James Boe
James Boe
Director of Graduate Studies Valley City State University

James Boe, DTE is the 2014-15 President of ITEEA. He is the Director of Graduate Studies at Valley City State University in Valley City, ND. He can be reached at jim.boe@vcsu.edu.

After nearly 23 years in the technology education profession, serving as ITEEA’s President is definitely the highlight of my career so far. Thank you for this enormous opportunity. I would like to highlight some of the work from 2013 and the opportunities we have for the future.

A Year in Review

During the past year we have made significant progress with initiatives in the current ITEEA Strategic Plan. Many of the Task Force committees established and/or presented their work at the Columbus conference, while others continue their work and will present at the Orlando conference.

Strengthening member recognition has been a focus for the board and is a direct result of Task Force recommendations. ITEEA has provided recognition for its members through a variety of awards such as Outstanding Undergraduate and Graduate students, Teacher Excellence, Program Excellence, Distinguished Technology and Engineering Professional, as well as Awards of Distinction and Service. Additionally, this year ITEEA established the Emerging Leader Recognition Program.

In Orlando, ITEEA was pleased to bring you a completely “reengineered” event, the Teaching Technology and Engineering STEM Showcase. While the idea of the Showcase is the same—to feature an idea, technique, or best practice related to the classroom and laboratory—this year’s event was much bigger and much better. More than 50 presenters were on tap, and each had exciting ideas to share.

ITEEA’s STEM Center for Teaching and Learning has been busy working on new releases of the Engineering byDesign™ course guides. The transition of all course guides to the third Media Rich Edition is almost complete, and the Center and its authors have done some great work. Each Media Rich Edition provides a framework for content based on the Common Core, Standards for Technological Literacy, math and science standards, and the Grand Challenges for Engineering. Take a look on the ITEEA Publications e-store for more information on the EbD™ course guides and other great products.

Looking Ahead

While the past year has been productive and busy, we still have a great deal of work to do, and there are some great opportunities. The proposed theme for the 2015 conference in Milwaukee is “Partnerships in STEM Education,” and as we keep this in mind, partnerships and collaboration require a common vision to guide priorities and meet goals. During the next year, I would like the ITEEA membership, established committees, and Board of Directors to focus on the following areas as we build partnerships and prepare to update our strategic plan for 2015:

• Strategies to effectively address Technology and Engineering Education in STEM.
• Meeting the needs of inservice and preservice teachers in Technology and Engineering Education.
• Continuing the work to position Technology and Engineering Education as a leader in STEM Education.

Strategies to Effectively Address Technology and Engineering Education in STEM

Technology and engineering teachers know the value of our content and how vital it is in the efforts to improve student competencies in math and science. We need to determine strategies to convey that information and include technology and engineering classes as a part of the K-12 core and STEM initiatives across the country. We also need to ensure that appropriate competencies are being met and that there is a common understanding of appropriate curriculum content.

Meeting the Needs of PreService and InService Teachers

All areas of STEM education are in critical need of teachers across the country. Efforts to attract teachers in math, science, and technology and engineering education are not meeting national needs. Even though there is federal support for STEM initiatives, it does not seem to have impacted K-12 schools and teacher preparation programs in a significant way. Funding and support will be necessary to adequately prepare inservice and preservice teachers on the integrative methodology necessary for STEM and the greatest impact on student learning.

Technology and Engineering Education as a Leader in STEM

Positioning Technology and Engineering Education as a leader in STEM is vital, and we need to be recognized as a major contributor of STEM content knowledge. To do this we ALL need to do a better job promoting the profession, Standards for Technological Literacy, and standards-based curriculum. We also need to ensure that our research is widely available through a variety of dissemination methods to entities outside our profession. In addition, the Executive Director, President, and Board of Directors of ITEEA need to continue seeking ways to play a significant role in the STEM education movement.

As stated before, to build collaboration and partnerships it is vital that we have a common mission and vision to guide the
priorities and meet the goals of the association and its professional members. I am excited about what we can do together to strengthen Technology and Engineering Education. We need everyone to get involved, let your voice be heard, and help build a common vision for our future.