High Level Thinking: Critical Science in FCS

Presenters: Dr. Karen Alexander and Dr. Cindy Miller

About the Session

Develop an understanding for the critical science approach in FCS and learn how to integrate it into your classroom to help students build high level thinking skills and find solutions to perennial problems. This webinar was developed for middle school and high school audiences. Educators will complete the webinar with a solid foundation of how to incorporate the Experiencing the Ordinary framework into the classroom and Career and Technology student organization activities. 


  • Develop a basic understanding of Critical Science
  • Understand why Critical Science is an essential component of FCS
  • Become familiar with terms associated with Critical Science
  • Be able to put Critical Science into action.

About the Presenter(s)

Dr. Karen Alexander has been an educator for 27 year. Four of those year were at the secondary level for 27 years. Four of those years were at the secondary level where she taught family and consumer sciences. Her remaining year in education have been at the post secondary level as a teacher educator. Karen has extensive experience teaching in online-, hybrid, and face-to-face learning environments. Her teaching expertise address various aspects of the teaching and learning process. 

Dr. Cindy Miller is an Assistant Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences Education in the College of Human Sciences at Texas Tech University. Prior to coming to Texas Tech, she was an Assistant Professor for Career and Technical Education (CTE) and Coordinator of the Bachelor of Applied Arts & Sciences degree program at Eastern New Mexico University for three and half years. She was also a former CTE administrator for two West Texas school districts for 13 years and before then was a secondary business education teacher for 11 years in Lubbock. She received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Education in Secondary Business Education, and her Ph.D. in Family and Consumer Sciences Education from Texas Tech University. 

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Webinar Resources (Available for Download After Viewing Recording)

  • PDU Certificate
  • Handout - Resource List
  • Handout - Re-Experiencing the Ordinary
  • Handout - Webinar PPT Slides