National Partnership


The National Partnership to Recruit, Prepare, and Support FCS Educators is funded from a
USDA-NIFA Higher Education Challenge Grant and matching funds from three partner organizations.



The National Partnership to recruit, prepare, and support Human Sciences/Family and Consumer Sciences Educators has been awarded a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Grant in the award of $748,188, plus additional matching funds from AAFCS, FCCLA and SUNY Oneonta, for a total of $936, 572. In addition, 14 FCS professional organizations and partners have agreed to work together to meet the goals of the grant; to create and use national leadership academies and self-sustaining models to holistically address the need to increase the number of qualified FCS educators for the workforce. The main objectives are to produce and/or distribute resources to support FCS educator recruitment and preparation, to promote FCS workforce opportunities to wide audiences for recruitment of diverse candidates, and to share faculty, courses, and students on a national level.

  1. Create an online national licensure directory, by state, to help candidates identify and meet specific state FCS requirements.
  2. Create an online catalog of state FCS curriculum guides and resources that candidates and educators can access to help them develop and deliver quality FCS programs.
  3. Create and facilitate an online bank of free webinars to provide educators with information on current FCS topics and pedagogy strategies.
  4. Create an online overview of preparation options (traditional and alternative model programs, credit for prior learning, national map and directory of providers, etc.).
  5. Provide an online summary of available scholarship opportunities, financial aid links and loan forgiveness information for high need teaching fields
  6. Create a bank of online FCS content courses that will be delivered by multiple universities on a rotational basis for place bound candidates seeking licensure.
  7. Create and implement a national Say Yes to FCS marketing plan and products.
  8. Facilitate national leadership academy summits to advance FCS educator recruitment, preparation and support.
  9. Create and facilitate a targeted development and support network for the North East region.

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