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Family and Consumer Sciences

FACS Associate

Kelli Grab
Kelli.Grab@nysed.gov

Family and consumer sciences education empowers individuals and families across the lifespan to manage the challenges of living and working in a diverse global society. The unique focus is on families, work, and their interrelationships.

Family and consumer sciences education has roots in both academic and career and technical education and reaches beyond the educational system into the community as it focuses on the needs of individuals and families.

Family and consumer sciences programs foster student attainment of the intermediate and commencement level New York State Learning Standards in both family and consumer sciences (FACS) and Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS). Family and Consumer Sciences education prepares students for success in both postsecondary education and employment.

Mission

To empower family and consumer sciences educators through leadership, advocacy, and professional learning.

Vision

The NYS Family and Consumer Sciences Educators Association empowers members through collaboration to unify and strengthen our profession with the purpose to prepare students for work and family life with a commitment to:

  • Secure representation at local, state, and federal levels and support those positions with a strong active board
  • Recruit, retain, and recognize members
  • Facilitate local and state professional learning and support through community and association connections

Values

We value…

  • Mentoring new members
  • Unifying FACS professionals from across New York State
  • A supportive professional community
  • Advocating for Career and Technical Education
  • Forward thinking and growth
  • Collaboration, connection and leadership
  • Sharing of resources and information
  • Diversity of expertise

Scope

Family and consumer sciences education has roots in both academic and career and technical education and reaches beyond the educational system into the community as it focuses on the needs of individuals and families. The idea that all aspects of life may be reduced to tasks--making a garment, preparing food, cleaning a room--has been replaced by an emphasis on social structures, knowledge of relationships, and achievement of mutual goals. All family and consumer sciences programs encourage students to develop communication, leadership, management, and thinking skills.

Content Guidelines

Family and consumer sciences education in New York State is delivered through a variety of courses designed to promote student attainment of the intermediate and commencement level New York State Learning Standards for Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) and Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS). Family and consumer sciences courses

  • place a high priority on family, workplace, and community skills needed to manage multiple life roles;
  • address the needs of a full spectrum of a school’s diverse population, including male and female students with a wide variety of interests, abilities, and career pathways;
  • provide seamless articulation between middle-level and high school level expectations with minimal duplication among courses and integration of content in an applied context; and
  • offer a sequence of courses that encourage students to build a depth of understanding and ability in an area of study: human services and family studies, food and nutrition, or textiles and design.