This is a feature from the March 2019 edition of NAAE’s News & Views Newsletter. To read News & Views in its entirety, please visit this link.
Each year, NAAE recognizes six distinguished agricultural education programs with the Outstanding Middle/Secondary Agricultural Education Program award. This award is designed to highlight the vast accomplishments and program successes of middle and high school agriculture programs across our nation.
Each of the 2018 award recipients were selected based upon the quality programming they offer their students. Although the selected programs range in size from the number of students and teachers, to the communities they serve, one common theme rings clear, each program believes in creating an environment where students “learn by doing.”
From school farms to laboratories with current technological resources, the students impacted by each of these programs are able to become critical thinkers and problem solvers, as well as informed consumers and successful citizens through the hands-on and inquiry-based experiences provided by the agricultural instructors at these programs. One program offers its students study abroad opportunities, while another has students conduct herbicide and pesticide evaluations on the plants they grow. Many of these award-winning programs offer dual credits for students to further their studies in agriculture at the postsecondary level. With all of these diverse opportunities, it is clear that these agriculture programs want to fully prepare their students for future collegiate and career endeavors.
Want to know more about the 2018 award winners? Follow this link to check out their press releases and click here for photos from the 2018 NAAE Convention in San Antonio, Texas.
The Outstanding Middle/Secondary Agricultural Education program award is partially sponsored by Bayer as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. Thank you Bayer for making this opportunity possible for these distinguished agriculture programs.
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