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

Use Job Shadowing to Find Your Career

How do you know if your dream career is the right fit for you?

There are hundreds of tests and quizzes online to assure you. You can spend hours in the classroom and in college lecture halls filling your toolbox with information you hope to be able to put to use one day. There are even job descriptions available for job seekers that give a broad overview of the exact position you may wish to fulfill in the job market. 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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FFA Chapters in Nebraska, Oregon Collect Food for Those in Need

FFA members in 2015 have made a commitment to donating 2.5 million meals to those in need across the country, and two chapters in Nebraska and Oregon have been recognized for their efforts through the FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge. Continue reading

Courtesy Corps Volunteer Spotlight: Nikki Jaques, Colorado

Hosting a convention and expo for 64,000+ people is not an everyday event. It takes preparation, teamwork and whole lot of volunteers to make it happen — and FFA members play a big part.

The National FFA Convention & Expo Courtesy Corps is a great way for FFA members to get involved and help ensure our annual convention and expo is a success. Members assist convention and expo and program staff in fulfilling responsibilities in many areas including career development events, proficiency awards, the rodeo and more.

Over the next few months, we’re going to celebrate a few of our helpful Courtesy Corps members. First up? Nikki Jaques from the Flagler FFA Chapter in Colorado. Continue reading

Spend with a Purpose: Support FFA on #GivingTuesday

From Black Friday to Cyber Monday, the days that immediately follow Thanksgiving are some of the biggest days of the year for gift-buying and deal shopping. But did you know there’s a day after all the spending and all of the shopping to do something larger – give back?

#GivingTuesday – in 2014, it’s Tuesday, Dec. 2 – started as a simple idea and has become a global day for people to come together to give something more to charities, families, businesses, community centers and students. It’s the global day of giving back. Continue reading

New Website Previewed During 87th National FFA Convention & Expo

In early February, an all-new will go live. It will be culmination of work that started more than a year ago to develop a website that’s more user-friendly and feature-rich. We hope it will be the easiest and quickest way to learn about FFA ever, and an invaluable online resource for anyone seeking information about programs, applications, events, awards, applications and more.

To prepare for the 2015 launch, we invited attendees to the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo a chance to get a sneak peek of the new site. The exclusive look, at a central booth inside the National FFA Expo, gave FFA members, advisors and supporters a chance to check out an early version of the site and provide feedback. Continue reading