Say Yes to FCS Recruiting Toolkit

• January: Resolving to Build Better Futures o Encourage more commitments to recruit and become family and consumer sciences educators through Twitter and Facebook. o Encourage and highlight commitments from prospective family and consumer sciences educators. o Organization participants share FCS-related resolutions (ways they want to use knowledge and skills learned to help themselves, their families, and their communities). o Educators share Family and Consumer Sciences Education infographic on the teacher shortage • February: Making a Difference through Family & Consumer Sciences (Family & Consumer Sciences Educator Day) o Participate in national/state/local activities promoting the value and importance of family and consumer sciences education. o Share photos of program participants engaged in FCS-related activities with brief explanation. o Remind family and consumer sciences educators, future educators, and supporters to change their profiles. o Engage program alumni in identifying how family and consumer sciences experiences resulted in them being more effective in adult, family, career and community roles. o Promote success in securing school/city/state/national proclamations recognizing the value and impact of family and consumer sciences and its educators. • March: A Perfect Pair: STEM and Family & Consumer Sciences o Showcase involvement in activities emphasizing linkages between family and consumer sciences and STEM. o Program participants and alumni share testimonials, photos, and videos validating contributions of STEM-supported activities in family and consumer sciences. o Engage program participants in “Now I get it…” posts emphasizing how the family and consumer sciences “real life” content facilitates the development of STEM competencies. • April: Family & Consumer Sciences is HOT (focus on higher order thinking skills) and promote critical thinking, creativity and innovation, planning and organization, problem solving) o Highlight innovative family and consumer sciences programs or activities significantly contributing to critical thinking and creative problem solving. o Post “FCS Mental Milestones” illustrating how family and consumer sciences programs help individuals develop thinking skills through rigorous and relevant learning experiences. o Showcase program participants engaged in activities promoting higher order thinking skills. Highlight youth who used higher order thinking skills (May social media focus) and peer education (June social media focus) in self-designed activities to “make a difference” (July social media focus).

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