The National Council for Agricultural Education
To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.
The mission of The National Council for Agricultural Education is to establish high quality agricultural education programs in America’s schools by stimulating:
- the preparation, retention, and advancement of high quality agricultural educators; the development of programs that prepare students for academic and career success;
- program innovation and adaptability in response to changing student and industry needs;
- the use of research-based practices in agricultural education programs at all levels; and
- expanded opportunities for students to experience high quality educational programs in agriculture.
Quote for the Week
"Wisdom begins with wonder."
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The Value of Quality Program Standards for Agriscience Education
Globalization has and will continue to have a huge impact on the agriculture industry; an industry in which we hope our students will pursue employment. Providing quality content and program standards, as a guide for agriscience teachers, is an important component to assuring rigorous and relevant classroom instruction that prepares our students for an exciting and productive career in agriculture.
There are many reasons for addressing changes to the agriscience curriculum through the use of such content standards. A majority of students in agriscience programs no longer live on farms nor do they plan to be directly involved in production agriculture yet many agriscience programs continue operating as if the only opportunities available were on the farm. The current demand from agribusiness is for more highly educated employees, either directly out of high school or after a post-secondary experience, to work in a variety of business and technical fields that are not always directly in production agriculture. These factors point to the need to have rigorous and relevant agriscience content standards and to assure implementation within our programs. Part of this process includes timely review and revisions of such standards; which is a major goal and priority of The Council. Visit The Council’s website to see not only what theNational Quality Program Standards and Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources standards include, but also to provide feedback as to what needs to be considered for revision.
Don’t forget that FFA New Horizons, the official member magazine of the National FFA Organization, is also available online. Read the current issue plus more great stories about FFA members, chapters, alumni and supporters.
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Connecting Literacy and CTE - Building a Program for Other Teachers
The ACTE Educator-in-Residence Program provides opportunities for career and technical educators to further develop their competencies, skills and knowledge in CTE while making a contribution to the profession. Through the program, educators become part of ACTE's team during their tenure as they work on a self-guided project.
I'm joining the ACTE staff for three weeks in July 2013, where I will work on projects related to connecting literacy and CTE. However, my project will span three months as I create a "Literacy Tool Box," an easy-to-use, all-in-one online resource, full of creative yet functional ideas of merging literacy into a CTE classroom. The finished resource will be made available on ACTE's Common Core web page for teacher use.
U.S. Department of Education
Green Schools Take Root in Alabama
From Arne Duncan
Last week, I traveled with Andrea Falken, director of the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Program, to Talladega County public schools in the Appalachian Mountains of Alabama.
State Superintendent Tommy Bice, district staff, teachers, students and community leaders all turned out to show us why the green schools notion makes sense educationally and financially in rural areas during the first leg of the “Education Built to Last” tour of U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools.