We had another great conference. We also have some updates and more to tell you about. Please complete the survey so I know what classes to hold for the membership. Please answer the sections that pertain to you and what you teach only. Here is the survey link: TAIA Survey
We had our annual Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Retreat. Ron Whitman encouraged all teachers to be more involved. Go to: http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index4.aspx?id=2386 and voice your opinion on House Bill 5. Select the section titled “Proposed Revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 74, Curriculum Requirements, Subchapter B, Graduation Requirements “and send an email using the link for public comment at the bottom of that section. This is your last chance to say it is a good or bad idea or you think it should be tweaked. Voice yourself now, I will wait.
The meeting minutes will be posted on the website. Please review them to know what is going on. A few notes on the meeting. The scholarship deadline will be May 31st for the TAIA scholarship. We are working on having UTI as an all day, for only one day, training on Tuesday of summer conference.
Bill Szelag from Chrysler wants to be more involved with us. We are working on training for summer conference as well. He went over their CAP program as well.
Mitchell LeMasters held a class over emissions and what Caterpillar is doing about it. Holt Cat also wants to work with teachers in the transportation field to hire your students as interns for possible careers in Holt Cat. We are in talks to hold training at their training center for summer conference in July.
Dale Frommer held a class about the new valve train technology that Toyota is using as well as information about their transmissions. We are in talks to hold an electrical class at the Toyota training center for summer conference.
CNG and LNG
George Arrants went over how Compress Natural Gas and Liquid Natural Gas works, its operation in trucks and uses. Great information and lots of questions answered.
Skip Saurman talked about alternative energy curriculum and how to use it in your classroom complete with demonstration on the training aid.
There were more great classes that were hosted, these are the ones that I attended and took notes on. We also had training on I-Car, small engine certification, apps for your classroom and more.
I hope to see you all in summer for the Summer Conference in Irving.
Do not forget, we have a board meeting usually right before midwinter conference. I will email you more information as I find out. I do not have details yet.
Information on CTE TEKS review and revision from Ron Whitson:
I think it is very important that we have quality representation from our secondary automotive technology and automotive collision repair teachers. Business and industry input is also important to a balanced TEKS writing process. Please feel free to distribute this to those with an interest. There will, of course, be other opportunities to provide input into this process as we progress over the next year or so. In addition to the actual writing teams there will be opportunities to provide public comments and testimony and possibly some stakeholder meetings.
Career and Technical Education (CTE) TEKS Review
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is currently accepting applications from individuals interested in serving on the State Board of Education’s TEKS review committees for career and technical education (CTE). To express your interest in serving on a CTE TEKS review committee, please submit a completed application and attach a current résumé. Please visit the TEA website at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=25769807883 for an application and for more information. Nominations to the TEKS review committees are expected to be announced in spring 2014.
The conference planing is in full swing. We have Toyota on board, Possible CAT (not sure yet) and Glenn Young, the tour of the Circuit of Americas, I-Car and more. If you have any ideas, this is the last call for them. Please contact me ASAP if you want some input for this conference. I will also send the email out so you will know who are your district directors.
I will be emailing you all again as soon as I know more. I hope to see you there.