High Level Thinking: Critical Science in FCS

Presenters: Dr. Katy Blatnick-Gagné and Dr. Karen Alexander

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. Katy Blatnick-Gagné is a second generation FCS educator. She has been a family and consumer scientist for the past 20 years. Over that time, she has taught at the high school level and was an adviser for FCCLA, worked at the state program level in Colorado, served as the Texas Tech University Director for the Curriculum Center for FCS, and is currently working in Iowa at the Department of Education as a CTE Generalist

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. 

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