25th Annual Future Educators Association® National Conference
April 10-12, 2014 • Minneapolis, Minnesota

2014 FEA National Competitions

FEA will offer 19 competitions at the 2014 FEA National Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Competitions were selected by the FEA State Directors Advisory Group.)

Electronic Career Portfolio (new!)
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This competition provides an opportunity for FEA members to document their growth and progress during their involvement with FEA. An electronic career portfolio is a collection of work in an electronic format that shares a student’s growth, skills, achievements, training and career goals.

Energy Education
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In this competition, members of the FEA chapter will plan and conduct a day, week, or month of energy education activities. To participate, the chapter members must plan and implement an energy-themed series of lessons and activities for a grade level, selected classes, or the entire school. This competition is cross-walked with the following Education and Training Career Cluster Knowledge and Skill Statements: ESS02, ESS03, ESS04, ESS07, EDC02, EDC03, EDC05, EDPA03, EDPB02, EDPC01, EDPC02, EDPC03, and EDPC04.

Essay Writing
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Being able to express one's thoughts clearly in written form is critical to success in almost any field, including education. The purpose of the essay competition is to provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate their writing skills, as well as express their views on a current topic in education. This competition is cross-walked with the following Education and Training Career Cluster Knowledge and Skill Statements: ESS01, ESS02, and EDC02.

Ethical Dilemma
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In the Ethical Dilemma Competition, members of the FEA chapter are presented with an ethical education-related dilemma. This competition requires students to think deeply about an ethical issue, employ critical-thinking skills, and use persuasive communication techniques to collaboratively solve an ethical dilemma. Chapter members will debate the topic together, come to a consensus, and then prepare a five-minute video presentation stating their chapter's collective view on the ethical dilemma. This competition is cross-walked with the following Education and Training Career Cluster Knowledge and Skill Statements: ESS02, ESSO3, ESS04, ESS07, ESS08, ESS10, EDC02, EDC03, EDC07, and EDC08.

Exploring Education Administration Careers
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Administrators provide direction, leadership, and day-to-day management of educational activities in schools and other education institutions. The purpose of this competition is to learn more about education administration careers through job shadowing and interviewing a current education administrator. This competition is cross-walked with the following Education and Training Career Cluster Knowledge and Skill Statements: EDPA01, EDPA02, EDPA03, EDC02, EDC05, and EDC09.

Exploring Professional Support Services Careers
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Specialized instructional-support personnel are critical to education systems. These highly skilled educators provide direct support to students so that they can be successful in school. The purpose of this competition is to learn more about professional support services careers through job shadowing and interviewing a current instructional-support professional. This competition is cross-walked with the following Education and Training Career Cluster Knowledge and Skill Statements: EDPB01, EDPB02, EDPB03, EDC02, EDC05, and EDC09.

FEA Leadership Award
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The FEA Leadership Award honors members who exemplify the characteristics that the Future Educators Association® seeks to develop among its members, including sound leadership qualities and a strong commitment to improving education in local communities. This award is given to FEA members who have made notable, voluntary contributions to education and, in doing so, demonstrated outstanding initiative. The FEA Leadership Award is the highest honor that an FEA member can earn. This competition is cross-walked with the following Education and Training Career Cluster Knowledge and Skill Statements: EDC03 and EDC07.

FEA Moment
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The purpose of the FEA Moment Competition is to showcase students at the FEA National Conference whose FEA experience has been a convincing factor in his or her decision to become an educator.

FEA Recruitment and Marketing Presentation (new!)
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The purpose of the recruitment and marketing presentation is to illustrate the various ways in which the FEA chapter successfully recruits members and markets the program in the school and community.

Impromptu Speaking
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Poise, self-confidence, and the ability to use effective oral communication skills while under pressure are valuable qualities of all educators. This event is designed to recognize students who demonstrate these qualities by combining clear thinking and conversational speaking into an interesting presentation on a current education topic. This competition is cross-walked with the following Education and Training Career Cluster Knowledge and Skill Statements: ESS01, ESS02, and EDC02.

Inside Our Schools  (new!)
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The purpose of the Inside Our Schools competition is to encourage FEA members to explore best practices in teaching within their school or school district. These best practices are presented in a video format.

Job Application
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The job application competition is an opportunity for FEA members to develop and practice their cover letter and résumé writing skills, as well as their interview skills. In this competition, entrants apply for a position as a classroom teacher assistant. This includes submitting a cover letter and résumé that details relevant work, volunteer, and educational experiences. Judges will review the cover letters and résumés and—just like any job application process—will select the top candidates to be interviewed at the FEA National Conference. This competition is cross-walked with the following Education and Training Career Cluster Knowledge and Skill Statements: ESS02, ESS04, ESS09, and EDC09.

Lesson Planning and Delivery
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Planning, preparing, and delivering effective lessons are critical skills all educators must perfect. This competition challenges future educators to plan and deliver a lesson of their choosing to an actual classroom of students. Self-reflection following the lesson is an essential component of this competition as future educators begin the practice of honing their own teaching skills. This competition is cross-walked with the following Education and Training Career Cluster Knowledge and Skill Statements: EDC01, EDC02, EDPC01, EDPC02, EDPC03, and EDPC04.

Public Service Announcement (new!)
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The Public Service Announcement Competition was developed to allow FEA chapter members to work collaboratively on a project requiring teamwork, creativity, and the use of multimedia technology. The goal of the Public Service Announcement (PSA) is to elevate the image of teaching for those in the education profession.

Public Speaking
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Self-composure, confidence, and the ability to clearly articulate and communicate information are valuable skills for all educators. This competition is designed to highlight students who demonstrate these qualities by combining thoughtful preparation and confident delivery into an interesting presentation on a current education topic. This competition is cross-walked with the following Education and Training Career Cluster Knowledge and Skill Statements: ESS01, ESS02, and EDC02.

Researching Learning Disabilities
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Learning disabilities (LD) are a group of various disorders that have a negative impact on learning. Learning disabilities affect the brain’s ability to receive, process, store, and respond to information and may affect one’s ability to speak, listen, think, read, write, spell, or compute. The purpose of this competition is to work collaboratively to learn more about specific learning disabilities and produce a group research paper and PowerPoint that could be used to educate others. This competition is cross-walked with the following Education and Training Career Cluster Knowledge and Skill Statements: EDC02 and EDC07.

Service Projects Presentation (new!)
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The purpose of the service project presentation is to showcase a chapter service project that contributes to a community or to a school.

Storybook Creation and Presentation (new!)
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In this competition an individual shares a book that they have written and illustrated. This book is created in order to teach an important moral lesson. The purpose of this competition is to promote original creative writing and to highlight good character.

Technology Video
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The Technology Video Competition allows students to collaboratively problem-solve as they produce a creative, multimedia video clip designed to demonstrate and explore the value of using technology in the classroom. The video project should demonstrate creative and innovative ways technology can be utilized in the classroom to engage students and enhance their learning experience. This competition is cross-walked with the following Education and Training Career Cluster Knowledge and Skill Statements: ESS02, ESS04, ESS07, ESS10, EDC02, and EDC07.

 

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