This is an article from the June 2017 edition of NAAE’s News & Views Newsletter. To read News & Views in its entirety, please visit this link.
The National Council for Agricultural Education (The Council) has recently revised the National Quality Program Standards for Agriculture, Food and Natural Resource Education. As the agriculture industry continues to grow and develop, so should our agriculture programs and curriculum. A goal of The Council’s 2012-2015 Strategic Plan; the standards have been revised to provide teachers with information to be able to deliver high-quality instruction, using the three-circle model of classroom and laboratory instruction, work-based learning, and career and technical student organization.
The hallmarks of the newly revised standards include a focus on relevant instruction, rigorous, clear goals, continuous program improvement, and the development of essential skills for student success. The Council based its revisions on input from local, state and national leaders in agricultural education.
The standards feature seven keys of local program success, which include:
- Program Design and Instruction
- Curriculum and Program Design
- Facilities and Equipment
- Experiential, Project, and Work-Based Learning Through SAE
- Leadership and Personal Development Through FFA
- School and Community Partnerships
- Certified Agriculture Teachers and Professional Growth
- Program Planning and Evaluation
The standards also include a Program Growth Target Planning Guide, which is designed to help local programs identify, prioritize and organize growth targets into a manageable plan. The planning guide provides agriculture teachers a means to set a plan of action for program growth.
Click here for more detailed information about the National Quality Program Standards.
The National Quality Program Standards for Agriculture, Food and Natural Resource Education revision is sponsored by CSX and John Deere, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.