How the National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy Changed My Classroom

by Kellie Michaud, Agriculture Educator, Smyrna (Dela.) High School

I attended the National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy in July of 2008 and 2009. Encouraged by Dr. Karen Hutchison to attend, I can honestly say the program changed the way I teach. Continue reading

Agricultural Educators Question for the Profession: How Do You STEM?

Question for the Profession is a monthly feature in the advisor’s edition of FFA Pulse e-newsletter that encourages discussion and idea sharing on the National Association of Agricultural Educators Communities of Practice web site. Subscribe to FFA Pulse now!

STEM (or STEAM if you prefer to add agriculture to the science, technology, engineering, and math mix) is an educational initiative that is not going away. So it begs the question, “How do you STEM?” Continue reading

Perspectives: FFA Made STEM Cool …Before it Was Cool

by Joshua E. Rice, Ph.D

Science, technology, engineering and math are terms that I encounter on a daily basis. Today, STEM is one of the primary focal points of many educational initiatives for both formal and non-formal education settings.

Look around: advertisements advocating for STEM can be seen on billboards and TV commercials throughout the world. One thing I find interesting about the push for more STEM inclusion in education is the fact that STEM has been the backbone of the National FFA Organization for nearly 100 years. Continue reading

The Value of Rigor and Relevance: CASE Q&A with Rebecca Farrow

Read our question-and-answer session with Rebecca Farrow, the agriculture educator at Overton High School in Nashville, Tennessee. She teaches using CASE Intro to AFNR, and is also a Dupont Agriscience Teacher Academy alumnus.

FFA: Why does your administration support your agricultural education program?

Farrow: I believe that my administration supports our agricultural education program because we have the same goal: to graduate every student college-ready, career-ready and life-ready. We may be an urban school with non-traditional students, but don’t let the lack of experience in production agriculture fool you. Continue reading

Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education Offers Turn-Key Rigor and Relevance

Agriculture teachers: are you looking for a turn-key curriculum to increase the rigor and relevance of your program? Check out CASE – Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education.

CASE materials provide a high level of educational experiences to students to enhance the rigor and relevance of agriculture, food, and natural resources (AFNR) subject matter. Besides elevating the rigor of AFNR knowledge and skills, CASE provides purposeful enhancement of science, mathematics and English language understanding. Continue reading

January 2015: Agriculture Teacher Resources

A collection of links from around the web curated to help FFA advisors and agricultural educators. This month, we’re focusing on the STEM education initiative.

  • Agriculture’s Role in STEM Education, an article from the American Farm Bureau outlines efforts to showcase the infusion of STEM throughout today’s industry of agriculture.
  • STEM Resources created and collected by the National Ag in the Classroom team (supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture)

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CHS Announces $1.5 Million Gift for FFA and Agricultural Education

Thursday was already going to be a great day — we were celebrating National Teach Ag Day – but it was made even better with a major announcement that will benefit FFA and agricultural education for years to come.

CHS, a global agribusiness involved in energy, grains and foods owned by U.S. farmers, ranchers and cooperatives, announced during National Teach Ag Day celebrations in Minneapolis a substantial, multi-year gift to the National FFA Foundation.  Continue reading

2014 FFA Honorary Award Recipients Announced

FFA relies on the support of exceptional teachers, individuals and companies to provide life-changing experiences for its members.

Each year, at the National FFA Convention & Expo, those who have made outstanding contributions to FFA are honored with Distinguished Service Citations, VIP awards or the Honorary American FFA Degree. In 2014, those recipients will be celebrated during a ceremony at the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo on Friday, Oct. 31.

Be sure to check out the list of recipients: Continue reading

National Cattleman’s Beef Association Offers Free FFA Trade Show Registration

cattleFFA members are invited to the 2014 Cattle Industry Convention Trade Show Feb. 6 in Nashville, Tenn., free of charge thanks to a partnership between Ram Trucks and the National Cattleman’s Beef Association.

The offer is available only to the first 300 FFA members to register for the 7,000-person event, held Feb. 4-7 at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel. The trade show is open to FFA members in this offer from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Feb. 6.

“This is a great partnership and an opportunity to showcase what America’s cattlemen and women stand for,” said NCBA President and Cody, Wyo., cattleman Scott George. “The student members of the FFA are the future leaders of our association and the cattle business. Bringing Ram Trucks and FFA youth together to the Cattle Industry Convention to network, learn and see the cattle industry in action is a great opportunity.”

Does your chapter want to attend? Follow these steps for registration: Continue reading

Educators Engage in Development Workshops at FFA Convention

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By Kelly Fager, National FFA Convention & Expo Newsroom Reporter

Advancing the future of agricultural education is important and who better to take up the cause than agriculture educators, who are always looking for ways to impact their FFA members.

One such successful method is inquiry learning, which teaches FFA members critical thinking, problem solving, communication and cooperative collaboration. Agriculture educators attending the 86th National FFA Convention & Expo this October learned how to weave inquiry learning into their classrooms during interactive professional development workshops. Topics ranged from agriscience to leadership and gave teachers the opportunity to discover new ideas and activities, receive free instructional materials and learn strategies to increase student engagement. Continue reading