Adviser Professional Development

FCCLA wants you to be the best FCCLA adviser and FCS teacher you can be. Check out some of these opportunities designed specifically for you!

Chapter Adviser Webinar Series

FCCLA’s monthly webinar series is designed to provide valuable information and resources to FCCLA advisers from the comfort of your computer. Webinars take place every month. Each webinar will be recorded and saved to the FCCLA portal.

Register for chapter adviser webinars by clicking the name of the individual webinar or by emailing

National Consultant Team

The National Consultant Team (NCT) consists of talented and successful FCCLA advisers with expertise in chapter management, national programs and activities, intra-curricular work, membership development, public policy, and visibility. Members of the NCT are chosen by national staff to develop trainings, lead workshops, and serve as an extension of national staff.

2019-2020 National Consultant Team

  • Heather Hussong - Texas

    Heather Hussong, LBSW graduated from the University of North Texas in 2000. Since graduation, she has been a Texas Certified Educator for 13 years and Licensed Social Worker for 16. In that time, she gained experience as a school social worker, medical social worker, infant adoption advocate, and Family and Consumer Science educator. The past four years of advising a Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) chapter has merged Heather’s passion for family strengthening and leadership learning. In line with the belief that students may not remember everything you teach, they will remember how you made them feel, Heather utilizes FCCLA programs and resources to build feelings of worth and hope. Her goal as a member of the National Consultant Team is to help fellow advisers grow wonder and gain motivation with FCCLA experiences for themselves, their students, and the communities they love.

  • Joline Dunbar - South Dakota

    Joline has been a Family and Consumer Science teacher and FCCLA Adviser in South Dakota for 37 years. During that time, she has married and raised three children (one who is now an FCS teacher) and is now a grandma to six. During her time as an FCCLA adviser, she has had five national officers, fourteen state officers, multiple region officers and state leadership team members, won 22 National Program awards, and she has served in all offices of the South Dakota FCCLA Board of Directors and a three-year term on the National FCCLA Board of Directors. In her many years, she has received five State Awards and three National FCCLA Adviser Awards. Joline is also a ProStart Adviser and has advanced 16 culinary and management teams to the National ProStart Invitational in 12 years of the program, and those management teams placed in the top 10 for five of those years.

  • Rene’ Labrousse Ketchum - Washington

    Rene’ Labrousse Ketchum has been a part of Family and Consumer Sciences education and FCCLA for 24 years. She has played an active part in the Washington FCS Leadership team including president, served as the president of the Washington FCS board, was a part of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Elementary Secondary and Adult Education team as co-chair this year and last, and was recognized as Washington FCS Teacher of the Year, Master/Mentor Adviser, and FCCLA Adviser of the Year. Rene’ hopes to use these experiences to help all advisers and chapters to be successful in supporting students in leadership. In her spare time, Rene’ enjoys USTA competitive tennis, reading, traveling, and scrapbooking. Rene’ is a passionate FCS educator and FCCLA adviser and said, “An FCCLA focus for me is giving any student interested, a place to belong, make friends, and have personal growth. The relationship of family begins with FCCLA and teaches us all that families can be successful.”

Join the National Consultant Team

Applications are due each year on April 1 and October 1 pending opening positions.

National Consultant Team Available for Training

Are you looking for skilled FCCLA advisers to train your students and future FCS teachers? The National Consultant Team (NCT) is here to assist you! Their mission is to empower, support, and train FCCLA advisers. For more information, contact

New Adviser Handbook

FCCLA’s New Adviser Handbook is a free resource that offers valuable insight for potential and new chapter advisers in the areas of chapter management, competitive events, adviser roles and benefits, basic FCCLA information, and more!

FCCLA Adviser Facebook Group

Over 2,700 FCCLA advisers across the nation are members of National FCCLA’s private Facebook group. This FCCLA adviser only page is great resource for sharing ideas and resources. Some of National FCCLA staff and consultants are also members and available to help answer questions!

FCCLA Adviser Professional Standards

FCCLA chapter advisers are valued professionals delivering intra-curriculum leadership education in the Family and Consumer Sciences pathway and comprehensive programs.  The purpose of the FCCLA Adviser Professional Standards is to bring the FCCLA leadership elements to a reference publication.  This publication contains the adviser standards with learning outcomes developed by  representatives from FCS leadership teams,  secondary,  and postsecondary instructors. The adviser standards and the learning outcomes were shared with a larger group of leadership representatives through a criticality survey. Leadership representatives were asked to rank each learning outcome as to their importance in chapter adviser training and chapter management success.

FCCLA Adviser Professional Standards Criticality Survey

The criticality survey contains instructional criteria for FCCLA Professional Adviser Standards and the related learning outcomes. Each learning outcome was rated by the field as to how important it is to include as a foundational outcome for current FCCLA chapter advisers or future advisers completing a traditional or alternative teacher-licensing program. The ratings values used are as follows:

  1. Nice to Know = Helpful, but not critical for all advisers
  2. Need to Know = Advisers should know, or know how to find information
  3. Critical to Know = Essential skills and knowledge for all advisers. Any standard receiving above 2.0 as the average rating reflects the knowledge needed or essential to be a successful FCCLA Adviser.

Members develop skills for life through: character development, creative and critical thinking, interpersonal communication, practical knowledge, and career preparation.