic approach to the Body of Knowledge.
Family and consumer sciences (FCS) is the comprehensive body of skills, research, and knowledge that helps people make informed decisions about their well being, relationships, and resources to achieve optimal quality of life. The field represents many areas, including human development, personal and family finance, housing and interior design, food science, nutrition, and wellness, textiles and apparel, and consumer issues.
Todayâ€™s FCS professionals practice in multiple settings. They are early childhood, elementary, secondary, university/college, and Extension educators, administrators and managers, human service professionals, researchers, community volunteers, business people, and consultants who address the issues most important to our quality of life.