Roxanne Trees Honored with ACTE Lifetime Achievement Award

ACTE Announces Retired Washington CTE Specialist
as 2018 National Award Winner

ALEXANDRIA, VA — Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced Roxanne L. Trees, CTE Specialist of Seattle Public Schools in Seattle, Washington, as the recipient of the 2018 National ACTE Lifetime Achievement Award. This award recognizes CTE professionals for their leadership on behalf of ACTE, their innovations in CTE and their contributions to the field over an extended period of time.

Roxanne Trees has spent a lifetime in CTE, beginning in the Family and Consumer Science (FCS) classroom and finishing as a CTE specialist for Seattle Public Schools (SPS) at the time of her retirement. “A fraction of Ms. Trees’ achievements could fill the lifetime of a more ordinary person,” says Shepherd Sigel from SPS. “But Roxanne Trees is no ordinary person.”

Beginning in 1995, Trees managed $3 million for Health & Human Service (HHS) programs to enhance classroom instruction and upgrade their materials and technology. In 1998, Trees presented the Family & Consumer Sciences Education (FACSE) National Standards in the Washington state roll-out. Trees also developed 35 SPS cross-credit courses matching content standards in Lab Science, Math, Health, Social Studies, and World Languages; organized HHS professionals to review the National Standards, 21st Century skills, and update their courses; led HHS staff to review/recommend articulation of 44 courses for in-demand careers and college degrees; and participated on Governor’s task forces writing State Health & Fitness standards and CTE cross equivalency. Trees helped establish HOSA and FCCLA chapters in every HHS high school program in Seattle Schools, as well as Project Lead the Way biomedical programs.

On administration of the Carl Perkins Grant, Trees led consolidated program reviews, a federal fact-finding review, and Office of Civil Rights reviews to share strategies and data on improving equity and access to CTE programs. She gave Congressional testimony for the White House Conference on Families, testified to the Washington legislature regarding CTE access, and petitioned the State School Board to expand Health, Mental Health, and FCS curriculum. During her role as President of Washington ACTE, Trees agreed to serve a second term to support the organization during the hiring of a new Executive Director. Trees has won many awards and honors for her instruction and leadership, and has been featured on National Public Radio and in Time Magazine. In her retirement, Trees continues to assist the Seattle College District as an observer, mentor and supervisor of teachers completing their final CTE practicum prior to full certification.

Trees was one of five finalists for the 2018 national title. The national winner was announced at the ACTE Awards Banquet, a dinner and award presentation recognizing the best CTE educators in the country. The event took place on Wednesday evening, December 6, during ACTE’s CareerTech VISION 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Featured Articles in this Issue:

Page 2 From the President’s Desk
Page 3 Member Engagement Through Social Media / WAFCS Delegation in Dallas
Page 4  WAFCS Annual Awards / Euthenics / Autumnal Musings
Page 5 WAFCS Student Unit / WA FCCLA – Washington Scores Big in Nashville
            2017 “Dine In for Healthy Families” Day
Page 6 Get Onboard – Join the Say Yes to FCS Educator Recruitment Campaign
Page 7 We are Saying Yes to FCS in Washington! / FCS Educator Day
Page 8 Journey to the International Quilt Market
Page 9  Journey to the International Quilt Market, continued
Page 10 WAFCS Scholarship Fundraiser at the WA FCS Annual Conference
               Members & Friends Presenting at the Washington FCS Annual Conference
Page 11 2017 Washington FCS Annual Conference Registration Information
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