FALL 2018 Newsletter

Family & Consumer Sciences Educators of Michigan

President’s Address: Anne Ribby

Greetings and happy fall to my fellow colleagues. I hope that everyone’s school year is off to a great start. We have many exciting things to look forward to and plan for as Family and Consumer Science teachers in Michigan. One is the annual conference being held in Kalamazoo at Western Michigan University on November 2nd and 3rd. Take a moment to visit www.fcsem.org and read about conference details and to register. Remember, early bird registration ends on Friday, September 21. Early bird registration can earn you five free raffle tickets which can be used to help you win some amazing door prizes. Second, the Family and Consumer Science Educators of Michigan (FCSEM) Board is proud to be able to roll out our new standards for FCS education. This will take place at the annual conference. Finally, the FCSEM Board will be continuing its work with the State Department of Education and the Office of Career and Technical Education in order to revamp and reestablish Family and Consumer Science education in the state of Michigan. If you would like to be involved, please email me at anne.ribby@lesliek12.net. You can also stay connected through our Facebook page (Family and Consumer Science Educators of Michigan) or by visiting our website (www.fcsem.org). Use the Facebook page to connect with others throughout the state by posting lesson plans, questions, job openings, videos, resources, and/or other things related to what we do as FCS teachers. On the website, you’ll find job postings, conference information, board contacts, and more. Again, welcome back to a new school year and I hope to see you at the conference!

Curriculum & Standards Update:

This year has been very busy for the curriculum committee. The FCSEM board moved to update the current FCS standards to align with the National Standards that were revised in 2017. We hope to have a preview of the updated curriculum materials at our fall conference in November. The Office of Career and Technical Education alongside our curriculum committee have been trying very hard to get our curriculum updated and revised for our teachers. We first started by looking at what other surrounding states were doing, then we surveyed teachers through our Facebook page and email on what changes they would like to see. We also worked with our MDE contact Zena Lowe to keep the process moving forward in the best interest of all the teachers that may be affected by the potential changes. Thank you to all who have worked hard to make this process successful. If you have any questions please contact Elaine Blake at blakeela@dewittschools.net

Update from WMU's Chuck Bruce - Articulation & Scholarships to Come!

WMU is off to the start of another great school year. There are currently three to five students per year pursuing degrees in Family and Consumer Sciences Education, and recent graduates have been hired in districts throughout the state. The WMU Department of Family and Consumer Sciences is looking forward to hosting FCSEM for a conference on our campus in November.

WMU is also finalizing an approval process to grant FCS students credit for many high school FCS courses. This will be contingent on students pursuing a degree within the Family and Consumer Sciences Department at WMU.

WMU is also proud to announce scholarship opportunities for students who are interested in becoming a CTE teacher. If you have a student who is interested in learning more, please have them contact Chuck Bruce at Charles.r.bruce@wmich.edu


You asked for it and FCSEM will deliver...a fall conference! It’s All About Adulting is the theme for the 2018 Conference and our agenda for November 2 and 3 is one you won't want to miss. Join your fellow FCSEM colleagues and friends on the campus of Western Michigan University to learn new strategies, tips, and tricks for your classes to help your students be more successful at adulting as they go out to live their lives.

In addition to a new time of the year for the conference, we will be bringing you to a new venue at WMU, have new exhibitors present, a new caterer (local legend Off The Cuff Catering) providing food and refreshments, new experiences and new and favorite presenters. Here is just a quick sneak peek of some of our presenters:

Back by popular demand… Su Nottingham! She will bring her fun strategies and activities for your classroom. Her focus is Health, but her strategy ideas can be implemented in any class. Another favorite… Michelle Hiscock! She will be sharing technology tips and tricks to motivate you and your students to be tech savvy! Newcomer… Stacey Sills, whose area of expertise is the topic of Human Trafficking. A topic that every teacher (unfortunately) needs to be aware of.

Please see the FCSEM Website for more details.

Dates & Deadlines

Conference Dates:

Starts November 2nd @ 1:00 PM

Ends November 3rd @ 4:00 PM


  • Friday, September 21, 2018: Participant Early Bird Registration Deadline (to be given 5 FREE raffle tickets)
  • Monday, October 1, 2018: Participant Registration Deadline (to guarantee a spot)

Join the FCSEM Board! We Have a Spot for YOU!!

If you are passionate about keeping FCS programs thriving in Michigan, want a chance to connect with other FCS teachers across the state throughout the year and want to be a part of our dynamic FCSEM State Board, then we have a spot for you! Consider getting involved as we have the following positions open:

  • Public Relations
  • Scholarships/Awards
  • Promotions

Please reach out to any board member or contact our president, Anne Ribby, at anne.ribby@lesliek12.net for information about any of these positions. We'd love to connect with you to answer any questions you may have.


For more information about upcoming events, job openings, and other helpful links please see our website or join our facebook page