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AAFCS is excited to announce its  2020 National Teacher of the Year Finalists!   Sponsored by Goodheart-Willcox Publisher since 2008 , the AAFCS National Teacher of the Year award was established in 1974 to recognize exemplary teachers who utilize cutting-edge methods, techniques and activities to provide stimulus and visibility to family and consumer sciences in elementary and secondary education. If you're "Zooming" to the AAFCS Virtual Conference, don't miss the Teacher of the Year session on Friday, June 26th at 1 PM EDT!  Meet Our Finalists! Kayla Correll, CFCS, Wisconsin Gracie Quarles, CFCS, Virginia Louise Tallent, CFCS, Indiana ...
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AAFCS is excited to formally announce its 2020 Awards of Excellence Honorees . These honorees join our  2020 Distinguished Service Award Honorees  announced last fall: Carolyn Barnhart, CFCS; Jacqueline Holland, CFCS-HDFS; Elizabeth Jane Steiner, CFCS-Retired; and Virginia Vincenti, CFCS. Please join AAFCS as we celebrate these members on June 25th at 5 PM, during the "Salute to the Stars - Toast of Blue!" session at the Virtual Annual Conference!
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Alexandria, Va. – May 27, 2020  –  By a unanimous  vote on May 20, 2020, the AAFCS Board of Directors passed a Disaster and Pandemic Relief Policy that will provide support to AAFCS members and certified professionals who have suffered a substantial loss of income due to a pandemic like the nation is facing with Covid-19. This policy is an update to the Major Disaster Relief Policy passed by the board in 2018. The policy states: AAFCS Major Disaster and Pandemic Relief Policy There are times when AAFCS members and AAFCS-certified professionals may need relief from their annual dues and/or certification maintenance fees due to impacts from a major ...
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Rescheduled~Connecticut Affiliate Fall Meeting & Workshops 2020                   When:   Fall Meeting and Workshops November 5, 2020 More info will be coming.  See your newsletter for the latest. Perfect Vision in 2020 The AAFCS/CT Affiliate has the place to learn and be involved in an informative networking event. Please join us  - It is the perfect place to connect with educators, allied professionals and students. The goal is to focus on advocacy, trends and impacts of critical issues that shape our world today.  For planning purposes, the workshops, meeting registration and dinner fee will range from $75 to $95. ...
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AAF C S' partnership with America Saves Week  began in Year Two of the FCS fit Signature Initiative, when the emphasis was on Financial Well-Being. This week gives organizations a dedicated, annual opportunity to promote good savings behavior, like the 30-40-30 tax refund savings plan, shared below as an image and as a downloadable poster . AAFCS delivers financial resources directly, too, via our CPFFE professional certification , the pre-professional  Personal and Family Finance Assessment and Certification , and an array of webinars on financial topics, many helpful for educators, like Teaching Money Smarts - Financial Literacy ...
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FCS fit Wellness Wednesday:  Caregiving Changes Relationships Ask anyone who is a caregiver, who has been a caregiver, or who needed a caregiver if caregiving changes relationships, and the answer is a resounding " Yes ." Caregiving changes relationships with our elder because what we are willing to do – or not do – for one another gets tested.  The ways in which you support your loved one will increase. Shared interests and social outlets that bind your relationship together will be more difficult to do together. Here’s an unspoken truth: no one warns you that caregiving impacts ALL your relationships.  Suddenly, you are struggling to find ...
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November 15th, 2019 In A Place at the Table , chefs born all around the world share recipes that give them a sense of home—home in their country of origin, and in their communities here in the US. This cookbook, presented by the Vilcek Foundation , which features recipes that range from an easy weeknight meal to a complicated, multi-page cheesecake, explores the experiences of new immigrants and those who've been in the US since they were small children. The Vilcek Foundation, an organization which raises awareness of immigrant contributions in America and fosters appreciation of the arts and sciences, has kindly provided a cookbook and totebag as a prize ...
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FCS fit   Wellness Wednesday: Healthy for Life® 20 By 20 Initiative Sub-grantees Announced! AAFCS is excited to announce the sub-grantees of the Healthy for Life® 20 By 20 community nutrition program , an initiative led by Aramark and the American Heart Association (AHA) . The purpose of this program is to provide food discovery experiences and nutrition education to community members within five geographically distinct markets.    Please join us as we congratulate our sub-grantees organizations, who will each receive $2,500 to implement four educational experiences over a two to three-month period for an audience of 20-25 participants each time. ...
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“Developing Stories that Amplify Our FCS Voice and Impact” and “Enhancing Competence in the Science and Craft of FCS Storytelling” Dr. Nancy Franz, Professor Emeritus Iowa State University School of Education Dr. Nancy Franz gave the keynote at the opening session of the AAFCS Annual Conference and Expo in St. Louis this past June. Recently retired from the Cooperative Extension System, she spent her career researching the conditions that promote transformative learning in nonformal learning environments, and measuring and articulating Extension program quality and value. I had the privilege of hearing the keynote address to kick off the conference, as well ...
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FCS fit Wellness Wednesday: Act Now for Free MyPlate Resources Are you looking for MyPlate resources for your organization or classroom?  As a MyPlate Strategic National Partner , AAFCS works with the USDA-FNS Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion ( CNPP ). Resulting from this partnership was our Spring 2019 webinar,  Start Simple with MyPlate: New Resources and Tools . Now, AAFCS is pleased to share this NEW offer from the CNPP. For a limited time, the MyPlate team will mail free color copies of MyPlate Tip Sheets and Posters to AAFCS members.  The resources are packaged in sets of 25 each. Supplies are limited and will be distributed ...
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