The overall goal of the National Coalition for Family and Consumer Sciences
Education is to increase communication and project a unified voice and
focus on Family and Consumer Sciences Education issues.
National Coalition for Family and Consumer Sciences Education was established
in 1977 in response to the need for
professionals to speak with one voice on issues related to Family and
Consumer Sciences Education. Initially membership of the group included
two voting representatives from each of the three professional organizations
in Family and Consumer Sciences. They are the American Association of
Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS), the Association for Career and
Technical Education (ACTE), and the Family and Consumer Sciences Education
Association (FCSEA). One non-voting representative from the national
student organization, Family Career and Community Leaders of America
was added in 2001. In 2006 the three professional organizations approved
a request from the Board of Directors of Family Career and Community
Leaders of America to have two adult representatives with voting privileges
as members of the group.
overall goal, to increase communication and project a unified thrust
and focus on issues, provides the foundation for the work of the Coalition.
The Coalition has the responsibility to:
Maintain continuous dialogue among
professional organizations concerned with Family and Consumer Sciences
Identifyissues impacting Family and
Consumer Sciences Education.
Review positions on current issues
related to Family and Consumer Sciences Education and facilitate
consensus among the organizations.
Develop Statements regarding Family
and Consumer Sciences Educaiotn which will serve as a basis for
Communicate issues and positions
concerning Family and Consumer Sciences to various target groups.
Coalition serves as a clearinghouse for policy or position statements
developed by any one of the organizations. Consensus on a position
reached by the Coalition will be communicated to the governing boards of
of members to the Coalition is the discrete responsibility of each respective
organization. Membership terms are staggered with the two representatives
from each organization appointed in a different year, for a three year
term. One or more advisors may serve as non-voting members when approved
by majority vote of the Coalition.
of the activity of the Coalition focuses on providing leadership for
the development of state and federal policy concerning Family and Consumer
language for new legislation.
policymakers about Family and Consumer Sciences Education.
professional association members of legislative issues and timelines.
and collecting data needed for policy formation.
implementation of National Standards for Family and Consumer Sciences
Education and Teacher Education.
in the revision of Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP)
Codes developed by the National Center for Educational Statistics
a national archival coordination system for Family and Consumer Sciences
printed materials and strategies to promote the value of Family and
Consumer Sciences at local, state, and national levels.
Coalition holds meetings in conjunction with the annual conventions
of AAFCS, ACTE, and the ACTE National Policy Seminar. Other meetings
and conference calls are scheduled as needed. Minutes of all meetings
are kept by a recording secretary and shared with the presidents and
executive directors of the sponsoring organizations as well as with
others as directed.
Coalition for Family and Consumer Sciences Education